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February 25, 2024 6:51pm ET
Applying: Carnegie Mellon / Tepper, Columbia, Dartmouth / Tuck, Michigan / Ross, MIT Sloan, NYU Stern, UT Austin / McCombs
Intake Year: 2024
Pre-MBA Career: Military
Post-MBA Target Industry: Consulting
GMAT: 680
GPA: 3.19
Years of Work Experience: 7
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February 25, 2024 10:53am ET
Applying: All Schools
Intake Year: 2025
Pre-MBA Career: Military
Post-MBA Target Industry: Undecided
GRE: 340
GPA: 2.5
Years of Work Experience: 4
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February 23, 2024 1:29am ET
Applying: Columbia, Cornell / Johnson, Dartmouth / Tuck, Emory / Goizueta, Northwestern / Kellogg, NYU Stern, Rice / Jones, UT Austin / McCombs, UVA / Darden
Intake Year: 2025
Pre-MBA Career: EY-Parthenon
Post-MBA Target Industry: Consulting Companies: Ernst & Young
GRE: 324
GPA: 3.9
Years of Work Experience: 3
Location: Dallas
Post MBA Location: Dallas
Notes:

I’m a sponsored candidate and am applying to 1-year programs where possible: Kellogg, Emory, Cornell, NYU

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February 22, 2024 9:09pm ET
Applying: Cornell / Johnson, UCLA Anderson, USC / Marshall, UT Austin / McCombs
Intake Year: 2024
Pre-MBA Career: Finance/Tech
Post-MBA Target Industry: Consulting Companies: Bain , BCG , Deloitte , Ernst & Young , McKinsey
GPA: 3.86
Years of Work Experience: 2
Notes:

Looking to Pivot into consulting, undergrad was in healthcare management, worked in compliance at a top investment bank, and tech startup in strategic sales ops function. How possible is it to recruit for top MBB firm. Also, managerial experience running a family business for 4 years.

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February 21, 2024 5:20pm ET
Applying: Carnegie Mellon / Tepper, Dartmouth / Tuck, Duke / Fuqua, MIT Sloan, Rice / Jones, SMU Cox, UPenn / Wharton, UT Austin / McCombs, UVA / Darden, Vanderbilt / Owen
Intake Year: 2024
Pre-MBA Career: Military
Post-MBA Target Industry: Consulting
GPA: 3.05
Years of Work Experience: 10
Location: Texas
Post MBA Location: Texas
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February 21, 2024 3:36am ET
Applying: Stanford GSB
Intake Year: 2024
Pre-MBA Career: Manufacturing
Post-MBA Target Industry: Family Business
GMAT: 655
GPA: 3.46
Years of Work Experience: 8.5
Location: Nepal
Post MBA Location: Nepal
Notes:

Applying to the 1 year MSx program

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February 16, 2024 1:07pm ET
Applying: Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Northwestern / Kellogg, Stanford GSB, U. Chicago Booth, UPenn / Wharton, UVA / Darden, Yale SOM
Intake Year: 2024
Pre-MBA Career: Restructuring and Insolvency lawyer
Post-MBA Target Industry: Investment Banking Companies: Bank of America , Barclays , Citibank , Credit Suisse , Deutsche Bank , Goldman Sachs , JP Morgan , Merrill Lynch , Morgan Stanley , JP Morgan Chase
GRE: 340
GPA: 3.85
Location: India
Post MBA Location: USA
Notes:

1. Undergraduate qualifying law program (LL.B) at a top 5 National Law University in India
2. Co-founder, India's first legal aid citizenship cell (We have advised and helped 500+ migrants in India with their citizenship and residence applications, including representing them at the Foreigners Legal Tribunal in India)
3. Heading to a big law firm's Insolvency & restructuring team in Mumbai (India does not allow foreign law firms to operate in India, therefore, we have large local law firms)
4. Admitted to the Bar in India
5. Started a virtual arbitration platform for Insolvency matters that decreased the average time for disposal of a case by 10 times (Had to be shut down because regulatory changes made it illegal to offer private dispute resolution service in India)
6. Represented India at the United Nations in a cross border insolvency conference
7. Multiple Research paper publications in reputed journals (one of my papers that was published in a Yale Law journal has been cited 50+ times)
8. Co-authored a textbook on Insolvency and bankruptcy law that is now prescribed as a textbook in at least 2 universities in India.
9. Internship experience in India, the USA, UK, and Italy (all law-related internships, including one at the United Nations)
Short-term Goals- Use my Insolvency and restructuring law experience to pivot to restructuring investment banking.

