Can You Get Into HBS, Stanford, Wharton?

by John A. Byrne on

Are these MBA applicants good enough for Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, or Wharton? Or for that matter, could they pass muster with Columbia, MIT, Chicago, or Kellogg?

Mr. Hollywood has been an Off-Broadway actor, a director and CEO of a film production company, even a personal trainer. He’s earned black belts and blue belts in the martial arts. As he himself puts it, “I have a strange path and am not sure if schools will laugh out loud, scratch their heads, or give someone like me a shot?”

Ms. Pink Collar is a public relations strategist for Wells Fargo Bank, but wants an MBA to escape the “pink ghetto.” She’s a regular volunteer for a non-profit that serves up meals and groceries to clients with HIV/AIDS.

Then, there is an engaged couple from India who want to enroll in a top MBA program together. He has a 720 GMAT and has worked as an investment banking analyst at a bulge bracket Wall Street firm. She has a 710 GMAT and works at a global credit ratings agency.

What these and other MBA candidates want to know is whether they have  a chance to get into a top business school. For the fifth 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.

As he has in the past, Kreisberg handicaps each potential applicant’s odds of getting in. 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.

An important reminder, if not warning label: 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 tell-it-like-it-is take:

Mr. Hollywood

     

  • 700 GMAT
  • 3.9 Grade point average
  • Undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania with major in psychology and English
  • 3.75 GPA
  • Graduate degree from the University of Southern California in cinematic arts
  • Work experience: Actors in off-Broadway productions and Hollywood; director and CEO of a film production company; personal trainer and therapist for at-risk patients
  • Extracurricular activities include mixed martial arts including a Kung Fu black belt and a Brazilian Jiu Jitsui blue belt
  • Runs a non-profit for the education of underprivileged youth
  • “This is a bizarre entry and I swear I’m serious and not being silly. I have a strange path and am not sure what schools will think. Would they laugh out loud, scratch their heads, or give someone like me a shot?”

Odds of Success

Harvard Business School: Less than 10%
Stanford: Less than 10%
Columbia: 40+%
NYU: 50%
Kellogg: Less than 40%
USC: Better than 60%
Berkeley: 50%

Sandy’s Analysis: How old are you? B-schools take Hollywood types, even kids who have been living in the steerage decks of The Good Ship Indy- Productions, as you apparently have. They especially like kids with a 3.9 GPA from UPenn (you’ll always have that!). Schools also know what a no-name “film production company” means (nothing!) but will give you credit for getting a film made. Okay, that concludes the good news, except, sure, charity work is solid.

I’m impressed with all the martial arts, but personal trainer AND THERAPIST!!!! That is something you should leave out of this story, that is what buff guys do instead of becoming bums (and a much better choice it is! you might wind up the non-paying boyfriend of Sasha Grey in The Girlfriend Experience. If so, let me know, I’m a huge Sasha fan). So drop the personal trainer stuff and simplify: You went to Penn, you got a 3.95, you went to Hollywood and made a movie, and now you want an MBA to focus on new media, new ways of delivering stories, the intersection of X and Y, blah, blah, blah.

If you are not super weird or real old (over 32!) and shut-up about everything since your movie, and just pitch that story, well, this is not HBS or Stanford, although they take kids almost like you, except one standard deviation better in every way, viz.,  some work with real studios, or agencies, have better GMATs and some gold dust in terms of connections—in short your Hollywood Boulevard of Broken Dreams soundtrack with a slightly better script and some B-list stars.

So who will take you? On the Right Coast–maybe Columbia, or NYU, Duke, or Darden. Chances at those places are solid, if you execute cleanly and put your resume on a diet. On the Real Coast: not Stanford, but surely USC and Berkeley would be interested. And in flyover country, Kellogg, Chicago and Michigan (that media center) might bite with solid execution and a total hose down of your weirder elements.

Remember, you are normal, just like those hateful kids from Princeton who go to Hollywood and work for DreamWorks getting coffee, and then get into HBS (happens my friend, quite often, although they usually also got big GPA and GMATS, and a recommendation from someone most ordinary and star-struck peeps have heard of).

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  • Craig

    Hi Sandy,
    Thanks for doing this, it’s a real help to everyone as we apply to MBA programs. I was hoping you could take a look at my standing and give me your thoughts.

    700 GMAT (1st try)
    3.95 GPA (from a state school) with a BS in Finance
    3+ years working for a corporate governance firm (including two promotions with management experience) and now am covering hostile takeovers on the M&A team.
    Global business experience working in Australia for several months.
    Volunteer work in DC area (Children’s Hospital and helping low income families with taxes).

    I’m thinking about HBS, Standford, Wharton, Chicago, and Columbia. Thoughts?

    Thanks!

  • Matthew Mabey

    Mr. JD/MBA
    *172 LSAT
    *720 GMAT
    *3.9 GPA (worked full-time during undergraduate studies)
    *Undergraduate in Finance from ‘new’ PAC-12 public university
    *24 yrs. old
    *4 years of experience in Private Banking / Wealth Management client contact role at a Large Regional Commercial Bank (School specific Letters of Recommendation available from ‘well-known’ alumni clients.) ~ HBS and Wharton in particular
    *Extracurriculars: Heavily involved in the production of various independent and local student films (some appearing at well known film festivals.) 3 years in teaching role in religous organization. Launched a successful and ongoing media/photography/film production company.

    Target Schools (JD/MBA): HBS, Stanford, Wharton, Berkley, UCLA, Duke, Columbia, Yale

    Target Career: I hope to integrate marketing and financial knowledge (MBA), as well as legal expertise in entertainment rights and contracts (JD) to land a C-level position within an entertainment/media company.

  • Albert Mason

    Mr. Early Start Changer
    -Age 23 (Home-schooled; started and finished college two years early)
    -750 GMAT
    – 3.9 GPA, B.B.A in Music Business from low-ranked Christian college (President of honor society)
    -4.0 GPA, Master of Accountancy from Vanderbilt’s Owen business school
    -Two years of work as a CPA in audit practice of Big Four firm (Interned with the firm in India for 2 months before starting full-time in the U.S.)
    -Will be spending the next 6 months volunteering with a missions organization in a non-leadership role (3 months in Germany and 3 months in a developing nation)
    -Various small but enjoyable volunteer experiences, e.g. English tutor for immigrants

    -Reason for MBA: Although being a CPA was a great first job, I’d love to work towards becoming a social entrepreneur with an impact in developing nations. I’m on the younger side, but getting an MBA now would open doors to my ultimate goals.

    -Considering Applying To: Harvard, Wharton, Chicago,Tuck, Berkeley, Yale

    Thank you!

  • Married couple

    Hey Sandy,

    Just thought I’d let you know one thing… H/S DEFINITELY consider married couples as a package and do consider each partner’s background. I personally spoke to Derrick and Dee about this and they both told me that one partner could definitely have an impact on the other; to the extent that if one person was a super star and the other person was “ok” that it would help.

