Predicting Your Odds of Getting In

by John A. Byrne on

She has awesome stats: a 770 GMAT and a 3.93 grade point average in biochemistry and neurobiology. A first year medical student, she wants to apply for a joint MBA/MD program.

He’s a 27-year-old public relations specialist who has advised companies engaged in mergers and acquisitions, proxy fights and other crises. Now he wants an MBA to help him develop the strategy and finance skills to become a management consultant.

After brief stints in financial consulting and sales and trading, he’s now a portfolio management associate at a large, well-known firm. With a 730 GMAT score and a 3.73 GPA, this 25-year-old hopes to gain a top MBA to move up the ranks.

Sandy Kreisberg, HBS Guru, in Harvard Square

Sandy Kreisberg, HBS Guru, in Harvard Square

What these applicants share in common is the goal to get into one of the world’s best business schools. Do they have the raw stats and experience to get in? Or will they get dinged by their dream schools?

Sanford “Sandy” Kreisberg, founder of MBA admissions consulting firm HBSGuru.com, is back again to analyze these and a few other profiles of actual MBA applicants who have shared their vital statistics with Poets&Quants.

As usual, 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, we’ll pick a few more and have Kreisberg assess your chances in a follow-up feature. (Please add your age and be clear on the sequence of your jobs in relaying work experience. Make sure you let us know your current job.)

Sandy’s candid assessment:

Ms. Doctor

  • 770 GMAT
  • 3.93 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in biochemistry and neurobiology from the University of Washington
  • Work experience includes internship and research as I am a first year medical student at the University of Minnesota
  • “I am looking for schools with MD/MBA joint programs and hope to get into one of the accelerated MBA programs.”
  • International student from China, fluent in Chinese and English

Odds of Success:

Harvard: 20%
Wharton: 30%
Chicago: 30%
Northwestern: 30%
Cornell: 40%
Columbia: 40%

Sandy’s Analysis: Jeepers, I’m impressed. I think you’ll get in someplace with those high stats, although you will need some jive as to why you want a joint degree. The usual suspects are Health Care Management (e.g. run a hospital or HMO) or pharma or medical device executive, or on occasion government service or some combination of the above.

A really hot field now is IT + medical records, since everyone thinks that better medical record technology is going to save everyone $$$$ and provide the basis for Medicine Ball (data rich protocols to optimize care, a la Money Ball, don’t hold your breath.)

At HBS, they usually have about 12 docs or so, but those students are often from Harvard or Yale Medical School, and often have MD’s already and then get the MBA, sometimes during residency or early training.

I’ll be honest, I’m not sure of the logistics of joint degree programs. The best thing you can do is figure out what your GOAL for those programs would be, from the list above, and then head in the direction of that goal by choosing electives and jobs—that would really strengthen your chances and story.

Please take my predictions with one very big grain of salt because I don’t know enough about joint degree programs. But if you do well in med school, and create some record, which leads to a joint-degree goal, I think you will be successful. Saying you want to help reform medical care delivery in China would be a BOFFO thing to say, but you would need some record of working in China or working with organizations which do that.

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  • Rashi Jain

    Sandy,

    Thanks a bunch for picking up my profile for your evaluation. You project me as a good candidate and that warms my heart. However, I have a feeling that I may just bomb because I have done exactly what you advise me not to do: change my field! Not, significantly but yes change.

    I am thinking along the lines of small business development, as means of social and economic benefit to the society. I am sorry; I should have included that in my profile earlier. My main work experience has been with comprehensive planning which is mostly about policy making that will benefit a community; and my motivation for an MBA is to gain the skill set that enables me to bring those policies to ground-level realities. Both short term and long term, I intend to work with consulting firms that engage in hands-on small business development in urban communities. Once again, I should have included that in my profile.

    Anyhow, I do appreciate your analysis. Thanks a lot!

