H/S/W Realistic?

Hey All -

Long-time poster writing from a throwaway account. Looking to gauge by B-school odds based on my stats below. B school is honestly not my first choice but given where I am I do not want to close any doors on myself. That being said, I probably wouldn't go unless it was to H/S/W, so I want to hear thoughts on my chances for those schools primarily, as well as the rest of the M7. I would be applying for fall 2021.

Personal Info: White Male
UG: Big 10 state school (think: Ohio State, PSU, IU)
Degrees: Double major in finance & econ with honors through my UG's honors college. Graduated PBK
GPA: 3.9/4.0
GMAT: Have not taken. I'm honestly not the greatest standardized test taker, but I'm pretty sure with prep I wouldn't have an issue scoring 700+.
Work Experience: 2 years as an analyst at a mid-tier BB (BAML/Citi/Barc) in IB in a major product group (M&A/LevFin) with a healthy amount of deals announced. Now an associate in corporate development at a large firm
Letters of Rec: Would be very strong from college professors, previous employer, and current employer
ECs: Typical volunteer work and a few strong undergrad ECs
Other: Will likely have CFA Level 2 completed by the time of matriculation

Am I a realistic candidate for H/S/W? What would I need to score on the GMAT to be truly competitive there given the rest of my profile? What about the rest of the M7? Thanks in advance!

Comments (6)

Oct 16, 2019 - 5:01pm
Frank Slaughtery, what's your opinion? Comment below:

sorry to be blunt but you pretty much have no chance at H/S. Wharton and other MBA business schools">M7 are possible if GMAT is high enough (740+). The finance bucket for H/S goes to kids who went to HYPS then top BB then top PE/VC with 3.9s and 760+

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Oct 17, 2019 - 4:37pm
hjohnny, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm also going to agree with Frank on H/S being very slim. There's already too many white male IB BB applicants that also went to HYP, who also went to PE. Youre in a very competitive pool. Unless you somehow have a very interesting story/post mba goal that makes sense. Other MBA business schools">M7 and T10 will be receptive

Oct 24, 2021 - 4:34pm
medialogic, what's your opinion? Comment below:

imo HBS and Wharton could potentially happen with really good story, ECs and perfect execution, GSB is definitely a no no.

Oct 17, 2019 - 11:12am
Linda Abraham, what's your opinion? Comment below:

700+ is a fairly broad range. Where in the + matters. However let's assume a 720+,

H/S would be a stretch. We've had clients accepted in the MBA business schools">M7 with somewhat similar profiles including yes a banking background but not BB. The higher your GMAT, the more likely your acceptance at schools like Booth and Wharton. You don't say what you want to do post-MBA, although I assume it's in financial services, so I can't really recommend any additional programs for your consideration.

Best, Linda

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Oct 17, 2019 - 4:26pm
throw_away_69420, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thanks, Linda. Appreciate all the time you take to contribute to this site and for responding to me.

Does a few points of difference on the GMAT really that much of a contributing factor for me? If so, why? I get that all the schools want to raise their median score, so my question is more along the lines of what about my specific profile suggests the need for a higher score?

For post-MBA, it would likely be to a more traditional corp dev role than the one I am in now or a corp strategy role, or potentially to a start-up, all hopefully at a more senior position than I'm at now. It may also be worth noting that my current firm has historically sent people to HSW. Does that make a difference?

Thanks again!

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Oct 17, 2019 - 8:22pm
Linda Abraham, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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