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. Peace Corps (cp)

  • 750 GMAT
  • 3.74 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree from a near-Ivy public university
  • Work experience as a Peace Corps business advisor in Honduras with two and one-half years as a strategy consultant with Deloitte Consulting
  • Extracurricular involvement as a three-time All-American women’s rugby player and a one-time USA under-23 team member
  • Minimal volunteering, but nothing too exciting.

Odds of Success

Harvard Business School: Better than 50%

Stanford: Better than 50%

Wharton (Lauder program): 60%

Chicago: 70% to 80%

Kellogg: 60% to 80%

Sandy’s Analysis: “H/S/W could happen. You check all the boxes, and everyone loves the Peace Corps. Also Deloitte is a known feeder to the schools you’ve selected, especially the business analyst program. And extraordinary athletic success is always a plus. Is Deloitte sponsoring you?”

Mr. Hampton (Hampton’s Finest)

(He’s already applied and is going to the University of Virginia’s Darden School, but requests feedback as to why he didn’t get into Harvard, Stanford and Wharton.)

  • 660 GMAT
  • 3.5 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree from a state school
  • Work experience in a non-glamorous industry

Odds of Success

Rejected by Harvard

Rejected by Stanford

Rejected by Wharton

Waitlisted at Dartmouth Tuck

Full ride at Virginia Darden

Sandy’s Analysis: “Sounds right to me. Your dreams can come true at Darden, and you did better than I would have predicted there so you must have something going for you.”


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.