    Rashi

    P.S. I am a female :)

  • Mr. Filipino Banker

    Hey Sandy,

    Thanks for another great set of evaluations. Would like to resubmit my info to get your thoughts. Targeting Wharton, Stanford, Chicago.

    BASICS/EDUCATION
    – 24 yo Filipino male, international applicant
    – 3.85 GPA from a top Philippine University (most H/ S/W alumni from the Philippines come from this university), top1% of class
    – Business ad/economics major
    – 710 GMAT V40 Q47 AWA6.0
    – Mensa member

    WORK
    – 3 years (on matriculation) at the “startup” investment bank subsidiary of a large local universal bank. Not known internationally.
    – Works directly with CEO and senior executives of my firm bec of small headcount of firm. Will work in story about hurdling a traditional/restrictive corporate culture to build the IB competencies of a 100 year old institution.
    – Great experience across a variety of debt deals in the Philippines, working directly with execs from clients and other banks.
    – Simultaneously worked as risk management officer, spearheaded recruitment and training/ mentoring effort for analysts – was involved in almost all aspects of the firms operations bec of small headcount

    EXTRACURRICULARS
    – Headed a catholic formation organization that holds retreats for students.
    – Headed a 100+ person carpool group for university students.
    – Lifelong artist in various media (painting, sketching, digital/multimedia)

    GOALS
    – In the long term, to put up private equity fund focused on emerging markets, looking at an MBA to be able to transition into a PE role to learn the ropes.
    – Takes off from local developmental impact of the fundraising deals ive done for our clients

  • Mr. Healthcare Actuary

    Thank you for all your work so far! I would greatly appreciate a profile assessment!

    Age: 26 White Male
    GMAT: 740 49Q 44V
    GPA: 3.91
    B.S. Actuarial Science, B.S. Statistics, B.A. Economics from a private school in the Midwest (USWNR ~100 National University).

    Work:
    -4 years working for Deloitte Consulting as a healthcare actuary
    -Have gained special recognition for numerous projects for major clients
    -Built a first-of-its kind forecasting tool that is now used widely throughout the health insurance industry
    -Leading member of actuarial recruiting staff

    Extracurriculars:
    -Co-founder of an college-prep nonprofit for minority youths in my city
    -Extensive work with local nonprofit focusing on business education for minority youth, including past participation on the board, and work during their weeklong summer camp
    -Community service council-member at work
    -Give several talks every year to local high school students to encourage them to consider the actuarial profession

    Goals:
    Work for an innovative, startup healthcare firm as a step-stone to eventual entrepreneurial endeavors

    Target Schools:
    Stanford
    Wharton
    UChicago
    Cornell
    Berkeley
    Duke

  • hope4best

    Dear Sandy, John….Please help with my profile.
    Age:25
    Nationality:Indian Male
    Undergrad: Electrical Engineering from reputed tech school in India (not IIT)
    GPA:3.1 (Top 20% in class of 70)
    GMAT:730

    Work Experience: 1.5 yrs in purchase/supply chain in the largest automobile manufacturer in India.Responsible for developing new vendors for automotive parts.
    2 years in production deptt. Involved in setting up of production line

    Extracurriculars: student council vice-president during college.
    Helped obtain fund for various cultural events in my undergrad institute after passing out of college.
    Involved in an NGO for teaching kids in rural areas.

    Goal: To continue working in supply chain field or switch to Management consulting.

    Target Schools: Harvard
    Stanford
    Wharton
    Booth
    Kellog
    TUCK
    Haas
    Ross

  • gtw

    Would love your insight!

    Age: 25
    Gender: Female
    GMAT: 760
    Undergrad: Philosophy and biology majors from top public school
    GPA: 3.4

    Work:
    2 years as generalist for top management consulting firm
    6 months in healthcare practice of same consulting firm

    Extracurriculars:
    -Strong college extracurriculars (chair of committee with jurisdiction over 21000 students; managed $90K budget, etc.)
    -80 hours/year recruiting
    -Scholarship selection committee for undergrad institution
    -Volunteer consulting for local non-profit

    Targets:
    Harvard
    Stanford
    Kellogg
    Booth

  • Braden

    Sandy:
    I am a big fan of this series. I would really appreciate a profile evaluation. Thank you!

