Your Chances Of Getting In

by John A. Byrne on

A former NFL cheerleader who teaches dance, this 28-year-old woman works in communications and marketing for a civil rights non-profit. With a 700 GMAT and a 3.95 grade point average, she’s hoping that an MBA will help her land a job in consumer research and marketing for a socially responsible corporation.

A former equities research analyst for Deutsche Bank in Milan, he quit his new job at KPMG after just eight months earlier this year. Unemployed, but with an impressive 760 GMAT and a 3.85 GPA, this 26-year-old man wants an MBA to make a transition into consulting.

After graduating with an economics degree from Morehouse College, this 24-year-old has worked for Teach for America. With a 670 GMAT and a 3.1 GPA, he’s hoping an MBA will allow him to shift gears and get a consulting job.

Sandy Kreisberg, HBS Guru, in Harvard Square

Sandy Kreisberg, HBS Guru, in Harvard Square

What these MBA 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 an invite? Or are they likely to end up in a reject pile?

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.

In this, the 46th episode of our highly popular handicapping stories, Kreisberg is at his tell-it-like-it-is finest. He advises one career-changing Italian applicant that “U.S. business school adcoms are a frigid and humorless bunch when it comes to careers. They like folks to keep doing what they have been doing, or to make tiny, tiny transitions. They don’t like unemployed Milanos who have been sitting in cafes for 14 months throwing up nutty ideas about clean tech amid a tiny crowded table of espresso cups and Gualoises smoke.”

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

Sandy’s assessment:

Ms. Cheerleader

 

  • 700 GMAT (Q44 V41)
  • 3.95 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in Spanish and political science from a large public university in the southeast
  • Work experience includes three years in communications and marketing for a small but national civil rights non-profit; launched marketing campaign online with social media support that resulted in a huge increase in membership and recognition; campaign spokesperson in a battleground state during 2008 Presidential election and internship for a senior U.S. Senator
  • Extracurricular involvement as a volunteer and member of a local non-profit dance company; also teach dance weekly; had spent three years cheering professionally for the NFL and have been on two overseas tours to perform for the troops in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Portugal
  • Goal: To work on the analytical side of consumer research and marketing for a socially responsible corporation; would eventually want to return to the non-profit sector as an executive director
  • “First generation college grad on my mother’s side”
  • 28-year-old white female

Odds of Success:

Wharton: 30%+
Harvard: 20% to 30%
Virginia: 50% to 60%
Chicago: 40% to 50%
Northwestern: 40% to 50%
Georgetown: 70%+
Maryland: 80%+

Sandy’s Analysis: Phew, lots to like, including NFL cheering, dancing, volunteer work, entertaining the troops in Afghanistan, and working in battleground politics. We get the idea. You are a real firecracker and with a 3.95 GPA at SEC school and a 700 GMAT, well, not too shabby.  Also,

Work: Three years . . . marketing, PR, media, web content. . . for a small, but national, civil rights non-profit. Prior to me joining this organization, there was no online marketing, social media, or branding. Launched marketing and rebrand, which resulted in huge increases in membership and recognition.

That is a respectable set of experiences. My only suggestion would be to leverage it somewhat differently. You say that you want to “work on the analytical side of consumer research and marketing for a socially responsible corporation. Eventually. . . .  serving on some boards, and return to the non-profit sector as an executive director.”

Hmmm, feel free to do that, but I would toughen this up and say that you want an MBA to become a solid marketing expert, combining both data and message and placement at an innovative and impactful company or non-profit (name some and try to find marketing leaders you admire) and say you ultimately want to lead such an organization.

The dance stuff is great but I would not project that as your identity, I would think of yourself as Ms. Marketing Whiz instead, although sure, you can talk about dance in your essays. You may think that dance is your identity and calling card, but it is not. You have a had a respectable job and you need to feature and be proud of that, amid all the dancing.

You asked about your chances at Wharton, Darden, Booth, Kellogg, McDonough, and  Smith (Maryland).  Wharton is an acceptable reach and so might be HBS, depending on who exactly you work for now, and what those schools think about that company. You need to get your game face on and realize what a powerful professional resume you have, and let the dance stuff operate in the background.

In many ways HBS might like you more than Wharton. Harvard is always looking for diamonds in the thicker part of the fairway (not really the rough) and that could describe you. Kellogg also goes for profiles like this and they have a real marketing DNA. Booth is less of a fit, but as noted, lots to like. Man, you should get into McDonough and Smith.

Also try Duke and Darden unless you are sick of the South,  they would like you. If you need a pep talk about Duke, talk to this guy, Baosa, or maybe he can chime in here. He is a big Duke fan. See his comments in last week’s article.

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  • Bhargava

    700 GMAT (Q44 V42) – Retaking to improve Quant score
    GPA Equivalent – 60%
    Under graduate Degee – Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from state level Med school in India
    Work Exp: 1 year of independent clinical practice.
    Followed by joining management team (Operations) of a fast growing healthcare start up in rural India. 2 promotions in 3 years – all managerial positions with P&L responsibility.
    Presently working as functional head of one department at same org. Case study on startup now part of HBS Case collection
    Extracurricular: Single lead for partnership between US NGO and my organization for training of health workers ( not part of my job description or responsibility)
    Goal:
    Plan A:
    Short Term – Consultant at firms like Mckinsey, Booz, BCG.etc and understand best practices across diff industries in US. Long Term – As Partner at ( Mckinsey, Booz, BCG etc) bring best practices of diff industries to healthcare sector
    Plan B:
    Short Term – Consultant at niche healthcare consulting firms like IMS Health, LEK Consulting. Long Term – Partner at niche healthcare consulting firms like IMS Health, LEK Consulting.
    – 29 years, Indian Male

    Chances at
    1. Tuck – R2 2012
    2. Wharton – R2 2012
    3. Duke – R2 2012
    4. Stanford – R2 2012
    5. IMD – R1 2013
    6. INSEAD – R1 2013
    7. Darden – R1 2013
    8. HBS – R1 2013

  • College IT Jobs

    Career in Bank is the great oppurtunity for graduate guys.

