Handicapping Your Odds Of Getting In

by John A. Byrne on

She’s a 25-year-old African American whose goal is to make the 2012 Olympic Summer Games.

He once got an “F” grade in calculus from a prominent British university. But this former male model has a 750 GMAT and now runs a small firm that produces and markets theater and comedy.

A graduate of West Point, he now has a leadership position in a Special Forces unit. He speaks two languages and spent a year as a volunteer at an orphanage.

He’s a 28-year-old senior at the University of Oregon who will be the first in his family to get a college degree. He worked at a ski resort before becoming a mortgage consultant.

He’s a consultant with KPMG who also did a two-year stint as a financial analyst at the Walt Disney Co. He scored a 660 on the GMAT but has a 3.86 GPA from Ithaca College.

What all of them share in common is the goal to get into one of the world’s best business schools and graduate with an MBA degree. Do they have the raw stats and experience to get an invite? Or are they likely to end up in Harvard Business School’s reject pile?

For the fourth consecutive week, we’re turning to Sanford “Sandy” Kreisberg, founder of MBA admissions consulting firm HBSGuru, to analyze these and a few other profiles of actual MBA applicants who have shared their vital statistics with Poets&Quants. Kreisberg has a reputation for telling it like it is, and in this installment he doesn’t disappoint. One would-be applicant is told his chance of getting into Harvard and Stanford are “zilch.” What about Dartmouth or Yale? “Zilch, plus a Hail Mary,” he says flatly.

As he has in the past, Kreisberg handicaps each potential applicant’s odds of getting into a top-ranked business school. If you include your own stats and characteristics in the comments (please add your age and be clear on the sequence of your jobs in relaying work experience), we’ll pick a half dozen or more and have Kreisberg assess your chances in a follow-up feature next week.

Yet another reminder: Reading a handful of stats and random attributes of a would-be MBA candidate is like reading tea leaves. There’s no science and a lot of art to this process. Without the benefit of having all the details of an applicant’s candidacy, it’s not possible to say with total certainty what the exact odds for any one person might be.

Nonetheless, Kreisberg’s judgments carry a lot of weight. Since becoming a full-time admissions consultant in 1995, he has seen and interviewed thousands of candidates who want to get into the very top schools. He knows who has made it and who hasn’t, and he’s willing to share that knowledge here.

Sandy’s candid analysis:

Ms. Olympia (Athlete)

  • 700 GMAT
  • 3.15 Grade point average
  • Undergraduate degree in economics from UC Berkeley
  • Worked for a Big Four accounting firm for a year before becoming a sales trainer
  • Employment history unique due to her goal of making the 2012 U.S. Olympic team
  • Extracurricular involvement includes competing on Berkeley’s Division 1 track and field team.
  • Has also worked and volunteers at LGBT political and non-profit groups
  • 25 years old

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  • Mry

    Give me my chances please! Thanks for these articles!

    Mountainwest Mormon
    730 GMAT
    3.65 GPA in accounting at up-and-coming but young Idaho liberal arts school, presided by former HBS dean (might help with credibility of otherwise not-well-known school)
    Did audit internship at Deloitte in Northeast, turned down full-time offer.
    Have worked for 3 years as accountant and financial analyst at an unknown but successful equipment leasing company in Utah.
    Devoted husband and active father to young son.
    Served two-year full time mission in Ukraine; taught free biweekly English classes (as well as other service). Fluent in Russian
    Have served for years in local church community, leading youth groups and teaching group lessons.
    Looking to change careers from accounting/finance to marketing.

    Looking at Kellogg, Tuck, Cal, Yale, Darden, maybe Stanford, HBS if I can get GMAT up. Thanks!

  • mr. government consultant

    Hey Sandy – I’ll keep trying with my profile! I was hoping you could shed light on the perception of government, technology consultants in the MBA admissions process.

    “Mr. Government Consultant”

    730 GMAT
    University of Maryland – Management Information Systems/Business
    3.9 GPA (Top Graduate award)
    3 years Federal Technology Consulting @ Deloitte
    Extracurriculars include alumni mentoring for UG bschool and leadership roles in firm communities and activities regarding proposal support to grow sales.

    Target Schools:
    Harvard*
    Kellogg*
    Tuck*
    Booth
    Wharton
    Stanford
    MIT

  • quantjunkie

    GPA: 3.66 in Economics from William and Mary
    GMAT: 740
    Work Experience: 4 years at a top economic/litigation consulting firm; promotion from Analyst to Sr. Analyst to Research Assistant. Significant experience in analyzing complex financial, economic, and commercial issues and business segments in securities, energy, antitrust, IP, and international arbitration/litigation
    Extracurricular: Organizing community volunteer outings for firm, on the office social committee, on the recruitment committee, active member of local alumni chapter, member of community boat club (rowed 4 years in college on top of other leadership activities)
    Other softs: First in family to get a college degree, LGBT activist
    Targets:

    Harvard
    Stanford
    Wharton
    Tuck
    MIT
    Booth

  • Patrick

    HI John,

    I would appreciate it if you could look at my profile and let me know my chances. Thanks!