Long-term Goal: Start my own distressed asset investment firm in India.

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February 15, 2024 2:15am ET
Applying: Cornell / Johnson, Dartmouth / Tuck, Michigan / Ross, MIT Sloan, UCLA Anderson, USC / Marshall, UVA / Darden
Intake Year: 2025
Pre-MBA Career: Big 4 Auditor
Post-MBA Target Industry: Consulting, Technology, Investment Banking Companies: Bain , BCG , Deloitte , Ernst & Young , McKinsey , Bank of America , Deutsche Bank , Goldman Sachs , JP Morgan , Merrill Lynch , Morgan Stanley , JP Morgan Chase , Amazon , Apple , Facebook , Google , Microsoft
GPA: 4.0
Years of Work Experience: 3
Post MBA Location: San Jose, California
Notes:

- Goal for the MBA would be to pivot to a more strategic role that allows for growth making forward looking decisions.
- I want to avoid taking the GMAT if possible and wanted to see if my stats make me competitive for a top 25 program with an exam waiver.
- US citizen and Southeast Asian ethnically
- CPA by time of application
- I was class rank #1 for my department for my undergraduate (top 100 state school) with a perfect GPA (4.0/4.0 GPA)
- Had a full ride scholarship to a Master of Accounting program with emphasis in Data & Analytics. The program was at a top 5 accounting institution. Obtained a 3.79/4.0 GPA. The cohort was only 25 students and only admitted those with a sponsorship with corporate sponsorship.
- Foster a volunteering relationship between my firm and a nonprofit.
- Host local office trainings for new interns and associates.

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February 12, 2024 4:49pm ET
Applying: IMD, MIT Sloan, Northwestern / Kellogg, UCLA Anderson, Yale SOM
Intake Year: 2025
Pre-MBA Career: Healthcare
Post-MBA Target Industry: Other
GRE: 319
GPA: 3.5
Years of Work Experience: 6
Location: Boston
Post MBA Location: Europe or US (East or West coast, not in the middle)
Notes:

I feel I'm in a sticky situation. I applied this season to the Georgetown online program, have interviewed, am likely to get in there. My research and self-reflection have convinced me that a full-time program is probably the best for my career goals. My main concern is whether I'll be too old to start in the fall of '25. I'll turn 29 in October which would make me 30 at time of matriculation, 32 when I graduate.

That is one reason why I'm interested in the one-year program at IMD. The other is I just love the program's focus on self-reflection and think it would be super fun and challenging to live abroad for a year.

The problem is my GRE...I've taken it twice and got the same score both times. Q = 155, V = 164. I feel it's too low to apply to IMD now and get in for their January '24 class. I have another re-take scheduled in March but will have to make a decision on Georgetown before I hear back from IMD.

Trying my best but I'm not sure I can get the score up, so what should do? Should I put in an application to IMD with the low score, should I wait until next season, or should I accept the offer to Georgetown online (has the full-time MBA window closed for me)?

Some additional info:
-Major in college: Neuroscience and history
-College extracurriculars: Swim team, journalism club
-Work experience: HealthTech with a focus on surgical robotics. Project managed a team of contractors for 2 years. Now I am an Engineer working on software development teams (note: my title is engineer but I do not have an engineering degree, ergo the bad quant score).
-Extracurriculars: significant volunteering with LGBTQ+ organizations at work, board member for a well known heart disease non-profit (4+ hrs/month).

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February 12, 2024 10:05am ET
Applying: Columbia, Dartmouth / Tuck, Harvard Business School, U. Chicago Booth, UPenn / Wharton, Yale SOM
Intake Year: 2025
Pre-MBA Career: Pro Bono Coordinator for Top Law Firm
Post-MBA Target Industry: Consulting, Non Profit/SI
GMAT: 740
GPA: 3.76
Years of Work Experience: 3
Location: Northeast
Post MBA Location: Northeast
Notes:

Graduated from ivy with honors
First gen / Hispanic / female
Grew up in a rural and very dangerous town in Mexico, parents were very low income / unemployed, dad was kidnapped twice by the cartel
Worked minimum wage jobs for 2 years to pay for my college apps, had to travel 6 hours each way by bus to take SAT
Got full ride at ivy but was eating from food pantries
4 years WE at matriculation coordinating pro bono efforts for one of the largest law firms in the world
Years of unusual work that include working full time as a teacher, managing a hotel in Australia, working with asylum seekers, etc

I want to transition into nonprofit management or social impact consulting, but will probably do some management consulting first

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February 10, 2024 4:37pm ET
Applying: Columbia, Duke / Fuqua, NYU Stern, UPenn / Wharton
Intake Year: 2025
Pre-MBA Career: Consulting
Post-MBA Target Industry: Technology, Consumer Goods Companies: Google , Coca Cola , LVMH , Nike , PepsiCo , Other
GPA: 3.58
Years of Work Experience: 4
Post MBA Location: NYC
Notes:

Demographics: 25 female, URM, will have 5 years work experience by the time I matriculate (Fall 2025), 3.58 GPA from a highly ranked liberal arts college in the northeast where I studied a non-finance / business major. I don't have test scores yet but am studying for the GRE.

Work: Have been a management consultant in the fin-tech space at a big 4 consulting firm since 2020 and have one (early) promotion under my belt. I have experience in fin-tech product development and implementation but would like to pivot to marketing in the consumer goods / luxury goods / potentially tech industry post-MBA

EC's: I was highly active in clubs and orgs while in undergrad (perhaps more than I was in my classes) i.e. executive boards of the women's center, affinity groups, student government, investment club, greek life; was part of academic honor societies, was a resident advisor, was selected by the college to be the student convocation speaker one year, etc. Post-grad, I've mentored URM college students, I volunteer with 2 non-profits, am involved in women's recruiting efforts at my firm and do pro-bono consulting for non-profits through my firm.

I'm confident that I'll get good letters of recc from my bosses.

Will I be a strong enough applicant for Columbia or Wharton? My post-MBA career goals are perhaps less traditional i.e. consulting ---> marketing, which makes me wonder if they will deem me a risk? Any thoughts?

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February 8, 2024 6:06am ET
Applying: Columbia
Intake Year: 2024
Pre-MBA Career: Consulting/Public Sector Strategy
Post-MBA Target Industry: Venture Capital, Private Equity
GPA: 4.85
Years of Work Experience: 6
Location: Saudi Arabia
Post MBA Location: PE/VC
Notes:

I submitted an EA score of 150.

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February 7, 2024 10:30am ET
Applying: Berkeley / Haas, Columbia, Harvard Business School, London Business School, NYU Stern, Stanford GSB, UCLA Anderson, USC / Marshall
Intake Year: 2025
Pre-MBA Career: Media and Entertainment (Films) before that MBB
Post-MBA Target Industry: Consulting, Media
GRE: 326
GPA: 2.95
Years of Work Experience: 5
Location: India
Notes:

What all schools should I apply to achieve my post MBA goals to work in Film Studios given my academics being not that top notch.

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February 4, 2024 4:21pm ET
Applying: Columbia, Dartmouth / Tuck, Georgetown / McDonough, Harvard Business School, NYU Stern, U. Chicago Booth, UPenn / Wharton, Yale SOM
Intake Year: 2025
Pre-MBA Career: Military/SWE Engineer for IC
Post-MBA Target Industry: Investment Banking, Private Equity, Asset Management, inc. HF Companies: Goldman Sachs , JP Morgan , Morgan Stanley , JP Morgan Chase , Blackstone , Carlyle Group , KKR , Blackrock , Goldman Sachs , JP Morgan Asset Management , State Street , Vanguard
GRE: 323
GPA: 3.9
Years of Work Experience: 6
Location: Midwest
Post MBA Location: Northeast
Notes:

- Enlisted Army, Psychological operations.
- Air Force officer, Cyber Warfare, out as a Captain.
- Currently a Senior software engineer for a three letter.
- 3.9 GPA, undergrad was BS in IT from a state school.
- 3.8 GPA MS in Computer Science from a near Ivy, think Duke/WashU.
- Small business owner.
- 28, Male.

Yale is my absolute top choice.

