Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds

Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds: Sandy Kreisberg (left) and John A. Byrne

A high school dropout who got a GED ten years later, enrolled in community college and worked her way into a top five Ivy League university, this 31-year-old black woman works for a Big Four accounting firm. She’s hoping an MBA will help her transition to a more elite consulting firm and later help her land a job as a human resources executive.

This 21-year-old, white male student initially went to a top private liberal arts university as a pianist wanting to master the classics. By the end of his freshman semester, he switched to finance and stats. With a 740 GMAT and a 3.5 grade point average, he now wants to apply to Harvard Business School’s 2+2 deferred admissions program.

For the past two years, this 26-year-old professional has worked on the corporate development team of a large bank focusing on deals in Central America. With a 750 GMAT and a 3.6 GPA from a top 15 university, his career goal is to work internationally for a global healthcare concern.

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Sandy Kreisberg, founder of HBSGuru.com

What these three MBA candidates and more share in common is the desire to get through the door of a highly selective MBA program at one of the world’s very best business schools. Do they have a chance?

Sanford “Sandy” Kreisberg, founder of MBA admissions consulting firm HBSGuru.com, is back to analyze these and a few other profiles of actual MBA applicants who have shared their vital statistics, work backgrounds, and career goals 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 to be published shortly. (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.)

 

Mr. Freddie Fannie

  • 700 GMAT
  • 3.3 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in information systems from Penn State University
  • Work Experience includes six months at Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, after a stint in the consulting arm of a Big Four accounting firm
  • Founder of a cell phone and computer consulting firm for five and one-half years
  • Extracurricular involvement as a Little League coach, and a volunteer with the American Legion and an organization devoted to helping those with pediatric cancer
  • Goal: To transition to McKinsey, Bain or BCG
  • Stretch schools are MIT Sloan and Wharton
  • 25-year-old white male

Odds of Success:

MIT: 10% to 15%
Wharton: 10% to 15%
Columbia: 20%
Virginia: 30% to 40%
UCLA: 30% to 40%
Dartmouth: 20%

Sandy’s Analysis: The golden variety of a tech guy like you has a higher GPA and a higher GMAT and who has the savvy into a McKinsey, Bain or BCG. You work at a Big Four and are a white male. That makes you a diamond in the rough. So you are the silver version of that golden candidate.

At Wharton, MIT and Columbia, I don’t think this is going to happen. There are just too many other white guys like him in their applicant pools with higher numbers and even better resumes. I think you are going to have a real hard time at those schools. Wharton and Columbia have become very focused on the metrics: How many 3.3, 700 white males are there combined? I don’t know but I don’t think there are all that many. For a guy with your profile, MIT would be looking for a 750 GMAT.

Feel free to send me a telegram telling me I’m an idiot and that you got into MIT, Wharton or Columbia. But I predict you’re not going to make it.

So then you are down to Darden, UCLA and Tuck. You are a totally solid guy and Darden and Anderson are possible with your numbers. You’re working for a big government organization and that is of interest to a school trying to build a diverse class.

The intersection of the American Legion and the top 20 business schools in America may..I don’t think it’s going to get you a lot of bonus points in this game. Tuck is a place where you if you are the Tuck type, there’s a sniff test. Tuck would go with veterans more than a volunteer for the American Legion. They go for grads of the elite liberal arts schools in New England. They go for smart outdoorsy people. So just based on the personal touch and feel of your profile, you may have a hard time at Tuck. I don’t see you fitting in at Tuck just from the way you present, but I hope I am wrong.

Darden, Anderson, Cornell, USC, those are places where you fall more naturally.

Here is some tough love if you want to work at MBB. If you got a 720 GMAT instead of a 700, you still wouldn’t get into an MIT, Wharton or Columbia. But it could make the difference in working for McKinsey, Bain or BCG after you get an MBA from Darden, Anderson, or Cornell.

There is something admission officiers say to people who don’t get in: They say there is nothing wrong with you. We just liked other people more. In your case, the people they like more are those with a 3.6 and a 730 or 740 GMAT of whom there are a lot of people. At MBB, I think you are going to need that 720 because they are interested in your GMAT score.

I also don’t think you are going to get much credit for founding your cell phone computer company. It pains me to say this but business schools don’t credit the fact that you started a computer consulting company. What they want you to do is join a large computer consulting company and work your way through the ranks.

  • asaurabh

    Hi Sandy and John,

    I really want to go to a top M10 school so that I can gain the relevant network and knowledge that will eventually propel my personal career ambitions which possibly include doing something on my own.
    But I am uncertain on the chances that I have to get in or at least receive an invitation for an interview from my dream b-schools. My goal is to go to Tuck, Columbia, Kellogg or Wharton.

    -24 years old Indian male,
    -Will have 3 years of Strategy & Operations management consulting experience from a big4 firm in India (with 2 successive promotions) by the time I enter b-school (if i apply this year)
    -Dual undergraduate degree( B.S.B in Finance and B.S in economics) from a top US public college, with a merit scholarship
    -Unfortunately graduated with 3.2 Cumulative GPA due to extenuating circumstances,
    -At university co-founded a self governing non-profit consulting student Organization which eventually merged with a global non-profit consulting start-up and become one of a kind organisation in the region, and is still running well…
    -Post graduation, (in tandem to my big4 job) have been leading the startup’s global growth and strategy across 34 countries
    -During undergrad I chaired an administrative and faculty selected committee (responsible for allocating $30mn student fees annually), comprised of 12 graduate, undergraduate and faculty members that represented over 50,000 fee paying student interests.
    -Was sub-committee chair for the first year and committee chair for the next 3 years
    -I have given my GRE (321) – 161Q and 160V.
    -I speak 3 languages

  • Terry

    so 50%??? Good enough!

  • asaurabh

    Hi, 
I am a 24 years old indian male, will have 3 years of Strategy and Operations management consulting experience from a big4 firm in India (with 2 successive promotions), I have a dual undergraduate degree( B.S.B in Finance and B.S in economics) from a venerated US public college unfortunately graduated with 3.2 Cumulative GPA due to extenuating circumstances, during my undergrad I co-founded a self governing non-profit consulting student group which eventually merged with a global non-profit consulting start-up and become one of a kind organisation in the region, and is still running well…post undergrad i have been leading the startup’s global growth and strategy (selected out of 500+ applicants), furthermore during undergrad i chaired an administrative and faculty selected committee (responsible for allocating $30million student fees annually) of 12 graduate, undergraduate and faculty members that represented over 50,000 students and faculties. I have given my GRE (321 – 161Q and 160V. I speak 3 languages
    columbia, tuck and kellogg?

  • pcf22

    Sandy,

    Would love your thoughts on my application:

    Background:
    31 year old white male Navy Pilot, 3 tours, 2 combat deployments, 3 military promotions
    Applying to HBS, Stanford, Wharton, Columbia, MIT
    740 GMAT, 6 on writing and 7 on IR

    Education:
    3.4 GPA undergrad from Georgetown Univ in Psychology
    3.6 GPA Masters from US Naval War College in National Defense and Strategic Studies, Asia Pacific focus

    Work Experience:
    Leading team of 10-15 in planning military air logistics throughout Asia-Pacific
    Led 4 classes of 90 new military recruits
    Awarded Air Medal, 2 Navy Commendation Medals, 1 Navy Achievement Medal

    Extras:
    Active Top Secret clearance
    3 years living in Tokyo, speak Japanese
    Volunteer work with Japanese children and disabled teens

    Career aspirations: Defense or Aerospace consulting with Big 3, especially with focus on Asia Pacific
    I’m hoping that an elite MBA will be capstone that ties together military experience with previous masters to make me competitive for Big 3 consulting jobs.

    Glad to provide more details and resume in a private message. Thank you for all that you do!

  • hbsguru

    A lot could depend on what schools think of current employer–is it a selective one, where do peeps who work next to you go to B school, or do they not apply.
    Is firm a hot name brand, etc. etc.
    Rest is solid but firm counts a lot.
    Not seeing any X factor here for Stanford, HBS will turn on the above a good deal, Sloan might go for the big stats, etc. So might K.
    If company is nothing special your task is to get job 2 at a hot firm like Goog, Apple, FB or some “special” growing firm where you have lots of responsibility, etc. Your story parallels in some way what kids who do IB for leading Wall St firms need to do for Job 2, e.g get hot PE job after that. Esp White males.

  • hbsguru

    🙂 You would be a Depends addition to any top tier school.

  • hbsguru

    Amen, and for the record, I was a noted commentator on BW Forums during your era. “Ask Sandy” was my handle.
    Brings it all back.
    Glad this all worked out.

