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About Me:

I am a West Point Grad and a special operations veteran with 3 combat deployments. I’m in the fortunate position of choosing between Harvard and Wharton for my MBA and would like some perspective to help me make the best decision.I have a 25% scholarship from Wharton and 0% from Harvard. My ultimate goal is to end up consulting at MBB in Atlanta.


Undergrad School: West Point

Undergrad Major: Economics, Political Science

GPA: 3.6

GRE: 325

Age: 26,  Ethnicity: White


Work History:

Title: Special Operations

Industry: Government / Military

Company: Army

Length of Employment: 5 yrs, 1 mos

Title: Associate

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 6 mos

Post MBA Goal:



Target School: Harvard

Status: Accepted

Considering: Wharton

Accepted: Wharton


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

    With a profile likes yours, it’s easy to be discouraged by your rejection at Harvard Business School. I find it somewhat surprising, given your high GMAT score for a female URM. But HBS is much more elitist in its admissions than many people realize and the stats just prove it. If you are from a “nowhere liberal arts school,” that certainly hurt you. In HBS’ Class of 2020, nearly one in five HBS students did their undergraduate studies at Harvard, U Penn, Stanford, Yale or Princeton. In fact, 24 universities had 10 or more HBS students, and these accounted for 49% of the total class. I can guarantee that your “nowhere liberal arts school” was not among those 24 colleges. And being an analyst at …

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

    Well done. Congrats to you and best of luck.

    1 year ago
  • Sandy Kreisberg, The HBS Guru

    Lots to like including these stats: 740 GMAT, 3.6 GPA and being a female URM. Your work history is silver not gold, and if folks at your current endowment job indeed have contacts with HBS, it is your job to make sure they worked them into the recommendations, phone calls, extra letters… or all of the above. There are no rules on such things, which is something people often do not realize. So you need to be an activist and bold in working those connections. Ditto at other schools.

    1 year ago
  • mbaMission |

    Hey Ms. URM. Krista Nannery from mbaMission here. On the surface, you seem to have it all..great stats, interesting work experience, and as you note “consistent volunteer work.” So I’m really curious about your application execution here. How did you use your HBS real estate? I hope you spent the majority of your essay telling them interesting things about YOU and not spending more than a tiny bit of space on Why HBS. Also, we’re missing out on your goals here. Do you want to do something that HBS can help you with? Other things I’d dive into with you if you were my client: leadership experiences, business impact, and any special expertise you have. What can your HBS classmates learn from you? I would …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling |

    Congrats to you! Jennifer here from Stratus Admissions. I’m an HBS alum so I’m biased but both Wharton and HBS will get you where you want to go in your career, whether it be MBB or something else. Any scholarship is amazing and you should factor that in but my take is that you should go with your gut instinct. Both wonderful programs!

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