Tuck | Mr. Winning Team
GMAT 760, GPA 7.95 out of 10
Kellogg | Ms. Clean Tech
GMAT 690, GPA 3.96
Harvard | Mr. Renewable Energy Investing
GMAT 740, GPA 4.0
Darden | Ms. Teaching-To-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.47
Tuck | Mr. Strategic Sourcing
GMAT 720, GPA 3.90
Tuck | Mr. Recreational Pilot
GRE 326, GPA 3.99
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seller
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Government Consultant
GMAT 600, GPA 3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Space Launch
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Yale | Ms. Biotech
GMAT 740, GPA 3.29
INSEAD | Mr. Media Startup
GMAT 710, GPA 3.65
MIT Sloan | Ms. MD MBA
GRE 307, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Research 2+2
GMAT 740, GPA 3.96
London Business School | Mr. Investment Finance
GMAT 750, GPA 2.2
NYU Stern | Mr. Long Shot
GRE 303, GPA 2.75
Kellogg | Ms. Kellogg Bound Ideator
GMAT 710, GPA 2.4
Wharton | Ms. PMP To MBA
GMAT 710, GPA 3.72
Kellogg | Mr. Sales Engineer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.00
Stanford GSB | Mr. LGBTQ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.58
Duke Fuqua | Mr. 2020
GMAT 630, GPA 3.92
MIT Sloan | Mr. Generic Nerd
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Cambridge Judge | Mr. Versatility
GMAT 680, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Hustler
GMAT 760, GPA 4
Chicago Booth | Mr. M7 Aspirant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.79 / 4.00
Harvard | Mr. Low GPA Product Manager
GMAT 780, GPA 3.1
HEC Paris | Mr. Indian Journalist
GMAT 690, GPA 2.8
Tepper | Mr. Family Biz
GRE 329, GPA 3.46

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.

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.