Stanford GSB | Ms. Sustainable Finance
GMAT Not yet taken- 730 (expected), GPA 3.0 (Equivalent of UK’s 2.1)
Kellogg | Ms. MBA For Social Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Ms. Future CMO
GMAT Have Not Taken, GPA 2.99
Kellogg | Mr. CPA To MBA
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.2
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GMAT COVID19 Exemption, GPA 3.68
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GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Art Historian
GRE 332, GPA 3.6
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. International Youngster
GMAT 720, GPA 3.55
Columbia | Mr. Chartered Accountant
GMAT 730, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Harvard Hopeful
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Yale | Mr. Philanthropy Chair
GMAT Awaiting Scores (expect 700-720), GPA 3.3
N U Singapore | Mr. Just And Right
GMAT 700, GPA 4.0
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GRE Applying Without a Score, GPA First Class
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GMAT 690, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. MGMT Consulting
GMAT 700, GPA 3.56
Harvard | Mr. Google Tech
GMAT 770, GPA 2.2
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GMAT 710, GPA 3
Harvard | Mr. Future Family Legacy
GMAT Not Yet Taken (Expected 700-750), GPA 3.0
Wharton | Mr. Big 4
GMAT 770, GPA 8/10
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GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
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GRE 312, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Admit
GMAT Waived, GPA 4.0
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GMAT Have not taken yet, GPA 2.8
Kellogg | Mr. Operations Analyst
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.3
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Microsoft India
GMAT 780, GPA 7.14
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GMAT 760, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. IDF Commander
GRE Waved, GPA 3.0

What Are Your Odds Of Getting In

Mr. Finance

  • 710 GMAT
  • 3.7 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree from Richard Ivey School of Business in Canada.
  • Work experience includes three years at J.P. Morgan on the fixed income desk managing corporate pension plans; currently senior product management associate at PIMCO
  • Extracurricular involvement includes alumni mentoring programs and intramural sports.
  • 27-year-old Taiwanese-Canadian male

Odds of Success:

Harvard Business School:  25% to 35%

Chicago: 30% to 50%

Wharton: 40+%

Columbia: 50% to 60%

Sandy’s Analysis: Columbia early admission should be very doable  given solid stats, blue chip work history and focus on one of their strengths (finance). PIMCO is a real solid place to apply from ever since Bill Gross, the CEO, started appearing on TV and Mo El-Erian, the number two guy at PIMCO, ditched leading the Harvard endowment to go back there (he is also on TV a lot).

HBS takes kids from Pimco but they gotta be more interesting than you (see comments on last guy).  Wharton is like 40+ percent, with impactful execution. They would like the Pimco brand and the rest is in line.

If you are applying to Columbia, it is real important to take the tour, and show a commitment to New York, like by living there in the first place.  I know, you said early decision, which is one way to show commitment. Dual degree with public policy? What’s with that? It just does not compute with the rest of your story.

NYU should happen, Chicago is 50+. You are in their wheelhouse. Ahem, one assumes you will apply to those other schools if you do not get into Columbia ED, and if you do, you will attend.

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.