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# Ultra Elite

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29 Dec 2005, 03:19
Hello Hjort,

I have see this comment many times (not only in this forum). It seems that Ultra Elite Schools (Harvard/Wharton/Stanford) only accepts students with the highest achievements. Unblemished records during undergrad.

What is a typical profile of a student in this sort of school?
GPA=4, GMAT=730-790, great career, active social/volunteer worker, Olympic medalist?!? A superstar who is already working in the either Goldman or McK??

How will a late bloomer fare? Meaning someone (work exp of 3 yrs) who has a set extremely competitive traits, a clear life and career path with the exception of a good GPA?
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29 Dec 2005, 23:15
While I see your point, the ultra elites accept many students with less than perfect records. The average GMAT generally around 700 (+/- 20 points) and the average GPA around 3.5. While a GMAT around 700 is not easy, it is certainly easier than a 760 or so. Likewise, a GPA near 3.5 is good but it certainly not flawless and would be considered low for students applying to the top cluster of other types of professional school (e.g. law where the center of the distribution for ultra elite level schools is closer to 3.75).

Accordingly, I would not worry too much about being a late-bloomer since ultra elite programs accept many students with somewhat "blemished" records.

29 Dec 2005, 23:15
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