Tepper | Mr. Climb The Ladder
GRE 321, GPA 3.1
Kellogg | Mr. Startup Supply Chain Manager
GMAT 690, GPA 3.64
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. MBA Prospect
GRE 318, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Engineering To Finance
GRE 333, GPA 3.76
Stanford GSB | Ms. Indian Non-Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 9.05/10
Wharton | Mr. Indian Engineer + MBA Now In Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 8.7 / 10
Darden | Mr. MBB Aspirant/Tech
GMAT 700, GPA 3.16
MIT Sloan | Mr. Marine Combat Arms Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Ms. Anthropologist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Ms. Product Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. PM To Tech Co.
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Tech In HR
GMAT 640, GPA 3.23
MIT Sloan | Mr. Electrical Agri-tech
GRE 324, GPA 4.0
MIT Sloan | Mr. Aker 22
GRE 332, GPA 3.4
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Consulting Research To Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (no GPA system, got first (highest) division )
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future Tech In Healthcare
GRE 313, GPA 2.0
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Ms. Creative Data Scientist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Military To MGMNT Consulting
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Mr. Agri-Tech MBA
GRE 324, GPA 4.0
Wharton | Mr. Data Scientist
GMAT 740, GPA 7.76/10
Harvard | Ms. Nurturing Sustainable Growth
GRE 300, GPA 3.4
MIT Sloan | Ms. Senior PM Unicorn
GMAT 700, GPA 3.18
Harvard | Mr. Lieutenant To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. “GMAT” Grimly Miserable At Tests
GMAT TBD - Aug. 31, GPA 3.9
Yale | Mr. IB To Strategy
GRE 321, GPA 3.6

Will You Get Off The MBA Waitlist?


Five years ago, I wrote a blog about why people really get waitlisted. I have also discussed mistakes, and how to get off the MBA waitlist. However, even armed with information, it can be hard to calculate your odds of getting admitted. Here is some further insight into the MBA waitlist, and some clues about whether you will get in.

  • Is your test score low?

How low? Like, 100+points below the school’s average? If so, and if you are unwilling to retake the exam or just unable to raise your score, you aren’t super likely to get in.

  • Did you apply 3rd round?

If so, your odds are also somewhat lower. Schools like to see sustained interest, and there is a psychological bias towards candidates who apply earlier in the process. (If you don’t articulate a really good reason for applying third round schools jump to their own conclusions – like that you don’t have it together, or that you aren’t really interested in their program.) 3rd round candidates are fighting against all of these factors.

  • Did you interview?

If you were waitlisted without an interview you are somewhat disadvantaged, since the committee has a more complete picture of some of your fellow waitlisters. Also, if you are on the MBA waitlist at a school that offers open interviews that you didn’t schedule, you have also missed the opportunity to telegraph strong interest. Either way, if you are waitlisted and a school invites you to interview, jump on the offer. And, as always, go in person if you can.

  • Is this a reach school?

Are you waitlisted at a school that was a stretch, especially numerically? (Meaning that your grades and test scores are well below the average.) Also, is this a school with a particularly high yield rate? If so, your odds of admission are obviously lower.

  • Are you unusual?

Do you offer something unusual that the school values? (A super high GPA or test score, an important special interest connection, membership in a demographic that’s hard to yield?) If so, you are more likely to get a last-minute offer to join the class.

Karen 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 19.6 million dollars in scholarships, and more than 96% have gotten into one of their top choice schools.