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Candidate:

Ms. Lucky Charm

About Me:

Details:

Undergrad School: Stanford University

Undergrad Major: Product Design

GPA: 3.2

GMAT: 690

Age: 26,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Private Pilot Training, Cooking, Forte Foundation Member

Work History:

Title: Sales Rep

Industry: CPG

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Title: Innovator

Industry: CPG

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 5 mos

Post MBA Goal:

I want to stay in my industry and build stronger financial modeling skills to either pursue a brand manager role at startup, start my own brand for a product that has yet to be millenialized, or manage portfolios at CPG-focused VC firm or incubator. (A reach, I know.)

Schools:

Target School: Harvard

Status: Rejected

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 3%

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

    Sorry to hear you were turned down by HBS. Ultimately, it’s a numbers story. Your GMAT and GPA were just too low for Harvard. And if you mentioned that your goal is venture capital, that probably didn’t help your cause, given your work experience background. At your age, you still have a couple of other chances to reapply at HBS or to broaden your outlook on schools. If you have your heart set on Harvard, you need to retake the GMAT and get closer to the median score of 730.

    2 months ago
  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief |

    Sorry to hear you were turned down by HBS. Ultimately, it’s a numbers story. Your GMAT and GPA were just too low for Harvard. And if you mentioned that your goal is venture capital, that probably didn’t help your cause, given your work experience background. At your age, you still have a couple of other chances to reapply at HBS or to broaden your outlook on schools. If you have your heart set on Harvard, you need to retake the GMAT and get closer to the median score of 730.

    2 months ago
  • mbaMission |

    Hey Ms. Lucky Charm. Krista Nannery from mbaMission here. Thanks for posting, and I hope you are hanging in there after the HBS result.
    On the surface, you have such an interesting profile…Stanford undergrad, CPG experience, and product design experience. However, at 690/3.2, you are just at a disadvantage. Most top b-schools have a GMAT average of 730, and then the 80th percentile range of the GPA tends to be 3.2 to 3.8. When both of your numbers are below the averages, this is never going to be an easy process. My two main suggestions are…
    1. Up the GMAT. Get it up to a comfortable point to mitigate that 3.2.
    2. Expand your school selection. With your profile, there are a number of schools that …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 36%

  • 5% | 2 months ago

  • 49% | 2 months ago

    Post MBA goal seems a bit all over the place. Needs to be better defined. GMAT for Harvard is on the lower side.
  • 46% | 2 months ago

    This is a tough one for sure.
  • 27% | 2 months ago

    The story of current role to "why MBA" to future role is weak at best.
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  • 23% | 2 months ago

    Need a stronger GMAT in my opinion.
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  • 73% | 2 months ago

    Very qualified, but Undergraduate GPA may be an issue

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