  • Jimmy Page

    Yo.
    -29y/o white male, US
    -730 GMAT (Q49/V41)
    -BS Engineering from top-50 public w/ 2.86 GPA (horrible grades first year due to alcohol abuse, sober 9 years now, graduated cum laude w/ 3.56 last 3 years)
    -MS Aerospace Engineering from #1 public school in the US w/ 3.43 GPA
    -5 years at matriculation for defense contractor, Forbes top-25 small business:
    a. Current role as a contractor data analyst for Missile Defense Agency, use data to create visuals depicting intercept events for flight tests that eventually make it to a 2-star general officer (2 years)
    b. Past role integrating Hellfire missiles onto different platforms for EMEA countries, my team integrated Hellfire onto a Cessna for the Iraqi Air Force (2 years)
    -Goal: become product manager for a Microsoft or Google, preferably with high-reliability hardware since that’s where my experience lies.
    -ECs: Sponsor in AA taking early members through the 12 steps, professional development coordinator for my firm’s YP group
    -Other: classic rock enthusiast/guitarist, crossfitter
    -Targets: Sloan, Tuck, Kellogg, Fuqua, Darden

  • ekthorne

    Hi Sandy,

    I would love to hear your thoughts on my profile.

    Background:
    25 year old white female
    Applying Round 1 for Fall 2018 to HBS, Wharton, UVA, Duke
    GMAT: 770 (51Q / 42V)
    GPA: 3.8 from a public ivy (UNC Chapel Hill, UVA, Michigan)
    Business Administration major

    Work Experience:
    4 years upon matriculation
    First two years in a leadership development rotational program at Comcast/NBCUniversal, with roles in finance and strategy across both the media and telecommunications businesses.
    Switched companies into a promoted role in strategic finance / mergers & acquisitions at another major media company, where I’ve been for the last 1+ year. My current role involves rotating among the corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and international teams and working directly for C-level executives on strategic projects (think business development, corporate innovation, deals, and financial analyses). I received a 10% raise within my first 6 months of my current role for outstanding performance and overall contribution to the team.

    Awards:
    Phi Beta Kappa
    National Merit Scholar
    Undergraduate Business School Scholarship Recipient.

    Extra-Curriculars:
    Founded and developed a mentorship program at my ballet company during all 4 years of high school in which advanced dancers mentored girls with Down syndrome in a beginner’s ballet class. I personally mentored two different girls during the period and recruited my friends to also participate in the program.
    Spent a summer of college in Cusco, Peru, teaching English at a shelter for young girls who were victims of abuse and trafficking.
    Have spent the last year and three months involved with a non-profit organization that serves the homeless population in Atlanta, where I currently live. Started out serving refreshments on the streets of downtown and engaging with the homeless, and then became a certified instructor to teach a personal finance course to children living in the organization’s homeless shelter. Have since graduated three groups of students from the course, which aims to equip them with important tools and habits so they can escape the cycle of poverty in their lives.
    Admissions ambassador in college (one of 40 selected for this position out of 400+ applicants)
    Ministry / music team leader for a religious organization in college
    Co-leader of Comcast’s recruiting committee, where I managed a successful new phone interview process in which 25 employees screened 200+ internship applicants

    Post-MBA Goals:
    Short-term: To obtain a position in consulting (MBB), with a focus on helping media companies innovate and transition from traditional business models into the digital age.
    Long-term: To transition back into a corporate strategy role at a major media company (ex: Disney, Time Warner, Comcast/NBCU) and eventually become an executive there. I also want to establish a foundation that provides internship and scholarship opportunities to underprivileged women interested in media, with the goal of introducing more diverse voices in the industry who can then shape messages of confidence for young women.

  • TechProductGuy

    Sandy, @JohnAByrne:disqus,
    I’d be super-grateful if you could offer your candid thoughts on my profile.

    Background:
    5 US patent filings
    Two-time Quora Top Writer; Published in Forbes, HuffPost
    Indian male 24 year old; Grew up (10 years) in a Middle-Eastern country
    Working with world’s leading payment network; first as a Software Engineer and then Tech Product Mgmt
    GRE 335 (QA 170, VR 165, 5 AWA); GPA 3.42; Top 10 non-IIT Engineering School in India
    Volunteered for two years as an English tutor for underprivileged kids

    Should I apply in R2 this year (2 years work ex) or wait and apply R1 next year?

    Schools:
    Harvard, Wharton, Kellogg, Tuck, Ross

    Post-MBA goal:
    Top 3 consulting (MBB)

  • ajvilla90@sbcglobal.net

    Sandy and John,

    I would appreciate your thoughts on my candidacy:

    Background:
    26 year old white Male
    Applying to Kellogg, Tuck, Yale SOM, Duke, Columbia, Texas,

    Education:
    Ivy League undergrad with a 2.88 GPA
    Athlete who graduated with 172 credits (you need 124 to graduate) and a triple major
    To show growth from low GPA, I’ve taken courses from MIT (final grades of 89% and 94%), as well as a UCLA Advanced Statistics course I’m currently taking.

    GMAT:
    750 (50Q/42V) with 6 AWA and 8 IR.

    Work Experience:
    Started in I-Banking before moving to Teach For America
    Current teacher with lots of leadership roles.

    Extracurricular:
    Involved in mentoring non-profits in college, currently involved with a refugee non-profit.
    Competitive trivia (top 30 in nation last year in competition with $100,000 first prize).
    Alumni interviewer for my undergraduate school

    Goal: Post MBA I want to work in the education practice of a consulting firm like The Bridgespan Group.

    Applying Round 1 for all.

    Thanks for your consideration!

  • Josh Teague

    Sorry. I should say that I’ll have 3.5 years at that same Big 4 consulting firm by the time I enroll.

  • asaurabh

    Hi sandy,
    I am a 24 years old indian male, will have 3 years of Strategy and Operations consulting experience from a big4 firm in India by the time I start b-school (with 2 successive promotions), I have a dual undergraduate degree( B.S.B in Finance and B.S in economics) from a venerated US public college unfortunately graduated with 3.2 Cumulative GPA due to extenuating circumstances, during my undergrad I c-founded a self governing non-profit consulting student group which eventually merged with a global non-profit consulting start-up and become one of a kind organisation in the region, and is stil running well…post undergrad i have been leading the startup’s global growth and strategy (selected out of 100+ applicants), furthermore during undergrad i chaired an administrative and faculty selected committee (responsible for allocating $30million student fees annually) of 12 graduate, undergraduate and faculty members that represented over 50,000 students and faculties. I have given my GRE (321 – 161Q and 160V).

    what are my chances at tuck, columbia, wharton and kellogg?

  • JohnAByrne

    Frank, Thanks for sharing your story. I pretty much agree with what you’ve said. One reason why Sandy’s assessments resonate with so many applicants is because he tells it like it is–and how it is differs greatly from what you hear from admission officials. And yet, as you clearly know, the degree can make a real difference in one’s life.

  • Frank

    I do not have a profile that needs to be reviewed. Rather, John, I have a perspective I would like you to critique.

    I am an odd person to be reading this website. You see, I actually graduated business school almost 15 years ago. Back then the businessweek forums were where you exchanged ideas. I was a second tier candidate in many ways: Second tier school, second-tier jobs. Good gpa and gmat though. I used an admission consultant long before it was de rigeur. I learned so much about positioning yourself that I simply did not have access to. Long story short: successful career well beyond what I ever thought I was going to accomplish, now worth a lot, and I owe much of it to the access I was granted by admission to the lower first tier program I was admitted to, which I owe a lot to my consultant. This process fascinates me so much to this day that I am still lurking around sites like this one.

    Which brings me to my perspective: MBA programs love to tell you that they just want to know the real you. That you shouldn’t tell them what you think they want to hear and that the application is just a tool to tell your own individual story, which is all they really want. To which I say “BS.” The “real me” is not a person that would likely have gotten much honest consideration. The me reflected in my application had slivers of truth and full truths (like my gmat and transcript) but was otherwise largely a fiction. But I got in. And I had a remarkably successful career. I was not found out to be a fraud, because I am not. I competed favorably in rigorous, elite jobs post MBA. During admissions , I simply played the game laid out in front of me. It has left me with the perspective that the purpose of an application is not to reveal your true you – it’s to get in. Plain and simple. The goal is to get in. Adcoms are just HR people, most who don’t have mbas, and were not going to be the arbiters of my fate and whether I was given access. I hold to this day that the role of an application is to get in, and to do what you can and can get away with while maximizing your odds. To suggest otherwise is to suggest that some arbitrary person, an adcom rep, should have more power than they deserve over your fate.

    The criticisms to my perspective almost write themselves. But I’m curious to hear yours nonetheless. I write anonymously for obvious reasons.

