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New post 10 May 2016, 05:20
Hello all,
Long-time lurker, first-time poster.

This application cycle has certainly been interesting for me, I was rejected by every school I applied to (couple top 15 and some top 10) but I was accepted to a top 20 program with a full scholarship. I am interested in banking and would like your opinion as to whether or not I should reapply for the next year to a couple more top programs.

The reason that I am even considering this is because I feel I did quite poorly with my interviews and overall packaging of my application (I would get an admissions consultant to help with that this time but the experience from this year would prove invaluable as well. Additionally, I will be getting promoted to manager very soon and feel like the experience as a manager would really help me career-wise.

My background is that I have a 3.6 GPA from a top-30 US university, 3.45 GPA grad school GPA (accounting), 750 GMAT, 5 years experience (2 at big four accounting, 3 at fortune 500), and I would be considering the following schools (plus maybe a couple more to diversify, but these are the definite choices):

-Booth (rejected last cycle)
-Darden (rejected last cycle)
-Sloan
-Kellogg
-Tuck
-Ross

One additional bit of information: I'm 30 already and I'm not sure if it's even worth delaying this process for a year if my age will be viewed as a negative.

To everyone who has made it to the end of the post, thank you so much! Your advice would be greatly appreciated.
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New post 10 May 2016, 07:26
I was going to advice you to accept the scholarship and move on until I saw your promotion and your credentials. As you stated, it seems you have done poorly in interview and arguably in your essays. I think you can reapply next year but you need to hire good consultant to shine you and show your achievements and leadership skills, especially with schools that rejected you last season. Also, being in one of the top 10-15 schools would increase your probability to enter the banking sector. You may consider Columbia and Stern.

I do not believe your age is an obstacle as the mean is 28 and you are not far from it.

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New post 10 May 2016, 18:31
I saw you posted it in all of the consultant forums - probably not the best idea because they all check to see if you chose them or if you decided to horse-run them. They'll probably reply but I wouldn't expect them to put any more effort into it than you have into putting your post together.


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