Harvard | Mr. Tech Start-Up
GMAT 720, GPA 3.52
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Social To Tech
GMAT 700, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. CPG Product Manager
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
NYU Stern | Mr. Brolic Bro
GRE 305, GPA 3.63
Tuck | Mr. Running To The Future
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
London Business School | Ms. Audit Meme
GMAT 710, GPA 3.5
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Wharton | Mr. Mobility Entrepreneur
GMAT 760, GPA 1st Division
Harvard | Mr. Cricket From Kashmir
GMAT 730, GPA 8.5/10
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Aspiring Consultant
GMAT 690, GPA 3.68
HEC Paris | Mr. Analytics Consultant
GRE 326, GPA 9.05/10
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare Manager
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
Tuck | Mr. Land Management
GMAT 760, GPA 3.85
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seller
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Mr. Researcher
GMAT 700, GPA 3.2
NYU Stern | Mr. Beer Guy
GRE 306, GPA 4.0
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77
Harvard | The Insurer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Data Dude
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Tepper | Mr. Automotive Strategy
GMAT 670 - 700 on practice tests, GPA 3.3
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Backyard Homesteader
GRE 327, GPA 3.90
Wharton | Mr. Finance to MBB
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
London Business School | Ms. Social Impact Consulting
GRE 330, GPA 3.28
Tepper | Mr. Insurance Dude
GMAT 660, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Ms. Indian Marketer
GMAT 680, GPA 8.9/10
NYU Stern | Mr. Middle Eastern Warrior
GMAT 720 (Estimated), GPA 3.0

How To Get Accepted By A Top Business School — The Best Of Jon Fuller

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You notched a 3.8 undergrad GPA from a Big Ten school.  You scored 720 on your GMAT. And you’ve landed two promotions since you graduated. Still, you have some doubts. You dodged those ‘numbers’ courses as an undergrad. You can’t code. And a 70-hour workweek doesn’t leave much time to mentor the underprivileged.

Like most, you’re an overachiever who wants something more before settling down. If you applying to Stanford (let alone Kelley or McCombs), you’re competing against students who also graduated near the top (and not just in the United States). They’ve founded companies and managed millions. And they’re just as ambitious as you are. So how do you know where you stand and what you need to boost your chances?

That’s where Jon Fuller comes in. From 2009-2013, Fuller served as the senior associate director of admissions at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He has reviewed thousands of applications and knows exactly how adcoms think.

Recently, Fuller joined the Poets&Quants team, to show readers which schools best suit their goals and how to improve their chances of being accepted. Now, we’re featuring some of his best advice to readers. From which extracurriculars impress adcoms to getting off the waitlist, you’ll find plenty of ideas to beef up your application and make the best school choices.

Here are some strategies to find the right school and improve your chances of being accepted by a top business school:

(To send Jon a question, click here. Please share your own advice for our readers in the comments below.)

GPAs: How do adcoms weigh GPAs from tougher majors and programs?

Extracurricular Activities: Do schools give extra points to helping the less fortunate?

Weak References: Should I change jobs to make my application more competitive?

Waitlisted: How can I do to improve my chances?

Waitlist Follow Up Letter: How do I make my candidacy more compelling?

Standing Out: How do you separate yourself from the crowd?

The Right Stuff: Are you Harvard or Stanford material?

Entrepreneurship: Are schools giving preference to entrepreneurial-minded students?

Grade Point Averages: How do you convert overseas GPAs into American GPAs?

Work Experience: How much do I need before I apply?

Quit talking and take your GMAT

Stay active in professional and community organizations

Show interest in specific schools

Don’t take time off

Be specific

Don’t wait too long to enroll