  • hbsguru

    FYI- lively story about HBS case study on Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson’s visit to two HBS classes. If you are a soccer fan, will make you wish you were there. Hat tip from me to the Bayern Munich kid who gave Ferg some affectionate push-back.

    http://manutdnetwork.com/forum
    ——————-
    Same story in The (LONDON) Mirror with the charming head:
    Fergie reveals dressing-room secrets to Harvard boffins
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/

  • JohnAByrne

    Just wanted to share this comment today from an applicant who had been assessed by Sandy earlier and congratulations for her acceptance to Darden.

    Ms. Family Biz wrote:

    Hi Sandy, Ms. Family Biz here, just thought you might want to know how this all ended up.

    I took your advice on emphasizing something more aspirational in my essays – developing luxury voluntourism – but I did not retake the GMAT (mistake).

    I ended up applying to Stanford, Harvard, Kellogg and Darden. Got immediately denied from Harvard about two weeks after sending in my application.

    Had interviews with Kellogg, Stanford, and Darden. Stanford only interviewed about 14% of applicants this year, so that was a good sign.

    Ended up not getting in to Stanford or Kellogg, but was offered a place in Darden’s class of 2015. Excited to be headed to Virginia and happy to see Darden high in the rankings, especially for student satisfaction!

    Some advice for those applying to B school – apply first round to more than 4 schools. The turn around for second round is too tight after you hear from the first round to realistically get much done, and it was really nerve racking getting three rejection letters before I got in to the last school I applied to.

    Thanks again for featuring my profile. I’m looking forward to seeing where an MBA at Darden takes me.

  • disqus_8jFdIAy2AX

    Hi, Please evaluate for top schools where I
    would best be suited to apply, not sure where to apply due to a nontraditional
    background, but I would like to apply to Cornell, Duke, Darden, Yale, Michigan,
    Carnegie Mellon, Berkley, McCombs, and Texas A&M

    -30 y/o Hispanic, Male

    -730 GMAT

    -3.0 GPA from second tier state school in the south, BS in Biology, worked
    through college

    -2 Years works experience in pharmaceutical industry after college

    -Wanted to work in research and development so I pursued a Master’s (3.8 at
    same second tier state school), MS in Biology, also worked through my master’s
    program

    -Then went on to a PhD at a top tier Health Sciences Center in the South (3.1
    GPA, beat cancer while taking my classes), my PhD will be in Microbiology and
    Immunology and more specifically I study Neurovirology and Neuroimmunology (not
    sure if this will impress anyone)

    – While earning my PhD (will finish in Dec. 2013) I have generated several
    publications (will have 5+ as a first author and 10-15 more as a second
    author), I have been chosen as a member of the honor council and to represent
    my department in the student council, I have also started a monthly discussion
    group for graduate students that focuses on non-academic careers that has a
    speaker come in and give us advice about careers, I also participate in some
    educational volunteer activities to aid Multiple Sclerosis patients

    -My MBA aspiration began while working through my master’s degree I had a job
    that required travel and solving unique industrial problems, this led me into
    an interest in consulting, while pursuing my PhD I have taken advantage of some
    opportunities to aid in consulting projects for pharmaceutical companies, I
    would like to pursue a career in consulting within the biotech/pharmaceutical
    industries and an MBA would broaden my knowledge base and open more doors for
    me

    -1 major ding: a DUI when I was 18

  • Jake

    Mr. Byrne,

    Could you please offer your input ASAP? You seem incredibly knowledgeable and I need to decide between two job offers by end of day today.

    I am an undergrad from an Ivy, 3.85 GPA, and I want to go to b-school in a few years, although this could change. I am deciding between Amazon’s retail undergraduate program

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/jobs/186059

    and a small no-brand-recognition 10-person PE shop in a second-tier city. I would have substantial responsibility in this smaller firm. Assuming I excelled in both roles (we can hope) which one do you think would look better for a top business school down the road? I think I would like to do entrepreneurship, VC or PE but this could change. For two summers I worked with a smaller retail start up (20M sales) as a manager and I also interned in a Top-20 consulting firm.

    I feel like Amazon would be better to get through the door, but the PE would be better to get a PE internship once i am in? The only other thing is that I won’t get too much modeling experience because its so small. Hopefully great recs though.

    Any thoughts on which would look better for top-7 schools?
    Thank you!

  • Jake

    Mr. Byrne,

    Could you please offer your input ASAP? You seem incredibly knowledgeable and I need to decide between two job offers by end of day today.

    I am an undergrad from an Ivy, 3.85 GPA, and I want to go to b-school in a few years, although this could change. I am deciding between Amazon’s retail undergraduate program

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/jobs/186059

  • JohnAByrne

    Jake,

    First off, congrats on having two great offers. Your decision requires some thinking about what you want to do with the MBA degree. If you really want to go into PE/VC, you should take the PE job. If not, by all means, go to Amazon.

    I would be inclined to go the Amazon route, mainly because that’s a big and sexy brand. It’s true that if you want to pursue private equity after your MBA, choosing Amazon now would make that harder. But I’m assuming that the PE job offer is not from a well-known shop and because it is in a second-tier city it won’t have the prestige of an Amazon.

    Still, choose on the basis of what you want to eventually do–rather than what will most help you get into a top MBA program. PE is super hot right now (offering the highest paying salaries to MBAs) so it’s possible that a top school, particularly a Wharton, Columbia or Chicago, would gladly take you due to the PE experience, assuming you had strong undergraduate grades and will have a solid GMAT score.

    Good luck!

    Best,
    John

  • inchoate goals

    Hi, I have a quick question for John or Sandy. As an undergraduate engineering student, what kind of internships do the top deferred acceptance programs (HBS 2+2, Stanford) like to see?

    Thanks!!

  • youngmedical

    GMAT: 720

    GPA: 3.15 Undergrad UC Berkeley, Molecular Biology w/ Sustainability minor

    24 year-old hispanic male

    Job Experience: 2 years in sales at a medical device company in silicon valley, which has doubled in size in last year. Rapidly promoted to position in six months that usually takes over three years . Internships include researcher at UCSF Medical Center (Top on west coast along w/ Stanford), Sports Medicine Intern at Cal for a year. Co-founded tech start-up in college that was eventually shut down by regulating agency.

    Extra-Curriculars: Division 1 football player, Chosen as director of largest non-profit on campus helping mentor over 400 inner city elementary students, founder of fraternity (raised $2 million in four years on campus to become established), Taught an English class of 50 UC Berkeley students, lots of community service. Fluent in English and Spanish.

