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Hello,
I just took the GMAT Saturday and scored a 730 (Q48,V41,7IR, first try if that matters). I am hoping someone could give me some high level guidance on where I am looking and if I am just wasting my time.

I find myself a little unsure of my next steps. I was able to get to a better score than I expected, although not quite elite. The huge gaping hole in my resume is a 3.17 undergraduate GPA in accounting and finance. I have explained this in a million job interviews that this is somewhat related to working a lot but mostly (97%) related to being really immature.

I have what I hope is decent work experience. I worked for 3 years as an analyst for an 800 bn asset manager with one promotion. Moved over to an agricultural lender (me and my significant other thought it was the best fit at the time) and was promoted in 8 months to a risk management analyst. Without providing too much detail I can speak to leading projects and programs at both companies to a certain extent (as much leash as would reasonably be given a 25-28 year old). I do some work with a Catholic charity but certainly not equivalent to some of the truly amazing student profiles you see floating around.

I also passed the CFA exams, each on the first try, and hold the charter. My research has suggested that this is not very helpful, which is a bummer. This takes a ton of work for anyone to do and wish it meant more.

If someone could speak to the overall strength of this profile that would be extremely helpful. My dream schools are Booth and Sloan, but am also very interested in Ross, Kellogg, Tuck, Fuqua, and Tepper.

Attending a Top 20 school has been an on and off dream since high school. Unfortunately in undergrad I made a host of poor decisions that really limited my academic performance. Thankfully strong internships landed me a better job than I was due. Given life circumstance (my significant other is finishing her doctorate) I am targeting a move and career shift on the near horizon. If I was successful I believe this could help me to land a job in a consulting or perhaps another investment management role.

Thanks very much in advance.
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730 GMAT is indeed a good score considering work experience of 3 years. You GPA is not a concern until and unless you have a valid reason. But its just not numbers game but your over profile matters. Its a high time where you start working on your application essays as its make or break component.

Showcase your achievements that you have acheived during the tenure of your career, showcase your leadership qualities which is one of most important quality that most of the top looks into the applicant. You have to represent yourself in a very unique way through your essays.

Mention your short term goals long term goals and why do you consider the respective B-School can help you in achieving your goals. Show them how passionate you are in terms of your career and goals.

Considering your GPA, GMAT and work experience, below mentioned are some of the b-schools you can consider applying in.

Yale University - Yale School of Management
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Columbia Business School
New York University Stern School of Business
University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management
CMU Tepper School of Business

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jem41989 wrote:
Hello,
I just took the GMAT Saturday and scored a 730 (Q48,V41,7IR, first try if that matters). I am hoping someone could give me some high level guidance on where I am looking and if I am just wasting my time.

I find myself a little unsure of my next steps. I was able to get to a better score than I expected, although not quite elite. The huge gaping hole in my resume is a 3.17 undergraduate GPA in accounting and finance. I have explained this in a million job interviews that this is somewhat related to working a lot but mostly (97%) related to being really immature.

I have what I hope is decent work experience. I worked for 3 years as an analyst for an 800 bn asset manager with one promotion. Moved over to an agricultural lender (me and my significant other thought it was the best fit at the time) and was promoted in 8 months to a risk management analyst. Without providing too much detail I can speak to leading projects and programs at both companies to a certain extent (as much leash as would reasonably be given a 25-28 year old). I do some work with a Catholic charity but certainly not equivalent to some of the truly amazing student profiles you see floating around.

I also passed the CFA exams, each on the first try, and hold the charter. My research has suggested that this is not very helpful, which is a bummer. This takes a ton of work for anyone to do and wish it meant more.

If someone could speak to the overall strength of this profile that would be extremely helpful. My dream schools are Booth and Sloan, but am also very interested in Ross, Kellogg, Tuck, Fuqua, and Tepper.

Attending a Top 20 school has been an on and off dream since high school. Unfortunately in undergrad I made a host of poor decisions that really limited my academic performance. Thankfully strong internships landed me a better job than I was due. Given life circumstance (my significant other is finishing her doctorate) I am targeting a move and career shift on the near horizon. If I was successful I believe this could help me to land a job in a consulting or perhaps another investment management role.

