Part II: Your Chances of Getting In

by John A. Byrne on

Ms. Peace Corps (cp)

  • 750 GMAT
  • 3.74 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree from a near-Ivy public university
  • Work experience as a Peace Corps business advisor in Honduras with two and one-half years as a strategy consultant with Deloitte Consulting
  • Extracurricular involvement as a three-time All-American women’s rugby player and a one-time USA under-23 team member
  • Minimal volunteering, but nothing too exciting.

Odds of Success

Harvard Business School: Better than 50%
Stanford: Better than 50%
Wharton (Lauder program): 60%
Chicago: 70% to 80%
Kellogg: 60% to 80%

Sandy’s Analysis: “H/S/W could happen. You check all the boxes, and everyone loves the Peace Corps. Also Deloitte is a known feeder to the schools you’ve selected, especially the business analyst program. And extraordinary athletic success is always a plus. Is Deloitte sponsoring you?”

Mr. Hampton (Hampton’s Finest)

(He’s already applied and is going to the University of Virginia’s Darden School, but requests feedback as to why he didn’t get into Harvard, Stanford and Wharton.)

  • 660 GMAT
  • 3.5 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree from a state school
  • Work experience in a non-glamorous industry

Odds of Success

Rejected by Harvard
Rejected by Stanford
Rejected by Wharton
Waitlisted at Dartmouth Tuck
Full ride at Virginia Darden

Sandy’s Analysis: “Sounds right to me. Your dreams can come true at Darden, and you did better than I would have predicted there so you must have something going for you.”


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  • Chamvari


    I would love to assess my chances of getting into Harvard, Stanford, Wharton and LBS.

    – 710 GMAT
    – Undergrad Accounting major (GPA 3.1)

    – Chartered Accountant South Africa as well as England and Wales (ICAEW)
    – Currently Employed as a Finance Manager for a large multinational mining concern
    – 7 years working experience at a managerial level

    – Average Extra curricula activities

  • Oscar Rodríguez DelaVega


    I would love to know the chances I have to enter a top MBA program. My information is:
    -27 Mexican
    -730 GMAT (49Q,41V)
    -4.00 GPA
    -107 TOEFL
    -Bachelor in Business Administration and Finance
    -1.5 years in a small Construction Management Firm, and 3 years in BBVA, the biggest bank in México. I’m currently working as Director or Segmentation and Analysis of Work Forces, being the youngest director in the bank.
    -Extracurriculars: 5 Missions in some of the poorest regions of Mexico. Taking care of children, helping in the organization of religios events and in the construction of a clinic.
    Give a workshop on how to develop a family budget to beneficiaries of social assistance programs in the state of Oaxaca
    -Goals: Work in a consultant firm, specially in corporate strategy in other country appart of Mexico.
    I plan to apply to Harvard, MIT, Chicago and Tuck

    Thanks in advance!

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  • AY14

    – 720 GMAT
    – 3.02 undergrad GPA from a high caliber private school
    – B.S. in chemical engineering
    – work experience in business at multinational corporation in consumer packaged goods

    what are my chances at H/S/W, Booth, Kellogg?

  • Dr. 3

    Hi John/Sandy;

    I am currently applying to top-tier and second-tier business schools. I have a BA in theoretical Mathematics/Physics from Brandeis University but my final GPA was below a 3.0, because I failed to go to my history courses and received an F in 1997. Afterwards, I
    worked for one year on Wall Street and decided that was not my true ambition in life. Thus, I applied to several top business schools on the east coast, and also engineering schools in Colorado and Louisiana. I was declined admission into Yale and Dartmouth Business schools, but was gladly accepted to all engineering schools which I submitted an application.

    I received a scholarship to Tulane University School of Engineering in 1998 and completed my Master’s in Electrical Engineering in 2000 with a gpa of 3.55. In 2000, I worked at UCLA in a Neuroscience lab as a programmer/analyst on MRI and Brain Atlas data. The
    neuroscientist whom I worked for convinced me to get my PhD. I contacted
    Tulane University in 2001 and received a fellowship to complete my
    Doctorate in Engineering.

    This system of events centered around the tragedy of 911, and the CIA, Dept.
    of Defense, and the National Labs were looking for American graduate
    students in engineering and computer science to work on projects related
    to defense. I received an offer from one of the prestigious National Labs on the West Coast in agreement that I would complete my PhD research on fuel cell technology while I also worked on a clean fusion project simultaneously.

    In 2005, I received my PhD from Tulane Univ. and was promoted to Project Manager at the National Lab. My gpa for my PhD was a 3.66. and I received numerous publications on the
    clean fusion project and was a recipient of the R & D 100 Award in 2008.

    During 2008 my ex-wife only got accepted into Med. School in
    Southern California, so I resigned from the National Lab to serve as a
    devoted husband. In the middle of 2008, I received a lucrative offer
    from another government defense agency in Los Angeles, CA.. , as a senior scientist. However after my divorce in 2010, I only to remained at the defense agency until 2011 and moved back to Louisianato be with my mother (whom was very ill) until her death in 2013.

    In May of 2013, I moved back to the east coast to be near extended family.
    However, I knew I did not want to remain as a grunt engineer for the
    duration of my career, particularly being in my mid-thirties. Thus, I
    began going to MIT Sloan Business School library after church on Sundays
    and started reading about cybersecurity. I applied to several cybersecurity Master’s programs on the east coast and was immediately accepted from all of the universities. However, I truly knew in my heart that I wanted to receive an MBA from a top-tier school.

    Since my mother’s death in 2013, a series of events have opened some doors for
    me. The first was I received a book contract based on my dissertation
    research at the National Lab. The second was a publication in digital
    forensics/cybersecurity and the third was another publication in brain
    computer interface technology and the Hadoop Ecosystem. My gpa in the
    cybersecurity program is approximately a 3.5. The reason I wanted to
    pursue a advanced degree in cybersecurity was based on my experience
    working for the government for over a decade. Meaning what good is an
    MBA or law degree if a hacker can easily steal information from a
    company or agency because the executives are too busy being arrogant and
    deciding where to cut the budget when a security breach happens,…
    costing millions of dollars (i.e. Target Breach in 2014).

    Currently, I am almost finished with my second Master’s degree in cybersecurity
    and I am applying to top-tier Ivy league universities for my MBA. Additionally, I also joined the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) to demonstrate I had other extracurricular activities besides going to the gym and attending church.

    Therefore , based upon this post what is my likelihood of being accepted into Harvard or another top-tier business school?

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