    710 GMAT
    3.76 GPA
    Undergraduate in Finance from BYU
    Two-year LDS mission to Tokyo, Japan
    Undergraduate internships with Citigroup in Tokyo and Johnson & Johnson
    Work experience includes one year at a boutique litigation consulting firm valuing lost profits and developing/rebutting expert testimony and over two years (upon matriculation) at an Airline company developing a labor analysis group and negotiating with union groups.
    Extracurricular activities include head coaching a middle school lacrosse team, various church activities, and Boy Scouts.
    Goal: To join an aircraft leasing firm in an operations or finance role or to join an aviation consulting/advisory firm.
    Married, three kids.
    CFA Level 3 candidate. Passed first two exams on first attempt.

    Target Schools include:
    Harvard
    MIT
    Wharton
    Tuck
    Duke
    Virginia

  • Braden

    Forgot to mention – 27 years old.

  • ARAY23

    Sandy/John these profile evaluations are super helpful. Was wondering if you have a chance to take a look at mine.

    29 year old Asian-American male
    730 GMAT
    2.7 GPA Engineering at IVY League

    4 years Bulge Bracket Sales and Trading Experience (subprime mtges) promoted to associate in 2 years
    3 years economic consulting at top tier consulting firm (NERA/Oliver Wyman etc)

    Extracurricular – Educational/Charter School Volunteer
    Mountain climber

    Goal- ideally Private Equity and corporate finance

    Targets

    Columbia
    Tuck
    Ross
    Darden
    Cornell
    Duke
    UNC
    Georgetown

  • Army Engineer Officer

    32 yr old, married white male

    GMAT: 700

    Undergrad: 2.9 GPA, BS Electrical Engineering, Univ of Wis – Milwaukee, 2003. Low GPA, got it. Very clear uptrend in GPA, however, ended my senior year on the dean’s list (3.65) with all high level electives. Had a slow start Freshman year, somehow I got a C in Jazz Appreciation…

    Graduate: 4.0 GPA, MS Engineering Management, Missouri University of Science and Tech, Concentration in Financial Engineering, 2011. Recent grad degree with high solid GPA in quantitative discipline.

    PE. Registered Professional Engineer in Missouri. Passed two 8-hr engineering exams over the course of 7 years, important academic and professional distinction in the engineer world at least.

    CFA. Level II CFA candidate, past CFA level 1 exam. I am working the CFA to get me schooled up in finance, to show my dedication to the career change and to confirm my academic prowess in light of my low undergrad GPA.

    Professional History: US Army Engineer Officer, Captain. 2005 to Present. Deployed to Iraq in 2006-07 as an Infantry Platoon Leader, lots of great leadership stories. Selected above peers to take command of a company as a First Lieutenant (generally a Captain position). Work as an instructor at the Army Engineer School, honed leadership skills and developed solid mentoring and teaching skills. Rated “One of the Best” trainers in the unit. Deployed (currently) to Afghanistan as a long range operations planning officer, took command of a company (180 Soldiers) while in combat. More great leadership examples while in company command. Coach, teach, and mentor subordinates instead of berate. Worked closely with Afghan partners to conduct joint missions and train their engineers. Developed an Afghan Engineer Unit’s first ever training plan; they are now one of the top units in their region.

    Extracurricular: Led the community service project while in my Engineer Captains Course. I chaired the committee and led the execution of a 5k fun run fundraiser that had over 400 participants, 15 sponsors, and raised over $15,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Was commended in writing and awarded a coin of excellence by a general officer for this work. Coached youth baseball for 4 years and volunteer occasionally with the boy scouts.

