Stanford GSB | Ms. Sustainable Finance
GMAT Not yet taken- 730 (expected), GPA 3.0 (Equivalent of UK’s 2.1)
Kellogg | Ms. MBA For Social Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Ms. Future CMO
GMAT Have Not Taken, GPA 2.99
Kellogg | Mr. CPA To MBA
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.2
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
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. International Youngster
GMAT 720, GPA 3.55
Columbia | Mr. Chartered Accountant
GMAT 730, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Harvard Hopeful
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Yale | Mr. Philanthropy Chair
GMAT Awaiting Scores (expect 700-720), GPA 3.3
N U Singapore | Mr. Just And Right
GMAT 700, GPA 4.0
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. Google Tech
GMAT 770, GPA 2.2
Harvard | Mr. Spanish Army Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3
Harvard | Mr. Future Family Legacy
GMAT Not Yet Taken (Expected 700-750), GPA 3.0
Wharton | Mr. Big 4
GMAT 770, GPA 8/10
Rice Jones | Mr. ToastMasters Treasurer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Public Health
GRE 312, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Admit
GMAT Waived, GPA 4.0
London Business School | Mr. Indian Mad Man
GMAT Have not taken yet, GPA 2.8
Kellogg | Mr. Operations Analyst
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.3
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Microsoft India
GMAT 780, GPA 7.14
Harvard | Mr. Belgium 2+2
GMAT 760, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. IDF Commander
GRE Waved, GPA 3.0

What Are Your Chances Of Getting In

Mr. Aerospace Engineer

  • 710 GMAT (V:38, Q:49)
  • 3.4 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering from Technion, Israel.
  • Work experience includes three years of military service (“special intelligence unit where I did some supervision on others”) and seven years in defense corporations; currently an aerospace engineer with a major defense company
  • Extracurricular involvement in “Engineers Without Borders,” developing a plan to raise the livelihood of rural communities in Nepal; also volunteered to help gifted youth and renovate homes of less fortunate families; avid photographer; practices Brazilian martial arts, likes trekking and backpacking
  • Goal: To work in the technology field as a product manager or in a marketing position and evolve to senior management
  • 29-year-old Israeli male

Odds of Success:

Berkeley:  50+%

MIT: 30% to 40%

Stanford: 20% to 30%

Kellogg: 40+%

Chicago: 40+%

Sandy’s Analysis: Totally solid story with OK grades and OK GMAT, and work history from what I imagine are solid defense companies, plus some interesting military service (I’d go light on the part where you note, “Did some supervision on others . . .” as an intelligence officer, although I think you may mean, supervised others in the office.)  I think your chances at core schools you mention—Haas, Kellogg, Booth and Wharton—are real solid given that your stats seem to fall in line there (e.g. average the GPA at Wharton is 3.5 and you have a 3.4 from a distinguished technical program) and your goals and what you have done synch together so clearly.  I’d say chances at those places are solid with proper execution, strong recommendations, etc.

MIT goes for guys like you as well, although you might do better there to tell some innovation story, rather than product manager goal. Stanford is going to be harder because your stats are a bit low there. You could do yourself a favor by leveraging your Engineers Without Borders Experience in Nepal in the essay set. I would use that in Essay One (What matters most . . .) rather than the short one (which does not really count much).

At Stanford, try to revise your goals as well. They ain’t looking for “product managers” or future VP’s at defense contractors over there, at least not in the admissions process. I’d throw an app into HBS as well, you got some real solid HBS app raw material, and they like engineers. Same advice as to goals: Try to be more exciting, innovative, and if possible add some do-good halo to your goals story. You want to get involved in engineering problems which solve issues like water shortages, sustainability —  “green” stuff.

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.