  • Frank

    DS

  • Terry

    Hi Sandy- I’d love your thoughts on my application to Wharton and Stanford:

    – 3.87 gpa at William and Mary, studied mech engineering and zoology (double major)
    -78 year old white male
    -6 decades of oil experience from upstream to downstream, from engineering to FP&A and strategy
    -I’ve fathered 8 children, and have 14 grandchildren, which makes me a natural leader
    -I can drink a can of Ensure in under 4 seconds, and am an excellent Uno player

  • celloteague

    Hi Sandy- Thanks for your insights! I’d appreciate your opinion on my chances:

    Background:
    28 yr old white male; working-class background from the SE.
    Applying to MBA(+MPH/MHA) Cornell, Emory, Yale, UWashington
    GRE: 160 Quant, 163 Verbal

    Education:
    3.5 GPA @Temple U. in Cello Performance

    Work:
    Went pro in orchestras while in college; worked in orchestras and free-lanced as a cellist after college.
    Taught music lessons to kids until very recently (some great success stories from them).
    Decided to look at other careers (thought about law school), and ended up with a tiny subcontractor working for Tax arm of a Big 4,
    Then was put in charge of the mailroom of Atlanta office of same Big 4,
    Then landed a breakthrough gig with Big 4 consulting doing health sector work. Consulted on U.S. Ebola and Zika virus responses, opioid epidemic, healthcare provider preparedness, pro-bono for Autism Society state chapter.
    Recently promoted, top-rated performer.

    Goal:
    Work as a consultant between health regulation agencies and providers to navigate continually volatile health environment and increase access to affordable healthcare for working-class America

  • Audit2MBB

    Hello Sandy and team,
    My name is Jon and I am an auditor but I do have a certain story that doesn’t seem to fit with any of your previous auditors that you have helped.

    730 GMAT
    3.44 GPA from Babson College, dual concentration in Finance and Accounting
    While at Babson, was a part of the Honors program but did not graduate in the program due to unforeseen circumstances with my thesis paper. Studied at the LSE and in Asia for study abroad programs.

    Targeting: HBS, Sloan, Tuck, Yale SOM

    I’ve been working as an auditor for the past 2 years at the better of the Big 4 in my city. I’ve volunteered in Belize teaching financial literacy, in China teaching English, and in multiple locations in the city. I am passionate about volunteering and not-for-profits.

    When I first moved to America, we were essentially homeless (living in motels thanks to friends). I was the first in my family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and worked throughout college. When I started, even though it wasn’t much, I was already making more than my parents, combined.

    My goal is to transition into MBB. Long term goal is to use the skillsets learned at MBB to make an impact on the not-for-profit scene as it relates to education and family security.

    I’m a 24 year old mixed Asian male (Chinese mainly, Indian, Portuguese), currently have a green card with a Malaysian passport and looking to get an American Citizenship soon (should I do it before or after I apply?).

    I appreciate if you could spare the moment to analyze me and give me a realistic idea of what my chances at my target schools would be. Thank you very much.

  • Jojo Sutkowski

    Hi Sandy!
    Would love a profile review and any advice you can muster – I love your work!

    Work experience:
    Data Analyst – 1.5 years at a boutique consulting firm specializing in healthcare compliance management. Learned tons about data and client deadlines. Picked up VBA and SQL.
    Jr. BI Developer – 1 year at a mid-size tech firm specializing in ad tech. Got really good at SQL, picked up Tableau, and Python. Did some pretty cool analytics projects involving automation and segmentation.
    BI Developer – (promoted) .5 years at same ad tech firm. Really good at Tableau and Tableau Server and better at Python. Started working with Linux. Started leading cross-functional teams through project life cycle: design, dev, feedback, implementation, and maintenance. Doing more high-impact analytics projects that are informing overall strategy. Projects are starting to incorporate more work from data science and data engineering teams.

    Extra curriculars:
    4 yrs rugby in college, was recruitment officer and led uni to first USA tournament, am active as an alumni organizer
    4 years frat, was a philanthropy coordinator
    self-published a mini novella online (to zero praise, but it was a great experience)
    performs standup and improv monthly (haven’t in a bit cuz of GMAT and essay writing)

    Undergrad school/major:
    Top 50 uni; econ and French; May 2014 grad
    studied abroad in France

    Profile
    Race/nationality: White, US living in Phila
    Sex: Male
    Age: 24.99

    Stats
    GMAT Score 740: Q50 V 40 AWA 5.5, IR 6
    Undergrad GPA: 3.53

    MBA Info
    Goal of MBA: Short term – mgmt consulting to hone in on what makes effective tech strats for growth or resource utilization. Long term – Develop better leadership and analytics skills to eventually lead a strat and ops group at a major tech firm. Even Longer term – Maybe some type of non-profit org that teaches key computer techniques to under served areas in US.
    Essays: focused on analytics, comedy, failure, searching for the authentic self

    Mega Reach: Stanford
    Reach schools: Harvard, MIT , [Not Wharton cuz I currently work in Phila and wanna change it up]
    Target-ish schools: Columbia, Berkeley, Kellogg
    Safety-ish schools: UCLA, NYU

    Additional:
    Most people from my company apply to grad school for stats, comp eng, and ops masters. There are a few MBA(s) in upper mgmt, but they weren’t working here before they applied to MBA programs. Two Fox MBAers and the CEO is a Whartonite. CTO also has a cert from Tuck.

  • FranzVoss

    Hola Sandy and John,

    I’m posting the comment again because it was previously tagged as spam. Thanks in advance for your feedback.
    · Male, 28 years old, Mexican with German citizenship
    · GMAT: 770 ( 50Q, 44V, 8 IR, 4.0 AWA )
    · GPA: 3.82 (94/100) BS Chemical Engineering at top Mexican university

    Work Experience:
    – Textile / Apparel company in a rural setting (~$60M/yr, 1200 emp.)
    11 months as Supply Chain Project Engineer at a textile/apparel company
    · The CEO noticed my work and put me to work for the Board of Directors.
    4 months as Interim Cut & Sew Production Manager (280 emp.)
    · Appointed after the previous manager left amidst a customer service crisis
    · Succeeded in reversing the crisis and saving the accounts involved
    20 months as Director of the Apparel Business Unit (~$10M/yr, 400 emp.)
    · Responsible for: 3 Production Sites, Design & Development, Sales, Procurement, HR.
    · One of three BU Directors reporting directly to the owner and the board.
    · The other two were MBA graduates with 15+ years of experience.
    6 months as Innovation Director
    · Applied my knowledge of the apparel business in the design of the assortment and price policies for the upcoming retail store and online retail.
    · Lead the design of a new company wide compensation policy.

    – Precast Concrete Manufacturer with production facilities in 4 states (~$40M/y, 300 emp., family owned)
    10 months and running as Projects & Planning Director
    · Decided to join to get an insiders view of the company and the industry prior to an MBA.
    · Leading the merger process of the company’s 3 constituents
    · Focusing mainly in the use of technology to revamp production and administration processes, and provide info for better decision making

    Extracurricular:
    – Spent one year as full time volunteer living within a priest community (before college)
    – Have spent hundreds of hour doing community service and mentoring teenagers
    – Board Member of the State Philharmonic Patronage since Jan’15
    – Twice recognized as the “Most Outstanding Basketball Player on Campus” during college

    Post MBA Goals:
    – Short Term:
    · Business strategy role, either consulting or within a strategic planning team to hone my skills
    – Long Term:
    · Come back to Mexico to take the family company to a new level, focusing on innovation to offer today’s youth challenging opportunities, along with a strong commitment to profitable, labor intensive products that could ease the region’s deficit of fairly paid, human oriented opportunities.

    Dream Schools: 1. Stanford, 2. Harvard, 3. Sloan
    Very Attractive Alternatives: Haas, Kellogg (still undecided)

  • Connor

    I’d be interested to hear how adcoms view advanced degrees. I’m currently working on a masters focused on analytics as well. Mine is more because of circumstance though. I’m in the navy and got assigned to work at an NROTC, so I figured I’d get a degree in something useful while I’m here. Tuition is covered through the university’s tuition remission program.

  • kayjaysay

    Hi Sandy,

    Was hoping to get your thoughts:

    Basics:
    25, Male, Caucasian, American
    GMAT Score: 770 (50Q/46V)
    Undergrad School: Johns Hopkins University
    Major: Doubled in Writing and Film and Media Studies (I know)
    Undergrad GPA: 3.72

    Background:
    Work experience: Worked in prestigious internship at Big-3 national news network, was Assistant Director on both a feature film and music video, though now I’m a marketing manager at a national distributor for OSHA-based safety equipment. Had numerous close calls in media field after principal photography on above projects ended, but none came to fruition.
    Extra-curricular: Not too many post-grad, unfortunately. Was heavily involved in film society, community service based around sports and film during college, played on rugby team, wrote for college newspaper
    Other education/coursework: Studied abroad in undergraduate journalism exchange program, Sciences Po in Paris, 3.76 GPA

    Goal of MBA:
    Short-term goal: To enter the entertainment industry in a mid-level executive capacity at a well-known studio
    Long term goal: To help change for the better the way in which Hollywood apportions and in general deals with its money (make the phrase “Hollywood Accounting” a thing of the past), to eventually provide financial opportunities to people whose stories aren’t currently being told much

    Target schools: H/S/W, Dartmouth, Columbia, NYU, UCLA, USC

  • bballmba

    Sandy,

    Like many others, I would greatly appreciate your opinions on my upcoming MBA application.