    Why now? Looking to transition out of the Army and get in to Finance. The MBA will sharpen my leadership skills, then formalize and develop my foundation in finance. Further the MBA will expose me to the other aspects of business in which I have little or no experience, like marketing and economics

    Aspirations: I have always had a passion for finance, ever since I was a high school kid reading mutual fund prospectuses. Ideal school is Booth and their finance program with a second focus in economics. Looking to get in to I-banking and Sales/Trading or M&A. Long term, I just want to lead people. I believe my military leadership skills combined with a Chicago MBA, CFA, and passion for finance I will make a significant impact in the business world long term. I am also partial to the Chicago area, but not 100% locked in to it.

    Schools: Booth, Sloan, Wharton, Kellogg, Tuck. Other suggestions?

  • Ms. CFO wannabe

    Hi John/ Sandy,

    I’m looking to apply for fall 2013, and would really appreciate your feedback.
    740 gmat, quant/verbal were even
    3.1 from big 10 (with a top 20 bschool) majors in finance, marketing and international business
    college athlete/ semester abroad experience/ lots of extracurriculars and leadership positions
    3 years as a commercial lending analyst at large regional bank (still work there and will have 2 great recommendation letters from top execs in the state)
    first in family to go to grad school, first woman to complete undergrad
    volunteer experience with boys & girls club type programs teaching financial literacy
    soon to be teaching kaplan GMAT course
    want an mba to become CFO of a fortune 500 company
    26 year old white female

    I know the GPA is a downside, but looking at Kellogg, Chicago, Wharton, Duke, NYU, Berkeley… and taking other suggestions.

    Thank you!!

  • Reformed consultant

    Hi John/Sandy,

    Would love to get your thoughts on my stats…looking to apply in Fall 2013

    760 GMAT (47Q/47V)
    26 year old (gay) male
    3.64 GPA from Midwest Ivy in honors (separate application, limited acceptance) quant heavy program, 2nd and 3rd majors in Mathematics and Sociology, graduated with honors

    2 years in boutique strategy consulting (e.g., Marakon, The Cambridge Group), first in class to be promoted
    2 years (at matriculation) in strategy at top entertainment company in LA

    College extracurriculars included executive board of community volunteer organization and helped coordinate restructuring of university orientation program, specifically creating and executing training for 200+ student volunteers

    Post-grad extracurriculars include being a charter member of the board for a non-profit focusing on helping communities for africa, raising $1000+ at first event and volunteering for Gay rights organization to help with fundraising.

    Post-MBA, would like to build a career in technology strategy – having input into many different pieces of the business. This could take the form of building startups, leading engagements at a consulting firm, or becoming a C-level executive.

    Targeting Stanford, Kellogg, Berkeley, UCLA, Michigan, Dartmouth (also open to other schools…highest priority for me are schools that have an extremely strong community/teamwork focus, so more suggestions in that vein would be appreciated!)

    Thank you in advance!

  • Industrial Rower

    Hi Sandy,

    Would appreciate any thoughts/advice on my stats, looking to apply in Fall 2012

    750 GMAT (49Q/42V)
    26 year old white male
    3.5 GPA from (Amherst/ Williams/ Swarthmore), graduated with honors

    2 years at boutique strategy consulting firm focused on auto industry, promoted during time there
    2 years (at matriculation) at a start-up private equity firm focused on industrials (partners were partners at Blackstone/ KKR/ Carlyle/ etc)

    College extracurriculars included captain of crew team and officer in fraternity

    Post-grad extracurriculars include continued involvement with fraternity board, and extensive involvement with fundraising for crew team. Organized and led first crew fundraiser in decades, currently organizing second fundraiser

    Post-MBA, would like to eventually work for automotive start-up – either entering through a VC angle or entering through corporate strategy / supply chain (believe there is opportunity as cars move more electric for niche players)

    Targeting Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Columbia, MIT, NYU, Dartmouth

    Thanks!

