The Pioneering MBAs In The Class Of 2019

Andrew Engvall 

University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business 

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Ambitious, bold, competitive, and decisive (at least I think I’m decisive).

Hometown: Barrington, Rhode Island

Fun Fact About Yourself: The Men’s Rowing Team at GW offered free pizza to anyone who wanted to come learn about crew. I went for the free food, decided to try out for the team, and later earned an athletic scholarship.

Undergraduate School and Major: 

George Washington University, Bachelor of Science in Economics, 2013

London School of Economics, General Course (Economics & Finance), 2012

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: 

IBM – Global Business Services, Consultant

Capital One – Capital Markets and Analytics, Senior Associate

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: As a member of the Capital Management team, I led the work to prepare Capital One’s capital distribution plan, which included approximately $3 billion in share repurchases and dividends for 2016/2017. I presented the work to senior leadership at Capital One and analyzed the implications of various distribution requests on earnings per share, return on equity, and regulatory capital requirements.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? Complete the GMAT and discuss your plans with your recommenders well in advance of preparing applications. Application prep is very time-consuming, as essays require several rounds of review and research on each of the programs to which you are applying. If possible, connect with someone who is a current student of the program as they will have insights that you cannot read online or gather from a single visit.

What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? The key factor that attracted me to Mendoza was the sense of community. The MBA program espouses values that tie in with my own, especially supporting the effort to improve corporate ethics. Less grandly, but no less enjoyably, attending Notre Dame will afford me the opportunity to enjoy the school spirit and top-tier athletic programs that I didn’t have the opportunity to experience as an undergraduate.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school?  My vision of success after completing the MBA program at Mendoza includes developing leadership, management, and technical skills that will prepare me for a long, rewarding career in the financial services industry. Also, I hope to develop lasting relationships with my classmates and to gain lifelong friends.

  • dilma

    Hello John,

    What is your explanation for this year delay in releasing the employment reports of most top schools? I see only Booth results this year…

  • BigBangTrigger

    aand she is dating the oscar guy at CBS !

  • D.B. Cooper

    When is this GMAT arms race going to end? Average scores keep inflating like crazy…

  • Joe

    I heard a girl at Stern has an Emmy award…

  • Claptone

    The school with the 7th highest gmat is really struggling. Stanford eats their lunch. They hate it.

  • Claptone

    But the number then should be closer to the 91%, because in the 941 you also have to include the 2+2 from previous years who are enrolling this year.

    If they are already included it means that:
    Accepted in 2017: 1,138
    Enrolled in 2017: 941 – previous 2+2
    2+2 from 2017: 1,138-(941-previous 2+2)

    Assuming there are ~100 2+2 from previous year matriculating this year (there were 106 commits last year), it means that out of the 1,138, 300 of them are 2+2 – very high.

  • The HBS acceptances include 2+2 admits who don’t immediately enroll. That is why you think the yield rate is lower than Harvard’s published number. As for where we got the numbers? It’s called reporting. We don’t wait for schools to report the numbers. We call them up and ask for them.

  • Calptone, where we got the numbers? It’s called reporting. We got them from the schools, many of which don’t publicly release some of these numbers.

  • Claptone

    Your numbers on page 2 are wrong. If HBS accepted 1,138 but only enrolled 941 it means their yield is 83%. On their website they say it’s 91%.

    Frankly, I don’t know where you got all those accepted numbers since they haven’t been publicly released.

  • Jacob

    Ya, not sure how you claim to be the best school if you have the 7th-9th highest GMAT class average. Most use the GMAT as the most common metric of determining student-body quality.

  • Joe

    So it looks like the GMAT Ranking is 1. Stanford, 2. Kellogg, 3. Booth & Wharton, 5. Harvard. Harvard won’t even publish a mean because they know its sub-730 and might even be below Yale, and UC Berkeley. Maybe as low as 7th or 8th place.