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Stacey Oyler of Clear Admit

The former assistant director of admissions for Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, Stacey Oyler knows MBA admissions inside out. Over a 21-month period, from October of 2003 to July of 2005, Oyler participated in every admissions decision for two full classes of admits to Tuck. For the past five years, Oyler has taken that inside knowledge of elite admissions and put it to work for clients on behalf of Clear Admit, the MBA admissions consultant. Her stint in the admissions offices of an elite business school, followed by three years as a recruiter of MBAs for McKinsey & Co., has given her the credibility and the knowhow to smartly advise applicants who want to get into the very top business schools.

Stacey has agreed to help MBA applicants with questions at Poets&Quants. No question is out of bounds. Worried about your undergraduate record? Concerned about your GMAT score? Not entirely certain where you should apply to get your MBA? Unsure of how to answer the essay questions? Wondering who you should ask to write your letters of recommendation?

Fire away. Stacey will do her best to answer your queries.

  • Scorpio 1987

    Hi Stacy,

    I’d be grateful to know your views on my odds of making it to one of the top 10/20 schools.

    Here’s my profile:

    1. I am an Indian female, 26 years with 5 years experience in an oil and gas multi-national with work experience spanning areas of project management (including lead roles in CAPEX intensive projects in uncommon (high risk in terms of security) countries), design and engineering and operations support. I have worked in three different countries (Netherlands, India and Philippines) and most of my work has been focused on leading projects (small to large) with significant global interfaces.
    2. GMAT-700 Q48/V38
    3. Undergrad degree: Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering; GPA of 3.7 from a top 10 institute in India. I have scores of 96% and 94% in High school and Higher Secondary School boards
    4. As part of the National Service Scheme in India, I led the demonstration of the usefulness of solar energy in cooking and lighting to rural communities close to my university; I volunteered for offering services to the cyclone Yolanda hit victims in the Philippines during my stint there, in a non-English speaking community; I was part of the diversity and Inclusion team during my stint in the NL and organized a workshop on sexual orientation highlighting issues faced by employees from the LGBT community; I have organized many workshops while I was a student at the undergrad university including one on Intellectual Property rights and their relevance to university students, as a classical vocalist I have given a few concerts;
    5. My post MBA goal would be to enter the strategy department of any of the energy industry majors for I have been quite good so far (based on my work experience) at steering work processes towards a certain goal, cutting out the excesses. My experience in the relevant sector i believe will be quite useful here.
    6. My other credentials include a summer research internship in India (chosen among thousands of other candidates) and a leadership based selection program for the oil and gas major I now work for, for which I was among 47 candidates selected from all countries in Asia Pacific


  • Scorpio 1987

    My GPA would probably be higher- I had a GPA of 9/10 in India and was second my class of 47 students.

  • Carlo

    Hi Stacey,

    I’m applying this year for Fall 2015. I’m peruvian (currently living in Peru), 25 years old, Bachelor of Economics, worked for 3 years after graduation, 1 year in food exports and 2 years and 2 months (so far) as a consultant for a regional firm. I also have worked for 6 months in Ecuador as a consultant and traveled to Germany for a food fair (ANUGA, 2011 in Köln, Germany) while I worked for the food exports company. Lived for two 4-months periods in Wyoming where I worked in a gas station while raising money to pay for my university in Peru. Got 720 on my GMAT (49Q, 38V), 8 in IR and 5.0 in my AWA score. I do volunteer work in Peru helping building houses for the poor and I’m planning to start volunteering for another NGO teaching maths to kids in less favored regions of my country. I want to apply for Harvard, Wharton, Stanford and Tuck, could you please help me by telling me what my chances are for such programs?

    Best regards,


  • pushkar

    hi stacey,
    i m a final year LL.B. student from india ,i would complete it by april 2015, i have gone through a large number of rankings(bw ,ft,the economist, forbes and US) ,but at the end all i am is confused.
    I am yet to give my gmat , but all i am looking at is a full time MBA from the best college possible in the world. i dont have a work experience and neither will i ever have a work experience for business since i would always be a person who is more interested in litigation.
    i want you to help me out as to which school is the best where i can be admitted right after my graduation before which i would have given a gmat. money is not an issue and dont take the gmat score a criteria , i know good schools require a good gmat … all i require from your side is which are the best colleges around the world that would take me for a full time mba right after graduation and without a work experience on gmat scores.

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