INSEAD | Mr. Product Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 63%
Kellogg | Ms. Sustainable Development
GRE N/A, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Finance
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Concrete Angel
GRE 318, GPA 3.33
Harvard | Ms. Quadrilingual Amazon
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
Wharton | Mr. Future Non-Profit
GMAT 720, GPA 8/10
Harvard | Mr. Military Quant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare PE
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Ms. Female Sales Leader
GMAT 740 (target), GPA 3.45
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
Kellogg | Ms. Big4 M&A
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Army Aviator
GRE 314, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Gay Techie
GRE 332, GPA 3.88
INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Aspirant
GRE 322, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
MIT Sloan | Ms. Rocket Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.89
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
Tuck | Mr. Liberal Arts Military
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Columbia | Mr. Energy Italian
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Quality Assurance
GMAT 770, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. African Energy
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
NYU Stern | Ms. Luxury Retail
GMAT 730, GPA 2.5
Stanford GSB | Ms. Russland Native
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Aerospace Engineer
GRE 327, GPA 3.92
N U Singapore | Mr. Naval Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2

Handicapping Your MBA Odds

Home Schooled, Rust Belt Guy at No-Name firm

Wants to Go to HBS. Is He Dreaming? Maybe Not.

After all, he sports an impressive 760 GMAT (42 verbal/ 50 quant) score. When he matriculates to an MBA program, he will have had five years of experience at a rust belt manufacturer in the midwest, first as a financial analyst and then as a controller, for a $25 million division. This 26-year-old professional, in fact, is the youngest controller in the company’s history and currently the youngest manager at the company.

And he has racked up some noteworthy accomplishments. In one year as controller, the company has gone from a net loss to break-even thanks to a plan he worked on with senior leadership to boost revenue and cut expenses. He has since recommended a plan to reach $1 million profit to the executive team and implementation is underway.

WANTS TO USE THE MBA TO TRANSITION INTO BRAND MANAGEMENT JOB AT A CPG COMPANY WITH MANUFACTURING

He also has some neat extracurriculars, including working with refugees to help them adjust to life in the U.S., both during and after college. He wants an MBA to transition into brand manager at a leading CPG company with American manufacturing. His long-term goal is be a CEO.

But this professional also was home schooled and then went to a small, no-name private college in the midwest where he majored in accounting and racked up a 3.5 GPA.

Will his undergraduate experience complicate his acceptance into his target schools: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Kellogg and Dartmouth Tuck? In this Fridays With Sandy episode, HBSGuru Sandy Kreisberg assesses his chances of getting into one of those top MBA programs.

FRIDAYS WITH SANDY HANDICAPPING EPISODES

A DELOITTE CONSULTANT AIMS FOR HBS, WHARTON, MIT, COLUMBIA & BERKELEY HAAS

CAN THIS 750 GMAT MILITARY MAN GET INTO HARVARD, STANFORD OR KELLOGG?

HANDICAPPING A LAWYER’S CHANCES AT HBS, INSEAD, LONDON & CAMBRIDGE

CONSULTING BUT NOT AT M/B/B? HOW TO GET INTO HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL

A NON-PROFIT POET WANTS INTO A TOP SCHOOL? HOW TO PUT HER BEST FOOT FORWARD

WITH A 2.2 GPA, HE WANTS TO GET INTO UVA DARDEN, DUKE OR CARNEGIE MELLON 

A SILICON VALLEY SCIENTIST IS REACHING FOR MIT, KELLOGG, COLUMBIA, TUCK & UCLA

HOW A BIG 4 CONSULTANT GETS INTO HBS, STANFORD OR WHARTON WITH A NOTRE DAME DEGREE

If you would like to be featured on Fridays With Sandy please submit your profile for consideration of review here. 

 

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.