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# Profile Evaluation Much Appreciated!

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21 Apr 2017, 18:45
Hi All,

Thanks in advance for evaluating my profile and would love to hear your thought on my admission chance at the following schools. Please share your thought on the items in bold.

Target school

LBS (Main target), INSEAD, Ross, Darden, Johnson and Stern

Post-MBA goal

Investment Banking

Background

Gender: Male

Nationality: Malaysian (Overall Malaysian candidates are underrepresented in LBS, there are only 3 candidates from the graduating class of 2018, would being a minority helps during the admission process?)
1. First generation college student

Work: Audit Senior at PwC in US, 4 years
1. Worked on a couple of IPOs and acted as lead senior

Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara
1. Studied abroad at HKUST, Hong Kong for 1 semester and took a few finance courses

CGPA: 3.1 (Its low but can my CPA and GMAT score offset it?)

Major: Economics and Accounting

GMAT: 720

1. Community service (food bank) - feeds low-income community
3. Part of PwC corporate marketing team and organized a series of accounting seminar/conference
4. Break-dance performance during college/high-school
5. Backpacking
6. Pro bono consulting - mentored and guided international student in securing internships/full-time offers
Joined: 06 Dec 2016
Posts: 370
Re: Profile Evaluation Much Appreciated!  [#permalink]

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26 Apr 2017, 09:02
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- Yes, being part of an underrepresented nationality can only help (though uncertain as to how much, and it really depends on the composition of the rest of the applicant pool).
- GPA: yes, the CPA and GMAT score will help offset your GPA somewhat. What will be important is addressing your GPA in the optional essay, highlighting such points as: 1. Your honest yet confident explanation regarding what drove this GPA 2. whether there was an upward trajectory, i.e. lower grades initially followed by strong later semesters, as that helps and 3. strong grades you earned in core quant classes such as Econ, Stats, Acct, Finance, Calc 1. If your major GPA was higher than your overall GPA
- Schools: Based on the details here, LBS and INSEAD would be reach schools, but certainly not out of range. With the others, I'd say they're within your strike zone but as with any program, you need to make a strong case for why MBA, why now, and how the particular program will help you grow professionally and personally

Hope that helps!

ryanleo1993 wrote:
Hi All,

Thanks in advance for evaluating my profile and would love to hear your thought on my admission chance at the following schools. Please share your thought on the items in bold.

Target school

LBS (Main target), INSEAD, Ross, Darden, Johnson and Stern

Post-MBA goal

Investment Banking

Background

Gender: Male

Nationality: Malaysian (Overall Malaysian candidates are underrepresented in LBS, there are only 3 candidates from the graduating class of 2018, would being a minority helps during the admission process?)
1. First generation college student

Work: Audit Senior at PwC in US, 4 years
1. Worked on a couple of IPOs and acted as lead senior

Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara
1. Studied abroad at HKUST, Hong Kong for 1 semester and took a few finance courses

CGPA: 3.1 (Its low but can my CPA and GMAT score offset it?)

Major: Economics and Accounting

GMAT: 720

1. Community service (food bank) - feeds low-income community
3. Part of PwC corporate marketing team and organized a series of accounting seminar/conference
4. Break-dance performance during college/high-school
5. Backpacking
6. Pro bono consulting - mentored and guided international student in securing internships/full-time offers

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