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New post 20 Jul 2005, 17:41

I need an evaluation of my case:


32 year old Indian female
GMAT SCORE- 720 (Q49, V-40) but was my 4th attempt (previous scores were below 600)
1) Bachelor of Commerce,
2) Chartered Accountant(a very tough examination to pass),
3) Cost and works accountant(India)(another tough exam)
We dont have a GPA system in India- but have been a good student throughout
3) CPA (USA)

Have stood 20th at an all India level during my final level at the cost and works accountants exam
7+ years solid work experience in India,out of which 1 1/2 year work exp in an Audit firm in a big sized Accounting firm in India. 6 years in one of the Big banks in India with 4 years as trader in the Investment Banking division. Was heading the desk
Currently in US - permanent Resident

Community service:
Was a cadet in the Road Side Patrol during my High School.

Extracurricular activities:
Active member of the English Literary circle during undergraduate days
Started and remained an active contributor to the Investment Banking newsletter during my Banking career
Other interests: swimming, tennis, gardening


Should be able to get some good recommendations from my previous employers.

Future Goals:
A career in Investment Banking

Schools that I am targetting: Fall 2006
1. Wharton
2. Chicago GSB
3. Columbia
4. Harvard
5. Stanford
6. Kellogg
7. NYU
8. Duke

I would like your comments on the following questions:

1) Is my choice of schools realistic. Can you advise me on some specific schools in which I stand a good chance?
2) Would my multiple GMAT attempts ruin my chances of getting into a top 10 B-school ?
3) I have heard that Harvard and Stanford look for younger students. Should I apply to them considering my age?
4) I am currently unemployed- will it decrease my chances ? - I do not have any US work experience.
5) I am planning to apply to 4-5 universities in the first round and then apply to a couple more in the second round so that I get time to concentrate on each application

Any comments are welcome,

Thanks and regards

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New post 22 Jul 2005, 05:55
I think you're applying to way too many schools. I can guarantee that you would have a very difficult time managing the applications and giving appropriate treatment to that many schools. Applicants think they improve their chances by applying to more schools, but many actually reduce them.

Your background meshes well with your career goals which is great. I'd recommend that you take a look at University of Rochester as a potential school. NYU, Columbia and Chicago also sound like good schools to apply too. You may want to consider reducing your targets from there and really focusing on a core set (4 or 5) schools).

You might need to explain your unemployment to the school -- how long, why, etc.

Applying 4 times to the GMAT and then showing improvement on the last time around may raise eyebrows.

If you've never worked in the US, then it might be difficult to get into those schools. The vast majority of Indian students at US schools either have US work experience are Indian-American.

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