Stanford GSB | Mr. Fill In The Gaps
GRE 330, GPA 3.21
INSEAD | Mr. Behavioral Changes
GRE 336, GPA 2.28
Darden | Mr. Military Communications Officer
GRE Not taken yet, GPA 3.4
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Texas Recruiter
GMAT 770, GPA 3.04
USC Marshall | Mr. Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Qualcomm Quality
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
HEC Paris | Mr. Introverted Dancer
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Navy Vet
GRE 310, GPA 2.6
Kellogg | Ms. Retail To Technology
GMAT 670, GPA 3.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Entertainment Agency
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Quant
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Ross | Mr. Top 25 Hopeful
GMAT 680, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Well-Traveled Nonprofit Star
GRE 322, GPA 3.0
Yale | Mr. Gay Social Scientist
GMAT 740, GPA 2.75 undergrad, 3.8 in MS
Wharton | Mr. MBA When Ready
GMAT 700 (expected), GPA 3.3
London Business School | Mr. Low Undergrad GPA
GMAT 760, GPA 65/100 (1.0)
Harvard | Mr. Aspiring FinTech Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Ms. Hotel Real Estate
GMAT 730, GPA 3.75
Chicago Booth | Mr. EduTech
GRE 337, GPA 3.9
Columbia | Mr. Infra-Finance
GMAT 710, GPA 3.68
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Vigor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Comeback Kid
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
London Business School | Mr. Family Investment Fund
GMAT 790, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Ms. Freelancer
GMAT 710, GPA 5.3
MIT Sloan | Mr. Sans-Vertebrae
GMAT 730, GPA 3.78
INSEAD | Mr. Business Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0

The 25 Most Popular MBA Watch Applicants

It’s been a month since MBA Watch debuted at Poets&Quants. In that time, more than 90,000 different users have participated in the social platform for MBA applicants which has racked up well over a quarter of a million views.

That’s not surprising. After all, it’s a safe place to share your profile and get immediate expert advice on how to improve your odds of admission to the top MBA programs. In just four weeks, nearly 300 current MBA candidates have shared their details on MBA Watch.

Altogether, it’s a revealing portrait of who applies to the top business schools and how they’re currently faring on waitlists, rejections and admits. The profiles show a remarkably diverse and highly accomplished group of candidates. Would-be applicants can gain a sense of the kind of competition they are facing at each of the leading business schools in the world.


The expert commentary–provided by consultants at mbaMission, Stratus Admissions Consulting, The MBA Exchange, HBS Guru Sandy Kreisberg, and P&Q Founder John A. Byrne–has included lots of insightful opinions on what admission directors are looking for in an ideal admit. Our experts are suggesting ways that candidates can improve their chances, along with much-needed tough love at times. And they are also providing realistic odds of getting into their first-choice school.

All the top schools are well represented. It will surprise few that Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business are the first choice schools of the largest number of MBA Watch players. Roughly 14% of the applicants say that either HBS or the GSB is the No. 1 MBA program they’ve targeted for admission. Wharton is next, with nearly 10% of the candidates making the school their first choice, followed by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management (8%), Dartmouth Tuck (5%), MIT Sloan, Chicago Booth, and Duke Fuqua (4.6% each).

The most popular international school is INSEAD, followed by London Business School, HEC Paris, Cambridge Judge, and SDA Bocconi.


The odds-on favorite candidates currently at Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton? Our experts (you can search by school to see expert and community odds) give Ms. Software Accessibility, a college senior applying to Harvard’s 2+2 deferred admissions program, the best chance for an admit at HBS. The 22-year-old Duke University undergrad is majoring in computer science and has a perfect 4.0 grade point average and a 770 GMAT. She also has a three-month internship as a software engineering intern at a global tech company on her resume. Super impressive. Even though HBS admits just 12% of its applicants, MBA Watch experts give her a 70% chance of admission.

