I agree with Andy, besides Passing CFA level 1 is not such a big deal..
I know how you feel..i was in the same position last year..was overjoyed at passing and sent a mail to all the adcoms...Cornell, CMU, UCB, etc.. They will add it to your file..but its really wont make a big diffrence..and...
lower ranked programs are of lower quality..dont even bother looking at programs after 11.
See the problem is MFE schools are either good or horrible..there is no in between..imo that change happens when the rankings go from UCLA to Rutgers..again this is based on my personal experience..I am no...
I think a pertinent question would be whether the MFE programs are adapting in sync with the changes in quant finance.
Otherwise what you'll have is a whole lot of mfe grads with obsolete skills, confused and clueless
Your GMAT math is low..no doubt about that..but that will not be the deciding factor.
I had a long feedback interview with CMU MSCF admissions (I was rejected). and they told me one of the main reasons was that my undergraduate math courses was not upto the mark. They specifically look for...
this should be an interesting thread..
heres what I think based only on my experience applying last fall
I did not add some such MIT as they are not so quant oriented..