USC Marshall | Mr. Ambitious
GRE 323, GPA 3.01
Stanford GSB | Ms. East Africa Specialist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.34
Harvard | Mr. Nonprofit Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Merchant Of Debt
GMAT 760, GPA 3.5 / 4.0 in Master 1 / 4.0 in Master 2
Harvard | Mr. Improve Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
NYU Stern | Mr. Low Gmat
GMAT 690, GPA 73.45 % (No GPA in undergrad)
Darden | Mr. Indian Telecom ENG
GRE 340, GPA 3.56
Tuck | Ms. Nigerian Footwear
GRE None, GPA 4.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 360 Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Low GPA High GRE
GRE 325, GPA 3.2
Darden | Mr. Senior Energy Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.5
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Health Care Executive
GMAT 690, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Finance Musician
GRE 330, GPA 3.6
NYU Stern | Mr. Hail Mary 740
GMAT 740, GPA 2.94
Harvard | Mr. London Artist
GMAT 730, GPA First Class Honours (4.0 equivalent)
Harvard | Mr. Professional Boy Scout
GMAT 660, GPA 3.83
SDA Bocconi | Mr. Pharma Manager
GMAT 650, GPA 3,2
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
Kellogg | Mr. Young PM
GMAT 710, GPA 9.64/10
Wharton | Mr. Indian VC
GRE 333, GPA 3.61
MIT Sloan | Mr. Tech Enthusiast
GRE 325, GPA 6.61/10
Harvard | Mr. Midwest Dreamer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Foster School of Business | Ms. Diamond Dealer
GRE 308, GPA Merit
NYU Stern | Mr. Low Undergraduate GPA
GMAT 720 (Expected), GPA 2.49
Stanford GSB | Ms. Try Something New
GMAT 740, GPA 3.86
Darden | Mr. Military Missile Defense
GRE 317, GPA 3.26

The ‘Most Beautiful’ Business Schools

The Inside Scoop On Applying to MBA Programs


“Be impressive, be inspiring and be a visionary.”

That’s the advice of Paige Hewlett in Brazen Careerist. This week, she provides a unique twist on the application process. In Hewlett’s experience, to get into business school, you’re going up against the same straight-A strivers who checked all the right boxes, know all the right people, and enjoyed all the right work experiences. How can you possibly compete against that?

Well, you can start by being completely different from them. And that’s where your essays and references come in. To be different, you need to, in Paige Hewlett’s words, “illustrate your leadership skills, unique spark and how you help get people excited and energized about ideas and opportunities.” Here are her insights for doing just that:

“Not every applicant has private equity or big consulting firm experience, but instead of parlaying what unique experience you have into a version of that, showcase your experience for what it is —a diverse and unique addition to a student body that’s known for its strict adherence to finance, strategy and consulting experience.”

“The recommendations you request say as much about you as the words you use to craft your essay. Choose recommendations based on…how relevant your experience with them is to the unique, dynamic story you’re trying to tell the admissions committee.

An important question to ask yourself…: What story are you trying to tell? Are you a goodie-two-shoes who’s followed every rule and lived a fairly vanilla life…Or have you passionately pursued your interests, juggling challenging coursework and bettering your community (all while eating organic, free-range meat)? Which story is more compelling? Which story will add to your fellow classmates’ worldview…?”

“…leverage your unique course choices, international experience, volunteer interests or self-employment struggles into the dynamic story admissions committees seek when recommending students for admittance…highlight life-changing experiences…Use anecdotes to illustrate your past while painting a picture of your future capabilities.

…admissions committees are also interested in where you will be in five, 10 or 20 years. Maybe you’re interested in becoming a vocal social advocate or would prefer to climb the ladder at a big finance firm — either way, you need to show the admissions team how your experience, their program and your capabilities will get you to that place.”

Paige Hewlett admits that this is easier said than done. But make no mistake: Your essays and references are where you can truly connect with adcoms emotionally and make you memorable. And that’s the hardest part of the battle.

Source: Levo League