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Feb 28, 2011

VERY tough. Gotta have all your ducks in a row.

Feb 28, 2011

Hard.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Feb 28, 2011

GPA and GMATs should be strong, with top recs from bosses and coworkers. This is just to put you in the running.

Feb 28, 2011

wow. depressing...

Feb 28, 2011

Is this because they only take a certain % of IB people for their class. And of those numbers you are competing against the Goldmans, Morgans, and JPs of the world? What if you are at a top 15 shop in terms of league tables? So many dawg on questions...

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Feb 28, 2011

Regardless of where you come from it's difficult, not just where you worked for 2-3 years.

Feb 28, 2011

pretty sure there is a positive correlation between academic performance/gmat and top banking jobs anyway; so chances are the problem is not just being from a smaller bank. if this isn't true, then you definitely have a solid shot with good rec's from top people at your bank.

Feb 28, 2011

well if top elite means top15 its not so hard. top 5 is harder

Feb 28, 2011

alright, another question -- I know having legacy is sometimes huge for UG -- how big of a role does it play for graduate school?

Feb 28, 2011

Little to none unless they've donated something large.

Feb 28, 2011
Vagabond85:

Little to none unless they've donated something large.

sooo if a family relative has a building named after them... you're saying there's chance?

Feb 28, 2011

I would rather lick the steps of a new york city subway station for 30 minutes than have to do another b-school application. Yes--getting into a top b-school, especially top-7, is really hard for the normal people. If you are a whiz kid with a 3.5+ GPA, 750+ GMAT, and a great professional history with shining recommendations, then getting into a top-7 is pretty easy (though HBS and Stanford are still not a lock).

Feb 28, 2011

From the due-diligence I've managed to do thus far, the "M7" are essentially the "Ivy League" / "Bulge Bracket" of Business Schools. They consist of:

Tier 1: Harvard, Stanford
Tier 1a: Wharton
Tier 2: Chicago Booth, Columbia, MIT, Kellogg

Tier 1 and 1a are widely recognized - however, the relative merits of those in tier 2 are a lot more difficult to discern. Among those though, it seems to be the consensus that if the focus is finance, Chicago is really the place to be.

H/S really takes a lot of luck in addition to great credentials to get in. Also it helps if you've done something "different". Wharton is for those aces who've done Ivy strong GPA + strong GMAT + BB experience --- basically the creme of the crop that might not have the wow factor H/S sometimes look for. For a strong candidate without the wow factor (i.e. some mind-blowing EC's), getting into a M7 should be pretty 'easy'. Getting into H/S is another story.

Feb 28, 2011

How would Top Ivy, 3.9, 780 GMAT, 1 year McKinsey + 2 year Bain Capital, followed up a year as head of corp dev of a Bain Cap porfolio company (think 200 million+ revenue) look for business schools?

Feb 28, 2011
oneortheother:

How would Top Ivy, 3.9, 780 GMAT, 1 year McKinsey + 2 year Bain Capital, followed up a year as head of corp dev of a Bain Cap porfolio company (think 200 million+ revenue) look for business schools?

lol

Feb 28, 2011
oneortheother:

How would Top Ivy, 3.9, 780 GMAT, 1 year McKinsey + 2 year Bain Capital, followed up a year as head of corp dev of a Bain Cap porfolio company (think 200 million+ revenue) look for business schools?

Not that good--should probably apply to a few safety schools like Devry's Keller School of Business

Feb 28, 2011
Military_MBA_Banker:
oneortheother:

How would Top Ivy, 3.9, 780 GMAT, 1 year McKinsey + 2 year Bain Capital, followed up a year as head of corp dev of a Bain Cap porfolio company (think 200 million+ revenue) look for business schools?

Not that good--should probably apply to a few safety schools like Devry's Keller School of Business

or University of Phoenix Online

Feb 28, 2011

Double post

Feb 28, 2011

buddy of mine from a small ib that not many of heard of is interviewing both at s/h

Feb 28, 2011

Probably not that hard to get into Wharton. Saw a guy with a 3.8 GPA from an Ivy, with 2 years at Top BB and 2 years at megafund who got in

Feb 28, 2011

Probably not that hard to get into Wharton. Saw a guy with a 3.8 GPA from an Ivy, with 2 years at Top BB and 2 years at megafund who got in

Feb 28, 2011
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