  • SOMer

    @Reformed Consultant: Come to Yale!

  • Mr Telco

    Hi Sandy and John,

    I’ve been following this series since the beginning. This is my second time writing. Would appreciate if you can provide some feedback into my odds of getting into my target schools. Thank you very much.

    Mr Telco

    Profile:
    – 27 year old male, Malaysian citizen
    – Fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay/Indonesian

    Academics:
    – 700 GMAT
    – 1st Class Honours (3.7 GPA)
    – Undergraduate degree in engineering from a top Australian university
    – Undergraduate paper in Innovation Strategy published at the proceedings of an international peer-reviewed conference

    Work:
    – 5 years operations and system implementation consulting experience in Accenture with Asian telecommunications clients (Based 1 year in Korea, and multiple projects in ASEAN region)

    Activities:
    – Worked on a program to build homes in Africa with Habitat Humanity
    – Volunteered on a 6 month social entrepreneurship project in India

    Goals:
    -To get into strategy consulting at MBB and lead the strategic transformation of the Asian telecommunications/media/high-tech industry

    Target Schools (in order of preference):
    INSEAD
    Wharton
    LBS
    Cambridge
    Harvard

  • MYang

    Hi Sandy and John,

    I was hoping you could provide me with some feedback on my odds of getting into MA/MBA dual program for 1st round/2nd round applications due in 2012 (I am applying in the next cycle)

    Profile:
    24 yr old female; Asian but US permanent resident

    Academics:
    3.6 gpa from Ivy League (UPenn; majored in Political Science (Honors) and Economics

    700 GMAT

    Work:
    3 years at top consulting firm

    Extracurricular Activities:
    – Implemented and take part in mentorship program for domestically abused women
    – Participated in Junior Achievement program – mentored high school students from inner-city schools
    – Concert Pianist
    – Vice President of Class
    – College House – House Manager

    Goal:
    Work in Corporate Strategy for Consumer Products / Retail with focus on Asian markets (in particular China).

    Target Schools:
    HBS
    Wharton
    MIT
    Columbia
    Stern

  • Enlightened Engineer

    Hey Sandy!

    Really enjoy the series you put out, and was hoping for some feedback on my application. I tried looking through your past ones, but was unable to find someone very similar to myself.

    Profile:
    24 Male, Indian decent US Citizen.

    Academics:
    730 GMAT
    3.0 GPA from Columbia in Electrical Engineering ( First two years were very bad at 2.3, while last two years I pulled my socks up with a 3.7)
    High school and middle school education from India

    Work:
    3 Years in a small technology company (total size is less than 50 employees). Spent my first 1.5 years as an Engineer working on multiple small projects. Promoted to Project Manager and have spent the last year and a half managing an engineering team of 6 people. Biggest project managed was a military contract, which really opened doors for my company into the mil tech space.

    Activities:
    Nothing major here except I spent some time working with a NGO in India developing a solar charger lamp for use in the villages. When I visited family in India was able to go and install these in some rural areas.

    Goals:
    In the short run I would like to work for a larger company in the role of technical management. Ultimately would like to go back to India and help expand infrastructure to the rural areas. Given my EE background, I am particularly interested in energy distribution.

    Schools:
    1) Haas
    2) Ross
    3) UCLA Anderson
    4) Insead
    5) Carnegie Mellon

    Anyway, would be lovely if you picked me up.

    On a side note you have a lot of great information here in these series and think it might help a lot of students if you were to put all these assessments together on one page and make it easy to search through different parameters like GPA and GMAT. Just a thought, love your work. Thanks!

  • Insecure Engineer

    Hi,

    As I get ready to begin working on my applications for business school, I am looking for some advice on how to best frame myself.

