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Good luck to everyone applying to business school!
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  • graham_richmond's picture

    Thanks for the warm welcome to the WSO community Patrick!

    We're thrilled to offer our expertise here. Feel free to post your questions about MBA admissions and we'll do our best to offer prompt replies.

    As a means of background, my name is Graham Richmond and I am a former MBA admissions officer from the Wharton School. I also completed my MBA at Wharton. As such, I have seen the admissions process as an applicant, a student and an admissions officer. I have also counseled hundreds of successful applicants to Harvard Business School, Stanford, Wharton, Kellogg, MIT, Chicago, LBS, Columbia, NYU, INSEAD (and more) over the last 10 years.

    For more information on my profile: http://clearadmit.com/graham

    Best of luck to everyone who is contemplating the pursuit of an MBA from a top program!

    Regards,

    Graham

  • theBEEGEES's picture

    What has your experience been with applicants from F500 rotational programs (GE FMP etc)?

    1. Do you consider them in direct competition with those applicants coming from financial services (IB, PE etc)?

    2. Do you see additional experience past the normal 2 years of these programs as vital to admission?

    3. Have you noticed a particular trend with those admitted to M7 schools from F500? (ex: higher GMAT, international experience, business development roles)

    Thanks!

  • Ravenous's picture

    What is the best thing that older applicants (28-30) with otherwise very strong profiles can do to increase their odds at H / S / W? Thanks!

  • YellowRanger's picture

    Hi Graham,

    Thanks for joining us on WSO.

    Stats:

    Employer: F100 Tech Company Financial Analyst, has promotions, ( 5 Years )

    Undergrad: 3.6/4.0 BS. Finance Large State School, Leadership Experience, Alumni Board

    GMAT: Not Taken

    Extra: Dual Citizenship, CFA L1, local awards in a sport,

    Question:

    What MBA programs are best for candidates interested in corporate development, treasury, strategy, for a F500? Do MBA programs value a candidate more or less if they want to go the non-traditional finance route of going into a F500 rather than consulting / IB?

    Does the CFA carry any weight? If so, can it compensate for a low GMAT?

    How much does volunteer work factor in? Does everyone need SOME volunteer work?

  • inspireddude's picture

    What can someone going into the middle office at a large/renowned firm do to compete against FO applicants at the M7, whether it be on the job (obviously look for leadership opportunities) or off the job?

    Thanks!

  • go.with.the.flow's picture

    Hey Graham quick question on my chances for a M7?

    Stats:

    3.4 CGPA with 2.9 GPA in Econ (Big 10)
    Current Position: IT Sales
    GMAT: 640

    I know my stats aren't t impressive, how can I improve my chances? Thanks in advance mate.

  • Macro1's picture

    Hi Graham - thanks for joining.

    Some background info:

    - CPA at BB PE's arm (here about 2 years, 3 1/2 years total work experience, no big 4)
    - 3.6 double major in Finance and Accounting from CUNY
    - some volunteer work
    - have yet to take GMAT
    - kinda all over the place in terms of what I would like to do post MBA, I'm interested in ER but also MM PE because of my current job

    All that said, do I have any chance at NYU or Columbia? If not, would you recommend Rutgers or Pace, or NYU part-time?

    Thanks

  • hockey1316's picture

    Hey Graham quick question on my chances for a M7 (esp Harvard, Booth, Sloan, and Tuck)

    Stats:

    3.86 GPA from U of Maryland
    Current Position: M&A Advisory PWC
    GMAT: 730

    Extras - Former CEO of fairly successful start-up and Founder of non-profit focusing on education and serve on Exec Board of other Non-profit

  • blastoise's picture

    how haard is it to get into oxford

    ty

  • RE Capital Markets's picture

    Just curious, I don't have an application question in particular and I don't plan on applying -

    How do the MBA applicants of today compare with the applicants from 10 years ago? Specifically, what was the avg GPA/GMAT back then versus today? How about work exp? I am sure there is difference since MBA admissions seem to get more competitive over time, but I want to hear your perspective.

