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Please Evaluate My Profile - Top 15 chances.....?

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Joined: 05 Nov 2014
Posts: 9
Schools: CBS '20 (M)
GMAT 1: 710 Q44 V41
GMAT 2: 740 Q48 V42
GPA: 3.61
WE: Investment Banking (Investment Banking)
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New post 11 Jul 2017, 08:11
Hi there,

I recently took the GMAT and am hoping to gain some insight regarding my candidate profile for FT MBA Programs (ideal matriculation in 2018).
With that in mind, please see the details of my current situation below:

Undergrad - UC Davis (2013)
Major - Economics
GPA - 3.61
GMAT - 710 (44Q 41V 8IR)
Age at Enrollment - 28
Designations - CFA Charterholder, CAIA Charterholder
Extracurriculars - Current: Local CFA Society Mentor, Local CAIA Society Member, University Finance Club Mentor, Corporate Mentor Program. Previous: University Boxing Club Member, University Financial Club Member, Local Middle School Reading Partners Club Tutor, Golden Key Honor Society Member. Additionally, I worked during my entire senior year for a major wirehouse in their PWM department.

I am currently an associate at a boutique investment bank, and prior to that I worked in the wealth management industry within two of the most well-known wirehouses (think ML, JPM, GS, CITI) for approximately three years. I am aiming to work in investment banking post-MBA, but within a technology vertical of a bulge bracket bank (looking to hop industries and level-up in terms of scale).

My major concern is that before UCD I spent four years at city college. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do (was 17 years old), and even considered attempting to become a professional boxer. It wasn't until my third year that I saw the light and began to seriously pursue a finance path (finished with a 3.07 GPA).

I am planning on applying to: Anderson, Haas, Tuck, Stern, Fuqua, Johnson, and Kellogg. To my hopeful audience....what're my chances with these programs?

Thank you in advance for any and all responses!!!
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New post 12 Jul 2017, 12:19
Hi Beanz33

Thanks for getting in touch. Lots of different thoughts for you. First do you feel about taking the GMAT again? 710 is a good score, but your 44Q is not my favorite number. For top schools, you want to get that number up to 47.

I'm not worry about your community college experience if you can explain it. What I am worried about is what your overall GPA is once we factor the 3.06 into your UCD GPA of 3.61. So I recommend calculating our own overall GPA average and then maybe asking a school or two how you should report your GPA. Remember the average GPA of top programs is about 3.6.

My other concern is your goals. You're already in IB and you're telling b-schools that you want to continue with IB. They might feel that you can do that without them because you already have the skills and you're not looking for them to teach you anything -- rather, you perhaps just want their network so you can "level up." This is a tricky pitch and one I advise against. How about PE in technology instead? That might make more sense.

It's always hard to say what your chances are but if we assume a 710 GMAT/44Q and a 3.3-ish overall GPA, I think your chances are best at Johnson, Fuqua, Stern, and maybe Anderson. Note that Haas is a super-small program...just because of the size, I'd put that in more of a reach bucket for you given your current stats.

I hope that helps! I think you'd get a lot out of a free consult. See the link in my signature. Where it asks, "Is there a specific mbaMission consultant with whom you have already connected," you can put my name but please say "Krista, but she told me to say I'll take the first available consultant." This is a very busy time of year and my schedule is pretty limited -- you don't need to wait for me!

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