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New post 24 Jan 2009, 20:55
I'm considering applying for an MBA, beginning fall 2010. I would appreciate any input about the likelihood of my admission to one of the top 5 programs - HBS, Wharton, Stanford, Kellogg, Chicago

28 years old (29 at time of application); male; Caucasian

EDUCATION
Juris Doctorate (1st Tier)
3.3 GPA

Masters in Accounting (top 5 nationally, but not ivy)
3.71 Cumulative GPA; academic scholarship recipient
Co-Founder and VP of a forensic auditing club

B.S. - Accounting (top 10 nationally, but not ivy)
3.72 Cumulative GPA

EXPERIENCE
Top NY Law Firm - Associate (1 year experience)
-Work on tax matters related to private equity, financial restructurings, derivatives, U.S. and foreign securities offerings, and fund investments in the U.S.

Start-up, LLC - CEO & Co-founder (1 year just before graduating and moving to NYC)
-Managed team of MBA students and advisory board members during early stages of start-up venture, including product development, business strategy, market analysis, and financial modeling
-Sold my ownership interest (before commercialization -- the company never officially launched) to accept an opportunity to work as an attorney in New York City

Start up, LLC #2 - President & Founder (1 year during school)
Worked nearly full time during first year of law school to grow web company and then sold it (for a significant sum for a college student but by most standards not a phenomenal amount of money) to a South American internet company

Fortune 50 Company - Accounting Analyst Intern (8 months)
-performed financial analysis and traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina to train new employees

OTHER
-Competed by special invitation in Global Moot Corp Business Competition at Univ. of Texas-Austin, several in-state business plan competitions and University business plan competition (recipients of awards for best written business plan, $35,000 cash, etc)
-Lived in Central America for two years
-Fluent in conversational Spanish and proficient in business Spanish
-Involved with various community service organizations, such as a third-world humanitarian aid project involving dental reconstructive surgeries (most recently chair of a non-profit welfare committee)

I am only an attorney because I had a once in a lifetime opportunity to work on Wall Street, so I took it over following through with a start-up, knowing that I would return to the business world after a couple years of working at a Wall Street law firm.

Assuming I can get 700+ on my GMAT, how do you think I stand? It's a lot of degrees (but I completed the first three in 6.5 years, so really, it's not all that bad), but my passion is with business (as you can tell from my resume) and leadership. I think an MBA can open up doors that might otherwise take me years to crack on my own.

Let me throw out one more hypothetical--can you tell me if my chances would be any greater if I scored 760+ on the GMAT, as opposed to the low 700s. Just curious. Thanks!

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New post 25 Jan 2009, 01:51
Wow! Excellent profile. I would say you got a really good shot at HBS and Standford.

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New post 25 Jan 2009, 16:22
exito,

You should be competitive at all five of those schools. HBS and Stanford will be tougher than the other three, but your nontraditional professional background, academic strengths, international experiences, and entrepreneurial record make you a contender even at HBS and Stanford. Raising your score will not materially improve your odds because the schools will have no doubts whatsoever about you intellectual preparedness. Their question marks will revolve around your goals (Why does this guy need an MBA? Does he really know where he's going or is he just a 'degree collector'?) and the degree/extent of your leadership impact (you obviously have it but how deep/strong are your stories relative to other applicants? How much leadership and impact have you been able to really show as a first-year associate? etc.). If your answers blow these question marks aways then you have a decent chance at all these schools.

Hope this helps,

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New post 25 Jan 2009, 17:58
Paul,

Thank you very much for the insight. You make some excellent points, particularly about the weaknesses I'll need to address in my application.

Much appreciated,

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You're welcome.

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