School Range to look at?


mene713
Hello All! I am not so much interested to hear input as to my chances to get into schools as I am to learn where my "suggested" range should be. I plan to apply to a wide range of schools safety and reach, but am having a hard time understanding if I should focus more on schools in the 20s ranks or teens, etc. I believe I have a fairly competitive profile, but am interested to hear any input from the folks here :)

Current Target Schools: Washington Foster, UCLA, UNC, Emory, Dartmouth (Reach)

GPA - 3.6 Final Cum Laude, 3.8 Final 2 years
College - Accounting Degree from top undergrad business school in the state (small public liberal arts college) (top 50 undergrad business school nationwide)
GMAT - taking at end of the month, shooting for high 600s
Desigations - CPA
Career - Audit in Big 4 Accounting (5 years at time of matriculation, 4 years currently), recently made the switch to internal innovation department working in teams to design Apps and new programs
Part of my "story" will be explaining that this new position has sparked an interested in technology and consulting so explaining why I am interested in a career switch. I feel like this opportunity will help backup this theory in the essays and my professional recommendations. I have received promotions on track with the normal promotion schedule for my firm.
Extra curricular - Big Brother Big Sisters, heavy recruiting involvement (leading programs, not just visiting campuses), leader of Bike for MS charity for local office

I know its hard to say without my having the GMAT yet, but just curious to hear some feedback. I know that even if I crack the 700s I am a longshot for top 10 programs, but even learning opinions saying to focus more in the twenties or teens is helpful!

Thanks!
Hello All! I am not so much interested to hear input as to my chances to get into schools as I am to learn where my "suggested" range should be. I plan to apply to a wide range of schools safety and reach, but am having a hard time understanding if I should focus more on schools in the 20s ranks or teens, etc. I believe I have a fairly competitive profile, but am interested to hear any input from the folks here :)

Current Target Schools: Washington Foster, UCLA, UNC, Emory, Dartmouth (Reach)

GPA - 3.6 Final Cum Laude, 3.8 Final 2 years
College - Accounting Degree from top undergrad business school in the state (small public liberal arts college) (top 50 undergrad business school nationwide)
GMAT - taking at end of the month, shooting for high 600s
Desigations - CPA
Career - Audit in Big 4 Accounting (5 years at time of matriculation, 4 years currently), recently made the switch to internal innovation department working in teams to design Apps and new programs
Part of my "story" will be explaining that this new position has sparked an interested in technology and consulting so explaining why I am interested in a career switch. I feel like this opportunity will help backup this theory in the essays and my professional recommendations. I have received promotions on track with the normal promotion schedule for my firm.
Extra curricular - Big Brother Big Sisters, heavy recruiting involvement (leading programs, not just visiting campuses), leader of Bike for MS charity for local office

I know its hard to say without my having the GMAT yet, but just curious to hear some feedback. I know that even if I crack the 700s I am a longshot for top 10 programs, but even learning opinions saying to focus more in the twenties or teens is helpful!

Thanks!
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Razors Edg...
I think that these are solid choices for your profile. Your GMAT score is going to be the clincher - the low 700s would be better, of course, unless you're from an over-represented applicant group, which it doesn't seem like you are.

Assuming you do score 700+ I would say that your chances at a top-10 school are ok but not great. It does come down a bit to luck, unfortunately - depending on how many applicants they have in a given year whose profiles are similar to yours. I would focus on the schools that fit your post-grad career focus (Bay Area schools like Haas, Stanford, maybe Columbia) and then really craft your resumes to show what a great fit you'd be. Good luck!
I think that these are solid choices for your profile. Your GMAT score is going to be the clincher - the low 700s would be better, of course, unless you're from an over-represented applicant group, which it doesn't seem like you are.

Assuming you do score 700+ I would say that your chances at a top-10 school are ok but not great. It does come down a bit to luck, unfortunately - depending on how many applicants they have in a given year whose profiles are similar to yours. I would focus on the schools that fit your post-grad career focus (Bay Area schools like Haas, Stanford, maybe Columbia) and then really craft your resumes to show what a great fit you'd be. Good luck!
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