Am I m7 material? What schools should I apply to?
I'd like a little help in deciding which schools I would be competitive at and should apply to. I'm looking at applying round 2 of this application season.
BSE & MSE from Michigan in Industrial & Operations Engineering
GPA: 3.34/4.0 for undergrad and 6.5/8.0 for grad (which translates into exactly between a B+ and A-, or a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale)
GMAT: 730/96%, Quant: 49/88%, Verbal: 40/89%
2.5 years as an "Industrial Engineer" at a top semiconductor company
1 year contracting as a "Data Analyst" at a top internet company
9 months to date as "Manufacturing Program Manager" (full time) at the same top internet company (not managing people, just doing supply chain management)
No major gaps in work. The top semiconductor company is just a 'solid' company, but the top internet company is actually kind of prestigious to work for (equivalent to Goldman/McKinsey?) if you're in tech; don't know if that counts for anything for b-school admissions. This will give me ~4 years of experience on application and ~5 on enrollment.
Volunteer once a week for a few hours doing street outreach for homeless youth
Photography assistant (have assisted doing candids for a few weddings, may be shooting solo for a friend in a month)
Pick up ultimate frisbee twice a week (is that really even worth anything?)
Why applying to b-school:
I want to transition into ibanking/consulting (is ibanking even an option still??) with an exit strategy of VC/HF. Ideally, I am looking to leverage an MBA into a job at a BB, nice boutique, or M/B/B.
So do I have what it takes to get into an m7 school? I think Columbia/Wharton and maybe Sloan would be great since I am interested in finance, and HBS/Stanford would be awesome, but probably pretty impossible to get into. Am I aiming too high? Should I be looking at Yale/Haas/Anderson instead? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated as I would like to apply to 4 or max 5 schools. Should I try go4bschool.com to figure out where to apply?