    Targets: HBS, MIT, Columbia, NYU, LBS, Oxford
    GMAT: 730
    Demographics: 29 y/o white male

    Education
    -BA in business and psychology at a top-3 University of California. Team captain and leading scorer for school basketball team. 3.4 GPA
    -MS in Analytics at Northwestern. 3.93 GPA.

    Work Experience
    -1-year playing professional basketball overseas. Team leading scorer and voted 1st team all-league (before grad school).
    -Two years as a data analyst at a pre-IPO unicorn tech start-up.
    -Two more years in analytics at another similar globally recognized tech firm (think Google, Facebook, etc).

    Skills:
    Advanced in a few different programming languages through self-study but don’t have much formal computer science education.

    Goals:
    Want to get into analytics consulting for McKinsey/Bain, etc. after MBA.

    Thank you in advance.

  • Jojo Sutkowski

    m8, if you don’t get in then none of us will ahahaha great profile and big ups for your service! I think your post-MBA goal is the best and most differentiating I’ve seen. Honestly. It’s specific. It’s in a ~sexy~ field and it has a do-good aspect. Also – I played footy in college against Navy. Did you play at CRCs?

  • bomber606

    Hi Sandy-

    Would love to hear your thoughts on my application.

    32 year old caucasian male.

    Targets: Kellogg, Sloan, Haas, Ross, Anderson

    GMAT: 700 (Q42, V44, IR8 – could do better on Quant, 45-48 range probably – unsure if worth retaking)

    Education: Midwestern State University

    Undergrad GPA: 2.8 overall (3.3 major – Political Science) Note about GPA: was in a subjective program (Architecture) that frankly was a terrible fit. As such my grades and whole academic experience suffered. But there is a definite upward trend after changing majors, having made honor roll my final two semesters in the highest level classes I took. I will address this in my optional statement.

    Work experience (almost 8 years):
    -Immediately after undergrad, ran a retail store for a little over a year.
    -Made the transition to politics, including an internship in a U.S. Senator’s office. For more than 6 years now, I’ve been working as part of the reelection campaign of a U.S. Representative (who will be writing me a very personal LoR); have been running the entire operation ($3m raised and spent every 2 years, oversee staff of 3-10 depending on the timing in the 2 year cycle) for more than 2 years.

    Extras:
    -Undergrad Fraternity
    -Various undergraduate and post graduate volunteerism
    -Young Associates Board of a nationally renowned hospital
    -Board Member of my Home Owners Association

    Short Term Goal: Transition to management consulting, preferably at MBB
    Long Term Goal: Start my own tech politics company

  • colinbayer7@gmail.com

    Sandy,

    Would love to hear your thoughts on my profile and chances. Thanks in advance for your
    help. 2nd time applying to some of the schools below.

    Demographic:
    • 27-year-old Caucasian American male.

    Work Experience (from newest to oldest):
    • 1 year at one of the big three auto OEMs as a Powertrain Engineer focusing on
    the axle and engine of the Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Chrysler
    Pacifica Minivan.
    • 3 years as a design engineer at an automotive supplier specializing in the heat
    treatment of aluminum stampings for the new, lightweight Ford F150 truck.
    • 2 years as metallurgical engineer at a fortune 500 company in Portland,
    Oregon specializing in nickel based super alloys and titanium-aluminide jet
    engine castings for GE, Rolls Royce, and Boeing. Company is now owned by
    Berkshire Hathaway.

    Academics:
    • Graduated from University of Michigan in Material Science Engineering
    • GPA: 2.42/4.0 (will address this in optional statement)

    Extracurricular Activities:
    • Member of Young Leadership council of RacquetUp – a nonprofit teaching
    inner-city kids the sport of squash while providing mentorship/tutorship to
    children. Raised over 250,000 for the 501-3C. (>4 years)
    • Navigator and Tactician in Port-Huron to Mackinac Race Sailboat Regatta, winning
    first in class 5 times (>15 years)

    GMAT:
    • 660 (45Q/36V/8IR) – Plan to take this once more to reach the 700 mark.

    Goal of MBA:
    • Short term goal is to work for Tesla, Lyft, or Waymo, working in autonomous automobile
    operations. Long-term goal is to bring an affordable self-driving car to market.

    Target Schools:
    Reapplying to: Ross, Stern, and McDonough
    Newly Applying to: Wharton, Columbia, Darden, Booth, Kellogg

  • semperdeep

    Sandy,

    I would appreciate your thoughts on my application:

    Background:
    26 year old white male Submarine Officer
    Applying to Stanford, HBS, Wharton, Tuck, Booth
    760 GMAT with 6 on writing and 8 on IR
    3.75 GPA

    Education:
    United States Naval Academy
    BS in Arabic and Economics
    18 months of nuclear power school after USNA grad
    2 months of additional school for DOE engineer qualification

    Work Experience:
    3 years running a reactor and driving a submarine
    Groups of direct reports up to 35 people
    Project manager for major industrial projects
    Quality assurance officer

    Awards:
    Full scholarship for grad school awarded to only 5 people in sub community
    Junior officer of the year
    Navy achievement medal

    Goal:
    Take nuclear weapons and nuclear waste and use them for fuel in developmental reactors.

    Extras:
    Rugby at school and still play/coach

  • bcm

    Hi Sandy,

    Would really appreciate you taking a look at my profile and letting me know what you think.

    Currently working for a Big 4 Consulting firm in London focussing on the banking sector (2.5 years).

    Previously interned for the US State Department in Edinburgh.

    I was the captain of my university’s ultimate Frisbee team and we were a top ranked team in the UK.

    I also volunteer with a charity that runs debate competitions for disadvantaged kids.

    Undergrad- Top 5 UK university (not Oxbridge) majoring in International Relations.

    Grad School- Oxbridge with a master’s in Development Economics.

    I am a white American male- I moved to the UK to work and study just out of interest which I am hoping differentiates my application a bit.

    Stats

    GMAT 710 (48Q, 40V)- Pretty sure I could score higher as the verbal is way lower than what I was getting on practice tests. Should I retake?

    Undergrad- received a First (highest degree classification in the UK) which roughly translates to a 3.8.

    Grad School- got a Distinction in my masters so was in the top 4-5 of people of a 50-person cohort (once again weird grading system but this is basically a 4.0).

    Goal of my MBA would be to jump into strategy consulting such as MBB, currently doing more operational transformation stuff with banks. With my politics background I am really interested in someday leading the public policy/thought leadership think tank at a consulting firm (think McKinsey Global Institute).

    Target schools: Haas, Tuck, Wharton, `Kellog, Chicago

  • GoBlue47

    Sandy,

    Would love to hear your thoughts on my profile and chances. thanks in advance for your help.

    Demographics:
    • 27 year-old Caucasian American male

    Work Experience:
    • 2 years of strategy consulting (along the lines of Pre-PWC Booz & Co, Monitor, or L.E.K.)
    • 1.5 years at well-regarded and well-known company on global corporate strategy team (along the lines of Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Disney)
    • 2 years as equity analyst (1 of 10 total) specializing in short-selling at well-known multi-billion dollar hedge fund. Firm is both well-known and well-covered in business media and founder is on CNBC/Bloomberg regularly

    Academics:
    • Graduated from University of Michigan – Ross with a BBA
    • GPA: 3.8/4.0

    Extracurricular Activities:
    • Mentored inner-city teenager in Chicago as part of Spark Mentorship program (2014-2015)
    • Co-head and organizer of stand-up comedy show to raise money for cancer research while in University

    GMAT:
    • 760 (49Q/44V/8IR/Waiting for AWA)

    Goal of MBA:
    • Expand skillset in value-based investing to become stronger in long-investing to transfer skills to a long/short analyst position. Long-term goal of starting my own fund, which will also rely on network gained in business school

    Target Schools:
    Stanford, Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, NYU (All Round 1)

  • Totts14

    Hi Sandy,

    Thanks for sharing your assessment of my profile. Really appreciate it.

    I am thinking of taking the GMAT again to try and get a higher GMAT score which could not only push my GMAT towards being a gold score but also improve my chances of landing a scholarship. Will a higher GMAT score bolster my chances of getting a scholarship? since its (gmat) the only part of my profile I can further improve. Also, what are the other factors that play an important part in landing the much contested for need-based scholarships? It would be really helpful if you could shed some light on the scholarship bit as well.

    Thanks again.

  • AksD12

    Hi Sandy,

    I would love to hear your thoughts on my application:

    26-yr old Indian, Applying to all schools in Round 1

    Targets: Stanford, HBS, Wharton, LBS, INSEAD, Booth

    GMAT: 740 (Q49, V41, IR8)
    Passed all 3 levels of CFA

    Education:
    -B.Engineering Biotechnology 9.35/10 CGPA (Distinction) from Top 5 Indian University in UAE (non-IIT)
    -Masters in Finance 3.2/4 CGPA from top 3 global program based out of Madrid, Spain.

