INSEAD | Ms. Social Business
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Non-Profit Latino
GMAT 710, GPA 3.06
Harvard | Mr. Fresh Perspective
GRE 318, GPA 3.0
USC Marshall | Mr. Supply Chain Guru
GMAT GMAT Waiver, GPA 2.6
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Harvard | Mr. Green Energy Revolution
GMAT 740, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. MPP/MBA
GRE 325, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Ms. Analytical Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Ms. Risk-Taker
GRE 310 (to retake), GPA 3 (recalculated)
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB to PM
GRE 338, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Technopreneur
GRE 328, GPA 3.2
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
London Business School | Mr. College Dropout
GMAT 690, GPA NA
Harvard | Mr. MBB Latino Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.75
Stanford GSB | Ms. Top Firm Consulting
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
INSEAD | Mr. Truth
GMAT 670, GPA 3.2
INSEAD | Mr. Powerlifting President
GMAT 750, GPA 8.1/10
Harvard | Mr. Mojo
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Ross | Mr. Law To MBA
GRE 321, GPA 3.77
Stanford GSB | Mr. Failed Startup Founder
GMAT 740, GPA 4
Wharton | Mr. African Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Sommelier
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Wharton | Mr. MBA When Ready
GMAT 700 (expected), GPA 2.1
Kellogg | Mr. AVP Healthcare
GRE 332, GPA 3.3
HEC Paris | Mr. Strategy & Intelligence
GMAT 600 - 650 (estimated), GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Schoolmaster
GMAT 710 (to re-take), GPA 3.5 (Converted from UK)
Cambridge Judge Business School | Ms. Story-Teller To Data-Cruncher
GMAT 700 (anticipated), GPA 3.5 (converted from Australia)

42 Things We Wish We Knew Before Getting Our MBAs

As the saying goes, “I wish I knew then what I know now.”

You’ve heard it hundreds of times. So we asked readers, what they wish they had known before getting their MBA degrees. The answers–from MBA graduates and current students–vary widely. A Harvard Business School MBA graduate, for example, says he wishes he had known that he should have paid less attention to the prestige and starting salaries of particular firms and more attention to what he was actually well-suited to do.

A Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business graduate wishes she had known the importance of visiting other schools before making the final decision on where to go.

THINGS MBA GRADS WISH THEY KNEW BEFORE GETTING THE DEGREE OFTEN DEPENDS ON WHERE THEY WENT TO SCHOOL

In many cases, the answers often result from where a person went to get his or her MBA degree. A person who earned his MBA at Rochester University’s Simon Business School told us he wished he had known he could never count on the career management center. Instead, he advises, find another student who is as serious as you and can mentor you through the career search process.

Here’s what the readers told us:

1) I wish I had known the all-in cost, including the expenses while you’re in school (eg. costs for trips, going out, clubs, etc). There’s so much focus on tuition and opportunity costs but the other costs add up to a lot of money. — Columbia Business School MBA

2) I wish I had known that rankings are generally a bit overrated. The city your school is located may prove more important than a ranking when it comes to your job search. — Rochester Simon MBA

3) I wish I had gone in with a better idea of which electives to have taken. — Harvard Business School MBA

4) I wish I had known that you get out of your MBA what you put into it. — Emory Goizueta MBA

5) I wish I had known how to go about finding the right fit versus basing my choices on rank. — NYU Stern MBA

6) I wish I had a better idea of what I wanted to do after B-school. — Duke Fuqua MBA

7) I wish I had made the MBA experience the most transformational it could be. — Stanford GSB MBA

8) I wish I had a better understanding of the brand of each MBA program and the MBA program’s focus on improving itself. — Cornell Johnson MBA

9) I wish I had known how important getting some entrepreneurship education was as a part of the MBA experience. — Cornell Johnson MBA

10) I wish I had known that networking is important while you’re in school. — Wake Forest MBA

11) I wish I had chosen brand over money. — UC-Irvine Merage MBA

12) I wish I had known calculus. — MIT Sloan MBA

13) I wish I had known that I could never count on the career management center. Find another student who is as serious as you and can mentor you. — Rochester Simon MBA

14) I wish I had known more about managing the pre-MBA recruiting process. — Wharton MBA

15) I wish I had known about the scholarship opportunities I could have applied for before starting the program. — Wharton MBA

16) I wish I had known the importance of visiting other schools before making the final decision on where to go. — Dartmouth Tuck MBA

17) I wish I had had more full-time business experience before I completed my MBA. UCLA Anderson MBA

18) I wish I had known that the likelihood of remaining in my pre-MBA industry was greater than my ability to switch industries. — Vanderbilt Owen MBA

19) I wish I had known how important it was to be well-organized. — Harvard Business School MBA

20) I wish I had known that the recruiting process for certain industries, such as management consulting and investment banking, start very soon after school begins in the fall. — MIT Sloan MBA

21) I wish I had practiced the case study method before arriving on campus. I also wish I had known that I should pay less attention to the prestige and starting salaries of particular firms and pay more attention to what I was actually well-suited to do. — Harvard Business School MBA

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.