Can This Target Staffer Get Into HBS or Stanford?

Meg looks like an ideal candidate for a prestige MBA program. She’s been working in a financial job at the headquarters of Target, the massive retailer, for the past three years. Meg has an impressive 3.77-grade point average from the University of Notre Dame, with a solid 710 GMAT score that she aims to improve by another 20 or 30 points. And she has a list of extracurriculars that demonstrate her profound compassion and commitment to others.

Is it enough to get her an invite to Harvard or Stanford, with a significant scholarship to boot? Or what about Chicago Booth, Columbia Business School, Berkeley Haas, Michigan Ross, Duke Fuqua or Oxford Said? Those are all her target schools.

In this episode of Friday’s With Sandy, HBSGuru.com Founder Sandy Kreisberg not merely assesses her odds of admission but gives her some advice that is bound to be controversial.

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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.