他拥有沃顿商学院(Wharton)的金融学士学位，还曾经在艾意凯咨询公司(L.E.K. Consulting )和巴克莱银行(Barclays)工作过两年。他的GMAT（研究生管理专业入学考试）成绩是740分，GPA（平均绩点）为3.45。这位印度裔美国人不仅是一位零差点球员，还攀登过珠穆朗玛峰。然而，就在上周，哈佛商学院(Harvard Business School)和斯坦福大学商学院(Stanford Graduate School of Business)双双拒绝了他的入学申请。
• 拥有宾夕法尼亚大学( University of Pennsylvania)的金融学士学位
人们拒绝直面真相，因为他们不想完全坦诚地承认商学院招生究竟有多么不公平。但你的命运取决于你上了哪所大学。要是你上的是普林斯顿大学( Princeton )，而不是宾夕法尼亚大学，你或许就会去麦肯锡，而不是去艾意凯咨询公司工作。随后或许将跳槽到高盛或摩根士丹利(Morgan Stanley)，而不是巴克莱银行。然后，你就会被哈佛和斯坦福商学院录取。现在呢，你很可能会重返沃顿商学院。
He has an undergraduate degree in finance from Wharton, two years of experience at both L.E.K. Consulting and Barclays. With a 740 GMAT and a grade point average of 3.45, this Indian-American is not only a scratch golfer, he also climbed Mount Everest. Yet he was rejected last week by both Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
She's a 27-year-old woman who has successfully founded two startups, attracting both funding and major media attention. With a 760 GMAT and a 3.5 GPA at a "Baby Ivy," she was even named to a list of the 30 best entrepreneurs under the age of 30 by an international magazine. Yet she was dinged by Stanford last week.
This 26-year-old is a biomedical engineer for Abbott Laboratories who has been promoted twice and won recognition from his site leadership team. His 790 GMAT is more than 60 points higher than the average score for the latest enrolled class at Harvard Business School. Yet Harvard just turned him down for admission to its MBA program.
These MBA candidates were all round one applicants who were dinged by either Harvard, Stanford, or both business schools last week. Yet they have impressive GMAT scores along with professional and extracurricular achievements that are nothing less than exceptional. So why didn't they get in?
We asked Sandy Kreisberg, founder of HBSGuru.com and a prominent MBA admissions consultant, to take a look at the profiles and raw stats of rejected candidates and tell them why they failed to get into Harvard or Stanford. Both business schools released their round one decisions last week and thousands of applicants got disappointing news.
Of course, it's no small hurdle to get into either Harvard or Stanford. The average GMAT score for latest class enrolled at HBS is 727, while the average at Stanford is 732. The undergraduate grade point averages are in nose bleed territory as well: 3.73 at Stanford and 3.67 at Harvard. Less than 7% of Stanford applicants and less than 12% of HBS applicants are accepted each year.
Dinged by Harvard & Stanford
• 740 GMAT
• 3.45 GPA
• Undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Pennsylvania
• Work experience includes two years at L.E.K. Consulting and three years at Barclays (BCS) in investment banking in London and New York
• Extracurricular involvement in community; advised two startups by Penn grads; was on varsity crew and a scratch golfer; also climbed Mount Everest
• Indian American "likely returning to UPenn"
Sandy's Analysis: No surprise here. Climbing Mount Everest (and scratch golf) could turn gold minus into gold but not silver into gold, and what we have here is solid silver [a lowish GPA, a work history at LEK and Barclays, all solid but not a 3.9, with experience at McKinsey and Goldman (GS) or KKR (KKR). There was nothing really driving you in.
People refuse to acknowledge the truth because they don't want to be completely honest about how unfair admissions can be. But college is destiny. If you had gone to Princeton instead of Penn, you probably would have worked for McKinsey instead of L.E.K. and then would have made a move to Goldman or Morgan Stanley instead of Barclays. You then would have been accepted at Harvard and Stanford. Instead, you might very well be going back to Wharton.