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11/13/17

WSO is excited to have the experts from Accepted on board to answer applicant questions in the business school forum. Here are messages from Natalie and Jen who will be checking this thread every few days:

Natalie

I'm here to answer any questions you have regarding Business School Admissions. I am a former Admissions Dean and Director and currently a consultant with Accepted. While at Accepted, I've helped clients gain admission to top BBA, MBA, MFE, MF, MCF and PhD programs over the last 7 years and I'm happy to answer questions you have about Business School Admissions. - Natalie (@Natalie_Accepted)

Jen

I'm happy to answer any questions you have regarding business school admissions. I am a former Assistant Director of Admissions at Cornell who also worked in career services at Duke Fuqua. For the last six years as an Accepted admissions consultant, I've helped applicants gain admission to top MBA, EMBA, and MF programs. I'm delighted to answer your questions about business school admissions. - Jen (@jenweld)

If you would like a profile evaluation for schools, please provide the following info:
1) Brief description of your full-time work experience.
2) Your GMAT or GRE. Percentiles preferred.
3) College info: The name of the college, your GPA or grade average, your major, year of graduation. For any graduate degrees, please provide the same info. If you grades are low, please indicate if there were extenuating circumstances.
4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.
6) Your post-MBA goal.

Or if you just have a different question about MBA admissions, we'll do our best to answer it.

Comments (1295)

9/4/17

Hi Jenweld,
Thanks for replying.
My GPA is 7.8/10

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9/5/17

Hi Sajalm,

Since you are looking at STEM schools, MIT is top of mind. Tepper (Carnegie Mellon) has a Master of Computational Finance. Other schools to consider would be UCLA, Stern and Simon.

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9/7/17

Hi Jen,
I was thinking on the similar lines.
What do you feel about my realistic chances in the above mentioned Universities, also should I apply to more Univs to be on the safer side?
I think MIT, Tepper are very competitive.

9/14/17

Hi Sajalm,

The schools are all very competitive, but I think you have a decent shot.

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8/30/17

Hello Jen and Natalie, I am currently in my last year of Bsc and want to apply to business schools this fall. My favorite option so far (I've been researching for a while) is LSE's MSc in Accounting and Finance, although I don't know if my profile is good enough to get accepted there. I will try to summarize:

-Double degree in Law and Business Administration from a little uni in Spain. GPA not very stellar, 7.5/10. Law subjects made my average score drop quite a bit, as I've got rather high grades on business-related ones.
-Also doing a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Public Management. It is a side study for me, and I do it just because I'm really into politics.
-Exchange of one semester in Seoul (South Korea) with really good grades
-Summer internships in a local industrial company (administration) and in a hedge fund (real estate and securities trading) in Madrid. I'll probably get a better one for this course's second semester, maybe Big4 or Banks, but it won't be in time for the application process.
-GMAT 730 (48Q,42V)
-Cambridge Proficiency in English with Grade A

My strategy is to sell that I am a well-rounded student with background in law that has recently found in finance its passion, and thus I need a Msc to specialize. And what a better place than LSE.

9/1/17

Dear mzia12,

So am I correct in saying that you are actually in the process of getting THREE bachelor's degrees? Wow. You look like you have a lot of positives in your profile. Sure, the 7.5/10 could be better, but if the shortcoming is the law classes, that is less of an issue as that clearly is no longer your focus. The 730 gmat score is great and should make up for any academic concerns. Bottom line you certainly have a shot with LSE.

Please feel free to contact me offline if you would like some assistance in putting together your application package.

Jennifer Weld, Consultant, Accepted | Contact Me | Admissions Consulting

9/2/17

Hi Jen,
1. I am a recent Nigerian graduate (2016) but have completed front office internships in Consulting (Big 4) and Investment Banking (BB in London), and two other Nigerian-based banks.
2. GRE: 324 (Q;162 V:162)
3. UG; University of Lagos (top 3 in the country): Accounting, GPA: 4.88/5.00 (2016). Currently completing one-year National Service Programme
4. Volunteer at Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO); Vice-Chairman for my university hall of residence; welfare director for my graduating class
5. Passed all levels of the CFA program at first attempt; scored above 70% in all subjects tested in level 1&2
6. Applying to MFin @ MIT, Vandy, UTAustin, and Duke; I want to work in Investment Management post-MFin.