    Also, have the criteria for admissions evolved as well? Do adcoms look for a different type of class profile then they did 10 years ago?

    No need to get too specific and don't feel obligated to answer. Like I said, I am just curious. Thanks.

    Man made money, money never made the man

  • In reply to Ravenous
    graham_richmond's picture

    Ravenous,

    Thanks for your question.

    While each of the three schools on your list assess candidates in a slightly different fashion, there are a few things you can do to help your chances across the board as an older applicant:

    1) Make it clear that you have a lot to add to classroom discussion (diversity of experience, etc.) without sounding like an 'old dog who cannot learn new tricks'.

    2) Convince your admissions reader or interviewer that you are likely to be VERY active as a student (beyond showing up for class and going through the recruiting process). Showcase your capacity to lead specific activities/clubs/conferences on campus.

    3) Hit things out of the park on the numbers front (GMAT, GPA).

    4) Express a career plan that your target schools' career services office can get on board with. In other words, if you are a 30-year old IT Consultant with no exposure to Wall Street (beyond a hobby of investing in stocks or having taken a CFA exam), don't pin your goals around joining an investment bank or PE fund. Put yourself in the shoes of the recruiter at your post-MBA target firm and ask yourself if that firm would be interested in your CURRENT profile. If the answer is 'no' revisit your goals.

    There are many other things you could do, but this list should provide a good start! Feel free to reach out to Clear Admit directly if you'd like to learn more about your services.

    Best of luck,

    Graham

    Ravenous:
    What is the best thing that older applicants (28-30) with otherwise very strong profiles can do to increase their odds at H / S / W? Thanks!
  • bryan521's picture

    Graham,

    Thanks for taking the tme.

    BA Economics - Top 25 USA School- 3.4
    MSC Finance - UK Based Top 5 school

    2 years at a bank, (founded and sold startup on the side)
    1 year equity research
    2 years in current venture captial role

    What is the min GMAT for M7?

  • In reply to blastoise
    graham_richmond's picture

    Ty,

    Thanks for your question.

    On the whole I would say that Oxford/Said has a fairly competitive admissions process. Is it as hard to get into as INSEAD or LBS? Not quite, but the program's small class size means that they don't need the applicant volume of an INSEAD to be highly selective. Of course, the real answer to this question depends heavily on your profile, since some populations are less represented in the pool than others.

    Here are some basic stats on the school's class of admitted students:

    Class size: 248
    GMAT average: 690
    Work Exp: 6 years
    Avg. Age: 29

    Read our insider's guide to the school as well: http://clearadmit.shop.studylink.com/product.cfm?p...

    Best of luck!

    Graham

    blastoise:
    how haard is it to get into oxford

    ty

  • KennyPowers's picture

    Graham,

    Thanks for thoughts.

    Had a question on how a masters in finance taken right after undergrad affects a profile.
    Is this viewed as a positive or negative? Would there be more emphasis placed on undergrad grades or MSF grades separate schools?

    Also - GMAT 700 GPA 3.6 - worth taking the GMAT again?

    Thanks.

  • Ske7ch's picture

    Can you point me to the profiles of your consultants?

    - Bulls make money. Bears make money. Pigs get slaughtered.
    - The harder you work, the luckier you become.
    - I believe in the "Golden Rule": the man with the gold rules.

  • atleastimnotabanker's picture

    Hi Graham,

    thanks for taking the time.

    What do you think are my chances of getting into HBS or GSB? These are the only two bschools where I think that the time spent would be more beneficial for my career than to keep working.

