Harvard | Mr. Software PE
GMAT 760, GPA 3.45
Kellogg | Mr. Social Impact Initiative
GMAT 710, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Mr. Policy Player
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
INSEAD | Ms. Spaniard Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 8.5/10.00
Rice Jones | Mr. Carbon-Free Future
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0
London Business School | Ms. Private Equity Angel
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Navy Nuke
GMAT 710, GPA 3.66
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
NYU Stern | Ms. Entertainment Strategist
GMAT Have not taken, GPA 2.92
Wharton | Mr. Future Non-Profit
GMAT 720, GPA 8/10
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
London Business School | Mr. FANG Strategy
GMAT 740, GPA 2.9
NYU Stern | Mr. Army Prop Trader
GRE 313, GPA 2.31
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Indian Dreamer
GRE 331, GPA 8.5/10
Wharton | Mr. Hopeful Fund Manager
GMAT 770, GPA 8.52/10
MIT Sloan | Mr. Healthtech Consultant
GMAT 750, GPA 3.44
London Business School | Mr. LGBT Pivot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.15
Harvard | Mr. CPPIB Strategy
GRE 329 (Q169 V160), GPA 3.6
Rice Jones | Mr. Student Government
GMAT 34 (ACT for Early Admit Program), GPA 3.75
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Kellogg | Ms. Sustainable Development
GRE N/A, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.89
Kellogg | Ms. Big4 M&A
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Ms. Rocket Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. African Energy
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4

Handicapping Your MBA Odds

     What Accountants and Actuaries Should Say When They Apply To Elite Business Schools

When it comes to the raw stats, you would be hard pressed to find a better candidate for a highly selective business school than Victoria. With a quant score of 166 on the GRE and a verbal of 167, she’s above Harvard Business School’s average of 164 on both sides of the test. She boasts a 3.64 undergraduate grade point average, having majored in Spanish. But she also has a master’s degree in math.

Victoria works as an actuarial analyst for Triple A, the auto club organization that sells insurance and offers roadside assistance to stranded motorists. She was also on the varsity equestrian team in college, ran some track, and mentored students. Her goal: To get an MBA to leverage her current skills in data analysis at AAA and move into management consulting.

In this Friday’s With Sandy episode, HBSGuru Sandy Kreisberg evaluates chances at four top schools: Chicago Booth, Northwestern Kellogg, Michigan Ross, and IE Business School in Spain. He offers advice on how she can sharpen her presentation to highly selective business schools and increase her already strong odds of acceptance at those highly ranked MBA programs.

FRIDAYS WITH SANDY HANDICAPPING EPISODES

The New Reality For Female MBA Applicants…We Spill The Beans & The Good News

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?

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

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.