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New post 16 Nov 2017, 12:38
Hello everyone,

I am planning on admissions for 2018.


I am an Ecuadorian-American (born and raised in Ecuador) and current student at the Kelley School of Business Indiana University, pursuing my Bachelors of Science in Finance. I am in my final year(4th-year 1st semester).
I interned at Barclays (Sales and Trading) in New York City this summer.
GPA: 3.72 (4.0 Major GPA)
GMAT: 590 (I know, it is my weak point. I attended high school in Ecuador)
I have three very strong recommendations:
- The first from a former head of the Ecuadorian Central Bank and Minister of Finance
- The second from a current Hedge Fund Partner in NYC
- The third from a Finance professor at Kelley (Former #1 ranked Healthcare research analyst, worked for: UBS, Credit Suisse)
I have solid community service (recognition from Ecuadorian government for earthquake relief efforts)

I am considering following programs (not my final list):

Washington U MSF
UT Austin
Harvard 2+2
Booth MBA
NYU MBA
John Hopkins MSF
LSE MSF
Bentley MSF
Vanderbilt MSF
Stanford MBA
Wharton MBA

Please assess my chances, I'm open to any suggestions and to considering other programs.


Thank You.

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New post 17 Nov 2017, 00:57
Hi diegohe94

Thanks for getting in touch and what an interesting background. Your GPA is great. Keep it up before graduation! No "Senioritis" please! (Maybe you can even get it to go up a little between now and graduation.) The 590 GMAT will be tough. your challenge is that there are many applicants who went to schools in different countries that still ace the exam. I'm not saying it will make things impossible, but it won't make things easy. One thing you could do is try the GRE and see if you do better on that exam. B-schools tend to be more flexible with interesting candidates who take the GRE because it doesn't bring down their GMAT average. At 130 points below most school GMAT averages, you will be at a disadvantage. If you'd rather proceed with the GMAT, that's cool but perhaps invest in a private tutor and try to get your score up.

It seems like you are considering both MBA programs and Masters of Finance programs. I think you are right on with looking at HBS 2+2. GSB, Booth, and Yale all have similar programs so I recommend going that route given that you won't have any full-time experience -- something MBA programs really value.

For the Masters of Finance programs, I think you've put together a nice list already. You could also look at MIT's MF program as well as Oxford and Cambridge.

I hope that helps!
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