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Mr. Upward Trend

About Me:

Had a rough time freshman/sophomore year of college and performed badly in school. Took time off and held internships for 1 year before returning to school, and finished with strong grades in the last two years. I found a passion for biotech and biopharma, and was offered a position as an analyst working directly alongside a respected biotech VC


Undergrad School: Claremont McKenna

Undergrad Major: Economics

GPA: 2.85

GMAT: 730

Age: 25,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Varsity Golf Team

Work History:

Title: Analyst

Industry: Venture Capital

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Big Life Wins:

Promoted to senior analyst, helped raise $300 million fund, board observer at 3 portfolio companies. Successful amateur golf career

Post MBA Goal:

CEO of biotech company, partner at venture fund


Target School: Berkeley Haas

Status: Open

Considering: Wharton, Stanford GSB, MIT Sloan, Kellogg


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 29%

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

    Well, you may have had a rocky start to your early college years but you have more than made up for it. You got that 730 GMAT which helps take some of the edge off that low GPA. I also think its healthy and positive that you are upfront about what happened. And you have been able to not only land a coveted job at a boutique VC firm, your big wins there show that you’ve made a significant contribution at the firm who deserved that promotion to senior analyst. Bravo. Your passion for biotech and biopharma should serve you well. As you know, however, Haas is difficult because the incoming class is small and the school’s acceptance rate of 12% is equal to Harvard …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 25%

    Hi, it’s Nisha, Sr. Consultant with mbaMission. I really admire how you turned around your college performance in your last two years and on top of that, are helping offset your GPA with a solid GMAT score! What would further help reassure the Adcom of your academic readiness is taking a quantitative course (perhaps in statistics or accounting, depending on what you didn’t take in college, or an online course like UC Berkeley Math for Management) and getting an A. Additionally, it sounds like you’ve made strong progress at your VC firm, which will benefit your application.

    I see that you were on the varsity golf team in college and have had a successful amateur golf career – that’s awesome! …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 30%

    Hi, this is Melisa from Stratus Admissions. Congrats on landing a highly coveted job out of undergrad – many people head back to business school in the Bay Area to land just where you did. I like that you are open about your challenges in undergrad – and make sure that you take the time to explain your situation, and as important, what you learned through the process. You clearly show that you are able to learn from your experiences and move on to success. Your GMAT score is above the average for Haas, but schools will be looking specifically at the quant score to assess your ability to handle the MBA courseload. I would want to know more about the breakdown of your score …

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  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 35%

    Hi there! It’s Stephanie Horn, Master Consultant with the MBA Exchange and recent Poets and Quants “Top 10 Admissions Consultants”. As an admissions consultant for nine years, I have worked with a variety of clients who, like you, had a below 3.0 GPA. You’ve got several factors in your favor — you attended a highly selective, well-respected institution, took a quantitative major, balanced being a varsity athlete with your school work, and demonstrated an upward trend. Your work experience is also shorter than average, and it is hard to tell how much autonomy and leadership you have exhibited. You will need outstanding recommendations and clear, impactful essays to make your case. I recommend that you consider adding Columbia, Stern, and Yale to your target list.

    2 months ago

The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 42%

  • 10% | 1 month ago

    That is a low GPA. Played too much golf!
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