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Where to apply? [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2013, 18:04
I am a 24 year old white male applicant with 3 years of work experience at MBB, a 690 GMAT score (48/36 and 6.0), a 3.8 GPA from a top 20 school and significant extracurricular involvement during and after undergraduate studies.

I am applying first round to the following schools:

-Columbia ED

Does this seem like a reasonable mix of programs given my profile? Any suggestions on schools that should be added or removed?

Thanks for the feedback!
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Re: Where to apply? [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2013, 19:47
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That seems pretty reasonable to me. Keep in mind, though, that if you get into Columbia ED, you are supposed to withdraw your application from all other schools (e.g., HBS).

You say you are a white male, but is English your native language? If so, you may want to retake the GMAT if you have time. I'd expect you can improve your score on the verbal side with a little more practice.
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Re: Where to apply? [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2013, 21:06
Yeah, I agree. I think you should retake the GMAT if those are the only schools on the list. I know it's probably going to go down to the wire if you go this route, but improving verbal is a lot easier for a native speaker than improving quant (which you don't need to improve at all; it's great). Half the class at HBS, for example, has a score over 730. Obviously, half the class has below a 730 as well. But keep in mind that a large percentage of the lower GMAT scorers are "unique" - meaning they are from some under represented category whether it be nationalitiy, industry, etc. Or they invented something or started a big company.

If retaking the exam is not an option, I would add some more schools to your list. Good luck!
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