    Stats:
    Age: 25
    BSc and MSc at two very well known European universities.
    GPA in the top 10-20% area
    GMAT 740-760 (haven't taken it yet but test GMAT scores were 750 and 770)
    Work exp. at the time of my application: 2 years at a highly known strategy consultancy but not MBB
    Extra curricular: Nothing since I started working, lots of sports in high school (national team level, smaller things during university - tutoring, active in university societies,...)
    Lots of international experience in Europe, Asia and the US (university exchange, internships,...)

    Does it help that my employer would pay for the MBA if I promise commit myself to keep working there afterwards for at least two years?

  • In reply to Ske7ch
    graham_richmond's picture

    Ske7ch,

    Thanks for your question. You can see the profiles of our consultants here:
    http://www.clearadmit.com/mgmt.html

    As you will see, we are a small team of full-time admissions consultants. We work with a select group of applicants each season and have been getting folks into top schools for over 10 years.

    You can read more about our firm on the site's press page in case you are curious what independent sources like Forbes, WSJ, Economist, BusinessWeek and the Washington Post think about our expertise:
    http://www.clearadmit.com/news.html

    Thanks again for your question!

    Regards,

    Graham

    Ske7ch:
    Can you point me to the profiles of your consultants?
  • wsj's picture

    Hi Graham,

    Was wondering on what your thoughts are on a trader applying to a top MBA program (H/S/W)? Does the admission committee deem traders unfavorable? Lastly, from your experience do many traders apply to MBA programs?

    Thanks

  • mettawp's picture

    Graham,

    Thanks for taking the time to answer questions.

    Would an extremely strong GMAT make up for a weak GPA? If so - how strong of a GMAT would be needed to cancel out a 2.8 GPA? Assuming slightly over 2 years of finance work experience and a few years of volunteer work.

  • pacman007's picture

    Hey Graham,

    Stats:

    Undergrad GPA - 3.3 in Finance from a large state school in Texas.
    GMAT - aiming for 700ish
    Work Experience - Financial Analyst at a fortune 5 oil company for the past 14 months, On top of my daily responsibilities I led a group of analysts on a year-long project. I am now about to start my second rotation in a BO/MO risk role supporting our NGL traders.

    Will have a few EC's under my belt before MBA (United Nations Association member, volunteer at the public school district I was in as a child, member of Toastmasters International)

    I want to start my MBA in the Fall of 2014. I will have around 3.5 years of experience by that time (will probably have completed 3 rotations by then).

    I think M7 is a long shot but I'm interested in the next tier of schools (Duke, McCombs, Ross, NYU, etc.). I am looking to get into IB/PE after MBA at the associate level.

    What schools do you think are realistic and how do you think I can better my application?

    Thanks for doing this!

    "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a Champion" - Muhammad Ali

  • ChEM3's picture

    Hi Graham, really appreciate you taking the time to do this.

    Shooting for M7 schools.

    Undergrad GPA: 3.28 overall 3.6 upper level. B.S. Chemical Engineering top 20 engineering school

    GMAT: 690 first time, going to retake to boost quant (aiming for 720+)

    Extracurriculars: VP of student AIChE chapter, founding Treasurer of Entrepreneurship Society.

    Work Experience: Internships in chemical process engineering and refining. Currently working as a deepwater drilling engineer in the GoM responsible for coordination of operations on the rig. Will have 3-4 years at matriculation.

    I plan on applying in about 2.5-3 years (age 25-26)
    I realize that my essays and letters of recommendation will be very important, any other tips to improve my chances?

    Thanks.

    Rise early, work hard, strike oil.

