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Mr. Long Shot

About Me:

Definitely have applied to reach schools on prayers.


Undergrad School: Baruch - Zicklin

Undergrad Major: Finance

GPA: 2.75

GRE: 303

Age: 31,  Ethnicity: Hispanic or Latino


Work History:

Title: Video Production

Industry: Media

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 6 mos

Post MBA Goal:

Long term goal is running for local political office in the South Bronx, the poorest congressional district in the Nation.


Target School: NYU Stern

Status: Open

Considering: Tuck, Kenan-Flagler


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 5%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 5%

    I admire your self-awareness. With a low GPA and a below-average GRE for NYU where the average score is 324 (21 points above your score), there’s little chance that you will get into Stern. Doing video production for a media startup also doesn’t suggest you are managing people or have evidence of leadership skills. I could be missing something here, of course, but you also didn’t write about any big wins, promotions or how selective your employer is in hiring people. All these things matter when you apply to a highly selective MBA program. You have more of a chance at Kenan-Flagler but that, too, would be a reach. Here’s what I suggest you do: Enroll in the part-time program at NYU Stern. The admission …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Julie-Anne Heafey here from mbaMission…Mr. Long Shot, I admire your optimism and ambition, but I’m afraid the odds are tough for you. Everyone has weaknesses and strengths, but the more weaknesses you have, the harder the road. I like the idea of a part time MBA, especially because of your age – once you’re over 30, the full time MBA option gets tougher, but if you’re determined to pursue full time, you’ve got to retake the GRE (or GMAT?) and broaden your list of schools. You need a good score to balance out that low GPA. In fact, I’m worried about your undergrad transcript and whether you have some particularly bad grades in courses that might be important to MBA programs. Generally …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hi, this is Melisa from Stratus Admissions. I feel like there is more to your story that is here in your summary. I’d want to understand a bit more about why you think an MBA is the right next step for you to help you decide the best way to move forward. It would be helpful to understand your experience before video production and how you have gotten interested in politics. Depending upon your desired path, I do think either a part-time program or maybe a local program (which offer full-time, part-time that might not be as highly ranked, but will help you continue to build your business skill set and build ties into your local community and the South Bronx. Your alma mater or …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 12%

  • 10% | 3 weeks ago

    I was accepted into Baruch - Zicklin MBA and have been called on an interview with Northeastern University (already happened). I was called for an interview at Boston College Carroll School of Management as well - will happen March 19th. I was denied at NYU Stern. I was denied at Rochester Simon. Outstanding applications at Columbia, Tuck, Notre Dame, Fordham (Gabelli).
  • 15% | 2 months ago

    Have you thought of Emory? Film is a growing business in Atlanta and they don't report their average GRE scores. They also value diversity. I like your long term goal but, and I hate saying this, it doesn't fit well with your story for "Why MBA". Law school is typically needed for politicians. Give Emory a gander. It is similarly ranked to UNC and might be more accessible.
  • 5% | 2 months ago

  • 35% | 2 months ago

    I love your long-term goals. While you can't go back and change your UG GPA, you can certainly re-take the GRE and/or attempt the GMAT. I might suggest considering that as a good option. You come from a good school and bring experience with you, but the entrance exam scores would seem to nee some work.
  • 5% | 2 months ago

    You're definitely a long shot, so it's good you're aware. You have a unique professional background in comparison to the typical MBA applicant, which could work to your advantage. You'd be better off taking the test again and bumping it up to improve your odds. Also curious as to why you want an MBA rather than a different graduate degree given your career goals.
  • 25% | 2 months ago

    I'm more optimistic about your chances than everyone else here who has weighed in, partly because you would bring an atypical background to business school, partly because of your URM status, and partly because of your post-MBA goal.
  • No chance at all. You need to improve your score atleast 20 points.

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