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February 2, 2024 10:24pm ET
Applying: Columbia, Harvard Business School, Stanford GSB, UPenn / Wharton
Intake Year: 2024
Pre-MBA Career: Finance
Post-MBA Target Industry: Media, Other
GMAT: 730
GPA: 3.5
Years of Work Experience: 4
Location: New York City
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February 2, 2024 5:20pm ET
Applying: Harvard Business School
Intake Year: 2024
Pre-MBA Career: MBB, Middle Market PE
Post-MBA Target Industry: Private Equity
GMAT: 730
GPA: 3.5
Years of Work Experience: 6
Post MBA Location: Private Equity
Notes:

MBB, MM PE, URM, HYP Undergrad.

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February 2, 2024 3:14pm ET
Applying: Berkeley / Haas, Emory / Goizueta, Georgetown / McDonough, Other
Intake Year: 2024
Pre-MBA Career: Marketing
Post-MBA Target Industry: Consulting, Technology, Pharmaceutical, Consumer Goods, MF, Auto, Aerospace, Other Companies: Accenture , Other , Google , Microsoft , Amgen , Pfizer , Coca Cola , LVMH , Nike , Proctor & Gamble , Daimler , Other
GRE: 307
GPA: 3.61
Years of Work Experience: 4
Location: Charlotte, NC
Post MBA Location: Washington, D.C.
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February 1, 2024 9:29pm ET
Applying: Columbia, Harvard Business School, Northwestern / Kellogg, Stanford GSB, U. Chicago Booth, UPenn / Wharton
Intake Year: 2025
Pre-MBA Career: Private Credit
Post-MBA Target Industry: Private Equity, Asset Management, inc. HF Companies: Blackstone , Carlyle Group , Goldman Sachs , JP Morgan Asset Management
GMAT: 720
GPA: 3.73
Years of Work Experience: 5
Location: Texas
Post MBA Location: No Preference
Notes:

Demographics/Stats : 27 year old male, US citizen, will have 5 years work experience by R1 application this year, 3.73 GPA from well known public university in the Midwest in Economics with a concentration in business, and 720 GMAT (Q47/V42/IR6/AW6) (took 3 times this was my highest score)

Work Experience: Worked as a FSO consultant at Big 4 Firm for 1.5 years, promoted once. Left Big 4 to work at a Tier 2 Private Credit Fund, promoted 3 times in 4 years (currently an AVP). My role at the credit fund is centered around overseeing the closing of debt securitizations (average size of 300M - 500M) usually run with those pretty autonomously, (have led multiple investor calls/meetings and have created decks to present to investors) Also solely manage multiple $200M+ debt portfolios. (Have 3-4 people that I directly manage and 10+ I manage at affiliated downstreams). I also create a presentation that I present internally to 60+ people every month.

ECs: didn’t really participate in ECs in college because I was helping take care of a sick family member throughout my college career (had to go home every Friday and stayed till Sunday each week). Post college have been volunteering at organizations like Feed my Starving Children, Habitat for Humanity, etc. total hours around 100-120. Working on getting some more stuff on my resume that would put me in a leadership role outside of work. Am a regular member at a Muay Thai gym if that matters.

Will get good letters of rec from my direct bosses (both managing directors at my current company)

Post MBA goals: want to work as an asset originator at a private credit fund

Main question I have is, am I qualified enough for M7 schools? Or is that not a realistic?

Thanks so much for the feedback in advance!

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February 1, 2024 8:46am ET
Applying: Carnegie Mellon / Tepper, Georgia Tech / Scheller, U. Washington / Foster, UCLA Anderson, USC / Marshall, UT Austin / McCombs
Intake Year: 2024
Pre-MBA Career: Technology
Post-MBA Target Industry: Technology Companies: Amazon , Apple , Google , IBM
GMAT: 720
GPA: 3.7
Years of Work Experience: 12
Location: India
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January 31, 2024 7:46pm ET
Applying: Dartmouth / Tuck, Harvard Business School, UPenn / Wharton, UVA / Darden
Intake Year: 2024
Pre-MBA Career: Fighter Pilot
Post-MBA Target Industry: Consulting, Technology
GRE: 316
GPA: 3.37
Years of Work Experience: 12
Location: West Coast
Post MBA Location: Northeast
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