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Where to apply? Low GPA/High GMAT [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2010, 11:24
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I will be graduating next May with an accounting degree, minor economics. I should end up with around a 3.2. I have taken a practice test without any studying and scored 700; after analyzing my distribution I expect to increase this approx 50 pts with study. I am involved in many extracurriculars but few leadership roles, and will have completed a summer class at LSE.

My ultimate goal is to work in finance for a BB bank. Probably investment banking, maybe sales & trading, or investment management type work.

I am looking at MSF programs in the US and Europe and am not sure what schools are realistic options because of my relatively low GPA. I am most interested in Vanderbilt, HEC Paris, and Warwick. I believe the Europe schools have better placement records. I didn't list LSE/Oxbridge because I don't think I have a shot.

US -
Vanderbilt
Wash U St Louis
Villanova
UIUC

UK/Europe
Warwick
Imperial
Cass
St Gallen
SSE
HEC Paris
Bocconi

If anyone has any advice as to the competitiveness of these schools and my potential as an applicant, please let me know. Also feel free to recommend other good programs.
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Re: Where to apply? Low GPA/High GMAT [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2010, 11:49
not familiar with any US schools for MSF but from the european list I d go for HEC..... highly respectable for french IBs......alternatively from UK i d choose imperial...very goo school, not there yet in terms of a business school but certainly "up and coming" in the european rankings
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Re: Where to apply? Low GPA/High GMAT [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2010, 12:39
For the US programs I think you will get into Nova and UIUC. I think Vandy is a stretch and WashU is the biggest "reach" of them all. Between Nova and UIUC I'd say Nova is the best choice. Good placement in Philadelphia and NYC for mostly MM IB and some BB IB. It is a solid program that is underrated in my opinion. If you need any information on these programs PM me. I know someone at Nova and I will be attending WashU in the Fall. Best of luck.
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Re: Where to apply? Low GPA/High GMAT [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2010, 17:23
Thanks for the info nbd52. I will probably look into the Villanova program then, and Vandy may be a "reach" school to apply for. Wash U wasn't really as appealing to me as Vandy, regardless of it's status.

Zisis, do you think HEC is a possible option for an applicant with my profile? I know many of the Euro unis look for 2:1 degrees in applicants - not sure how hard it is to get in below that. From research online it seems HEC/warwick/imperial are all excellent options for London banking.
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Re: Where to apply? Low GPA/High GMAT [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2010, 18:54
Just one more thing I forgot to mention in my previous post. I have heard a few bad things about UIUC. The biggest negative is some truly terrible placement statistics. There was another poster on this forum who came here to discuss the program (he had just finished his first semester there) and he said the program was mostly international students and they had really terrible placement statistics (this was a few months before graduation). From what I have heard it isn't a very program (someone correct me if I am wrong on this). Of the programs you are interested in (excluding WUSTL) Vandy is the best in the US. Good luck!
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