    Neither of us are super-stars by any means but we tried to convey the the “mature beyond our years” impression based on our marriage and it was definitely noticed.

    To give my commentary a little credibility; my wife and I are both attending HBS and our marriage was discussed at length during our interview.

  • guest

    I actually specialize in admissions consulting for people in the entertainment industry and I think the first person has a very good shot (unless of course they are quite old, as Sandy points out).

    IF they emphasize their ability to get sh*t done in a town filled with people who are all talk and little action, and also have a TIGHT “why MBA” story, I think they could position themselves quite well. The acadmics are solid, the extra-currics are solid (though might be “weird”)…the only question I have is around professional accomplishment/leadership (which is hard to glean from a handful of bullet-points). If that’s as good as the other 2 pieces, then I’d be a bit more bullish on this person’s chances.

    Similarly, I’m less bullish on pink ghetto only because it’s unclear how much leadership impact one can have working in the role she’s in. The advice he gives her re: her story is somewhat correct in that she might have a tough time with the wealth-management story, but at the same time, the alternative of becoming a communications specialist could be achieved via other degrees…? Personally, if I were working with her I might have her explore a story arc where she’s been the one reporting/spinning the actions of her bank, but now wants to eventually be the person MAKING the decisions, instead of just COMMUNICATING them. Ie, the job has given her exposure to finance/banking, a field she had never previously considered but now realizes (after seeing it so up-close) she could kick butt in….but of course her bank will never let “just a PR” type make that functional switch, so now she needs an MBA.

    I realize that much of Sandy’s “personal brand” revolves around making flamboyant, perhaps controversial remarks. God bless him: it’s part of what’s made him famous via the BusinessWeek Message boards.

    However, this is the second interview with him where I’ve seen him make several sweeping remarks that seem inaccurate. (as “MarriedCouple”‘s comment above mine proves).

    Side-note: Hollywood is dominated by Harvard College grads (“Harvardwood”!), not Princeton grads :) And if ALL they do is “Get coffee” during their stint at a studio, and don’t step up the leadership, they have a very difficult time getting into an H/S/W….I know this first-hand!

  • http://hbsguru.com hbsguru :-(

    to married couple and guy above:
    always glad to have more anecdotes, and readers can fill out their own view.
    Just a coupla things:
    (1) as to married couples, getting info fr. Dee and Derrick is one good source of wisdom about how H and S admissions works, but not the gold standard, the gold standard is what in fact those schools do–not what they say.
    I dont disagreee with you in what you were told, and perhaps you can even further back it up w. stories fr. your couple friends on HBS campus, if so, please do, but also confirm we are dealing w. a small universe, e.g. 5-10 married couples per class, and we dont know, or if you do know, please do tell, how many married couples apply and how many cases there are of only ONE getting in, I know several such stories. The fact that HBS had kinda pre-decided on you guys and then gabbed it up in the interview is no surprise, that is all very HBS, take something rare and act as if it is normal. One communication model of HBS admissions is to overplay good news of all kinds and have you believe that outliers are typical. It supports their underlying mythology that ANYONE can get in, odd things happen all the time, and so everyone should apply, including married couples b.c. hey, we got millions of them here, and you, the axe murderer, send in that application, maybe you have leadership in prision. I realize you were addressing more discrete and granular issue of what the value add of being a married couple is–and I thank you for you testimony. Can you tell me something, HOW UNLIKELY WAS ADMISSION FOR THE LESS QUALIFIED PARTNER IN YOUR MARRIAGE? That would be more valuable data than Derrick and Dee jive about how wonderful having marrieds, x and y and z on campus is. Folks, once you get to HBS, everyhting is wonderful, my world view is created by talking to 100s of people at HBS AND THOUSANDS WHO TRIED AND WERE REJECTED.
    2. Similar thanks to Hollywood guy–altho at bottom we dont have any dogs in any fight about Hollywood guy. You were just over-articulating, in a Murdoch fils way– as if before a committee and very conscious of appearance– what I was saying in my own way. The Hollywood applicant got the movie made, and I told him that adcom wld respect that, not sure what your rubbing the door knocker of that house is adding in terms of impact, getting things done is something HBS respects, altho to get tech., and over-articulating, they wld be more interested in showing how he did that by leading groups A B and C (vs. your suggestion of bragging that others in town are all talk and no action). Also, as to HarvardWood, and getting coffee, yup, there are a lot of Harvard kids in Hollywood, but coupla things: my pt was H/Y/P kids and even Dartmouth and Berk kids, not just Harvard kids, get into HBS/Stan fr. Hollywood ‘blue chip’ jobs, that is why I chose Princeton, the key is top Ivy or semi Top (or Berk for local reasons and maybe USC) and blue chip job at Disney, Other Studios, leading agencies, etc. Mr Hollywoods biggest weakness was not having any blue chip history, his whole career was INDY PROD, that is his biggest problem, aside fr. maybe age and odd presenting style. As to ‘getting coffee’ well, mea culpa minimus, that was shorthand for not doing much, just being winning, and serviceable, altho I plead guilty that “getting coffee” is, in other contexts, an idiom for someone who was hired b.c. of good looks etc and unqualified, so to that extent it was less than optimal word choice, not that millions were mislead.
    As to Pink Collar –hmmmm, here I do disagree with you strongly, I was attempting to disclose, CONTRA TO ADCOM BULLSHIT ABOUT LEADERSHIP ETC–BULLSHIT YOU SEEM MORE THAN WILLING TO ENABLE that STATUS and political identidy count more than any so-called leadership, which let’s face it, among the millions of applicants aged 22-28 is always pretty thin to begin with, that if the woman in question had any credible minority story PLUS a doofus job at a real bank, PLUS A 720 GMAT, well, come on down, that is often a formula for success on those facts alone!!!!! I also suggested, as window dressing, that a better goal wld be to build out her platform in PR and, ahem, become a LEADER of firm which handled Communications for Underserved Groups, etc. And I gave her a tip that saying she wanted to switch into asset management was not such a hot idea b.c. that is just helping rich people (not that Stanford wld care WHAT SHE SAID, barring selling crack, after they got a gander at her DNA and GMATs). For you to suggest some other ‘story arc’ (barf) about now heading the bank, after she has seen how wonderful Wells Fargo is, on the day they paid the Govt a huge fine, well, sure, who cares, that could work too, altho 1. my story is better, 2. Most impty, for you to then say, “this is the second interview with him where I’ve seen him make several sweeping remarks that seem inaccurate” HELLO!!!! No my ‘story arc’ friend, my remarks are not inaccurate, my orginal remarks were more spot on, data supported and reader helpful than your hair-splitting, sychophantic, annoying and patronizing (“God bless him” ) suggestions.
    You seem to have a case of Hollywood Stockholm Syndrome: identifying w. big shots at Studios and Adcoms, and picking, with little substantive merit, on succesful indy guys like me, out of what????? Let the readers decide.

