Kellogg | Mr. Big Beer
GMAT Waived, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Ms. Indian Quant
GMAT 750, GPA 7.54/10
Darden | Mr. Corporate Dev
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.8
Duke Fuqua | Mr. CPA To Finance
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. Big 4
GMAT 770, GPA 8/10
Wharton | Ms. General Motors
GRE 330, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Venture Lawyer
GRE 330, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Ms. Project Mananger
GMAT 770, GPA 3.86
Stanford GSB | Ms. Digital Health
GMAT 720, GPA 3.48
Yale | Mr. Philanthropy Chair
GMAT Awaiting Scores (expect 700-720), GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBA Class of 2023
GMAT 725, GPA 3.5
Foster School of Business | Mr. Construction Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.77
Ross | Mr. Stockbroker
GMAT 700, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Mr. Harvard Hopeful
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. LGBTQ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.58
Kellogg | Mr. Risky Business
GMAT 780, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. CPA To MBA
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.2
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Southern California
GMAT 710, GPA 3.58
Harvard | Ms. World Explorer
GMAT 710 (aiming for 750), GPA 4.33/5
Ross | Mr. Brazilian Sales Guy
GRE 326, GPA 77/100 (USA Avg. 3.0)
Kellogg | Ms. MBA For Social Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
London Business School | Mr. Consulting To IB
GMAT 700, GPA 2.4
Berkeley Haas | Mx. CPG Marketer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.95
NYU Stern | Mr. Washed-Up Athlete
GRE 325, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. White Finance
GMAT Not Taken, GPA 3.97
MIT Sloan | Mr. NFL Team Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Ms. Russland Native
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5

Confessions Of A 2.9 GPA Teacher Who Got Into Kenan-Flagler

Tony (left) recently completed his MBA journey and will enroll at UNC’s Kenan-Flager Business School; Sandy Kreisberg, founder of HBSGuru (right)

What’s an actual MBA admissions consulting session like?

In this new episode of Fridays With Sandy, founder Sandy Kreisberg grills a successful MBA applicant through each step of his journey, including how he wrote his essay and survived skeptical interviews.

After all, Tony is as nontraditional an MBA candidate as you’ll find. He has been a middle school STEM teacher in Florida for the past four years. He has a 2.9 undergraduate grade point average in a difficult major, chemical engineering, and a 680 GMAT score. He also has a master’s in education from Notre Dame University, with a 3.7 GPA. Among other things, Tony developed his school’s math curriculum which produced average gains of 5% on end-of-year assessments. He also co-chaired the school’s successful re-accreditation team.


Tony applied to wide range of business schools, including Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. He ultimately gained acceptances to a number of highly prominent MBA programs, including the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Tony will attend Kenan-Flagler this fall.

This episode, broadcast on Facebook Live at 2 p.m. EST yesterday (May 4), simulates what a one-on-one consulting session might be like–except it’s a retrospective review of Tony’s journey into a top MBA program. Current MBA applicants can greatly benefit from watching this interaction between Kreisberg and Tony as Kreisberg brings the MBA admit through all the crucial steps he had to take to gain his acceptances.

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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.