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What are the top 10 MBA college in finance to look after with 700 to 720 gmat score ?

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New post 26 Jan 2019, 13:41
It's hard to say since the strength of your candidacy depends on a lot more than just your GMAT score. You could potentially get into a school like Harvard, Stanford, Booth or Wharton with a 700-720 (even though it's a bit on the low end & not a differentiating score at those schools) if you had an application that really stood out in other ways. On the flip side, you could be rejected from a school ranked in the 20s with that score. GMAT is important, but it's just one piece of the puzzle. It's critical to convey a unique value proposition to the adcom. They want to know how your personal and work experiences have shaped you, what meaningful accomplishments you've had in your career, what you can uniquely contribute inside the classroom and out, and finally - what exactly you plan to accomplish post-MBA and WHY that's your passion. The essay questions are increasingly personal at top schools as well. They no only want to know what you've accomplished professionally but also who you are as a person. How you'll contribute to class mix is a factor as well. If you come from a really unique demographic or under-represented background (either in terms of demographics or work experience) the adcom may be willing to overlook a GMAT that's slightly below their average. In contrast, if you come from a overrepresented demogrphic and/or if you come from one that tends to have very high GMAT scores, you will need a GMAT that's quite high to be competitive. For example, GMAT scores among Indian male engineers tend to often be 740+ at schools where the average among the general student population is ~700; so if you are coming from that demographic, you are going to be compared against the 740+ scores of your peers.

All of that said, generally speaking you want to at least hit and ideally exceed a school's averages (GMAT & GPA) so you can use that as a guide, but definitely consider all of these other points in determining which schools are the best fit for you.

In terms of finance, HBS, Stanford, Wharton, Booth, NYU, Columbia, MIT, Haas, Ross, and Duke are all well known. Tepper would be an option to consider as well depending on your score and the other aspects of your application.

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