McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Tepper | Ms. Coding Tech Leader
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Impactful Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Engineer
GMAT 720, GPA 7.95/10 (College follows relative grading; Avg. estimate around 7-7.3)
Wharton | Mr. Rates Trader
GMAT 750, GPA 7.6/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Former SEC Athlete
GMAT 620, GPA 3.8
Tuck | Mr. Army To MBB
GMAT 740, GPA 2.97
Columbia | Mr. Forbes 30 Under 30
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB Advanced Analytics
GMAT 750, GPA 3.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Banker To CPG Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 7.36/10
Ross | Mr. Leading-Edge Family Business
GMAT 740, GPA 2.89
Darden | Mr. Logistics Guy
GRE Not taken Yet, GPA 3.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Desi Boy
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Mr. Stylist & Actor
GMAT 760 , GPA 9.5
Columbia | Mr. Ambitious Chemical Salesman
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Irish Biotech Entrepreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Cricketer Turned Engineer
GMAT 770, GPA 7.15/10
Wharton | Mr. Planes And Laws
GRE 328, GPA 3.8
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Refrad
GMAT 700, GPA 3.94
Harvard | Mr. Supply Chain Photographer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Space Launch
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Ms. Product Strategist
GMAT 700, GPA 7.3/10
Columbia | Mr. MBB Consultant
GRE 339, GPA 8.28
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Avocado Farmer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.08
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. International Development Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.9

How Advice From Admissions Directors, Consultants & Others Will Reshape My MBA Application Strategy

sales guyWhat are my chances?

It’s probably the most asked question in the MBA application game. I’m re-examining my profile in light of professional guidance given to me by my MBA network, former adcoms and consultants.

My Profile:

  • Work Experience: 5.5 years at a Fortune 50 at matriculation
  • Age: 28 at matriculation
  • GMAT: 710 (Q49 Q38) AWA 6.0, IR 7
  • Undergraduate School: West Coast state school with regional recognition
  • Major: Accounting BS, Cum Laude
  • GPA: 3.7
  • Background: I received a full-ride scholarship to a regionally prominent state school, and now work for a major F50 manufacturing company. I am a graduate of their finance leadership rotation program and have worked in multiple divisions and financial functions with international experience.
  • Extracurricular: I have four years with a national leadership role in a non-profit centered on leadership skills in minorities and various other leadership roles in organizations inside and outside of work. I also regularly conduct leadership/teamwork workshops for non-profits and corporations, and I have been a very passionate mentor for over 20 young professionals and college students.
  • Leadership: I have had multiple leadership roles in my work environment and in my extracurricular activities. The largest team I have led was around 25 people. Unfortunately, I have never been a manager with my company.

My Chances, with feedback from others.

  • Profile: Unanimously, everyone seemed to feel that my profile was strong enough to get into the top schools. Looking back at my “waitlist to eternity” at Tuck, many feel that my resume could have been better structured and that my essays should have used a different approach.
  • GMAT: Many people were split on the competitiveness of my 710 GMAT. Although both Quant and Verbal scores were above the 80 percentile, some felt that I HAVE to retake the GMAT to be competitive. However, EVERYONE did agree that if I felt I could take it again and get a higher score that I should do so.
  • Extracurricular: Everyone seemed really impressed with how much time I spend giving back to the community. They felt that I perhaps did not spend enough time explaining WHY I gave back and WHAT drives me to help others. They believed if I had used this approach in interviews and essays, my result at Tuck would have been more positive.
  • Essays: Ultimately, everyone felt that I could have done a better job on my essays. I focused far too much on the WHAT and not enough on the WHY. I will be looking to greatly improve this portion of my applications.
GMATGPAWork ExperienceEnrollmentAccepted
My Profile7103.705.5 years  —  —
Harvard727  —4.0 years93212%
Wharton725  —5.0 years83720%
MIT Sloan720  —5.0 years40413%
Dartmouth Tuck7203.505.0 years27721%
Duke Fuqua7003.465.5 years43726%
Yale SOM7103.57 —29121%
Northwestern Kellogg710  — —47720%

The next steps are clear: get some professional guidance on my essays and kill the GMAT. Piece of cake…. not really!

Time to get to work!

 

GrantMeAdmission is a young corporate (Fortune 50) finance guy for a Fortune 50 company who blogs at GrantMeAdmission!  A graduate of a leadership rotation program, he’s dreamed of going to a top MBA program and has structured his life to support that journey (making plenty of mistakes along the way). After graduating from a college in California and working for two years, he found transferred to the East Coast so he could visit schools and complete his research. He applied to one school (Tuck at Dartmouth College) and was waitlisted for five agonizing months. The process totally caught him off guard, leaving him dazed and confused.

Previous Posts On Poets&Quants:

How I Got A 710 GMAT On The First Try 

After Getting Waitlisted At Tuck, Here’s What I Would Do Differently

Eight Questions Every Prospective MBA Should Ask Before Applying

Five Essential Elements of a Perfect MBA Application Resume