    Work Experience:
    -Start: 1 year at large financial services firm in India in equity research
    -Current: 2 years at Big4 in India with one promotion to senior consultant. Work experience includes
    multiple industries and mandates over 4 continents.
    -3 months sabbatical at a leading US-based NGO in East Africa. Worked to develop strategy for a
    program aimed at improving training and employability of 60,000+ youth in East Africa.

    Extras:
    -Student council representative in 1st year (undergraduate)
    -Organised speaker series for consulting club (graduate)
    -Represented school in prestigious CFA Institute hosted competition and winner of the Iberia
    regional finals (graduate)
    -Organised and participated in club level tennis competitions (undergraduate)
    -Volunteered at a special needs school for children with disabilities (undergraduate)

    Awards:
    -Several work related accolades (EY)
    -Thesis paper (undergraduate) was presented in International renewable energy conference in Athens.
    -Scholarships to attend programs (undergraduate and graduate)
    -Award from White-House signed by U.S. President (this was back in school…)

    Short-term goal: To join MBB to develop product management and go-to market strategy skills across broader range of industries
    Long-term goal: To start PE fund that invests in core industries in underserved economies and improves their strategic and operational performance

    Background and interests: Lived in 7 countries. Enjoy hiking, travelling (36 countries visited), reading and sports

  • Nik11

    Hey Sandy

    Coming from a Corporate Governance Background, would love to know your thoughts about my profile:

    25, Indian Female (planning to apply next year)
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org. but few in the top management are Harvard, Stern, and Stanford Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance (3yr course) – University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary (CS), equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK.
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a more holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    — 2 yrs Senior Executive – Secretarial & Shares
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading in my company
    Handling all corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies and 2 partnership firms under my company
    Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group Company
    Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ stakeholders regularly
    Directly Report to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is a part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    — 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law/ corporate governance capacity, reporting to the CS of the Company.

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field. (Maybe a Board member too)

    Extra-Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & long jump
    — College football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Transition into a management role/ management consulting in the non-profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • Nik CG

    Hey Sandy

    Coming from a Corporate Governance background, would love to know your thoughts about my profile:

    25, Indian Female (planning to apply next year)
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org. but few in the top management are Harvard, Stern, Stanford Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance (3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary (CS), equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK.
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a more holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    — 2 yrs Senior Executive – Secretarial & Shares
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading in my company
    Handling all corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies and 2 partnership firms under my company
    Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group Company
    Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ stakeholders regularly
    Directly Report to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is a part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    — 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law/ corporate governance capacity, reporting to the CS of the Company.

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field. (maybe a Board member too)

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Transition into a management role/ management consulting in the non-profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • Nik11

    *Putting this comment for the 6th time 🙁 I think there some issue which makes the comment disappear!!

  • Nik11

    Hey Sandy

    Would love to know what you think of my profile,

    25, Indian Female (planning to apply next year)
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern, Haas Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    — 2 yrs Senior Executive – Secretarial & Shares
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading in my company
    Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms under my company
    Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    — 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Transition into a management role/ management consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • Nik11

    Hey Sandy

    Would love to know what you think of my profile,

    25, Indian Female (planning to apply next year)
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern, Haas Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    — 2 yrs Senior Executive – Secretarial & Shares
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading in my company
    Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms under my company
    Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    — 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Transition into a management role/ management consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • Eric8923

    Hi Sandy,

    If time permits, I would like your thoughts on my profile!

    Hispanic Male (U.S Citizen)

    GMAT:720(Q45 V43)

    GPA:3.1 overall. 3.5+ major GPA, 3.47 over the last 63 hours completed. (Submitting my profile during my final year of undergrad. The transcript will be missing the last 24 hours of my degree)

    Undergrad: Economics major, Mandarin minor. Top 200 Texas state university. (First Generation)

    Work Experience: 6 years enlisted military service. Multiple awards for leadership and personal achievements. Roughly 3 years of leadership positions. Promoted ahead of peers at every promotion.

    as a 19 year “Private First Class”, I was selected to attend the Warrior Leaders Course due to “exceptional leadership potential”. While attending the course I won one of 4 honor graduate awards for the entire class. I was acknowledged as the first “Private” to ever win an honor graduate award at the Fort Hood Warriors Leaders Course. I also graduated on the commandants list(Top 20%) for the course of about 240 participants.

    at 20 years old, I was selected ahead of 7 soldiers senior to myself to fill in as a team leader while serving in Afghanistan. During this deployment to Afghanistan I was sent to the promotion board for Sergeant.

    Extra Curriculars: Active member of the Chinese Club and Veterans Association at my University.

    Post MBA: MBB or Big 4 consulting. I want contribute to economic growth and the development of jobs.

    Target schools:
    Round 1: Cornell, Dartmouth, and Yale
    Round 2: Cal-Berkley, Duke, Michigan

    All things equals, I lean towards Yale and Dartmouth. In your opinion, do I have a legitimate shot at these schools? Any recommendations are more than welcome. Thanks for your time!

  • dky001

    Hi Sandy,

    I would appreciate it if you could evaluate my profile!

    From Turkey, 26 Male

    Undergrad: Pace University, Biology, GPA: 3.44 (A’s in quant classes)
    Graduate degree: Doctorate in physical therapy from a large Jewish school, GPA: 3.8
    GMAT: 710 (49Q, 37V)- retaking in October
    Currently taking HBX CORe (anticipate to finish with high honors)

    Work experience: 4 clinical rotations totaling 10 months (4 months at an elite hospital) in various clinical settings with supervision experience, 1 year in private clinic with marketing and insurance billing experience. Research assistant at same grad school after graduation for 1 year (simultaneously with private clinic job).

    Extracurricular: Co-founded a state wide student special interest group (wrote the bylaws of the organization), active member of professional association (organized events, attended board meetings, member of finance committee). Full swimming scholarship in undergrad, team captain senior year. Swam for the Turkish national team in European Youth Olympics. And some more.

    Short term goal: Transition into a non-clinical role in healthcare services sector, focusing on data driven, outcome based healthcare delivery.
    Long term goal: Senior level management position within healthcare sector

    Target: HBS, Wharton, Yale, Duke

  • runner-mba2017

    Here is some more context on my tech background since I didn’t study computer science as an undergrad. I’m primarily self-taught and did a lot of data/programming work at previous jobs. I also maintain a blog on software engineering and other tech topics. I lead my current team (about 10 other engineers), but none are technically direct reports.

  • runner-mba2017

    Hi Sandy,
    I’m applying in Round 1 for a fall 2018 start. Would love to get your feedback. Thanks in advance!

    Work experience: Currently a software engineer at a Fortune 50 company. Most of my experience here has been focused on building customer-facing web applications used by hundreds of thousands to millions of our customers every month.

    Previously, worked in economic research at a think tank for two years. Prior to that, I spent a year on a fellowship managing social responsibility initiatives for a company in central Africa. My first job out of college was at a start-up with a few friends. I was there for a year before moving abroad. We raised some initial funding and the organization is still operating successfully.

    Extracurriculars: Worked on some entrepreneurship initiatives in college and have participated in some civic hacking events. I contribute to open source projects somewhat frequently. I’m part of a running club and have run 20+ marathons.

    Undergrad school/major: Economics/international relations from top-25 private school (e.g, JHU, Georgetown, etc.). Spent one year abroad at a top British university.

    Race/nationality: Asian (Indian)/ US Citizen

    Sex: M

    Stats GRE: 170Q/170V/5W Undergrad GPA: 3.8

    MBA Info Goal of MBA: I enjoy working as a software developer a lot, but I’d like to get an MBA to move into a product management or strategy role at a tech company. To do that, I’d like to learn more about marketing, strategy, and operations.

    Target schools: Wharton, HBS, Sloan, Booth, Kellogg, Columbia, Tuck

  • hbsguru

    what we got here is silver schooling, silver GMAT (720) and gold career. Throw in Desi male and you prob. do not get HBS. They would love to have folks with digital marketing as part of the mix, but may find that person with more gold in the story.
    Other schools you note should be in-line, lots to like and you are in a hot space and from your descriptions of it, you are deeply in it.

  • irishspring1947

    Hi Sandy,

    I would appreciate your thoughts on my profile and chances
    of getting into my target schools.

    White, 27, Male, LBGT, First Generation College student, very
    low SES background from Midwest

    Undergrad: 3.94 GPA from top 15 university (majored in
    Organizational Development and Education Policy)

    GMAT: 680 (47 Q 36 V 6 IR 6 AWA)… taken it three times and
    this is my highest score

    Work Experience:

    1 year in education policy lobbying as a policy
    analyst (interned during undergrad and worked full time after graduation);

    4 years of advisory (by time of matriculation)
    at a Big 4 (primarily focused on organizational transformation during M&A
    as well as total rewards).

