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What are my chances??? [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2011, 13:48
Any insight/advice/comments would be very appreciated!

GMAT 660 (42Q, 38V, 6AWA)
Undergrad GPA 3.4 from State School (upward trending over 4 years)
Finance Major (3.6 Major GPA)
3.5 Years Commercial Banking
2.5 Years Investment Management
Passed CFA Level II Exam, CAIA Charter Holder

Extra Curriculars: Treasurer of non-profit ($7mm in assets, so decent size, lead M&A negotiations with similar non-profit), Finance Committee of another non-profit (about the same size), Rotarian, Junior Achievment Economics program for local elementary school, volunteer at many other charities/non profits, active in a lot of sports (Tough Mudder :) ), traveled (although by no means worldly). Extra curriculars while in College were probably more than now (if that matters).

Recs: I think they will be really impressive - I know everyone says that, but they will be from very senior/well respected people in the IM field.

Long term career goal: Stay in IM (likely) or transition to PE post MBA (not as likely)

These are the schools I plan on applying to:
BU or BC (not sure yet)

So do I have a shot at these? Any other schools that should be on my list? Will my GMAT hold me back? Will my GMAT Quant score be a deal breaker for these schools even though I have done very well in all my undergrad math courses, work in a quantitative field, and have been studying for the CFA? Thanks!!!
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Re: What are my chances??? [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2011, 18:38
Your GMAT will be a handicap at some of the top schools you mentioned, specifically Booth, Wharton, and Johnson, where the average GMAT goes from 700 and up. The other ones you should be competitive for.

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Re: What are my chances??? [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2011, 07:56
Cornell's averages are actually 3.25/687, so I think you'll be in the mix there, but yeah Penn and Chicago could be pretty tough.

My advice is to retake the GMAT. You clearly have some quantitative strengths that didn't translate to the GMAT the first time around, so force yourself to learn the GMAT game. This is probably the most significant thing you could accomplish before applying.

I think you're an auto-admit at BU/BC/UNC, solid numbers for Cornell and Texas, difficult time with Penn/Chicago since you're under the average for both GPA and GMAT, but I'm sure your apps there would be looked at with possibility. Also, I'm assuming that you're a non-URM male here. :)

Your profile as a whole looks good though, I like your WE and EC. But again, if you have the time you should give yourself every advantage you can -- hit the GMAT again.
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Re: What are my chances??? [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2011, 08:41
Thanks to those that replied. I agree that improving my GMAT score would be the best move I could make to strengthen my app. I was really trying to avoid taking the GMAT more than once though!!! My practice exams did not indicate that I had much upside by retaking the exam (perhaps 30 or 40 points max) plus I really feel that the GMATs only purpose is getting me into school. I know that sounds really obvious, but I tend to feel there are other things (Networking, learning a programming language, etc) I could be doing with my time that would strengthen my long term career prospects better than studying for the GMAT - Ok, maybe it's just me avoiding studying for it again :). On the other hand, if I am lucky enough to get into one of these schools, even if its not my first choice, I feel I can be successful in the IM field.

Oh well, I suppose I will try one more time...
Re: What are my chances???   [#permalink] 09 Jun 2011, 08:41
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