    Schools…Reach: Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, Sloan, Colombia, Booth

    More Obtainable: Haas, Ross, Yale, Kellogg, Tuck

    Dialed: Johnson, Stern, Darden, Fuqua, Anderson

    Post-MBA Goal: Consulting for life-science and biotech companies. Long run: Bio/Healthcare VC or start my own Bio/Healthcare company.

    What are my chances at the aforementioned schools? Thanks!

  • youngmedical

    Oh! and I’m also a first generation college grad. On the weekends, I have a non-profit coaching company that helps high school football players get recruited for college scholarships. Not sure if this is too all over the board with my work experiences.

  • hbsguru

    They like to see engineering internships in biotech (HBS especially) and other Science or Tech companies, as a rule, to wit, internships with Blue Chip, brand name companies where it is competitive to get those internships, see remarks of John to the kid above who was wondering about an internship at AMZN, it does not make all that much diff what you do there exactly, just join some established internship at company which has been doing them for a while.

  • Mr. Skydiver

    Hi,

    I have a question for Sandy after reviewing his analysis of my profile (Mr. Skydiver)

    First, thank you for assessing it, it is great to see a positive feedback from you.

    I just wanted to raise a point about my Work experience: I actually left the media company in Dubai and join a regional investment bank in Qatar as an analyst then associate. Simplistically, my work experience can be summarized as follows:

    Management Consulting (Intern)->IB M&A (Intern)-> Corporate Finance for Media Company (Full-time)-> IB Analyst/Associate (Full-time)

    I guess that might change the way Adcoms look at my profile… Could you please let me know your thoughts on that?

    Thanks

    Mr. Skydiver

    PS: I am indeed very cute and I hope that would help during interviews…

  • IIT & Alternative energy

    Hi Sandy,
    Could you please give my profile a lookover?
    Gmat – 730 (IR and AWA were full – should I retake it?)
    Graduation – IIT (Indian Institute of Technology – GPA 3.2/4 but was in the top 15% of my class and translating IIT grades to a 4 point scale is a bit difficult)
    Work Experience –
    1) Out of college – 3 years in the management consulting space with a Big 4 firm(while I know that big 4 firms are tier 2 consults they are difficult to get into in India – will that be recognised by the adcoms?) Worked in every sector in the first year then focused on the alternative energy space (specifically solar and wind) for the last two years by choice.
    2) after the consulting gig – working at a solar power producer (reasonably well known) firm to learn about on the ground installation and see how this market is evolving – will have worked here for about a year by the time i go for an mba (assuming I get into the 2014 b school intake)
    Extracurriculars – No direct activities I can think of which are relevant, however the company I work in has a program to provide cheap solar power to villages in India which do not possess electricity and I am involved extensively in that.
    Goal :- to get an MBA and work with technologists to enable the installation of solar power systems to meet Indias power needs in the short term.
    Long term to set up my own company owning various renewable and non renewable power plants and managing the supply of such power to developing regions in the world
    Target schools –
    Stanford
    MIT
    Kellogg
    Hass
    (basically all the top 15 US programs with sister institutes which have a strong research base in alternative energy technologies)

  • Mr African Consultant Deloitte

    Good Day Sir

    I am a student at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco and I am a consultant in strategy and operations for Deloitte West and Central Africa offices. I was hired in my early undergraduate year as an intern in HR at Deloitte, then as a full time business analyst and finally was promoted to consultant. My reasons for writing is because I am a non traditional candidate for MBA and my work study and travelling around Afric I have 3.8 years of work experience and all this has brought down my GPA to 2.20. I have taken the GRE and earned a 730 score but I am afraid my GPA reduces my chances to get into Harvard,Darden,Yale,Duke,Chicago,Cornel, Upenn Haas, Darthmouth Ross Mcgill IE INSEAD, IMD

    Extra curricular activity include:2 years volunteering at a woman microfinance association providing business solutions, Member of Islamic Art and Architechture, Attended the Model UN training program

    Age 26 years 27 in January 2013
    all answers will be welcome

  • Mr African Consultant Deloitte

    Good Day Sir

    I am a student at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco and I am a consultant in strategy and operations for Deloitte West and Central Africa offices. I was hired in my early undergraduate year as an intern in HR at Deloitte, then as a full time business analyst and finally was promoted to consultant. My reasons for writing is because I am a non traditional candidate for MBA and my work study and travelling around Afric I have 3.8 years of work experience and all this has brought down my GPA to 2.20. I have taken the GRE and earned a 730 score but I am afraid my GPA reduces my chances to get into Harvard,Darden,Yale,Duke,Chicago,Cornel, Upenn Haas, Darthmouth Ross Mcgill IE INSEAD, IMD

    Extra curricular activity include:2 years volunteering at a woman microfinance association providing business solutions, Member of Islamic Art and Architechture, Attended the Model UN training program

    Purpose for an MBA: to change careers from strategy and operations to Investment Banking
    Age 26 years 27 in January 2013
    all answers will be welcome

  • Mr African Consultant

    Good Day Sir

    I am a student at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco and I am a consultant in strategy and operations for Deloitte West and Central Africa offices. I was hired in my early undergraduate year as an intern in HR at Deloitte, then as a full time business analyst and finally was promoted to consultant. My reasons for writing is because I am a non traditional candidate for MBA and my work study and travelling around Afric I have 3.8 years of work experience and all this has brought down my GPA to 2.20. I have taken the GRE and earned a 2230 score but I am afraid my GPA reduces my chances to get into Harvard,Darden,Yale,Duke,Chicago,Cornel, Upenn Haas, Darthmouth Ross Mcgill IE INSEAD, IMD

    Extra curricular activity include:2 years volunteering at a woman microfinance association providing business solutions, Member of Islamic Art and Architechture, Attended the Model UN training program

    Purpose for an MBA: to change careers from strategy and operations to Investment Banking
    Age 26 years 27 in January 2013
    all answers will be welcome

  • Rish

    Harvard looks doable with your profile. Not many africans apply – you will be gold in those places.

  • IntrestedParty

    Agree with Rish. GPA requirement for Africans will be eased, and a 2.2 might actually be quite competitive for most of the schools, although Harvard will be a reach. You should be able to walk in to places like Darden, Cornell, Ross, etc with a 730 GMAT score and African profile.

