Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Navy Vet
GRE 310, GPA 2.6
Chicago Booth | Ms. IB Hopeful
GMAT 710, GPA 2.77
Columbia | Mr. Infra-Finance
GMAT 710, GPA 3.68
London Business School | Mr. Indian Banking Leader
GMAT 750, GPA 3.32
Stanford GSB | Mr. Pizza For Breakfast
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Top Performer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Ms. Comeback Kid
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
Darden | Mr. Military Communications Officer
GRE Not taken yet, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Ms. Retail To Technology
GMAT 670, GPA 3.8
Ross | Mr. Top 25 Hopeful
GMAT 680, GPA 3.3
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Qualcomm Quality
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Ms. Hotel Real Estate
GMAT 730, GPA 3.75
Chicago Booth | Mr. EduTech
GRE 337, GPA 3.9
Yale | Mr. Gay Social Scientist
GMAT 740, GPA 2.75 undergrad, 3.8 in MS
MIT Sloan | Mrs. Company Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 2.92
Wharton | Mr. Cross-Border
GMAT 780, GPA 3.7
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Career Change
GMAT Have yet to take. Consistent 705 on practice tests., GPA 3.5
HEC Paris | Mr. Introverted Dancer
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Kellogg | Mr. Safety Guy
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Harvard | Mr. Aspiring FinTech Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Fill In The Gaps
GRE 330, GPA 3.21
INSEAD | Mr. Behavioral Changes
GRE 336, GPA 5.8/10
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Texas Recruiter
GMAT 770, GPA 3.04
USC Marshall | Mr. Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Entertainment Agency
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Quant
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7

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.