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Mr. Low GPA, Great Experience

About Me:

Former IB Analyst-Associate with ~5 years experience in energy. Left to start consulting firm with former director and now work for an ML startup in the space in a product manager/sales/consulting role. Looking to join an elite program where I can expand my network. Concerns are low GPA from undergrad.


Undergrad School: University of Texas at Austin

Undergrad Major: Economics

GPA: 2.77


Age: 29,  Ethnicity: White


Work History:

Title: Technical Advisor

Industry: Power / Energy

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 1 yr

Title: Analyst-Associate-Vice President

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Fortune 100 Top 10

Length of Employment: 5 yrs, 6 mos

Big Life Wins:

First gen college grad in my family. Networked my way to an interview in IB after school and got the job completing over $30B in transactions in the space over 6 years including a $1bn transaction at a start-up with just a former director and I. Now lead product development and customer implementation for ML startup in O&G.

Post MBA Goal:

Short-term post-MBA goals would be to gain a network that can be leveraged to start a company investing/operating in the energy/infrastructure space and to be placed at an energy/infra focused PE firm. Long-term goals would be to start an energy/infra focused investment firm.


Target School: Harvard

Status: Open

Considering: Chicago Booth, NYU Stern, McCombs School of Business, Columbia, Rice Jones


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 10%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hello, this is Michael from mbaMission.
    You have very strong work experience, and I do think that should help compensate for a below average GPA. The key is to have all other aspects of your profile be really solid. The fact that you were in IB for 5+ years is definitely a plus, as that shows your analytical and quantitative skills, as well as other transferable skills. I also like your current start-up experience, which connects well to your short and long-term goals. So from a work experience perspective, I do think you have a competitive profile. You did not mention any extracurricular activities, but hopefully you can show that you are well-rounded and have engaged in some volunteer work, or are at least engaged …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Mr. Low GPA, Great Experience – Thanks for posting your profile. Susan Cera here from Stratus. With a 2.77 UG, you really must bring it in EVERY other aspect of your application to be competitive at HBS. While your work experience is impressive, I’m not seeing other evidence I am looking for.

    To make up for poor UG performance, you must outperform on the GMAT or GRE – solidly above the average. HBS is looking for a habit of leadership – I don’t see anything in what you have shared. Similarly, they want engaged community citizens. Again, you didn’t mention anything that leads me to believe that being part of something bigger than yourself is valued.

    I do think your background would be valued at McCombs or …

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