  • Phenomenon

    GMAT: 750

    GPA: 3.7 Undergrad from a top Canadian business school

    24 year-old male

    Job Experience: 2 years working as a management consultant at Accenture within the Strategy group (the group that recruits its MBAs mainly from H/W/S + Booth). One of only a few people promoted from Business Analyst to Consultant (the post-MBA position). Very strong ‘quant’ reputation within the firm.

    Extra-Curriculars: Run one of the nations largest pro-bono consulting programs for large regional and national nonprofit organizations. We help NPOs such as the Canadian Diabetes Association solve their most pressing, strategic issues. I manage 40 + people through this program.

    Schools (no particular order): Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, Sloan, Booth

    Post-MBA Goal (Short + Long term): Transition from consulting to a management position in a F100 company within the communications, media, and technology industry. Target companies / roles include Samsung (Global Strategy Group), GE (Leadership Program), Verizon (Leadership Program), Apple (Operations), or Google (Product Development).

    What are my chances at the aforementioned schools? Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/Rob_Valle Roberto Valle

    Hello Sandy, I was wondering if you could analyze my profile to see what my odds are at getting into a top MBA program in the United States.
    Profile:
    – GMAT: 710

    – GPA: 3.7 (I am from Mexico, I got my undergraduate degree at the “Monterrey Institute of Tecnology” which is the best private school in the country. We don’t use the GPA scale, but I achieved a 92/100 overall average which according to most GPA conversion charts it is equivalent to 3.7).

    – Education:
    Undergraduate degree in Financial Management by one of the best private colleges in Mexico, top 5% of my class.
    I am not a U.S. citizen, but I studied a year at a catholic boarding school in Wisconsin in middle school and in 2010 I got accepted to a Summer Honors Program at Georgetown University.

    – Work History:
    In 2007, I opened a small local business in Aguascalientes, which is a really small town in Mexico. We sell cleaning products to large companies, and I achieved a 10 year contract with Georgia Pacific. I still work there on Saturdays; my brother is running the company now.
    In 2009 I became CFO of a mid-sized company in my town, after a year, I finally got hired by Citigroup and I am now working at Citi’s Wealth Management. My regional director is encouraging me to apply to top business schools in the U.S.A. and if I manage to get in, Citi will pay for a 100% of the tuition and living expenses.

    – Extracurricular Activities:
    Class President, lead piano at several musicals presented in several surrounding states, chief editor for the Business and Finances Newspaper at my college. I ran a project that aims to improve education quality in a local poor community.

    – Goal:
    I want to get into an MBA program in order to move (within Citigroup if possible) into a business development / strategic planning role, where I can put into practice all the skills I have acquired which are not very common in Mexico. Later I would like to go back to my business and make it grow by developing my own green products and establish the first waste-disposal company with an environmental focus in my state.
    – Target Schools: Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Columbia, NYU, Georgetown and Yale.

  • Mr. Mex

    Hello Sandy, I was wondering if you could analyze my profile to see what my odds are at getting into a top MBA program in the United States.
    Profile:
    – GMAT: 710

    – GPA: 3.7 (I am from Mexico, I got my undergraduate degree at the “Monterrey Institute of Tecnology” which is the best private school in the country. We don’t use the GPA scale, but I achieved a 92/100 overall average which according to most GPA conversion charts it is equivalent to 3.7).

    – Education:
    Undergraduate degree in Financial Management by one of the best private colleges in Mexico, top 5% of my class.
    I am not a U.S. citizen, but I studied a year at a catholic boarding school in Wisconsin in middle school and in 2010 I got accepted to a Summer Honors Program at Georgetown University.

    – Work History:
    In 2007, I opened a small local business in Aguascalientes, which is a really small town in Mexico. We sell cleaning products to large companies, and I achieved a 10 year contract with Georgia Pacific. I still work there on Saturdays; my brother is running the company now.
    In 2009 I became CFO of a mid-sized company in my town, after a year, I finally got hired by Citigroup and I am now working at Citi’s Wealth Management. My regional director is encouraging me to apply to top business schools in the U.S.A. and if I manage to get in, Citi will pay for a 100% of the tuition and living expenses.

    – Extracurricular Activities:
    Class President, lead piano at several musicals presented in several surrounding states, chief editor for the Business and Finances Newspaper at my college. I ran a project that aims to improve education quality in a local poor community.

    – Goal:
    I want to get into an MBA program in order to move (within Citigroup if possible) into a business development / strategic planning role, where I can put into practice all the skills I have acquired which are not very common in Mexico. Later I would like to go back to my business and make it grow by developing my own green products and establish the first waste-disposal company with an environmental focus in my state.
    – Target Schools: Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Columbia, NYU, Georgetown and Yale.

    – Age: 25
    Thanks a Lot!

  • Kip

    I agree. 2.2 is going to be quite competitive in the African pool but won’t be in the other pools. I’m pretty sure the very mention of Africa will get one into a top b-school and I don’t think the bschools will even take a second look at the stats such as GMAT and GPA.

  • Dave

    You are a lock for the european schools and Mcgill. I think you should be fine at Darden, Yale, Cornell and Ross. Dartmouth, Hass and Fuqua will be tougher. Chicago, Penn and Harvard – extreme reach even with the advantage of your african heritage and work experience. Those are 3 of the best schools.

  • anon-phd

    GPA too low, not enough ECs for a PhD and not a compelling career goal. You can get into strategy consulting with the PhD alone at M/B/B or join a boutique healthcare firm.

  • hbsguru

    hmmm, you are still a strong applicant, a lot depends on how schools view current employer in terms of brand and selectivity.

  • German Cars

    Sandy,

    Thank you for all of your work and advice. I won’t be applying for another 2 years or so but I have a quick question. You often mention blue chip companies and I wanted to make sure I understand what that means.

    Right now I am working for a major German automaker (Daimler, BMW, Volkswagen), are those considered blue chip companies?

    Thank you ahead of time

  • hbsguru

    Blue Chip companies are companies people have heard of, large companies, Fortune 100 companies, companies which send kids to B schools and hire from B schools and companies which have SELECTIVE hiring programs. All those auto companies you name qualify as Blue Chip.