    My background:
    Undergraduate degree from U-Penn, majored in Management (Wharton) and Electrical Engineering (School of Engineering)
    GPA: 3.76
    GMAT: 790
    Work Experience: 2 years at big 3 consulting firm (ie McKinsey, BCG, Bain) (will have completed 3 by the time I matriculate

    Ideally looking at Harvard & Stanford

    Extracurricular activities:
    In College
    – President of Dean’s Advisory Board
    – Ran school’s chemical engineering club
    – Volunteered by tutoring children in West Philadelphia

    After College:
    – Have done 1.5 years of volunteer consulting work for non-profits
    – Coordinate company’s athletic teams

    I studied in a dual degree undergrad program (business and engineering) at the University of Pennsylvania, and while the curriculum was certainly rigorous, I’m a little curious as to how schools will perceive my Wharton undergrad background. I’m afraid that it might make it substantially harder for me to answer the “why do you want an mba?” and the “what will you get out of an mba?” questions.

    I have always been more interested in engineering, and I would like to eventually get into that area (eg in a management role at a GE), but I’m not sure how to craft my story. I’m nervous that b-schools will think I should just go to an engineering firm directly from consulting because I’ve already taken a lot of business classes

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

    -Insecure Engineer

  • MsIndependent

    Hi Sandy,

    Trying this again, with a catchy by-line. Would appreciate your analysis, thanks for the great series.

    Ms. Finance Feminist

    -750 GMAT
    -3.4 GPA
    -Economics/Psychology double major at a top-5 liberal arts college. Graduated 2009.

    -2 years work experience at an old and established Boston investment management firm, in equity research. Rotated with the chemicals, healthcare, retail and media teams. Passed L2 of the CFA. (Current job).
    -1.5 years work experience in a Fortune 500 finance training program. Corp dev, FP&A. Left when offered job at current company.

    -Extracurricular: (1) membership chair of the local chapter of an international women’s leadership organization; (2) very active in alumnae network (mock interviews, mentoring); (3) published poet in award-winning literary journals.

    -Goal: Asia-specific research, eventually running my own investment management firm in China. Continuing to promote women’s leadership in finance & investing.

    -25-year-old first-generation Chinese woman (US citizen), speaks Mandarin, English, limited French.

    Harvard:
    Stanford:
    Wharton:
    Chicago:
    MIT:
    Columbia:
    Kellogg:
    Other recommendations?

  • AKH

    Hi Sandy,

    Thanks for taking the time to look at my post!

    Here are my core stats:
    – 700 GMAT (will be retaking)
    – 3.25 GPA (have taken two courses since and gotten As)
    – Degrees in biology and economics from Brown
    – 5 years in healthcare strategy consulting (3 years at boutique, 2 at a major management consulting firm); track history of excellent performance/reviews, team leadership, and client satisfaction
    – Intending on getting sponsorship from my current firm
    – Heavily involved in extracurriculars in college (multiple mentoring positions, leadership positions, and volunteer programs) and outside of college (mentoring, heavy involvement in alumni activities/mentoring, volunteer programs)

    I am wondering what my chances are at:
    – Wharton
    – Kellogg
    – NYU
    – Booth
    – Duke

    Thanks again for your help!

