INSEAD | Ms. Hope & Goodwill
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Navy Officer
GMAT 770, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Milk Before Cereals
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3 (16/20 Portuguese scale)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Rocket Scientist Lawyer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65 Cumulative
Chicago Booth | Mr. Guy From Taiwan
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Leading Petty Officer
GRE (MCAT) 501, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Sales To Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 3.49
INSEAD | Mr. Consulting Fin
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
Tuck | Mr. Consulting To Tech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Darden | Mr. Federal Consultant
GMAT 780, GPA 3.26
Columbia | Mr. NYC Native
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Tepper | Mr. Leadership Developement
GMAT 740, GPA 3.77
Harvard | Ms. Athlete Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Enlisted Undergrad
GRE 315, GPA 3.75
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Education Consulting
GRE 326, GPA 3.58
Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Hippie
GRE 329, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Classic Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Unrealistic Ambitions
GMAT 710, GPA 2.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Equal Opportunity
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Tuck | Mr. Over-Experienced
GRE 330, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Mr. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 2.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Community Uplift
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Worldwide
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Mr. LatAm Indian Trader
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. MBB to PE
GMAT 740, GPA 3.98
Harvard | Mr. MBB Aspirant
GMAT 780, 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.