Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB to PM
GRE 338, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Navy Officer
GMAT 770, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Polyglot
GMAT 740, GPA 3.65
Stanford GSB | Mr. Rocket Scientist Lawyer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65 Cumulative
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Tuck | Mr. Consulting To Tech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Classic Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Wharton | Mr. Sr. Systems Engineer
GRE 1280, GPA 3.3
Cambridge Judge Business School | Mr. Social Scientist
GRE 330, GPA 3.5
Darden | Mr. Federal Consultant
GMAT 780, GPA 3.26
INSEAD | Mr. Consulting Fin
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Enlisted Undergrad
GRE 315, GPA 3.75
INSEAD | Ms. Hope & Goodwill
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Milk Before Cereals
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3 (16/20 Portuguese scale)
Chicago Booth | Mr. Guy From Taiwan
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Leading Petty Officer
GRE (MCAT) 501, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Sales To Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 3.49
Columbia | Mr. NYC Native
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Tepper | Mr. Leadership Developement
GMAT 740, GPA 3.77
Harvard | Ms. Athlete Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Education Consulting
GRE 326, GPA 3.58
Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Hippie
GRE 329, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Unrealistic Ambitions
GMAT 710, GPA 2.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Equal Opportunity
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Tuck | Mr. Over-Experienced
GRE 330, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Mr. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 2.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Community Uplift
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6

What Entrepreneurs Need To Know When Applying To Business School

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If you are an entrepreneur applying to business school, you might have questions about how to navigate the application process. Here are some strategies that will help you optimize your candidacy.

  • Make sure that your resume is extra clear.

It can be challenging for entrepreneurs to capture their eclectic work experience, and to convey things like progression. In fact, many entrepreneurs don’t even have polished resumes, if they haven’t applied for traditional jobs.

When drafting your business school resume, keep in mind that schools will be looking very carefully for evidence that your work experience is robust, and that you can contribute to classroom discussions. They also want to understand what you actually do on a daily basis, and to see quantified results. While these factors are, of course, also important for more traditional applicants, entrepreneurs should be especially sure to highlight and clarify their professional accomplishments.

  • Think carefully (and in advance) about your recommenders.

Entrepreneurs frequently lack a supervisor who can endorse them. If this is the case, please avoid asking anyone who reports to you, and think strategically about who is in the best position to answer the recommendation questions in a comprehensive way. Clients, co-founders and board members might work, and sometimes a senior colleague from a volunteer activity (like a non-profit board) can endorse you.

  • Be transparent about your salary and work schedule.

If you are an entrepreneur who is not drawing a salary, either because you are re-investing in the company or not yet seeing a profit, just be straightforward. As with all business school applicants, your reported income should match your W-2 – you don’t want any issues when the schools verify your candidacy. Also, it can be common for entrepreneurs to work part-time on their companies, so again please be completely accurate about your schedule.

  • Start interview prep now.

If you haven’t interviewed for a professional role in a long time (or ever) it’s a good idea to start practicing now. As an added bonus, the more comfortable that you get articulating your goals and strengths the more persuasively you will be able to convey them in your essays.

  • Leverage your unique perspective and strengths.

Entrepreneurs bring many great qualities and perspectives to business school. Be proud of what you have learned, which might include the ability to take risks, vision, the ability to move forward in the face of ambiguity and other fantastic skills.

Business schools understand that many of their students want to become entrepreneurs in the future – and they truly value your expertise and non-traditional experience.


North Star Admissions ConsultingKaren has more than 12 years of experience evaluating candidates for admission to Dartmouth College and to the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Since founding North Star Admissions Consulting in 2012, she has helped applicants gain admission to the nation’s top schools, including Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Wharton, MIT, Tuck, Columbia, Kellogg, Booth, Haas, Duke, Johnson, Ross, NYU, UNC, UCLA, Georgetown and more. Clients have been awarded more than 18.2 million dollars in scholarships, and more than 96% have gotten into one of their top choice schools.