Harvard | Mr. Polyglot
GMAT 740, GPA 3.65
Stanford GSB | Mr. Rocket Scientist Lawyer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65 Cumulative
Tuck | Mr. Consulting To Tech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Classic Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Wharton | Mr. Sr. Systems Engineer
GRE 1280, GPA 3.3
Cambridge Judge Business School | Mr. Social Scientist
GRE 330, GPA 3.5
Darden | Mr. Federal Consultant
GMAT 780, GPA 3.26
INSEAD | Mr. Consulting Fin
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Enlisted Undergrad
GRE 315, GPA 3.75
INSEAD | Ms. Hope & Goodwill
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Navy Officer
GMAT 770, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Milk Before Cereals
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3 (16/20 Portuguese scale)
Chicago Booth | Mr. Guy From Taiwan
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Leading Petty Officer
GRE (MCAT) 501, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Sales To Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 3.49
Columbia | Mr. NYC Native
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Tepper | Mr. Leadership Developement
GMAT 740, GPA 3.77
Harvard | Ms. Athlete Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Education Consulting
GRE 326, GPA 3.58
Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Hippie
GRE 329, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Unrealistic Ambitions
GMAT 710, GPA 2.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Equal Opportunity
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Tuck | Mr. Over-Experienced
GRE 330, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Mr. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 2.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Community Uplift
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Worldwide
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1

The Ding Report: Who Was Rejected & Why

Mr. Fashion

  • 760 GMAT
  • 3.9 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in liberal arts from a near Ivy (think Notre Dame, Georgetown, Northwestern)
  • Work experience includes five years in retail fashion buying and supply chain management at a Fortune 500; left to move to another city for significant other and “took a hit to my title in the process, starting at a F1000 fashion retail company (still in apparel buying) and continued to move up very quickly. Now in a P&L director role as of last year”
  • Extracurricular involvement as a member of the executive board for a 200-person LGBT masters sporting team; also heavily involved in club sports and volunteering for development NGOs in Latin America in college.
  • Short-term goal: MBB consulting
  • Long-term goal: To start a socially conscious retail company with a sustainable supply chain
  • 30-year-year white male


Dinged without interview by HBS

Admitted to Kellogg, Haas, and UCLA ($$$$)

Still waiting: GSB

Sandy’s Analysis: Thanks for the full report, although I’m a bit unclear about what ” retail fashion buying & supply chain management” means. I know what a buyer does, and I know what supply chain management is. Is it typical for one person to do both at Fortune 500 companies.

Anyway, assuming you explained that, your ding at HBS could have been what they think of your employers and whether they are feeders to business school and HBS. Even many Fortune 100 companies are unknown to adcoms.

Your goal to start your own “socially conscious retail company with a sustainable supply chain world” is one of those ideas which may really work or strike them as a bridge too far. It may come off as an attempt to tell them what they want to hear. This all depends on execution, plausibility and if you cited other organizations that already doing that.

I’m glad Kellogg saw the light. This strikes me as deeply up their alley.

GSB might also bite, especially with your super solid stats.

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.