Stanford GSB | Mr. Irish Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Marine Executive Officer
GRE 322, GPA 3.28
Tuck | Mr. Liberal Arts Military
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Ms. Developing Markets
GMAT 780, GPA 3.63
Harvard | Mr. Policy Player
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Future Non-Profit
GMAT 720, GPA 8/10
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Tough Guy
GMAT 680, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. CPPIB Strategy
GRE 329 (Q169 V160), GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Bank AVP
GRE 322, GPA 3.22
Kellogg | Mr. Double Whammy
GMAT 730, GPA 7.1/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Infantry Officer
GRE 320, GPA 3.7
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Ernst & Young
GMAT 600 (hopeful estimate), GPA 3.86
Kellogg | Mr. Engineer Volunteer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Operations Analyst
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.15
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Indian Dreamer
GRE 331, GPA 8.5/10
Kellogg | Mr. Innovator
GRE 300, GPA 3.75
London Business School | Ms. Private Equity Angel
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
Yale | Ms. Biotech
GMAT 740, GPA 3.29
Stanford GSB | Ms. Global Empowerment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.66
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Apparel Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Armenian Geneticist
GRE 331, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 1st Gen Grad
GMAT 740, 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.