Chicago Booth | Mr. Controller & Critic
GMAT 750, GPA 6.61 / 7.00 (equivalent to 3.78 / 4.00)
Harvard | Mr. Spanish Army Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3
Said Business School | Mr. Global Sales Guy
GMAT 630, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. Cancer Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Financial Analyst
GMAT 750, GPA 3.78
Columbia | Mr. Chartered Accountant
GMAT 730, GPA 2.7
Kellogg | Mr. PE Social Impact
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.51
Kellogg | Mr. CPA To MBA
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.2
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. International Youngster
GMAT 720, GPA 3.55
N U Singapore | Mr. Just And Right
GMAT 700, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Ms. Sustainable Finance
GMAT Not yet taken- 730 (expected), GPA 3.0 (Equivalent of UK’s 2.1)
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Healthcare Provider
GMAT COVID19 Exemption, GPA 3.68
Kellogg | Ms. MBA For Social Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Ms. Future CMO
GMAT Have Not Taken, GPA 2.99
MIT Sloan | Ms. International Technologist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Art Historian
GRE 332, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Harvard Hopeful
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Yale | Mr. Philanthropy Chair
GMAT Awaiting Scores (expect 700-720), GPA 3.3
Columbia | Mr. Startup Musician
GRE Applying Without a Score, GPA First Class
Chicago Booth | Ms. Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. MGMT Consulting
GMAT 700, GPA 3.56
Harvard | Mr. Google Tech
GMAT 770, GPA 2.2
Harvard | Mr. Future Family Legacy
GMAT Not Yet Taken (Expected 700-750), GPA 3.0
Wharton | Mr. Big 4
GMAT 770, GPA 8/10
Rice Jones | Mr. ToastMasters Treasurer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Public Health
GRE 312, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Admit
GMAT Waived, GPA 4.0

Top 10 Scandals & Controversies of 2015


Business schools: quiet havens of academia, filled to capacity with brilliant, focused professors, highly skilled administrators, and industrious, keenly focused students. So may be the public impression. But if you’re in this world, or peering into it in advance of planned entry, you know this view of the business school environment is only part of the story.

Yes, there are brilliant professors, and talented administrators, and super-achieving students. But as within any slice of humanity, all manner of surprising events arise in these institutions – and 2015 was a banner year for aberrant behavior and controversial statements among students, administrators, and faculty. Now, you can probably guess our No. 1 selection, as the story made headlines all over the world: the lurid expose of Stanford Graduate School of Business Dean Garth Saloner’s affair with a GSB professor married to another GSB professor, and the resulting lawsuit. But there’s far more than sex in this year’s list of scandals and controversies.

Here, you’ll find students at a highly ranked school complaining that the administration dropped the ball in a cheating investigation. You’ll find allegations of racism at another elite B-school, and a very untoward move by the dean of a lower-ranked school. You’ll find prominent professors and the Yale School of Management dean wading in on debates about the state of U.S. business, and university culture. You’ll see who’s squeezing cash out of applicants, and who squeezed an audacious salary out of a school while reportedly helping orchestrate rankings fudgery and a biased journal article.

Tuck's Sydney Finkelstein

Tuck’s Sydney Finkelstein

10. Middle Management Vanishing? Tuck Professor vs Simon Dean

Two outspoken business school personalities, one issue – let the best man win. Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business professor Sydney Finkelstein says technology is driving middle-management toward extinction, and startup culture is adding an extra push. ButAndrew Ainslie, Dean of the Rochester University Simon School, says all you have to do is look around, to see Fortune 500 companies well-stocked with middle managers – and that many MBAs from elite schools who work at major firms such as McKinsey, Deloitte, and Goldman Sachs are in middle-management positions. As for the entrepreneurial realm, lean startup guru Steve Blank believes startups need middle managers, but in redefined roles that make them more responsive and agile, while giving them more freedom.

9. Yale SOM Dean Wades Into Free Speech Fight

Yale School of Management Dean Ted Snyder

Yale School of Management Dean Ted Snyder

Across the country, university students are waging war against gender- and race-based bigotry. Students have pushed to ban controversial speakers and films from campuses. They have called for an end to “micro-aggressions,” socially acceptable slights against women and minorities. Their goal, of course, is noble. But their demands often run up against principles of free speech. Such a controversy exploded at Yale University, when a Yale administrator wrote an email questioning a Yale administration call for students to refrain from wearing Halloween costumes perceived by some as offensive. U.S. universities have become “places of censure and prohibition,” administrator Erika Christakis wrote. Then Yale School of Management Dean Edward Snyder courageously joined the fray, signing onto a letter by 49 Yale faculty members who argued that Christakis’s email was an attempt to spur debate on free speech.