Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Engineer In The Military
GRE 310, GPA 3.9
Wharton | Mr. Renewable Energy Consultant
GRE 320, GPA 3.3
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Health Care Executive
GMAT 690, GPA 3.3
Columbia | Mr. Government Shipyard
GMAT 660, GPA 3.85
Stanford GSB | Mr. Entrepreneurial Writer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.8
Tepper | Mr. Technology & Community
GMAT 650 Practice Test, GPA 3.05
Cambridge Judge Business School | Ms. Story-Teller To Data-Cruncher
GMAT 700 (anticipated), GPA 3.5 (converted from Australia)
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Apparel Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Backyard Homesteader
GRE 327, GPA 3.90
Kellogg | Mr. Military In Silicon Valley
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0
INSEAD | Mr. Typical Indian ENG
GRE 322, GPA 8.8/10
Wharton | Mr. Chemical Engineering Dad
GMAT 710, GPA 3.50
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Long-Term Vision
GMAT 710, GPA 3.28
Yale | Mr. Hedge Fund To FinTech
GMAT 740, GPA 61.5
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Chef Instructor
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Electric Vehicles Product Strategist
GRE 331, GPA 3.8
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthcare Operations To General Management
GRE 700, GPA 7.3
Tuck | Ms. Women-Focused Ventures
GRE 321, GPA 2.89
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Healthcare Worker
GMAT 670, GPA 4
Harvard | Mr. French Economist
GMAT 710, GPA 15.3/20 in the French grading system 3.75-4.0/4.0 after conversion
Stanford GSB | Ms. Independent Consultant
GMAT 750, GPA 3.5
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Bangladeshi Data Scientist
GMAT 760, GPA 3.33
Stanford GSB | Ms. 2+2 Tech Girl
GRE 333, GPA 3.95
Ross | Mr. Automotive Compliance Professional
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Mr. Digi-Transformer
GMAT 680, GPA 4
Chicago Booth | Ms. CS Engineer To Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.31

A Ding From Chicago Booth Sparks A Reassessment

studyingAfter waiting all week to learn my fate, Booth wished me a happy Valentine’s Day with a denial. Bummer.

That means I’m one application away from being a reapplicant next year. I’ve got my fingers crossed that I’ve earned an acceptance from Kellogg, but considering the previous outcomes, and my interview experience on-campus, I’m not very hopeful.

Random asides:

I’ve had some time to process the whole, erm…process…of applying to MBA programs, and I think the outcomes so far reflect the product. What I mean is that I’m striking out for a reason on these apps, so I really need to dig into them and see if everything I think I’m communicating is actually coming through. Basically, why am I not making that connection with the adcom? My instincts say it’s a combination of factors – my GPA, as expected, still haunts me; my relative youth doesn’t help; and although I thought I had a solid post-MBA career goal piece, that probably needs some work as well. Overall, my profile was not quite up to snuff for the schools I applied to, and it’s about time I start implementing my reapplicant strategy. This is all a little premature because I still haven’t heard back from Kellogg, but the planner in me can’t help but think about next steps. Heck, I’m already thinking about which schools I’ll reapply to and which new schools I’ll add to the list.

I was warned by friends and family that this would be an arduous journey, and they weren’t kidding. There’s been some ups, but these downs are rough. I think this is just one of those times I need to keep moving forward and not dwell on the results. By adjusting my pitch and shoring up my weaknesses, I’m hopeful I’ll start seeing more highs than lows.

A management consultant, FromGMATToMBA is blogging about his journey into a top 10 business school with what he calls a “low-ish GPA.”  In the first round, he was dinged from both Columbia Business School and Wharton. He also plans to apply in round two to Chicago Booth and Northwestern Kellogg. He blogs at FromGMATToMBA.

Previous Posts:

The Unpleasant Reality of Taking the GMAT: From a 700 to a 730

After Dings From Columbia & Wharton, A Focus on Kellogg & Booth

My Round Two Apps Are In The Bag

The Lowdown On My Kellogg Interview