I am not too happy about my GRE score; I'm however thinking about diversity considerations.

9/5/17

Dear Bryanchike,

You look like a strong candidate for the MFin programs you are planning to apply to. I wouldn't be overly concerned about the GRE score considering you have passed all levels of the CFA and have an excellent GPA. Go for it!

Jennifer Weld, Consultant, Accepted | Contact Me | Admissions Consulting

9/6/17

Hi jen,

I don't know how much experience you have with Canadian MBA programs but your advice on my stats is much appreciated.

1) I work full time as a wealth manager in PWM have been doing this for 2+ years.
2) 680 GMAT
3) University of Ottawa, 3.4 GPA, Finance major and graduated in 2014. My grades are low due to some health problems I had during my undergrad.
4) Community representative for local hospital.
5) Working on CFA designation, currently a L2 candidate
6) Work for MBB in Canada or big 4 consulting. Looking at applying to Ivey, Queens, and U of T. Any insight on how doing a 1 year MBA program at Ivey and Queens will be compared to the 2 year program at U of T?

Your help is much appreciated.

9/11/17

Hi Wickus,

I'd say you have a decent shot at the programs you are looking at, but I would try and get that gmat score up a bit if possible (considering your quant background, expectations are higher).

In terms of one year vs two year programs, it all comes down to whether or not you feel you need that traditional internship. Since it sounds like you aren't sure which way you want to go (banking or consulting), the extra time and internship might help you decide one way or the other.

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9/11/17

Thank you, I will work on getting a score in the 700's for the GMAT.

9/10/17

Hi,

I had a question on Stanford's what matters most to you and why essay specifically -- apps due in a week :(

I was wondering how much of the essay should be focused on 'why' and how much should be focused on 'examples'? Some of the essays that I've read on Medium and from books answer this question by barely mentioning anything career/business related or not at all. Many talk about family background, childhood events, or a hobby for 95% of the essay.

The way that I've currently set up my essay is 30% on the 'why' and 70% on the examples and the future, which I feel is too professionally focused not feel-good/inspirational/lovey-dovey enough.

What are your thoughts?

Thanks!

9/11/17

Dear impossibru,

The Stanford is ambiguous because it wants to give you the opportunity to really show your uniqueness, which can be really hard if you focus too much on career stuff. Here are tips from our website on this essay: https://blog.accepted.com/stanford-gsb-mba-essay-t... they are helpful.

If you would like for me to review your essay prior to submission, feel free to contact me below.

Jennifer Weld, Consultant, Accepted | Contact Me | Admissions Consulting

9/11/17

Hey Natalie-

Thank you for dedicated responses to all us monkeys. I am in the process of looking to lateral for my career but considering a MBA as an option if I am not able to find what I want.

This may be an elementary question but what is the recommended timeline for applicants be? How far out should the gmat be taken (prep time included and multiple attempts if needed), applications, etc?

Thank you

9/13/17

Hi thegreen,

I am a colleague of Natalie's and helping her out on this forum.

You should take six months to a year to prepare for applying. I would budget 3-6 months for GMAT studies depending on how things go (plan on studying for at least a month before you take the first test if you are not going to use any formalized prep services). If possible, you should also budget some time for visiting schools. That is the best way to make your list - sitting in on classes, meeting students, seeing the facilities - all those things are important for helping you determine if it is a place you feel you'd fit in. If you can't visit, make sure you at least speak with admissions officers and get connected to either current students or alums to get their take on their experiences. In terms of the application, that can be put together in as quickly as a few weeks or a month, depending on the time you are able to dedicate to the process. Letters of recommendation often take longer since your recommenders will need to fit writing them into their schedules, which will obviously not be top priority.

Bottom line, if you wanted to apply for entry in Fall 2018, you potentially could make the last round in Mar/Apr timeframe. Alternatively, if you started prepping now you would be in great shape for applying in round 1 for Fall 2019 entry.