  • suchislife's picture

    Hi Graham,

    First of all thanks for taking the time. I'm planning on applying to B school for fall 2013. Below are my summary stats. I'm planning to apply to (HBS/Columbia/Wharton/Stanford) would appreciate if you could tell me my chances on getting in as well as other schools where I might be a good fit. Your help is much appreciated.
    I am a Puerto Rican male bilingual (Spanish)

    Academic:
    Middle Tier Boston Business Undergrad (Think BU/BC/Bentey/Babson) GPA: 3.2 Finance GPA: 3.8 (had very strong upward trend after initial issues)
    Co-founder and treasurer of Puerto Rican Student Association in college
    Passed all CFA exam levels (I,II, & III) in a row by the age of 23
    GMAT will take next month: I expect 690-740

    Work experience (US Caribbean):
    1.5 years as Special Assistant to Government Pension Fund Administrator and Chief Investment Officer While it was undergoing restructuring efforts and merging the administration with other local pension plans. (When I left I was offered the position of Director of the investments division (i.e. Deputy Administrator) but turned it down in order to be an analyst in a Private Equity Firm a job that was not as prestigious but it was where I saw myself in the future given my long term goals.

    1.5 years analyst in Small Cap US Caribbean Private Equity Firm ($125 AUM) (The firm has been investing for over 20 years; very reputable in the region top quartile performance)
    Good experience and will have excellent recommendation from the head partner, job function has evolved in to a more senior role. I have a lot of responsibilities and have had opportunities to lead (manage) projects and deals on my own; I will also be supervising some more junior people that are to come in in a couple of months.

    Extracurricular activities all on-going:
    3 years as Director at my brother's Company's Board just two directors me and my brother
    We have weekly Sunday meetings; company is expected to break the $10 million in sales this year
    Company has had very strong growth over 35% per year (100% bootstrapped no private capital); recently recognized by the Governor who issued a press conference honoring my brother

    7 months as Member of the board/committee of a yearly fundraising wine and food festival for scholarships in my old high school, this past year net income from the festival totaled 65K

    All help is greatly appreciated! Thank you for joining WSO, it is very hard for us in the Caribbean to get good solid advice relating to MBA applications.

    Best

    SL

  • dram183's picture

    Hi, I had a quick question. I plan on attending a one year Master of Accounting program right after undergrad, then going into banking post-grad. For MBA admissions, do my MAcc grades matter, or is it just undergrad GPA and GMAT?

    Thanks

  • petergibbons's picture

    Thanks Graham.

    Applied this year and didn't have such good results (Dings at H/S, WL at Kellogg).

    I think my stats are competitive...

    GMAT: 770 (48V, 49Q)
    GPA: 3.8 in Econ from top LAC (think NESCAC)
    WE: Almost 2 years MBB, top quarter of class (so I would assume recs were strong)
    Leadership: Captain of varsity sport in college, led a club and a student govt. committee

    Probably going to re-apply in the fall...what can I do between now and then to get more competitive (other than get a year older)? I'm on track for a promotion this summer and likely going abroad for my next project.

    Also thinking about expanding my list a bit to ensure I get in somewhere...of the following list, which school do you think is most like Stanford and/or Kellogg, in terms of the type of people and overall vibe? (anyone else can comment here as well)

    Tuck, Darden, Ross, Yale

    Life, liberty and the pursuit of Starwood Points

  • Tiger Blood's picture

    What are the most impressive extracurricular activities one can partake in to stand out? Are there certain activities people think are more beneficial in the eyes of adcoms than they actually are? Thanks.

  • anonymouse393's picture

    Hi Graham,

    I was wondering how political experience is typically viewed by B-School admissions. I am going to work for a MBB consulting firm starting in January, but plan to work for an election campaign from May-November (Democratic, if it matters). My questions are:
    1. Will this be viewed favorably by an admissions committee, or seen as a random add-on/EC?
    2. What sort of experiences should I seek out for maximum impact? I assume that leadership experience is a must, but would (say) a role in overall campaign strategy be viewed more favorably than field organizing?

    Stats: Semi-target liberal arts school, 3.9 GPA with quantitative double major, expect ~740 on GMAT

    Thanks!

  • profits's picture

    Hi Graham,
    I have been working for four years at one of the big players in physical commodity trading (Glencore,Trafigura, etc). I was involved in a Graduate Programme, working in different areas such as Operations, Risk Analysis and Deals Desk.
    Do you think that my experience in this field makes me a viable candidate for an MBA in an Ivy League university?
    Thanks !

