Berkeley Haas | Mr. Upward Trend
GMAT 730, GPA 2.85
MIT Sloan | Mr. Unicorn Strategy
GMAT 740 (estimated), GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Financial Controller
GRE Yet to Take, Target is ~330, GPA 2.5
Harvard | Mr. Data & Strategy
GMAT 710 (estimate), GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. Class President
GRE 319.5, GPA 3.76
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Man
GRE 330, GPA 3.25
Stanford GSB | Mr. S.N. Bose Scholar
GMAT 770, GPA 3.84
MIT Sloan | Mr. Surgery to MBB
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Foster School of Business | Mr. Tesla Gigafactory
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. PM to FinTech
GMAT 740, GPA 6/10
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Emporio Armani
GMAT 780, GPA 3.03
MIT Sloan | Mr. Generic Nerd
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Columbia | Mr. Alien
GMAT 700, GPA 3.83
Harvard | Ms. Media Entertainment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Jill Of All Trades
GRE 314, GPA 3.36
Ross | Mr. NCAA to MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Finance in Tech
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Global Energy
GMAT 760, GPA 7.9/10
Chicago Booth | Mr. Indian O&G EPC
GMAT 730, GPA 3.75
Tuck | Ms. Green Biz
GRE 326, GPA 3.15
Wharton | Ms. Female Engineer
GRE 323, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Global Innovator
GMAT 720, GPA 3.99
London Business School | Mr. CFA Charterholder
GMAT 770, GPA 3.94
Tuck | Mr. Federal Civilian
GMAT 780, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. Texan Adventurer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
London Business School | Mr. Impact Financier
GMAT 750, GPA 7.35/10
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Contractor
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2

Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds: Mr. Yes Minister?

Mr. Strategy

  • 760 GMAT
  • 3.55 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in economics and math from an Ivy League (not HYP)
  • Work experience includes two and one-half years at a large financial institution in corporate strategy and strategy for asset management division
  • Extracurricular involvment in mentoring younger colleagues and interns at firm and troubled youth outside the firm; tutoring and teaching adults math for high school equivalence degree, volunteer with disable youth; former four-year varsity NCAA athlete
  • 24-year-old white male hoping to matriculate at age 26 or 27

Odds of Success:

Columbia: 30%

Yale: 30%

Chicago: 30% to 40%

Northwestern: 30% to 40%

MIT: 30%

Wharton: 30% to 40%

Dartmouth: 30% to 40%

Sandy’s Analysis: Your 760 GMAT and OK GPA from an Ivy are rock solid starts at schools like Columbia, Yale, Sloan and Wharton, who are, these days, stats centric. A lot will depend on what exactly your job is. You say, “2.5 years at large financial institution in corporate strategy and strategy for asset management division.”

That could mean anything depending on whether your employer has a track record of sending kids to elite B-schools (if not, that’s not good for you, given that you work in a large financial institution, and the best thing you could do is switch your job to some similar function at a well-known top B-school feeder firm.

All that said, your 760 GMAT score answers a lot of questions at most schools. On the other hand, you are sorta in same bucket as white guys from established IB and PE shops, and that is a really tough bucket with steep competition.

As you sense, that bucket could keep you out of H and S. However, you are real solid at Kellogg and Tuck. A “smart, corporate, athlete type” should get into both those schools with serviceable execution on the applications.

Your extras could help, too, but a good deal of this is going to turn on what schools think of your current job and company.

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.