INSEAD | Ms. Social Business
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Healthcare AI
GRE 366, GPA 3.91
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
Chicago Booth | Mr. Non-Profit Latino
GMAT 710, GPA 3.06
Harvard | Mr. Fresh Perspective
GRE 318, GPA 3.0
USC Marshall | Mr. Supply Chain Guru
GMAT GMAT Waiver, GPA 2.6
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
Stanford GSB | Mr. Failed Startup Founder
GMAT 740, GPA 4
Wharton | Mr. African Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Sommelier
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Wharton | Mr. MBA When Ready
GMAT 700 (expected), GPA 2.1
Kellogg | Mr. AVP Healthcare
GRE 332, GPA 3.3

Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds: Ms. Pre-Med

male banker

Mr. General Motors

  • 730 GMAT
  • 3.62 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from UC-Berkeley
  • Work experience includes three years in a strategic role at General Motors, with one promotion; Working on project to decrease fleet CO2 emissions while trying to maximize profit for the company; also two prior internships at a Nuclear Power Plant (Duke Energy)
  • Extracurricular involvement in a social fraternity, Engineering Honor Society, and member of a finance committee
  • Goal: To pivot to a leading consulting firm (McKinsey or Bain) in the energy sector
  • 25-year-old male (at time of matriculation)

Odds of Success:

Harvard: 20% to 30%

Wharton: 30% to 40%

Virginia: 40%+

UNC: 50%+

Duke: 40%+

Emory: 50%+

Sandy’s Analysis: You have a real solid profile with some core issues target schools really like including your STEM background and also using your STEM training at big, bad General Motors to do good. Your history of working in energy is also impressive. You’re the right age with the right experience in applying to a highly selective business school.

Your application should be real solid at Duke, Darden, Emory and UNC, all of which are sorta safety schools. Wharton and HBS take and ding guys like you depending on the successful execution of your application, recommendations, and not blowing admission interviews.

Sometimes, STEM wonks like you have the wrong attitude in apps, or rec writers cannot get it up.

So make sure that does not happen. You need to sound global, hip, green and smart.

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.