  • D M's picture

    Thanks for doing this Graham, the answers so far have been great!

    "You stop being an asshole when it sucks to be you." -IlliniProgrammer
    "Your grammar made me wish I'd been aborted." -happypantsmcgee

  • Maherj1's picture

    Hey great thread.

    Just wondering about my potential strength as an applicant.

    From small peripheral european country
    non-traditional background for university entry in my country
    2.1 from top university in my country
    manager in Big 4 TAS (Started in my home country moved to London)
    Extra currics include marathon running
    CFA qualified

    This is hypothetical and I have not sat GMAT yet.

  • PanAfricanBanker's picture

    I am 2.1 Master's Degree holder (Financial Economics) (Valedictorian) from South Africa/Nigeria (Dual-citizen) (+2 Bachelors degrees), with a CFA, 720 GMAT, 3.5 GPA equivalent and 5 years IB experience at global firms with International experience, speak 4 languages and entrepreneurial experience with solid extracurriculars.

    I'm keen on European schools such as IE, INSEAD, Said, Judge and LBS.

    Which one is a good "fit" for me?

    I wonder which ones are generous on scholarships for Africans?
    Not sure if the extra year and USD 80,000 is worth spending at Stanford, Columbia or Wharton.
    If they are more keen on sponsoring Africans than European schools I might consider applying in the US.

    - Ostende Mihi Pecuniam -

  • PanAfricanBanker's picture

    So I think my strong points are

    - Solid Education: 2 Bachelors degrees (Actuarial Sci & Investment Management)+ Masters( financial economics)

    - Entrepreneurial: Started a business tutoring MBA candidates's (at an South African business school) statistics, financial maths, accounting, economics, etc..

    - Philanthropic: I'm a volunteer maths teacher at a school in an underprivileged neighbourhood and I provide free financial services to small businesses

    - Travelled: I've worked on deals and lived in over 10 African countries

    - Adaptive : Speak 4 languages

    - Ostende Mihi Pecuniam -

  • In reply to inspireddude
    graham_richmond's picture

    Dear Inspiredude,

    Thanks for your question. A few thoughts:

    1) While front office roles are typically viewed as more glamorous/prestigious/harder to get, they are also far more plentiful in the applicant pool for top-tier schools. As such, one benefit of your middle office role is that it will be less common.

    2) As to how you compete with the front office types, there are many ways. On the work front, the key will be to showcase leadership experience, projects you've initiated, creative solutions you've devised, etc. You should also be sure to "own" your career path - and showcase a passion for what you've done (as opposed to more of an "I wish I was front office" mentality. Academically, you should strive knock the cover off the ball when it comes to the GMAT. It would also help to have a great ugrad GPA from a reputable/top-tier undergraduate institution.

    3) Of course many candidates in the pool from all kinds of posts/industries bring strong experience and numbers to the admissions process - so the key to you success will likely come down to some of the intangibles like your personal background, outside interests, travels, community involvement, etc. - and how these elements are represented in your essays, recommendations, data forms, resume and interview.

    Best of luck,

    Graham

    inspireddude:
    What can someone going into the middle office at a large/renowned firm do to compete against FO applicants at the M7, whether it be on the job (obviously look for leadership opportunities) or off the job?

    Thanks!

  • Leonidas's picture

    Hi Graham. Thanks a lot for doing this.

    Target: HBS. The JD/MBA program to be specific. I've already been accepted to Harvard Law.

    My stats:-
    Graduated summa/magna from an Ivy.
    GPA/Major: 4.0/Econ.
    LSAT: 178
    (Expected) GMAT: 770+

    WE: 2 years; BB IBD Analyst.
    Recs: Was top-bucket, so probably strong.
    ECs: Mentor severely under-achieving high school kids. I had a 2.3 GPA in high school, so this ties together quite well with my overall story. However, I do not have ANY other post-college ECs. Had leadership positions in a couple of clubs in college though.

