INSEAD | Mr. Indian In Cambodia
GMAT 730, GPA 3.33
Tuck | Mr. Federal Civilian
GMAT 780, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. S.N. Bose Scholar
GMAT 770, GPA 3.84
Duke Fuqua | Mr. O&G Geoscientist
GRE 327, GPA 2.9
Kenan-Flagler | Ms. Big Pharma
GRE 318, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Indian O&G EPC
GMAT 730, GPA 3.75
Wharton | Ms. Product Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. Indian Globetrotter
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Jill Of All Trades
GRE 314, GPA 3.36
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Midwest Startup
GRE 328, GPA 3.51
Wharton | Mr. Big 4
GMAT 770, GPA 8/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB
GMAT 740, GPA 3.95
Wharton | Mr. Swing Big
GRE N/A, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Mr. Big Brother
GRE 329, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Low GPA Product Manager
GMAT 780, GPA 3.1
Kenan-Flagler | Ms. Nonprofit Admin
GMAT 620, GPA 3.3
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Top Three
GRE 310, GPA 2.7
Ross | Mr. NCAA to MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Kellogg | Mr. 770 Dreamer
GMAT 770, GPA 8.77/10
Tepper | Mr. Tech Strategist
GRE 313, GPA 3.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. JD To MBA
GRE 326, GPA 3.01
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Musician To Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 1.6
Harvard | Mr. Bangladeshi Analyst
GMAT 690, GPA 3.31
MIT Sloan | Mr. Generic Nerd
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Darden | Mr. Military Vet
GMAT 680, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Ms. ELS
GRE 318, GPA 3.8
Wharton | Mr. Investment Banking
GMAT 750, GPA 3.1

Handicapping Your Odds of Getting In

Mr. Peace Corps

  • 720 GMAT
  • 3.63 Grade Point Average
  • Undergraduate degree in finance from Miami University
  • Work experience includes a year as a process consultant for a mid-sized regional firm in Chicago and two-plus years in the Peace Corps in Uganda where I founded a local fair trade social enterprise which was nominated as a Peace Corps Uganda success story of the year, founded micro-finance associations, co-founded vocational training center, micro-consulting
  • Extracurricular involvement as chief editor of the Peace Corps newsletter in Uganda; a tutor for an African-heritage focused public school in the U.S. and for Sudanese Lost Boys
  • Goal: Short-term is to be a strategic consultant; long-term is to establish a firm that provides seed investing and strategic/financial consulting for Sub-Sahara African startups
  • 26-year-old white male

Odds of Success:

Stanford: 20% to 30%

Berkeley: 40% to 50%

Northwestern: 30% to 50%

UCLA: 50+%

Chicago: 30% to 40%

Sandy’s Analysis: Hmmmm, let’s call this a real solid Peace Corp career in Uganda with a 3.6 from a good school and a 720 GMAT. Stanford may not find that recherche enough, especially for a white male. I’d be interested if someone could spill out the Peace Corp cohort at Stanford, but my guess is, it’s part Ivy, it’s part minority, and it’s got lotsa anchor jobs (like McKinsey) in the mix (versus your “unanchor” gig at “mid-sized regional firm in Chicago,” which sounds like The Office was filmed there).

All that snark aside, you got a 15% to 20% chance there given what appear to be great works you performed in Uganda (are you still in Peace Corp now?), if you can spin that in some Stanford-y way. Chances at Haas, Kellogg and Anderson are solid, based on stats (3.6/720) alone. Throw Booth in the mix too, they love social enterprise jive. Well, who doesn’t?

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.