  • EntertainmentGirl

    Hi Sandy! Thank you so much for doing this. I’ve read every entry and I really appreciate the honest assessment. I didn’t really see a profile that would describe me. But here are my stats anyway:

    680 GMAT
    3.3 GPA
    Undergrad from Pepperdine
    Work experience: Currently at a professional sports organization. Marketing Internships at NBC, NFL, Marketing Firm, Tiffany & Co., MTV
    Extracurricular: D1 Athlete, Sorority, various on-campus clubs
    I’m female and a minority as well. I don’t really know where I could get into but I NYU is my ‘reach’. What do you think?

  • Himanshu Arora

    Hi Sandy,
    I have a very zig zagging work experience profile.
    1) Graduated from Indian Institute of Technology in 2007 as a chemical engineer
    GPA =7.41/10 which comes out to be around 3 at a scale of 4, as per indian universities criteria
    2) After passing out worked at Dr.Reddy’s ( a pharmaceutical giant) for 8 months as a process engineer ( Jun-2007- Feb 2008)
    3) Left the job to start a internet startup mnemonicdictionary.com , website has 2500 visitors a day. worked on it for 2 yrs , but due to financial constraints left ( Mar 08 – Feb 10)
    4) Joined Jindal steel works ( biggest steel manufacturing in India) working in supply chain ( logistics) for the past 1.5 yrs. ( Mar-10 to till date)

    I have a gmat of 720. I want to get into top ten US b-schools, and project my profile as an entrepreneur. Whats my chance to get into Stanford or Berkeley or any other top 10 school .

    RGDS

    Himanshu

    4)

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

    Thanks a ton, Sandy and John !

    Sandy, the analysis is very helpful (and very well written, in your typical style) and we appreciate it.

    We definitely need to address the issues you have highlighted.

    Thank You !

  • Amcass

    Hi Sandy! Here are my stats. I’m not your average B-school candidate and am interested to know whether my unique experiences are an advantage at the top schools.

    – Undergrad: Double Major Political Science and Philosophy at an average university, GPA 3.96

    – 3 years work experience in West Africa: 2 years in a rural village conducting health and business education as a Peace Corps Volunteer; 1 year with a USAID project working in the West African handicraft sector by coordinating, linking, and managing relations between West African producers and international buyers and by developing producers’ capacity to become a competitive force in the international market. Experience in product development, costing and pricing, and import/export regulations. Fluent French, proficient local language (Bambara).

    – Taking the GMAT in August: expecting a 680-700

    – Developing a business plan to export West African products to the US

    Schools of Interest: HBS, Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, NYU, Georgetown

    Thanks!

  • Amcass

    Whoops, forgot to mention I’m a female! (I hear that bumps up my chances just a bit…)

  • TIm

    Hi Sandy, would love it if you would rate my chances:

    Mr. General Management
    *710 GMAT
    *3.9 GPA (in mid tier liberal arts school
    *25 yrs old
    *4 years of experience in retail, managed P&L, led a team for 1yr with 8 direct reports. Good coaching, developing others, team stories.

    *Extracurriculars: 2yrs of mentorship locally, president of local business club, led fund-raising events for charity

    Schools: HBS, Stanford, Kellogg, Booth, Tuck

    Thank you Sandy!

  • Anthony

    Hi Sandy,

    Here’s my info, I’d love to hear your opinion:
    -770 GMAT
    -3.47 GPA at an Ivy (GPA in the last 2 years much higher than first 2)
    -25 years old, male, minority
    -4 years of experience in marketing at one of the largest media companies; currently working a dual role as a marketing manager and running/spearheading an outsourcing program in India
    -looking to switch into CPG brand management
    -extracurriculars include 3 years as a mentor to inner city high school kids
    -applied to business school 2 years ago, rejected at all 5 schools (see below); I waited 2 years to reapply to bolster my resume and leadership experiences

    Schools: Stanford, Haas, Kellogg, Tuck, and Ross

    Thanks Sandy, appreciate it.

  • Viv

    -700 GMAT
    -3.3 GPA from UCLA for Business/Economics
    -4 years experience at mid-size bank (top 25) as a commercial lender, increasing responsibility and completion in competitive 2-year training program (top of class).
    -Minor extracurriculars: UCLA Alumni Association – volunteer to screen/interview undergrad applicants, and a 4-week HIV/AIDs education volunteer trip in Tanzania.
    -Female, Latin American

    Schools: UCLA, Berkley, Northwestern, Columbia, NYU

  • unc0mm0n1

    Hey Sandy I haven’t seen one for an AA male yet. Please chance me.

    Mr. Law Student

    GMAT 660
    Currently a student at Harvard law school (’14)
    Ethnic Minority (African American)
    Grew up in terrible inner city neighborhood 1st generation anything in my family.
    UGPA in Business: 3.94 (crappy school)
    Grad school in Human relations: 4.0 (State school)
    Experience: 5yrs in the military. Deployed multiple times. Ran law offices in various countries.
    Won a prestigious scholarship that allowed me to work at a V20 law firm this summer and I lived in Europe and Asia the 4 years before that.
    Extras: Big brothers, United Service Organization, VFW, volunteered at a mission through high school and college including assisting with relief operation in various countries devastated by disasters.

    Looking at:
    Harvard and only Harvard (I’m trying to do the 4 year joint MBA/JD).

    Will the low Gmat kill my chances at HBS?

  • Varsity

    Hi Sandy,

    Thanks for your input.

    Regards, Varsity

    710 GMAT
    3.4 Grade point average
    Undergraduate degree in European Studies from unknown foreign university
    8 years work: Full time athlete, Olympic medal winner, co-owner in gym, captain.
    Promotion and mentoring work for various corporate sponsors
    Professional qualification: Junior coaching certificate
    Extracurricular activities include outreach and coaching activities to children. Volunteer to local charity for disadvantaged adults
    30 years old, Caucasian male

    Wharton
    Booth
    Kellogg
    Ross
    Fuqua
    Yale

  • greatday

    Hi Sandy,

    -730 GMAT
    -3 GPA at a in Engineering at a top-20 ranked college
    -28 years old, male
    -6 years of experience in manufacturing in the power sector in India.
    (Worked in a leading MNC in nuclear business; currently in an Indian MNC in engineering design – leading a small team for south asian projects)
    -Post-MBA, looking to switch into consulting roles
    -extracurriculars – moderate (couple of leadership & many participatory roles in college and school, currently champion in ping-pong at a local sports club)

    Schools: Stanford, Haas, Wharton, UCLA, Columbia, NYStern, McCombs

    Thanks Sandy for your time and evaluation.

