Harvard | Mr. Healthcare Fanatic
GMAT 770, GPA 3.46
Wharton | Mr. Marketing Director
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Ross | Mr. Airline Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.73
Stanford GSB | Mr. Corporate VC Hustler
GMAT 780, GPA 3.17
Harvard | Mr. Smart Operations
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Darden | Mr. Strategy Manager
GRE 321, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Sovereign Wealth Fund
GMAT 730, GPA 3.55
Ross | Ms. Healthcare Startup
GRE 321, GPA 3.51
Georgetown McDonough | Ms. Air Force
GMAT 610, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. JD To MBA
GRE 326, GPA 3.01
Harvard | Mr. MacGruber
GRE 313, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Real Estate Finance
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Multimedia
GRE 308, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Poet At Heart
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Yale | Mr. Ukrainian Biz Man
GRE 310, GPA 4.75 out of 5
Darden | Mr. Former Scientist
GMAT 680, GPA 3.65
Stanford GSB | Mr. Sustainable Business
GRE 331, GPA 3.86
Wharton | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
Yale | Ms. Impact Investing
GRE 323, GPA 3.8
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Food Waste Warrior
GMAT Not written yet (around 680), GPA 3.27
Stanford GSB | Ms. Future Tech Exec
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. Finance To Education
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Rice Jones | Mr. Back To School
GRE 315, GPA 3.0
Columbia | Mr. Aussie Military Man
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0 (rough conversion from Weighted Average Mark)
Harvard | Mr. Hopeful Philanthropist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.74
Stanford GSB | Mr. FinTech
GMAT Not Taken Yet, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Analytics Man
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1

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.