Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Darden | Ms. Unicorn Healthcare Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Navy Officer
GMAT 770, GPA 4.0
Wharton | Mr. Sr. Systems Engineer
GRE 1280, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Semiconductor Guy
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB to PM
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Harvard | Mr. Sales To Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 3.49
Harvard | Mr. Polyglot
GMAT 740, GPA 3.65
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Enlisted Undergrad
GRE 315, GPA 3.75
Tuck | Mr. Consulting To Tech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Rocket Scientist Lawyer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65 Cumulative
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Classic Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Cambridge Judge Business School | Mr. Social Scientist
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Darden | Mr. Federal Consultant
GMAT 780, GPA 3.26
INSEAD | Mr. Consulting Fin
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
INSEAD | Ms. Hope & Goodwill
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Milk Before Cereals
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3 (16/20 Portuguese scale)
Chicago Booth | Mr. Guy From Taiwan
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Leading Petty Officer
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Columbia | Mr. NYC Native
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
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Harvard | Ms. Athlete Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Education Consulting
GRE 326, GPA 3.58
Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Hippie
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Stanford GSB | Mr. Unrealistic Ambitions
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Stanford GSB | Mr. Equal Opportunity
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Your Chances Of Getting An Elite MBA

Mr. Technology Analyst

  • 710 GMAT
  • 3.98 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Illinois
  • Work experience includes one year in the management development program at PNC Financial Services and eight months as a technology analyst at Accenture
  • Extracurricular involvement in college as the vice president of a business honors fraternity (Beta Gamma Signa); volunteer basketball coach in boy’s league
  • “During my junior year, I took time off to train for a singing/acting career in Korea. I was a trainee in a large entertainment company”
  • Goal: To attend a Top 15 business school
  • Korean-American who plans to apply to business school in about two years

Odds of Success:

Harvard: 10%

Stanford: 5%

Chicago: 20%

Northwestern: 20%

Columbia: 20% to 30%

Berkeley: 20%

New York: 30% to 40%

Michigan: 30% to 40%

UCLA: 30% to 40%

Sandy’s Analysis: Well, let’s summarize: Asian-American male, 3.98 in accounting from Tier Two School, one year at PNC financial services and then a tech-consulting gig at Accenture which will be two–three years when you apply with a 710 GMAT. That adds up to a solid if boring story, which is relieved somewhat by your junior year in Korea as a singer/actor/trainee in a large entertainment company.

This is pretty solid in terms of stats—you should be in-line at places like Berk, NYU, Mich, UCLA, UVA, Duke, and Darden, which are all Top 15 schools. Just keep doing good work at Accenture, line up some recs, figure out why you want an MBA and execute cleanly.  I’m not seeing this as HBS or Stanford, not enough stardust (despite your entertainment background) and nothing else driving you in. Wharton admits kids like you who have really tight stories based on your solid stats, and making work history clearly line-up with goals and solid recs.

You should be a coin-flip case places like Booth, Kellogg, Columbia (try Early Decision) and maybe Yale as well. What you need to do is 1) Really thrive at your tech consulting job at Accenture; 2) Try to make this story more interesting by developing a signature extra –curric story, if you enjoy coaching basketball. Try to develop that into something powerful involving poor kids, or also coaching with school work. But mostly do outstanding work at Accenture, get great recs, and say you want to be a consultant when you grow up. You’d be solid, employable, and  . . . .that is 90 percent of the battle at most schools.

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.