Harvard | Mr. Google Tech
GMAT 770, GPA 2.2
Kellogg | Ms. MBA For Social Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. Low GPA Product Manager
GMAT 780, GPA 3.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Controller & Critic
GMAT 750, GPA 6.61 / 7.00 (equivalent to 3.78 / 4.00)
Kellogg | Mr. PE Social Impact
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.51
MIT Sloan | Mr. International Impact
GRE 326, GPA 3.5
MIT Sloan | Mr. Energy Enthusiast
GMAT 730, GPA 8.39
Chicago Booth | Ms. Future CMO
GMAT Have Not Taken, GPA 2.99
Said Business School | Mr. Global Sales Guy
GMAT 630, GPA 3.5
N U Singapore | Mr. Just And Right
GMAT 700, GPA 4.0
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. International Youngster
GMAT 720, GPA 3.55
Columbia | Mr. Chartered Accountant
GMAT 730, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Spanish Army Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3
Kellogg | Mr. Cancer Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Financial Analyst
GMAT 750, GPA 3.78
Kellogg | Mr. CPA To MBA
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Ms. Sustainable Finance
GMAT Not yet taken- 730 (expected), GPA 3.0 (Equivalent of UK’s 2.1)
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Healthcare Provider
GMAT COVID19 Exemption, GPA 3.68
MIT Sloan | Ms. International Technologist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Art Historian
GRE 332, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Harvard Hopeful
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Yale | Mr. Philanthropy Chair
GMAT Awaiting Scores (expect 700-720), GPA 3.3
Columbia | Mr. Startup Musician
GRE Applying Without a Score, GPA First Class
Chicago Booth | Ms. Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. MGMT Consulting
GMAT 700, GPA 3.56
Harvard | Mr. Future Family Legacy
GMAT Not Yet Taken (Expected 700-750), GPA 3.0
Wharton | Mr. Big 4
GMAT 770, GPA 8/10

What Are Your Odds of Getting In?

Mr. Naval Engineer

  • 700 GMAT
  • 3.1 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State
  • 3.7 GPA
  • Master’s degree in civil engineering from Arizona State
  • Work experience includes nine years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, managing the supply chain and budget of a 250-person squadron; also was a Seabee company commander and an officer in charge of a group of 28 Seabees deployed to South Korea for seven months
  • Extracurricular involvement as a volunteer recruiting prospective naval officers and as a college recruiter for Penn State. Have also been in charge of fundraising for the annual Seabee Birthday Ball.
  • Goal: Interested in making a career switch to marketing/brand management
  • 32-year-old male

Odds of Success:

Dartmouth: 30%+

Wharton: 20%

Virginia: 40% to 50%

Cornell: 40% to 50%

NYU: 30% to 40%

Sandy’s Analysis: Well, I like you, and so will most adcoms. You are right to leave out H/S/W, although you might try Wharton as a long-shot. They like older military types, even guys your age. See if you can link up with their Armed Forces Club. The rest of this is pretty simple. The low GPA can be rebutted by the grad degree, and to some extent GMAT, and the fact it was a long time ago, plus some of those schools, especially Tuck and Darden, and Cornell (a bit), are forgiving about GPA per se, with mitigating circumstances, which you got.

Good balance of extras and leadership stories in the military, and age is balanced out a bit by the fact that your goals in marketing and brand management are not industry functions which are as crazed about youth as financial services and consulting—so another point in your favor.  Stern might push back at this a bit since you are not their main type, and they are the most obsessed school of all your picks about stats per se, but you got a solid shot at your other choices, and the Wharton lottery is worth a try.

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.