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Please evaluate my profile. Thanks in advance.

Born in Ukraine, immigrated to the United States at the age of 14, now US citizen working in the former USSR countries (Ukraine, Russia) since 2006/Male/25
Education: UCLA, accepted as high school valedictorian with full 4-year scholarship, majoring in Business Economics and minoring in Accounting and Political Science.

I went undergrad to UCLA and graduated in 2006. I had full merit-based scholarship at UCLA and was accepted there as a high school class valedictorian (first in class of more than 600). Since I was born outside the United States and immigrated to the US when I was 14, English is not my native language. I also had to work full time during all 4 undergrad years to help my family and younger sister. Due to full time employment (and perhaps very difficult curves at UCLA), I maintained just 3.2 undegrad GPA. GMAT is 720.

My work experience includes working for international financial organisation (such as IMF & World Bank), where I already had two promotions based on the results. I am working as a Banker in the corporate sector and lead/work on debt/equity investments to mid-size companies for a total amount of up to EUR 1 billion. This involves daily communication with high-rank government officials, shareholders, CEOs, CFOs, etc. I believe I will have excellent recommendations, a lot of international and leadership experience, good essays, but will my undegrad GPA hurt me at top-20 schools?

Do the schools know how difficult and competitive UCLA undergrad is with grading curves compared to many schools? Do they take into account that I have been working full time and English is not my native language? I'm worried that my GPA is lower than average GPA at most top schools. While it is in 80% range, it is below average. How will it affect me? Can I still be competitive at top schools or should I go get master degree first

I am mostly interested in schools such as Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, UCLA, Chicago, NYU, Duke, Cornell, Columbia. Do I have any chance?

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New post 03 Aug 2009, 14:11
thrat,

I think you are overworrying your undergrad GPA. Top 20 schools do of course take into account the selectivity and academic rigor of applicants' colleges and also take into account your need to work. Both count in your favor. But your GMAT score largely eliminates concerns about your GPA, so you should be in good shape.

You have a distinctive, interesting, and impressive profile so I would not discourage from applying to any of the schools you mentioned. Harvard and Stanford will be the toughest, but perhaps you can package yourself in an interesting enough way to get their attention. Wharton, Columbia, and Chicago will be somewhat more doable. You should be competitive at UCLA, NYU, Duke, and Cornell. So not a bad mix of schools IMO.

Good luck,

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