My chances at HBS, GSB and Wharton

2 years at tier 1 investment banking in NY (Think Goldman, JPM, MS, PJT, Moelis, Evercore +)

Now at tier 1 Hedge Fund in NY (Citadel, Mill, P72, DK, Silverpoint, Anchorage, Renaissance etc) 

Non-target ~3.0+ GPA (I don't like sharing personal stories but as a brief background mother passed away freshman year who was single mother, and I had to support my younger brother financially by working full time while going to school)

Have not taken the GMAT but I will try to get 740+

Expecting good letters of rec from previous employers

EC geared towards my background (first generation college grad)

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  • Associate 1 in VC
Sep 9, 2021 - 1:30am

Why do you want to go to b-school? I only ask bc if you're at a tier 1 HF already, where do you think b-school is going to take you?

That's an exit that many in IB seek which is why the go to b-school. I went to b-school for the network and to land an opportunity like the one you already have.

Are you back/middle office? That could explain that you want to bounce to HBS hoping to land an FO role....

Either way if you have T1 IB & HF experience, I think it's definitely worth a shot to apply (esp given the extenuating circumstances). Also why not apply to all of M7? Exit opps are very similar at the end of the day for the most part.

Sep 9, 2021 - 2:02am

Surprisingly (even to this day), I am on the investing side. My firm is not listed above for confidentiality reasons but most of the senior people have HBS and GSB profile or Harvard/Yale Law pedigree. I am still on the fence about going but want to gauge my chances. 

Because I am at a top tier fund, I don't think anything outside of HBS and GSB would be worth it to leave my career and start the recruiting process all over again. Thank you for your input. 

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  • Analyst 2 in PE - Growth
Sep 9, 2021 - 8:19am

Lol if you were at a firm at the level of Renaissance you would not even be considering leaving to go to an MBA. Sounds like you're just at a regular MM platform shop.

  • Incoming Analyst in IB - CB
Sep 9, 2021 - 4:43am

Let's be real here… you definitely know you have a solid chance. Unless any one of us in here are admissions officers for the programs you mentioned, our guess will be as good as yours. Your GPA is definitely worth a double take, but if you have legitimate story behind it some admissions officers may look past it (again, our guess is as good as yours). Take the validation and understand you're in a great position. If you really are worried, ask your senior managers who went to HBS/GSB about their path to an MBA. Look up their background on LinkedIn/other sites if you don't want to have that conversation with them. Sounds like you're expecting a good GMAT/solid essay/solid recs, so understand you're in a good position

Sep 9, 2021 - 9:15am

I could totally understand where the OP is coming from. Similar background as OP, however I didn't go to T1 IB or HF. I see a lot of people I work with end up in M7 B school but, I always doubt myself as well given that I graduated from a extreme non target school with 3.5 gpa and prior to that I transfer from another school with 2.5 gpa. Honestly, I think op should just apply and see. Better than asking all the college kids on wso. I have definitely see the quality of wso user going down hill.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Sep 9, 2021 - 11:22am

You've made several different posts for this across different forums on this site, give it a rest. Nobody here works in admissions. 

Sep 9, 2021 - 7:16pm

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