Columbia | Mr. Worker Bee
GMAT 710, GPA 3.56
Yale | Mr. Environmental Sustainability
GRE 326, GPA 3.733
Wharton | Ms. Ultimate Frisbee
GRE 326, GPA 3.47
Tuck | Mr. Recreational Pilot
GRE 326, GPA 3.99
MIT Sloan | Mr. Semiconductor Engineer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.68
Kellogg | Mr. Sales Engineer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.00
Yale | Mr. Project Management
GRE 310, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Ms. JMZ
GMAT 750, GPA 3.47
Harvard | Mr. Renewable Energy Investing
GMAT 740, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. JD To MBA
GRE 326, GPA 3.01
Kellogg | Mr. Boutique Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.67
INSEAD | Ms. Startup Enthusiast
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Mr. Food & Beverage
GMAT 720, GPA 3.75
INSEAD | Ms. Humble Auditor
GMAT 710, GPA 3.56
Harvard | Mr. Markets Guy
GMAT 760, GPA 3.62
Kellogg | Mr. Hope-I-Get-In
GMAT 720, GPA 3.62
Yale | Mr. AI & Fitness
GMAT 720, GPA 3.88
Stanford GSB | Just Jim
GRE 335, GPA 3.99
Harvard | Mr. RIPKobe
GMAT 750, GPA 3.87
HEC Paris | Mr. Indian Journalist
GMAT 690, GPA 2.8
Kellogg | Mr. Andrew
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Ms. Clean Tech
GMAT 690, GPA 3.96
Chicago Booth | Mr. Masters To MBA
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
NYU Stern | Mr. Long Shot
GRE 303, GPA 2.75
Kellogg | Ms. Kellogg Bound Ideator
GMAT 710, GPA 2.4
Darden | Ms. Teaching-To-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.47
Harvard | Mr. Amazon Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2

4 MBA Admissions Myths Dispelled By Data

How To Go Straight From College to MBA

It’s rare for a college grad to go straight to an MBA program without much experience, but not impossible. Such candidates often must demonstrate a high level of talent or academic strength in order to prove to top-tier MBA programs that they’re worthy of admission straight from college.

Stacy Blackman, head of Stacy Blackman Consulting and a Kellogg grad, recently discussed three key qualities young business school applicants should have if they’re looking to start an MBA straight from college.

1.) Maturity

This may seem like an obvious trait to have, but it’s how you demonstrate maturity that is important. Blackman says it’s important to “show that you have experience handling adult issues and problems and that you’re not intimidated by older, more senior professionals.” One of the best ways to demonstrate maturity, Blackman says, is through your letters of recommendations. Have your summer employer, internship supervisor, or other professional individual who can “objectively assess your professional promise and comment on your managerial abilities.” As Blackman points out, maturity isn’t a matter of growing older – it’s a matter of growing wiser.

2.) Leadership

Leadership is a quality that is often difficult for many younger applicants to demonstrate. However, MBA admissions committees aren’t interested in the scale of your achievements, Blackman says, but rather the fact that you made a mark. Leadership can come in the form of a program you started or a class where you served as a teaching assistant. Regardless of what leadership you have, it’s important to highlight teamwork as well. “Your leadership experience may arise from an extracurricular activity, and sensitivity to teamwork and collaboration in any leadership story demonstrates maturity and people skills,” Blackman says.

3.) Confidence

For many applicants, applying to business school requires two years of business experience. If you’re going to be applying straight from college, Blackman says, you need to convince admissions committees that this is truly the next best step for your career. “Show how your background to date has given you a true taste of what you want to do with your career and that you’re confident that this is the best next step for you,” Blackman says. It’s important to both show to MBA programs what you have to contribute and what you learn.

If you can demonstrate these three important skills, your age or lack of two-year work experience becomes far less important to your acceptance.

Sources: US News, US News