Harvard | Mr. Polyglot
GMAT 740, GPA 3.65
Stanford GSB | Mr. Rocket Scientist Lawyer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65 Cumulative
Tuck | Mr. Consulting To Tech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Classic Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Wharton | Mr. Sr. Systems Engineer
GRE 1280, GPA 3.3
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
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Enlisted Undergrad
GRE 315, GPA 3.75
INSEAD | Ms. Hope & Goodwill
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Navy Officer
GMAT 770, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Milk Before Cereals
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3 (16/20 Portuguese scale)
Chicago Booth | Mr. Guy From Taiwan
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Leading Petty Officer
GRE (MCAT) 501, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Sales To Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 3.49
Columbia | Mr. NYC Native
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Tepper | Mr. Leadership Developement
GMAT 740, GPA 3.77
Harvard | Ms. Athlete Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Education Consulting
GRE 326, GPA 3.58
Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Hippie
GRE 329, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Unrealistic Ambitions
GMAT 710, GPA 2.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Equal Opportunity
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Tuck | Mr. Over-Experienced
GRE 330, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Mr. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 2.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Community Uplift
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Worldwide
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1

The Tweet That Won A Free MBA

The tweet that won a 33-year-old business trainer a free MBA education was succinct and direct:

Globally minded (5) 
Innovative and driven (7)
 Tippie can sharpen (5)

With those few characters, John Yates, who has global experience working in China and Thailand, was given a full-tuition financial award to attend the University of Iowa’s Tippie School of Business this fall.

Yates, who lives in Houston, Texas, was among 58 MBA hopefuls who submitted tweets for consideration in the novel contest. Of those, eight came from applicants who were accepted into the program after meeting the admission

What made Yates’ tweet stand out? The judging panel weighed in, noting the discipline required to compose a Tweet that revealed something about the candidate himself while limiting his message not only to 140 but to just 17 syllables. “He has taken one of the newest modes of communication in Twitter and one of the oldest forms of poetry in Haiku and combined them into one winning entry,” the judges said in a statement.

Other submissions considered in the finalist group included:

All that Twitters is not Gold yet Everything under the Sun can be Sold. ‘Twas either This (Behold!!) or Twenty-Four Ounces from my Billfold.  – Aaron (AJ) Honoré of Yonkers, NY

10yrs as top corporate atty, know my deals, have plenty of stories but tired of staring blankly @ financials. Time to upgrade @TippieMBAIowa.  – Michael Thompson of Iowa City, IA

A passion for discovering intrinsic value combined with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge results in excellence as a student and beyond.  – Seth Goldstein of Dublin, OH

Go to http://bit.ly/od3jhr and click “India” to see my blogs. While I study the world, I love where I am: the Midwest and Iowa. Go Hawks!  – Michael Bouts of Iowa City and Troy, MI

Schafer said that other Tweets submitted were from individuals who didn’t plan to apply but just wanted to take a crack at the challenge of creating their own Tweet.

The school also highlighted one other Tweet which it said came from Ryan Jennings, who is starting at Tippie this fall as a first-year MBA student. Ryan worked for many years in China and India before returning to the Midwest for his MBA.

Experience in 3 markets: China, Mexico, and India. Passion in 2 fields: Operations and Finance. Ready for 1 MBA: Tippie. http://ow.ly/5Q4xT



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.