  • Kunal

    Hi Sandy,

    I am Kunal from Mumbai, India. I had a few questions regarding my chances at the schools I fancy. I’d be really glad if you could help me out.
    I am a 25 year old male, currently employed with Halliburton Offshore Services( Oil & Gas Sector). My current designation is M/LWD Engineer. Most people wouldn’t know what that means or what the work involves. Basically we provide services for Directional drilling of oil and gas wells. My job is to prepare tools that are sent downhole for the evaluation of the well conditions while drilling. So in a nutshell we evaluate the well while drilling and try to take the well to it’s target. My job involves technical work as well as handling the entire operation on field. There are times we are required to pitch to the clients to increase the revenue by means of using advanced tools. I have been with Halliburton for around 16months. Before moving to Halliburton I was with a company called ITS Energy Services ( Another Oil field company). I worked in different roles at ITS as part of my training and was later promoted as Sales Engineer. I worked with ITS for 10months. I was dealing with a lot of people from the oil field, so I decided I needed to work hands on to get the right feel of this sector. At Halliburton I am the Project Lead and I manage a group of 6-10 people from Halliburton and also oversee the operations which include crew from the client side. I graduated from the University of Mumbai in 2009, where I majored in Mechanical Engineering. I don’t know my exact GPA, but it should be between 3.2-3.3. I was involved in a lot of extracurricular activities in college. I was the President of MESA (Mechanical Engineers Students’ Association) and also the Event Head for several college festivals. I used to participate in Intercollegiate quizzes ( Won 1 and 2nd in another 1). I was part of the college cricket team and also participated in Intercollegiate Fashion shows. My first attempt of GMAT yielded a 690 ( Way below my average practice test score of 730). I intend to retake it and get 720+ ( Fingers crossed).
    Now on the B-school front, I would like to apply to schools like Yale, Tuck, Darden, Ross, Mc Combs, Duke and Kellogg. HBS would be a blind 1st choice, but I am unsure of my chances. I would like to do an MBA in General Management. My goal is to work for an oil major like Exxon, Chevron or BP in Corporate strategy or Business strategy. I feel that I have the base in the Oil field and would like to grow in a role in business strategy. I would like to apply for the 2013-15 batch. So total work experience by then would be around 42-44 months.
    I would like to know my chances at these schools and any other schools that might fit my profile according to you.

    In a nutshell:

    – 25 year old Indian Male.
    – Oil n Gas Sector ( Halliburton)
    – As of now Project lead for onshore operations.
    – 46 months work ex at the time of matriculation.
    – Mechanical Engineering from Mumbai University.GPA ~ 3.2-3.3.
    – Post MBA goals to works in corporate strategy or business strategy for oil majors.
    – Target Schools:
    Yale
    McCombs
    Darden
    Tuck
    Duke
    Ross
    ISB

  • Prashant

    Please have a look at my profile:
    *760 GMAT
    *6.9/10 GPA on 10 point scale; class topper stood at 9.5/10, 19 students out of 60 stood in the range 7-9.5/10
    *Undergraduate degree in Computer Science from an NIT in India which are the premier institutes after IITs.
    *Work experience includes position at Accenture for two years. Did part time jobs to support education. Taught English courses (unexpected of an Engineer)
    *Extra Curricular: Participated and won in State level Quiz competitions, participated in a state level Science Seminar at the age of 10, Awards in Business Plan competitions at IITs, participated in a Regional News Telecast of Bureaucratic Corruption practices.

  • Prashant

    Please have a look at my profile:
    *760 GMAT
    *6.9/10 GPA on 10 point scale; class topper stood at 9.5/10, 19 students out of 60 stood in the range 7-9.5/10
    *Undergraduate degree in Computer Science from an NIT in India which are the premier institutes after IITs.
    *Work experience includes position at Accenture for two years. Did part time jobs to support education. Taught English courses (unexpected of an Engineer)
    *Extra Curricular: Participated and won in State level Quiz competitions, participated in a state level Science Seminar at the age of 10, Awards in Business Plan competitions at IITs, participated in a Regional News Telecast of Bureaucratic Corruption practices.
    *Target Schools: H/S/W, Kellogg, Tuck,Columbia, Booth, MIT.

  • Yogesh

    Hi Sandy

    Kindly evaluate my profile

    * 700 Gmat
    * educational background- Chartered accountant – India (rigorous course ) and Bachelor of Commerce (India)
    * work experience
    2 years at Citibank India( retail banking)
    2 years at HSBC India(Corporate banking)
    Current job-Standard Chartered bank India ( Associate director-Corporate banking- Mid markets)
    Specialties – Risk analysis ,Relationship management.
    Target schools
    LBS, Tuck, Columbia, Insead , IMD
    Age 31.

