Chicago Booth | Mr. Guy From Taiwan
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBA Class of 2023
GMAT 725, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Energy Reform
GMAT 700, GPA 3.14 of 4
Darden | Ms. Unicorn Healthcare Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Systems Change
GMAT 730, GPA 4
Ross | Mr. Verbal Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
INSEAD | Mr. Airline Captain
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Stanford GSB | Mr. Navy Officer
GMAT 770, GPA 4.0
Wharton | Mr. Sr. Systems Engineer
GRE 1280, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Semiconductor Guy
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB to PM
GRE 338, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Sales To Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 3.49
Harvard | Mr. Polyglot
GMAT 740, GPA 3.65
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Enlisted Undergrad
GRE 315, GPA 3.75
Tuck | Mr. Consulting To Tech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Rocket Scientist Lawyer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65 Cumulative
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Classic Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Cambridge Judge Business School | Mr. Social Scientist
GRE 330, GPA 3.5
Darden | Mr. Federal Consultant
GMAT 780, GPA 3.26
INSEAD | Mr. Consulting Fin
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
INSEAD | Ms. Hope & Goodwill
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Milk Before Cereals
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3 (16/20 Portuguese scale)
Darden | Mr. Leading Petty Officer
GRE (MCAT) 501, GPA 4.0
Columbia | Mr. NYC Native
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8

Part II: Your Chances of Getting In

Ms. Hospitality (studiobokeh)

  • 660 GMAT
  • 3.7 Grade Point Average
  • Undergraduate degree in art and communication from UC-San Diego
  • Work experience in marketing at a well-respected international hospitality design firm
  • Strong extracurricular involvement in ethnic identity organization and some involvement in other organizations

Odds of Success

Harvard Business School: 20% or less

Columbia: 40% to 55%, if you apply early admission

New York University: 55% to 70%

Chicago Booth: 40% to 60%

Michigan: 40% to 50%

Sandy’s Analysis: “A 3.7 is good, but your GMAT is low-ish and you’re your current job does not sound selective. Having a hard-to-get job—one where you can be compared to other rising hot shots—is another one of those dirty little secrets of the admissions game.Your chances at Harvard are remote. Booth takes kids like you with solid execution. NYU is wary, but apply. Not Ross. A lot will depend on what schools think of your current job in terms of selectivity and as a platform for your goals.”

Mr. Canada (Arjun Singh)

  • 710 GMAT
  • 3.93 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree from a Canadian university
  • 3.72 Graduate GPA from a very good Canadian university
  • Work experience with a small analytics consulting company
  • Extracurricular involvement in leadership positions on student council and student clubs; awards in business case competitions

Odds of Success

Harvard: 35% to 50%

Stanford: Less than 35%

Wharton: Less than 50%

Kellogg: 50% to 60%

Tuck: 50%

Sandy’s Analysis: “Your GMAT, GPA and schooling are fine, but I ask you to consider the dirty little secret mentioned above: ‘How selective is your job?’ and  what is the history of your firm sending kids to business school? Harvard, Wharton and Stanford respect analytics firms, especially the big blue chip firms like Nera, CRA and Rand, but less so the smaller firms. That might not be a deal breaker, but it will be a big hurdle. If your firm does not have a record of employee admission success, you will have a real burden in explaining how selective it is, and who the owners are, and what projects the firm has done. Lack of interesting extras and no-name firm might be too much to overcome at H/W/S but solid other stuff might do you fine at most other schools.”


About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.