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Mr. PE Analyst

About Me:

I’m asking about my chances as a DEFERRED applicant (still a Junior in college) for these schools. I’m the son of doctors and biomedical researchers. Besides the clubs I’ve listed, I compete for our Model United Nations club as a conference planner and travel team. I work full-time (PE) while taking classes so I can pay for my own expenses.


Undergrad School: Top 20 Public School

Undergrad Major: Finance

GPA: 3.75

GMAT: 760

Age: 20,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: Founder of Private Equity Club, Head of Legal for a tenants union, Senator at residence hall assocation

Work History:

Title: Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 3 mos

Big Life Wins:

Created a biotech startup from scratch at my PE/VC firm. Along with a managing director at my firm, I created our entire business plan and forecasted five financial statements. Using these materials, I’ve secured vendor partnerships to run the firm from the ground up. My MD used my materials to secure a patent partnership with UMichigan and Cornell.

Post MBA Goal:

I’m looking to start my own private equity fund that is dedicated to investing in biotech and industrial real estate properties, two very different industries but both that I know well. A few of my close friends are interested in working with me after a few years to create this fund after their stint in Big4/IB.


Target School: Columbia

Status: Open

Considering: Chicago Booth, Wharton, Harvard, Berkeley Haas, NYU Stern, Stanford GSB


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 20%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hi, it’s Nisha from mbaMission! You have the strengths to your profile that admissions committees seek in deferred candidates: outstanding academics, extracurricular leadership, and strong professional promise as demonstrated by your internship and entrepreneurial experience.

    I think the key to your candidacy will be application execution. In addition to fully communicating your professional/extracurricular impact on your resume and application, you’ll want to make it clear what your professional and personal motivations are. What drives you to start your own PE firm vs. becoming a leader in an existing firm? What interests you in particular about real estate and healthcare? Additionally, also reflect on what type of role you would take on post-MBA if starting a firm immediately upon graduation doesn’t pan …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hi Mr. PE Analyst, Melisa here from Stratus Admissions. First, I love that you are asking these questions as a junior – your early start will be an asset to your application. You are strong in many of the pieces that deferred programs are looking for: strong stats, strong work experience (especially if you are working full time in PE now) and strong extracurricular leadership roles – so keep these up. Originally, deferred programs were designed so that students could take a risk their first couple years out of undergrad and have a plan to either accelerate or adjust their career with business school. I would say that starting a PE fund qualifies as a risk – any entrepreneurial venture would. Since you are currently …

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