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Public University to Top 10 MBA realistic for me?

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New post 31 Jul 2018, 07:35
Hi, I hope this is the right place to get advice from this forum!

I am a recent college graduate and have felt that my undergraduate experience was very simple and am looking for more of a challenge down the road. I would love the opportunity to apply for a top business school, but am unsure if I am on the right track/where I should align my goals over the next 5 years to put myself in a competitive position?

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21 years old (white)

School: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Undergrad: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting)
Graduated a year early (3yrs) Magna Cum Laude (3.91 GPA)

Graduate: Master of Science in Accounting (Fall 2018 - Spring 2019)

Plan to complete CPA by Fall of 2019

GMAT Scores: Have not taken yet

Work experience:
Started/managed web development company for 6 years
3 month internship experience at: Regional Public Accounting (Audit)
3 month internship experience at: Big 4 Public Accounting (Audit)
Beginning full-time audit at Big 4, may move to advisory if possible

I know this is such a very limited set of data and it is very early, so it must be extremely difficult to draw any meaningful predictions. With that being said I am aware that coming from a public university with a degree in accounting does not align me competitively for a place in a Top MBA program. I am looking for advice to see where you recommend that I focus my goals over the next 5 years in order to get in a better place, and at that point, what my chances might be. I am hoping to set out on a mission that could put me in a place where I have a >15% chance at some of the top MBA programs, is this realistic?

Let me know if you have any questions that could help!
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- Transfer to advisory (TAS or Valuations) if you can, but not entirely necessary.
- Crush the GMAT (740+). This is a must IMO.
- Build strong ECs. More importantly, make sure they are interesting/unique.
- Build a strong narrative for your career path and why you are pursuing the MBA

You can definitely get into a top program, you just need to build a well-rounded application/profile.
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New post 31 Jul 2018, 10:21
Thank you for the advice, that is very helpful for me.

Does anyone else have anything that might help out?
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