The favorite of experts at Stanford GSB, meantime, is also a young woman. Ms. Test Engineer has nearly five years of experience at two Fortune 500 companies. Originally from Austin, Texas, the 26-year-old woman now lives and works in Seattle. And her stats are in nosebleed territory: A 750 GMAT with a 3.74 GPA in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas. While Stanford GSB boasts the most selective prestige MBA program in the world, with an admit rate of under 7%, our experts give her a 45% chance of getting in.

For the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, the candidate attracting the best odds right now is yet another woman. Ms. General Motors is a systems analyst at a Fortune Top 10 company, with five years of work experience, a 330 GRE score and a 3.2 in computer science from Northwestern University. Her goal: To pivot to product marketing management at a FAANG-level firm, continuing her woman-in-tech representation work. “I want to sell apps to real people, not just fellow geeks,” she says. Our experts say she has a 53% chance of getting accepted into Wharton’s MBA program.


So which profiles are getting the most attention? At the very top of the list is a candidate who reflects a frequent challenge applicants face when applying to a highly selective school with a low-grade point average. Viewed by more than 1,200 P&Q users, Mr. Low GPA Product Manager may sport a 3.1 GPA but it is in a difficult subject–computer science–at a public Ivy–UCLA. More importantly, perhaps, he offsets his transcript with a jumbo GMAT score of 780. An aspiring venture capitalist and current product manager at a tech company in San Francisco, he’s hoping to get into Harvard Business School. What do the experts and the community think? You’ll have to find out.

Most Popular 25 Candidates On MBA Watch

CandidateFirst ChoiceGMAT/GREGPAMajorCollege
1. Mr. Low GPA Product ManagerHarvard7803.1Computer ScienceUCLA
2. Mr. Investment ManagerHarvard7504.0EconomicsUnivesity College London
3. Mr. AI in Asia Harvard7603.25EngineeringUniversity of Toronto
4. Mr. Jumbo GMATINSEAD7703.7HumanitiesTop 10 Australia
5. Ms. MD MBA MIT Sloan3073.3BiologyHKUST
6. Ms. Indian Quant Harvard7507.54/10Industrial EngineeringIIT Kharagpur
7. Ms. Sales & Trading Harvard7303.5FinanceUniversity of Mumbai
8. Mr. M7 AspirantChicago Booth7603.79CommerceChrist University
9. Mr. Marine CorpsStanford6003.9Fire AdministrationLiberty University
10. Ms. ELSDuke Fuqua3183.8Romance LanguangesNew York University
11. Ms Teaching To TechVirginia Darden3263.47Creative WritingUNC-Wilmington
12. Mr. Asian VeteranChicago Booth3153.14Urban PlanningArizona State
13. Mr. Low GPADuke Fuqua3232.4International RelationsWest Point Academy
14. Ms. Mechanical EngineeringColumbia6103.72Mechanical EngineeringSavitribal Phule Pune
15. Mr. 770 DreamerNorthwestern Kellogg7708.77/10EngineeringGujarat Tech University
16. Mr. Corporate MonsterWharton7509.12/10Mechanical EngineeringAnna University
17. Mr. Naval SubmarinerWharton7603.83PhysicsU.S. Naval Academy
18. Mr. Small Nation ApplicantDuke Fuqua7003.3International RelationsNational Univ. of Mongolia
19. Mr. Indian ConsultantINSEAD7203.0EngineeringIIT Kharagpur
20. Mr. Project Management Yale SOM3103.3General StudiesUniversity of Louisiana
21. Mr. Food & BeverageWharton7203.75EconomicsGeorgia Institute of Technology
22. Mr. Long ShotNYU Stern3032.75FinanceCUNY-Baruch
23. Ms. Scientist BusinesswomanEmory Goizueta3283.5Biology/PhysicsTexas-Austin
24. Mr. Federal CivilianDartmouth Tuck7803.4Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of California
25. Mr. JD to MBAStanford3263.01SociologyWake Forest


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.