MBA Admissions: Where Should Jack Apply?

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Where should he apply?

Next up in our blog series, Narrowing Down Your B-School Options, we’ll introduce you to Jack. Take a look at Jack’s profile and follow the steps to determine the best MBA programs for Jack to apply to.


1) Wants to go into R/E development/ finance and grow family business. Really prefers East Coast.

2) Schools to consider Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Chicago, Columbia, NYU, Haas, Kellogg, Duke, Cornell, Rochester, Georgetown, UNC, UCLA, USC, LBS.

3) Qualifications

a. 730 GMAT, balanced.

b. 2.9 from Georgetown. Class of ‘09 (immature freshman year; illness sophomore year; upward trend in last two years; dean’s list as a senior) Majored in math; minored in Asian history. Has passed all three levels of CFA. Took a few business classes (accounting, stats for business, finance)  online and got straight A’s.

c. Financial analyst program for two years. Then joined family property management business (outside NYC) for two years. Handled two eight-figure property acquisitions.

d. Had been active in Romney campaign and in local Republican politics.

e. Wants to apply in 2013-14.

4) Where should he apply? Will apply to Columbia, NYU Stern, Wharton, and Duke R1. If not accepted, will try for Chicago, UNC, UCLA, and Georgetown round 2. May substitute LBS for one of the last four.

What do you think of the Accepted Positioning System? Are there other steps you would take or have taken in reaching your list of target MBA programs? What are they? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and answer any questions you may have! 

  • abhiTo

    If Real Estate development is the goal, then MSRED programs at Columbia and MIT would be a good choice too. These are 1 year Real Estate intensive programs

    • Linda Abraham

      Excellent point and suggestion, but Jack wants an MBA so we limited the options to that degree, but you are right that he should consider those programs and others like it.