Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred MBA Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Kellogg | Mr. Structural Engineer
GMAT 680, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Hopeful B School Investment Analyst
GRE 334, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Air Force Seeking Feedback
GRE 329, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Colombian Sales Leader
GMAT 610, GPA 2.78
Darden | Mr. Anxious One
GRE 323, GPA 3.85
Stanford GSB | Ms. Eyebrows Say It All
GRE 299, GPA 8.2/10
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Family Business Turned Consultant
GMAT 640, GPA 3.0
Tuck | Ms. BFA To MBA
GMAT 700, GPA 3.96
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Hollywood To Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.5
Kellogg | Ms. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
Tuck | Ms. Confused One
GMAT 740, GPA 7.3/10
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Stanford GSB | Ms. Tech Consulting
GMAT 700, GPA 3.53
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Kellogg | Mr. Indian Engine Guy
GMAT 740, GPA 7.96 Eq to 3.7
INSEAD | Mr. Big Chill 770
GMAT 770, GPA 3-3.2
Yale | Mr. Whizzy
GMAT 720, GPA 4.22
Stanford GSB | Ms. Government To EdTech
GRE 323, GPA 14/20 (B equivalent)
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Venture Investments & Start-Ups In China
GMAT 640, GPA N/A
Wharton | Mr. Army Officer in Tech
GRE 322, GPA 3.1
INSEAD | Mr. Naval Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Tepper | Mr. Midwest Or Bust
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Darden | Ms. Environmental Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Sovereign Wealth Fund
GMAT 730, GPA 3.55

Handicapping Your Shot At Getting In

Mr. Renewable Energy

  • 700 GMAT
  • No GPA – 75% with honors
  • Undergraduate degree in industrial engineering and management from a non-IIT school.
  • Work experience includes two years in the R&D center for General Electric Aviation, then joined leadership program for GE Energy in India where I helped to set up two new wind turbine facilities. Now work in Vietnam at a GE wind turbine factory.
  • Extracurricular involvement includes being a member of GE Volunteers initiated special lean projects to encourage factory workers to submit ideas to improve production. Now setting up a computer/English literacy program for factory workers at GE Vietnam
  • 25-year-old Indian male
  • Goal: To move into top leadership roles in supply chain and business development strategy for renewable energy in Asia

Odds of Success:

Harvard: -20%

Stanford: – 10% to 15%%

Wharton: 20% to 40%

Chicago: 30% to 50%

MIT: 30% to 40%

INSEAD: 40% to 50%

Sandy’s Analysis: As a rule, lowish GMAT and lowish grades at a non-IIT for Indian males equals lowish chances at Harvard or Stanford. What it would take to change that would be some amazing identity politics story, which I ain’t seeing here. Wind turbines and alt-energy is all great, but will not blow you in. Working for GE sponsored charities in VN is also impressive but not SUPER impressive enough to overcome the first sentence above.

The only other way you get in to H or S is having some guy at GE with connections put some personal chits on the table. At Wharton, guys like you get in and do not get in depending on execution and luck. This is a totally solid story with real chic work experience that could tilt things your way. MIT is similar. On paper, in terms of work experience and goals, you are a real fit. Stats for them are just one floor below norm, and they may make an exception given the excellent fit. Guys like you should get into Booth.

I don’t usually say this, but I would think about retaking the GMAT if you have not done so already. Wharton and MIT, your two realistic choices, are both GMAT focused.

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