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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