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Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2012, 13:20
Hello,

I am looking for an honest assessment of my chances at the following programs: Wharton, Booth, Columbia, Sloan, Kellogg, Stern

I will be applying during the 1st or 2nd round (and as early as possible in Colubmia's rolling process). I have already started applications, but could use some help in narrowing my list of 6 down to 3 or 4. Thanks in advance for your insight.

27 year old white male
740 GMAT (48Q, 44V, 6.0)
3.8 GPA from large state school

Work Experience: 5 years in Corporate Finance (Strategy, Treasury, etc.) at a large firm. Several promotions and expect very strong letters of recommendation. Currently working in Corporate Development / M&A group which connects well with my goals.

Leadersip: Experience managing analysts & interns, completed 3 year leadership development program at my firm, captain of sports teams

Short & Long Term goals: Investment banking in the near term and private equity long term

Extracurrcular: Volunteer at career development organization mentoring low income / unemployed individuals; volunteer youth sports coach

Other: CFA

Additional Question: My current position is a 1 year assignment that I just began in July. My company has a program for associates to rotate through the group for a year to gain M&A experience. Given that my current supervisor has only known me for a month, I plan to have my previous 2 supervisors write my letters of recommendation. I will make my situation clear in my essays and also plan to address is it in the optional essays. Does this make sense, or will an application without a recommendation from my current supervisor raise a major red flag?
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2012, 04:28
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To answer your last question, there is not a problem with not having a current supervisor so long as you explain why. Certainly not having a long enough tenure with him or her is a good excuse. As for your profile, I think you should/could be competitive at any or all of your target schools, so if you find yourself constrained on time, and needing to reduce the number of applications, you might consider digging deeply into the schools' individual culture and deciding which ones seem to fit you best. Another strategy would be to split them up and go for 3 in round 1 an 3 in round 2, with your preferred schools in R1 so you won't have to wait for R2 decisions to pick a school (if you get offered one in R1 that is). Hope this helps.
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