Please feel free to contact me offline if you have any further questions about the process (contact info below).

Jennifer Weld, Consultant, Accepted | Contact Me | Admissions Consulting

9/12/17

Hi Jen,

Want to know my odds to be admitted by Columbia MBA. Thinking about take a shot in the Early Decision Round for 2018 Fall enrollment. I can retake the GMAT, but if I do I will probably miss the deadline of EA. Target for GMAT is 750+, but it will take time. I am thinking that judging from my background it seems whether I got a 710 or 730 doesn't matter in the committee's decision. Besides, I am not a native speaker of English, and I got TOEFL of 105. I am a citizen of People's Republic of China.

1) Banking audit for three years (till 2018 enrollment), and two months internship at banking regulatory government agency in China (function similarly as Office of the Comptroller of the Currency)
2) Highest GMAT: 710 (Q50, V35, IR 3, AWA 4) took in 2014, most recent: 680(Q49, V35)
3) College info: Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, GPA 3.25/4.0 (if take investment banking related courses isolatedly 4.0/4.0), major: Accounting, year of graduation: 2015.
4) Top Winner of ACCA in P2 Corporate Reporting Exam in December 2013 (ranked as Number 8 in the world and Number 1 in Mainland China) ($1,000)
5) Certifications: Affiliate (exams passed, without membership) of ACCA(UK-based Association of Charted Certified Accountant), CICPA (Chinese ver. of CPA) (passed 4 out of 6 exams)
6) Post-MBA goal: analyst position in investment banking division

Thank you sooooooo much!!!

9/13/17

Hi TobiasNgai,

Have you cancelled the most recent GMAT score? The lower score might be a bit troubling to the admissions committee. If they only look at your overall GPA that does not work in your favor, but if you steer them towards the stronger GPA in IB courses in an optional essay that might sway them. You have some interesting certifications as well as being the winner of ACCA, so that is good. I would say that if you realistically can get a 750+, your chances would be pretty good. Even if that means you need to wait for round 1, you will still have a pretty good shot.

Here is a webinar about Columbia admissions that you might find helpful: http://reports.accepted.co/mba/columbia_business_s...
Feel free to contact me offline if you need help with your application.

Jennifer Weld, Consultant, Accepted | Contact Me | Admissions Consulting

9/14/17

Hi Jen,

Quick question, could I just reach out to admissions at the schools I'm interested and say "hey this is where I'm at, what should I do between now and when I plan on applying to give myself the best chance with you guys?" Kind of like everyone is doing here asking you.

Thanks!

9/14/17

Dear Secyh62,

You can certainly try to do that. Some admissions offices are more open about providing that information than others. There is the potential risk of leaving the perception of, "If he/she doesn't already know what is needed for successful admission....." Gauge it based on the conversation you are able to have with the people you get in touch with. You will probably be able to tell pretty quickly from the vibe about whether or not it is a good idea to discuss it.

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9/19/17

Natalie,
Thanks for taking your time for this. My profile is below

1) 2 years at a Euro BB Bank (DB/CS) in their Healthcare Coverage Group, 2 years at a healthcare VC Fund, 2 years at Matriculation working for one of the VC portfolio Companies on the finance as it has grown from $60mm in rev to $400
+ Run Rate and raised a major round of funding from blue chip investors (Warburg / KKR / TPG)

2) . GRE (V:169/ 99%, M:163 / 92%)

3) Graduated from elite liberal arts school (Williams / Amherst) with 3.25 in Math,

4) Varsity Athlete, All Conference, National Champion, volunteer at community focused bike org post graduation

5) None

6) Post MBA goal is to take a leadership role at an HC Startup

What would my chances be at a place like HSW? I'd also consider someplace like Tuck / MIT as I ultimately want to end up in the North East.

Thanks again for your help.

9/27/17

Dear BroCal,

I am helping Natalie out on this forum. I'd say you've got a decent shot at HSW - solid work experience, GRE, and great school. Not sure what you are doing with the bike organization - hopefully it is substantive, as showing commitment outside of work to a cause is very important.

