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 B-School Odds

Mr. Coder

  • 760 GMAT (48Q, 46V)
  • 3.57 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in computer engineering and math from a Southern Ivy (not Duke)
  • Work experience includes nine months as a coder at a tech startup, ten months in consulting at Deloitte/Accenture/PWC and two years at a tech startup in big data for financial service firms
  • Extracurricular involvement as officer in a collegiate model United Nations where he won top speaker honors and engineering society; now chief technology officer of a small non-profit with a focus on reducing bullying

Odds of Success:

Harvard: 20% to 30%

Stanford: 15% to 30%

Wharton: 30% to 40%

Chicago: 40% to 50%

MIT: 40% to 50%

Dartmouth: 40% to 50%

Sandy’s Analysis: Hmmmm, a 3.57 at a Near Ivy (with computer science and math focus), 760 GMAT, and a career at large non-M/B/B consulting shop, followed by (? unclear from your post, FOLKS BE SURE MAKE CLEAR WHAT YOUR CURRENT JOB IS!) senior analyst at ‘big data’ financial services focused tech start-up, where let’s assume you are now? With better-than-average extras, and given top speaker awards in college, not a total nerd.

That could get you solidly in the running at HBS and Wharton since the brand names and stats line-up, and the extras are enough, and you also are working in a buzz-word (big data) area.  Stanford is always a black box if you don’t have the right firm pedigrees, and you don’t, but the same pluses you have at HBS (solid stats, buzz word job) will get into the running as a Stanford “walk-on,” which does happen.  I’d say you are solid at MIT, and probably solid at Tuck and Chicago, although this story does not seem a natural fit. If you convince them you want to come, they will give you a real serious look.

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.