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Hello all,

Long time listener, first time caller.

I am still 3-4 years out from even considering a MBA move, but if I were to seek a MBA, I would want to aim for a top 20 program.

My real problem is I have a 3.2 GPA (around the same major) from a private university who I believe is somewhere in the #140-160 rank in overall undergraduate business program according to US News. Based on that, I know I'm not a subpar Ivy graduate nor a top student at a non-ivy league school so I understand the odds may be against me.

I graduated from BS with majors in accounting & finance. I have obtained my CPA and will be working towards my CFA in the coming future. My plan would largely be to discuss how I was immature in college and really just followed my high school routine which was not put enough effort in and get B's instead of A's. My lowest grade in undergrad was a C+ so it isn't like it's D/F's, I just had a lot of subpar B's. I was planning on saying how I took my education for granted and how I worked on that through earning my CPA & CFA.

I currently work in public accounting and plan to move into a investment analyst role. The good thing is that there are a number of different opportunities for finance students in my city besides the standard big banks and financial firms. I feel I could use that experience to set myself apart from someone who may have worked at a big brand name bank for 2-3 years.

After taking the CPA and feeling confident about the CFA, I feel confident I can work hard and get the results I need on the GMATs. Based on this forum and class profiles, I see the upper range I need to aim for. That is something I'm fine with and hope to achieve.

I am always looking for ways to give back to my community through involvement and joining organizations, but I'm not really sure what organizations/groups MBA schools would be interested in.

That is where I am at in a nutshell. I was just curious if you think this white guy could have a chance of fighting for a place in a top 10- top 20 MBA program.

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Hi there,
If you still have 3-4 years until you apply, you should use this time to make your profile stronger. Try to accumulate impressive work experience (promotions, manage people) and continue with the community involvement. I recommend using the online chances calculator on our site to get a general indication of your chances and find areas for improvement, and also read this page with suggested timeline that will help you plan ahead: https://aringo.com/ideal-timeline-for-mba-application/
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Thanks for sharing your profile. You will def want to make your GMAT a major priority. This will be the best way to counteract your low GPA. Given the time you have till applying, focus on your ECs, and how you can have meaningful engagement in these opportunities. Those particularly that help your interpersonal development and you can take a leadership role. Also, your work experience is super important, so really focus on kicking butt here and securing as much leadership experience as possible while making an impact at your firm...results matter!
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