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Could you please evaluate my profile for top 10 schools?
Age: 29 Work Experience: Current- Equity Analyst- research the consumer staples sector for a large buy side investment management firm think (Fidelity, Wellington, T Rowe, American Funds) for the past two years. Previously was in a research support role supporting portfolio managers for non-stock research and before that traded international equities and currencies. GMAT: Haven't Taken College: University of Vermont- 2.7 GPA Business Admin/Finance, had 3 really bad semesters 1 my uncle died, and the other 2 my mom spent a lot of time in ICU with an undiagnosed kidney ailment, I was young and incapable of dealing with my personal issues and school at the same time, I just didn’t go to class, without the my other 5 semesters my GPA averages over 3.3. I knew my low GPA and non-target school would hurt me so I enrolled at Boston College for their MSF program, graduated last year with a 3.75 GPA.
Extra-Curricular: Treasurer for my fraternity, managed a 200k budget. 100 hours of community service in college. I plan to get involved with a local charity to volunteer now that I have a lot of free time back in my life; I just finished the CFA program.
Targets: Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, Tuck, Sloan, and Booth.
Post MBA Goal: Become a portfolio manager at mutual fund company or analyst at a leading hedge fund.
What GMAT score range do I need to be in to even be considered at any of these schools? I know each of these schools are very difficult to get in to especially with my poor undergrad. Harvard and Wharton are probably extreme reaches for me and I am more realistically hoping for Columbia or Tuck but understand those my also be out of the question.
Is there anything else you would recommend I do between now and applying to try to overcome my poor undergrad? I believe I will have strong recommendations; I will be able to select alumni from each school to write them for me. I am hoping my MSF GPA, a strong GMAT, and passing the 3 CFA exams 3/3 consecutively can overshadow my 2.7 that I got when I was a lot younger and a much different person.
Basically I want to find out if it is possible to get in to one of my targets with my undergrad, I want to weigh my options before putting the time in to getting a GMAT over 700.
Thank you very much for you time and consideration.
Thanks for posting. Regarding addressing your undergraduate GPA, I recommend you read this case study of a candidate with a sub 3.0 GPA who was accepted into a top MBA program. It should provide insight for your application: http://www.stacyblackman.com/comprehens ... ies/case5/
For your GMAT score, it will be important for a minimum 700 on the exam. MBA.com provides official practice tests which should be of help to you. We also provide free GMAT advice here: http://www.stacyblackman.com/test-prep-hub/