    Work is quant heavy with M&A synergy
    modeling and total rewards; have lead 6 projects and workstreams where I have
    directly managed Staff Consultants

    Rated 4 out of 5 both years as a Staff Consultant
    and 5 out of 5 first year as a Senior Consultant (well-regarded compared to
    peers)

    Worked directly with global partners and should
    be getting a strong recommendation from a partner who just retired (has time to
    write recs) and a senior manager who I’ve worked with closely for 1.5 years.

    Nationally speaking, a few consultants leave
    each year for B-school

    Other Information:

    Was let go from lobbying role due to merger with
    another non-profit. Transitioned to consulting because of comparability of
    skill sets required in policy analysis and consulting.

    Writing most essays about coping with adversity of
    being low-income and closeted gay in Midwest and taking on leadership roles as
    a way to cope; specifically talking about working so hard to prove myself being
    gay and low-income and finally graduating from college with accolades and
    awards then being let go from my out-of-college dream job (education policy
    analyst) and then how I had the resilience to rebound into a successful career
    (so far) in consulting

    Received a full merit scholarship to finish HS
    in Canada at an international, Montessori boarding school (thriving in
    Montessori may help explain low GMAT scores)

    Current EC:

    Big Brother, Big Sister (Big Brother for 2
    years)

    Campus Recruiting Lead for Big 4 (2 years and
    created/piloting a program to improve professional engagement and presence on
    campus… on target to roll out throughout the United States in FY19)

    Working out and meal prep (health and fitness
    are integral to who I am today…worth mentioning)

    Prior EC:

    President of IFC Fraternity in college

    Founder and President of Campus Education Policy
    club in college

    Targets: HBS, Tuck, Kellogg, and Darden (specifically want
    General Mgmt curriculum primarily taught through case to get exposure to
    finance, marketing, operations, product dev, etc. since I have not had that yet…
    want it to be a better consultant in general)

    Post MBA Goals: MBB (because you can ‘shop around’ for your specialty
    for a few years before you have a settle); Long-term (10+ years from now) want
    to go back into education policy as a non-profit leader, board member, or sector
    practice leader at whatever consulting firm I’m at

  • Nik11

    Hey Sandy

    Would love to know what you think of my profile,

    25, Indian Female (planning to apply next year)
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern, Haas Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    — 2 yrs Senior Executive – Secretarial & Shares
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading in my company
    Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms under my company
    Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    — 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Transition into a management role/ management consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • Godsownkid

    Hi,
    Yes, that was one of my major concerns while taking GMAT.

    Actually I wanted to know a bit more about the early career MBA program at Chicago Booth. Do you mind sharing your thoughts on the same?

  • PoliceWala

    For the elite colleges that you are targeting you have average GPA, below average work experience, below average GMAT (for an Indian) and you are much too young. For them to consider a 23 year old, 4 or 5 years younger than the class average, you must be someone very accomplished.

  • totts14

    GMAT: 720* (Typo)

  • Totts14

    Hi Sandy,

    It would be great if you could share your thoughts about my profile.

    Indian, 26 Male, First Generation College applicant
    Undergrads: Electronics and Telecommunication Engineer, Non-IIT College
    GMAT: 710
    GPA: 3.0 from Mumbai University
    Work Experience: 5 yrs of strong digital marketing experience at a top tier Digital marketing agency (Publicis Media) for clients spread across an array of sectors like Aviation, Automotive, Healthcare, BFSI, Web Hosting, Education etc.

    Currently working as Group Head – Biddable Media at Publicis Media wherein i manage a team of 10 Google certified Professionals. I have received 3 promotions in the last 5 years. In my current role (Group Head – Biddable Media), I am responsible for understanding the business goals of our clients to formulate suitable marketing strategy to help my clients get maximum possible ROI on their multi-million dollar marketing spends across advertising mediums like Google Search, Facebook, Twitter ads etc.

    Extra-curriculars:
    Represented State at U-16 national level Soccer Tournament.
    As the Sports Secretary of College at UG, started first of its kind indoor football event which still accounts for majority of footfall during the college festival

    Targets: Kellogg, HBS, Fuqua, Haas, Ross, Emory, Stern

    Goal After MBA: Transition into Strategy/Digital Transformation Consulting for the likes of Monitor Deloitte, Bain etc

  • River

    Hi Sandy,

    I posted this earlier but it looks like the comments have disappeared? Anyway, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts!

    White Male, American, 25 at Matriculation

    BSBA and International Studies Major (Graduated in 3.5 years), 3.2 GPA at private top 70 USN Ranking

    GMAT 720 (49Q, 39V)

    4 years of work experience by matriculation in procurement role at a major defense firm (Boeing, Lockheed) working on high $ negotiations and product development. I know procurement isn’t “sexy”, but I work on the more strategic side of the job, so definitely an outlier in the role. I received 2 promotions in my first two years which puts me 4-6 years ahead of schedule, and I won a company wide award. I’d like to transition to consulting.

    ECs are sort of weak, I was active in UG but not really since graduating. Nothing specific except for adult league sports.

    Targets: Fuqua, Ross, McCombs

  • Godsownkid

    Hi Sandy,
    Thanks a lot for providing all these odds, they are really very helpful. I’d be thankful if you could evaluate my profile:
    -23 year old male, India
    -730 GMAT
    -Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering with a Minor in Finance (from one of the top 5 colleges in India) CGPA 8.2/10
    -2 month internship in the Manufacturing Division of a Fortune 500 firm
    -5 month internship in Credit Risk Management and Reporting department of a Bulge Bracket Bank
    -1 Year exp at the Knowledge/Research division of the world’s top (McK) Management Consulting Firm
    -Most recent extra curricular activities include being the head of college’s Alumni department and head of college placement cell and a failed startup (6 months old)
    -Post MBA goals: Short Term: Front End Investment Banking; Long Term: Start my own business
    -Target Schools: Booth, HBS, Yale, Stern, Sloan

  • irabelo

    Hello Sandy
    Thanks a lot for your help with assessing these odds, the whole series is great! I’d really appreciate it if you could evaluate my profile as well:
    – 29 years old male, from Brazil
    – 770 GMAT (Q50/V46) on simulations, hoping to repeat that on the actual test
    – No TOEFL yet, though I do have a CAE from Cambridge University from around 10 years ago
    – Degree in Economics with a 8.5/10 GPA
    – 7+ years of experience as a management consultant, the last ~6 of those as a partner in one of Brazil’s largest consulting firms, to which I was invited by some people with whom I had worked at my previous job
    – Most relevant extracurricular activites were working as a TA during college; co-founding a market research center along with a professor; teaching English to teens and adults during college vacation; and participating on a few charity fundraisers
    – I want an MBA to change industries. I’m currently thinking about Tech or Consumer goods, because that’s where I envision being able to have the greatest direct, positive impact on people’s lives, through great ideas and products. Long term, I’d like to be a CFO or COO for a large, global firm like IBM or P&G.
    – Target schools are HBS, Wharton, Stanford, Booth, Berkeley and INSEAD
    Thanks again!

  • AC

    Hi Sandy,

    I would really appreciate your feedback.
    -Male, 21 years old, African-American, Interested in 2+2 Program for HBS and GSB
    -GMAT: 730
    -Overall GPA: 3.3 (Junior Year GPA: 3.5), BA in Economics at top Ivy League University

    Work Experience:
    -Internship at Big Four Consulting Firm
    -Investment Management Internship at Top Investment Bank
    -Internship at White House
    -2 Venture Capital Internships

    Extracurricular:
    -President of Black Men’s Forum
    -Vice President of First Generation Student Union
    -Director of Diversity and Inclusion of the College’s Consulting Club
    -Shift Manager at 2 Homeless Shelters on Campus
    -Hometown Recruiter for Admissions & Financial Aid Office
    -Boxing
    -Piano and Violin

    Post-MBA Goals:
    -Start a unique non-profit to help more young people of color, from my community, excel academically

  • FranzVoss

    Hola Sandy,

    thanks in advance for your feedback.
    · Male, 28 years old, Mexican with German citizenship
    · GMAT: 770 ( 50Q, 44V, 8 IR, 4.0 AWA )
    · GPA: 3.82 (94/100) BS Chemical Engineering at top Mexican university

    Work Experience:
    – Textile / Apparel company in a rural setting (~$60M/yr, 1200 emp.)
    11 months as Supply Chain Project Engineer at a textile/apparel company
    · The CEO noticed my work and put me to work for the Board of Directors.
    4 months as Interim Cut & Sew Production Manager (280 emp.)
    · Appointed after the previous manager left amidst a customer service crisis
    · Succeeded in reversing the crisis and saving the accounts involved
    20 months as Director of the Apparel Business Unit (~$10M/yr, 400 emp.)
    · Responsible for: 3 Production Sites, Design & Development, Sales, Procurement, HR.
    · One of three BU Directors reporting directly to the owner and the board.
    · The other two were MBA graduates with 15+ years of experience.
    6 months as Innovation Director
    · Applied my knowledge of the apparel business in the design of the assortment and price policies for the upcoming retail store and online retail.
    · Lead the design of a new company wide compensation policy.