    Goal: Land a post-MBA PE position.

    Thanks again.

    Calling Ron Paul an isolationist is like calling your neighbor a hermit because he doesn't come over to your property and break your windows.

  • Amphipathic's picture

    Hi Graham,
    How much work experience do you suggest a PhD in biology from a target school w/CFA L1 should get before applying? Is one year sufficient? I don't know if the graduate degree cuts you some slack in that area. Do grad schools like science PhDs (for diversity reasons or whatever)?
    Thanks!

  • kchen95's picture

    Hello everyone!

    My name is Kevin Chen; I am a Senior Admissions Counselor at Clear Admit. Now that the craziness of round two applications has subsided somewhat, I will be here to answer your questions on business school admissions.

    In terms of my background, I graduated from Princeton University as an undergrad and obtained master's degrees from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I also have worked as a consultant at McKinsey, as a reporter/editor at Reuters and as a marketing executive at the NBA. Since joining Clear Admit five years ago, I have combined my consulting, marketing and editing expertise with Clear Admit's in-house admissions office knowledge to help hundreds of domestic US and international applicants get into top business schools such as Stanford, Harvard and Wharton. For a full description of my profile, please click here: http://www.clearadmit.com/mgmt.html.

    I look forward to hearing from you, and best of luck with your applications!

    Best,
    Kevin

  • In reply to suchislife
    suchislife's picture

    Kevin,

    Thanks for taking the time, could you please help me out with my profile eval see below, thanks!!

    suchislife:
    Hi Graham,

    First of all thanks for taking the time. I'm planning on applying to B school for fall 2013. Below are my summary stats. I'm planning to apply to (HBS/Columbia/Wharton/Stanford) would appreciate if you could tell me my chances on getting in as well as other schools where I might be a good fit. Your help is much appreciated.
    I am a Puerto Rican male bilingual (Spanish)

    Academic:
    Middle Tier Boston Business Undergrad (Think BU/BC/Bentey/Babson) GPA: 3.2 Finance GPA: 3.8 (had very strong upward trend after initial issues)
    Co-founder and treasurer of Puerto Rican Student Association in college
    Passed all CFA exam levels (I,II, & III) in a row by the age of 23
    GMAT will take next month: I expect 690-740

    Work experience (US Caribbean):
    1.5 years as Special Assistant to Government Pension Fund Administrator and Chief Investment Officer While it was undergoing restructuring efforts and merging the administration with other local pension plans. (When I left I was offered the position of Director of the investments division (i.e. Deputy Administrator) but turned it down in order to be an analyst in a Private Equity Firm a job that was not as prestigious but it was where I saw myself in the future given my long term goals.

    1.5 years analyst in Small Cap US Caribbean Private Equity Firm ($125 AUM) (The firm has been investing for over 20 years; very reputable in the region top quartile performance)
    Good experience and will have excellent recommendation from the head partner, job function has evolved in to a more senior role. I have a lot of responsibilities and have had opportunities to lead (manage) projects and deals on my own; I will also be supervising some more junior people that are to come in in a couple of months.

    Extracurricular activities all on-going:
    3 years as Director at my brother's Company's Board just two directors me and my brother
    We have weekly Sunday meetings; company is expected to break the $10 million in sales this year
    Company has had very strong growth over 35% per year (100% bootstrapped no private capital); recently recognized by the Governor who issued a press conference honoring my brother

    7 months as Member of the board/committee of a yearly fundraising wine and food festival for scholarships in my old high school, this past year net income from the festival totaled 65K

    All help is greatly appreciated! Thank you for joining WSO, it is very hard for us in the Caribbean to get good solid advice relating to MBA applications.

    Best

    SL

  • In reply to pacman007
    pacman007's picture

    Hi Kevin,

    I posted this earlier. Can you please comment on my chances...