  • CH3DD

    Good luck. i reckon GPA will be a factor that needs to be addressed. I DISAGREE with the others that say that the criteria for Africans will be much lower than that for others. There is plenty of competition and quality applicants from the African continent, and schools will not easily look past a 2.2 GPA without you sufficiently addressing it in your application.

  • Mr African Consultant

    Good Day Mr Kreisberg

    I am a student at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco and I am a consultant in strategy and operations for Deloitte West and Central Africa offices. I was hired in my early undergraduate year as an intern in HR at Deloitte, then as a full time business analyst and finally was promoted to consultant. My reasons for writing is because I am a non traditional candidate for MBA and my work study and travelling around African I have 3.8 years of work experience and all this has brought down my GPA to 2.20. I have taken the GRE and earned a 2230 score but I am afraid my GPA reduces my chances to get into Harvard,Darden,Yale,Duke,Chicago,Kellogg,Cornel, Upenn Haas, Darthmouth Ross Mcgill IE INSEAD, IMD LBS

    Extra curricular activity include: 2 years volunteering at a woman association in Morocco providing business solutions and developing a micro-credit that can increase their revenues, Member of Islamic Art and Architechture, Attended the Model UN training program

    Purpose for an MBA: to change careers from strategy and operations to Investment leader in Social Enterprises in Africa
    Age 26 years 27 in January 2013
    all answers will be welcome

  • Guest

    My comments don’t get published here for some reason 😐

  • TechMarketer

    Hello, I would really appreciate your assessment of my application.

    – GMAT: 700, Q-43, V-43 (did take the GMAT a previous time and scored in mid-600s)

    – Undergrad: Virginia Tech, GPA: 2.9 … Chose to major in business midway through and my grades significantly improved in the second half of my studies
    – Extracurriculars: Held a part-time job selling and producing ad placements for the university’s digital and print publications/media channels for nearly two years, was officer of a business technology club

    – Work History: Since graduating in 2009, I have worked for a consumer technology trade association in Washington DC managing the organization’s events, trade shows, and conferences. I produce approximately ten US and internationally-held events per year, ranging from product showcases to industry educational forums to lobbying events to startup competitions. I have received two promotions within three years.
    – Activities: I also volunteer with a local technology professionals and entrepreneurs group – assist with monthly investor pitch/networking events

    – Goal: Post-MBA, I would seek a marketing position focused on brand development and strategic partnerships within the consumer technology/electronics industry. Longterm, I would like to lead a marketing consultancy specializing in technology brand management.

    – 25, female

    Targeting: Berkeley, University of Texas, Georgetown, NYU, Columbia

    Thanks so much.

  • Hopeful Military MBA

    710 GMAT (Q47 V40)

    3.65 GPA

    Undergraduate degree in Business from a large public university in the southeast. Worked full-time for majority of undergrad.

    Experience:

    -Active duty Naval officer for past 7 years, specializing in logistics and finance. Experience includes:

    -Multiple deployments as independent supply officer onboard a submarine

    -Six months boots-on-ground deployment to Africa, working with locals to increase military capacity in horn of Africa

    -One year assignment as the Executive Assistant to a senior Navy officer (equivalent to civilian CEO) at a large Defense Agency with over $40b in revenue/sales

    -Selected this year as one of eight individuals to attend a top business school on a fully-funded Navy scholarship. Will likely be 32 at time of matriculation (fall ’15), though for career Navy officers in my field, this is normal window to attend postgraduate school.

    Extracurricular involvement:

    -Limited volunteer work supporting Veteran’s causes (e.g. warrior transition programs, armed forces retirement homes, etc.)

    -Avid Olympic weightlifter; pursuing qualifications as an instructor

    Goal: To leverage top-MBA for future leadership positions within the Navy, Department of Defense, and US government. Strong desire to apply for White House Fellowship post-MBA.

    Other: first generation college graduate; 30-year-old white male; can leverage stories of disadvantaged upbringing

    Odds of Success:

    Harvard

    Wharton

    Chicago

    Tuck

    UVA

  • Pierre

    Hi Sandy,
    Thank you for your advice.
    I have a question for you :
    Are Big four Strategy consultants attractive for B. School ?
    How the “strategy and operations” practice is considered bay MBA recruiters?
    Thanks a lot.

  • Ahmed

    Good topic.

  • MBAhopeful

    Hello, will you let me know your thoughts on my profile:

    23, Male

    SEC School- Business Administration- Graduated Dec 2012.
    Summa Cum Laude- 4.0 major GPA (3.85 overall)

    GMAT Overall- 710 (92nd percentile) Verbal-40 (90th percentile) Quant- 48 (78th percentile)

    -Work Experience (was during college)

    -Started website- Founder/ CEO October 2011-present
    · Built a user base of over 1,500 through YouTube, Facebook and face-to-face Marketing.
    · Recruited and managed campus representatives. Grew from one to six campuses in 6 mos.

    -Best Landscaping Founder/ CEO May 2007-Aug 2008
    · Hired and managed 5 employees due to increased demand.
    · $40,000 in revenues.

    Leadership Experience

    -Entrepreneurs Club
    President

    · Redesigned the leadership structure, increasing effectiveness and enthusiasm of leaders.
    · Grew active club membership from 15 to 50.
    · Increased number of semester events from 3 to 12.
    · Ran the first Start-Up Challenge at my school. 60 students entered, 40 more than entered in any past competitions. Raised $4000 for winners and secured spots in Business Incubator.
    · In a meeting with University Entrepreneurial Leaders including the Dean of the Business School I was told that my university now has plans to erect a physical center for entrepreneurial studies within the next six months in part due to our efforts as a club.
    · Picked to represent my school at entrepreneurship conference.

    -Started Fraternity
    Volunteer Chairman

    o Personally volunteered 300+ hours. Majority was camp counselor for people w/ disabilities.
    o Led 2,200 hours volunteering
    o Ran first fundraiser for my fraternity and raised $3,000 for people with disabilities.

    I also did 3 study abroad programs and met with many business leaders. (Europe, New Zealand and Australia).

    – Applying to Texas, Virginia, Stanford, Harvard 2+2, and Chicago

    Thanks!

