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Hoping to get an idea of which programs I can realistically target... Here are the stats:
- 3.7 GPA from top ranked southern state school, major in Finance w/ a minor in accounting. 4.00 major GPA including multiple calc classes - 2 years FDP at top 5 oil & gas company including a rotation spent overseas in Africa (7 months) - 1+ years in energy trading (power) - 720 GMAT (Q47/V42) ... Slipped up on math (70%) w/ a few early mistakes but have taken multiple calc classes w/ A grades in each. Math was actually always my best subject in school. - ECs include some volunteering, intramural sports, leadership position in business fraternity and captain of high school soccer team - I'm sure I can find a few half decent Rec's
Ideally I'd want to shoot for a top ten school but not sure how high I can aim (H/S/W?). I'd also be interested in both Insead and LBS if I can make it in. What do you think my odds are at these schools?
I think you are in really good shape. Good GPA and GMAT.
LBS is definitely within range. Insead too but you would need to satisfy their language requirement. HBS and Stanford is going to be a crapshoot just because the odds are tough. You really need to have something that stands out and put together a great application. Other top 10 schools are do-able, just a matter of execution and standing out.
It looks like you have a solid foundation for an application. Are you being modest about recs though? If not, definitely work on developing a mentee relationship with people at work.
Also, I might consider a GMAT re-write to improve the quant portion of your score. Even a 49 would put you in the 80-80 club and show adcoms that you are committed to the MBA process and are self-aware enough to recognize that it is an area that could be improved. Furthermore, while 720 is solid it won't turn heads at the schools you are considering -I understand it is a bit less score driven in Europe but if your dream is Wharton, CBS, Booth - top quant focused schools a few more points could help.
I would rather push through another exam than worry about using valuable space to describe how 47 is a one-off average score and not indicative versus the prowess you displayed in quanty college courses.
Good luck with the apps!
Last edited by FunnyReference on 10 Dec 2013, 11:41, edited 1 time in total.
Re: Which schools should I target?
05 Dec 2013, 16:15
Check out this awesome article about Anderson on Poets Quants, http://poetsandquants.com/2015/01/02/uclas-anderson-school-morphs-into-a-friendly-tech-hub/ . Anderson is a great place! Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I...