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2009年7月份,我给一个老朋友(Simon FT-MBA,2010春季班)为申请MBA而写的Essay提了几点比较关键的修改建议。后来,她成功拿到Simon的Offer。再后来,她建议我做留学DIY咨询方面的工作,并向我介绍了我的第一个客户。最终,我的第一个客户也成功拿到几个TOP16商学院的面试并顺利拿到Duke Fuqua商学院MBA的录取。 本人毕业于上海复旦大学管理学院国际企业管理系,属于商科科班出身并且做过管理工作、有领导经验的人士。


留学参考:Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds (201610)(22-2)  

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留学参考:Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds (201610)(22-2)






Mr. National Guard


  • 700 GMAT
  • 3.89 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in finance from a big state school (think Ohio or Penn State)
  • Work experience includes two years as a consultant at Deloitte; to more years at a bulge bracket investment bank as an analyst; currently an aviation officer in the Army National Guard
  • Extracurricular involvement in leadership positions in ROTC clubs, a business fraternity, and investment club; volunteer work on trips to poor areas in a European country as well as Miami
  • “I should have great recs from both National Guard and from work. I don’t exactly know how to explain going national guard instead of full time Army (it just made sense to keep the ball rolling with my career). “Is it a big red flag that I didn’t go to a better school? No excuse other than I didn’t give it much thought and just got motivated after being there.”
  • Goal: To work for a private equity firm to continue to help grow struggling areas
  • 27-year-old white male

Odds of Success:

Harvard: 20%
Wharton: 30%
Columbia: 30% to 40%
MIT: 20%
Chicago: 30%
Dartmouth: 30% to 40%
Yale: 30% to 40%

?Sandy’s Analysis: Going to Penn State is not an issue. The top 5 business schools are OK with that if it fits some kind of first-generation college narrative of a young lad on the way up. What may be more of an issue is how they compute your Deloitte and Bulge Bracket experience. You are competing in a cohort of finance types where often the profile is bulge bracket, private equity, venture capital, or hedge funds.

So given the choice between that guy from a near Ivy-ish college (public or private) and then an i-bank/PE type, they will take THAT guy, especially if your GMAT does not go much over 700.?Ironically, that is where the Penn State DNA comes back to bite you. What you should have done was get that bulge bracket job right out of college. “Ha ha, you say, that is real hard at Penn State.”

Yup, I say back, that is how top B-schools punish kids like you without saying they do that. Let’s not get too cute, though. Get a 730 GMAT and solid recs, execute your applicadtions serviceably and you got a solid shot at Wharton, Columbia, Tuck, Yale and the rest.

Not sure the National Guard vs. the regular U.S. Army is an issue because military service is a plus–and schools don’t split hairs over it. I’d be real interested if anyone has anecdotes, hearsay, etc. contra.


Mr. Bootstrapped Entrepreneur


  • 700 GMAT
  • 4.0 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in engineering from unknown university
  • Work experience includes a bootstrapped startup in 2013 in ndustrial electronics which became profitable this year with triple the revenue year over year
  • Extracurricular involvement as part of his college editorial board, member of IEEE
  • Father was a successful entrepreneur who co-founded a software company in the 1990s and sold off his equity in the early 2000s; the company achieved a market cap of more than $100 million
  • 26-year-old male

Odds of Success:

Harvard: 10%
Stanford: 5%
Wharton: 10%
MIT: 20%
Chicago: 10% to 20%

Sandy’s Analysis: A fair amount of your admissions outcomes will depend on both the size and the stability of your company, oddly, just in some trophy sense. And where you went to college (a bit, but 4.0 in engineering is solid in most cases). My tough love: Retake GMAT, just to show them you are serious.

Aside from college (maybe) there are no markers in your background that I can relate to–e.g. any work history beyond the sole start-up. That is troublesome to business school admissions. Even internships during college would help a bit.

As to your need for an MBA, that is a tricky piece. It’s unclear what he wants to do next and what condition his current company is in. All that said, I don’t think this is an H/S/W admit. They have too many guys sorta like this but just better in every count. They’ve worked for blue chip firms, then started a company, boast higher GMATs, have startups backed by venture capitalists who can write glowing recommendations. The same might apply to MIT Sloan, but they may be a little more open if the company he started is sizable and impressive.T his does not seem like a Booth profile, either.

The fact that your dad started and sold a business could be an asset to schools, does dad have an MBA? It looks like dad may have helped out here in the bootstrapping? That is not the kiss of death, and could explain why he did not need VCs. Otherwise, I would not brag about not needing venture capital cash. Business schools love VCs or angel investors or private equity investment guys. It is just a vote of confidence from a person willing to put up his or her own money, and it indicates that you can sell your idea to a third party party. Those are all good deeds in the view of admissions people at business schools.

If you really want an MBA, you also need to make some case about why you need the degree now, and what is going to happen to your business once you leave it.

My suggestion: Say dad will be running it!



Ms. Chemical Engineer


  • 760 GMAT (50Q/41V/8IR/6AWA)
  • 3.14 GPA (My father passed away freshman year, I was academically dismissed and out of school for a year before re-enrolling, writing most of my essays about this period of growth)
  • Undergraduate degree in chemistry from a top 30 university
  • 3.73 GPA
  • Master’s degree from same university in chemical engineering
  • Work experience includes four years as a control systems engineer/programmer at a major company, writing the code that automates manufacturing processes and optimizing them
  • “I work as a contractor at an unknown company with big name pharma and chemical companies”
  • Extracurricular involvement as a mentor to girls trying to go into STEM, a mentor to at-risk teenage girl, a basketball referee, a foster dog owner; also write a blog on cooking and baking and makeup and style; do online math and science tutorin
  • Goal: To go into consulting and ultimately obtain a leadership role at a pharma company
  • “I want to combine my technical experience in actual manufacturing operations with business knowledge to optimize things top down and reintroduce an emphasis on innovation”
  • 28-year-old white female

Odds of Success:

Harvard: 30% to 40%
Wharton: 40%+
Northwestern: 40% to 50%
Michigan: 50%+
MIT: 40%+

Sandy’s Analysis: You have nothing to worry about. You’re a solid applicant to an elite MBA program. The schools will overlook your bad grades that first year. Ultimately, the issue is what they think of your company and your work. You really need to make this as clear as possible. I would not present it exactly the way you did.

It’s OK that you can code (well, actually more than OK; these days that is real good), but you should not default to that being all you have done in the past four years. That can’t be your entire work history. You need to work in some jive about being the bridge between the contractor and the big pharma company, and getting to know and work with the different cultures. You should also get the kind of recommendations to highlight that, one from the contractor and one from the pharma company.

The rest of your profile is real solid. Being female, having a 760 GMAT and a STEM background is a great base to get you into one of the world’s best business schools.







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