- 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:
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.