  • VivekanandanSA

    Hi,
    – Indian male, Age – 25,
    -GMAT – 660 (Diagnostic) (Aiming for 730+)

    Academics:
    – B. Tech (UG) in Textiles from Anna University (State No.1) with 7.6/10
    – M. Tech – Textile (PG) from IIT, Delhi (National No.1) with 7.2/10.
    – 91% in both 12th (high school) and 10th (secondary level).
    – speak fluently in 4 languages and read & write 3.

    Extra-curriculars: Held more than half a dozen responsibilities in the university level such as
    1. Placement Representative of my department achieving more than 90% placement level,
    2. Organizing Head for my department association which organized National level inter-college technical symposium, infra-department technical event and founded and published the first e-zine in our university.
    3. Active member of Rotaract Club of our college, integral part Rotaract club of Chennai State.
    4. Served as a volunteer and student organizer for 2 years in Rotaract club and organized state level inter-school culturals and science fair and Blood donation events and personality development cell.
    5. Served as reporter for 2 years and Membership officer in the 3 year in the University magazine.
    6. Student organizer in International Technical Symposium held at IIT.
    7. Treasurer of the student society of our department in IIT.
    8. Active leader in the political activities of our university.
    9. Active participant in painting and literary events in school level and won many awards.

    Sports:
    – State Chess champions for 2 years followed by silver in the third year.
    – State Judo Champion for a year followed by bronze medal the next year.
    – Active participant in the athletic and team events as well and won many awards in school level.

    Work Experience:
    – Chief Executive at a granite mining company (SME), founded by me and my father, for the past 2 years. I look after the product marketing, Costumer management and Finance and also supervise the daily production activities.
    – Also a managing partner in a wooden crate production unit, started last month.
    – Founder and Director of another firm which involves granite processing factory and exports as well starting from August.
    – will be having 3 years of work experience by 2012.

    Community Service:
    1. Founded and Organized an intra-department technical symposium and Launched the first e-zine of our university, aiming at improving student involvement in academics, and it brought down the student failures by 50% and increase in student participation by more than 150%.
    2. Actively member in community development activities, such as temple renovation activities, in organizing of awards of students scoring more than 80% marks, etc.
    3. Active member in Art of Living Organization and participated in many social service events.

    Once after my MBA, I have further plans of expanding my business, especially in the USA market, where the opportunities are huge for Granite field. At the same time, I would like to consider other options as well after MBA, if better choices are available.

    Schools I am considering: MIT Sloan, Stanford, Kellogg, Yale, Columbia, INSEAD, ISB
    Dream Schools: HBS, Wharton, Stanford

    Pls, suggest me some good programs which will suit my aspirations.

    Thanks Sandy for your valuable time and suggestions. Thanks in advance.

  • Joe

    Mr. First Gen trying to create a trajectory!

    GMAT: 730
    Undergrad: 3.56 from UT-Arlington (Texas)
    Career-to-date: Began career as a claims adjuster for a fortune 100 insurance company. Transitioned to a procurement position with a different fortune 100 insurance company handling multi-million dollar contracts for various departments within the corporation.
    Career goals: My experience in procurement has helped me realize I want to continue working in a role where I get to work with various people and different departments and functions to be a ‘problem solver’. Want to do consulting straight out of grad school. Use that experience to be a ‘problem solver’ for a corporation after a few years in the consulting world.
    Extracurricular: Involvement in various organization during college. Continued participation in employee organization’s along with various networking organizations (ALPFA and NSHMBA). Assisted in the development of an endowment fund for my undergrad’s business school.
    Additional: First generation Mexican-American college grad (parents came from Mexico with no. I think I have the potential to do great things, I’ve just had some trouble being in the right place at the right time and I’m hoping to change that.
    Schools: Wharton, Kellogg, Columbia, Harvard, Stern, McCombs

  • Joe

    Mr. First Gen trying to create a trajectory!

    GMAT: 730
    Undergrad: 3.56 from UT-Arlington (Texas)
    Career-to-date: Began career as a claims adjuster for a fortune 100 insurance company. Transitioned to a procurement position with a different fortune 100 insurance company handling multi-million dollar contracts for various departments within the corporation.
    Career goals: My experience in procurement has helped me realize I want to continue working in a role where I get to work with various people and different departments and functions to be a ‘problem solver’. Want to do consulting straight out of grad school. Use that experience to be a ‘problem solver’ for a corporation after a few years in the consulting world.
    Extracurricular: Involvement in various organization during college. Continued participation in employee organization’s along with various networking organizations (ALPFA and NSHMBA). Assisted in the development of an endowment fund for my undergrad’s business school.
    Additional: First generation Mexican-American college grad (parents came from Mexico with your typical ‘only the clothes on their backs, no education, and whatever money they could scrape together). I think I have the potential to do great things, I’ve just had some trouble being in the right place at the right time and I’m hoping to change that.
    Schools: Wharton, Kellogg, Columbia, Harvard, Stern, McCombs

  • Randolph

    Hi Sandy,

    Would appreciate it if you could provide some guidance to me, particularly as to whether the targeted schools are being too ambitious.

    Age: 27
    GMAT: 760
    Undergrad GPA: 3.88/5.0 (approx equivalent of 3.2/4.0), from National University of Singapore (top 10 engineering degree as ranked by QS)
    Undergrad Degree: Mechanical Engineering

    Some quick info about myself:
    – 2 years of mandatory military service, departed the service as a commissioned Officer
    – Led a company size (80 or so men) during military service, highlight being overseas exercise missions.
    – Started and failed a business venture prior to undergrad studies.
    – Resulted with bad debts during undergrad studies, and worked 30 hr weeks on top of coursework to pay it off
    – Hope to leverage on Singapore and its status as “the gateway between the East and the West”, mostly due to education and training from the West meeting with the understanding of cultures and traditions of the East.
    – 2 years of project management experience in a defence construction with a government agency. (Will be 3 years upon enrolment)
    – Led projects, dealing with 10 staff and about 5 users.
    – Active in church participation, participated in community trip to Thailand to teach English, part of committee spearheading renovation of church
    – Intending to lead a team of 10+ to help build villages in a South Asia country.
    – Effectively multi lingual (English and Chinese), with deep understanding of several cultures having been brought up with much interaction with numerous races.
    – Aiming to transit to Management Consultant upon completion of MBA.

    Targeting for the following schools:
    Harvard, MIT, Wharton, Yale, Chicago, Michigan

  • Eddie

    Hi Sandy,

    Recently took my GMAT’s and would like to know where I stand. Thanks in advance!

    -5 years as software engineer at GA-ASI Inc, recently working in a project management roles.
    -720 GMAT
    -3.1 GPA, B.S. in C.S. UCSD
    -UC Regents Scholar
    -First generation college graduate
    -Worked 20+ hours a week throughout college
    -Interned 10+ hours a week at unpaid internship at indie video game studio.
    -Three years as committee leader of college campus organization raising money for foreign missionaries.
    -Spent summer deep in Amazon with missionary, doctors, and dentists.
    -Co-founded a internet/mail order retail car parts business in high school and operated for 3 years, mostly to fund my hobby as a car enthusiast.

