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Candidate:

Mr. Space Launch

About Me:

Went from working spacelift rocket and test missile launches on the western range of the US, commanding around 500 personnel, to more of a managerial role dedicated to maximizing on orbit capability by finding margin on previously appropriated rockets and integrating “cubesat” payloads onto Air Force launches working with international partners.

Details:

Undergrad School: United States Air Force Academy

Undergrad Major: Management

GPA: 3.0

GMAT: 710

Age: 26,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Big Brother, Founded Rental property investing LLC

Work History:

Title: Satellite Launch Program Manager

Industry: Government / Military

Company: Air Force

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Title: Range Operations Commander

Industry: Government / Military

Company: Air Force

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Big Life Wins:

Successfully summitted Mt Kilimanjaro and actively training for the 22,800 ft Mt Aconcagua in December 2020.

Post MBA Goal:

As great as the military has been for me, it is not my swan song and do not want to be a career man. An top tier MBA will give me the network and financial acumen to successfully pivot into Investment Banking and ultimately sustainable venture capital in recessed areas and other countries

Schools:

Target School: Chicago Booth

Status: Open

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 25%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 35%

    While you basic stats (3.0 GPA and 710 GMAT score) are below Chicago Booth’s latest class averages (3.60 and 730), I have a good feeling about you. Sure, your odds would go up considerably if you were right on those Booth numbers or above them (and if you don’t get your desired outcome this year, you could always retake the GMAT and reapply next year).. But, let’s face it: you graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy which is highly selective. I very much doubt there is a lot of grade inflation at the academy so while your 3.0 isn’t all that flattering it may not be as weak as it appears. You are in an intriguing part of the military that is rare for …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hello Mr. Space Launch! Krista Nannery here from mbaMission. (And a Chicago Booth grad.)
    So…b-schools LOVE military applicants and you have one of the best networks available to you. Please reach out to all the Vet clubs and start collecting data and intel about how many military applicants they get, conversion rates, etc. They will know these things! Seriously, your network is very valuable. The most valuable there is, IMHO.
    Then, given that you possibly have the luxury of time and a few months before R1 deadlines, please take the GMAT again. Given your lower GPA, I want you to give yourself the best possible shot at this. Even a 720 will help you more than a 710 here. (Or consider switching to the GRE.) Your …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hi Mr. Space Launch, this is Donna Bauman, Senior Admissions Counselor with Stratus Admissions, weighing in on your profile. Your US Air Force education and experience are impressive—and those may help you overcome weaker stats relative to the pool at Booth. To give Booth the best shot, be sure you understand how the resources at Booth can help you. With just one required course—you need to have a plan for making the most of your Booth experience. One great resource for you to look into at Booth is the opportunity to do a pre MBA internship in PE/VC—although you do have to get in first to have that option! I agree with other experts who say to also look to other programs with strong military …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 30%

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  • 20% | 1 month ago

    Low GMAT. Unclear experience, ADCOMs have a hard time understanding military backgrounds and what you actually do. Yours is particularly true. You’re 26, which means you are probably a Capt. You don’t directly command 500 people at the rank of Capt. Even if true, how hard is it to just be put in that role? Did you just wind up there or did you beat out a bunch of people? You have a shot, but you need to clean a lot up.
  • 60% | 1 month ago

    I love your background (thanks for your service) and the story you tell in your profile. Booth tends to have very high GMAT scores for their accepted students. While you can't change your UG GPA, you can re-take the GMAT. I like all you offer, but think the lower than average (for Booth anyway) GMAT score may be a hinderance.

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