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PLEASE EVALUATE, THANKS!

Post Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:50 pm
I was curious to hear my chances at getting into a Top-MBA program.

My stats are as follows:
GMAT-700 (Q42/66%; V44/97%)
GPA-3.5 ( economics degree form regional school)
3 years work experience Big4 accounting firm.
Also have a masters in accounting 3.6 GPA
CPA license

extracurriculars-Some leadership roles in college
since starting my job I have made it a priority to be involved and have been involved in all projects taken on by employer (community service, mentoring etc.)

Ok well first off, I was curious to hear your opinions on my low Quant. score. I am actually very good in math and just happen to think I was focusing so much on the verbal that I kind of put off brushing up as much as I should have on my math skills. Does the fact I have an economics degree, an accounting degree and a CPA offset any questions about my abilities when it comes to math?

I am confident I can score at least the 85% in math if I studied harder, however I have reservations about retaking the GMAT because I do not think I can replicate my performance on the verbal and thus my score may drop. I have actually heard from some people that having a 700 with a high verbal score would be more useful to me because being a CPA the questions would most likely be about my verbal skills as opposed to my math skills. Is there any truth to this?

Also, does the fact I have a professional designation help my case at all?

My target schools are top 15 or bust. outside the top 15 i would consider yale, gtown, and tepper.

I would really like to attend NYU, Columbia, or Cornell.These are my real targets, and I would be happy attending any one of these programs. How do you think I stack up at these schools?

How about schools above them such as Chicago, Wharton, MIT, Haas, HBS, Stanford, Tuck? Do I have a legit shot at these schools or is it a pipe dream?

Also, will the fact that I attended a regional undergrad (read:not top-ranked) effect my chances at all?

Besides writing compelling essays and getting involved as much as possible, what else can I do to strengthen my profile?

Thank you in advance.

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Overall, you have a good foundation, so I dont think there is much you can do, other than 'keep on keeping on'

As I mentioned before, you could take a stats or calculus class, but I dont think it will have a significant impact.

If Columbia is your top choice, make sure you apply for the school's Early Decision round. I would also encourage you to reach out to the school / admission events / students / alumni to learn more about the program and demonstrate your interest to AdCom.

Good luck!

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NP,

Thanks for the response. However I should add I do not plan on applying this year I plan on applying in 2 years. That being said what can i do to better my chances at one the top tier schools you indicated may be a stretch, my gmat and gpa seems to fall within their ranges, so what is it that I can do to better myself as far as admissions are concerned with those schools?

what about columbia, what kind of a chance do I stand there? that is actually my first choice.

THANKS AGAIN!

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Overall, you have a good foundation, so I dont think there is much you can do, other than 'keep on keeping on'

As I mentioned before, you could take a stats or calculus class, but I dont think it will have a significant impact.

If Columbia is your top choice, make sure you apply for the school's Early Decision round. I would also encourage you to reach out to the school / admission events / students / alumni to learn more about the program and demonstrate your interest to AdCom.

Good luck!

NP

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