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

Mr. Hedge Fund

  • 750 GMAT
  • 2.9 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering from MIT
  • Work experience includes four years as a trader at a quantitative hedge fund
  • Extracurricular involvement is extensive with community service, mentoring underprivileged youth and performing arts
  • Goal: “Management in renewable energy related manufacturing or R&D firm”
  • “Applied Round 1 to HBS, GSB, MIT, Kellogg but have already been declined without interview from HBS.”
  • 24-year-old African-American male who was born in Cameroon, lived in France and moved to the U.S. at the age of 11

Odds of Success:

Harvard: -15%

Stanford: 10%

MIT: 25% to 50%

Kellogg: 35% to 50%

Sandy’s Analysis: Hmmmmm, Harvard does not like traders at quant hedge funds, because, well they don’t. The only Hedge Fund types HBS really likes are DONORS. They also see trading as something they cannot teach, something which does not require management or leadership skills. All that said, African-American males with 750 GMATs and an MIT degree, even one with a 2.9, could be attractive, so if you had been interviewed, I would not have been surprised. It was a worthwhile roll of the dice.

I hope you did a good job minimizing the 2.9, beyond saying you had a lot of extras and was distracted. What goes for HBS also goes for your chances at Stanford. They don’t like traders either, or a 2.9, but could blink if they find the rest attractive. Let’s face it, with a 750 GMAT, it’s not like these places are taking much of a risk.

If you were able to cook up some story based around your interesting upbringing, well, you got an outside chance, although I think it’s less than 15%. MIT might take you based on GMAT and the fact that “hedge fund” and “trader’ are not dirty words over there, and they have a hard time recruiting African-American males. So chances there are in the 25% to 50% range. Kellogg might go for the 750 and the community service.

Not sure what I make of your goals: “Management in renewable energy related manufacturing or R&D firm.” That seems to come out of no place.   Here’s a million dollars worth of advice. Find some big shot at your Hedge Fund who can make some phone calls for you–that is one way guys like you get into Stanford, and also MIT and Kellogg.

Does anyone at your firm know Andy Lo? He is the big Sloan School financial engineering honcho. If someone called him and said you were worth a look, that could really make a difference.

Really go through all your contacts, and their contacts, and try to get a phone call made on your behalf. Get your sales pitch together with more tailored goals to something you have done.

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

Part XIII: Predicting Your Odds of Getting In

Part XIV: Handicapping Your MBA Odds


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