Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Nonprofit Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Mr. Low GPA Over Achiever
GMAT 700, GPA 2.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Minority Champ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Ms. Start-Up Entrepreneur
GRE 318 current; 324 intended, GPA 3.4
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Health Care Executive
GMAT 690, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Fintech Nerd
GMAT 740, GPA 7.7/10
Harvard | Mr. Professional Boy Scout
GMAT 660, GPA 3.83
Stanford GSB | Ms. East Africa Specialist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.34
Darden | Mr. Senior Energy Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.5
IU Kelley | Mr. Construction Manager
GRE 680, GPA 3.02
IU Kelley | Mr. Clinical Trial Ops
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.33
IU Kelley | Ms. Biracial Single Mommy
, GPA 2.5/3.67 Grad
Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
NYU Stern | Mr. Low Gmat
GMAT 690, GPA 73.45 % (No GPA in undergrad)
Chicago Booth | Mr. Finance Musician
GRE 330, GPA 3.6
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Wake Up & Grind
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Improve Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Indian Telecom ENG
GRE 340, GPA 3.56
Harvard | Mr. 1st Gen Brazilian LGBT
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
USC Marshall | Mr. Ambitious
GRE 323, GPA 3.01
Harvard | Mr. Merchant Of Debt
GMAT 760, GPA 3.5 / 4.0 in Master 1 / 4.0 in Master 2
Tuck | Ms. Nigerian Footwear
GRE None, GPA 4.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 360 Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Low GPA High GRE
GRE 325, GPA 3.2

42 Things We Wish We Knew Before Getting Our MBAs


22) I wish I had known how much fun it would be and not to be so worried about the academics being too difficult. — Washington University Olin MBA

23) I wish I had known how many superfluous classes there are. — USC Marshall MBA

24) I wish I had known that the stereotypes of schools aren’t real and way overhyped. — Chicago Booth MBA student

25) I wish I had known how so study, business statistics, and how to better work with smart people in high pressure situations. — University of Illinois Gies College MBA graduate

26) I wish I had known what sorts of courses I should take that would give me knowledge outside of what I could learn on the job. — Emory Goizueta MBA student

27) I wish I had known the importance of having an idea of what you’d like to pursue when you arrive on campus in the fall. You might not know entirely, but having a good sense will help target your internship search. — Rochester Simon MBA student

28) I wish I had known more abuot the campus community and the quality of the network of different programs. — UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA student

29) I wish I had known to aim higher. I didn’t think I was smart enough for H/S/W but I had great stats and a great resume. — Chicago Booth MBA

30) I wish I had known that the rankings are a good place to start in terms of understanding the lanscape but they aren’t everything.

31) I wish I had known more about the career search process and the importance of developing a network among classmates and faculty

32) I wish I had known aqbout the inadequate school support for international students in navigating through the job search & work visa application process in the U.S.

33) I wish I had understood that a little more humility would have been helpful, and also to realize that getting admitted to an MBA program is just the beginning — not the end of this phase in my journey.

34) I wish I had paid more attention to the information on schools’ yields, post-grad salaries, and more info on schools not directly on my radar screen.

35) I wish I had known how impactful the network would be post-MBA. I knew this on some level but didn’t appreciate how many impressive contacts I would have.

36) I wish I had known the career outcomes for average students not just the top 10%. The entire class can’t work for Goldman Sachs, McKinsey or Blackstone. What kind of prospects does the middle of the road student have?

37) I wish I had done more research on my business school options.

38) I wish I had known the actual employment prospects at each school and not just the fancy doctored reports the schools put out.

39) I wish I knew what business schools really think about the GRE.

40) I wish I knew the names of schools that provide no-cosignor loans for international students.

41) Coming from a non-traditional background, I wish I knew more about the different careers and what they actually do in layman’s terms.

42) I wish I had known how tough the job search and interview process can be. Also, that MBA-level internships are more challenging to succeed in than you might expect. — Brigham Young Marriott MBA

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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.