Kellogg | Mr. Chief Product Officer
GMAT 740, GPA 77.53% (First Class with Distinction, Dean's List Candidate)
Harvard | Mr. Political Consultant
GRE 337, GPA 3.85
MIT Sloan | Mr. Refinery Engineer
GMAT 700- will retake, GPA 3.87
Said Business School | Mr. Across The Pond
GMAT 680, GPA 2.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Singing Banking Lawyer
GMAT 720, GPA 110-point scale. Got 110/110 with honors
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Corp Finance
GMAT 740, GPA 3.75
Kellogg | Mr. Marketing Maven
GRE 325, GPA 7.6/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Vroom Vroom
GMAT 760, GPA 2.88
MIT Sloan | Mr. Low GPA Over Achiever
GMAT 700, GPA 2.5
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
Yale | Mr. Army Infantry Officer
GMAT 730, GPA 2.83
Berkeley Haas | Ms. 10 Years Experience
GMAT To be taken, GPA 3.1
Yale | Ms. Social Impact AKS
GRE 315, GPA 7.56
Wharton | Mr. Army & Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 360 Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Improve Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Wake Up & Grind
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Darden | Mr. Fintech Nerd
GMAT 740, GPA 7.7/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Minority Champ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Darden | Mr. Senior Energy Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.5
Harvard | Mr. Merchant Of Debt
GMAT 760, GPA 3.5 / 4.0 in Master 1 / 4.0 in Master 2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Indian Telecom ENG
GRE 340, GPA 3.56
Stanford GSB | Ms. East Africa Specialist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.34
Harvard | Mr. Nonprofit Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Ms. Start-Up Entrepreneur
GRE 318 current; 324 intended, GPA 3.4
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Health Care Executive
GMAT 690, GPA 3.3

Assessing Your Odds Of Getting In

Mr. Fortune 50

  • 740 GMAT
  • 3.7 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas with a triple major in international economics, international studies, Spanish
  • Work experience includes three years in merchandising for a Fortune 50 company and a stint with a new dot-com site.
  • Extracurricular involvement as a soccer coach for four years, a member of the Hispanic Business Council at work, as an advisor for a local non-profit startup
  • Goal: To pursue a career change from merchandising to Latin America business development
  • Second generation Mexican-American

Odds of Success:

Stanford: 20% to 40+%

Harvard: 40% to 60%

Kellogg: 50+%

MIT: 50+%

Booth: 50+%

Sandy’s Analysis: A Hispanic-American with a 740 GMAT and 3.7 GPA and a job at a Fortune 50 company, and some solid community service gigs? Guys like you get admitted and denied at Stanford and HBS depending on execution, recommendations and luck. This is a solid HBS profile on its facts, and I’d be surprised if you did not get interviewed.

Stanford is someplace you can never tell about, given how small the door is there, and their often random-seeming picks among those who make the first filter of GPA and GMAT as you do. A good “What Matters” essay would help, one that focuses on identity politics and your personal growth via Hispanic roots and mentors. You should be real strong at Kellogg, MIT, and Booth providing you convince them you want to go.

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.