Harvard | Mr. Navy Nuke
GMAT 710, GPA 3.66
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
NYU Stern | Ms. Entertainment Strategist
GMAT Have not taken, GPA 2.92
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Wharton | Mr. Future Non-Profit
GMAT 720, GPA 8/10
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
London Business School | Mr. FANG Strategy
GMAT 740, GPA 2.9
NYU Stern | Mr. Army Prop Trader
GRE 313, GPA 2.31
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Indian Dreamer
GRE 331, GPA 8.5/10
Wharton | Mr. Hopeful Fund Manager
GMAT 770, GPA 8.52/10
MIT Sloan | Mr. Healthtech Consultant
GMAT 750, GPA 3.44
London Business School | Mr. LGBT Pivot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.15
London Business School | Ms. Private Equity Angel
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. CPPIB Strategy
GRE 329 (Q169 V160), GPA 3.6
Rice Jones | Mr. Student Government
GMAT 34 (ACT for Early Admit Program), GPA 3.75
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Kellogg | Ms. Sustainable Development
GRE N/A, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.89
Kellogg | Ms. Big4 M&A
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Ms. Rocket Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. African Energy
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Columbia | Mr. Energy Italian
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Mr. SME Consulting
GMAT 740, GPA 3.55 (as per WES paid service)
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Quality Assurance
GMAT 770, GPA 3.6
INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Aspirant
GRE 322, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Army Aviator
GRE 314, GPA 3.8

Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds

Ms. Global Product Manager

  • 720 GMAT
  • 3.4 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in business from a national university in Southeast Asia
  • “I didn’t excel in some quantitative subjects, but I hope to compensate with GMAT quant”
  • Work experience includes two years with a top ten global electronics company, working in product management (I was the youngest to join this team since 2015 — they never hired fresh grad); Two promotions; team awarded with the best performance for an important product launch
  • Extracurricular involvement includes two years as a part-time for a United Nations-branded NGO, where she led the tech forum events for investors, founders, students, enthusiasts
  • Short-term goal: A transition to product management at FAANG-level companies
  • Long-term goal: An STEM education platform (e.g. an app like Brilliant) that is accessible for students in less developed countries in terms of cost and understandability
  • “This stemmed from the fact that my childhood friends, who were less fortunate and could not afford thorough education, now don’t end up in decent places (like I do)”
  • 25-year-old female, from a less developed side of Southeast Asia

Odds Of Success At Target Schools:

MIT: 20%

Michigan: 30%

Washington: 40%

Sandy’s Analysis: What was the Quant part of GMAT in percentile?

The GMAT is important for applicants like you who do not come from frequent flyer colleges. Adcoms may not know your school and especially if you are using a GMAT score to negative low quant grades in college.

This is real important.

If your GMAT Q is less than maybe 70 percent, you might think of taking some quant extension courses in stats and calculus to make the point that you are okay with numbers. Adcoms also appreciate the fact that you are a “sit still, eat sh#t, and spit it back type,” since that is their ideal applicant and student (profs LOVE that type, all the leadership BS notwithstanding).

The tech NGO/Professional braid is a good one. Your long-term goal is acceptable BS for this exercise. Just make sure the career path leading up to that song and dance is traditional. Schools like to know that you can be employed at graduation. They really don’t care much after that but your BS is OK and even GOOD, if you can platform it correctly.

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.