What GMAT Does This Latina Government Analyst Need?

Vanessa is a 28-year-old Latina who currently works for the state government of California. A first-generation college student brought up by a single Mom, she majored in cognitive neuroscience and history at UC-San Diego before becoming a lobbyist for the second largest pension fund in the U.S. She has spent two years advising the California State Treasurer on policy and legislation as an analyst.

With a 680 GMAT and a 3.1 GPA, Vanessa wants to get an MBA to build her business skills and options for the future. Her target schools: Kellogg, Michigan Ross, Duke Fuqua, Yale SOM, and UT-Austin.

In this Fridays With Sandy episode, HBSGuru Sandy Kreisberg assesses her candidacy to those schools and her chances of admission.

About the Author...

John A. Byrne

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.