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 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.