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Profile Evaluation & School Selection [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2011, 20:56
Hi,

I was hoping to get a evaluation of my MBA application profile. Please find some of my information below:

Background: 25 year old Indian-American Male

Education: B.A. in Economics, Minor in Management from UC Irvine (Cum Laude Honors, GPA 3.63, 3.70 in Economics). Member of Omicron Delta Epsilon (Econ Honors Society), Golden Key Honors Society, Best Buddies (mentor for special needs children), and Economics Club

Work Experience: 5 years experience (August 2012) at an Economic Litigation Consulting firm. Serve as Peer Mentor to junior Analysts, President of the Analayst Social Committee and lead training sessions across multiple offices to both junior and senior staff members. Cases include billion dollar pension plans, securities fraud and retirement plan cases. Typical work includs building complex financial models, valuation models, lost profit analyses and statistical programs to evaluate and critique claims made by plaintiffs in litigation cases. Clients have included Fortune 500 corporations, large pharmaceutical companies, Countrywide, Wells Fargo and other large financial institutions. My work requires me to conduct complex financial analyses and present my findings to both senior executives at my firm as well as senior law partners to assist in trial/settlement situations. My area of focus is analyzing mutual funds, portfolio management techniques of large money managers and quantifying the losses associated with pension plans owning mortgage-backed securities.

GMAT: 710 (92nd Percentile): Q40/V49

Extracurriculars: Volunteer/Education Specialist at local animal shelter, member of 2 South Asian charity organizations

Misc: May or may not make a difference, but I have a visual disability (genetic linked degeneration of my central vision) that I have discussed in my optional essays

I was hoping to see how my profile would be viewed by schools such as Columbia, Berkeley, and UCLA. I'm also debating applying to schools such as Wharton, Harvard, Chicago or Kellogg. If possible, could you please share your insights on my profile with regards to these specific schools? Thanks in advance!

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Re: Profile Evaluation & School Selection [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2011, 13:44
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Hello 2012MBAApplicant, thanks for your question.

My biggest question for you is what your career goals are because your ability to answer the “Why MBA?” question directly hinges on that. You seem to have strong academics and experiences, but you will need to demonstrate to the admissions committees that your desired career path necessitates an MBA. Identify the specific gaps that stand between you and your short- and long-term goals (knowledge, skills, experiences, network, etc.) and show how business school would directly address those gaps.

I agree with your school choice and think that the latter schools you list would be slight reaches but not outside your grasp necessarily – worth applying to along with CBS, Haas, and Anderson.

My biggest concern is your GMAT. Your overall GMAT is fine, but I worry about the 56% on the quant side. Usually, we recommend 80+% especially for schools like Wharton and Chicago. And, as you know, your 710 overall score would not move the needle as much as it would otherwise, given that you come from an overrepresented demographic in the MBA applicant pool. This might complicate your chances at the top echelon programs.

Best of luck,
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Re: Profile Evaluation & School Selection [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2011, 13:50
Hi Brian,

Thanks for the input - I really appreciate it. I agree with your points on explaining why MBA and how these specific programs will bridge the gap between my past work experience and future work experience (goal is to join the investment management industry). I have been able to tie my case experience (specialization on mutual fund cases, portfolio management cases, and hedge fund cases) to explain my interest in the field. The logical next step would be to pursue an MBA to supplement that experience with academic theory and opportunities for practical application (CBS, Haas, and Anderson all provide opportunities for students to join investment clubs, student-run portfolios, etc).

To clarify the GMAT issue, I accidentally inverted my scores on my first post. My Quantiative is a 48 (80th percentile) and my verbal is a 40 (89th percentile). Hopefully this slightly helps my chances at least on the GMAT front.

Thanks again!
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Re: Profile Evaluation & School Selection [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2012, 08:42
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Sounds good, and your explanation of the GMAT score is a relief!

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