Stanford GSB | Mr. Marine Corps
GMAT 600, GPA 3.9
MIT Sloan | Mr. AI & Robotics
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Ms. MD MBA
GRE 307, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Fundraising Educator
GMAT 510, GPA 2.89
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Work & Family
GMAT No GMAT Yet, GPA 4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Fintech Startup
GMAT 570, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Ms. Ukrainian Techie
GMAT 700 (ready to take it again), GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Pretty Bland
GMAT 710, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Ms. Sales & Trading
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
NYU Stern | Mr. Long Shot
GRE 303, GPA 2.75
INSEAD | Mr. Consulting Dream
GMAT 760, GPA 3.1
Columbia | Mr. Alien
GMAT 700, GPA 3.83
Harvard | Mr. Veteran
GRE 331, GPA 3.39
Wharton | Mr. Naval Submariner
GMAT 760, GPA 3.83
Wharton | Mr. Second MBA
GMAT Will apply by 2025, GPA 7.22/10
IU Kelley | Mr. Builder
GMAT 620, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Supply Chain Data Scientist
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Ms. Aspiring Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8 (Highest Honor)
Yale | Mr. Environmental Sustainability
GRE 326, GPA 3.733
Yale | Mr. Project Management
GRE 310, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Samaritan Analyst
GMAT 690, GPA 3.87
MIT Sloan | Ms. Physician
GRE 307, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Cal Poly
GRE 317, GPA 3.2
HEC Paris | Ms Journalist
GRE -, GPA 3.5
IU Kelley | Mr. Educator
GMAT 630, GPA 3.85
IU Kelley | Mr. Tech Dreams
GMAT 770, GPA 3
Tuck | Mr. Strategic Sourcing
GMAT 720, GPA 3.90

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.