    Mr. Political-But-Now-In-Consulting

    GMAT: 710
    College GPA: 2.94 from low-ranked California public university in political science
    Graduate GPA: 3.8 from the University of Southern California, masters in public administration, specialized in financial management of government and nonprofit agencies (lots of economics and statistics courses)
    After college, worked as an analyst at the Republican National Committee for a year, as well as political field staff on the McCain campaign in 2008, and as senior field staff on Meg Whitman (HBS graduate) gubernatorial campaign campaign last year, currently working for Deloitte Consulting in their state and federal government practice

    Extracurricular: student senator for graduate public administration program while at USC, represented program at universitywide meetings, Red Cross volunteer, also train for 5Ks

    Please evaluate my chances for:
    NYU
    Columbia
    Duke
    Cornell
    Virginia
    Northwestern
    Dartmouth
    UPenn
    University of Chicago
    Berkeley
    UCLA
    USC

  • Where2Go?

    These are great, now do mine!
    GMAT: 740
    GPA: 3.45, Ivy League (with grade deflation policy)
    Work Experience: 2 years in associate consultant type role at well-respected environmental NGO
    Extracurriculars: in college was club sports president & volunteered in local schools, post-college involved in regional public service alumni program
    Schools of interest:
    Wharton
    Duke (Fuqua)
    Michigan (Ross)
    Yale

  • Optimist

    Hi Sandy, here’s my profile, looking forward to your review.

    710 GMAT (46Q/41V)
    3.4 GPA
    Undergraduate from UCSD in International Studies
    26 yr old female, US citizen with Jamaican father
    3.5 yrs in marketing (incl social media) at sustainable “triple bottom line” CPG company
    Volunteer stint in Africa post school, pre job
    Homeschooled and self-taught most relevant design programs and basic web languages
    Surfer, rock climber, semi-professional photographer, avid traveler
    Little community service, and side projects remain mostly independent

    Schools of interest:
    Stanford
    Haas
    Booth
    Columbia
    Duke
    Yale

  • Couple (Mr. Impact Investor and Ms.Indian First Gen)

    Hi John and Sandy,

    Many thanks for running this series. It is very interesting to read Sandy’s frank assessments and “dirty little secrets” of the admissions process.

    Me and my fiance earlier submitted our profiles separately, but on second thoughts, we will also like your opinion on disclosing our “status” (we will be married by the time we apply) on the applications as some people have cautioned us that it may be actually prove to be counter-productive.

    So, we are again submitting our profiles for your evaluation. Kindly consider.

    Mr. Impact Investor

    29 Years, Indian Male, Studied and worked in India

    720 GMAT

    Undergrad: Indian Non-IIT Engg. College
    -Overall 3.2 GPA (first two years pretty low, last two years very high—Family issues during first two years) Electronics & Communication Engineering
    -Recipient of Best research project award
    -Published in IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer), USA (This is top Peer reviewed journal)
    – Extracurricular: Political Editor at College Newspaper, Cultural Festival organizer, established photography club, Participated in various college festivals and won numerous awards, Led college cricket team (Cricket is India’s most popular sport)

    Grad: Top Indian University (Masters in Finance)
    -Overall 3.8 GPA
    -Recipient of Best research project award
    -Extracurricular: President, Graduate student board (very successful stint – recognized by Profs and Alums for this), Organized numerous academic seminars, established movie club, Participated in various college festivals and won numerous awards, established long term continuing relationship of the school with a non-profit.

    Professional Certifications:

    CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), USA
    CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst), USA
    FRM (Financial Risk Manager), USA

    Work Ex:

    – 2 years Investment Banking Analyst with bulge bracket Wall Street firm (Firm was number 1 in India for those two years)
    – 1 year at the development practice of a Big 4
    – 1.5 years at the private investment arm of World Bank
    – Extracurricular: Involved with a global non-profit focused on education and career awareness for marginalized children
    – Serious non-professional photographer: Multiple exhibitions and awards, covered by the biggest Indian newspaper and many other media outlets, regularly visit schools and colleges to display work (focused on overlooked corners of the our heritage), talk to students to raise their awareness and create interest.
    – involved in the alumni advisory council of graduate program. Also, involved as volunteer with CAIA.

    Want to work in VC/PE initially and start an impact investment firm in the long run.

