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Mr. Midwest Banker

About Me:

I am a senior studying Finance and Economics at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. I am on an almost full tuition scholarship and have a 3.8 GPA (top 10%). I’m applying to deferred MBA programs. I am the President of one of the business clubs in my school and have been an active member in one of the finance clubs.


Undergrad School: Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Undergrad Major: Finance

GPA: 3.8

GMAT: 740

Age: 21,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: President of Business Club, Active Member of Finance Club, Former Head of a non-profit chapter that helped kids with autism

Work History:

Title: Investment Banking Summer Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: , 3 mos

Title: Summer Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: , 3 mos

Post MBA Goal:

I am hoping to go back to school to build on my personal development skills and make the transition to a leader in the workplace. A deferred MBA acceptance will give me more more flexibility rather than doing the traditional IB to PE stint. Post-MBA, I see myself moving into a strategy role but am open to other paths as it is still 3-4 years away.


Target School: Wharton

Status: Open

Considering: Harvard, Chicago Booth, Kellogg


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 17%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Well, you’re 3.8 and 740 GMAT immediately catapults you into real contention for a quality program. The undergraduate degree in finance and economics from Kelley is top notch. Your summer stints in banking and finance complete the story. So what could be missing from a Wharton acceptance? It’s not the lack of an Ivy League or near Ivy because in Harvard Business School’s Class of 2020 there are a half dozen IU grads, the same number from the University of Chicago. Not knowing where you did your summer internships makes this a bit foggy. If it were at well-known, prestige banks, that will help you a lot. One concern I have about Wharton’s Advance Access Program is the way the school describes what it is …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Hi, this is Julie-Anne Heafey from mbaMission. Great stats, and congratulations on the hefty scholarship to Kelley – impressive! I hear you – a deferred MBA acceptance *does* give you more flexibility than the traditional IB to PE stint…but I don’t have a super clear sense of what you’d use that flexibility to do. From what I’ve seen, the deferred admissions programs tend to look for a few things: academic horsepower, intrinsic leadership (you just can’t help stepping up), and intense passion for something. So, my concern with your odds lies with the last factor – I’m not sure what your passion is. (If you’re not sure yet, that’s 100% OK – but then you might be better off applying later when you have …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Mr. Midwest Banker- it’s Lisa Cummings of Stratus Admissions. Your stats certainly are impressive – great work! You will need those solid numbers given your target schools. I agree with my peers; while I hate to say so in light of your stats, you are not necessarily your schools’ target defer candidate, which is not to say you won’t get in. If you have your heart set on it go for it but I am not clear on how an early assurance will allow you to avoid the “traditional” IB to PE stint. If you apply now and are not successful, I suggest you reach out to a counselor to help you position yourself well to apply again in the future. …

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