Hey there Andre,
Thanks for all the info! Let's get into it, shall we?
Ok, let's talk your overall profile first, then I'll address your schools. Academics
: Your GMAT is in the 700 club so that's nice. It isn't exactly a differentiator (in that it isn't > 720) but it's respectable and solid. One note though - it is blatantly obvious verbal carried you. Your overall GPA (which is the GPA schools report for rankings) is on the lower side but it's in play and within the range, albeit on the low end of that range. Overall, however, I'm not concerned with your academics. From a reporting standpoint, your GMAT works well and your GPA isn't great but it balances out effectively. The other concern would be with your GPA and Quant GMAT score, the question could be raised if you have what it takes to cut it in an MBA program that is quantitative. However, your work experience quickly puts that concern to rest - you clearly understand analyses (and complex ones at that). Overall, not a differentiator but not something against you either. Prof. Experiences
: I'm not going to spend too much time on this section. Suffice it to say you've got this covered. There's enough good stuff here to work with and hit all the key themes. Short and sweet. Extracurriculars
: This is an interesting one. On the surface, it isn't exactly a long litany of involvements. However, that's almost good in this case! You are clearly invested in this organization and you can't put a price on that. I really like this actually. I think it would be worthwhile to augment this section with at least lip service to a list of hobbies (to add personality) but I think you can speak enough to this involvement that any adcom will understand even though it's only one activity on paper, that it goes deep and sits close to your hear.
Outside of this, you didn't mention much about what you did in college but at least you have ROTC and I'm sure you have a few other things. It'll cover that base as well.
Ok - now onto what you really wanted to talk about, schools! CBS
: Yes, hit this one early if you really want to go there. Keep in mind, it's binding. I think with your profile, Columbia straddles the line between stretch and aligned for you. The main reason I say that are your academic stats. Unfortunately, they do matter a little bit and that's my only real concern. If you're not entirely set on Columbia, then just apply sooner rather than later given they have rolling admissions. Early / 1st
: CBS, Booth, Tuck - I moved Kellogg out and put Tuck in because of their relative strengths and focuses. If you want to continue in PE, even though Tuck is of a slightly lower rank, it's a stronger program. 2nd
: Stern, Darden, MIT. I think Stern and Darden may be better suited for you personally. MIT is an amazing program but there is a chance there you get too sucked into the quant side. Stern and Darden both are great quant programs too but they will ensure a strong exposure to general management as well.
Hmm - I wrote a lot but I hope this answers most of your questions! Now - your turn. Any other questions? Comments? Concerns?
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