USC Marshall | Mr. Utilitarian Mobility
GMAT 740, GPA 2.67
Wharton | Mr. Social Impact CPA
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Looking To Learn
GMAT 760, GPA 3.0
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Second Chances
GRE 310, GPA 2.5
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Account Executive
GMAT 560, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Future Gates Foundation
GMAT 720, GPA 7.92
Wharton | Mr. Infrastructure
GMAT 770, GPA 3.05
MIT Sloan | Mr. Data Mastermind
GMAT N/A; will be taking in May, GPA 3.6
London Business School | Mr. Aussie Analyst
GMAT 680, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Sustainable Real Estate
GRE SAT 1950 (90th Percentile), GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Entrepreneurial Bassist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.61
Cornell Johnson | Mr. IT To IB
GMAT 660, GPA 3.60
Harvard | Ms. Lucky Charm
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
Tuck | Ms. Green Biz
GRE 326, GPA 3.15
Harvard | Ms. URM
GRE 325, GPA 3.6
Chicago Booth | Mr. Stay Involved
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Rice Jones | Mr. Back To School
GRE 315, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Mr. Green Business
GMAT 680, GPA 3.33; 3.9 for Masters
NYU Stern | Mr. Military Officer
GRE In Progress, GPA 2.88
Kellogg | Mr. Real Estate Finance
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Mr. Finance To Education
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Artistic Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 9.49/10
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Multimedia
GRE 308, GPA 3.4
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Commercial Banker
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
IU Kelley | Mr. Construction Manager
GRE 680, GPA 3.02
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare Fanatic
GMAT 770, GPA 3.46
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.

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.