    ————————–

    Ms.Indian First Gen

    27 years, First generation Indian female to go to college

    710 GMAT

    Undergrad in business; GPA – 4.0 (Top Indian University)
    Started a small venture creating accessories and gift items, employing women from marginalized and economically backward communities; ran it for two and a half years ( one and a half year during college and one year after college) subsequently closed it due lack of appetite to absorb further losses

    Post Grad in Finance; GPA – 4.0 (Top Indian University)
    Charter holder- CAIA, USA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst)
    Pursuing CFA, USA

    3 month Internship at Fortune 500 Conglomerate’s PE business
    6 month supervised training & project in social infrastructure at Big four Consulting

    Currently working at a Leading Global Credit Rating Agency (3yrs+); Fast career progression; Also working on firm’s strategy with the MD & CEO

    Extracurricular-
    Lead Compere at the various events throughout academic life
    Undergrad – Student Secretary & Festival coordinator
    Post grad – Elected Student Representative, Career Services; Seminar Coordinator; Founder member, Alumni Advisory council
    Volunteered at a small NGO aimed at imparting primary education to girls from economically weaker sections of the society
    Volunteer at CAIA Foundation; entails assisting the foundation in selecting female candidates for scholarships

    Want to initially work in consulting for a few years before branching out on my own. Long term, I want to again set-up my own firm working with marginalized women.

    Please evaluate our chances for the following schools:

    HBS
    Stanford
    Wharton
    MIT
    Booth
    Kellogg
    Tuck
    Columbia
    Yale
    London Business School

    Many thanks for your time and consideration !!

  • http://poetsandquants.com/members/kbnaperville/ kathleen brennan

    I appreciate the offer to handicap my chances for MBA. I am re-entering workforce after several years absence due to my son’s medical needs.

    Here is the picture…

    Former Congressional Intern, 9 years IBM (chicago/london) recvd two WW top sales awards followed by two three year plus employment at Software organizations as Sr. Sales Manager and VP of Sales for organization eventually sold to Nokia.
    GMAT 650
    GPA 3.2 / BS Finance
    Enjoyed Tuck GSB prgm “Back in Business’ prgm which ignited interest in MBA education.
    Home is Chicago but would consider relocation

  • Small School

    710 GMAT
    3.83 GPA in Business/Finance at BYU-Idaho
    White male
    Work experience at small trading/investment management firm, entrepreneuer of small investment management firm, work in retirement plan dept at reputable brokerage firm.
    Extracurricular includes 2 year volunteer foreign mission (including various leadership positions), participation in international club, co-captain intracollegiate athletics team.

    H, W, Tuck, Booth, Kellogg, Columbia

    Thanks!

  • Mixed-bag

    710 GMAT
    3.8 GPA – Economics
    White/Hispanic Male-1st generation grad student

    2 years (to date) as Controller @ BB bank

    Co-founded, operated & sold retail venture while pursuing BS degree. Took 7 months off school to start the business, and operated while pursuing degree. Grew the business to 15 employees and 3 locations before selling.
    Co-investor/Operator in multi unit investment property

    2 year volunteer service mission (including several leadership positions)

    Athletic baseball scholarship to California junior college (switched to University after volunteer experience)

    3 summers as Baseball coach for top high school program; team consisted of graduating seniors and college freshman. Led recruiting efforts assisting in several low/middle income kids receiving athletic scholarships

    Annual volunteer work helping low income/minority families with tax returns

    Booth
    Sloan
    HBS
    Haas
    Stanford

  • Telecom_guy

    Hi John /Sandy,

    I’d appreciate a review of my chances of making it to a top 25 B-school.

    Age: 26
    Nationality: Canadian (of south asian origin)
    GMAT: Taking it in August, I expect ~710
    GPA: 3.6 / BS Engineering,
    Work experience:
    4 years at a big telecom equipment manufacturer in a predominantly engineering role. Some international travel experience to n. europe and middle east working on short term assignments.
    Extra curriculars: nothing special

    I’m looking to do an MBA to transition from engineering to a more marketing/product development role. Ideally, I’d like to stay in telecom after my MBA.

    Target schools:
    MIT Sloan /Kellog (I don’t think I have a chance here …)
    Ross
    Cornell
    Darden
    Mccombs

    I’d appreciate your views, since I don’t think I fit the traditional consulting/finance profile of other potential MBAs

  • “Mr. Raised Internationally”

    “Mr. Raised Internationally”

    -Age: 25
    -Raised in Mexico and Costa Rica
    -740 GMAT
    -3.2 GPA International Business and Economics (Small Christian Liberal Arts)
    -Started furniture import/internet sales company (2+ years)
    -International Program Manager at Microsoft – in charge of projects with 160+ contributors (2 Years)
    -10+ years volunteering as service group (20-50 people) leader and interpreter (Spanish) in various Latin American and Caribbean nations. Projects range from economic development projects to working with orphanages
    -Extracurriculars include technical mountaineering/rock climbing, marathon running,

    Target Schools:
    -Tuck
    -Kellogg
    -Booth
    -Darden

  • Jock2Business

    Very interesting read. Please let me know my chances.

