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Mr. Classic Candidate

About Me:

Management consultant in the New York office of an MBB. Summa cum laude + Phi Beta Kappa from HYP undergrad. Former fraternity president.


Undergrad School: Princeton

Undergrad Major: Economics

GPA: 3.9

GMAT: 760

Age: 24,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: Undergrad Fraternity (President)

Work History:

Title: Associate

Industry: Consulting

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 2 mos

Post MBA Goal:

Return to consulting or jump to MM PE.


Target School: Stanford GSB

Status: Open

Considering: Harvard, Chicago Booth, Wharton, Columbia, MIT Sloan


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 50%

  • MBA Prep School | Odds Assessment: 50%

    Hi Mr. Classic Candidate, Kristen from MBA Prep School here. What is there NOT to like about your background?! A Princeton econ grad with a 3.9, a 760 GMAT, 2 years at MBB. From a “raw strengths” perspective you check a lot of boxes. I do think your profile name identifies the major concern I have about your candidacy, based on the limited information you’ve presented here. You certainly are a “classic” candidate in terms of your background (and an exceptionally strong one at that) but you’ll need more than a 760 GMAT and 3.9 to differentiate yourself from other consultants competing for that highly sought-after Stanford seat. I’m not able to get a great picture of your professional successes, your motivations behind your career …

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  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 50%

    There’s really only one reason why Stanford would turn down a Princeton-educated candidate with a 3.9 GPA, a 760 GMAT and an MBB job. You pretty much check off every box for admittance to an elite MBA program. But Stanford turns down many with high GMAT scores, even those from MBB jobs. What I find missing from your excellent profile is that X factor that GSB often looks for. What do I mean? While it’s helpful that you were president of your undergraduate fraternity, there’s no sense here that you are helping others in a meaningful way or that you have overcome some personal tragedy of one kind or another. Those are X factor attributes that can make a difference at Stanford where the acceptance …

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  • 80% | 2 months ago

    High odds — solid tests, high GPA and honors from undergrad, one of the best possible work histories for the age of applicant. Only reason this dude might get rejected is the lack of a hook. His profile is so on point that it's almost boring.
  • 75% | 2 months ago

    Definitely classic! Congrats, man, you are walking on water.

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