Cambridge Judge Business School | Ms. Story-Teller To Data-Cruncher
GMAT 700 (anticipated), GPA 3.5 (converted from Australia)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Failed Startup Founder
GMAT 740, GPA 4
Kellogg | Mr. Operator
GMAT 740, GPA 4.17/4.3
MIT Sloan | Mr. Energy Transition
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Harvard | Mr. STEM Minor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.78
INSEAD | Mr. Sustainability PM
GRE 335, GPA 3.5
INSEAD | Mr. Business Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Mr. Productivity Focused
GMAT 700, GPA 3.6
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Tech Engineer
GRE 310, GPA 4.0
McCombs School of Business | Mr. CRE
GMAT 625, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Finance Nerd
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Army Marketing
GRE 327, GPA 3.8
Darden | Mr. Financial World
GMAT 730, GPA 7.8
Harvard | Mr. First Gen Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (First Class Honours)
Wharton | Mr. Global Perspective
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
INSEAD | Ms. Marketing Supe Latina
GMAT 720-740 (anticipated), GPA 3.1 (last two years 3.4)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Financial Solutions
GRE 313, GPA 3.62
Wharton | Mr. Valuation Specialist
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0
Cambridge Judge Business School | Mr. Commercial Engineer
GMAT 680, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Schoolmaster
GMAT 710 (to re-take), GPA 3.5 (Converted from UK)
Wharton | Ms. Atypical Applicant
GRE 314, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Mr. Passion Projects
GMAT 730, GPA 3.15
MIT Sloan | Mr. MBB Transformation
GMAT 760, GPA 3.46
Yale | Mr. Army Logistics
GRE 310, GPA 3.72
Stanford GSB | Mr. Clown
GMAT 740, GPA 3.85
Chicago Booth | Mr. EduTech
GRE 337, GPA 3.9
MIT Sloan | Mr. Sans-Vertebrae
GMAT 730, GPA 3.78

Handicapping Your MBA Odds: Mr. Army Intelligence

A West Point valedictorian, he’s a military intelligence officer who has had direct leadership of more than 100 soldiers. With a 700 GMAT, this twenty-something officer wants an MBA so he can return to the U.S. Army and eventually guide its cyber intelligence unit.

An Ivy League grad with a 750 GMAT and a 3.75, he’s a consultant for a top-three firm. But this young professional wants an MBA to help him achieve a goal to direct strategy at a major tech company or to create disruptive business models in developing countries using technology.

After playing varsity baseball at a top 100 university, this 26-year-old professional works on strategy and partnerships for a large health care provider. His goal is to move into private equity, working with healthcare companies on growth strategies.

What these applicants share in common is the goal to get into one of the world’s best business schools. Do they have the raw stats and experience to get in? Or will they get dinged by their dream schools?

Sandy Kreisberg, founder of HBSGuru.com

Sandy Kreisberg, founder of HBSGuru.com

Sanford “Sandy” Kreisberg, founder of MBA admissions consulting firm HBSGuru.com, is back again to analyze these and a few other profiles of actual MBA applicants who have shared their vital statistics with Poets&Quants.

As usual, Kreisberg handicaps each potential applicant’s odds of getting into a top-ranked business school. But for the first time ever, we’ve included a video portion of the series featuring Kreisberg live evaluating the prospects of one of our candidates. In this debut video, Sandy evaluates our West Point valedictorian and addresses many of the issues facing military candidates who apply to highly selective MBA programs.

Given the fact that Sandy hard at work for MBA candidates on their Round One applications, the remainder of this week’s column is a best of collection.

If you include your own stats and characteristics in the comments, we’ll pick a few more and have Kreisberg assess your chances in a follow-up feature to be published shortly. (Please add your age and be clear on the sequence of your jobs in relaying work experience. Make sure you let us know your current job.)

Let’s go to our video analysis first:

 

Basic RGBMr. Army Intelligence

 

  • 700 GMAT
  • 4.0 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in economics from West Point
  • Valedictorian of his class
  • Work experience as a military intelligence officer who has had direct leadership of more than 100 soldiers and has managed large private contracts
  • Has earned a dozen professional cyber network certifications
  • Extracurricular involvement as team captain of a national champion fencing team while at school; volunteer for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Special Olympics; tutors autistic children
  • Goal: To eventually guide the Army’s cyber organization through its expansion over the next 20 years.
  • “Looking at HBS or Wharton to geographically match my wife’s applications to Med School programs but would consider others”
  • Male in mid-twenties
  • “I heard that admissions panels emphasize different things when looking at active duty applications. What can I do to maximize my chances?”

Target Schools:

Harvard Business School

Stanford Graduate School of Business

University of Pennsylvania (Wharton_

University of Virginia (Darden)

Sandy’s Analysis:  See the video above for Sandy’s blow-by-blow assessment.

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.