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New post 07 Dec 2017, 12:06
Hey Guys,
I am a current senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison applying to MSF programs for Fall 2018.

Academic Stats:
GPA: 3.55 (one F, freshman year, just took too many courses)
Major GPA : 3.8
Majors: Economics and Computer Science
Work Experience: 1 Analyst internship at an M&A boutique in NYC, Two software engineering internships, Tutoring
GRE: Haven't given it yet, but expect to be in the 325-330 range
Recommendations: One from my supervisor, one from a professor at College, both should be good
Citizenship: International Student

Schools Applying to:

Vanderbilt MS Finance
UofT MS Finance
NYU Financial Mathematics
Princeton MS Finance
MIT Mfin
UChicago MS Financial Mathematics
UC Berkeley Financial Engineering
BU MS Finance

Please do let me know my chances at the above colleges as well as any suggestions/tips.
Thank you!
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New post 12 Dec 2017, 00:43
Good GPA. UW - Madison is a great school. Very good internship experience and recommendations. Assuming your GRE is equivalent to say a 700 GMAT or higher, I think you'd be competitive for Vanderbilt, UT - Austin, with MIT being a stretch.

The MFE programs, not sure. Your scores are in line and assuming you have the math background, I can see you being a good applicant for most of the programs.

Princeton would be your longest shot. I personally think you have no chance there, but that is for you to decide.
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New post 15 Dec 2017, 11:56
Thank you for your response! I have a few follow up questions -
Why do you think Princeton is harder to get into than MIT? Do they focus more on GPA?
Do you think my GPA is good enough to have a shot at MIT? Or to at least get an interview?
Any other programs you would suggest that I have not mentioned on here?
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New post 17 Dec 2017, 14:05
badger2018 wrote:
Thank you for your response! I have a few follow up questions -
Why do you think Princeton is harder to get into than MIT? Do they focus more on GPA?
Do you think my GPA is good enough to have a shot at MIT? Or to at least get an interview?
Any other programs you would suggest that I have not mentioned on here?
Thanks!


I say Princeton is harder because if you look at the profile of students, you'll see many of them have a number of years of high quality, professional experience. The program truly is a MBA substitute. MIT on the other hand has a number of kids without much experience and is more in line with other MSF programs.

As for do you have a shot at MIT, your GPA is pretty good, GRE slightly below their average. I think because you are a domestic, went to a great UG, etc, you might as well apply if you have the time and money.

As for other schools, you really list the bulk of the main programs. I wouldn't really add more than this.
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