    Age:26
    Nationality:USA (non minority)
    GMAT: 690 (low quant)
    GPA: 3.71 from UCSB in economics
    Work experience: 1 year treasury management for small private company, 3 years as an analyst at the PWM division of a BB.

    Extracurriculars: Division 1 athlete in college (team won national championship), continued support of the team through leadership role on alumni board working on marketing and fundraising efforts. Also volunteer with a non-profit focused on special needs children.

    I am looking to make the jump to consulting

    Target schools:
    Harvard
    Haas
    Anderson
    Duke
    Cornell

  • Hooah!

    660 GMAT
    3.1 GPA (Leadership and Managment – The United States Military Academy)
    30 y/o minority male

    *CPT in the US Army with eight years of service (2 combat deployments)
    *Rated as a UH-60 Blackhawk Pilot and Maintenance Test Pilot
    *Commanded a company of 160 Soldiers for 18 months
    *Served as deputy senior logistician in a unit of 2700 soldiers for 18 months
    *Currently serving as an instructor for officers in training

    Looking to transition into a career in management/consulting.

    Target Schools:
    Harvard
    Wharton
    Kellogg
    Tuck
    Duke
    Darden
    Ross

  • Commodities Jock

    720 GMAT (only had 6 days to study)
    3.0 GPA in Political Economy from Ivy with grade deflation policies
    25 years old

    Promoted three times in three years at large Commodities Trading Firm, ultimately named Senior Risk Manager of their largest desk.

    Extracurriculars: 4 years on the football team. Participated in community outreach programs

    Considering: Harvard, Wharton, Kellogg, Tuck, Ross

  • NG Trader

    Please evaluate chances at M7:

    *780 GMAT
    *Low (3.0) gpa from MIT in economics.
    *Three years of work experience as a trader on the natural gas desk for a junior oil and gas company (not F-500).
    *Club sport president in college, CFA certification, marathon runner, various volunteering gigs.

  • IL Applicant

    Hi Sandy, John,

    Really like these posts.
    Would very much appreciate your review.

    Israeli, 27, male
    1.5 years as a Corporate-VC analyst at a Fortune 100 company.
    4.5 years as an Intelligence officer at the Israeli Air Force. Set two unit records by being the youngest officer to fill a certain position, and in record time. Led a team of officers, some of which out-ranking me.

    GPA is 85 out of 100 ( top 10-15% of class)
    GMAT 740 (Q50)

    Solid volunteer work

    Considering: Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, Wharton, NYU, and Chicago

    Thanks!
    IL Applicant

  • Ranjit

    ‘zilch, plus a hail mary!’……that’s a classic…great job! keep it coming!

  • Nikhil

    Please evaluate my profile:
    Age: 32
    GMAT: 760
    GPA: We did not have a GPA at that time scored 77.8% when the topper had 81% at and Indian school for my undergrad
    WE: 10+ yrs in IT, worked in the same firm (leading firm from India), joined as a Software Engineer and am a Senior PM now.
    Post MBA: Cosulting, Sales/Marketing

    Target Schools:
    INSEAD
    LBS
    HBS
    Kellog
    Booth
    Stanford
    Wharton

  • Mr. Resilient

    Dear Sanford,

    The following is an overview of my MBA application. I would be grateful if you could assess my chances of getting to to top programs like Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Chicago booth, Columbia, Insead and LBS.

    28.5 year Indian Male
    GMAT: 720 (49, 39), AWA 5
    Born and brought in India. Studied in Dubai for 2 years. Worked in India and Abu Dhabi for 9 months and 3.5 years respectively.

    Education
    Undergraduate GPA 3.8 (BBA from an unknown college in India)
    PGDM (Post graduate diploma in management) 3.5/5 (Well know program ranked among top 10-15 in India)
    CFA – Charted Financial Analyst (US)
    FRM – Financial Risk Manager (US)
    CAIA – Certified Alternative Investment Analyst – Level 1 cleared. One more level to go (US)

    Work Experience
    9 months as a Senior Research Analyst in a subsidiary of S&P group in India
    2 years 3 months as a Financial Analyst in a boutique private equity firm in Abu Dhabi
    1 year 3 months as a Portfolio analyst in a well know family office in Abu Dhabi

    Extra curricular
    Volunteering as a Treasurer at the CFA Emirates Institute in UAE
    Member of Red Crescent
    Played cricket at school and college level

    Reason for MBA: Reach the next level, faster career progress, Networking, Change of location.

    Best regards

  • Neegej

    Great series of articles! I love how much attention this is getting. Please rate my odds.