  • Eddie

    *Revised with target schools and goals from previous post*

    Hi Sandy,

    Recently took my GMAT’s and would like to know where I stand. Thanks in advance!

    -5 years as software engineer at GA-ASI Inc, recently working in a project management roles.
    -720 GMAT
    -3.1 GPA, B.S. in C.S. UCSD
    -UC Regents Scholar
    -First generation college graduate
    -Worked 20+ hours a week throughout college
    -Interned 10+ hours a week at unpaid internship at indie video game studio.
    -Three years as committee leader of college campus organization raising money for foreign missionaries.
    -Spent summer deep in Amazon with missionary, doctors, and dentists.
    -Co-founded a internet/mail order retail car parts business in high school and operated for 3 years, mostly to fund my hobby as a car enthusiast.

    -Near term – Work in product management/general management in high technology, being able to put my passion for the field and acquired technical expertise to work on the business side.

    -Long term – Become and entrepreneur! I hope to solve the problem of making organic food more accessible to the lower income population – having the full force of a prestigious business school would go a long way towards achieving this.

    Target Schools:
    HBS
    MIT
    Northwestern
    Berkeley
    Columbia
    Duke
    UCLA

  • Traxion

    750 GMAT
    3.7 GPA
    Undergraduate engineering degree from an average state school
    Buyer/Planner at a high-tech Blue Chip
    Job includes managing $50million worth of inventory, negotiating multi-million dollar contracts, developing strategic suppliers
    Extracurricular: Plethora of community service, on the board of American Cancer Society for young professionals, leader in 300+ employee resource group
    Bonus?: Lived abroad in China for high school before attending a US university, bi-lingual English/Manderin (I’m of Chinese descent)

  • Mr. Public Service

    Hi Sandy and John,

    Really fun series and I’m enjoying reading the profiles. Thought I’d throw my hat in the ring as well.

    Mr. International Public Service
    730 GMAT
    Undergrad from top-5 liberal arts college
    Double Major in Physics/Applied Mathematics, GPA 3.3
    MA in Education from Stanford, GPA 3.9

    – Taught math/entrepreneurship to inner city kids in Los Angeles and East Palo Alto for three years
    – Winner of two prestigous national teaching fellowships
    – started an award winning social entrepreneurship program for kids in LA
    – helped found a science education software company on the side
    – born and raised in the Middle East, grew up in challenging economic circumstances
    – goal to return to the Middle East and start a social entrepreneurship school for women, create web apps for low income kids to have access to education

    Chances for H/S/W/Kellogg/Chicago/MIT/Berkeley?
    Definitely in need of finaid to get through B-School. Where can I apply for need based aid?

  • Foreign Social Business

    Hi Sandy and John,

    This has been a great and informative series! I’ve noticed that with a few exceptions (India) there does not seem to be that many international applicant profiles. If possible, I thought I’d throw in mine for your consideration:

    – Male
    -720 GMAT
    -3.2 GPA from top 10 American liberal arts college finishing in political science
    – Returned to the Philippines to work with a business in the field of designing and marketing affordable life-saving healthcare products for the BOP market.
    – 3 years work experience, primarily around designing and running distribution systems and protocols for the organization, as well as “embedded” consumer research in urban and peri-urban communities. Involved in expanding organization operations to include innovative consumer purchase financing services.
    – Volunteer part-time at various small NGO projects.

    Considering Stanford GSB / MIT Sloan / Berkeley / other recommendations with generous financial aid possibilities?

  • Mr. Gentrification

    John/Sandy:

    *GMAT: 700 (3rd time)
    *Education: University of Virginia, Politics
    *GPA: 3.0
    *1 year as a Finance Director for a top tier Congressional campaign.
    *2 years as Sr. Project Manager for a top tier national real estate developer specializing in urban revitalization (personally managed $100MM+ project budgets).
    *LEED AP
    *Spearheaded creation of an urban arts not-for-profit and a firm-sponsored inner city business initiative (influenced HBS’s Michael Porter’s work).
    *Prestigious leadership fellows program; top 40 young black professionals in metropolitan area (Major Southern City); admitted into Management Leaders of Tomorrow program.
    *Mixed race male; Fluent in Spanish, French and Portuguese

    -Would like to transition to New York for real estate development/finance. Ultimate goal of developing a private sector driven affordable housing model for implementation in cities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

    -HBS / Columbia / Wharton / Yale / Dartmouth / Chicago / Darden / MIT / Georgetown

  • AJ

    John/Sandy,

    Here’s my profile:
    Indian Male
    gmat 720
    undergrad gpa-3.6/4 (top 10 engineering college in India)
    grad gpa-3.3/4 (top 10 engineering university in the US)
    3 yrs work experience at a fortune 500 company in supply chain as a Six Sigma Black Belt
    Received Chairman’s award for one of my projects
    leading the corporate responsibility initiatives for company at my site (apprx. 2000 employees)
    mensa member
    co-lead of grad school consulting club,
    core team member of cultural activities team at under grad college.
    volunteer math tutor at local school

    short term – strategy consulting, long term – own venture in internet/clean tech

    Chances in H/S/W, Kellogg, INSEAD, MIT, Booth, LBS,ISB? What schools do you recommend I apply to?

  • Small School

    Trying again:

    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, Columbia

    Thanks!

  • Average

    White male Age:28

    700 GMAT
    3.8 from a state university in midwest
    UG Degree’s in Economics, Accounting, Finance

    Consultant at 2nd Tier firm
    Founded a company that creates clothing, and funds scholarships for under represented talents with proceeds

    First Gen College Student

    Extracurriculars
    Proffessional Break Dancer(competes at international level)
    President of Breakdance Club

    Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, NYU, Columbia, Booth, UCLA

  • Spaniard

    Hi, I thought it would be great to include some European profile.

    Age: 27
    Nationality: Spain
    GMAT: 700
    GPA: 7/10 (sounds terrible by American standards, I know)
    Education: Carlos III (Spanish university), Dual degree in Business Administration and Law (it’s a six year program). One academic year in the US. In addition, Master’s Degree in Intelligence Analysis (Spanish university)
    Professional experience: 2.5 years International planning and control por a multinational utilities company (international talent program). Working abroad (Italy), with periods in Eastern European countries.
    Extracurricular activities: Vicepresident student government, Founded LGTB club, Fraternity, Model UN.

    Goal: Competitive intelligence/Business Development for technology company or Consultancy.

    Specially interested in: Wharton, Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, Booth.

    Thank you in advance for your help!

