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New post 07 Apr 2013, 13:48

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 12 Apr 2013, 11:37
Hi Steve,

Thanks for posting your profile. Overall, I'd say it's a competitive profile, but I don't see the kind of leadership experience that would make Harvard or Stanford within reach. I think these would be stretch programs for you (as they are for most candidates!), but might not be worth significant investment on your part. I'd agree that your biggest weakness is lack of post graduation leadership in community and extracurricular activities. I'm also not clear on the breadth and depth of your professional leadership experience, but it sounds like it's strong.

I think target programs from your list would be Yale, Duke, Cornell
Reach would be Wharton, Kellogg, Columbia, Tuck.

I might also consider Booth and Michigan as targets if they interest you. I'd say Yale and Cornell would hopefully be on the 'safe' list, but never hurts to have a true safety on your list.

Hope this helps,

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