    Mr. Economic Stability

    Age: 26
    Work exp: 5yrs
    GMAT: 690
    GPA: 3.2 from small Northeast Private Institution
    – Market and Compliance Analyst at Federal Reserve Bank of NY for 3.5 years (2006-2010)
    – Bank Supervision Analyst at Federal Reserve Bank of NY 1 year in new group started post economic crisis.
    – Currently working for Not-for-profit financial services organization.
    – Extracurriculars: Various consulting projects for Non-Profit Org that assists female entrepreneurs in Rwanda, Afghanistan, and El Salvador. Mentor for high school students in urban neighborhoods.
    – Member of minority leadership development group aimed at getting underrepresented minorities into top business schools.

    Target Schools
    Stanford, Columbia, Booth, Kellogg, Berkeley, Michigan, NYU, UCLA.

    Thanks!

  • ms international with low GPA

    Hi John and Sandy! love the articles! Would appreciate if you could shed some light on my odds..

    Age: 23

    GMAT: 740 (Q49,V41) AWA 6.0

    GPA – Freshman Sophomore year in a university in Madrid – 3.67/4.00. Transferred to top Canadian University CGPA 3.12/4.00. (Last two semester GPA was 3.3/4.00). Summer exchange at Chinese University of Hong Kong.

    Work Experience: 2 years

    – Scholarship by the Monetary Authority of Singapore to work in a general insurance broking firm (one of the top three worldwide and is listed on the NYSE).

    – Insurance broker for ~60 clients.
    – Seconded to London for 2 weeks.

    Extracurriculars
    – Volunteer as tutor for underprivileged kids
    – Volunteer at local community center’s meet the people sessions.
    – Associate of Chartered Insurance Institute

    Target Schools
    Columbia, NYU, Cambridge, LBS

  • pol

    hi Sandy and John,
    kindly Review my profile

    28 y.o.
    male
    international
    700 GMAT
    3.84/4 GPA
    Degree in PolSci – leading Russian university, full scholarship, magna cum laude, best thesis of the year (of approx. 200 graduates)
    Now – pre-mba program with a US institution in Moscow

    1 year as a corporate recruiter (leading Russian I-bank with global presence, local and international recruitment)
    Prior to that 2.5 years HR consulting (firm is a brand name in Europe, not known in the states), 3 promotions

    Extracurriculars:
    Career consulting to fellow alumnae (university career services)
    Was a representative of the local office in the global charity committee in my old job

    What are my chances, Sandy?
    thank you

  • carol

    Truly, Sandy Kreisberg analysis SHOULD become a regular weekly column on poets and quants!! Its super.

  • http://None NewKid

    Hopefully, I’m not too late/down the pile but I’d like to know my chances for the following schools:
    Harvard
    Columbia
    Booth
    Kellogg
    Haas
    Ross

    I pretty much fall in the format of a number of peers I know are applying and have often wondered what more could be done to stand out:

    My profile:
    Ethnicity: US Citizen Minority (East Indian)
    GMAT: 710
    Undergrad GPA:3.45 from Purdue University in Elec Engr
    Work exp: 3 years with Accenture IT Consulting
    Extra Curricular: Some volunteer work and corporate citizenship programs within the company.

    Thanks – Hopefully you can analyze this!!

  • Pink-collar career switcher

    Hi John, Sandy:

    This has been a really interesting feature on Poets & Quants. I’d very much appreciate it if you could analyze my chances. Thanks!

    Female; US Minority
    GMAT: 720
    GPA: 3.7

    Education: bachelor’s degree in communication from University of Southern California

    Work experience: 3 years at Wells Fargo as public relations strategist

    Alternative transcript: took university extension courses in economics, calculus and statistics

    Extracurriculars: Young Alumni Council (marketing committee), employer’s Young Professionals Network (vice president), regular volunteer at meal assistance program that provides groceries and meal delivery to clients with HIV/AIDS

    Reasons for MBA: switch careers to investment management; acquire skills to become an influential female business leader; move out of the “pink ghetto”

    Target schools:
    Haas
    Stanford
    Kellogg
    Yale
    MIT

  • Mr. Patents

    Hi John & Sandy,

    Could you please help me evaluate my chances? Here are my details

    Nationality – Indian
    Undergrad – Metallurgical Engineering (one of the top colleges of India but not IIT)
    GPA – 3.2
    GMAT – 720
    Work Ex – 4 years (till the time of admission)
    Company – an Intellectual Property Consulting Firm
    Designation – Managing Partner, Taiwan
    Extra Curricular – Organizing Committee President in AIESEC (an int’l student org), College lawn tennis team, worked in Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi”, (stand-in), and held quite a few leadership positions throughout

    Schools :-
    Harvard
    Kellogg
    Fuqua
    Stern
    UCLA
    Tuck
    McCombs

  • Mr. Solid Fundamental

    Really curious about my odds:

    – 750 GMAT
    – 3.67 GPA
    – Ivy league undergraduate degree
    – 3 years experience at solid, but not elite consulting firm (ranked 26-50 in the Vault list), promoted after 2 years
    – No noteworthy extracurriculars
    – Some intangibles around being an immigrant (not from the over represented countries in Asia)
    – White male, 24 years of age

