Handicapping My Own Chances Of Admission To Harvard, Wharton, Chicago Booth, et al

Here is how I stacked up for my other 2 top schools:

Wharton (my #2):

Accepted:

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Again…not bad.  Feeling okay about my chances here.

Rejected:

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Well this is good news!  I look very different than the folks that got rejected.  Either they had a much lower GPA or a much lower GMAT score.  Nice!!

University of Chicago (Booth, tied for #3):

Accepted:

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A lot of the people accepted at Booth look A LOT like me in terms of their stats.  In fact, I look like I am on the higher end – a very good sign of my chances.  Is it time to research the warmest winter coat on the market? Time will tell…

Rejected:

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This looks pretty good for me!  My stats are way higher than the other women who reported being dinged by Booth this year.

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  • MBAGirlJourney

    I agree with the idea of the GPA being more valuable if you had a more challenging undergrad major. I don’t show it in this article, but BeatTheGMAT shows these variables underneath the chart for each of the “dots”. I know it is not a great representative sample in a lot of ways…but at the same time any additional info is good info.

  • pda

    Rule number 1 in forecasting: Do not forget about base rates! In your case, the base rate is the percentage of accepted/rejected applicants. Your chances at Stanford look low exactly because there are so few cases of accepted applicants, and so many rejections!

    @HBSTimes: Outliers make for catchy, but misleading examples: One in a thousand may be accepted in HMS with a GMAT of 540, but that does not make the the GMAT a bad predictor of acceptance. Your HBS stats class should have taught you as much. You point is well taken that HBS does not seem to have a hard-and-fast GMAT cutoff, but saying that GMAT is “not really valuable” would be a wide exaggeration.

  • This is not really valuable… I am at HBS and there’s a guy with a GMAT of 540…

  • Roy

    GPA and Undergrad degree..they are all big variables. No one just looks at the GPA. If a woman graduated from Georgia Tech’s computer science or industrial engineering program with a 3.1 vs. Brown University’s Women’s studies program with a 3.4…I’ll tell you what — other things being somewhat equal — the Georgia Tech girl stands a much much better shot at the top programs simply based on GPA and major.

    Folks look at the GPA like they look at the GMAT — this is nonsense. GPA is very very subjective. If you have an engineering or economics or math or physics degree from a top school — your GPA is most likely going to be lower compared to folks with degrees in Communication, Marketing, Anthropology or Ethnic or Gender Studies. Simply looking at the GPA is meaningless. Even the law schools don’t just look at the GPA — they try to put it in some meaningful context.

  • I don’t care about

    Who cares!

  • jd

    BTG is awesome, but there just isn’t enough data here to really give you any sense. Three (two?) accepted women from Stanford can’t show you what their distribution really looks like. Even a dozen data points isn’t truly sufficient.

  • Nels

    where is the link, so that I can provide my stats to see my chances of getting in? 🙂

  • Ty

    Good post, I love the analytics of the MBA process.

    Just an FYI – the pictures didn’t load correctly for me. Everything after 3.5 on the GPA axis was cut off by the right border. I had to click on the graphs to see the whole thing.