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Joined: 12 Apr 2013
Posts: 28
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Economics
GMAT 1: 690 Q42 V42
GPA: 3.93
WE: Other (Other)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 3

Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2013, 09:52
Hi, and thanks in advance!

Gmat
690 (42Q 42V)
87th percentile
Still waiting for AWA and IR scores

Academics
Overall GPA: 3.93
Major GPA: 4.0
Graduated with a B.S. in Business Economics from Hofstra University in 2010
Have two outstanding academic letters of recommendation, one from the chairman of Hofstra's economics deparment

Achievements/proficiencies/extra-curricular
Provost's list two semesters (Dean's list every other semester)
Graduated summa cum laude
Fluent in Serbo-Croatian
Chairman of Hofstra's economics club where I helped organize several guest lectures and policy debates

Professional experience
Work two part-time jobs
No relevant full-time work experience

Goal: Earn an MBA in finance from a top 20 institution and find employment in business valuations, risk management or financial management. Ultimate goal is to own my own hedge fund.

Target Programs:

Yale
Cornell
Duke
Dartmouth
Northwestern
Virginia
Oxford
INSEAD

[I plan to apply as soon as I get a sense of the relative strength of my application]
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Affiliations: Columbia, Wharton, LBS
Joined: 02 Nov 2009
Posts: 592
Schools: Harvard, Stanford, LBS, Columbia, Wharton, HEC Paris
Followers: 17

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Re: Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2013, 13:58
Based on what you present here, you are a very strong candidate on many fronts -- especially your grades. I wish your GMAT score cracked the 700 level, but 690 is adequate given your high GPA and academic accomplishments. Obviously your biggest weakness is your lack of full-time work experience -- which for some schools is a deal breaker.

Since you seem determined to apply soon and start your graduate studies, I would recommend that you tailor your list a bit as some of the schools you are targeting have a strong preference (some an outright requirement) for full-time work experience. Those top programs that you should look at include Johnson, Ross, Kellogg, Fuqua and Booth. Schools like Darden, Tuck and Insead strongly prefer experienced applicants as much of the learning leverages prior professional experiences.

At this stage you have to submit extremely strong applications - with compelling essays, recommendations, resume and interview. In all of these, you will have to demonstrate your focus, motivations and maturity. It can be done, but it is not an easy task and requires that you really show these and other necessary characteristics.

Good luck.

Kimberly Plaga
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Intern
Intern
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Joined: 12 Apr 2013
Posts: 28
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Economics
GMAT 1: 690 Q42 V42
GPA: 3.93
WE: Other (Other)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 3

Re: Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2013, 15:58
Thank you Kimberly for the quick response! I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised to see Booth and Kellogg on the list but somewhat disappointed that Tuck and Darden are essentially out of reach (I originally thought I had a good shot at Darden). Are there any top 20 schools that I have a good-to-very good shot at? Could you recommend some safety schools?

Thanks again

ManhattanReview wrote:
Call for a free candidacy assessment.


I am looking for professional guidance. I filled out your on-line application last night and I'm just waiting for the emailed response.
Re: Profile evaluation request   [#permalink] 14 Apr 2013, 15:58
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