  • Mr. YoungBuck

    @John A. Byrne @Sandy

    Hey guys,
    I really appreciate you guys doing this for us. The reviews are very insightful. Although I feel my type of profile has not been done yet so it will be a worthy contribution. I feel it is a bit unique.This is my second time submitting to be reviewed. I do not mind re-submitting but hopefully this is my chance! thanks!

    Mr. YoungBuck or Mr. JumpStart or Mr. LittleTexas or (your choice)
    -700 GMAT
    -B.S. Chemical Engineering
    -3.8 GPA from Texas Tech University (top 25 Engineering School)
    -22 year old Nigerian American (fresh out of school)
    -Work Experience (beginning with the most recent): [Shell Oil Internship, Eastman Chemical Co-Op, TETRA Technologies Internship]

    That is all my Engineering Industry Experience. I also have experience working as an RA of a non-traditional dorm (older students, handicapped students, and upperclassman students) for a year. Back home, I also work seasonally as a Sales Associate at Calvin Klein (for the past 4 years).

    -Activities and Societies: *starting with highest level of involvement*: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (SORC Representative), Texas Tech University Men’s Rugby(Fundraising/Recruitment Chair and All-State Player), Christ in Action(Servant Leader), National Society of Collegiate Scholars(member), Alpha Lambda Delta(member), Phi Eta Sigma(member)

    I want to get my MBA to serve executively in the energy industry while having the technical background to make good decisions. Once again, I havent seen any fresh out of college reviews and not too many AA males either. I feel this would be a valid review.

    Schools:
    2+2 Program
    MIT joint MS in Engineering and MBA
    H/S/W
    Kellogg
    Columbia
    Darden
    UT
    Duke
    Michigan
    Carnegie
    (your suggestion)

    haha and sorry for all the parentheses but this text box is not the most advanced one I have ever used.

    Thanks Again!!

  • JD/MBA

    Considering a JD/MBA. Curious as to what your thoughts are on my chances at some of the top programs:

    Asian Female
    Age: 25 (26 upon matriculation)
    GMAT: 770
    LSAT: 172
    Undergrad GPA: 3.77

    Undergrad school: Top 10, non-Ivy private, majors in Political Science and Arabic, worked 30+ hours a week while in school, TA for Arabic for 2 years

    Work experience:
    1.5 years at Fortune 100 manufacturing firm in marketing and government relations (lobbying for sustainability/energy issues)
    1.5 years at second-tier consulting firm (think Accenture, Booz Allen, Deloitte)
    Promoted ahead of schedule by one year

    LEED AP
    Extracurriculars in sustainability
    Board member of young professionals organization for consultants – registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit
    Fundraising for American Cancer Society, city’s ballet company

    Targets for JD and MBA programs: Harvard, Stanford, UPenn, UVA, Duke, MIT, Columbia, NYU, Northwestern, UChicago

  • Michael

    Hey John – Realized I didn’t leave a name before –

    “Mr. Southern Gent”

    700 GMAT
    Mech Eng undergrad from LSU with 3.65
    Mech Eng Masters from NC State with 4.0 – #1 in class
    Internships with 2 Fortune 500 Companies – DuPont & Corning
    Currently working as a consultant for start-up biomed but also in the interview process with 3M
    Involved, on and off, with Habitat for Humanity for last 5 years
    Extracurr: LSU Marching band, ASME Student Gov Liason

    Interested in Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Kellogg, Anderson, & UT Austin

  • Mr. YoungBuck

    @jbyrne

    Hey guys,
    I really appreciate you guys doing this for us. The reviews are very insightful. Although I feel my type of profile has not been done yet so it will be a worthy contribution. I feel it is a bit unique.This is my second time submitting to be reviewed. I do not mind re-submitting but hopefully this is my chance! thanks!

    Mr. YoungBuck or Mr. JumpStart or Mr. LittleTexas or (your choice)

    -700 GMAT
    -B.S. Chemical Engineering
    -3.8 GPA from Texas Tech University (top 25 Engineering School)
    -22 year old Nigerian American (fresh out of school)
    -Work Experience (beginning with the most recent): [Shell Oil Internship, Eastman Chemical Co-Op, TETRA Technologies Internship]

    That is all my Engineering Industry Experience. I also have experience working as an RA of a non-traditional dorm (older students, handicapped students, and upperclassman students) for a year. Back home, I also work seasonally as a Sales Associate at Calvin Klein (for the past 4 years).

    -Activities and Societies: *starting with highest level of involvement*: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (SORC Representative), Texas Tech University Men’s Rugby(Fundraising/Recruitment Chair and All-State Player), Christ in Action(Servant Leader), National Society of Collegiate Scholars(member), Alpha Lambda Delta(member), Phi Eta Sigma(member)

    I want to get my MBA to serve executively in the energy industry while having the technical background to make good decisions and develop some ways to create alternative energy. Once again, I havent seen any fresh out of college reviews and not too many AA males either. I feel this would be a valid review.

    Potential Schools:
    2+2 Program
    MIT joint MS in Engineering and MBA
    H/S/W
    Kellogg
    Columbia
    Darden
    UT
    Duke
    Michigan
    Carnegie
    (your suggestion)

    haha and sorry for all the parentheses but this text box is not the most advanced one I have ever used.

    Thanks Again!!

  • Mr. Visionary Entrepreneur

    Hi John, Mr. Kreisberg,

    Great series, thank you for considering my profile!

    720 GMAT (considering retaking to get over 750)
    3.5 GPA in Finance and Economics from top Canadian university
    Sat for L3 CFA exam, results available in August
    1.5 years at a premiere global investment bank
    2 years at a Canadian investment banking boutique
    Recently co-founded and at the moment co-managing a tech start-up
    For the past 6 years actively involved at the executive level in an ethnic identity organization
    For the past 2 years actively involved in a b-school alumni association, currently in an executive role
    Speak 4 languages, white male, Canadian and EU citizenship
    Avid skier, rock climber and traveller

    Schools of interest:
    Harvard
    Stanford
    Wharton
    Columbia
    Sloan

    Your time and help would be much appreciated.

  • jack

    Hello John A. Byrne
    Here is my profile:
    GMAT – 720 (Q:50, V:37)
    Undergraduate (Biotechnology) GPA – 3.2(school in India)
    Graduate (Bioinformatics) GPA – 3.98 (IU – Bloomington)
    Work Experience – 2 years in a reputed company in the US.
    Extracurriculars – after school mentor, sports

    Target Schools:
    1. Chicago – Booth
    2. Kellogg
    3. Cornell
    4. Ross

    I appreciate your feedback.

