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Mr. Hopeful Philanthropist

About Me:

21-year-old CS major interested in applying for the deferred MBA programs (2+2/Stanford Deferred). Passionate about accessible education to those who can’t afford it, especially in my home country, India.


Undergrad School: Top Public CS School (Georgia Tech, UT Austin, UIUC)

Undergrad Major: Computer Science

GPA: 3.74

GMAT: 710

Age: 21,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: Created a nonprofit in India to raise money for underprivileged kids to provide them with access to educational resources, Started an on campus organization that allows upperclassmen to tutor underclassmen in similar courses in exchange for swipes to the dining halls instead of money, Creating a social media application with a team of three other members. Beta launch will occur this semester and we want to eventually approach VCs.

Work History:

Title: Software Engineering Intern (Facebook/Microsoft/Google)

Industry: Technology

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 3 mos

Title: Software Engineering Intern (Facebook/Microsoft/Google)

Industry: Technology

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 3 mos

Big Life Wins:

Interned twice at a top tech company (Facebook/Microsoft/Google) as a software engineer and have a full-time job lined up with them.

Post MBA Goal:

I would like to continue working at a tech company to gain experience. After, I would like to start my own technology company that is built from the ground up. My most significant long-term goal is to create a philanthropic organization in India that makes access to education easier for those who can’t afford it.


Target School: Harvard

Status: Open

Considering: Stanford GSB


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 24%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 25%

    I have to agree with Nisha and Talon. You check all the boxes for a highly successful 2+2 application with only one exception: Your below-average GMAT score for 2+2 candidates. I know it’s a time suck to go back and study for the exam again and then take it. But especially in your case, it could make a big difference. I hate even writing that because I think schools are overindexing standardized test scores in their admission decisions (though HBS lags several other schools in this regard). Because every other thing is in line, it is possible that Harvard would be okay with your 710. But why chance that? As luck would have it, HBS has extended its 2+2 deadline by two months to June …

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  • The MBA Exchange Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hi Mr. Hopeful Philanthropist! This is Talon Rindels, Sr. Admissions Consultant at The MBA Exchange. I love your background and ambitious career goals and I think adcoms at the top schools will too! Your strong GPA, solid company brands on your resume, and software engineering all make you an attractive candidate, in addition to the fact that you’ve done some impressive things in the community/your alma mater that are tied to your long term ambitions. If you could get that GMAT score up, I’d rank you MUCH higher… say, 40-50% if you could get ~5-10 points higher than the average (Havard’s is 730). You may also consider the GRE, as most schools’ average GRE is lower than the GMAT when …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hi, it’s Nisha from mbaMission! You have some of the elements of a strong profile – a high GPA in a STEM major, strong extracurricular involvement that shows a ton of initiative, top tech internships and a full-time offer, and compelling motivations behind your goals. The one area of your concern is your GMAT score – top candidates for these programs generally have a 730+, so I strongly recommend taking it again to achieve this level.

    Other than that, I think your candidacy will hinge on a well-executed application, with very strong recommendations that attest to your potential and essays that explain your passion for the education sector and make a strong case for why each target program is a good fit …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 30%

    Hi, it’s Jennifer Jackson from Stratus Admissions. There are so many great parts of your profile! The leadership you’ve shown starting a nonprofit will be music to adcom’s ears, especially because it’s perfectly aligned with your career goals. Your academic record is very strong and the GMAT is fine although I would suggest attempting a retake given that you do have time with the extended deadline and the 2+2 applicants tend to have killer stats. You’re coming from an over-represented demographic as well so getting that score up will certainly help, with any of the top schools. Make sure in the essays to really dig in to why you have this passion for improving access to education. Be specific about what you’ve seen or experienced …

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