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New post 03 Mar 2009, 15:54
I am also new to the forum - first post. I am wondering about my candidacy into schools Kellogg, U of C, Berkeley, Michigan.

Education: B.A. Northwestern University, major in Economics and minor in Spanish. Overall GPA 3.6/4.0. I also have completed all three levels of the CFA and am awaiting the approval of my work experience to make it official.

Race: White Female

Age: 26

Residence: Chicago

GMAT: this is my weakness - I expect 650 due to difficulties in quant, not verbal.

Work experience: Past 3 years as a fund of hedge funds analyst - working on hedge fund selection and monitoring for equity-related strategies. The one year out of undergrad worked as an operations associate at the biggest hedge fund in Chicago.

Extracurricular: Not much. Monthly volunteer work at the pediatric unit of local hosptial. Marathon runner.

I have heard that Kellogg is difficult for Northwestern undergrads to get in - does anyone know if that's true? None of my 3 NU undergrad friends who applied there have gotten in.

I'm also curious about how important school visits and class visits are in the admissions process. Do schools track this?

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New post 04 Mar 2009, 10:10
Welcome to the GMATClub!

Usually, applicants have a slight advantage if they are alums of the school they are applying to. I thought this would apply to Northwestern alums and Kellogg, but I could be wrong. A sample size of three may be too small to conclude anything.

Anyhow, school visits aren't crucial, but they can help you familiarize yourself with the school in a way that no website or second hand information cannot -- which can really help you in crafting a more specific and personalized narrative for why you want to go to that specific school in your essays. From an adcom standpoint, some schools track it, but as to whether that datapoint is considered -- is debatable. There are enough students at all the schools who never stepped foot on campus before matriculating. Again, visiting the school is more for your own benefit - and not an important datapoint from the adcom's perspective.

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