    – Precast Concrete Manufacturer with production facilities in 4 states (~$40M, 300 emp., family owned)
    10 months and running as Projects & Planning Director
    · Decided to join to get an insiders view of the company and the industry prior to an MBA.
    · Leading the merger process of the company’s 3 constituents
    · Focusing mainly in the use of technology to revamp production and administration processes, and provide info for better decision making

    Extracurricular:
    – Spent one year as full time volunteer living within a priest community (before college)
    – Have spent hundreds of hour doing community service and mentoring teenagers
    – Board Member of the State Philharmonic Patronage since Jan’15
    – Recognized as the “Most Outstanding Basketball Player on Campus” twice during college

    Post MBA Goals:
    – Short Term:
    · Business strategy role, either consulting or within a strategic planning team to hone my skills
    – Long Term:
    · Come back to Mexico to take the family company to a new level, focusing on innovation to offer today’s youth challenging opportunities, along with a strong commitment to profitable, labor intensive products that could ease the region’s deficit of fairly paid, human oriented opportunities.

    Dream Schools: 1. Stanford, 2. Harvard, 3. Sloan
    Very Attractive Alternatives: Haas, Kellogg (still undecided)

  • CamtheCrazy

    Thanks for remembering the little guys who came before you Mitchell

  • Nik11

    Hey Sandy

    Coming from a Corporate Governance background, would love to have your honest feedback, below are my details:

    25, Indian Female (planning to apply next year)
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (few in the top management are Harvard, Stern, Stanford alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance (3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfill the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary (CS), equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK.
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    — 2 yrs Senior Executive – Secretarial & Shares
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading in my company
    Handling all corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies and 2 partnership firms under my company
    Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group Company
    Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ stakeholders regularly
    Directly Report to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    — 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law/ corporate governance capacity, reporting to the CS of the Company.

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field. (maybe a Board member too)

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centers for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & long-jump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Transition into a management role/ management consulting in the non-profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • Nik11

    Hey Sandy

    Coming from an uncommon background, would love your feedback, below are my details:

    25, Indian Female (planning to apply in 2019)
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.5
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org.)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance (3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary (CS), equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK.
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    — 2 yrs Senior Executive – Secretarial & Shares
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading in my company
    Handling all corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies and 2 partnership firms under my company
    Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group Company
    Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks /stakeholders regularly
    Directly Report to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is a part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    — 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law/ corporate governance capacity reporting to the CS of the Company.

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field. (could maybe get one from a Board member too)

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Transition into a management role/ management consulting in the non-profit sector/ Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas

    Also looking at Dual Degree at Harvard Kennedy MPA-ID/MBA.

    Thanks in advance

  • cj

    Sandy and John,

    I’d love to get your thoughts on my MBA candidacy.
    -27 white female (US Citizen)
    -BA in Polisci from top 12 national University (re US News)
    -3.62 GPA
    -GMAT score pending but think will be in the 710-730 range
    -4.5 years at top 3 Management Consulting/Tech Consulting firm (re Forbes, 2017; not a Big 4) working in Financial Services doing Strategy Consulting & Digital Transformation. Have had 3 promotions during this time period. While none technically were “early” (our company has a months at level requirement), all were the earliest point at which I could be promoted, and statistically I’ve progressed much faster than the majority of my peers. I’ve also been selected to be part of an emerging leaders program (aka career fast track) for my company, composed of ~20 of the top performers out of thousands. My peers at this firm have gone on to Harvard, MIT, Wharton etc., but do not know anyone accepted into the GSB.
    -I also run my company’s consulting development program for over 2k analysts
    -Over the past year, I’ve become certified in design thinking, and am our company’s Financial Services “new methodology” champion (i.e. design thinking, agile, big data, tech innovation etc.), chosen out of thousands This is ultimately how to I want to springboard my career to the next level.
    -My biggest extracurricular is serving on the Aux Board of a local charity dedicated to improving every element of community life in my city. Ranked as most impactful nonprofit in the city

    Target schools: GSB, Kellogg, Harvard, MIT, UChicago, Berkeley

    Future career goals: immediately post-MBA work in a design/innovation firm to hone those skills. Ultimately, take human-centered design to the real estate sector where the market is completely underdeveloped in this sense and could have an immense community impact.

    Thank you very much for your consideration.

    -CJ

  • Scott

    Hey Sandy! I would love your candid feedback on this profile. Let’s jump right in:

    – White Male US Citizen
    – 29 years old
    – Bachelor of Science in Economics from a Top 70 National University (as ranked by US News)
    – 3.65/4.0 Overall GPA
    – 740 GMAT
    – 5 years of work experience at an asset manager (unfortunately it does not have brand-name recognition, and has not historically been a feeder school for top MBA programs) with $12 billion assets under management. Work as investment analyst for almost 2 years followed by a promotion to Assistant Portfolio Manager for an additional three years. Assist in hiring and management of other analysts.
    – Fluent in 2 languages
    – CFA charterholder

    Target Schools: Johnson, Ross, Anderson, Tuck, Fuqua, Sloan, Columbia, Stern, Chicago, Northwestern (I don’t think that my profile is “gold” enough for H/S/W, but let me know if you disagree)

    Long-term career goal: continue to work in the investment management industry; become portfolio manager at larger investment firm, or start my own investment firm.

  • Sam

    Hi Sandy,

    Would love any feedback you have on my profile below.

    GPA: 3.1 in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton
    GRE: 333 (170 quant; 163 verbal; 5 analytical writing). 770 GMAT equivalent
    Demo: 27 years old; mixed race male (Chinese-Caucasian)

    -Currently Director of Upper School Admission at K-12 independent school, managing 8:1 application:available spot ratio in highly competitive market. Also assistant football and baseball coach
    -Prior to that, was a 7-9th grade science teacher at the same school
    -Captain of Baseball team at Princeton; 2-time all conference performer and drafted by Anaheim Angels in MLB Draft after senior year
    -Conversational Spanish
    Targets: Kellogg, Stanford, Tuck, Columbia

    Thank you

  • Terry

    Hello Sandy,

    I will greatly appreciate your feedback on my qualifications:

    GMAT: 750
    GPA: 3.5 @ M.I.T. – management science major
    EC: Performance band (lifelong musician, vocals, instrumental, all areas of music, classically trained), VP fraternity, youth karate teacher (black belt), fluent spanish
    Work: Two years finance at $2.3 billion+ tech company
    Demo: White male, age 25
    Targets: Sloan, HBS, Stanford, Kellogg
    Thank you in advance for your comments.

  • Eric8923

    Just turned 29 in mid July. 30 at matriculation.

  • Eric8923

    Hello Sandy, I’d like to get your thoughts on a non-traditional profile:

    U.S. Citizen Hispanic male
    GMAT: 720 (Q45, V43)
    GPA: 3.1 (3.5+ Major GPA) Will be applying to MBA programs during my Senior year this fall, final 24 hours of my undergraduate will be missing from the transcript.
    First generation college student. Several C’s first few semesters before getting acclimated. 3.47 GPA over the last 63 hours completed. Including:
    Calculus I- B
    Principals of Macroeconomics 1 and 2- Both A’s
    Intermediate Microeconomics theory- B
    Intermediate Macroeconomics theory- A
    Introduction to Econometrics- B
    Chinese Language Course Year 2( Semester 1 and 2)- Both A’s

    Undergraduate: Economics, Minor in Chinese, Texas State school in the Top 200 nationally.

    Work Experience: 6 years U.S Military Enlisted (Non-Commissioned officer for 2 years, 9 months)
    Several leadership positions and awards for accomplishments distinguishing myself from peers.

    Extra-Curriculars:
    Member of the University Chinese Club and University Veterans Association.

    Post MBA: Consulting (MBB or Big 4). As a child I remember a time of unemployment for my Father and the impact it had on our family. I would genuinely enjoy helping firms grow and contributing to the development of jobs.

    Target Schools:
    Round 1: Cornell, Dartmouth, Yale
    Round 2: Cal-Berkley, Duke, Michigan

    Do I have a legitimate shot at my Round 1 schools? Or should I target some lower schools in Round 2 to avoid striking out on all 6? Thanks for your time!

  • Rachel

    Hello Sandy, I’d so appreciate your assessment of my relatively non-traditional profile:

    GMAT: 750 (49Q, 42V, 8 IR, 6 essay)
    GPA: 3.88 @ USC (was part of a specialized Business & Cinema program)
    Work: 2 years working at a non-profit arts program for a globally recognized choreographer and director, managing aspects of both her non-profit organization and her entertainment business; 5 years working at a boutique entertainment & media corporate communications firm, managing strategic comms for some of the top TV, film and digital companies in the industry, including Fortune 100 companies – have been promoted 3 times in that time period.
    Goal: Leverage my professional insight into the evolving digital media landscape to become a corporate strategy & development manager at a leading media and tech company, such as Amazon, Google or Netflix.
    EC: Volunteer at a Children’s Hospital for 1.5 years; Manager of an adult softball team of colleagues, industry contacts, & friends (5 seasons); tutor for children of women at a transitional house; Was co-founder and VP of a Business-Cinema focused club in college
    Demo: Asian female, 29 yo
    Targets: HSW, Haas, UCLA

    Thank you so much!