Thanks very much in advance.



Hey @Jem41989@,

I think you have good chances at all of the schools you mentioned. Although, I would say that MIT Sloan is going to be the toughest though.
Based on your post, I would say that it might be very helpful for you to work with some experts to present your best application to these schools (us at GettingInMBA or all of the other great admissions consulting companies on here).

GPA can definitely be explained away so I wouldn't worry too much about that.
What are your short term and long term goals? PM us, if you don't feel comfortable presenting these in a public forum, and we can further discuss your candidacy.

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New post 17 Nov 2017, 04:04
jem41989 wrote:
Hello,
I just took the GMAT Saturday and scored a 730 (Q48,V41,7IR, first try if that matters). I am hoping someone could give me some high level guidance on where I am looking and if I am just wasting my time.

I find myself a little unsure of my next steps. I was able to get to a better score than I expected, although not quite elite. The huge gaping hole in my resume is a 3.17 undergraduate GPA in accounting and finance. I have explained this in a million job interviews that this is somewhat related to working a lot but mostly (97%) related to being really immature.

I have what I hope is decent work experience. I worked for 3 years as an analyst for an 800 bn asset manager with one promotion. Moved over to an agricultural lender (me and my significant other thought it was the best fit at the time) and was promoted in 8 months to a risk management analyst. Without providing too much detail I can speak to leading projects and programs at both companies to a certain extent (as much leash as would reasonably be given a 25-28 year old). I do some work with a Catholic charity but certainly not equivalent to some of the truly amazing student profiles you see floating around.

I also passed the CFA exams, each on the first try, and hold the charter. My research has suggested that this is not very helpful, which is a bummer. This takes a ton of work for anyone to do and wish it meant more.

If someone could speak to the overall strength of this profile that would be extremely helpful. My dream schools are Booth and Sloan, but am also very interested in Ross, Kellogg, Tuck, Fuqua, and Tepper.

Attending a Top 20 school has been an on and off dream since high school. Unfortunately in undergrad I made a host of poor decisions that really limited my academic performance. Thankfully strong internships landed me a better job than I was due. Given life circumstance (my significant other is finishing her doctorate) I am targeting a move and career shift on the near horizon. If I was successful I believe this could help me to land a job in a consulting or perhaps another investment management role.

Thanks very much in advance.



Dear jem41989,
730 is a good score, though not stellar. Going by your description, your leadership in your WE will help a lot. CFA charter will add to it well, and would even compensate for your lower than stellar GMAT. Volunteering efforts will also round your profile off well. Overall great profile.

Admissions to Booth & Sloan (and the like) however, would depend on how you weave this and your career plans into your overall story. Your demographics (Gender, race, schooling location etc) will also influence the results a lot. Tuck and Duke are very realistic. With good counselling though, you can go for the long shots as well.

Hope that helps.
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New post 17 Nov 2017, 09:37
Hi there,

Thanks for sharing your background. You are definitely showing a lot of self-awareness with respect to your lower GPA, which is what schools like to see. Also, the 730 GMAT score will certainly give the Admissions Committee comfort that you can handle the rigor of the curriculum. One area in your profile that you can bolster is your involvement in extracurricular activities - in particular, demonstrating leadership and impact. In my view, you have a really good shot at Ross, Fuqua, and Tepper. Other schools that you may want to take a look at are NYU, Darden, and Kenan-Flagler.

I hope this helps! Feel free to reach out at https://www.ivygroupe.com/contact if you'd like to discuss further.

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New post 23 Nov 2017, 20:27
Thanks for sharing your profile. Good not great profile but tons of potential here for a nice story. Your GMAT is your saving grace for your low GPA. It probably will still keep you out of contention for top schools like Kellogg and Sloan but I think you can make a case for Ross, Fuqua, Yale, and Cornell depending on your career goals of course. Good luck!
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