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Location: United Kingdom
GMAT 1: 730 Q49 V40
WE: Analyst (Venture Capital)
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New post 28 Sep 2017, 07:35
Hi, could you please evaluate my profile?

Applying to Wharton, Booth and Sloan

Background and nationality: white male, French and Belgian national
Undergrad Information: 97/110 (not exceptional, think 3.0-3.2) in a BSc Finance at Bocconi Uni (best Italian business school) - exchange term at a mid-level US School with 3.7 GPA and Dean's List
GMAT: 730 (49Q, 40V), AWA 6.0, IR 8
Work experience and leadership: 2 years in M&A in London in one of the top global boutique investment banks. Working for a large Private Equity firm in London for the past 8 months.
Extra-curriculars: national tennis player (top 15 in France, top 2 in Paris), manager of an amateur football team, mentor roles
Post MBA goals: Back in Private Equity

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Thanks for sharing your profile. I really like your background minus the GPA. Competitive GMAT, good undergrad university, great work experience that plays well at all of the schools listed. For them you are fairly safe candidate given you should be able to secure employment post-MBA. You are borderline at these schools given your GPA but a great essay/application can go a long way of helping your odds here. I would also take a look at Stern and Columbia as well
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Joined: 29 Apr 2013
Posts: 18

Kudos [?]: 3 [0], given: 6

Location: United States (NY)
Concentration: Finance, Strategy
GMAT 1: 620 Q42 V34
GMAT 2: 660 Q42 V38
GMAT 3: 710 Q49 V37
GPA: 2.4
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New post 28 Sep 2017, 19:47
Hi VeritasPrep,

Thank you for doing this!

Background: Asian Male U.S. Military

Undergrad: United States Air Force Academy B.S. Legal Studies GPA 2.36

Graduate: Oklahoma State University M.S. Entrepreneurship GPA 3.727

GMAT: 710 49Q 37V 5AWA 7IR

Work Experience:
-Air Force Contracting Officer, aka acquisitions for Air Force. Significant leadership experience through Air Force. Multiple Group level awards, led team through organizational change which led to 1 Major Command Award. Exited military as a Captain 5 years
-Medtronic surgery consultant/sales experience. Started as a trainee, graduated year-long training program in 6 months, graduated top of class out of 15. Increased revenue in a 2 year downward trending territory. Grew passion for biotechnology. 2 years
-Currently working on launching platform for New York City to help veterans in need. 4 months

E/C
-Currently Air Force Reserves Captain, I volunteer to interview applicants to Air Force Academy to help them decide if the military is right for them.
-Medical Missions, I was able to earn more than $500k worth of medical implants and tools from Medtronic, and helped ship them to Puerto Rico to help surgeons treat children with scoliosis. Did this for a year and a half while at Medtronic
-Habitat for humanity. Volunteered while in the Air Force to help give back to the cities that embraced the Air Force Base.

Story
-Enjoyed time in Air Force grew passionate about conducting business deals enabling mission capability for Air Force. At Medtronic grew passionate and saw the impact of biotech watching patients move limbs for the first time after an accident. Long-term goal is to become accredited investor focused on biotech ecosystem to help improve quality of life globally. Short term is to become investment banker in healthcare group to learn to correctly value companies and identify key growth factors.

Additional info
-I had family health issues that I will not disclose here, but I did not know how to deal with the demanding military and academic curriculum and family issues at home.
-I have always wanted to attend a top MBA program, but I knew my UG gpa is a scarlet letter. I took finance and accounting in Graduate school where I got A's in, out performed peers during my careers and scored a fair GMAT 710 to compensate.

Target Schools in no particular order: CBS, NYU, Tepper, Darden, Cornell

So my question is, have I done enough to offset my poor UG GPA?
And are my target schools reasonable?

Thank you for taking the time to do this.

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You have such a great profile minus that GOA. Generally GPAs south of 3.0 are considered low and your are way below this threshold, so this will me a major red flag. It seems you have a bit of an explanation for this along with a solid GMAT score, which will help some as well. Schools love members of the armed forces so if you can really surface some of your best interpersonal experienced learning in the air force that will help as well. For CBS and Stern, your GPA may be too hard to overcome for example no one at Stern was accepted with a GPA as low as your in last batch. I think of this group Cornell and Tepper present your best chance.
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