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Thanks in advance for your review; my stats are as follows:

Work Experience: Have spent about 2.5 years in head office strategy for a top Canadian financial institution (brand name, at least here in Canada). My performance reviews have been very strong and I've been promoted once since joining.

GRE Score: 165Q (92%); 163V (91%); 4.5AWA (72%) (conversions suggest my composite score would be about a 720+ GMAT)

Undergrad: 3.9 GPA, Honours Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm) graduate (2010) from a small, but mostly well regarded Canadian university

Extra-Curriculars: Was very involved during undergrad (student government, student newspaper, etc.), but have no volunteer extra-curricular experience since graduating (my application will discuss unassigned projects I've taken on at work, and recreational athletics I play outside of the office). In short, I haven't done much outside the office since graduating, so I suspect this is my weakest point?

Target Programs: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Tuck, Yale, Kellogg, Columbia, Duke, Cornell

Application Cycle: R2 for September 2014 intake (ideally)

Post-MBA Goal: Return to my current organization, in a more senior role.

It would be great to hear which schools I should be targeting, and with what likelihood of success (reach, within range, safety). Any feedback regarding weak points that I should consider shoring up, or if I should consider applying a year later to shore up weak points would be appreciated.


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New post 08 Apr 2013, 16:46
Congratulations on having so many strong aspects to your candidacy. Based on what you present here (and with a strong application -- which is totally under your control), you should be a strong candidate at almost all of the schools that you are targeting. In fact, I might even go as far to say that there is the possibility for you to be awarded a fellowship at more than one of these.

There are a few areas of concern that I have about your candidacy. The first is your career goals -- which many schools would have the question - is an MBA degree really necessary if you want to return to your current employer. Next, your AWA score is low and if admissions is looking for weaknesses in your candidacy, this is definitely one. Also, you do not have much community service experience, post college. Lastly, your work experience and your career goals are rather mainstream and there are a lot of bankers applying to these same schools - so your peer group is very competitive.

I would say that with a strong application, that chances are strong at all the schools with the exception of HBS and Stanford. For these schools, you are going to have to work very hard to distinguish yourself and present yourself as compelling candidate as possible. This does not mean that you will be rejected or are not a strong candidate, I just want to reiterate reality.

Good luck.

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