Hey guys, I'm looking at my round two schools and trying to find out where I should apply. I've done a lot of research but I'd love to hear from some other perspectives
27 y/o at matriculation w/ 4 years financial advisor experience at a very good firm, albeit on the retail level. I do a lot of public speaking, have management experience, and very strong recommendations.
740 GMAT (48q/44v)
3.11 GPA (bachelors of business administration in Finance from a state university ranked 40-60)
Decreasing GPA (3.45 GPA fresh/sophomore, 2.75 gpa junior/senior), but it was caused by starting my own company my junior and senior year. All A's in my math classes (stat/calc)
I developed an alternate transcript with two classes from UCLA in person, Financial Statement Analysis and Financial Risk management, and earned As in both... because they're high level business/finance classes I hope it'll go a long way. My goal is to go into corporate strategy or corporate finance, but not as a consultant.
I'm looking at rotational leadership programs, and hoping to use my knowledge of finance, my knowledge of consumers, and my public speaking experience to help me make the transition.
So far, I've applied to Wharton and University of Chicago... both are long reaches for me, but I really really liked University of Chicago's finance-leaning program, and they're really pushing to develop their corp strategy as well.
For my more realistic schools, I'm looking at schools that are OK with lower GPAs, but that will also get me to where I want to go, so I'm looking hard at the following:
Duke / Fuqua: strong consulting focus, strong strategy programs, placed 10% of their class in rotational leadership programs
Emory / Goizueta: I'm from Atlanta, and if I want to go to a regional school, I'd love that region to be back in my hometown where I'm networked.
UVA / Darden: This seems like a great overall program, but it has been hard for me to discover what their true specialty is. They seem to place people in all kinds of different positions.
UT / McCombs: I love Texas, and the salary numbers coming out of this school are very impressive... if I can't get a job in a rotational leadership position, being an energy trader would be just as cool (if not more so).... although I know that that would be even more difficult.
I'm also open to other suggestions, with the one caveat that I have a very large dog, so living in NYC is out.
This is a real shame, because both NYU and Columbia both seem to care a lot more about the GMAT than the GPA, and both are also very heavily integrated with my current firm and banking/finance in general.
I also cannot go the usual route and do a couple of years in management consulting because i can't be away from home for five days every week. I have no problem working 100 hours a week, I just need to be able to let my dog out once a day.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated
And no, I will not give up my dog to live in NYC
What are your thoguhts on the differences between UVA, Duke, and Emory?