Darden | Mr. Engineer Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Stanford GSB | Mr. Navy Officer
GMAT 770, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Public Finance
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Systems Change
GMAT 730, GPA 4
Tuck | Mr. Consulting To Tech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Hippie
GRE 329, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. Milk Before Cereals
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3 (16/20 Portuguese scale)
Harvard | Mr. Sales To Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 3.49
INSEAD | Ms. Hope & Goodwill
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
INSEAD | Mr. Airline Captain
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Almost Ballerina
GRE ..., GPA ...
Harvard | Mr. Startup
GRE 327, GPA 3.35
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB to PM
GRE 338, GPA 4.0
IU Kelley | Ms. Biracial Single Mommy
, GPA 2.5/3.67 Grad
Darden | Ms. Unicorn Healthcare Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBA Class of 2023
GMAT 725, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Guy From Taiwan
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Energy Reform
GMAT 700, GPA 3.14 of 4
Ross | Mr. Verbal Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Wharton | Mr. Sr. Systems Engineer
GRE 1280, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Semiconductor Guy
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Polyglot
GMAT 740, GPA 3.65
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Enlisted Undergrad
GRE 315, GPA 3.75
Stanford GSB | Mr. Rocket Scientist Lawyer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65 Cumulative
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3

Your Chances Of Getting An Elite MBA

Mr. Goldman Sachs

  • 740 GMAT
  • 4.0 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Utah
  • Work experience includes three and one-half years with Goldman Sachs in mortgage/structured product/currency trading operations; will transition into corporate finance with Goldman in New York this fall; also worked full-time in college as a portfolio analyst at a regional wealth management firm
  • Extracurricular involvement includes two years as an LDS missionary in New England; Water for People regional committee member, volunteer with Wounded Warrior Project and Homes for our Troops organizations, founding member of a local non-profit that promotes investor education and fraud prevention in fiduciary relationships, and actively involved in church-related service projects
  • Goal: To transition into strategy consulting. “From there, I’d like to move into an executive position with a large manufacturing firm (John Deere, Boeing, etc.)”
  • 27-year-old white male, married with a child on the way

Odds of Success:

Chicago: 50+%

Dartmouth: 50+%

MIT: 40%

Virginia: 60% to 70%

Berkeley: 50+%

Northwestern: 50+%

Yale: 60% to 70%

Sandy’s Analysis: Well, as often noted, saying you want to be a consultant is a good move. Given your 4.0 from Utah and 740 GMAT and operations roles at Goldman Sachs, you should be in the running at Chicago, Tuck, MIT, Darden, Haas, Kellogg and Yale. I’m not sure what you are doing now– you said “transitioning into corporate finance roll (sic! and great typo!) with GS in New York this fall”–does that mean you will be an analyst or continue to do operations, only now in corporate finance. Whatever, either gig is solid although my guess is being an analyst in corporate finance at GS is more selective from a school’s perspective.

Your extracurricular involvement with the Water for People Wounded Warrior Project, and Homes for our Troops organizations are also a plus—getting an in-line chance at your target schools should be a matter of execution and explaining yourself clearly, and sure, solid recs.

Long term goal, to be a leader at a place like Deere or Boeing is also an OK idea, since manufacturing is a hot topic and often consultants do transition to those roles. You might present that in the alternative, as being an impactful consultant to manufacturing companies, and cite people and firms who do that, or transition to leading such a company, like a couple of other candidates in this article.

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.