  • Totti14

    Hi Sandy,

    It would be great if you could share your thoughts about my profile.

    Indian Male, 26 years
    Undergrads: Electronics and Telecommunication Engineer, Non-IIT College
    GMAT: 720
    GPA: 3.0
    Work Experience: 5 years strong experience in Digital Marketing – Biddable Media at Publicis Media
    Received two senior level promotions.
    Current Role: Group Head – Biddable Media at Publicis Media. I am responsible for formulating paid media strategy for our clients to try and achieve high ROI on their multi-million dollar marketing spends while managing a team of 10 Google certified professionals.

    Extra-curriculars: Represented State at U-16 national level Soccer Tournament. Sports Secretary of College

    Targets: Kellogg, HBS, Fuqua, Haas, Ross, Emory

    Goal After MBA: Transition into management consulting

    Thanks in advance

  • Mr Fund of Funds

    Thanks Sandy, good thing one of my strengths is taking feedback well, otherwise that would have been a real soul crusher.

    Your job assumptions were correct, apologies for not clarifying further. The bank is large and well respected. Unfortunately no cultural ties to the region beyond the a grasp of the language.

    No white males have applied to top-tier business schools recently, and we have two partners who went to HBS.

    I’ve done a bit more work refining my thoughts on healthcare. Both parents are doctors and our dinner table discussions pretty much revolved around practicing medicine and the problems with the current system. I’ve thought of a believable business plan that could solve some of the problems that my parents had, and I plan to gain the skills I need to implement that plan through healthcare consulting.

  • FranzVoss

    Hola Sandy,

    thanks in advance for your feedback.
    · Male, 28 years old, Mexican with German citizenship
    · GMAT: 770 ( 50Q, 44V, 8 IR, 4.0 AWA )
    · GPA: 3.82 (94/100) BS Chemical Engineering at top Mexican university

    Work Experience:
    – Textile / Apparel company in a rural setting (~$60M/yr, 1200 emp.)
    11 months as Supply Chain Project Engineer at a textile/apparel company
    · The CEO noticed my work and put me to work for the Board of Directors.
    4 months as Interim Cut & Sew Production Manager (280 emp.)
    · Appointed after the previous manager left amidst a customer service crisis
    · Succeeded in reversing the crisis and saving the accounts involved
    20 months as Director of the Apparel Business Unit (~$10M/yr, 400 emp.)
    · Responsible for: 3 Production Sites, Design & Development, Sales, Procurement, HR.
    · One of three BU Directors reporting directly to the owner and the board.
    · The other two were MBA graduates with 15+ years of experience.
    6 months as Innovation Director
    · Applied my knowledge of the apparel business in the design of the assortment and price policies for the upcoming retail store and online retail.
    · Lead the design of a new company wide compensation policy.

    – Precast Concrete Manufacturer with production facilities in 4 states (~$40M, 300 emp., family owned)
    10 months and running as Projects & Planning Director
    · Decided to join to get an insiders view of the company and the industry prior to an MBA.
    · Leading the merger process of the company’s 3 constituents
    · Focusing mainly in the use of technology to revamp production and administration processes, and provide info for better decision making

    Extracurricular:
    – Spent one year as full time volunteer living within a priest community (before college)
    – Have spent hundreds of hour doing community service and mentoring teenagers
    – Board Member of the State Philharmonic Patronage since Jan’15
    – Recognized as the “Most Outstanding Basketball Player on Campus” twice during college

    Post MBA Goals:
    – Short Term:
    · Business strategy role, either consulting or within a strategic planning team to hone my skills
    – Long Term:
    · Come back to Mexico to take the family company to a new level, focusing on innovation to offer today’s youth challenging opportunities, along with a strong commitment to profitable, labor intensive products that could ease the region’s deficit of fairly paid, human oriented opportunities.

    Dream Schools: 1. Stanford, 2. Harvard, 3. Sloan
    Very Attractive Alternatives: Haas, Kellogg (still undecided)

  • smargo

    Hi Sandy-

    Would love your thoughts:

    GMAT: 770 (50Q, 45V)
    GPA: 3.9 @ Brown (double major Economics, History/Policy of Education)
    EC: In college, founded intercollegiate club sports team; since grad, have led fundraiser for Alzheimer’s research, volunteered to lead part-time pro-bono consulting work
    Work: 3 years at boutique TMT strategy consulting firm/PE investment advisory (~150 employees; compete w/ MBB in our industries), promoted early twice (currently in traditionally post-MBA position)
    Goal: work in corporate development (M&A) at a tech company, eventually lead or found my own
    Demo: White male, age 26
    Targets: HSW, Booth, Columbia, Haas

  • River

    Hi Sandy,

    I’d be interested to hear your thoughts!

    White Male, American, 25M at Matriculation
    BSBA and International Studies Major (Graduated in 3.5 years), 3.2 GPA at private top 70 US News Ranking
    GMAT 720 (49Q, 39V)

    4 years of work experience by matriculation in procurement role at a major defense firm (Boeing, Lockheed) working on high $ negotiations and product development. I know procurement isn’t “sexy”, but I work on the more strategic side of the job, so definitely an outlier in the role. I received 2 promotions in my first two years which puts me 4-6 years ahead of schedule, and I won a company wide award. I’d like to transition to consulting.

    ECs are sort of weak, I was active in UG but not really since graduating. Nothing specific except for adult league sports.

    Targets: Fuqua, Ross, McCombs

  • Matthew

    Sandy,

    Would greatly appreciate some insight. Profile below:

    -GMAT: 730 (42 V, 48 Q)

    -3.81 GPA at big state school (think Ohio State, Penn State), graduated with distinction

    -MIS major, Economics minor

    Work experience:
    -Two years as data analyst at small supply management firm, working with big data/consulting with clients
    -Three months (1+ year at application, 2+ years at matriculation) as pricing analyst (includes internal consulting with sourcing and finance teams) at Fortune 11 pharmaceutical wholesaler, expect to be promoted prior to application. Expect good recommendations.
    -Confident in my ability to depict these two jobs as being connected – first was working with the mechanics of big data, current is working with data-based decision making (very similar role to that of the clients I would consult with at first job).

    Extracurricular experience:
    -Volunteer high school boys basketball coach for two years (three years at application, four years at matriculation). Promoted to head varsity assistant prior to beginning of first season. Strong skills in all elements of coaching (Strategy, decision-making, leadership, relationship-building). Expect great recommendation.
    -Member of Beta Gamma Sigma honor society for business students, plan to attend leadership events throughout next two years.

    Goal: To further develop my data analysis and data-based decision making skills to attain a leadership/management position working with all aspects of big data (data issues, decision making, presentation)

    -24-year-old white male (25 at application, 26 at matriculation)

    Target schools: Harvard, Wharton, Sloan, Columbia, Anderson
    Safety school: Marshall

  • Hulk

    Hi Sandy,

    So here is my profile:

    Indian Male, 26 Yrs at matriculation
    Mechanical Engineer, non-IIT college
    GMAT: 750 (Q51, V40)

    Work Exp:
    Job 1 (Previous: about an Year): Evalueserve, Research Analyst supporting Consultants at Mckinsey
    Job 2 (Present: 3 Years and running): Deloitte Strategy and Operations Consulting, joined as Analyst promoted to Consultant one year ahead of track. Help clients to formulate the Outsourcing Strategy for support functions such as HR, F&A and IT and in the setup of Shared Services Centers.

    Extra-curricular:
    – Run a Healthcare NGO to help the economically weaker sections with medical expenses
    – Pro-bono Consultant for an early stage e-commerce startup and have invested money in it
    – Others: have traveled 30+ countries and driven 20K miles across 5 continents

    Target List: Kellogg (top choice), Chicago Booth, Cornell, Darden

    Thanks.

  • Mathias

    Hi Sandy,

    I have a special profile so very interested to hear your thoughts:
    White Male from Switzerland, 33 at matriculation.
    BA (top 5% of class), MA and PHD in Law from University of St.Gallen.
    Gmat: 740
    Work experience: Worked in top tier Law practice (2 years) also have my own company providing legal and consulting services. Worked as teaching assistant during PHD. I have been published in multiple well regarded papers.
    Extras: Been on the board of the local arm of an internationally recognized nonprofit for the past 3 years.
    Post MBA goals: transition into management consulting.

    Top choices: Stanford, HBS, Wharton, Insead.

    Thank you Sandy!