    Target Schools:

    Harvard
    Stanford
    Wharton
    Sloan

  • Mr. All-Over-The-Place

    Hi Sandy and John,

    I’m sure you won’t make it down this far but I’ll give it a shot…

    GPA: 3.9

    Major/School: Electrical Engineering/Top 10 Engineering School

    GMAT: 780

    Current position: Product Manager of “bleeding edge” technologies for a Mid-sized medical device company

    Past positions: mathematician in defense industry, architect in business-to-business software consulting, personal training and social coaching for 2 small companies

    Outside of Work: Have my own software consulting company, employing 2 contractors, do nutritional consulting, working on becoming a GMAT tutor, authored several medical papers dealing with automated analysis of neuro-activity

    Extracurricular: Co-lead youth ministry at my parish, went to New Orleans several times to help with tear down/clean up of several wards, tutor high-school calculus, and have been working for the last year and a half on a project to create an L3C for providing nutritional food and education to abjectly impoverished areas

    I’m passionate about talking to people and math, and my end goal is to do social entrepreneurship. I’m 29 and married (if that matters any). I want an MBA because, bluntly, I’m an idiot when it comes to business. I just don’t get strategy and, as shown by my past and end goal, I need to understand it better and make the right connections to make any of my ventures successful.

    I’m unsure what to focus on in my applications to get to where I want to go

    Chances for:
    HBS
    Sloan
    Kellogg

    Thanks!

  • Noel

    Hey guys, thanks for writing this, I found it very interesting! If you guys would like to analyze a non typical profile, please consider mine.

    26 Year Old Latino Male
    GMAT: 660 5.0 (Second attempt)
    Undergrad GPA: 2.76 (I know this is killer)
    Post undergrad GPA: 3.65 (I have taken 5 CC classes post undergrad [Acct 1 & 2, Econ 1 & 2, Statistics] and am in the process of completing MBAMATH.com course.0
    School: UC Santa Barbara
    3+ years experience in Sales/Account Management at several mid-tier tech companies
    Extracurriculars: Gatorade sponsored athlete, 2 time Ironman triathlon finisher (3rd time Ironman early next summer), Assistant triathlon Coach – Team in Training, Special Olympics Coach, Camp Counselor at Camp Ronald McDonald, Founder & President of Coed Business Fraternity (LA Chapter)

    While I know that elite schools are probably out of my reach, I will be reapplying to UCLA, USC, and UT – Austin (I was waitlisted at UT – Austin this year until the very end, and am looking at other options. Also, for what its worth, I am interested in Entrepreneurship & Marketing.

  • havstar

    23 y/o Asian Male
    2 years with Samsung in a purchasing role, responsible for $40million of annual spend
    3.7 from Iowa State in a “comprehensive” engineering program (general engineering, with a business specialization), one of two in a class of 30 to graduate with honors
    750 GMAT
    Extras include leader in the fraternity in college, salvation army, american cancer society, bi-lingual
    Also, not sure if this counts, but I spent 3 years living overseas and studying abroad.

  • Mr Wonderful

    26 year old male investment banker (ny based)
    – 3 years in banking (restructuring during downturn, M&A current)
    – 1 year in operational role at Bulge bracket investment bank
    Minority US citizen (south Asian)
    serve on the junior board of non-profits advocating for children
    Undergrad at rutgers-type school with a 3.56 gpa, ran a multi-million dollar business throughout college
    3-time junior Olympian, captain of junior Olympic team and national champion athlete

  • Mr Wonderful

    26 yr old male investment banker (ny based)
    – 3 years in banking (restructuring in downturn, M&A currently)
    – 1 yr operational role at bulge bracket investment banker
    South Asian us citizen
    Serve on the junior board of 2 non-profits advocating for children
    Undergrad rutgers-type school, 3.56 gpa, worked full time throughout college because of a family situation, ran a multi-million dollar distribution business
    3 time junior olympian, junior Olympic team captain,national champion athlete
    GMAT TBD

    Targets:
    Harvardv
    Wharton
    Stanford
    Columbia
    Tuck

  • http://www.facebook.com Mr. Bangladesh

    Hello John and Sandy,

    I’d very much appreciate it if you could analyze my chances at a top B-school, since I don’t have access to many consultants in this part of the world. Thanks.

    PROFILE

    Nationality: Bangladeshi
    Undergrad: Economics
    GMAT: 720
    GPA: 3.25
    (undergrad from the University of Dhaka, the top university in Bangladesh)

    Work:
    -3 years as a project coordinator for ActionAid in Bangladesh, a leading international NGO operating in 42 countries worldwide
    -summer internship at the United Nations Information Center
    -worked part-time at a local radio station for 4 years
    -contributing writer for a national daily for 2 years

    Extracurricular:
    -Winner of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award-Gold Standard (the prestigious international youth award for self-development and community service)
    -Director of the United Nations Youth and Students Association of Bangladesh
    -President of the student chapter at my undergrad school
    -Founder and Co-president of an organization that works towards raising social awareness among the youth

    Goal: To attain a top policy-level job in one the international development organizations in Bangladesh such as the UN, USAID, ActionAid etc.

