So - I just got all my R1 decisions back and found out I got into MIT Sloan and Berkeley Haas!
I was a low GPA candidate - ended up with 2.96 from a T30 "semi target" school. Major in Econ, Minor in Math. A caveat about my grades - my lower grades were in upper level math courses such as abstract algebra, differential equations, etc. I had A's and A-'s in Microeconomics, calc I, Calc II, etc. I also worked 20-30 hours a week during school and had some family issues - so had a "mitigating" story. I addressed it in my optional essay.
My GMAT was high - 750 (50Q / 42V) with a 6 on the AWA and a 5 on the IR (my only weak point). I took it once.
My WE was 2 years at a NYC Leveraged Finance group (middle market, covered financial sponsors), 8 months at a MM IB (Think:/ / ) in LA, and then 2.5 years to date a top tier corporate VC. Had an early promotion from "associate" to "senior associate" after a year. I ran a diversity initative at work, and my ECs include involvement with a microfinance nonprofit (I sit on the board), and belong to a couple professional groups - nothing major. I also do some rec sports and ran a couple half marathons.
I'm a 27 year old white woman and first generation college student. I also applied to H/S/W. I got dinged without interview at H/S, and dinged with interview at W