Profile Evaluation for MSF

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A bit about my current status:
- International student
- Major: Actuarial Science
- School: well-known in Europe, Australia, Asia (top 50 worldwide on any ranking list)
- GPA: 3.2 - 3.4 (converted to standard GPA)
- GRE: quant 164, verbal 155
- Experiences: 2 non-finance related internships
- Extracurricular: solid work in 2 university NPO clubs (President and executive committee level)

Goal: IB/consulting in a major city (preferably NYC; open to LA, chicago)

Target (in order of preference):
- MSF: Rochester, Washington University in St. Louis, BC, BU
- MMS: Duke (solid alumni)

Problems:
- Low GPA and GRE
- No finance related internship + extracurricular doesn't add much weight

Questions:
- Do I need to retake GRE?
- Is my targets too high? Some other universities I should consider?

Thank you.

@"TNA" @"guyfromct"
Anyone is free to contribute.

Comments (13)

Jul 7, 2014

I looked up your gre and according to Magoosh, it's about a 650 GMAT. If it's possible to retake or better yet take the GMAT that would be ideal. Are you an European/Aussie citizen or Asian, as a data point most of my Chinese/Indian classmates at Fuqua had at a bare minimum upper 600s gmat scores and many went into the upper 700s.

I would add UVA Masters in Commerce, Wake Forest MA in management, Ohio State SMF, Villanova MSF, UT Austin, Vanderbilt, SMU. I think you should wind up applying at 5-8 schools do 3 in R1, 3 in R2 and 2 in R3. A lot of this will depend on your gmat score, frankly a 650 as an international (correct me if I'm wrong on that) is not competitive at top programs.

Jul 7, 2014

I'm Asian. "3 in R1, 3 in R2 and 2 in R3" why the separate application at different rounds?

Chaos is a ladder and the climb is real

Jul 7, 2014

Because it's difficult to do a good job executing more than 3, maybe 4 applications in any given round,

Jul 7, 2014

GPA is fine considering the major. GRE score is in the range, although higher would be better. Most schools will take the GRE even if it isn't mentioned on the site, just email the AdCom's.

You'll get into Rochester, probably not WUSTL and maybe BC. For BU I will assume you'retalking aabout their quant ish program. I'd say a maybe for gett ing in there.

I can see Nova admitting you assuming an early app. Chances are slim for UVA. Look at OSU and some other MSF programs if you're going to include Rochester on that list. I can see you getting into OSU, JHU, SCU, Bentley, maybe SMU.

Bunch of other programs also. Duke has a new international type track for students that might be easier to get into. It's a crap shoot with admissions there IMO. If scene domestics with your stats get dinged and internationals students with your stats get in.

PM me if you want and maybe I can get you a better read on how your profile will be received at certain schools you mention.

Jul 7, 2014

Kunshan is going to be basically the same in terms of profile, same standards. It's not really an international track. It's first few terms in Durham the rest in Kunshan.

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Jul 7, 2014
guyfromct:

Kunshan is going to be basically the same in terms of profile, same standards. It's not really an international track. It's first few terms in Durham the rest in Kunshan.

It's aimed at International students was my point. I'm fairly confident the metrics used for admission will be different than the US program. Much like WUSTL's Singapore track.

Jul 7, 2014

How would JHU MSF compare to Rochester MSF and BC MSF? Both reputation of the school and placement-wise? I chose Rochester purely based on its geographic location.

Chaos is a ladder and the climb is real

Jul 7, 2014
Street_Cred:

How would JHU MSF compare to Rochester MSF and BC MSF? Both reputation of the school and placement-wise? I chose Rochester purely based on its geographic location.

Hmmm. I personally would put JHU ahead of Rochester. I think the JHU business school is an up and coming brand. At the very least JHU is well known. Plus the location is better. Rochester is not horrible, but I would consider it mainly a F500 type MSF (at least the Rochester, NY campus program).

BC is a very good program and being located in the Boston area is a big positive. I would put that higher than Rochester or JHU as long as you like the idea of being up North and probably focusing your job search in Boston (although BC will have plenty of NYC opportunities).

Jul 7, 2014

I don't have the placement stat. for Dearborn MSF. What's the reputation of that program and my chances?
Is Dearborn MSF and Washington University in St. Louis MSF a tier higher than the rest?

Chaos is a ladder and the climb is real

Jul 7, 2014
Street_Cred:

I don't have the placement stat. for Dearborn MSF. What's the reputation of that program and my chances?

Is Dearborn MSF and Washington University in St. Louis MSF a tier higher than the rest?

Don't waste time with the Dearborn MSF. WUSTL is a great program though. I think you'd need to bump your stats some to be competitive their. Maybe their Singapore option might be within range.

Jul 8, 2014

If you're serious about IB/Consulting then start networking now setting up informational interviews and laying the ground work for an internship. I would try to get one now that's finance related like PWM or PB (these are usually a lot easier to get) to help with your applications and then aim for the IB internship the summer before classes start.

It will be a HUGE selling point on your applications if you can prove that you know how to network in your interviews.

Jul 8, 2014
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