    Thanks for doing this.

    pacman007:
    Hey Graham,

    Stats:

    Undergrad GPA - 3.3 in Finance from a large state school in Texas.
    GMAT - aiming for 700ish
    Work Experience - Financial Analyst at a fortune 5 oil company for the past 14 months, On top of my daily responsibilities I led a group of analysts on a year-long project. I am now about to start my second rotation in a BO/MO risk role supporting our NGL traders.

    Will have a few EC's under my belt before MBA (United Nations Association member, volunteer at the public school district I was in as a child, member of Toastmasters International)

    I want to start my MBA in the Fall of 2014. I will have around 3.5 years of experience by that time (will probably have completed 3 rotations by then).

    I think M7 is a long shot but I'm interested in the next tier of schools (Duke, McCombs, Ross, NYU, etc.). I am looking to get into IB/PE after MBA at the associate level.

    What schools do you think are realistic and how do you think I can better my application?

    Thanks for doing this!

    "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a Champion" - Muhammad Ali

  • profits's picture

    Hi Graham,
    I have been working for four years at one of the big players in physical commodity trading (Glencore,Trafigura, etc). I was involved in a Graduate Programme, working in different areas such as Operations, Risk Analysis and Deals Desk.
    Do you think that my experience in this field makes me a viable candidate for an MBA in an Ivy League university?
    I am asking this questions because there are few people in this field with an MBA degree.
    Thanks !

  • In reply to Amphipathic
    Amphipathic's picture

    Hello Kevin,
    Could you please tell me what you think of my chances (profile below)
    Thanks!

    Amphipathic:
    Hi Graham,
    How much work experience do you suggest a PhD in biology from a target school w/CFA L1 should get before applying? Is one year sufficient? I don't know if the graduate degree cuts you some slack in that area. Do grad schools like science PhDs (for diversity reasons or whatever)?
    Thanks!
  • In reply to hockey1316
    hockey1316's picture

    Kevin, posted earlier...tell me what you think

    jwalsh16:
    Hey Graham quick question on my chances for a M7 (esp Harvard, Booth, Sloan, and Tuck)

    Stats:

    3.86 GPA from U of Maryland
    Current Position: M&A Advisory PWC
    GMAT: 730

    Extras - Former CEO of fairly successful start-up and Founder of non-profit focusing on education and serve on Exec Board of other Non-profit

  • PanAfricanBanker's picture

    Hi Kevin

    I posted earlier as well:

    I am 2.1 Master's Degree holder (Financial Economics) (Valedictorian) from South Africa/Nigeria (Dual-citizen) (+2 Bachelors degrees), with a CFA, 720 GMAT, 3.5 GPA equivalent and 5 years IB experience at global firms with International experience, speak 4 languages and entrepreneurial experience with solid extracurriculars.

    I'm keen on European schools such as IE, INSEAD, Said, Judge and LBS and perhaps Columbia.

    Which one is a good "fit" for me?

    I wonder which ones are generous on scholarships for Africans?
    Not sure if the extra year and USD 80,000 is worth spending at Columbia.
    If they are more keen on sponsoring Africans than European schools I might consider applying in the US.

    So I think my strong points are

    - Solid Education: 2 Bachelors degrees (Actuarial Sci & Investment Management)+ Masters( financial economics)

    - Entrepreneurial: Started a business tutoring MBA candidates's (at an South African business school) statistics, financial maths, accounting, economics, etc..

    - Philanthropic: I'm a volunteer maths teacher at a school in an underprivileged neighbourhood and I provide free financial services to small businesses

    - Travelled: I've worked on deals and lived in over 10 African countries

    - Adaptive : Speak 4 languages

    - Ostende Mihi Pecuniam -

  • melvvvar's picture

    I wish the monkey formerly known as Brady for Most Valuable Player were here for this. Pouring out a splash of my banana hooch for the fallen homie.

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