  • Mr. Boeing Football

    I feel I have quite a unique story to tell…

    710 GMAT

    3.25 undergraduate GPA mechanical engineering and mathematics
    from Baylor (Balanced education with 40+ hours of weekly preparation,
    travel and participation in NCAA Division 1 football)

    Baylor Varsity Football ‘walk-on’ that earned full scholarship,
    became a Senior Team Captain, earned 1st Team All-Big 12
    Academic Team and inducted into the National Football Foundation &
    College Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor Society.

    3.95 masters GPA with a MBA in Entrepreneurship from
    Baylor’s 1.5 year program. Because my athletic eligibility extended into a
    5th year, Baylor offered to pay for free education. I chose the
    entrepreneurship MBA because I was selected for a 1-year ‘Venture Fellow’
    Co-Op working as business analyst for an Austin, TX venture capital firm,
    and wanted to understand how high-tech start-ups raise funding for new
    ventures.

    Work experience: Immediately after completing my time
    at Baylor, I was hired into Boeing’s highly selective engineering
    leadership development program ( < top1%). This 2-year program has
    exposed me to business units in Boeing Commercial, Boeing Defense and
    Boeing Research & Technology while working on cutting-edge engineering
    projects across the enterprise.

    Extracurricular involvement: Seattle Big Brothers Big
    Sisters Young Professional board member, Seattle Baylor Alumni Network
    Founder and President, ToughMudder extreme endurance racing, 4th
    place national finish in RedBull Flugtag contest

    Goals, in brief: Transition out of engineering with a laser
    focus on joining a global transportation strategy consulting division
    within M/B/B. I feel an engineering career limits me from reaching my full
    potential analyzing top-level business problems.

    Reason for 2nd MBA, in brief: There is no
    comparison to the level of strategy education & peer-based
    perspectives my target school list can provide, as compared to Baylor. I
    don’t feel I should be penalized for taking advantage of free education
    while I completed my athletic pursuits.

    26-year-old white male

    Target Schools: HBS / Stanford / Wharton / Kellogg /
    London

    I sincerely appreciate this series and would love your insight – the good, the bad, and the ugly!

  • Mr. Boeing Football

    I feel I have quite a unique story to tell…

    710 GMAT

    3.25 undergraduate GPA mechanical engineering and mathematics
    from Baylor (Balanced education with 40+ hours of weekly preparation,
    travel and participation in NCAA Division 1 football)

    Baylor Varsity Football ‘walk-on’ that earned full scholarship,
    became a Senior Team Captain, earned 1st Team All-Big 12
    Academic Team and inducted into the National Football Foundation &
    College Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor Society.

    3.95 masters GPA with a MBA in Entrepreneurship from
    Baylor’s 1.5 year program. Because my athletic eligibility extended into a
    5th year, Baylor offered to pay for free education. I chose the
    entrepreneurship MBA because I was selected for a 1-year ‘Venture Fellow’
    Co-Op working as business analyst for an Austin, TX venture capital firm,
    and wanted to understand how high-tech start-ups raise funding for new
    ventures.

    Work experience: Immediately after completing my time
    at Baylor, I was hired into Boeing’s highly selective engineering
    leadership development program ( < top1%). This 2-year program has
    exposed me to business units in Boeing Commercial, Boeing Defense and
    Boeing Research & Technology while working on cutting-edge engineering
    projects across the enterprise.

    Extracurricular involvement: Seattle Big Brothers Big
    Sisters Young Professional board member, Seattle Baylor Alumni Network
    Founder and President, ToughMudder extreme endurance racing, 4th
    place national finish in RedBull Flugtag contest

    Goals, in brief: Transition out of engineering with a laser
    focus on joining a global transportation strategy consulting division
    within M/B/B. I feel an engineering career limits me from reaching my full
    potential analyzing top-level business problems.

    Reason for 2nd MBA, in brief: There is no
    comparison to the level of strategy education & peer-based
    perspectives my target school list can provide, as compared to Baylor. I
    don’t feel I should be penalized for taking advantage of free education
    while I completed my athletic pursuits.

    26-year-old white male

    Target Schools: HBS / Stanford / Wharton / Kellogg /
    London

    I sincerely appreciate this series and would love your insight – the good, the bad, and the ugly!

  • Mr. Biotech

    Not sure why my post for profile review does not show up? Does anyone know if it is moderated and then posted.

  • hbsguru

    In short, yes . . .but. Big Four kids get into top 10 schools and also HSW with some regularity, depending on other stats, recs, and executions. Big 4 is an especially good job in Europe and Asia (for locals) where getting that job is often highly selective. Schools know that. Schools like HSW take high-perfoming US Big 4 kids but you really need to have the total package of stats, recs, extras etc. Stanford often takes minority US applicants fr. Big 4 gigs.

  • hbsguru

    Giving up McK + Goldman (well for 2 years) for Teach 4 America. Not in this Times article, but golden road to B school. http://t.co/cYPEx78x

  • MbaHopeful

    I am an African (all education in africa and stuff) and I can tell you this is far from the truth. With a more than 3.5 gpa, 690 GMAT and working at a big 4 accounting firm and all, I am not finding it easy at all. Last year I was rejected at both Fuqua and Tepper and this year with a lot of advice and guidance from those in the MBA game to make sure my essays are on point, I still find myself on the waitlist of Booth and rejected at stanford. So its not that easy as people make it seem. Granted, it may be easier than competing in an Indian pool.

  • Dubz

    Hey Sandy, I would love a frank appraisal, here’s my profile:

    GMAT: 740

    GPA: 3.7 with High Honors in Political Science and History at top LAC (Swarthmore)

    Extracurriculars in college: Captain of Varsity Cross Country and Track and Field, President of top singing group, mentor in Big Brother/Big Sister Program. I also won a couple of decently selective grants that covered travel and research during the Summers.

    WE: I spent the first two years after college working for Teach for China, where, in addition to teaching 5th grade in a rural village, I worked as a Government Relations Researcher the first year and as a grade level head the second year.

    I’m currently studying non-profit management and Punjabi in India on a US Student Fulbright Grant. I’ve also continued playing fiddle and singing in multiple expat music groups all over since I’ve graduated college, providing a pretty steady supplementary income.

