Yale | Mr. Lawyer Turned Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Ms. Strategy & Marketing Roles
GMAT 750, GPA 9.66/10
Harvard | Mr. Tech Risk
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Chicago Booth | Mr. Whitecoat Businessman
GMAT 740, GPA Equivalent to 3(Wes) and 3.4(scholaro)
MIT Sloan | Ms. Digital Manufacturing To Tech Innovator
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Duke Fuqua | Mr. IB Back Office To Front Office/Consulting
GMAT 640, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 To Healthcare Reformer
GRE 338, GPA 4.0 (1st Class Honours - UK - Deans List)
Chicago Booth | Mr. Mexican Central Banker
GMAT 730, GPA 95.8/100 (1st in class)
Harvard | Mr. Billion Dollar Startup
GRE 309, GPA 6.75/10
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Healthcare Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. Developing Social Enterprises
GMAT 750, GPA 3.75
IU Kelley | Mr. Advertising Guy
GMAT 650, GPA 3.5
Rice Jones | Mr. Tech Firm Product Manager
GRE 320, GPA 2.7
Yale | Mr. Education Management
GMAT 730, GPA 7.797/10
Columbia | Mr. Neptune
GMAT 750, GPA 3.65
Darden | Ms. Education Management
GRE 331, GPA 9.284/10
Columbia | Mr. Confused Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 Trader
GMAT 770, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr Big 4 To IB
GRE 317, GPA 4.04/5.00
Stanford GSB | Ms. Engineer In Finance – Deferred MBA
GRE 332, GPA 3.94
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Second Chance In The US
GMAT 760, GPA 2.3
Harvard | Ms. Big 4 M&A Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 2:1 (Upper second-class honours, UK)
Harvard | Mr. Harvard 2+2, Chances?
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Comeback Kid
GMAT 770, GPA 2.8
Wharton | Ms. Negotiator
GMAT 720, GPA 7.9/10
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98

Are You Making These MBA Wait List Mistakes?

Over the next few weeks business schools will start to admit people from their wait lists. I have written before about why you are on the wait list in the first place, and how to maximize your chances of getting off. In addition, it’s important to avoid  these MBA wait list mistakes:

Being Too Passive.

You already know to opt into the wait list promptly, and to submit any additional materials that they solicit from all candidates. Failure to do any of this, or to do so in a timely way, sends a strong signal to the schools that you aren’t serious about attending.  Also, if you get more personalized feedback suggesting that you retake your GMAT, write a new goal statement or provide another recommendation you need to do so.

Being Too Aggressive.

I have recently seen some truly terrible advice circulating that encourages candidates to do things like show up at the admissions office and stage a sit-in until someone talks to you. As a former Tuck admissions officer I beg you not to do this – you seem deranged, not proactive! There are less extreme but still damaging versions of this behavior, like calling every day or asking 15 alums to send notes on your behalf. It’s all bad – please use good judgment, follow the school’s instructions and avoid stalking activities.

Misunderstanding the Process.

There is so much confusion about what is actually happening behind the scenes throughout the admissions process, and the wait list is one of the least understood components. It really is true that the admissions officers can’t tell you how many people will be admitted, where you are “ranked” or when you will know. They don’t know themselves, wait lists aren’t ranked because people are admitted to round out the class across shifting demographics and you might be retained until the first day of class – or cut tomorrow. Pushing them for clarity will only backfire, so please don’t demand an early answer or ask for information that the school can’t provide.

It absolutely takes an incredible amount of patience to navigate the wait list. Take heart in the fact that there is still a chance of admission, and know that you wouldn’t be there if they weren’t impressed.


Karen has more than 12 years of experience evaluating candidates for admission to Dartmouth College and to the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Since founding North Star Admissions Consulting in 2012, she has helped applicants gain admission to the nation’s top schools, including Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, Columbia, MIT, Duke, Georgetown, Northwestern, Haas, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Wellesley, and more. Over the last three years, clients have been awarded more than 10.3 million dollars in scholarships, and more than 95% have gotten into one of their top choice schools.


Have you been waitlisted? Here is some inspiration for you: A WaitLister’s Successful Effort To Get In