- 670 GMAT
- 3.7 GPA
- Undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Georgia, full scholar
- Work experience includes four years at a national insurance carrier. Joined company out of undergrad in an business analysis rotational program (functional areas spanning sourcing, operations, and underwriting). Graduated from program and quickly promoted twice into current role as a financial analyst for personal insurance risks. Position quant heavy, mainly focused on risk management strategy and analysis in order to increase return on equity and profit margins in assigned territories.
- Extracurricular involvement while an undergrad in community outreach projects aimed at increasing the academic preparedness of under-represented minorities in the U.S.
- Goal: To transition into management consulting in top three or Deloitte; longer-term to evolve into global management consulting role focusing in emerging markets (i.e Latin America)
- 25-year-old Peruvian male
Odds of Success:
Northwestern: 30% to 40%
Duke (invited to interview): 50%
Yale (invited to interview): 50%
Sandy’s Analysis: Are you a US citizen? That is a pre-req to being considered a URM at U.S. schools. If not, you are an International student, which is good, but in terms of pure admissions mojo, not AS good (although Peru is a mildly exotic, and my guess, under-represented country).
Let me give you the bad news first. All companies and industries are not created equal in the admissions game.
That sounds like a solid accomplishment . . . if recited to the mother of your future spouse. She would be glad to know that you are a solid guy with a good job for a national firm that we all may have heard of. The adcom directors at major U.S. business schools think different about jobs, they want to know how selective is it to get that position and what does it ‘pre-say’ about you, e.g. that the smart fellas at that company chose you, and how much work does their work save the adcom. Basically, how selective is the job.
If you not a URM, I don’t think you are getting into Stanford. If you are, it is going to be hard, too, but possible. As to other schools, you potentially fall into their sweet spot due to a solid GPA, upstanding professional success, and realistic goals.
You noted: “Kellogg, Duke (invited to interview), Yale (invited to interview), Goizueta.” I think with proper execution, which seems to be the case, based on interviews you have already received, you got a real solid shot at those places. A 670 GMAT is a bit low at all of those places, so think about retaking. Your strong 3.7 GPA in economics gives your non-Stanford schools some comfort (along with the Quant nature of your job) that you won’t have any trouble. Some consulting firms also consider your GMAT, even after you are admitted, and given your goal to be a consultant, another reason to think about getting a 690 if possible.