MBA Handicapping: Can This PGA Analyst Land At HBS? by: John A. Byrne on May 14, 2021 | 835 Views May 14, 2021 Copy Link Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Reddit Jeff is a 25-year-old with a strong story for a highly selective MBA program. He racked up a 3.93 GPA at UCLA in business and economics, graduating summa cum laude. He scored a 760 on the GMAT And for the past two years, he has worked for the PGA Tour as a fan engagement research assistant, reporting directly to a Vice president of the organization. In an ordinary day, Jeff effective performs data analytics work to help the premier golf organization better connect with its fans. Before landing his job with the PGA, he worked for a year as an athletics marketing assistant with Notre Dame. He now wants an MBA to transition into management consulting, his short-term goal, before going back to the sports industry as a key position with a team, league or endemic company. His overriding goal: To help lead the industry through the challenges the sports world faces so, in is words, “the good that sports brings to people and communities lives on.” Jeff’s target schools? Wharton, Northwestern Kellogg, UVA Darden, Duke Fuqua, Texas-Austin McCombs, and Vanderbilt Owen. In this episode of Fridays With Sandy, HBSGuru.com Founder Sandy Kreisberg assesses his odds, encourages Jeff to also apply to Harvard and Stanford, and provides advice to help him put his best foot forward. If you would like to participate in a future Fridays With Sandy webinar, you can contact Sandy and P&Q Founder John A Byrne here. DON’T MISS PREVIOUS FRIDAYS WITH SANDY EPISODES HOW TO MOVE FROM PURE TECH TO STRATEGY CONSULTING THREE ODDBALL JOBS NEED EXPLAINING, INCLUDING DOG DNA WITH INTERNSHIPS AT TESLA, TWITTER, SPACEX & THE CIA, DOES HE HAVE A SHOT AT HBS? WHICH LATIN AMERICAN PASSPORT HELPS THE MOST AT HBS? GREAT STATS, PUBLIC IVY DEGREE & FANG JOB. WHY HE’S GOING TO GET DINGED ANYWAY 2+2 WITH LOW STATS: SANDY SAYS IT COULD HAPPEN SUMMA, 780: HBS LIKES THAT, WHARTON LOVES THAT, DOES STANFORD WANT MORE? ARE ALL OF INDIA’S ITT’S CREATED EQUALY? MAYBE NOT FOR ELITE MBA ADMISSIONS BIG 4 — LAUNCH PAD FOR H/S/W? HOW THIS POWERFUL CANDIDATE SCREWED UP HIS FIRST HBS APP 4.0/760, CALTECH: MINEFIELDS FOR 2+2 YES AT HBS WITH A 3.0 & A 680 — THIS GUY’S ‘TWIN’ DID IT 2+2 POSITIONING FOR FINANCE TYPES 40% QUANT YET HIGH ODDS FOR HBS 2+2. FIND OUT WHY SALES GUY, 31. HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL? HERE’S HOW THE BASICS OF GETTING AN MD-MBA CAN THIS BAND LEADER JAZZ HIS 3.3 GPA INTO HBS 2+2? WORKING AT MCKINSEY HELPS HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL WITH A 670? HERE’S HOW TOO YOUNG FOR HBS, EVEN WITH A 750 GMAT? MEXICO, MASTERCARD, MAESTRO: 3 HOOKS FOR AN M7 ADMIT? AVERAGE GMAT & GPA? CHECK. SO WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BUST INTO BOOTH & KELLOGG? 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