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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