  • John

    Hello John A. Byrne
    Here is my profile:
    GMAT – 700 (Q:44, V:42)
    Undergraduate (Mechanical Engineering) GPA – 2.85 UIUC (illinois @ Urbana Champaign)

    Work Experience :
    2 Leadership rotational program, Navistar Inc.
    1 year Program management (overseas, India) Navistar [current]
    -Also work for a start-up on the side (Marketing director) [current]

    Extracurriculars:
    Tutor high school kids (Volunteer)
    Junior Achievement (volunteer)
    Coach Soccer (volunteer)
    Play Semi-pro soccer (paid to play)

    Target Schools:
    1. Harvard
    2. Kellogg
    3. MIT
    4. NYU Stern

    I appreciate your feedback

  • Ms. International Development

    Hi Sandy,

    I would love your assessment of my qualifications, especially considering the poor GPA and high GMAT. Thanks!

    – Ms. International Development

    GMAT: 720
    GPA: 2.7 from a “public Ivy” (W&M) in International Relations and Economics – low GPA due to fluctuations in grades due to medical reasons (ex: multi-fatality car wreck) with a medical withdrawal on transcript
    Additional coursework: summer study abroad at London School of Economics and American University of Paris (As at both schools)
    Work: three years at an international development division of a Fortune 500 engineering company. Traveled/travels to the Middle East for work and has served as Acting Manager of a multi-million dollar program in Jordan. Extensive business development work. Has received three awards/accolades from the company (one from senior management, one from direct supervisor, one from colleague) for work beyond current level and outside ordinary scope of work. Previous internships during high school and college in a variety of industries, including finance, law, and public relations.
    Extracurricular: competitive fencer on state and national level since 15, including numerous wins at national competitions in college. Volunteer (Foster, Adoption Coordinator) with local dog rescue organization. Active (served on several committees) in sorority in college.
    Languages: fluent in two, advanced reading/writing in additional 2

    Target Schools: Wharton, UT McCombs, UCLA, Northwestern

  • Ms. International Development

    Hi Sandy,

    One last thing to add/amend: I joined a MEN’s fencing team as a freshman, but started the women’s team as a junior.

    – Ms. ID

  • Emily

    Hi Sandy,

    I am hoping to get some feedback to.

    I am hoping to apply to HBS 2+2. Also considering Stanford,Wharton and MIT.

    I am a senior at Brown with a 3.9+ GPA, 2 summers at bulge bracket in the sales and trading program. Going to a bulge bracket in NYC next year for sales and trading. I am really interested in going to HBS for development work and pe work in China in the future. GMAT is 770. Have been president of one club, vice president of another, and board member of an investment club on campus. Volunteer work: has organized fundraising efforts to renovate two schools in china.

    Hoping to hear from you about my league selection and the chance for S&T ppl to get into Bschool. thank you!

  • Chris

    Hi Sandy,

    I hope you’re still giving feedback.

    I am white male age 29.
    Undergraduate (average state school) in chemical engineering GPA: 3.75
    GMAT 730

    Work History

    NASA after school

    I currently sit second in command at my family’s private owned business (we do about 50 million a year in sales). Eventually I’ll be taking over this organization and I want to go to business school to help support that transition. I am local to Massachusetts so I’d prefer HBS or Sloan. Also, I have a couple of friends who are recent graduates from both programs who are willing to write alumni recommendations.

    Do I have a shot at either program?

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  • Hacker

    Check out Harvard OPM program. It’s all you need.

  • Morgenrick

    Here is my profile:
    – 31 years old, Taiwanese with US PR,
    – California CPA,
    – CFA Level I Candidate,
    – GMAT: 750,
    – GRE Verbal: 660, Quant: 800,
    – UGPA: 3.0 from a top-3 university in Taiwan,
    – Gruduate GPA: 3.6 from a top public university in California,
    – 6 academic publications (applied mathematics, biomedical engineering),
    – 1 year research experience in Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Photonics and Laser),
    – 1.5 years work experience in Deloitte Auditing and then Financial Advisory Services (FAS),
    – 3 years work experience in a mid-size investment bank (proposed to the title of Associate Director),
    – 8 months volunteering experience in a  United Nations‘ poverty relief and well for water resources campaign in China’s rural part.
    Target Schools: Stanford, MIT, Wharton, Chicago, NYU.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hamad.sajwani Hamad Sajwani

    Hi,
    Please find below my profit:
    Age: 26
    Nationality: Dubai, UAE (from a minority in my country).
    Graduated from US State university.
    Dual Degree: BS in Accounting, BSBA Finance (4 years and a half).
    GPA: 3.25
    GMAT: 680Career: Foreign Exchange Trader for international bank (3 years)
    Prior was an analyst for Sovereign Wealth Fund.
    Owner of Outdoor retail company business.
    Extracurricular Activities: Tutored several business courses during university. Member of UAE/Oman Rock Climbing Bolting fund. The first and only UAE rock climber (developed and bolted many new climbs).
    Volunteer on annual basis for charity that specializes in feeding the poor.

    What are my chances? 

  • Jp_m

    Hey, can you tell me my chances?
    Age: 26
    Nationality: Trinidadian (Trinidad is an island in the Caribbean fyi)
    BBA (First Class) from University of New Brunswick (Canada)
    GPA: 3.5
    Post-grad qualifications: Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
    Work experience:
    Ernst &Young – 2 years – Transaction Advisory Services
    International Finance Corporation – 1.5 years – Access To Finance
    PricewaterhouseCoopers – 1.5 years – Financial Advisory Services
    Extracurricular: Volunteer at home for displaced children, tutored various subjects in university, volunteer at school for gifted children
    GMAT: 730
    Goals: To start my own forensic investigation company specializing in corporate and financial investigations in my home country Trinidad, which is plagued with corruption and fraud.
    Also would like to start an NGO for housing and schooling of displaced children.

    Can you give me your opinion? My ideal school is Harvard, but Columbia, Kellogg and Wharton are definitely options.

  • guest

    Hey Sandy,

    Duke undergrad here, thinking about 2+2 at HBS. Currently a rising sophomore interning at an exotic Y combinator startup in silicon valley (as part of a Duke program). GPA should be above 3.5 by the time I apply (it’s currently a 3.3 because of one very bad grade). Major is neuroscience, maybe a double major with biology. SAT 2350, optimistic of getting 750+ on the GMAT. I do have some research experience (attended a pharmacology program sponsored by the NIH earlier in the summer). I’m Indian, and spent last summer working in the department of genetics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India. Eventually want to become a VC who focuses on investing in biotech startups. I am also entertaining the notion of becoming an entrepreneur, and am currently in the process of creating an app along with a professor from high school. 

    I understand that this profile makes a lot of assumptions, but I would really appreciate your feedback.

