Harvard | Mr. Google Tech
GMAT 770, GPA 2.2
Kellogg | Ms. MBA For Social Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. Low GPA Product Manager
GMAT 780, GPA 3.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Controller & Critic
GMAT 750, GPA 6.61 / 7.00 (equivalent to 3.78 / 4.00)
Kellogg | Mr. PE Social Impact
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.51
MIT Sloan | Mr. International Impact
GRE 326, GPA 3.5
MIT Sloan | Mr. Energy Enthusiast
GMAT 730, GPA 8.39
Chicago Booth | Ms. Future CMO
GMAT Have Not Taken, GPA 2.99
Said Business School | Mr. Global Sales Guy
GMAT 630, GPA 3.5
N U Singapore | Mr. Just And Right
GMAT 700, GPA 4.0
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. International Youngster
GMAT 720, GPA 3.55
Columbia | Mr. Chartered Accountant
GMAT 730, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Spanish Army Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3
Kellogg | Mr. Cancer Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Financial Analyst
GMAT 750, GPA 3.78
Kellogg | Mr. CPA To MBA
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Ms. Sustainable Finance
GMAT Not yet taken- 730 (expected), GPA 3.0 (Equivalent of UK’s 2.1)
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Healthcare Provider
GMAT COVID19 Exemption, GPA 3.68
MIT Sloan | Ms. International Technologist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Art Historian
GRE 332, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Harvard Hopeful
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Yale | Mr. Philanthropy Chair
GMAT Awaiting Scores (expect 700-720), GPA 3.3
Columbia | Mr. Startup Musician
GRE Applying Without a Score, GPA First Class
Chicago Booth | Ms. Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. MGMT Consulting
GMAT 700, GPA 3.56
Harvard | Mr. Future Family Legacy
GMAT Not Yet Taken (Expected 700-750), GPA 3.0
Wharton | Mr. Big 4
GMAT 770, GPA 8/10

Predicting Your Odds Of Getting In

Ms. Environmental Engineer

  • 690 GMAT (Retaking it)
  • 3.6 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in environmental engineering from a university in India
  • 3.6 Graduate GPA
  • Master’s degree in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University
  • Work experience includes four years as an environmental engineer with one of the top consulting firms in the field; worked on a wide variety of projects related to water supply, water treatment, river and bridge systems
  • Extracurricular involvement as a volunteer with terminally ill patients; also ran my first marathon this year and raised money for charities doing development work in India
  • Goal: “Want to get into strategy and financing for environmental projects; In the long term, I see myself heading environmental infrastructure projects in developing countries”
  • 26-year-old female born and raised in India

Odds of Success:

Harvard: 20% to 35%

Stanford: 15% to 20%

Wharton: 30% to 40%

Yale: 50%+

Berkeley: 50%+

Sandy’s Analysis: Sounds good to me. Get a 700+ GMAT and a lot of this will turn on how well known your company is. You are similar to guys who work for oil companies, many of whom have comparable backgrounds (Indian degree and US masters). They work all over the world, have lots of interesting experiences, and often get involved in extras related to their firms.

The difference is, there is no Exxon-Mobil of water–so that becomes important. Has anyone from your company applied to B-school? That could help, if schools know the company. Being a woman in this business is also a plus. Spend some time on essays dealing with how hard it is to gain authority with males at all levels in the infrastructure biz, which includes execs, field managers, and what I imagine are lots of hourly-wage worker types.

Volunteer work with the terminally ill is always a plus. Undergrad extra- currics count, so don’t throw those away. You got an outside chance at HBS, Wharton and Stanford. Your GMAT becomes more important than usual, as it is with the oil guys. Try to get over 700.

“In the long term, I see myself heading environmental infrastructure projects in developing countries . . .” BINGO.

Handicapping Your MBA Odds–The Entire Series:

Part I: Handicapping Your Shot At a Top Business School

Part II: Your Chances of Getting In

Part III: Your Chances of Getting In

Part IV: Handicapping Your Odds of Getting In

Part V: Can You Get Into HBS, Stanford or Wharton?

Part VI: Handicapping Your Dream School Odds

Part VII: Handicapping Your MBA Odds

Part VIII: Getting Through The Elite B-School Screen

Part IX: Handicapping Your B-School Chances

Part X: What Are Your Odds of Getting In?

Part XI: Breaking Through the Elite B-School Screen

Part XII: Handicapping Your B-School Odds


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.