    Languages: Spanish, Chinese, Punjabi (all working proficiency)

    Goals: I want to obtain a dual degree in policy and business from a top school. I want to start by consulting for the public sector or for companies interested in investing in developing countries right out of business school, then hopefully transition to a leadership position in the State Department or in a major International Development NGO.

    I’m 25, white male, probably applying first thing next year.

    Target Schools:

    HBS and Kennedy (top choice)
    Wharton Lauder
    Chicago Booth
    Stanford
    Columbia SAIS
    MIT Sloan

  • DorkusMaximus

    i have also experienced the same problem 😐

  • SportsMan

    GMAT: 760
    GPA: 3.6 in economics
    Undergrad: Top 30 liberal arts college
    Work experience: Three years at a major pro sports league (NFL/MLB/NBA/NHL); most recent position in sponsorship marketing strategy; prior to that, spent a year doing internal financial consulting for teams

    Activities: Leader of a volunteer tutoring organization in college for disadvantaged elementary school children, several part-time jobs through college; minimal outside activities since graduation
    Goal: Transition to a more analytical, quant-focused role; more specifically, corporate strategy and partnerships at a media company
    Demos: 24, male, first-generation college, Asian-American

    Schools: HBS/Stanford/Wharton/MIT/Kellogg

  • Mr Consultant

    I think the fact you are an accountant has a role to play in why you were not accepted. a guy working in Big 4 accounting firms are not easily accepted into MBA programs compared to someone from a big four accounting firm who works in strategy and operation. Simply because his job is more competitive, if anyone thinks i’m wrong should reply

  • Deloitte consuting

    I am an African, working in strategy and operation with Deloitte a big 4. I have a low GPA because i blended my studies with work. I am hoping on having 700 on GMAT. ( by the way I e-mailed berkeley they just told me to apply and i would get in because i have Deloitte) Where else should I apply? Yale?,Ross? NYU? Cornell?Darden?Kellogg?

  • PhyzixDyde

    Hi Sandy, I’d really appreciate a look at my odds:

    GMAT: 720
    BS: Ucla – physics – 3.55 Gpa
    MS: Ucla – Mechanical Eng. – 3.6 Gpa

    Work: 4 years as a desin engineer at a mid size laser component manufacturer. Placed in charge of managing technical side of all accounts in Asia. This includes quarterly trips to China, Korea, and Japan to directly interface with customers. Also have significant manufacturing experience in a six sigma environment.

    Extras: volunteer at an organization that provides science lessons to under served schools. Hobbies include rock climbing and guitar (play in a local band)

    Goals: would love to work in VC in silicon valley (where I live) but I realize that this is probably unrealistic. More realistically, I would like to move into senior management at a tech company, perhaps using my experience in Asia to develop the industry there.

    Targets: HBS, Stanford, Wharton, Kellogg, Haas, UCLA, MIT

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  • PrivateEquity

    I’d really appreciate any kind of commentary on the profile below:

    – GMAT: 770
    – Undergraduate Degree: Yale University
    – GPA: 3.6, Applied Mathematics
    – Work History: Two years at a mezzanine debt fund and two years at a private equity fund, both focused on the middle market. Significant deal experience.
    – Activities: Play rugby for a top competitive U.S. men’s club. Volunteer at a youth rugby program for inner-city kids. Also volunteer at math tutoring/mentoring program for inner-city youths.
    – Goals: To found a growth equity / private equity fund focused on developing and growing middle market companies.
    – 25, male. First generation American, parents are Greek.
    – Target Schools: Harvard, Wharton, MIT.

    What are my odds at the target schools? Thank you.

  • PrivateEquity

    I’d really appreciate any kind of commentary on the profile below:

    – GMAT: 770
    – Undergraduate Degree: Yale University
    – GPA: 3.6, Applied Mathematics
    – Work History: Two years at a mezzanine debt fund and two years at a private equity fund, both focused on the middle market. Significant deal experience.
    – Activities: Play rugby for a top competitive U.S. men’s club. Volunteer at a youth rugby program for inner-city kids. Also volunteer at math tutoring/mentoring program for inner-city youths.
    – Goals: To found a growth equity / private equity fund focused on developing and growing middle market companies.
    – 25, male. First generation American, parents are Greek.
    – Target Schools: Harvard, Wharton, MIT.

    What are my odds at the target schools? Thank you.

  • ChemAnalyst

    Hey Sandy, I’d really appreciate it if you could take a look at my profile:

    GMAT: 730

    GPA: 3.17 in Chemical Engineering from Howard University

    WE: Currently have a little over two years experience as downstream business analyst for a top multinational oil company (Think Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell).

    Extracurriculars: Currently on the board of local Boys and Girls Club, focusing on club fundraising as well as programming and events for the children. I am also involved with the local section of AiCHE(American Institute of Chemical Engineers), and started a young professionals network within this section. In addition to these activities, I have held leadership positions in employee affinity group at work.

    Goals: I’d like to make the transition from the oil industry to more alternative energy industry. I envision making this transition by starting in consulting first, and then moving into industry.

    I’m 25 year old, African American Male.

    Target Schools:

    HBS
    Wharton
    MIT
    Kellogg
    Dartmouth
    Michigan

  • ChemAnalyst

    Hey Sandy, I’d really appreciate it if you could take a look at my profile:

    GMAT: 730

    GPA: 3.17 in Chemical Engineering from Howard University

    WE: Currently have a little over two years experience as downstream business analyst for a top multinational oil company (Think Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell).

    Extracurriculars: Currently on the board of local Boys and Girls club, focusing on club fundraising as well as programming and events for the children. I am also involved with the local section of AiCHE(American Institute of Chemical Engineers), and started a young professionals network within this section. In addition to these activities, I have held leadership positions in employee affinity group at work.

    Goals: I’d like to make the transition from the oil industry to more alternative energy industry. I envision making this transition by starting in consulting first, and then moving into industry.

    I’m 25 year old, African American Male.

    Target Schools:

    HBS
    Wharton
    MIT

    Kellogg

    Dartmouth

    Michigan

  • BuckeyeHopeful

    Sandy, Can you please handicap my odds of getting in. Targeting applying this fall for Round 1 admissions for Fall 2014.

    -GMAT: 720-740 (predicted based on practice tests)

    – Undergrad: Ohio State University, GPA: 3.89 Mechanical Engineering

    – Work History: 3 Internships and 1.5 yrs full-time as an engineer in R&D at Procter and Gamble. Design packaging for Billion Dollar Brands. Lead training program for new software initiatives.

