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Mr. Military Vet

About Me:

Through deploying and living abroad, I’ve learned that the “stranger” the place you go, the better the experience is for growth. Regardless of the culture, kindness and follow through go a long way.


Undergrad School: U.S. Naval Academy

Undergrad Major: Systems Engineering

GPA: 3.5

GMAT: 680

Age: 29,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Marathon Runner

Work History:

Title: Information Operations Planner

Industry: Government

Company: Global

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Title: Training Officer

Industry: Government

Company: Boutique Firm In Selected Industry

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Big Life Wins:

Developed and implemented a risk mitigation program, bolstering training for the Navy

Post MBA Goal:

I want to go to B school to be surrounded by people and competition that is smart, thoughtful, and ambitious. I know I want to work in a small team, explore the unknown, and take intellectual risk.


Target School: Darden

Status: Open

Considering: McCombs School of Business, Tepper, Georgetown McDonough


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 50%

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

    Darden is a great place for military vets and given your goals to be surrounded by people and competition that is smart, thoughtful, and ambitious, I think you would love being part of the Darden culture. More importantly, they would love you. Good choice. So what are your chances? Coming from the U.S. Naval Academy is a real plus in addition to your quant background with your undergraduate degree in systems engineering. Your 680 GMAT is more than 30 points below the latest class average at Darden of 713, while your GPA of 3.5 is right on the mark. So the question is this: Can everything else in your profile offset your below-average GMAT for an admit at the school. I think it can, though …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 50%

    Hi Mr. Military Vet, Julie-Anne Heafey here at mbaMission. Darden goes out of its way to appreciate and support vets in its community, and the military network is strong there. I’ve worked with multiple military (and other) applicants there…the key things to show are your fit for the program/school, your leadership skills, and your sincere interest in Darden. Your good GPA in a tough major at the Naval Academy will speak volumes, and you seem like someone with focus and determination. I also think your open minded perspective is a really good fit for the school, and I’m sure you would love the global opportunities that every Darden student gets from the Batten Institute. Your GMAT is a little low for Darden- not …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 51%

  • 45% | 2 months ago

    You’ll be competitive.
  • 50% | 2 months ago

    Right in the fight.
  • 75% | 2 months ago

    Obviously, the military factor helps, but I think the 3.5 from the Academy is what seals the deal for him.
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