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720 good enough to apply to HBS, GSB and Wharton?

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New post 21 Jun 2018, 10:24
Guys,

I will be applying R1 this year to HBS, GSB and Wharton.

Please see below for my stats
- GMAT: 760 (Q49/V40/ IR 7/ AWA 6) and GPA of 3.6
- Top liberal arts college - major in math and econ
- Work: IBD at a BB and PE

What are my chances of getting into these schools with this stats?

Thanks!

Woudld 720 or 750 make or break an application? Meaning if they would accept me at 750, then I assume they would accept me at 720 and vice versa? If they reject, then 720 or 750 won't make a difference.
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New post 22 Jun 2018, 09:35
Hi bondtradercu,

Thank you for your post. You've shared very little information, so it's difficult to reply with nuanced input. You have a strong GMAT, solid GPA in quant majors, and seemingly strong work experience (though we don't know anything beyond "IBD at a BB and PE"). What about your involvement? Personal story? Where are you from? How long have you worked? What makes you unique? GMAT scores, GPAs, and "where you've worked" are not enough to offer a real opinion on your prospects at H/S/W.

I will say that even if the rest of your profile is strong, HBS and Stanford should almost always be viewed as reaches. 760/3.6/PE can give you a platform to have a chance, but we would need to know the rest of your profile and story, it would need to be sterling, and you would need to execute extremely well across elements of the application (and get a little lucky). As an example, take a look at HBS's "Who Are We Looking For?" -- Habit of Leadership and Engaged Community Citizenship are critical. We don't know anything about those for you based on what you've shared.

As to your question -- if you have a 760 GMAT, then why the concern over whether a given program would accept you at 720 versus 750? In any case, the short answer to question is that there is quite a big difference between a 720 and a 750, and that could very well be the difference between acceptance or rejection at H/S/W or other programs (though not always). The GMAT is only piece of the application puzzle, but a 720 is 10 to 20 points behind the median for those programs, while a 750 is above it. Plenty of folks get in with 720s, but all else equal, someone with a 750 has better chances than someone with a 720. (Context and demographics matter greatly, too.)

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bondtradercu wrote:
Guys,

I will be applying R1 this year to HBS, GSB and Wharton.

Please see below for my stats
- GMAT: 760 (Q49/V40/ IR 7/ AWA 6) and GPA of 3.6
- Top liberal arts college - major in math and econ
- Work: IBD at a BB and PE

What are my chances of getting into these schools with this stats?

Thanks!

Woudld 720 or 750 make or break an application? Meaning if they would accept me at 750, then I assume they would accept me at 720 and vice versa? If they reject, then 720 or 750 won't make a difference.

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Also, regarding the question asked in the post -- a 720 is "good enough to apply" to HBS, GSB, and Wharton, but (1) anyone doing so should be aware of the fact that their GMAT is behind the curve for those programs (the rest of that person's profile, story, and application execution matter exorbitantly) and (2) a school strategy that includes only H/S/W is almost always going to be overly aggressive and unwise, save for a small group individuals who are already in a fantastic situation that they would "only give up" for H/S/W. Otherwise, whether with a 760 or a 720, applicants should almost always consider a wider range of schools and more diversified school strategy that align with their preferences and needs.
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New post 22 Jun 2018, 23:15
Hi,

GMAT is one of the criteria for b-schools and not the sole make or break factor. A lot also depends on how you write your applications and whether your story resonates with the ADCOMS.
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New post 07 Jul 2018, 00:41
bondtradercu 720 is likely NOT strong enough but it entirely depends upon how overrepresented or underrepresented you are. For a white finance guy, very unlikely, Iranian feminist, very likely. Of course the process is holistic, but in terms of this component, driven by the average GMAT score for your peer group, those with similar work background, citizenship etc.
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