Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Admit
GMAT Waived, GPA 4.0
London Business School | Mr. Indian Mad Man
GMAT Have not taken yet, GPA 2.8
Columbia | Mr. Chartered Accountant
GMAT 730, GPA 2.7
Kellogg | Mr. Operations Analyst
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Google Tech
GMAT 770, GPA 2.2
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Microsoft India
GMAT 780, GPA 7.14
Harvard | Mr. Belgium 2+2
GMAT 760, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Public Health
GRE 312, GPA 3.3
Rice Jones | Mr. ToastMasters Treasurer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. IDF Commander
GRE Waved, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. Community Impact
GMAT 690, GPA 3.0
Berkeley Haas | Mx. CPG Marketer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.95
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Healthcare Provider
GMAT COVID19 Exemption, GPA 3.68
Stanford GSB | Mr. Brazilian Tech
GMAT 730, GPA Top 10%
Wharton | Mr. Philanthropist
GRE 324, GPA 3.71
INSEAD | Ms. Investment Officer
GMAT Not taken, GPA 16/20 (French scale)
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Startup Of You
GMAT 770, GPA 2.4
NYU Stern | Mr. Washed-Up Athlete
GRE 325, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Future Family Legacy
GMAT Not Yet Taken (Expected 700-750), GPA 3.0
London Business School | Mr. Consulting To IB
GMAT 700, GPA 2.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. SAP SD Analyst
GMAT 660, GPA 3.60
Ross | Mr. Professional MMA
GMAT 640, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare Investment
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Tech Exec
Wharton | Ms. Project Mananger
GMAT 770, GPA 3.86
MIT Sloan | Mr. NFL Team Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Big Beer
GMAT Waived, GPA 4.0

The Best & Worst Things MBAs Say About Their Schools

Columbia Business School


Columbia Business School


“The close-knit, student-driven community sets CBS ahead of all MBA programs. We have an active, diverse and extremely tight community headed off year after year with the orientation period and reinforced by student clubs and programs like Chazen and Master Classes. Academically, the best thing about Columbia is the tight relationship between theory and practice. Both core and elective classes combine practical analytical tools with strategic and conceptual thinking. I sought this in an MBA program and I believe that CBS has the best mix of this theory and practice. Additionally, thanks to our N.Y. location there were incredible speakers in my classes and also organized through the school.”



“Unfortunately, the limited space. like anything in New York, can be an issue so we have to get creative with how we share resources.”

“The worst thing was the overwhelming amount of activities and the continuous blasts of e-mails with stuff to do. Every club and association, as well as the student government, had a ton of conferences, activities, event. It was overwhelming to have all of these activities and no time to attend.”



Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business



“The community at Tuck is, in my opinion, the best part of the program. From the administration, to faculty and staff, to my classmates, and even the broader alumni network, Tuckies support each other ferociously. They go out of their way to proactively be helpful and create an atmosphere in which everyone succeeds.”

down“The lack of depth and rigor in the core courses. I felt that we were teaching to the lowest

common denominator and professors underestimated our talent and intelligence. Additionally, I felt the pace could have been faster and the courses felt watered down.”

“I wish the school had better diversity goals; specifically in admissions. Admissions seems to dismiss the importance of having an ethnically and racially diverse student body.”


Duke University's Fuqua School of Business

Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business

Duke University Fuqua School of Business


up“Fuqua students are just very friendly and down to earth. This makes it easy to spend two years and build strong bonds with classmates. You don’t feel like you have to spend lot of money and go on expensive outings to fit in with your classmates. There is very little flaunting of family wealth, etc. The good hearted nature also shows up in both classroom and recruiting, where people are not trying to kill each other, but help as much as possible.”



“I would have loved to have more attention and guidance when pursuing my internship.”

“Consulting is taking over more and more of the school, and homogeneity in future career goals is becoming an issue.”

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.