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Candidate:

Mr. Non-Profit

About Me:

I’m on the investment team of a major non-profit that invests private and public equity in community organizations and other non-profit start-ups. I have always been driven to be involved in improving the lives of others and am fortunate to do so through both my career and extracurriculars.

Details:

Undergrad School: Dartmouth

Undergrad Major: Classical Studies & Economics (Double)

GPA: 3.25

GMAT: 740

Age: 25,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Leading a community outreach group

Work History:

Title: Associate

Industry: Nonprofit / B-Corp

Company: Major NGO/NPO

Length of Employment: 3 yrs, 6 mos

Big Life Wins:

I led multiple $10mm+ transactions that injected capital into communities and improved living conditions for thousands of Americans. I organized multiple volunteer events to connect young professionals to people in need in my city.

Post MBA Goal:

I eventually want to be an executive at a major impact investment fund or non-profit.

Schools:

Target School: Harvard

Status: Open

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 18%

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

    grrrr, non-profit bien pensant white guys with a 740 and deep liberal arts major at Dartmouth get admitted to HBS and dinged depending on execution, luck and not blowing interview.
    In your case, those odds go down a bit b.c. of the lowish 3.25. HBS may just like guys very similar to you more. A good deal may depend on what they think of your non-profit in terms of impact, selectivity, brand, etc you say “a major non-profit,” does it send applicants to B schools every year? That is best predictor. You are kind of on the tipping point of several factors and beyond rep. of your non-profit, execution could count in your case more than in most. Make sure recs really sell you in …

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  • The MBA Exchange

    Hi Mr. Non-Profit! This is Talon Rindels, Sr. Admissions Consultant from The MBA Exchange. While I hope the others are right for your sake, I’m not feeling quite as optimistic as the others are, as that 3.25 will really work against you at a school like Harvard. Can your 740 GMAT, strong work experience/progression and extracurricular activity, compelling recommenders, and a solid interview make up for it? Absolutely! But, I can’t speak to your ability to package all of this up in a way that builds a compelling overall picture of your candidacy. At first blush, I think we may have a decent amount to work with, especially given that you seem to have true passion behind your current …

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  • The MBA Exchange Odds Assessment: 30%

    Many apologies, as it looks like my rating from my recent response did not go through. I had intended to submit a 10%, which would have gotten you to an average of 18.3% among the three expert reviewers. Thus, I’m submitting this higher rating to get your average where it should be with the “0%” it gave you on my previous response.

    2 years ago
  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hi, it’s Nisha at mbaMission. In order to assess the professional part of your profile I’d need to understand better the impact and progression you’ve made at the NGO (have you been promoted and/or received increasing responsibilities/compensation?), and how well it is known by business schools (though what you’ve done is more important than brand name, of course, and it sounds like you’ve led substantive transactions).

    Your GMAT is solid, but I’m concerned that the 3.25 GPA will make things difficult for HBS where high GMATs and GPAs abound – you’ll want to explain what drove that in the optional essay, and hopefully, there was an upward trend during your time at college. In any case, definitely broaden your list of schools …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hey Mr. Non-Profit – Susan Cera (Dartmouth ’89) here with Stratus. I think your experience in the non-profit space (much dependent on brand for HBS) will serve you well as will your above average GMAT. There isn’t a lot of material in the profile but perhaps there is more to your leadership and community involvement that you can showcase to demonstrate that you have a habit of leadership. What you noted feels somewhat work related so may not be super impressive.
    You will absolutely want to share some insights into your lower GPA.
    I think there are a number of other programs you might take a look at if you definitely want to get an MBA. But perhaps this is the year for you to shoot for …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 14%

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  • 15% | 2 years ago

    Hi Mr. Non-profit, Melisa here from Stratus Admissions. While you have a solid background (barring the GPA), you really need to make your application stand out to be successful at HBS. With over 10K applications, your story has to be very compelling - and while it sounds like you’ve got some great experiences - it is unclear if they will be enough to win over HBS. You need to build a compelling case as to why B school (and HBS in particular) is the right next step for you. And in order to do this, you need to be crystal clear on your goals. It feels like you’ve given a long term goal here - what do you see yourself doing post-MBA? In addition to ...
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  • 15% | 2 years ago

    Hey Mr. Non-Profit - Susan Cera (Dartmouth '89) here with Stratus. I think your experience in the non-profit space (much dependent on brand for HBS) will serve you well as will your above average GMAT. There isn't a lot of material in the profile but perhaps there is more to your leadership and community involvement that you can showcase to demonstrate that you have a habit of leadership. What you noted feels somewhat work related so may not be super impressive. You will absolutely want to share some insights into your lower GPA. I think there are a number of other programs you might take a look at if you definitely want to get an MBA. But perhaps this is the year for you to ...
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