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Chances of admission to top MBA programs as a BU undergrad

sbhanderi08sbhanderi08 3 replies3 threads New Member
edited February 2008 in Boston University
I'm planning on getting my BS in finance in BU and I was wondering if top graduate business schools (Harvard, MIT, NYU, Tuck, Wharton) accept students from BU. How important is the undergraduate school? I know that the three main factors into gaining admission to these schools are work experience (4 to 5 yrs), GMAT (720+) and a high undergrad GPA (3.7+). If i have these three things, will I have a good chance of getting into these top MBA programs? Or is it necessary to attend a top undergraduate business school too? Any responses will be greatly appreciated.
edited February 2008
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  • DJglover16DJglover16 346 replies5 threads Member
    As far as top undergraduate business programs I though BU was one of them haha. But yeah you can get into a top graduate business program from any school as long as you have what they're looking for. In terms of working and internships, Boston is a great place to be and as many opportunities but when it comes to the GPA you will have to seriously earn it as grade deflation at BU is a serious problem.
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  • CNICNI 1041 replies130 threads Senior Member
    probably won't be as impressive, but look at it this way. Mitt Romney made it to Harvard Business School from BYU (which is a good school , but certainly not Wharton/Sloan etc.). He ended up doing pretty well
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  • LergnomLergnom 7737 replies189 threads Senior Member
    Odds are you won't be applying to biz school from undergrad directly so how you are doing in your career will affect admissions. I've seen people get in places because they tried non-traditional post-college careers, like opening a sailing business.
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  • SachmoneySachmoney 1240 replies14 threads Senior Member
    Well, Marriott is actually a pretty good business school. Anyways, his father was the Governor of Michigan, I'm sure he had some leverage if needed. I don't know how good a student Mitt was. I think he's a very intelligent man. IF you do those things, yeah you have a good chance. A lot of it has to do with whether you get a good job out of college as well.
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  • HyunwooPHyunwooP 285 replies26 threads Member
    I also think he went to BYU because he's a Mormon.
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  • CNICNI 1041 replies130 threads Senior Member
    Yeah, he probably did go to BYU bc. of his faith, but the point I'm trying to make is that even though BYU has a good undergrad b-school, it is no Wharton/Sloan/Stern etc.. BYU may have a slight advantage over BU, but still, the two schools are close enough to the point where comparisons aren't taboo. To my knowledge, MBA programs look predominantly at: GMAT scores, College GPA, and work experience. Going to BU may not get you the most prestigious job, but your GPA and GMAT scores are within your reach. In addition, not working at Goldman Sachs doesn't disqualify you from not having great work experience, so in my opinion, your chances of admission to top MBA programs aren't hurt that much if you go to BU.

    You could also compare grad school admission to undergrad admission. Does not going to Exeter automatically disqualify you from HYP? Does it determine your SAT score? GPA? No.
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  • HyunwooPHyunwooP 285 replies26 threads Member
    Yeah, I agree. I was just pointing out that fact. I believe the biggest factor is how hard you work at college and your work experience more so then the name of your undergrad
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  • SachmoneySachmoney 1240 replies14 threads Senior Member
    I was just saying that his father may have had some help in getting him into HBS/HLS. Not the BYU part.
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  • LergnomLergnom 7737 replies189 threads Senior Member
    Exactly. I can list person after person who got into either an undergrad or graduate school because of their family. Romney, whom I don't support, did well on his own after getting a leg up.

    It's a big country. What I find both odd and humorous about this question is: if you believe you are capable of getting into a top MBA school, then why are you worried about succeeding? Of course it's normal to worry but think about it: if you have ability and motivation and you don't have a psychological disorder, then succeeding in America is not that hard.

    If the goal, however, is to make your course the simplest, easiest and cushiest so you don't have to work, then the only solution is to pick richer parents. Even if you go to a top school - in any field - you only succeed if you work as hard as the other people.
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