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

Ms. New England

  • 710 GMAT (76% Q)
  • 3.75 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in economics from a small New England liberal arts college
  • Work experience as an electricity consultant for two years at a large, well-respected firm; then left to go with a small firm with less prestige but more opportunity and responsibility
  • Extracurricular involvement as alumni events coordinator for my city
  • Female
  • Goal: To continue in energy consulting but to address energy future through market design
  • “How will retaking the GMAT change my odds?”

Odds of Success:

Berkeley: 20% to 30%

Duke: 50% to 60%

MIT: 30% to 40%

Northwestern: 40% to 50%

Chicago: 40% to 50%

Columbia: 30% to 40%

Yale: 50% to 60%

Sandy’s Analysis: A 3.7/710 at small liberal arts college and female and consultant with large well respected firm (assuming that is also well known consulting firm, e.g. top 6 consulting firm) and then a gig at some smaller firm, with what appears to be college-related extracurrics,–ahem, well, some missing info, 1. Small NE college could be Williams or Colby or some place that is more obscure, and not all small NE liberal arts colleges are created equal, 2. Similarly, not all consulting companies, even large ones. But let’s just call it Colby-like and Accenture-like for the sake of argument.

That is pretty solid and should get you into Duke, Haas, probably Yale, with Booth and Kellogg also being in reach. Kids like you get into Columbia all the time, and they won’t hold the 76 pct Q against you, especially as an econ major who seems to work with “electricity consulting,”  whatever that means. But if you can read my Con Ed bill, well, that’s enough math for me —  and for most business schools as well.

MIT takes kids like you, oddly, they are always looking for liberal arts women with econ + consulting skills, although they also ding kids like you. It is just not as much a reach as you might think.

Retaking the GMAT a good idea at MIT. They are always obsessed with the GMAT, although the average score there is 718. Sooooooo, someone like you gets in. I’d say a 730 would really change your odds at both Columbia and MIT, a lot. You’d probably get in, and now your chances are just sorta probably at Columbia and at MIT.

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.