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New post 08 Oct 2018, 12:08
Hi All,

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

School List

Duke, Darden, Johnson, Stern & UCLA

Post MBA Goal

Investment Banking


Gender: Male

Nationality: Asian American (First generation immigrant from Malaysia & first generation college student)

Work Experience (matriculating with 4-5 years of experience)

Audit at PwC in US (1 yr 8 mos)

1. Experience including a $2B IPO filing and a series of valuation projects during venture capital audit

2. Top performer

Senior Accountant at a Start-Up PE Firm (2 yr)

1. A lot of leadership responsibilities and reported directly to the CFO

2. Experience including portfolio valuation, budget planning, etc.

Professional License


Academic Background

Top 30 large state school in US

1. CGPA: 3.1 - Can a CPA and a 710 offset a low GPA?

2. Major: Economics and Accounting

3. GMAT: 710

4. Studied abroad at Hong Kong during junior year

Leadership/Extracurricular activities/Hobbies/Volunteer Activities

1. Board member & Treasurer/Finance Director at a registered not-for-profit organization
2. Break-dancing
3. Backpacking
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New post 10 Oct 2018, 15:55
Hi and thanks for your post.
Admissions committees will look at your profile holistically, analyzing your stats (GPA/GMAT), work experience & goals, and extracurriculars.

In terms of your stats, schools want to feel that you have the academic capacity to succeed in the classroom, and will look at evidence of your quant and analytical achievements. A 710 GMAT score is strong and puts you around the average of the schools you listed. That and the CPA will help offset your lower GPA. Although in your optional essay, you will still want to address the GPA. Perhaps you did better in your quant courses? Or perhaps you improved each year, or really just had 1 or 2 weak semesters? You can also spend the rest of your application illustrating your quant/analytical abilities through your resume bullets and recommendation letters. So a 3.1 by itself will not be a dealbreaker if the rest of your application is strong.
Regarding your work experience, it will be important to showcase your accomplishments and your leadership experiences. You mentioned you have a lot of leadership responsibilities so that is great to see. Also make sure to discuss all of your skills that relate to your post-MBA goal of investment banking. Schools want to make sure that your goal is realistic based on your background.
As for extracurriculars, I see you have taken on a leadership role at a not-for-profit, so that is also good to mention, and will show schools that you will be a leader in the community and in clubs.

The schools you listed are quite competitive, but you do have a strong profile so hopefully you can create compelling stories and can show each school why they are the right fit for you, and how you will contribute to each community.

Good luck! And feel free to sign up for a free consultation.
Michael Guttman
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