Harvard | Mr. FBI To MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.85
Stanford GSB | Mr. Two Job
GRE 330 GRE, GPA 3.63
Tuck | Mr. Infantry Officer To MBA
GRE 314, GPA 3.4
Darden | Mr. Program Manager
GRE 324, GPA 3.74
Tuck | Mr. Smart Cities
GRE 325, GPA 3.5
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Biz Human Rights
GRE 710, GPA 8/10
Harvard | Mr. Food Tech Start Ups
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. The Builder
GMAT 740, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. International Oil
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Mr. Overrepresented Indian Engineer
GMAT 740, GPA 8.78/10
Harvard | Mr. Consulting To Emerging Markets Banking
GRE 130, GPA 3.6 equivalent
Harvard | Mr. Comeback Kid
GMAT 770, GPA 2.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Greek Taverna
GMAT 730, GPA 7.03/10
Harvard | Ms. Biotech Ops
GMAT 770, GPA 3.53
NYU Stern | Mr. Development
GMAT 690, GPA 2.5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Energy Operations
GRE 330, GPA 3.85
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 To Healthcare Reformer
GRE 338, GPA 4.0 (1st Class Honours - UK - Deans List)
Wharton | Mr. Steelmaker To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.04/4.0
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Indian Quant
GMAT 745, GPA 9.6 out of 10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Food & Education Entrepreneur
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Ms. Gay Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Lieutenant To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Mr. IB Back Office To Front Office/Consulting
GMAT 640, GPA 2.8
Rice Business | Mr. Future Energy Consultant
GRE Received a GRE Waiver, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Campaigns To Business
GMAT 750, GPA 3.19
MIT Sloan | Mr. Special Forces
GMAT 720, GPA 3.82
Columbia | Mr. Fingers Crossed
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2

Will You Get Off The MBA Waitlist?


Five years ago, I wrote a blog about why people really get waitlisted. I have also discussed mistakes, and how to get off the MBA waitlist. However, even armed with information, it can be hard to calculate your odds of getting admitted. Here is some further insight into the MBA waitlist, and some clues about whether you will get in.

  • Is your test score low?

How low? Like, 100+points below the school’s average? If so, and if you are unwilling to retake the exam or just unable to raise your score, you aren’t super likely to get in.

  • Did you apply 3rd round?

If so, your odds are also somewhat lower. Schools like to see sustained interest, and there is a psychological bias towards candidates who apply earlier in the process. (If you don’t articulate a really good reason for applying third round schools jump to their own conclusions – like that you don’t have it together, or that you aren’t really interested in their program.) 3rd round candidates are fighting against all of these factors.

  • Did you interview?

If you were waitlisted without an interview you are somewhat disadvantaged, since the committee has a more complete picture of some of your fellow waitlisters. Also, if you are on the MBA waitlist at a school that offers open interviews that you didn’t schedule, you have also missed the opportunity to telegraph strong interest. Either way, if you are waitlisted and a school invites you to interview, jump on the offer. And, as always, go in person if you can.

  • Is this a reach school?

Are you waitlisted at a school that was a stretch, especially numerically? (Meaning that your grades and test scores are well below the average.) Also, is this a school with a particularly high yield rate? If so, your odds of admission are obviously lower.

  • Are you unusual?

Do you offer something unusual that the school values? (A super high GPA or test score, an important special interest connection, membership in a demographic that’s hard to yield?) If so, you are more likely to get a last-minute offer to join the class.

Karen 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 19.6 million dollars in scholarships, and more than 96% have gotten into one of their top choice schools.