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So So GPA and left Big 4...

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So So GPA and left Big 4... [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2014, 07:50
27/M/African American with CPA

Currently I am a financial analyst at a medium sized company and have regularly gotten high ratings. I stayed at a Big 4 firm for 1 year (actually 9 months) and absolutely hated it and left.

GMAT: 730

Northern Illinois University: 3.25/4.0 GPA with 3.95/4.0 in major (3.25 is a result of premed classes at different school while playing college football, A's in nearly all finance and accounting classes)

Started online network/forum for accounting and finance career advancement and help (site makes significant profit also). I started tutoring services for kids needing help with accounting (all free) and volunteer with inner city kids helping one get to and through college.

I have ran a probono social media marketing firm for nonprofit organizations (They will be my letters of recommendation)

Any top 25 but specifically Ross, Farqua, Stern, Booth, Kelley would be great (#1 is Ross) and looking to apply R1 2015

I want to use the MBA as a career change into a brand management role with the long term goal of starting a hands on charity helping inner city kids get motivated for college.

My concern would be that I left Big 4 and now my job doesn't scream out "prestigious", not that a Big 4 job did. My overall GPA also isn't amazing by any means. I think my strengths will be things I did outside of work with charities. What do you guys thin
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At the risk of over-simplifying, an African-American applicant with a 730 can pretty much write his own ticket. There are far fewer applicants from the African American pool than b-schools need to properly diversify their programs, so you should be sought after in the application process. Of course the key will be in packaging your story well (non-prestigious firm is not a problem if you sell the passion for what you want to do and how you have prepared yourself to do it). If I were your consultant, I would advise you to put into the mix at least a couple of top 10 schools. I would also recommend applying to a couple of schools in the third round since third round is often looking for some niche applicants to fill spots they need and you could potentially bump out some folks. Let us know if we can help. We actually have a third round guarantee going right now.

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