  • Tyson Schroeder

    Mr. Kreisberg,
    I am respectfully requesting if you could analyze my chances at several business schools.

    Academic Record:
    630 GMAT (second time, raised score from 500, planning on taking it again)
    University of New Mexico – Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
    3.43 GPA, Dean’s List

    Demographic:
    White male
    32 years old

    Professional Experience:
    9 years total full-time work experience in Military, Physics, Biotechnology, and Retail sectors.

    6 years – Captain, Infantry, Marine Corps
    -Evaluated as one of the top senior managers of an 800-man division by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
    -Selected by the division CEO to be the senior manager of an underperforming section to reinforce leadership.
    -Evaluated by department head to be promoted with the top 25% of senior managers within the Marine Corps
    -Guided a 25-man special operations section through a four-month training package and subsequent deployment to conduct multi-country consulting events to train foreign militaries and build international relations in Southeast Asia.
    -Managed 200 personnel and $5 million worth of weapons, optical devices, and communications equipment as the deputy department head that resulted in 100% accountability and 95% operability of all equipment.
    -Supervised a 39-man section, a large urban area, and 50 Iraqi security personnel to provide protection to the local population, rebuild two schools, construct four security checkpoints, and renovate numerous businesses during deployment to Iraq that resulted in tremendous economic and political development within the area and 100% safe return of all personnel.
    -Coordinated the operations for a 500-man chemical, biological, and nuclear contingency division designed to assist the Japanese with the severe nuclear material release during tsunami and earthquake relief to Japan.

    2 years – Analytical Chemist, 300-man Biotechnology Company in San Diego

    Extracurricular:
    -Masters Swim Team
    -American Chemical Society secretary
    -3 weeks building homes for underprivileged families in Mexico
    -42 months spent living and traveling in 12 foreign countries
    -Conversational Proficiency in Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, and German

    Target Schools:
    Harvard
    Standford
    Tuck
    Booth
    Wharton
    Duke
    NYU
    UCLA
    And any other recommendations.

    Very Respectfully,
    Tyson N. Schroeder

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  • 0Mark0

    Here’s my profile.Age: 27 Hispanic Male
    GMAT: 750 (expected)
    GPA: 3.65
    B.A. Biology w/ minor in math from small liberal arts college in Texas.Work:
    – 1 year at family company
    – 2 year internship with four different dentists (When I thought Dental school was my path in life)
    – 8 months at Princeton Review as a SAT instructor
    – 10 Months working for a Medical Device startup (work extensively with the CEO on a day to day basis)
    – Started a small math company and working on jumpstarting a prep company Extracurriculars:
    -Avid Boxer ( Going to fight in the golden gloves tournament this year)
    -Played basketball in college for a church
    -Did community service every summer for two months through a church ( When I was in college )
    -Lots of pro bono tutoring through my math company
    -Feed the poor once a weekGoals:
    Want to pursue my prep company idea on a higher level. Also interested in Venture Capital or climbing the ladder in Medical Sales and assuming a Regional Managers position. Target Schools:
    Stanford
    MIT
    Yale
    LBS
    Cambridge
    Texas
    Rice
    Notre DameOther: My family owns six different companies as well as a global plastics company. I have a very good idea of what it takes to succeed in a startup and think that I would enjoy Venture Capital.Would very much appreciate a profile assessment.Like
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  • 0Mark0

    Here’s my profile.Age: 27 Hispanic Male
    GMAT: 750 (expected)
    GPA: 3.65
    B.A. Biology w/ minor in math from small liberal arts college in Texas.Work:
    – 1 year at family company
    – 2 year internship with four different dentists (When I thought Dental school was my path in life)
    – 8 months at Princeton Review as a SAT instructor
    – 10 Months working for a Medical Device startup (work extensively with the CEO on a day to day basis)
    – Started a small math company and working on jumpstarting a prep company Extracurriculars:
    -Avid Boxer ( Going to fight in the golden gloves tournament this year)
    -Played basketball in college for a church
    -Did community service every summer for two months through a church ( When I was in college )
    -Lots of pro bono tutoring through my math company
    -Feed the poor once a weekGoals:
    Want to pursue my prep company idea on a higher level. Also interested in Venture Capital or climbing the ladder in Medical Sales and assuming a Regional Managers position. Target Schools:
    Stanford
    MIT
    Yale
    LBS
    Cambridge
    Texas
    Rice
    Notre DameOther: My family owns six different companies as well as a global plastics company. I have a very good idea of what it takes to succeed in a startup and think that I would enjoy Venture Capital.Would very much appreciate a profile assessment.Like
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  • 0Mark0

