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留学参考:Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds (201703) (28-2)  

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留学参考:Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds (201703) (28-2)

 

 

 BY: JOHN A. BYRNE ON MARCH 29, 2017

 

 

Mr. Insurance

  • 700 GMAT
  • 3.47 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in business administration, having done first two years at community college and then final two years at UC-Riverside
  • Work experience includes four years at matriculation in insurance, with one and one-half years as a wealth advisor at Guardian Life, working the client side to strategize insurance programs, business tax planning and estate planning; then what will be two and one-half years at AAA Insurance as a product management analyst
    “This role marries two interests of mine, data analytics and the ability to work on big projects within our company.This position required a high level of team collaboration with many other business units and is considered one of the more prestigious within the company”

  • Extracurricular involvement as vice president of a Young Entrepreneurs non-profit organization for two years
  • Short-Term Goal: To work in strategy consulting
  • Long-Term Goal: To join a young, exciting Insurtech start up that is poised to be a mover and shaker in the world
  • “I really want to mix in my entrepreneurial desires although I work in a corporate environment”
  • 26-year-old Asian American male

Odds of Success:

Dartmouth: 20% to 30%
Columbia: 20% to 30%
Virginia: 35% to 50%
Michigan: 35% to 50%
Cornell: 35% to 50%
Emory: 40% to 50%
Carnegie Mellon: 40% to 50%

Sandy’s Analysis: Grrrrr. This is a likable “up” from Community College story. My fear is that you did not go up enough, especially for Columbia (they don’t like adversity stories unless you got adversity plus a gold GPA and GMAT score. On the other hand, Tuck may go for this, in theory, but facts and fit may be an issue. You may not be their kind of nice guy.

Tuck likes preppy, smart, near-IVY, regular guys and gals without sharp elbows who are team minded, often athletic, and community oriented. Sure, there are many variants of that, but you do get interviewed on campus by other Tuckies and that is a good deal of a smell test because the class at Tuck is small and you are in the woods and there is no where to hide.

The difference between that guy, and let me exaggerate this for clarity, and a guy like YOU could be very subtle but real. It’s the difference between a very nice first date and the desire for a second one. A guy with your background [up from community college, works for insurance company] could just come off as a hick, in many subtle ways that no one would ever articulate.

I’m not saying that is the case, dude. I don’t know you, and in this area, touch and feel can count a lot, just the way you present during a 30-minute walk around campus or interview at the school coffee shop. Those ways could be insecurity, manners, even the way you talk. My guess is, to pick an EASY metric, Tuck has more kids who are NOT first gen college than other schools, although I am happy to take a beating on this, if anyone has stats. So with your profile, those are all things which could go wrong, in some real subtle way that no one ever talks about. If those elements were present, working for an insurance company would be seen as confirming data.

The other places you targer are a good spread of likely admits. I would say you want to stick with Fortune 500 companies. It’s okay to say that you want to do strategy consulting. That is a great default short-term goal. I would go light on entrepreneurship. Schools often view that goal with ‘this person does not know what he wants to do.’

One of your attractions to schools is that you are a solid insurance type guy who can eat that shit and advance in it. That is a rare experience. Today, company starters are dime a dozen. That is the strong backbone of your story, and the reason you are likable. No one is crazy about insurance, but everyone has it. So present yourself as someone who can really add to a class.

 

Ms. Fashion Startup

  • 710 GMAT [39V/49Q) May retake to reach a target score of 730+
  • 3.4 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in engineering from a non-IIT school in India
  • Work experience includes four years; current head the women’s wear category at a Series-A fashion startup funded by Sequoia and ranked as one of India’s top three startups; 1.8 years with Deloitte
  • Consulting’s digital business & strategy group where she was the youngest team member to faciliate the launch of a separate consulting practice
  • Extracurricular involvement in various college clubs; working with a nonprofit for six years to raise money and facilitate classroom teaching
  • Short-Term Goal: Consulting – learn more on retail and supply chain
  • Long-Term Goal: To do a fashion startup in India
  • Recommendations: Manager & HBS alum at current employer as well as a Deloitte Consulting director
  • 25-year-old Indian female

Odds of Success:

Harvard: 30%+
Stanford: 20%
Wharton: 30%+
Chicago: 30% to 40%
Northwestern: 30% to 40%
Columbia: 30%+
MIT: 20% to 30%
Berkeley: 30%
Yale: 30%+
Dartmouth: 30%+

Sandy’s Analysis: Deloitte and a respected startup is a good base for Indian applicants, and being female could help a little.?You offer a school a lot of experience in the startup, e-commerce culture in Asia and that is a big plus.?

Your stats are serviceable, and if you applied as is with your 710 GMAT and not the 730 you hope to get, I could see this as good shot for an admit from places like Kellogg, Berkeley, Tuck, Duke, and UVA.?You would also have a good reach chance at HBS and Wharton if you could really optimize the app and the recs, as you seem able to do from the post.?

If you got a 730, you’d be real solid at Kellogg and a real contender at Wharton and HBS.?
Stanford is along reach as well, especially if you can present as a Stanford do-gooder and trending biz type.?

I am hesitant to tell someone with a 710 to retake the GMAT, but I am also hesitant to tell you there would no difference in outcomes with a 710 vs. 730, as silly as that seems.

Fact is, if you take schools like Wharton and Columbia and filter out the URMs (under-represented minorities), there’s a good chance that the raw admit rate for the pool of 710+ GMAT takers vs. 730 would favor the 730s by some non-trivial amount.?

I’d actually love to know that stat. Adcoms are too ashamed to release real data like that because it contradicts all their blah, blah about the GMAT only counting X much, when the reality, I believe, is that GMAT counts a real bit at every 10 point level and even more so for generic candidates, such as Indians, white bankers and consultants

 

Mr. Strategy

  • 760 GMAT
  • 3.55 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in economics and math from an Ivy League (not HYP)
  • Work experience includes two and one-half years at a large financial institution in corporate strategy and strategy for asset management division
  • Extracurricular involvment in mentoring younger colleagues and interns at firm and troubled youth outside the firm; tutoring and teaching adults math for high school equivalence degree, volunteer with disable youth; former four-year varsity NCAA athlete
  • 24-year-old white male hoping to matriculate at age 26 or 27

Odds of Success:

Columbia: 30%
Yale: 30%
Chicago: 30% to 40%
Northwestern: 30% to 40%
MIT: 30%
Wharton: 30% to 40%
Dartmouth: 30% to 40%

Sandy’s Analysis: Your 760 GMAT and OK GPA from an Ivy are rock solid starts at schools like Columbia, Yale, Sloan and Wharton, who are, these days, stats centric. A lot will depend on what exactly your job is. You say, “2.5 years at large financial institution in corporate strategy and strategy for asset management division.”

That could mean anything depending on whether your employer has a track record of sending kids to elite B-schools (if not, that’s not good for you, given that you work in a large financial institution, and the best thing you could do is switch your job to some similar function at a well-known top B-school feeder firm.

All that said, your 760 GMAT score answers a lot of questions at most schools. On the other hand, you are sorta in same bucket as white guys from established IB and PE shops, and that is a really tough bucket with steep competition.

As you sense, that bucket could keep you out of H and S. However, you are real solid at Kellogg and Tuck. A “smart, corporate, athlete type” should get into both those schools with serviceable execution on the applications.

Your extras could help, too, but a good deal of this is going to turn on what schools think of your current job and company.?

 

 

 

以上内容摘自:

http://poetsandquants.com/2017/03/29/handicapping-elite-mba-odds-10/

 

 

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