Stanford GSB | Mr. Minority Champ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Health Care Executive
GMAT 690, GPA 3.3
NYU Stern | Mr. Low Gmat
GMAT 690, GPA 73.45 % (No GPA in undergrad)
Harvard | Mr. Nonprofit Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Improve Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Wake Up & Grind
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
MIT Sloan | Mr. Low GPA Over Achiever
GMAT 700, GPA 2.5
Chicago Booth | Ms. Start-Up Entrepreneur
GRE 318 current; 324 intended, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Indian Telecom ENG
GRE 340, GPA 3.56
Harvard | Mr. 1st Gen Brazilian LGBT
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
USC Marshall | Mr. Ambitious
GRE 323, GPA 3.01
Stanford GSB | Ms. East Africa Specialist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.34
Harvard | Mr. Merchant Of Debt
GMAT 760, GPA 3.5 / 4.0 in Master 1 / 4.0 in Master 2
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
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
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

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