Here are some resources from our site you might find helpful:

Harvard http://reports.accepted.com/mba/harvard-business-s...
Stanford http://reports.accepted.com/mba/stanford_graduate_... http://reports.accepted.com/mba/wharton

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9/22/17

Not immediately applying - 2020 or 2021 admission (After some banking expirience)

1.Havent graduated from University yet. Currenlty doing an internship (For 6 months)at a major automotive maufacturer (Doing supply chain management projects).
2.Havent given GMAT yet . Averaging 650's in mock tests.
3.Indian Private university , Pretty bad GPA (No paticular reason) , Electronics major
4.Not much of leadership expirience
5.About to give my CFA - Looking at 1 or 2 year Masters in Finance and Banking (Preferbly 2 years) .

Could you please suggest schools in (EU and USA) to consider?

Thanks in advance!

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9/27/17

Dear monk1929,

It is really difficult to provide you with any recommendations at this point. Expectations for a gmat score for an Indian male with a technical background is 720+. No excuse for a poor GPA combined with a possibly low GMAT score will tank any opportunity at a top school. I would suggest posting again when you have a better idea of your stats and some solid info on work accomplishments.

Jennifer Weld, Consultant, Accepted | Contact Me | Admissions Consulting

9/27/17

Hey , thanks a lot for doing this , will repost when I have a better understanding.

9/23/17

I know someone who is a board member of a business school at one of the world's top universities.
However the mba program at this university is pretty rubbish.

I have my eyes on attending a top ranked mba.

If I get this guy to write me an mba recommendation letter, will it count for much because he is a board member at another business school?
Would it be weird a business school board member recommending someone to go to another mba?

Will the recommendation letter from this guy help my application?

9/27/17

Recommendation letters need to provide substantive information about an applicant's work accomplishments and potential for future success as related to peers. The longer the person has been able to see the candidate's career progression the better. If you feel this person can provide that context, that is what will matter. Admissions committees will pay no attention to board membership (or lack thereof) of a recommender. It is the substance that matters.

You might find the resources on our website related to letters of recommendation helpful: https://www.accepted.com/mba/letters-of-recommenda...

Jennifer Weld, Consultant, Accepted | Contact Me | Admissions Consulting

9/27/17

Thanks for the advice

9/26/17

Hi Natalie,

I have a general question around pre-MBA experience and how it's valued. How would leaving a large F50 to develop a start-up or an incumbator hedge fund look to an MBA committee, and furthermore say the venture fails. Would that negatively affect a committee's opinion on the candidate

9/27/17

Dear lon26,

I am helping Natalie out on this forum.

Diversity of experience is looked upon very favorably by an admissions committee. You have already seen how a well-oiled machine of a company operates. If you leave, you will also have the start-up perspective. I would imagine these experiences combined would provide rich content for essays/interviews down the line.

Regarding if the venture fails, that will not negatively impact your application. That would just provide another reason why you need to go to business school - to learn formal business tools so it won't happen again!

Jennifer Weld, Consultant, Accepted | Contact Me | Admissions Consulting

9/27/17

Hi Jen,

Below is my profile, please let me know what you think my chances are for Columbia ED, Yale, Duke, Stern, McCombs

1) Brief description of your full-time work experience.

-2 Years Corporate Development Senior Analyst (came in as Senior) at a F500 Lodging company. High level of exposure to senior executives, lots of interesting projects / M&A deals
-2.5 Years Strategy & Operations Analyst at another company in the Lodging sector. Completed an interesting turnaround story and had a high degree of involvment.

2) Your GMAT or GRE. Percentiles preferred.

740

3) College info: The name of the college, your GPA or grade average, your major, year of graduation. For any graduate degrees, please provide the same info. If you grades are low, please indicate if there were extenuating circumstances.

(Clemson / UGA type school) 3.1 GPA. Did a Masters in Finance at a top program directly after (Vanderbilt / USC level)

4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.

Some volunteer work (Big Brothers Big Sisters)

5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.

None.

6) Your post-MBA goal.

Investment Banking Covering Lodging.

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