Harvard | Ms. Analytical Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Mr. Non-Profit Latino
GMAT 710, GPA 3.06
Darden | Mr. Financial World
GMAT 730, GPA 7.8
Cambridge Judge Business School | Ms. Story-Teller To Data-Cruncher
GMAT 700 (anticipated), GPA 3.5 (converted from Australia)
Kellogg | Mr. Operator
GMAT 740, GPA 4.17/4.3
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Air Force Vet
GRE 311, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Engagement Manager
GMAT 700, GPA 3.2
London Business School | Mr. Family Investment Fund
GMAT 790, GPA 3.0
Columbia | Mr. M&A Analyst
GRE 323, GPA 3.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Top Performer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. STEM Minor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.78
Harvard | Mr. Fresh Perspective
GRE 318, GPA 3.0
USC Marshall | Mr. Supply Chain Guru
GMAT GMAT Waiver, GPA 2.6
Wharton | Mr. MBA When Ready
GMAT 700 (expected), GPA 2.1
HEC Paris | Mr. Productivity Focused
GMAT 700, GPA 3.6
MIT Sloan | Mr. Energy Transition
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Harvard | Mr. Sommelier
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Kellogg | Ms. Strategic Photographer
GRE 318 (to retake), GPA 3.68
INSEAD | Ms. Social Business
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Comeback Kid
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
Harvard | Mr. MBB Latino Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.75
Wharton | Mr. African Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Hedge Funder
GMAT 790, GPA 3.82
London Business School | Mr. College Dropout
GMAT 690, GPA NA
HEC Paris | Ms. Freelancer
GMAT 710, GPA 5.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Healthcare AI
GRE 366, GPA 3.91

MBA Handicapping: A 770 GMAT & A 4.0 From LSE — What Else Do You Need For 2+2

The question for Harvey is not what he needs to gain acceptance from either Harvard Business School or Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in their deferred admission programs. The question is how can he screw it up?

Talk about a perfect candidate: Harvey is a Brit, with a jumbo 770 GMAT (40 points above Harvard’s class median score), a perfect 4.0 in economics from the London School of Economics. And he has racked up a portfolio of stellar extracurriculars, including a stint as president of the Save the Children chapter on LSE’s campus. Harvey also is an ex-English Junior National Ice Hockey Team member who competed on the international stage. When he graduates from LSE later this year, he already has a plum job with Evercore, the prestigious global investment banking advisory.

If he doesn’t gain admission to HBS’ 2+2 program or the deferred MBA options at Stanford, Wharton and Columbia–all of which are on his target list–it won’t be because of those very impressive facts.

In this Friday’s With Sandy episode, HBSGuru.com founder Sandy Kreisberg tells Harvey what could potentially do him in. It’s a lesson in not taking anything for granted when you apply to an elite MBA program. As Sandy says, “An admissions interview is like being born. A lot of bad things can happen to you very quickly.”

If you would like to participate in a future Friday’s With Sandy webinar, you can contact Sandy and P&Q Founder John A Byrne here.

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