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Public Undergrad B-School to Top-5 MBA?

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Public Undergrad B-School to Top-5 MBA? [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2011, 16:35
I want to apply to Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, UChicago, and London Business School. I know I should have safety schools, but I don't think it's worth paying for many other programs. My undergrad is from a public institution and I'm wondering if that will negatively impact my chances of getting into one of the elite private universities. It was far from a slack program so I'm hoping the admission committee will consider that. Also, I'm gay, and wondering if I should mention that in my essays because it's important to me. Can you guys offer advice?

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University of Virginia—McIntire School of Commerce
B.S. Commerce, Marketing & Management
double major in English
semester abroad in London

GMAT: 740

Work experience: 3 years, Analyst @ F500 company (two promotions)

I have some accomplishments that contributed to significant cost savings and marketing insights that I plan to highlight. My company's kind of unique, there are no other F500 in the same retail market because it capitalizes on what used to be smaller private ventures. I hope that I can use that uniqueness to boost my chances.

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Re: Public Undergrad B-School to Top-5 MBA? [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2011, 16:57
UVA is a strong school, with a good reputation. It will certainly not be a negative asterisk on your application.

Edit: just realized this was in the admission consultants forum, so probably not my place to post, given that I'm not an admission consultant.
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Re: Public Undergrad B-School to Top-5 MBA? [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2011, 17:40
As jko said, UVA is a very reputable school, public or private.

At the top schools, you'll see a good chunk of alums from the top public schools like UVA, Texas, UCLA, Cal, and Michigan. They're generally viewed pretty favorably, and on par (and sometimes even better than, depending on the individual adcom's own opinion) with private institutions like NYU, USC, and Northwestern. For example, Cal has one of the top engineering programs in the country. Similarly, UVA has one of the most reputable undergrad business programs. So it's not going to be a negative at all - and in a way is a positive because of where you went.

In other words, you'll find that if you add up the following schools, it'll account for the majority of folks that attended US colleges at the top MBA programs:

Ivy
Ivy equivalent (Stanford, MIT, Caltech, Duke)
Top lib arts (7 sisters, Williams, Swarthmore, Amherst, Bowdoin, etc.)
NYU, USC, Northwestern, UVA, Texas, UCLA, Cal, Michigan
US service academies

Doesn't mean that you can't get in if you aren't from these schools, but that the folks who went to the top schools tended to have stronger job opportunities after college (i.e. getting recruited from the top banks, consulting firms, F500, etc.)

As for being gay, if it's something that is important to you (beyond just your personal life, but where you've been involved in community organizations and activism), then it's something you should definitely talk about.
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Re: Public Undergrad B-School to Top-5 MBA? [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2011, 07:10
Hey Alex, I was curious where you feel Carnegie Mellon University would fall in terms of the applicant pool? I double majored in InfoSystems and Business (Tepper School of Business)

I consider my undergrad + ~750 GMAT* to be a pretty strong base for my applications, in that I can't imagine they'd close any doors. Would you agree?

Two of the main schools I'm looking at are Dartmouth and MIT.

*in that ball park, estimated based on MGMAT and GMAT Prep scores.
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Re: Public Undergrad B-School to Top-5 MBA? [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2011, 07:52
Oops. Yes, Carnegie Mellon would be in there as well (there's a few I missed off the top of my head in addition to NYU, Northwestern, USC, such as UChicago, Georgetown, etc).
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Re: Public Undergrad B-School to Top-5 MBA?   [#permalink] 22 Apr 2011, 07:52
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