Foster School of Business | Mr. Tesla Gigafactory
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Digital Marketing Analyst
GMAT 710, GPA 3.27
Kellogg | Ms. Kellogg Bound Ideator
GMAT 710, GPA 2.4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Business, Tech & Education
GRE 332, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. Hope-I-Get-In
GMAT 720, GPA 3.62
Harvard | Mr. MBB Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
SDA Bocconi | Mr. Hotel International
GMAT 570, GPA 2.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Career Coach
GRE 292, GPA 3.468
Wharton | Mr. Corporate Monster
GMAT 750, GPA 9.12/10.0
Darden | Mr. Deloitte Dreamer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.13
Columbia | Ms. Cybersecurity
GRE 322, GPA 3.7
Tuck | Mr. Federal Civilian
GMAT 780, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Ms. Lucky Charm
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
Tuck | Ms. Green Biz
GRE 326, GPA 3.15
Cambridge Judge | Mr. Nuclear Manager
GMAT 700, GPA 2.4
London Business School | Ms. Aussie Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Young Entrepreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Retail Innovator
GMAT 750, GPA 3.84
Harvard | Mr. Double Whammy
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Geography Techie
GMAT 740, GPA 3.9
INSEAD | Mr. Media Startup
GMAT 710, GPA 3.65
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Emporio Armani
GMAT 780, GPA 3.03
Wharton | Ms. Female Engineer
GRE 323, GPA 3.5
Darden | Ms. Teaching-To-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.47
Stanford GSB | Mr. Financial Controller
GRE Yet to Take, Target is ~330, GPA 2.5
Kellogg | Mr. 770 Dreamer
GMAT 770, GPA 8.77/10
Ross | Ms. Middle Aged MBA-er
GRE 323, GPA 3.6

What Are Your Chances Of Getting In?

MBA Watch at Poets&Quants

MBA Watch is a new feature at Poets&Quants that allows applicants to get their odds of admission and advice on how to improve their chances of getting in.

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.

Mr. Jumbo GMAT

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.



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 Founder Sandy Kreisberg and P&Q Founder John A. Byrne.


“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, Founder Kreisberg, and Alex Min of The MBA Exchange.


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.