Harvard | Mr. Political Consultant
GRE 337, GPA 3.85
Stanford GSB | Mr. Singing Banking Lawyer
GMAT 720, GPA 110-point scale. Got 110/110 with honors
Berkeley Haas | Ms. 10 Years Experience
GMAT To be taken, GPA 3.1
MIT Sloan | Mr. Refinery Engineer
GMAT 700- will retake, GPA 3.87
Yale | Ms. Social Impact AKS
GRE 315, GPA 7.56
Said Business School | Mr. Across The Pond
GMAT 680, GPA 2.8
Yale | Mr. Army Infantry Officer
GMAT 730, GPA 2.83
Wharton | Mr. Army & Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 360 Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
MIT Sloan | Mr. Low GPA Over Achiever
GMAT 700, GPA 2.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Corp Finance
GMAT 740, GPA 3.75
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
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
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
Harvard | Mr. Professional Boy Scout
GMAT 660, GPA 3.83
IU Kelley | Mr. Construction Manager
GRE 680, GPA 3.02
IU Kelley | Mr. Clinical Trial Ops
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.33

Handicapping Your MBA Odds

Mr. Himalayas

    • 790 GRE (equal to a 760 GMAT)
    • 3.5 GPA
    • Undergraduate degree in physics from an elite liberal arts college in the Rockies
    • 3.9 GPA (master’s)
    • Master’s degree in environmental engineering from Stanford
    • Work experience includes teaching physics for one-year; did research on materials for a quantum computer; currently a market research analyst on the clean tech industry for Bloomberg
    • Extracurricular involvement as a professional rock climber for five years with North Face and a National Geographic archaeological team in Nepal; produced two documentaries and a feature story in National Geographic; have scaled numerous big peaks in the Himalayas; helped to build two children’s libraries and a mountain clinic in the Himalayas; have media citations from BusinessWeek and Bloomberg TV
    • Goal: To transition to a top strategy consulting position in the clean energy industry, with the eventual goal of starting a company well-positioned for a global energy transition
    • 26-year-old white male

Odds of Success:

Harvard: 30% to 40%

Stanford: 30% to 40% (helped by your Stanford master’s)

Wharton: 40% to 50%

Columbia: 50%+%

Northwestern: 50+%

Chicago: 50+%

Tuck: 50+%

MIT: 50+%

Sandy’s Analysis: Well, some zigs  and zags,  but you got one type of “the smart guy/ REAL MAN” profile that many adcoms go for—especially since the basics—GPA and GRE are solid (not sure you need the GMAT, but check reqs of each school).  The trick is to make your mountaineering/Nepal experiences synch up with Clean Tech goals and present yourself as a guy interested in science, research and business, which does synch up with your resume.

I’m not sure how Bloomberg rates in terms of B-school selectivity but your prestige background and elite think tank experience might put a halo around you. Being on TV, even Bloomberg TV, also is a plus. You might have a hard time presenting yourself fully for HBS on their new anorexic application-–a real clear and focused resume will be important, as will strategically filling out those 200 character mini-questions they ask about each job (description, accomplishments, reasons for leaving).  Make sure your recs confirm your goals and sound like you know the clean tech business, which you may already really do anyway.

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.