    – Extracurricular: Avid Triathlete. Training for first full Ironman. 2 Halves completed (Does this demonstrate commitment?) Local volunteer work.

    – Goal: Transition out of engineering/technical into a consulting role advising manufacturing firms. Leverage my technical background. Long-term: Become an executive at a major global manufacturing corp.

    – 24 yr old Caucasian Male

    – Schools:

    HBS

    Booth

    Kellog

    Sloan

    Would I be better served to apply this fall or wait an additional year to get more experience in my current job? Also, how much do admissions committees value your current employer and role? I worry that my lack of a promotion will hurt my chances. The median timing for a first promotion as an engineer here is ~4 yrs. I know Booth specifically talks about evaluating ‘Early Career Candidates’ differently.

  • hbsguru

    HBS ANNOUNCES INTERVIEW INVITE NOTIFICATION DATES AND INTERVIEW CITIES

    #HBS R2 interview invites go out on Jan 30th and Feb 7th. Dings go out on Feb 7th too . Boston, London, Paris, Shanghai, , Mumbai, Dubai, Sao P., Pallo Alto and NYC http://t.co/1FvN7rgy

  • Fleurdunil

    Hello, I would appreciate an assessment of my application as well.

    GMAT: 720 (predicted based on tests)
    -30 years old
    -Undergrad: UVa, G.P.A. not so high, 2.8- did not focus so well undergrad.
    -Graduate Degree- Master’s from the Sorbonne in Paris, International Political Economy, graduated summa cum laude.
    -Career: Worked my way up from Administrative Assistant/Assistant Project Manager roles for international corporations and transitioned for opportunities, became Director of Development at an EU country’s Consulate in NYC with extensive fundraising and high profile marketing experiences for two years. Transitioned from there to fulfill life a long dream to do humanitarian work in Africa, with Doctors Without Borders and other NGOs for 2 years where I held HR/Finance management positions, including managing 4 million euro + budgets and being head of HR for between 200-400 staff, including expatriate and national staff. Lots of direct management experience of large teams of multicultural and multilingual staff. Dealt with complicated experiences, emergency contexts, insecurity, difficult labor requirements, mitigating strikes, putting a stop to theft, writing employee handbooks, organizing emergency health projects, interaction with UN, USAID, EU donors, Governments, etc in some instances as an official representative from my NGOs.
    -Bilingual in French and English. Comprehension in Spanish and Portuguese.
    -Goal post-MBA: Consultant at a top firm, with a focus eventually on sub-Saharan Africa, particularly strategy and operations.
    -Dual US/North African citizen with or partial African descent, qualify as “black” in the US

    Target: INSEAD (top choice), Stanford, NYU, …wondering what chance is for Harvard or Columbia

  • French manager

    Dear Sandy and John,

    Could you please assess my chances of getting into the following schools, by order of priority: Insead, HBS, Columbia, LBS, IMD

    Profile:

    – French

    – 750 GMAT (Q48 ; V44)

    – 3.2 GPA at 7th French Business School

    – 28 year old white male

    – M.Sc in administration, majored in Corporate finance and financial markets

    – Work experience: 3 years 2 months in PwC as a senior financial auditor in France, then moved to Malaysia to work for a big French container shipping company as a financial analyst, position that I held during 1.5 years. I got promoted 6 months ago to manager of a team of 60 people (6 nationalities), my current position, in what can be described as an accounting factory. Strong achievements in both positions.

    – Extracurricular: former member of France’s national badminton team, now a volunteer coach at a Kuala Lumpur club for children.

    – Goals: short term: join a top management consulting firm and focus on energy related topics as much as possible. Long term: join a major actor in the energy industry, and make my way up via the corporate finance path

    Thank you very much

  • indianwoman

    Hi! I went through all profiles to see if there is a match with mine, but since I could not find any – request you to do an analysis please.

    Indian Woman, 27 years old
    GMAT score- 740
    Total 5 Years of work exp. 2 years as a management consultant in UAE, 3 years in New Delhi in Corporate HR in a French energy MNC handling talent management in a leadership role (building leadership pipeline, Competency assessments, development of potential).

    Undergraduate from Delhi University in Economics Honours with 70% (not sure how to convert in GPA), Post graduate diploma in HR management from a reputed Indian management institute with 7/10 CGPA.

    Extracurricular activities include Public Speaking, I hold leadership position in Toastmasters Club, also have formal training in Hindustani Classical vocal music

    Social Contribution – Counselling for Rape Victims in India – work for a Women’n NGO

    Goal: A career in consulting in Mckinsey post an MBA from Harvard/ Stanford

  • The Risk Manager

    Hi Sandy,

    I read your posts and love your level of insights into what school fits what profile! Could you help ‘handicapp’ my chances at top MBAs? Tks!

    – GMAT – 770 (the score is back in 2010; might need to take again; plan to maintain 750+)

    – Undergrad – Top 4 University in China with a finance degree. GPA: 3.5 out of 4. Had one year exchange program in a US university (ranked 70-ish) and GPA there is 4 out of 4.

    – Work History – After graduation I went to work as a credit risk analyst in a bulge bracket bank in China, with exposure to both traditional commercial bank products and investment bank products. Will be promoted to associate before applying. Work is mainly fundamental analysis related, and involve assessing product suitability. Although as middle office, we are fully integrated in account planning and visit client very often. Manage my own portfolio of around 20 – 30 names. Other work includes doing monthly presentation of portfolio overview and managing regulatory-related stuff. Workplace is quite international and I also had 2 months rotation in Mumbai.

    – Volunteer: actively participate in the volunteering activity organized by the bank, including teaching migrant children.

    – Goal: I frequently find that work will be more efficient if the front office has more credit sense. My goal is therefore to become a relationship manager or product sales in IB and create real value for client while keeping up my credit sense and know how to get things approved (righteously). I am a big believer in that banks need to reconcile with society by putting value added for customer before its own $$. I know it sounds naive, but that is also what I really experience after being in the BB for this long.

    – 24, Female. Plan to apply in 2015 and enroll in 2016, so by the time of application I would be 25.

    Thanks in advance Sandy!

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