Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Ms. Quadrilingual Amazon
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
INSEAD | Mr. Product Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 63%
Kellogg | Ms. Sustainable Development
GRE N/A, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Finance
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Concrete Angel
GRE 318, GPA 3.33
Wharton | Mr. Future Non-Profit
GMAT 720, GPA 8/10
Harvard | Mr. Military Quant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare PE
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Ms. Female Sales Leader
GMAT 740 (target), GPA 3.45
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
Kellogg | Ms. Big4 M&A
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Army Aviator
GRE 314, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Gay Techie
GRE 332, GPA 3.88
INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Aspirant
GRE 322, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
MIT Sloan | Ms. Rocket Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.89
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
Tuck | Mr. Liberal Arts Military
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Columbia | Mr. Energy Italian
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Quality Assurance
GMAT 770, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. African Energy
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
NYU Stern | Ms. Luxury Retail
GMAT 730, GPA 2.5
Stanford GSB | Ms. Russland Native
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5

Handicapping Your Personal MBA Odds

Mr. World Bank

  • 710 GMAT
  • 4.6 out of 5.0 GPA (Top 10 of class)
  • Undergraduate degree in finance from a top Russian university
  • Work experience includes two years as a senior consultant in transactions advisory services for Ernst & Young, working on fundraising projects for the largest Russian banks and oil & gas companies; and three years as an investment analyst for the International Finance Corp. of the World Bank
  • “I’ve closed a number of high-profile deals in health care, agribusiness and manufacturing industries in Eastern Europe and Middle East (Belarus, Greece, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine)”
  • Extracurricular activities include volunteering at the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace; founding member of the Moscow IB (investment banking) club; have been playing soccer and hockey for more than 15+ years (was a captain of the university soccer team); black belt in martial arts
  • Goal: To continue career at IFC as an investment officer but to eventually run a developmental financial fund such as the IFC Cleantech Fund aimed at supporting investments in the green energy technologies
  • 26-year-old Russian

Odds of Success:

Harvard: 40%

Wharton: 50%

Chicago: 50+%

Dartmouth: 50+%

New York: 50+%

London: 50+%

Sandy’s Analysis: Come on down. Smart Russian guy with top 10 percent grades “in Finance from a top Russian university” 710 GMAT, two years at Ernst & Young (Transactions Advisory Services),  which is a tier-one gig in Russia btw says Sandy, “fund raising” for the largest Russian banks, followed by International Finance Corporation (IFC), The World Bank Group for three years, with high-profile deals in healthcare, agribusiness and manufacturing  in such trendy hot spots as Eastern Europe, Belarus, Greece, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine . . .works for me.

Long term goal: head and manage “a developmental financial fund such as the IFC Cleantech Fund  . . .” that is good too, even if I don’t fully know what it means, I can sense it sounds right, and all you need to do is explain it correctly in the app.

You got a real solid and integrated story (education, work, interests). With solid execution, guys like you get into Harvard, Wharton, Booth, Tuck, NYU Stern and LBS.  At HBS, you will be competing with internationals and some U.S. kids with similar solid grades, OK GMATs and impressive IFC-type gigs, so it will be a matter of executing clearly on the application and not blowing the interview.

But even saying that, this is a real solid story which almost writes itself. Guys like you usually get into Wharton, and at other schools it will be a matter of convincing them you want to come.

(See following page for index of all previous entries in our MBA handicapping series)

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.