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What MBA programs should I apply? [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2010, 01:08
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I just took my GMAT yesterday and will start doing my application next week.
Below is my profile. Can you please help to see if the range of schools is ok for me. Thanks

GMAT: 720(Q50/V37)
GPA: 3.3 <-- (a bit worried about this)
Major: Computer Science
Undergrad Uni: National University of Singapore
Age/Nationality: 24/Vietnamese
Graduated: 12/2009
Experience: 2 years

Resume:
Work:
- Assistant Director - Professional Services Consultant @ Moody's : 10/2009 - Present (Australia)
- Associate - Product Engineer @ Moody's : 01/2009 - 10/2009 (Singapore)
- Research Internship @ INRIA (French National Institute of Computer Science and Automation): Summer 2008 (France)
- Summer Analyst @ Credit Suisse: Summer 2007 (Singapore)

Academic:
- Highest score for Final Year Project (A)
- Publish and Present research paper in an international conference (Conference was held in Indonesia)

Exra Curriculum Activities:
- Volunteer to Summer Program in Vietnam to help financially disadvantaged families in Country Side
- Volunteer to help out families having post-Vietnam war effects
- Donate to help out families of Vietnam soldiers in Vietnam war before

Schools I'm thinking of applying to are:
Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Cornell, Stanford.

I don't know if all of the schools mentioned above are difficult for me. I kind of need to study next year so I would like to have at least 2 safe options.

Can anyone recommend which school should I choose?

Thank you very much.
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Re: What MBA programs should I apply? [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2010, 09:50
All of those schools will be hard to get into, you have no safeties in there. Consider moving down the list for safeties, i can t really tell you what schools because i don't know what you want to do post MBA.
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Re: What MBA programs should I apply? [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2010, 15:02
Hi,
After finishing MBA, i would like to work in a finance firm (like my current employer Moody's) or do some management consultancy.

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Re: What MBA programs should I apply? [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2010, 15:33
MC becomes hard outside of the top 20ish or so.
For finance you can go a little lower.
That said, you can get a job at a big firm from a lower ranked school it will just be harder
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Re: What MBA programs should I apply? [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2010, 15:42
If I were you, I'd only apply to Harvard and Stanford if you have money to burn -- I think that your profile has near insurmountable odds against those pools.

Columbia seems like a good reach school to leave in, and in my opinion, ought to be your #1 target so much that you should apply ED.

NYU and Cornell are good fit schools that I think you have a very reasonable chance of acceptance at. I would add Duke and Carnegie Mellon to your research list. Maybe an outside look at Boston College and Rochester as potential safety schools.
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Re: What MBA programs should I apply? [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2010, 17:24
Thanks a lot for your advice. I'm starting doing my application for Cornell right now since their round 2 will be closed next week on 11/09/2010.
I just took my GMAT 2 days ago only. I can only start my essays this week.
Do you think it's a bit rush for me to aim finishing the application next Tuesday? Will it any harm if i'm aiming for next round (Jan 2011)?
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Re: What MBA programs should I apply? [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2010, 18:27
Looking quickly at last year's Cornell thread, there was a nice success rate for R3 candidates at Cornell. If your application is going to suffer by pushing it too quickly, I would definitely hold back for R3. Just stay out of Cornell R4.
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Re: What MBA programs should I apply? [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2010, 04:25
Thank you very much.
I'll take your advice. Will concentrate on my essays. Hope that I will be able to get in NYU or Cornell.
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