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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

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!