Harvard | Ms. Craniofacial
GRE 313, GPA 3.7
Yale | Ms. Classical Singer
GRE 317, GPA 3.9
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Tepper | Mr. Experiential Marketer
GMAT 660, GPA 2.8/4.0
Harvard | Mr. Life Science Consultant
GMAT 700, GPA 3.73
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Product Development Engineer
GMAT Requirement Waived, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Infra Investor
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Future Trusted Advisor
GMAT To be taken, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 ENG Entrepreneur
GRE 322, GPA 3.82
Columbia | Mr. Indian PM
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Cornell Johnson | Mr. Indian MBA Aspirant
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Robotics Entrepreneur
GMAT 770, GPA 3.7
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Data Analytics Guy
GRE 318, GPA 3.49
Wharton | Mr. Petrophysicist
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
NYU Stern | Ms. 1 Year Work Experience
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Ross | Mr. Fitness Biz
GRE 330, GPA 3.55
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Sales To Strategy
GMAT 750, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. 1st Generation
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Harvard | Mr. Half Poet, Half Quant
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Yale | Ms. Change The World
GRE 300, GPA 3.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Wharton | Ms. Investment Banker
GMAT 720, GPA 8.65/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Free-Spirited Traveler
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. IB To PE
GMAT 740, GPA 3.94
Stanford GSB | Ms. Government To EdTech
GRE 323, GPA 14/20 (B equivalent)
Wharton | Ms. Experiential Beauty
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Emory Goizueta | Mr. FA Captain
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Handicapping Your MBA Odds — Mr. Political Strategist From India

He’s a 26-year-old engineer from India who doesn’t want to be an engineer. He’s currently a public policy consultant to a minister in the Indian government and is managing the minister’s election campaign, leading 20 full-time staffers and nearly 1,000 volunteers. With a GMAT of 710 and having graduated in the top 10% of his “not-so-great” engineering school in India, he hopes to someday get an MBA.

His target schools are among the very best in the world: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, and Yale. His goal is to someday launch his own political consulting firm in India.

Mr. Political Strategist

  • 710 GMAT (Q 77/V 92)
  • Top 10% of graduating class
  • Undergraduate degree in engineering
  • Work experience includes one year at a small non-profit as a project manager then as an assistant director; two years as a campaign manager for the 2014 general elections in India for a sitting Minister in the Indian Cabinet of Ministers, and one and one-half years as a public policy consultant to the same Minister at one of the Ministries in India.
  • “Built and now manage a team of close to 1000 volunteers and 20 full time employees in a $5 million campaign”
  • Extracurricular involvement starting a non-profit to educate underprivileged children where he manage close to 80 volunteers. Captain of State cricket teams.
  • Goal: To start a political strategy consulting firm that focuses on grassroots organizing. “I love what I do as a Campaign Manager, and the reason I want an MBA is so that I can get better at it.”
  • 26-year-old male from India

In our video, HBSGuru.com Founder Sandy Kreisberg assesses the candidate’s chances at getting into an elite MBA program and offers some tough-love advice. “I feel for this guy,” says Kreisberg. “I think he was forced into the Indian engineering education track. But based on his GMAT score, with a high verbal and a little quant, he is not a natural engineer. He is a consultant. What he now has to do is convince an admissions committee that he has the political connections and contacts to position him as someone who in 15 years will be among the 100 people in India with influence.”

Despite the high hurdle Kreisberg imposed on the candidate, he gives the young professional very good odds at his target schools.

Odds of Success:

Harvard Business School: 40% to 50%

Stanford: 30%

Wharton: 40%

Yale: 50%+

Find out why.

 

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