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Candidate:

Mr. Navy Electronics

About Me:

Former Navy Electronics Technician, exited the military after 5 years and immediately began undergrad and started my own company. Graduating this May and looking to go straight into MBA.

Details:

Undergrad School: Uconn

Undergrad Major: Electrical Engineering

GPA: 3.24

GRE: 316

Age: 29,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Veterans Student Organization Mentor. We started a class for incoming student veterans that helps them transition from military life back into a school environment.

Work History:

Title: Owner

Industry: Technology

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 4 yrs, 10 mos

Title: Electronics Technician Submarines

Industry: Government

Company: Navy

Length of Employment: 5 yrs

Big Life Wins:

Successfully started my own company while attending school full time. Have grown it to a few employees and have gained major longterm contracts with two nationwide companies. Designed a robot with 2 other students, which we presented at a conference at MIT and our paper is to be published later this year.

Post MBA Goal:

Want to pursue a role in product management, ideally in the consumer electronics industry.

Schools:

Target School: Berkeley Haas

Status: Open

Considering: NYU Stern, Cornell Johnson, Yale, MIT Sloan

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 38%

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

    Congrats on your forthcoming graduation. That is a real achievement and super impressive after having served in the U.S. Navy for five years and starting up your own company. You are not a slam dunk at Haas because your 316 GRE is below the latest class average of 323 and your 3.24 GPA is below the class average of 3.67 and with a class size of just 283 incoming students the acceptance rate is 12%, the same as HBS. On the other hand, you are a more than viable candidate given what you have accomplished. And getting a 3.24 GPA in electrical engineering while starting and running a company is like getting a 3.9 or 4.0 to me. I think your chances at NYU Stern …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 50%

    Hello Mr. Navy Electronics! Krista Nannery from mbaMission here.
    You have one of the best networks available to you so if you haven’t already, please reach out to the Vet clubs at each of your target programs. The Cornell Vets are especially helpful in my experience. Your path is a little different than the average candidate which is not a bad thing BUT you will need to explain it. For schools where the essay question doesn’t exactly ask “Tell us about your path,” I want you to write an optional essay that explains your order of activities and why.
    To be fair, your stats will put you at a disadvantage at schools like Haas and Sloan BUT your military service might help you out. I worked …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 40%

    Hi, this is Melisa from Stratus Admissions. Your entrepreneurial and military experience will definitely make you a stand out in the application process. While your stats and experience are strong in general, your GRE score falls below the average at Haas and MIT, but an engineering degree will augment your GPA and show that you can handle the academic rigor of the program. Sloan is going to be more competitive for you as you will be competing with more applicants with engineering/technology backgrounds, so your stats will be more of a disadvantage – but they will value your experience and like unique backgrounds. Because yours is a unique path, I would want to know more about why an MBA is the right next step …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 5%

  • 5% | 2 years ago

    Odds are low. You’re a recent grad and don’t have much excuse for the low GPA and especially the GRE, since you should be fairly use to standardized testing. Also, your military occupation doesn’t not scream leadership. Improve the GRE drastically and you will have a slightly better shot.
  • 5% | 2 years ago

    That low GPA, you can improve it with extra online courses that have statistics or advanced math to compensate such metric. On the extracurriculars, put the amount of people you are impacting and helping them become the better version of themselves. It gives a customary scale to understand such endeavor,

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