McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Harvard | Mr. Australian Navy
GMAT 770, GPA 3.74
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. 10 Years In Finance
GMAT Not Required / Waived, GPA 2.65
Harvard | Ms. Social Enterprise/Healthcare
GRE 324, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Supply Chain Photographer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Former SEC Athlete
GMAT 620, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. FMCG Enthusiast Seeking Second MBA
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
NYU Stern | Ms. Civil Servant To Fortune 50
GRE Writing May 31st, GPA Undergrad: 3.0, Graduate: 3.59
MIT Sloan | Ms. Designer Turned Founder
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Strategist
GMAT 750, GPA 73%, top of the class (gold medalist)
Harvard | Mr. Brightside
GMAT 760, GPA 3.93
Berkeley Haas | Mr. All About Impact
GMAT N/A, GPA 63%
Harvard | Mr. Forbes U30 & Big Pharma
GMAT 640, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Asset Manager – Research Associate
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Ross | Mr. FP&A
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Ms. Not-For-Profit
GMAT TBD, GPA 4.0
INSEAD | Mr. Big Chill 770
GMAT 770, GPA 3-3.2
Harvard | Mr. Captain Mishra
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Ross | Mr. Dragon Age
GRE 327, GPA 2.19/4.0
Wharton | Ms. Type-A CPG PM
GMAT 750, GPA 3.42
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 Trader
GMAT 770, GPA 3.9
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Young Software Engineer
GRE 330, GPA 3.60
NYU Stern | Mr. Indian Analytics Consultant
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
Chicago Booth | Ms. Start-Up Entrepreneur
GRE 322, GPA 3.4
Columbia | Mr. RAV4 Chemical Engineer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.62

You’d Never Believe These MBA Applicants Were Just Rejected By Harvard Business School

Mr. Aerospace Engineer At A Global Top Three Airlines

  • 740 GMAT
  • 3.2 GPA
  • Undergradute degree in aerospace engineering from a public university in the U.S.
  • Work experience includes two and one-half years working as an engineer for one of the top 3 airlines in the world and two previous years as an engineering design and testing consultant with a small aerospace consulting company
  • Extracurriculars include founding a charity to rescue African children from dangerous situations and sponsor their education; lso a student government senator in college
  • Essay focused on “why I became an aerospace engineer (plane crashes in my country growing up that affected people I know) and the obstacles that poverty put in the way of accomplishing that dream. Discussed long-term goal of starting an aerospace consulting firm aimed at reducing plane crashes in Africa.”
  • Recommenders include current boss and boss at old company. “Didn’t read recs but certain they gave great recommendations.”
  • Post-MBA Goal: Transition to a consulting role at McKinsey, Bain or BCG
  • 25-year-old African Male (U.S. Green Card holder)

Sandy’s Analysis: Grrr.

First, I am not sure if African “Green Card Holder” is technically an under represented minority (URM) at most schools. URM’s must be minorities (African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Surname etc.) and U.S. citizens. My guess is that Green Card holders are NOT URMs by that definition, but of course, schools can treat you as a real interesting international/African, which is OK, but probably not the bonus zone that URM’s are in. Speaking generally, all comments on this single point welcome.

Moving right along, we got:

A 740 GMAT–EXCELLENT

A 3.2 GPA in aerospace engineering from a state university in the South/Midwest–RED FLAG

Work experience, including two and one-half years working as an engineer for one of the top 3 airlines in America and the world.

YOU GOT ME, IS THIS A SUPER SELECTIVE JOB? DON’T AERO ENGINEERS TYPICALLY WORK FOR AIRPLANE DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING COMPANIES LIKE BOEING AND NOT AIRLINES? SORRY IF I GOT THIS WRONG BUT HOW MANY DUDES FROM YOUR WORK COHORT TYPICALLY APPLY TO MBA PROGRAMS? THAT IS ALWAYS ONE INTERESTING METRIC.

Accomplished big projects. Very technical role

WELL IF YOU SAY SO. THAT COULD HELP, BUT WE STILL NEED ANSWER TO QUESTION RAISED ABOVE

Work experience two years prior: Worked as an engineering design and testing consultant for a small aerospace consulting company that contracts with the big airlines.

AGAIN, NOT SURE I KNOW THE STATUS HIERARCHY IN THIS INDUSTRY, BUT IS THAT A SELECTIVE JOB? THAT IS A REAL IMPORTANT FACTOR TO B-SCHOOL ADCOMS, WHO USE PRIOR JOBS AS ONE OF THEIR MAJOR FILTERS. [HEY, WHY SHOULD THE ADCOM LADIES BOTHER FIGURING OUT HOW GOOD YOU ARE WHEN COMPANY HIRING OFFICES HAVE BIGGER BUDGETS AND MORE EXPERTISE????]

Extra curricular: Started a charity to rescue kids in Africa from dangerous situations and sponsor them through school.

WELL THAT IS GOOD IN GENERAL. A LOT WOULD TURN ON SIZE, OUTCOMES, BUDGET, YOUR ROLE, WHETHER THIS WAS REALLY AN ORGANIZTION OR JUST A ONE-OFF GIG BY YOU.

Was also a Student government senator in college amongst other EC.

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

Essay: Talked about why I became an aerospace engineer (Plane crashes in my country growing up that affected people I know) and the obstacles that poverty put in the way of accomplishing that dream. Discussed long- term goal of starting an aerospace consulting firm aimed at reducing plane crashes in Africa.

DUNNO MAN, THIS SOUNDS ALL OVER THE PLACE AND ODD. AIR CRASHES ARE NOT HIGH ON THE LIST OF THE PROBLEMS THE WORLD NEEDS TO SOLVE, V.S. SAY
DRUNK DRIVING CRASHES, AIDS, FAMINE, DISEASE, ETC. ETC. YOU SEEM TO HAVE FOCUSED ON SOLIVING CRASHES AS YOUR PASSION, BUT THAT JUST DOES NOT SOUND INFORMED OR CREDIBLE TO ME, OR A BIG TOPIC AMONG AERO GUYS, ALTHO, SURE SAFETY IS BAKED IN.

ALSO, AMONG ALL AIR CRASHES, NOT SURE HOW MANY ARE DESIGN BASED, VS. TERRORISM, BIRDS (FOR REAL), ETC. HAPPY TO BE EDUCATED ON THIS BY SOMEONE WHO KNOWS, BUT YOU SEEM TO BE CRASH CENTRIC. ALSO, NOT SURE HOW AN MBA LEADS TO REDUCING AIR CRASHES IN AFRICA.

I MAY HAVE THIS ALL WRONG BUT MY GUESS IS YOUR APP/GOALS WERE CONFUSED, ALL OVER THE PLACE AND UNCONVINCING.
FOR INSTANCE, BELOW IS THE DESCRIPTION [TAKEN OFF WEBSITE] OF WHAT A LEADING AERO CONSULTING FIRM DOES–MOST OTHERS ARE SIMILAR–DUNNO MAN,
READ THIS OVER. ONE THING THEY DO NOT DO IS PREVENT CRASHES!!!!!

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AS A REAPPLICANT, I WOULD STEER MY GOALS MORE INTO THAT JIVE, AS BORING AS IT SOUNDS.

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