Top 10 USA MBA - 2017 intake


Is there anybody out there that is aiming to apply to US MBAs for fall 2017 intake? I was aiming for 2016 but chickened out at the last minute due to my work experience being lower (3.5 years as of this month). So I am gearing up for next year and wanted to connect with others who were doing the same.

My top school choices:
Harvard
Wharton
Stanford
Columbia
MIT

My official GMAT was 740 but I have been doing up to 760 in recent practice tests. I am aiming for 760+ in my next go round.

Anybody else looking to next year? Let's meet up here to share application tips and strategies.

Is there anybody out there that is aiming to apply to US MBAs for fall 2017 intake? I was aiming for 2016 but chickened out at the last minute due to my work experience being lower (3.5 years as of this month). So I am gearing up for next year and wanted to connect with others who were doing the same.

My top school choices:
Harvard
Wharton
Stanford
Columbia
MIT

My official GMAT was 740 but I have been doing up to 760 in recent practice tests. I am aiming for 760+ in my next go round.

Anybody else looking to next year? Let's meet up here to share application tips and strategies.
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Hey man, I'm looking to apply to H/S/W for next year too. What field is your work experience in? I want to end up working in an MBB firm but I don't have consulting experience, so I don't know if I'm out of luck...

Hey man, I'm looking to apply to H/S/W for next year too. What field is your work experience in? I want to end up working in an MBB firm but I don't have consulting experience, so I don't know if I'm out of luck...
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My background is mainly at a big technology company. I don't think your pre MBA industry matters too much when you apply, they take people from all industries. But maybe to get into MBB afterwards, that's a different story. I am not sure though. Good luck!

My background is mainly at a big technology company. I don't think your pre MBA industry matters too much when you apply, they take people from all industries. But maybe to get into MBB afterwards, that's a different story. I am not sure though. Good luck!
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mba hipste...

bread crumple is right: the schools will probably not recruit you based on what your pre-MBA employment agency. However, the top consulting firms might look at you more fondly if you have experience in the field, or at least some kind of exposure to their work cultures.

However, that's not going to be a dealbreaker - people switch into MBB all the time. Try to do an internship with the firm you are most interested, and prove your worth that way.

bread crumple is right: the schools will probably not recruit you based on what your pre-MBA employment agency. However, the top consulting firms might look at you more fondly if you have experience in the field, or at least some kind of exposure to their work cultures.

However, that's not going to be a dealbreaker - people switch into MBB all the time. Try to do an internship with the firm you are most interested, and prove your worth that way.
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Anybody applying to NYU?

Anybody applying to NYU?
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mnop888

Anybody applying to NYU?

I am!

Here's me:

Work ex: 3 years, project management in financial services (will be 4.5 years at intake)
Undergrad: top 20 US school, 3.7 GPA
GMAT: 690 (going to re-take hopefully to get 720+)

Also probably applying to Wharton and maybe LBS.

[quote]Anybody applying to NYU?[/quote]
I am!

Here's me:

Work ex: 3 years, project management in financial services (will be 4.5 years at intake)
Undergrad: top 20 US school, 3.7 GPA
GMAT: 690 (going to re-take hopefully to get 720+)

Also probably applying to Wharton and maybe LBS.
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Hi,
I believe harvard has closed for 2017 last year itself. Anyone else out there applying for fall 2017??

Hi,
I believe harvard has closed for 2017 last year itself. Anyone else out there applying for fall 2017??
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mun...num

I will also apply to H/S/W plus Columbia. But I think my GMAT has topped out at 720. I was getting 760 on the practice tests but came back with 720. Do you guys think this is good enough?

I will also apply to H/S/W plus Columbia. But I think my GMAT has topped out at 720. I was getting 760 on the practice tests but came back with 720. Do you guys think this is good enough?
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Logan

I will also apply to H/S/W plus Columbia. But I think my GMAT has topped out at 720. I was getting 760 on the practice tests but came back with 720. Do you guys think this is good enough?

It's really hard to say without knowing more about your background. It really depends on a lot of variables - your work experience, undergraduate performance, extra curriculars and volunteer work... Compare your stats to the class profiles on the school webpages and see where you stack up.

Your 720 is definitely within range of these schools, but if you come from a background that's overrepresented in the application pool the schools, maybe it's just average.

If you're concerned, you might want to work with an admission consultant to identify your weak points and see what you can do about them. Last year, an admissions consulting firm helped an applicant with a 570 GMAT score get into Stanford...

[quote]I will also apply to H/S/W plus Columbia. But I think my GMAT has topped out at 720. I was getting 760 on the practice tests but came back with 720. Do you guys think this is good enough?[/quote]
It's really hard to say without knowing more about your background. It really depends on a lot of variables - your work experience, undergraduate performance, extra curriculars and volunteer work... Compare your stats to the class profiles on the school webpages and see where you stack up.

Your 720 is definitely within range of these schools, but if you come from a background that's overrepresented in the application pool the schools, maybe it's just average.

If you're concerned, you might want to work with an admission consultant to identify your weak points and see what you can do about them. Last year, an admissions consulting firm helped an applicant with a 570 GMAT score get into Stanford...
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mun...num

Thanks Logan. Sorry I neglected to put my other information. I have 4 years of work experience in financial services, it would be over 5 years at intake in 2017.

As for my undergraduate, unfortunately I did rather poorly (2.9 GPA). This is mainly because of my first two years at school where I was not focused. I received almost straight A's in my last three semesters though.

I don't have much volunteer experience. Sometimes I help a local non profit organization with their accounting and bookkeeping work. I have been doing that for the past 1.5 years. At school I volunteered with an LGBT outreach organization.

Thanks Logan. Sorry I neglected to put my other information. I have 4 years of work experience in financial services, it would be over 5 years at intake in 2017.

As for my undergraduate, unfortunately I did rather poorly (2.9 GPA). This is mainly because of my first two years at school where I was not focused. I received almost straight A's in my last three semesters though.

I don't have much volunteer experience. Sometimes I help a local non profit organization with their accounting and bookkeeping work. I have been doing that for the past 1.5 years. At school I volunteered with an LGBT outreach organization.
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mba hipste...

I would say that you might want to bump your GMAT up a bit, to make up for the lower GPA. Of course that you know these are highly competitive schools - for the current Harvard class the median GMAT is 730 and the average GPA is 3.66.

Getting a higher than average GMAT score will help offset the lower GPA and let the school know that you're ready to excel under the high pressure.

I would say that you might want to bump your GMAT up a bit, to make up for the lower GPA. Of course that you know these are highly competitive schools - for the current Harvard class the median GMAT is 730 and the average GPA is 3.66.

Getting a higher than average GMAT score will help offset the lower GPA and let the school know that you're ready to excel under the high pressure.
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