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Mr. PE To Startup

About Me:

I currently work at a large private equity firm (think KKR, Apollo, etc.) on a direct investing team and am responsible for underwriting corporate debt transactions. I’m only a few years out of college so I have limited work experience, but I’m hoping that my GMAT score and the quality of my work experience will help differentiate my application.


Undergrad School: University of Notre Dame

Undergrad Major: Finance

GPA: 3.75

GMAT: 760

Age: 24,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Junior Board member for my college's undergraduate business school; volunteer at a local charter school

Work History:

Title: Associate

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 3 mos

Post MBA Goal:

I would use my MBA to transition to a more entrepreneurial, tech-driven finance job. Having worked at a large investment firm, I’ve gotten exposure to large-scale deal processes, but am hoping that an MBA would provide me an opportunity to improve my leadership and management skills to ultimately join or create a startup.


Target School: Wharton

Status: Open

Considering: Harvard, MIT Sloan, Columbia


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 18%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hi Mr. PE-to-Startup, this is Julie-Anne Heafey with mbaMission. You are pretty young for your target schools; the days when you went to an MBA program directly or near-directly from undergrad are mostly over…and while I don’t want to say it’s impossible, it’s pretty rare. I appreciate that you have managed to land in a highly competitive role early, and that’s great, but IMO another year or two would make a big difference in your outcome. I work with a lot of PE applicants, and it’s a very competitive category. You’ve got great stats, and a stellar firm (it seems), but so do most of the other applicants in your category. What tends to make the difference for a young applicant …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hello Mr. PE to Startup, it’s Lisa Cummings of Stratus Admissions. Happy New Year! Your stats will make you an attractive candidate to Wharton and other programs By the time you will be applying (I assume the 2021-2022 cycle?) you will still be a little light on work experience (as you note) but you are coming from an industry that is notoriously hard to crack directly from undergrad, and one that many MBA s are aiming for post graduation so that will certainly play in your favor. I don’t see anything about a big win here, schools will be looking to see what impact you have had at work so think about ways you can highlight your work success and leadership to …

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