Rejected By Harvard B-School? Don’t Feel Bad. You’re In Great Company

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Mr. Rhodes Scholar


  • 760 GMAT
  • 3.8 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in economics from H/Y/P
  • Rhodes Scholar recipient
  • Work experience includes three years as a consultant for the World Bank and two years as an associate at Carlyle Group
  • Extracurricular involvement includes pro-bono consulting to two local nonprofits, pro-bono consulting for three international non-profits to setup their micro-financing arms
  • Goal: To transition into FinTech
  • “I have 3/3 admits from the other M7s and one top International program but won’t be in arriving to Cambridge this year”


    Sandy’s Ding Analysis: Lemme get this right, you are a Rhodes “winner” with a 760 GMAT, a 3.8 grade point average from Harvard, Yale or Princeton, and World Bank and Carlyle experience, and you did not get an interview invite to HBS???

    Saying you want to do Fin Tech was odd, given the background you outline, but I don’t think that was the reason for your disappointing outcome. Unless you were doing Fin Tech at World Bank and Carlyle?

    My guess is you turned in a bad application. Could have been emphasizing the wrong things or perhaps there were inconsistencies in your application. Admission folks want to see everything linked up in a thoughtful and linear way. Anyway, just confirm if you got dinged at HBS with or without interview, and if after interview, let me know what happened at interview?

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