Profile evaluation - MSF

I was applying to various MSF programs throughout the US and was curious about what my chances are for some of the programs.
Graduating senior
GPAc = 2.8
Major GPA = 3.4
GMAT = taking in a week expecting between 730-750
Work experience - 3 internships all at middle-market private equity shops with 2 transactional experiences
Member of my school's investment fund & banking society
President of my fraternity
GPA explanation: really really weak freshman year (sub-1.0) with a strong uptrend every year (had some family issues that resulted in my mother having to spend my freshman year taking care of the family in a foreign country and me having to commute back and forth between my university and my home (2 hours 1 way) each week to take care of my younger brother as my dad had to travel for work) - not a reason for such a poor GPA but hoping that the strong uptrend will be helpful (also, I was premed freshman year and switched to finance after my first year).

Schools I'm applying to:
UT Austin
Imperial College of London
Johns Hopkins
Open to any others that could help place on my track

Also, I have a private equity job lined up post-grad, but I really want to break into banking (the reason for my application)

What do you guys think? Any shot or am I wasting my time? Also, I'm applying late because coronavirus messed up my GMAT timetable (when I could take it) so I'm worried that will make it harder.

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Apr 28, 2020 - 5:46pm

Wasting your time. Take the PE job. None of those programs place any better than that. At this point youre going to pay sticker.


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Apr 28, 2020 - 7:53pm

this. but take the GMAT. twice if possible. if you really get 750/760, you're set. Remember, GMAT is valid for 5 years!! It would be stupid not to take the test after preparing. After that, I'd recommend you stay in PE, and if everything goes well just go for an MBA at a M7. you'll already have strong GMAT and work experience by the time you are eligible.

if you decide to apply for MSF, don't underestimate yourself - try LBS & Oxford too. From what I know they place better than Imperial. good luck!

made new unrelated account - dont reply or message as i never use it. 

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Apr 28, 2020 - 10:36pm

I appreciate the insight! I'll definitely think about this all especially once I have my gmat score in hand. I was also under the impression that msf programs like vandy and ut place into top banks if not bb. Is that an incorrect assumption? Also if that is the case would middle market PE be a better placement than taking the risk? Thanks so much!

Apr 29, 2020 - 9:21am

Hard to beat a PE offer now, to be honest, unless it is a fund in which you are not particularly interested. I would recommend taking the GMAT before entering the professional word, though. You'll have more time to prepare and certain basic math problems will be slightly more top of mind than after X years of work.

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