Handicapping Your Shot At A Top School

Mr. Chemical Engineer

 

  • 730 GMAT
  • 3.17 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Howard University
  • Work experience includes little over two years as a downstream business analyst for a top multinational oil company (Chevron/ExxonMobil/Shell)
  • Extracurricular involvement as a board member for the Boys and Girls club, focusing on club fundraising as well as programming and events for the children; also involved with the local section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and have held leadership positions in employee affinity group
  • Goal: To transition to the alternative energy industry, first through consulting and then industry
  • 25-year-old African-American male applying in fall of 2014

Odds of Success:

Harvard: 25% to 35%
Wharton: 30% to 45%
MIT: 40% to 50%
Northwestern: 40% to 50%
Dartmouth: 40% to 50%
Virginia: 50% to 60%
Michigan: 60% to 70%

Sandy’s Analysis: I’m liking this: African-American males with 730 GMATs and degrees in chemical engineering and work experience at oil majors are a rare-ish find, that plus some solid extracurrics, both with Boys and Girls Clubs 🙂 and at work, make this a very attractive profile.

Top schools may blink at the 3.17 because 1. They will, 2. You got a 730 GMAT, 3. Chemical Engineering is not a gut major. Your goal of transitioning (right idea, schools don’t like big career changes, their public PR notwithstanding) to alternative energy from energy major via consulting is right on the mark.

The best thing you can do until fall of 2014 is to keep doing great work at work and keep up leadership roles in your solid extras. If you want to walk the extra mile, take a course in stats or microeconomics or calculus (any one you goofed up as an undergrad or did not take), just to show them you are serious about this.

Try schmoozing with the Afro-American clubs at your target schools and get a feel for what males had in terms of stats, and see if any of them can give you a poke with admissions. As with profile above you, waiting until 2014 to apply versus round 1 in 2013 is not buying you anything. You are as good as you are going to get from the adcom’s POV. So bite the bullet and get this show on the road next year.

Take that course this summer. You already got the GMAT behind you, and well done with that 730. Throw one into Stanford as well, you got a chance there. HBS is real possible. Wharton may balk a bit more at the 3.17 but you are in the mix there. MIT does not like 3.17 but they DO LIKE A GREAT DEAL Afro-Am dudes with 730’s and will give you a real look.

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

Part XLII: What Are Your Chances Of Getting In

Part XLIII: Handicapping Your MBA Odds

Part XLIV: Can You Get Into A Top MBA Program

Part XLV: Assessing Your Odds of Getting In

Part XLVI: Handicapping Your Dream School Odds

Part XLVII: Handicapping Your MBA Odds

Part XLVIII: Assessing Your Odds of B-School Success

Part XLIV: Handicapping Your B-School Odds

Part XLV: Your Odds of Getting Into A Great School

Part XLVI: Handicapping Your Shot At A Top MBA

Part XLVII: Your Chances Of Getting Into An Elite School

Part XLVIII: Handicapping Your Personal MBA Odds

Part XLIV: Handicapping Your Elite School Chances

Part XLV: Handicapping Those Tough MBA Odds

Part XLVI: Your Chances Of Getting In

PartXVII: Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds