McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Wharton | Mr. Rates Trader
GMAT 750, GPA 7.6/10
Tuck | Mr. Engineer To Start-up
GRE 326, GPA 3.57
Columbia | Mr. RE Investment
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Ms. Big 4 M&A Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 2:1 (Upper second-class honours, UK)
Wharton | Mr. Firmware Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 9.04 (scale of 10)
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Captain CornDawg
GRE 305, GPA 4.0
Tepper | Ms. Coding Tech Leader
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Mr. Tech Start-Up
GMAT 720, GPA 3.52
Chicago Booth | Mr. Banker To CPG Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 7.36/10
Chicago Booth | Mr. Desi Boy
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Impactful Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Engineer
GMAT 720, GPA 7.95/10 (College follows relative grading; Avg. estimate around 7-7.3)
Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Former SEC Athlete
GMAT 620, GPA 3.8
Tuck | Mr. Army To MBB
GMAT 740, GPA 2.97
Columbia | Mr. Forbes 30 Under 30
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB Advanced Analytics
GMAT 750, GPA 3.1
Ross | Mr. Leading-Edge Family Business
GMAT 740, GPA 2.89
Darden | Mr. Logistics Guy
GRE Not taken Yet, GPA 3.1
Kellogg | Mr. Stylist & Actor
GMAT 760 , GPA 9.5
Columbia | Mr. Ambitious Chemical Salesman
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Irish Biotech Entrepreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Cricketer Turned Engineer
GMAT 770, GPA 7.15/10
Wharton | Mr. Planes And Laws
GRE 328, GPA 3.8
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Refrad
GMAT 700, GPA 3.94

Coronavirus and Business School Admissions

Business school campus, empty of all signs of people because of covid-19. One bicycle locked to a rack.

Coronavirus is impacting everyone, and will continue to do so indefinitely. There is a lot to think about for business school applicants and newly admitted students.  Here are a few things to know about coronavirus and business school admissions:

  • GMAT and GRE test centers are closing, as are TOEFL and IELTS exam centers. These links can help you keep track, but since the situation is evolving so quickly it’s also a good idea to call for the latest updates.
  • Test prep classes are being canceled – think about finding an online option.
  • If you are planning school visits over the next several months, there is a strong possibility that campus will be empty. Many schools are moving online for the remainder of the term, and canceling tours and information sessions. Virtual tours are likely to be offered by the schools, although it’s clearly not the same as being there.
  • Coffee chats and information sessions that were scheduled to take place off-campus are likely to be postponed until the fall. If schools offer to connect you with local alumni, or to introduce you to community members online, definitely take them up on it.
  • Admitted student events are being canceled, and sometimes turned into virtual sessions. This is obviously challenging for students who are trying to decide between offers. It’s still worth participating!
  • Admissions decisions might be delayed – but I don’t think so. My best guess is that they will still get released on schedule, over the next few weeks. After all, schools have already made the vast majority of their decisions, and know that delays are likely to hurt their yield.
  • Deposit deadlines might be delayed, though – we are already seeing this on the college side.
  • Expect more waitlist movement. And possibly slightly larger waitlist pools, as schools try to navigate uncertainty about yield.

This is a rapidly evolving situation, and it’s extremely challenging for everyone. As events unfold, I will update this blog.


North Star Admissions Consulting LogoKaren has more than 12 years of experience evaluating candidates for admission to Dartmouth College and to the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Since founding North Star Admissions Consulting in 2012, she has helped applicants gain admission to the nation’s top schools, including Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Wharton, MIT, Tuck, Columbia, Kellogg, Booth, Haas, Duke, Johnson, Ross, NYU, UNC, UCLA, Georgetown and more. Clients have been awarded more than 26 million dollars in scholarships, and more than 97% have gotten into one of their top-choice schools.