MIT Sloan | Mr. Low GPA Over Achiever
GMAT 700, GPA 2.5
Chicago Booth | Ms. Start-Up Entrepreneur
GRE 318 current; 324 intended, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Wake Up & Grind
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Nonprofit Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Ms. East Africa Specialist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.34
Darden | Mr. Fintech Nerd
GMAT 740, GPA 7.7/10
Harvard | Mr. Improve Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Minority Champ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Health Care Executive
GMAT 690, GPA 3.3
NYU Stern | Mr. Low Gmat
GMAT 690, GPA 73.45 % (No GPA in undergrad)
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Indian Telecom ENG
GRE 340, GPA 3.56
Harvard | Mr. 1st Gen Brazilian LGBT
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
USC Marshall | Mr. Ambitious
GRE 323, GPA 3.01
Harvard | Mr. Merchant Of Debt
GMAT 760, GPA 3.5 / 4.0 in Master 1 / 4.0 in Master 2
Tuck | Ms. Nigerian Footwear
GRE None, GPA 4.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 360 Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Low GPA High GRE
GRE 325, GPA 3.2
Darden | Mr. Senior Energy Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Finance Musician
GRE 330, GPA 3.6
NYU Stern | Mr. Hail Mary 740
GMAT 740, GPA 2.94
Harvard | Mr. London Artist
GMAT 730, GPA First Class Honours (4.0 equivalent)
Harvard | Mr. Professional Boy Scout
GMAT 660, GPA 3.83
SDA Bocconi | Mr. Pharma Manager
GMAT 650, GPA 3,2
Kellogg | Mr. Young PM
GMAT 710, GPA 9.64/10
Wharton | Mr. Indian VC
GRE 333, GPA 3.61

My 30-Day Countdown To An MBA Acceptance

Where am I you ask on this road to be accepted?  Well right now I am literally all over the place.  As much planning and preparation that I have done, it hasn’t gone my way.  Imagine where I would be had I not gone through a years worth of planning.  ::shrugs::  I know that it will all work out.

My application deadline is January 5th!  I don’t have a choice, I have to have my applications submitted by January 5th.  In order to hit that deadline I must stay on task because if I don’t then everything will go down the drain.  As a result of my needing to continue studying for the GMAT, here is what needs to be done:


Consortium Essay 1

Consortium Essay 2

Consortium Essay 3

Dartmouth Tuck Video Essay

Michigan Essay 1

Michigan Essay 2

Michigan Essay 3

UC Berkeley Haas Essay 1

UC Berkeley Haas Essay 2

Cornell Essay 1

Cornell Essay 2

Cornell Essay 3

NYU Essay 1

Recommender packets

Very daunting list huh?  Looking at this list I say to myself “What have I even done up to this point?”  Luckily I have started all of them, 4 of them are finished, but I just need to go back and re-read them again.  I’m also going to prioritize them and complete them in order of importance.    (no the list above is not the order of importance!).

I’m going to TRY to post an update every night to show the progress that I am making on each of these tasks.  Hopefully you guys can keep me on task as well.  I still have time for all of the essays.  I sent my Consortium 1 essays to a friend who is incredible at providing feedback.  Once I make those changes, I’ll send it back to my consultant for her feedback again.

From looking at my blog analytics, I’m seeing a lot of people googling things like “business school acceptance call” or “accepted to Columbia business school”, so I gather that schools are beginning to notify the students who applied for early decisions.

I believe the official deadlines for notifications are next week, but from what I’ve heard the phone calls to accepted students can start going out a week to two weeks prior.  So… this is the week for some people!  I know that I would be a nervous wreck–even more nervous than pressing “Get Score” at the end of the GMAT exam. As I think about that week in March when I should hear back from all of my schools, my palms start to sweat.

I’m going to be a HOT nervous wreck that week – trust that!

This report is adapted from Richard Battle-Baxter’s blog posts at “Ellipsing My Way…To Business School.”

Previous posts by Richard at Poets&Quants:

Should You Hire an MBA Consultant?

Study for the GMAT or Polish Off an Essay?

Am I Really Cut Out For This?

My First Round Applications Are Looking Elusive

A Frustrating Day and Night on GMAT Prep

Having Trouble Hitting the Submit Button

It’s Nearly Midnight. Where Are All My Friends?

“Why An Admissions Consultant Objected To My Essay on Coming Out”

“Brain Racing at 4 a.m. Thinking About Business School”

“After Scoring a 620 on My GMAT, I Want To Die”

“Walk Me Through Your Resume” – My Interview at Dartmouth’s Tuck”

“My GMAT Students Are ‘Totally Obsessed Weirdoes With Unbelievable Work Ethics”

“With Apologies to Paul Simon, 50 Ways To Tell You’re Getting an MBA”