  • kisha

    what are my chances
    sex: female
    country: Congo
    age:26
    gmat:750
    gpa:3:0
    university:University of Brighton,UK
    undergraduate degree: Business Information System
    graduate degree: same school Msc Management
    experience: 1yr customer service contact centre, uk
    1.5 yrs bank teller, uk
    founder: start up restaurant in Congo (Africa)
    extracurricular: salsa, great keyboardist and professional photography
    member of non-profit to help foster creativity in congolese youth

    goals: career in hospitality management and entrepreneurship

  • Ssdssd

    Hi sandy, I am an Indian . I have done my chartered accountancy. I have a 750 GMAT score and a undergraduate GPA of 4.0 . I am working as a management trainee in a large mnc. I am also a grade 8 in keyboard . I have also received many academic laurels . I am targeting top Ivy League universities . Please let me know of my chances of getting into a top university. Regards

  • http://www.facebook.com/pinak.dattaray Pinak Dattaray

    Hi Sandy
    I too here join the queue of guys anxiously keenly waiting for feedback on their candidature.
    770 GMAT (1st try)
    8.2/10 in B.Tech Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi
    7.9 / 9 (within top 5%ile )in Graduate studies in Finance and Strategy from IIM Calcutta
    Internships with Mc Kinsey and Company as a Summer Associate and Haldor Topsoe . Copenhagen (No 1 catalyst making firm)
    Couple of research papers
    Couple of scholarships from French Govt, OPJEMS Foundation(India)
    Trying to erect a fledgling start-up for “Justice for the poor”

    Target Programs: JD MBA (Harvard)
    Aim: To enter into a prominent wall street firm/ World Bank/Big 4 consult in New York

  • Roy Kumar

    Hey Sandy
    Here’s my profile
    22 years old from Delhi, India
    B.Tech from a state level college with percentage 70%
    GMAT score 732
    Work experience : 2 years as Development Engineer at Sopra Group (French Company in India)
    Short term volunteering at various international events like Commonwealth Games 2010, Formula One Indian GP 2011 & 2012 etc.
    Target Schools : Harvard, Stanford, columbia, Insead
    Please review my profile and tell if I can make it or not and what are the things I can do to enhance my chances of getting in. Thanks !!

  • Avinash

    Hi, Please let me know my chances for Sloan, Booth and Insead.
    Gmat: 710
    GPA – NA. 75% aggregate marks. Class – “First class with Distinction”
    Undergraduate study – Mechanical engg.
    Work – Ex: 7 years in Software Testing – Automation testing Architect and Software Test Management. Worked in Information technology sector under domains like investment banking, insurance, capital markets, bio technology and online education.
    Country: India
    Age: 30
    4 years of part time teaching experience both commercially and NGO’s. Football and Cricket club in college and work.
    Targeting Consulting.

    Thanking you,
    Avinash Mehrotra.

  • SMA

    Hey Sandy,As a hypothetical, how well would this play out for HBS’ 2+2 program?
    Here is my profile:
    – 21 year old female (Canadian),
    – graduating from top Canadian University (Health Sciences specialist)
    – GMAT: 770,
    – GPA: 2.8,
    – Graduating GPA: 3.2,
    – 1 academic publication (health informatics; retrofitting innovations),
    – 1.5 years research experience at the Ivey Centre for Health Innovation,
    – 1 summer internship with The Next 36, Canada’s top entrepreneurial institute
    – 3 month internship with top multinational pharmaceutical company abroad,
    – completed 2 consulting projects for hospitals in Toronto,
    – volunteering experience encouraging sustainable development and economic empowerment in Tanzania,
    – Extracurriculars: VP Finance – Student Government, Alpha Phi Sorority, AIESEC.
    Target Schools: HBS, Wharton, INSEAD, Darden, Ivey.

  • AGP

    Hey Sandy/John,

    Looking at HBS or Wharton to geographically match my wife’s applications to Med School programs, but would consider others. Could use your input:

    Age: Mid-twenties (Male)
    Undergraduate: West Point, Economics Major
    GPA: 4.0 (First in class)
    GMAT: 700
    Work Experience: Military Intelligence Officer
    -Direct leadership of 100+ soldiers
    -Manage large private contracts
    -Roughly a dozen professional cyber network certifications
    Extracurriculars: Team Captain of National Champion Fencing Team while at school. Big Brothers Big Sisters, tutoring autistic children, Special Olympics.
    Goal: looking to guide the new Army Cyber organization through its expansion over the next 20 years. MBA seems like a logical choice.

    I heard that admissions panels emphasize different things when looking at active duty applications. What can I do to maximize my chances? Thanks.

  • Mr. Energy

    Hey Sandy, appreciate all the insight you’ve provided here. Below is my profile, curious to hear your thoughts on my candidacy for H/S/W. Thank you in advance.

    – Asian America male
    – 3.25 GPA, Major in Economics, Minor in Entrepreneurship from a top public state school
    – 710 GMAT
    – Strong undergrad extracurriculars including President of Fraternity, Resident Assistant on campus, Varsity Rower on the crew team, and started/sold my own company after 2 years of operation and expanding to another college campus
    – 2 years at GE in their Financial Management Program (entry level leadership developent program)
    – 2 years as an investment banking analyst at a mid-market investment bank in NYC
    – 2 years of corporate development at an Asian oil company (a lot of international travel and responsibility; direct report to the President and Chief Investment Officer of the U.S. operations)
    – Active volunteer in two organizations: 1) Mayor Bloomberg’s NYC Energy Efficiency Initiative and 2) Mentor to children age 6-18 who have been diagnosed with cancer

  • Brian G Lee

    Hi Sandy,
    It will be greatly appreciated if you can assess my chance of getting into following MBA programs:
    1. Harvard
    2. Stanford
    3. Wharton
    4. MIT
    5. Berkeley
    6. UCLA
    GMAT: 715
    Undergrad GPA: 3.16 from UCLA / Major: Psychology
    Work Experience: Government Tax Auditor: 2years. Ernst and Young: Advisory and PwC: Assurance = total 2 years
    Age: 30
    First in family to graduate from College
    Came to US during Middle School
    Team captain in Korean American Basketball team
    Thank you very much for your feedback!

  • Bhaskar

    Hi Sandy,

    Here is my profile:
    – 30 years old, Indian male Chartered Accountant
    – CFA Level III Candidate,
    – GMAT: 720,
    – National level merit rank holder in Indian Chartered Accountancy exams,
    – Under graduate WES GPA: 3.86 from an Indian University
    – 4.5 years work experience in a Big4 consulting
    – 2 years of leading the corporate volunteering initiative mentoring students from low income families.
    – Applied to Wharton, Chicago and NYU in 2013-14 cycle (twice to Wharton) ; could not make it to the interview stage

    Target Schools: Stanford, MIT, Wharton, Chicago, NYU, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Northwestern

    Please share your thoughts on my chances, if at all.

    Thanks!

  • Jay

    Hi Sandy

    -24 years old
    -GMAT: 740
    -Undergrad – Top State School(Mich, Berkeley, UVA) w/ 3.5 GPA in Industrial Engineering
    -Work: Mid BB as a IB analyst (Barclays, Credit Suisse, BAML)

    Targets: Wharton, Harvard, Stanford, Kellogg, Columbia, Chicago

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