His GMAT score alone is likely to elicit a “wow!” With a 770 on the test and a 3.7 grade point average in the humanities from a top ten Australian university, this 27-year-old professional has spent two years as an in-house strategy analyst at a top 20 multinational. Mr. Jumbo GMAT hopes to transition into consulting with MBB in a large Asian city, with a long-term objective of creating social enterprises in the field of sustainability and economic empowerment.
What are his chances of getting into his first choice school of INSEAD? Both the Poets&Quants community and admission experts agree that his odds are pretty good. The community gives him a 63% shot of gaining an acceptance, while the experts say it’s more like 50%.
Or consider Ms. ELS. This 29-year-old woman majored in romance languages at New York University and wants to get her MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She applied with a 3.8 GPA, an overall GRE score of 318 and five years at a global medical device firm in a communications role.
INTRODUCING POETS&QUANTS’ MBA WATCH: WHAT ARE YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING IN?
The experts assessed her odds of gaining an admit at 75%, while the P&Q community also was high on her candidacy, predicting that she was a shoo-in. Sure enough, Ms. ELS was recently accepted by Duke.
Their candidate profiles and assessments are part of a new feature at Poets&Quants called MBA Watch that allows applicants to leading MBA programs to get immediate feedback on their chances of admission.
The new feature, with sponsorship from our launch partner mbaMission, also allows candidates to get smart advice from both MBA admission experts and our reader community so increase their odds of acceptance.
MBA Watch has its roots in Poets&Quants’ highly popular Handicapping Your MBA Odds series in which applicants who submit basic profile information have the odds of their success at target schools assessed by HBSGuru.com Founder Sandy Kreisberg and P&Q Founder John A. Byrne.
‘OUR EXPERTS PROVIDE VALUABLE FEEDBACK ON YOUR MBA CANDIDACY’
“We think this is going to be great new service to MBA applicants who want to get into one of the highly ranked and highly selective MBA programs,” says Byrne. “Once you share your info, you can sit back and watch as our readers and our experts provide valuable feedback on your candidacy. They’ll assess your odds of getting into your first-choice school and give you specific advice on how to improve your chances of getting an admit or whether you should apply to other schools. And you maintain your anonymity through it all.”
Applicants declare themselves “poets” or “quants” and also pick an image to represent them in MBA Watch. Candidates can then come back to their profiles and share with readers the outcomes of their candidacies, including whether they have received an invitation from a school for an interview or whether they have been admitted or turned down for admission.
“It’s a way to increase your sense of belonging to a community of people who are traveling along on the same often anxiety-filled journey to a highly selective MBA program,” adds Byrne. “And it’s an opportunity to share your journey with others who can benefit from knowing who gets in and who doesn’t.”
MBA Watch also allows readers to sort profiles by first-choice school, the applicant’s industry as well as the odds estimated by both the experts and the wisdom of the P&Q crowd. Our panel of experts includes several of mbaMission’s 25 full-time consultants, Liza Weale of Gatehouse Admissions, P&Q Founder Byrne, HBSGuru.com Founder Kreisberg, and Alex Min of The MBA Exchange.