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Candidate:

Mr. Veteran

About Me:

I’m a special operations officer in the Army with a solid history of performance solving complex problems in dynamic, stressful situations. I’m looking to use an MBA to transition into the business world while continuing to make my country stronger by strengthening its economy.

Details:

Undergrad School: US Military Academy West Point

Undergrad Major: Foreign Area Studies

GPA: 3.39

GRE: 331

Age: 29,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Russian Language

Work History:

Title: Director

Industry: Government

Company: Army

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 8 mos

Title: Project Manager

Industry: Construction Management

Company: Army

Length of Employment: 6 yrs

Post MBA Goal:

I want to work with talented individuals in a fast-paced environment working on complex issues; therefore I’d like to break into consulting, gain experience there and transition to an industry about which I am passionate.

Schools:

Target School: Harvard

Status: Open

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 31%

  • Liza Weale, Gatehouse Admissions | Odds Assessment: 35%

    HBS values leaders who are willing to make tough decisions, assume responsibility and accountability that feels beyond their tenure, and execute on their goals. Based on your short bio, I suspect (or at least, I hope!) you qualify in spades on these dimensions. While your GPA won’t do you any favors, HBS respects West Point and knows it’s anything but a cake walk. Your GRE – assuming it’s balanced or even skewed towards Quant – will reassure them that you’ve got the smarts to keep up and contribute.

    Gatehouse Admissions’ expert tips on how to add a few basis points to your chances: reflect on your most meaningful leadership experiences – not just what you did, but how you rallied through challenges to get the …

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

    You’re an impressive guy: West Point, special ops, management experience over your eight plus years in the military, fluency in Russian, a 331 GRE score that is nicely above the school’s 326 average, and a post-MBA goal that should be easy to accomplish with the degree. There are, by the way, seven West Pointers in Harvard’s Class of 2020. You should look them up on LinkedIn and reach out to them for advice and support.

    All the basics are there, with the exception of your 3.39 GPA which is fine in my book but is a tad below the 3.7 class average. No big deal because you check every other box. The only thing missing is a compelling story which I am sure you must have. …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 35%

    Hello Mr. Veteran! Krista Nannery from mbaMission here. I’ve worked with a few West Pointers like you and I think John’s advice here is on-target…you have one of THE BEST networks out there. Reach out to the Vets Club at HBS and get a sense of what the Army students look like and how you compare. Look at overall Army experience and deployments and international experience as you are making these comparisons. Then, I’d really like you to add a few schools here. Honestly, b-schools can’t get enough of military candidates so even with your slightly lower GPA, I can see you doing well at Darden, Kellogg, Booth. Same advice applies — reach out to the Vets club at each (it’s February so you have …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 30%

    Hi, it’s Jennifer Jackson from Stratus Admissions. I’m very impressed with your profile and think HBS will be too! The leadership skills you have built and practiced in the Army will speak right to HBS. I don’t see your GPA as a big issue because it’s from West Point and since you have a solid GRE score that helps mitigate it. I think your challenge will be to really dig into the WHY behind the MBA. What particular skills are you missing that prevent you from reaching your goals? This is where you’ll have to clearly articulate what you’ll gain from a consulting career and how it will set you up for your LT goal (I suggest being more specific than just saying an industry …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 8%

  • 5% | 2 months ago

    The only school you applied to is Harvard? I’m not as impressed with your profile as the industry experts. You joined the Army and took a course on Russian? Cool. Seems pretty bland to me. Lowish GPA and an unclear story will doom you.
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  • 5% | 2 months ago

    90% chance "Army Special Ops" means you're some Civil Affairs or PsyOps guy that wants to get himself lumped into the same bin as actual Green Berets and Rangers. Met a lot of those dudes who try to hide behind the "Special Operations" brand name to make themselves look like something they aren't. How about just be honest about your job title in a way that's not misleading or dishonest? 5% chance maybe Harvard doesn't care or doesn't know better.
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  • 5% | 2 months ago

    Low scores. Retake!!
  • 10% | 2 months ago

    Low scores, retake.
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