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Candidate:

Mr. Swing Big

About Me:

I am a very driven go-getter type that can learn rapidly and think on my feet. My undergraduate GPA is low due to my father having Parkinsons & ALS and me needing to take care of him 24/7 while also making enough money to help my family during a harsh time. This is when I owned and operated a marketing company while going to school full time.

Details:

Undergrad School: Clarkson University

Undergrad Major: Economics & Business Administration

GPA: 3.1

GRE: N/A

Age: 25,  Ethnicity: Hispanic or Latino

Other Degree/Certification: Chartered Financial Analyst Level 2 Candidate

School Name: CFA Institute

Extracurriculars: Martial Arts, Ice Hockey, Learning to code

Work History:

Title: Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Title: Company Owner

Industry: Media

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Big Life Wins:

My business was invited to the United Nations to be recognized. Growing a company from nothing into a thriving business that operated in multiple countries. New York state business plan & north country regional business plan competition award winner. Performed and presented economics research at a conference at Fordham University.

Post MBA Goal:

Obtain a job in investment banking or private equity to eventually start my own PE firm.

Schools:

Target School: Wharton

Status: Open

Considering: Harvard, Columbia, NYU Stern

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 22%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Guessing your odds on this profile would be as difficult as guessing whether the guy on the mound will toss a fastball or a curve. Your explanation for the lowish GPA is totally acceptance and as a Hispanic you will have some advantage in applying but it’s super hard to tell you where you actually stand without a standardized test score or knowing how large and consequential your entrepreneurial business actually is. My gut tells me you might have a very tough time at Wharton, Harvard and Columbia, given your undergraduate background, low GPA, lack of gold-plated work experience, and my intutition which tells me your company did not receive venture backing. What would change this is a super high GRE score and evidence that …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 40%

    Hi Mr. Swing Big! This is Kate Richardson, Senior Admissions Consultant reviewing your profile here. Thanks for sharing the context around your GPA. A 3.1 is concerning for schools at the level you’re considering, but Admissions will consider other factors when evaluating your GPA. You should plan to write an optional essay explaining the other obligations you had and I have to say I am impressed you were able to balance coursework on top of running a business and taking care of your family! You definitely are a go-getter, and Wharton will value that entrepreneurial skillset plus your commitment to others, since teamwork is so important there. To mitigate your low GPA, a high GRE is your best tactic, so I hope that goes well! …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 30%

    Hi Mr. Swing Big—I like your attitude! This is Donna Bauman, Senior MBA Admissions Counselor at Stratus Admissions and I am glad to reach out on your profile. I can tell you from my own experience coaching clients to successful admission to top MBA programs, anything is possible. I even helped a client with multiple “D’s” get into Wharton so I applaud you thinking big as the only way you will not get in for certain is if you don’t apply! That being said, I encourage you to work on getting a GRE or GMAT score so that you have something ideally a bit over the bar on at least one part of the stats. When you explain the context around your father’s Parkinson’s and …

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  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Hi Mr. Swing Big! This is Talon Rindels, Sr. Admissions Consultant at The MBA Exchange. Wharton has one of the lower acceptance rates at just 9%. I am rating you at their average acceptance rate because, it’s hard to assess without knowing where your GMAT or GRE score will come in. A high GMAT score could take the eyes off your lower GPA, especially since you have a very legitimate reason for it (my empathies to you for everything your family has been through…). I think your qualitative story will be quite attractive to adcom. Clearly you can balance multiple priorities at once, even while battling emotional/personal challenges. And, your entrepreneurship will be quite attractive as well. …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 26%

  • 10% | 3 weeks ago

    Update your GRE when you get it so everyone could make a better estimate of your odds.
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  • 10% | 3 weeks ago

    Hi Mr. Swing Big! This is Talon Rindels, Sr. Admissions Consultant at The MBA Exchange. Wharton has one of the lower acceptance rates at just 9%. I am rating you at their average acceptance rate because, it's hard to assess without knowing where your GMAT or GRE score will come in. A high GMAT score could take the eyes off your lower GPA, especially since you have a very legitimate reason for it (my empathies to you for everything your family has been through...). I think your qualitative story will be quite attractive to adcom. Clearly you can balance multiple priorities at once, even while battling emotional/personal challenges. And, your entrepreneurship will be quite attractive as well. ...
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