MBA Handicapping: Can This Life Science Consultant Get Into Columbia & Kellogg?

Helen is a life science consultant with a 730 GMAT and a 2.8 grade point average from her undergraduate studies.

Can the rest of her profile overcome her low GPA at such schools as Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, Columbia Business School, and New York University’s Stern School of Business, where the average GPA for an entering MBA class is well above her 2.8?

She’s clearly not taking an chances and broadening her target list of MBA programs to include USC’s Marshall School of Business and Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

In this Friday’s with Sandy episode, HBSGuru.com founder Sandy Kreisberg assesses her odds at each of her target schools and provides some solid advice on how to overcome that below-average GPA.

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CAN THIS TARGET STAFFER GET INTO HARVARD OR STANFORD?

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LONG DISTANCE CALL: HOW DOES AN AUSSIE TELECOM GUY GET INTO STANFORD?

IS THIS 30-YEAR-OLD ENERGY GUY HEADED FOR HBS?

GETTING IN IF YOUR STATS ARE BELOW THE MEDIAN

WHAT GMAT DOES THIS LATINA GOVERNMENT ANALYST NEED?

REAL GOOD ODDS FOR THIS INDIAN DO-GOODER. HERE’S WHY

MILITARY-BANKER-HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL?

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THE REAL HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL 2+2 INTERVIEW

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.