MIT Sloan | Mr. Surgery to MBB
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Global Perspective
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
MIT Sloan | Mr. International Impact
GRE 326, GPA 3.5
IU Kelley | Mr. Businessman Engineer
GMAT 690, GPA 7.26/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. 750
GMAT 750, GPA 3.43
Wharton | Mr. Data Scientist
GMAT 740, GPA 7.76/10
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Military 2.0
GRE 310, GPA 2.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBA Class of 2023
GMAT 725, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Tech Evangelist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Investment Banker
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
MIT Sloan | Mr. Hopeful CXO
GMAT 750, GPA 3.56
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred MBA
GMAT 760, GPA 3.82
Duke Fuqua | Mr. National Security Advisor
GMAT 670, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Inclusive Consultant
GMAT 650, GPA 6.7
Kellogg | Mr. Engineer Volunteer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Techie Teacher
GMAT 760, GPA 3.80
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Midwest Startup
GRE 328, GPA 3.51
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Emporio Armani
GMAT 780, GPA 3.03
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Consulting Analyst
GMAT 700, GPA 7.7/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. FinTech Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Bangladeshi Analyst
GMAT 690, GPA 3.31
Yale | Mr. Fencer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.48
INSEAD | Mr. Indian In Cambodia
GMAT 730, GPA 3.33
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Top Three
GRE 310, GPA 2.7
Tuck | Mr. South African FinTech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.08
London Business School | Mr. Green Energy
GMAT 710, GPA 3.1
IU Kelley | Ms. Marketing Manager
GRE 294, GPA 2.5

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

Mr. Supply Chain Manager

  • 680 -> 700 -> 720 GMAT
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, with an economics minor from the University of Texas-Austin
  • Work experience includes three years in progressive roles now as a supply chain project manager, up from a start as a logistics engineer. “High success and praises in each role; notated as a high performer and future leader”
  • Extracurriculars include president of work’s young professionals association (YPA), largest group in company impacting hundreds of employees; co-founder of nonprofit initiative; named among emerging leaders in manufacturing within the state of Maryland; volunteer monthly with different groups in Baltimore
  • Essay was about my “focus on people, my passion in inspiring and motivating others and I’ve done so in all my EC activities, and now I want to do so for international development long-term”
  • Recommenders include the president of the nonprofit I co-founded and company’s CIO who is his YPA advisor and personal mentor.
  • 25-year-old white male, U.S. citizen

Sandy’s Analysis: Huh, a white guy with a 720 and a 3.0 GPA?

You dinged them with hello.

It is real, REAL hard to overcome that –and while your work experience is solid, that does not count as much as you think it should. And work is not at blue-chip frequent flyer companies, my guess.
 Any white males out there with similar stats who got interviewed, please check in.

While we are at it, extracurrics involving OTHER young professsionals in your company is a real

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz at HBS.

The extracurricular that matters is helping others overcome adversity, not helping your peers write better resumes.

“Essay: I maintain a focus on people, my passion is inspiring and motivating others and I’ve done so in all my EC activities, and now I want to do so for international development long-term.”

Hey buddy, on very limited evidence, this sounds like bragging and not illuminationg who you are.

It’s just blah, blah. The 4,369th nail in your coffin.

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.