Stanford GSB | Mr. Impactful Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Ross | Mr. Leading-Edge Family Business
GMAT 740, GPA 2.89
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Engineer
GMAT 720, GPA 7.95/10 (College follows relative grading; Avg. estimate around 7-7.3)
Chicago Booth | Mr. Banker To CPG Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 7.36/10
Darden | Mr. Logistics Guy
GRE Not taken Yet, GPA 3.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Desi Boy
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Mr. Stylist & Actor
GMAT 760 , GPA 9.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB Advanced Analytics
GMAT 750, GPA 3.1
Columbia | Mr. Ambitious Chemical Salesman
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Tepper | Ms. Coding Tech Leader
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Wharton | Mr. Rates Trader
GMAT 750, GPA 7.6/10
Harvard | Mr. Irish Biotech Entrepreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Cricketer Turned Engineer
GMAT 770, GPA 7.15/10
Wharton | Mr. Planes And Laws
GRE 328, GPA 3.8
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Refrad
GMAT 700, GPA 3.94
Harvard | Mr. Supply Chain Photographer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Space Launch
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Ms. Product Strategist
GMAT 700, GPA 7.3/10
Columbia | Mr. MBB Consultant
GRE 339, GPA 8.28
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Avocado Farmer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.08
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. International Development Consultant
Columbia | Mr. Wannabe Grad
GMAT 710, GPA 3.56
Kellogg | Ms. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
MIT Sloan | Mr. Captain Engineer
GMAT 700, GPA 2.96
Harvard | Ms. Big 4 M&A Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 2:1 (Upper second-class honours, UK)

Assessing Your Odds Of Getting In

Ms. Retailer

  • 740 GMAT (74% Quant, 99% Verbal)
  • 3.6 Grade Point Average
  • Undergraduate degree in political science from Ivy League university
  • Work experience includes managing a $100 million-plus category for a big retailer in the Chicago area with P&L responsibility
  • Extracurricular involvement in leading a test prep team for socio-economically disadvantaged high school juniors
  • Goal: To help develop a Chinese retail company into a global powerhouse like Wal-Mart
  • “I was just denied by both Harvard and Wharton; Stanford and Kellogg still pending. Wondering whether I should apply to Booth or MIT second round or whether those schools are concerned about my quant background.”
  • 25-year-old Asian-American female

Odds of Success:

Harvard: Ding

Wharton: Ding

Stanford: 20%

Kellogg: 45+%

Chicago: 50+%

MIT: 30% to 40%

Sandy’s Analysis: Thanks for sharing. If you had sent me your stats and asked about Harvard and Wharton without noting the dings, I would have said there is lots to like and I would have been very positive about Wharton, just based on them taking lots and lots of applicants like you. Not sure what happened at either place. Could have been execution of application or just bad luck. Both happen.

Do you have any blue chip experience? Is, for example, the retailer you work for local or a national brand? That can really matter. Anyway, let this be a lesson to folks who say I am too cynical. Wharton might have blinked a bit at the 74 percent Q score on the GMAT. But that should have resulted in one of their spooky letters, not a ding.

Sloan takes kids like you and is always looking for smart women. I think your chances at Kellogg are good (but I thought your chances at Wharton were good), and jeepers, you should get into Chicago if you can convince them you want to go.

H and W deny kids like you with great applications, so not sure execution is your problem, but it might be. You might want to have a consultant look over your applications to Chicago or MIT in some quick way, just to make sure you are not doing something really wrong, although I doubt it.

S**T Happens in this game, and what happened to you is Exhibit A.

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