Berkeley Haas | Mr. Army Officer
GRE 325, GPA 3.9
Berkeley Haas | Mx. CPG Marketer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.95
Yale | Mr. Healthcare Geek
GMAT 680, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Ms. Education Reform
GRE 331 (Practice), GPA 2.92
USC Marshall | Mr. Low GPA High GMAT
GMAT 740, GPA 2.44
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Against All Odds
GMAT 720, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Mr. MedTech Startup
GMAT 740, GPA 3.80
INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Hopeful
GMAT -, GPA 2.9
Chicago Booth | Mr. Consulting Hopeful
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Operations Analyst
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Google Tech
GMAT 770, GPA 2.2
Yale | Mr. Army Pilot
GMAT 650, GPA 2.90
Wharton | Mr. Senior Analyst
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future VC
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Stanford GSB | Ms. Access To Opportunities
GRE 318, GPA 2.9
Tuck | Mr. Product Marketer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Ms. Finance For Good
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
UCLA Anderson | Mr. International PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
London Business School | Mr. Midwest Engineer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.69
Harvard | Mr. Policy Development
GMAT 740, GPA Top 30%
Cambridge Judge Business School | Mr. Champion Swimmer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Mr. NFL Team Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Tech Auditor
GRE 332, GPA 3.25
NYU Stern | Mr. Washed-Up Athlete
GRE 325, GPA 3.4
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Southern California
GMAT 710, GPA 3.58
Ross | Mr. Brazilian Sales Guy
GRE 326, GPA 77/100 (USA Avg. 3.0)

Handicapping Your MBA Odds: Overcome A Classic MBA Interview Mistake

How A Big Four Consultant Gets Into A Big Three Business School From A Non-Feeder Undergraduate School

His numbers are superb: A 3.95 undergraduate grade point average and a solid 730 GMAT score that puts him into the 96th percentile of test takers from all over the world. With a year of work experience under his belt as a consultant at Deloitte, he is aiming for an MBA degree from Harvard, Stanford or Wharton.

The catch? He graduated from a superb university, Notre Dame, which is not traditionally a feeder school to that trio of MBA programs. What will it take for him to place the odds in his favor for an admit?

In this Friday’s With Sandy episode, HBSGuru Sandy Kreisberg provides his tell-it-like-it-is perspective.

FRIDAYS WITH SANDY HANDICAPPING EPISODES

Home Schooled, Rust Belt Guy at No-Name Firm. Wants to Go to HBS. Is He Dreaming? Maybe Not.

A Deloitte Consultant Aims for HBS, Wharton, MIT, Columbia & Haas. A Chance?

Can This 750 GMAT West Point Military Man Get Into Harvard, Stanford or Kellogg?

Handicapping An Aussie Lawyer’s Chances At INSEAD, London Business School & Cambridge

Consulting But Not At M/B/B? How To Get Into Harvard Despite It

A Non-Profit Poet Wants Into A Top MBA? How To Put Her Best Foot Forward?

With a 2.2 GPA, He Wants Into UVA Darden, Duke or Carnegie Mellon? Is It Possible?

A Silicon Valley Scientist Is Reaching For MIT, Kellogg, Columbia, Tuck & UCLA. Odds?

How A Big Consultant Gets Into One Of The Big Three Schools From A Non-Feeder Undergraduate School

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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.