    Here’s my profile.Age: 27 Hispanic Male
    GMAT: 750 (expected)
    GPA: 3.65
    B.A. Biology w/ minor in math from small liberal arts college in Texas.Work:
    – 1 year at family company
    – 2 year internship with four different dentists (When I thought Dental school was my path in life)
    – 8 months at Princeton Review as a SAT instructor
    – 10 Months working for a Medical Device startup (work extensively with the CEO on a day to day basis)
    – Started a small math company and working on jumpstarting a prep company Extracurriculars:
    -Avid Boxer ( Going to fight in the golden gloves tournament this year)
    -Played basketball in college for a church
    -Did community service every summer for two months through a church ( When I was in college )
    -Lots of pro bono tutoring through my math company
    -Feed the poor once a weekGoals:
    Want to pursue my prep company idea on a higher level. Also interested in Venture Capital or climbing the ladder in Medical Sales and assuming a Regional Managers position. Target Schools:
    Stanford
    MIT
    Yale
    LBS
    Cambridge
    Texas
    Rice
    Notre DameOther: My family owns six different companies as well as a global plastics company. I have a very good idea of what it takes to succeed in a startup and think that I would enjoy Venture Capital.Would very much appreciate a profile assessment.Like
    Reply

  • Sneha Joshi

    Age :22 Female 
    GMAT :780
    Undergrad GPA (from University of Houston,Bauer College of Business) : 3.23/4.0
    Works for First Investors

  • Andrew L.

    Age: 27 White male (from a very rural part of Mississippi)
    US Citizen currently living in Alexandria, VA
    GMAT: 690
    Undergrad: 3.4 from Duke University (transferred from small state school after deploying with Army National Guard)
    Civilian Work: Consultant for a small government for 1 year, then with Accenture for 2 years; currently a Senior Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. Spent time at a start up company part time where I received a patent for a method of using unmanned aerial vehicle technology for supply chain management.
    Military: Served in the Army National Guard for 9 years throughout undergraduate and while working; deployed to Middle East, Korea, and Morocco.
    Extracurriculars: Certified Yoga Instructor volunteering as a teacher at the VA; freelance journalist for Beckett Media and Eli Research with over 50 articles and research pieces published. I also currently build and sell chicken coops out of the backyard of my house, and have sold over 50000.00 worth in the past three years. I have written and published on the topic for several publications.

    Target Schools: Harvard, Duke, Darden, Kenan-Flager, Berkeley

  • Chinmayee Joshi

    Age: 29
    GMAT: 730
    Undergrad: From the top Uni in Karnataka State, India – let’s say, unknown
    Undergrad GPA: 3.0
    Worked for two years as a Data Analyst with AIG/Chartis and played an important role with the initial setup of the analytics group in India
    Graduate Studies: Masters in Data Mining from Notherwestern University
    Grad GPA: 3.9
    Currently a consultant at KPMG

    Extra curricular activity: Was a part of the debate society in undergrad and ‘broke’ at an International tournament – Malaysia Debate Open
    Started an NGO that promotes healthy eating. Since people don’t cook at home because of the extras – peeling invollved etc, the NGO employs women to cut vegetables and deliver them. It also promotes healthy eating in other forms.
    Tried to increase LGBT awareness in India through another NGO.

  • AB

    Age:26
    GMAT: 700
    Ungergrad GPA 8.3 from ITAM (#1 College for eonomics in México)
    Works for National Development Bnak in the Project Finance Division, fello Citibank Credit Risk Analyst.

    Goals: Break into Private Equity and Eventually Start my own fund in México

  • squisharoma

    STATUS: Bisexual
    RACE: African American
    GENDER: Female
    AGE: 22
    UNDERGRAD GPA: 3.6 from Kent State University (BBA in Accounting); CPA Candidate
    GMAT SCORE: 720
    EXPERIENCE:
    – JP Morgan Accounting Analyst Intern (2 months)
    – Grant Thornton Audit Intern (3 months)
    LEADERSHIP:
    – President and founder of National Association of Black Accountants – Kent State Chapter
    – Vice President of Collegiate Business Association
    – Secretary of Collegiate Business Association
    – Treasurer of Black United Students
    – Fundraising Chair of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. – Gamma Epsilon Chapter
    – Allocations Board of Undergraduate Student Government
    COMMUNITY SERVICE: Campus Kitchen (3 years)
    VOLUNTEER WORK: Editing Assistant for TEFL writing courses (3 years)
    ATHLETICS: Captain of Intramural Basketball (3 years)
    AWARDS: McNair Scholar, Oscar Ritchie Memorial Scholarship, Kent State Student Leader Award

    TARGET SCHOOLS: Wharton, Harvard, Chicago, Stanford, Kellogg

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