Stanford GSB | Mr. Infantry Officer
GRE 320, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Apparel Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Ernst & Young
GMAT 600 (hopeful estimate), GPA 3.86
Harvard | Mr. Armenian Geneticist
GRE 331, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 1st Gen Grad
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Ross | Mr. Travelpreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 2.68
Harvard | Ms. Developing Markets
GMAT 780, GPA 3.63
London Business School | Ms. Numbers
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. Innovator
GRE 300, GPA 3.75
IU Kelley | Mr. Fortune 500
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.2
N U Singapore | Mr. Naval Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
NYU Stern | Ms. Entertainment Strategist
GMAT Have not taken, GPA 2.92
Chicago Booth | Mr. Bank AVP
GRE 322, GPA 3.22
INSEAD | Ms. Spaniard Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 8.5/10.00
NYU Stern | Mr. Army Prop Trader
GRE 313, GPA 2.31
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthtech Venture
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. Senior Research Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.58
Stanford GSB | Mr. Doctor Who
GRE 322, GPA 4.0
Rice Jones | Mr. Carbon-Free Future
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare PE
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
INSEAD | Mr. Data Savvy Engineer
GRE 316, GPA 2.92
Harvard | Mr. Policy Player
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
London Business School | Mr. FANG Strategy
GMAT 740, GPA 2.9

Handicapping Your Odds of MBA Success

Mr. Immelt Jr.

  • 660 GMAT (Q: 71%, V: 74%) (plan to retake)
  • 3.66 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin
  • Work experience for a year and one-half in General Electric’s Healthcare Financial Management Program and moving to Brazil for a rotation assignment; first analyst to be nominated for GE Healthcare Olympic award given every four years to top employees,
  • Extracurricular involvement as elected co-chair of the GEHC philanthropy committee and professional development committee
  • Goal: To get into the healthcare consulting practice at either McKinsey or Bain

Odds of Success:

Harvard: 20% to 30%

Columbia: 30% to 40%

Wharton: 30%

NYU: 40+%

Chicago: 30% to 40+%

Northwestern: 30% to 40+%

Sandy’s Analysis: Well, HBS takes peeps with 660 GMATs, but before our general readership gets too intoxicated with that fact, note, that they are usually people like you, to wit: People with solid grades in an undergraduate major like finance. People who get the 660 in a  balanced way, the way you have (Q-71%, V-74%, which is actually near an 80/80 split); and most importantly, people with a genuinely distinguished and celebrated career at a deeply respected Blue Chip program like the GE Healthcare Financial Management Program, where you apparently have distinguished yourself.

Your recommendations will be real important and it would help if you had some  “anchor rec” from a leader of that program who can list your accomplishments (Brazil gig and nomination for GE “Olympics” award) and comment on their rarity and selectivity. That, along with serviceable execution on the rest, could get you in the running at HBS, and also Chicago and Kellogg. Oddly, Wharton (and Columbia, and also MIT although you did not ask) might have a harder time swallowing a 660 GMAT score from a white guy — those schools are flexible to some degree but 660 is getting to the edge of the envelope.

The exact size of the white, male cohort with a 660 GMAT at Wharton and Columbia would be a very interesting stat, after you further subtracted legacies/donor pals etc. I realize you are taking the GMAT over, which is a good move. Even if the score does not improve, it shows the schools you are serious.

Also, as noted several times, the M/B/B consulting firms you are desirous of joining post-grad often ask for your GMATs as part of their hiring process, and they are well-rumored to have a sweet spot (and possibly unofficial cut-off) at 720.  That could be a matter of concern for you. Adcoms know this, so if your score does not go up, I would not specifically say that M/B/B are firms you want to join, but rather say, “I want to join a leading consulting firm active in healthcare”  and name a bunch as examples, including some boutiques and larger non-M/B/B players. If any readers who do hiring or recruiting for M/B/B have any refinements on the lore that they look for 720+ GMATs from B-school grads, please share.

LAST WEEK’S COLUMN:  What Are Your Odds Of Getting In?

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

Part XV: Assessing Your Odds of Getting In

Part XVI: Handicapping Your Odds of Getting In

Part XVII: What Are Your Odds of Getting In

Part XVIII: Assessing Your Odds of Getting In

Part XIX: Handicapping Your MBA Odds

Part XX: What Are Your Odds Of Getting In

Part XXI: Handicapping Your Odds of Acceptance

Part XXII: Handicapping Your Shot At A Top MBA

Part XXIII: Predicting Your Odds of Getting In

Part XXIV: Do You Have The Right Stuff To Get In

Part XXV: Your Odds of Getting Into A Top MBA Program

Part XXVI: Calculating Your Odds of Getting In

Part XXVII: Breaking Through The Elite MBA Screen

Part XXVIII: Handicapping Your Shot At A Top School

Part XXIX: Can You Get Into A Great B-School

Part XXX: Handicapping Your Odds of Getting In

Part XXXI: Calculating Your Odds of Admission

Part XXXII: Handicapping Your Elite MBA Chances

Part XXXIII: Getting Into Your Dream School

Part XXXIV: Handicapping Your Shot At A Top School

Part XXXV: Calculating Your Odds of Getting In

Part XXXVI: What Are Your Chances Of Getting In

Part XXXVII: Handicapping Your Business School Odds

Part XXXVIII: Assessing Your B-School Odds Of Making It

Part XXXIX: Handicapping MBA Applicant Odds

Part XL: What Are Your Odds of Getting In

Part XLI: Handicapping Your Odds of MBA Success

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.