  • GreenBeretDiplomat

     Hi,
    I am a 34 year old, white, married, male, Political Officer at the Department of State.
    I have completed two overseas assignments in Afghanistan and Iraq, and third tour in Washington.
    Prior to joining the Forign Service I was a Special Forces Captain in the Army.
    I commanded a Special Forces Team in Iraq in 2005, and previously commanded a Platoon and served as the Executive Officer of a Company with numerous deployments to East Asia.
    I graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in Classics and a 2.8 GPA.
    At Bowdoin I was a four year Football and Lacrosse player.
    After over ten years serving my country, most of that time overseas, I want to transition into the private sector.
    I want to work for a company which rewards creativity, initiative, critical thinking, and strong leadership – and which advanced its employees based on there merit.
    I have not taken the GRE or GMAT.
    I have consistently our preformed my peers both as a Green Beret and Foreign Service Officer.
    I have basic proficiency in Arabic.
    I have had no experience in the private sector and do not even know what opportunities are out there.
    Would any school worth going to even consider me with my low GPA?
    Do any large companies take on people like my self who do not have an MBA – and my be experienced but have to business experience.
    Thanks,
    Green Beret Turned Diplomat

  • FormerRANGER

    Former Ranger
    You have all the leadership experience in the world, look into an EMBA program with your experience. The private sector is tough right now but looking to open up in the near future, so get your MBA and be prepared to move quickly, the pace is rapid but the payoff will be very rewarding.  

  • FutureMarketer

    Hi Sandy,

    Apologies if this is coming through more than once. Thanks for your
    ongoing column. Would appreciate your input on where I should be
    targeting given my “low” Econ GPA.

    25 y/o White Male

    3.3 Econ GPA : Northwestern

    Work Experience: 3 promotions to Manager role at Nielsen (large market
    research firm, does not hold elite status but has started sending some
    people to top schools); a lot of leadership/achievements, experience
    consulting fairly senior clients…

    EC’s – Executive board of fraternity, chairman of philanthropy org in
    undergrad, tutor/recruiter for tutoring org, active in company’s
    college recruiting; not much leadership overall here

    MBA Goal: Marketing/Brand Management: Developed interest/expertise in
    Consumer Goods and general Marketing working with CPG marketing
    clients

    Target Schools (not sure what my range should be): Wharton, Kellogg,
    LBS, Ross, Stern

    Best,

    Chris

  • FutureMarketer

    Also I have a 750 GMAT – Sorry for the omission

  • Deepak

    Hi Sandy,

    If it is not too much of a trouble ( I know you get an awful lot of requests), would you mind evaluating my profile. Thank you in advance.

    My stats are as follows:
    -GMAT- 690
    -Undergrad in Biotechnology (VIT- Good ranking engineering school in India) – 3.45
    -Grad in Biotechnology (George Washington University) – 3.63
    -Started a company after receiving prize money in a business plan competition. It was a spectacular failure because the investors were convinced that I had no business background whatsoever.
    -In order to offset that, I attended the 5 week long Univ of Chicago Booth’s summer business scholars program
    – After the program, worked in an early stage startup (operating out of a garage) as an intern, got hired and was working as a Jack of all Trades for 43 months.
    – Quit to work on my own project and start my own company when I join an MBA program because my product targets post secondary educational institutions.
    – Extracurricular: Only in High school and Undergrad but none during work. It is a startup after all. Pretty much living in the office. So basically none.
    -Age 28

    Schools I am targeting:
    R1- Booth, Stern, Darden, Duke and Georgetown
    R2- Yale, Harvard (I figured why not? Its not like I haven’t seen rejections before) and Carnegie Mellon

    I am very much interested to know about my chances in Darden and Booth because they both have an amazing incubator program that can help me with what I am planning to launch.

    Thank you once again!

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