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Candidate:

Mr. Low GPA To MBA

About Me:

Grew up on the reservation until high school. Went to a large public high school and was recruited to play a varsity sport in college. Had a low college GPA but graduated with a double major and three fellowships while working full time. I’ve since worked in London and NYC. Always active in the Democratic Party from a young age.

Details:

Undergrad School: Amherst

Undergrad Major: Economics

GPA: 2.9

GMAT: 730

Age: 26,  Ethnicity: Native American

Extracurriculars:

Work History:

Title: Consultant - Emerging Markets Investments

Industry: Consulting

Company: Fortune 100 Top 10

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Title: Credit Trader

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Big Life Wins:

Put myself through a good undergrad school without parent support. Siblings did not attend college. Gained extremely competitive hedge fund job as a trader out of undergrad despite my GPA. CFA Charterholder. The past two years I have been taking an increasing role within the Democratic Party and now lead a group of 100+.

Post MBA Goal:

Work for McKinsey, Bain, or BCG first as a generalist, then as a specialist in public sector consulting. After 6-10 years, intend to run for Congress representing California.

Schools:

Target School: Yale

Status: Open

Considering: Harvard, Wharton, Tuck, Chicago Booth

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 48%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 60%

    I love your personal narrative and I think it is a strong one. While a 2.9 undergraduate GPA is a tough place to start an application to an elite business school, you have a perfectly acceptable story to put context around those grades. So even though your GPA is well below SOM’s 3.64 class average and below the 80% middle of scores that is 3.3 to 3.91, I believe Yale will overlook it based on your solid GMAT score of 730, what you’ve accomplished as a Native American who grew up on a reservation and your political involvement which demonstrates your leadership potential. I also think your post-MBA goals are totally achievable. The admit rate at SOM is 29.6%. I think your chances there are …

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  • Sandy Kreisberg, The HBS Guru Odds Assessment: 30%

    I’m reviewing this for HBS only, I think your odds at Yale are real solid and I agree with John Byrne about what you got going in terms of Native American and then doing what sound like two selective jobs. I am not fully sure what

    Title: Credit Trader
    Industry: Banking & Finance
    Company: Boutique Firm
    means and in general

    Just how selective those jobs were could be an issue at HBS,
    As a rule, trading is not considered as selective job at an IB than being an analyst. so you got some explain’ to do. But if you can support this story with strong recs, that can overcome working in trading and esp. for a possibly less than known boutique firm.
    730 GMAT puts to rest a …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 55%

    Hi Mr. Low GPA to MBA – this is Julie-Anne Heafey with mbaMission. I agree with John that your story is inspiring, and your GMAT of 730 is super impressive for the hurdles you’ve faced. While your 2.9 would normally be a problem for Yale – I think you have a chance with the context you’d give. I assume you’re applying through the Consortium for Yale and Tuck? Take advantage of their streamlined application process to tick off some other apps to top schools – Tuck is definitely an amazing match given your background and Dartmouth’s commitment to supporting Native American applicants, but also look at Haas (which is placing huge emphasis on diversity and makes sense with your California/political ambitions) and …

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