London Business School | Mr. Engineering To IB
GMAT 770, GPA 3.43
London Business School | Ms. Private Equity Angel
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
London Business School | Mr. Soccer Club
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3 (85th Percentile), First Class Standing.
London Business School | Ms. Audit Meme
GMAT 710, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Healthcare AI
GRE 366, GPA 3.91
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corp Dev
GMAT 730, GPA 3.34
USC Marshall | Mr. Supply Chain Guru
GMAT GMAT Waiver, GPA 2.6
Chicago Booth | Mr. Non-Profit Latino
GMAT 710, GPA 3.06
INSEAD | Ms. Social Business
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Ms. Risk-Taker
GRE 310 (to retake), GPA 3 (recalculated)
HEC Paris | Ms. Freelancer
GMAT 710, GPA 5.3
Harvard | Mr. Hedge Funder
GMAT 790, GPA 3.82
Harvard | Mr. Fresh Perspective
GRE 318, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Harvard | Mr. Green Energy Revolution
GMAT 740, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. MPP/MBA
GRE 325, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Ms. Analytical Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB to PM
GRE 338, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Technopreneur
GRE 328, GPA 3.2
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
London Business School | Mr. College Dropout
Harvard | Mr. MBB Latino Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.75
Stanford GSB | Ms. Top Firm Consulting
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
INSEAD | Mr. Truth
GMAT 670, GPA 3.2
INSEAD | Mr. Powerlifting President
GMAT 750, GPA 8.1/10
Harvard | Mr. Mojo
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Ross | Mr. Law To MBA
GRE 321, GPA 3.77

How An Admissions Officer Views An Application

Rotman School of Management

At the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, each MBA applicant is evaluated on four key criteria. We asked Leigh Gauthier, acting director of recruitment & admissions at Rotman, for a bit more insight into what exactly the schools is looking for on each of these four dimensions.

Intellectual Horsepower

“While most students can’t afford to go back and upgrade their GPA

students should seriously consider if their GMAT score (and component

scores) are a true reflection of their ability. If not, consider taking it

again. A higher score does not necessarily equal an automatic bump, but

don’t put a score forward when you know it could be better with effort and

focus thinking that it is good enough. If it is your best effort then great

– it’s not the only way we measure intellect. Consider, is there something

that you’ve done that could demonstrate your cognitive abilities? – make

sure it’s in your resume, essay, or interview answers.”


“Not everyone has the opportunity to save a company thousands, or bring in

a multi-million dollar contracts and an early age – but does your resume

accurately reflect what you’ve done? How has the company improved as a

result of you being there? A laundry list of tasks at an organization, even

if it is a recognizable brand, will not an impressive resume make. Spend

time to reflect and detail on what you personally have accomplished, and

demonstrate your value-add. Lots left on the table here by many applicants.”


“Every interaction is an opportunity to confirm or change the recruiter’s

opinion of a candidate. The assessment does not end at the interview.

Remember that the scholarship decision is a result of the sum of the parts,

and not just the formal interview. In the Self Development Lab we recognize

that content is key to be credible. Yet if you do not pay attention to how

you are making others feel, or how you are coming across, or your

‘presence’ – when delivering said “content” you won’t get past initial


Spike Factor

“What’s the pop? Any one of us can accomplish tremendous academic or

workplace feats if that is all we do. The problem is that it leaves our

experiences one-sided and quite frankly boring. What have you attempted or

accomplished outside of work or academics that is another indicator of your

future success (note epic failures count too if there is a good lesson

learned). How will this signal to a recruiter or future employer some of

your key characteristics? What are the things that you have done in your

life that demonstrate Passion? Grit? Resilience? Innovation? Drive?

Ambition? This crosses all aspects of life – hobbies, volunteerism, awards,

entrepreneurial ventures, and sports.”


The first in a series on the growth in MBA scholarship money and what it means

The first in a series on the growth in MBA scholarship money and what it means


The Often Frenzied Pursuit Of The Best Students

The Bottom Line: MBA Scholarships At Top Business Schools

Show Me The Money: How A Scholarship Committee Decides

What Kinds Of Students Win The Scholarship Game

Why Many Fail To Negotiate Scholarship Offers

How NOT To Haggle For Scholarship Cash

Consultants Hype MBA Scholarship Awards To Clients


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.