Business School Odds Wharton Undergrad and Navy Afterwards

Doing this for my older brother... He doesn't think he has a good shot at a top B school, I feel like he does.

Undergrad: Wharton (Class of 2014)
GPA: 3.25
GMAT: 730
Work: He did some low key internships with family friends

Joined the Navy Special Warfare (Seals) directly after college, is leaving this winter and will look for B-schools next year after some relaxation.

He thinks that his GPA is too low for Harvard/Stanford/Wharton even with a military background and what seems to me like a good GMAT, and wants to only look at McCombs, Duke, etc. I think he'd be a good candidate at Harvard/Wharton/Stanford due to the Navy and Wharton undergrad. Anyone agree or disagree? I know he might as well apply, but he's the type of guy to not apply if he doesn't think he'd get in..so I'm trying to convince him.

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Aug 15, 2018 - 3:48pm

He's leaving the Seals after 2 years of training and just 1 year of serving? Aren't officer contracts usually longer correct me if i'm wrong. Either way with a 3.0+ gpa, 730gmat, and military service he'll have a good chance imo.. definitely doesn't hurt to try

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Aug 15, 2018 - 4:01pm

A navy seal in its class is one of those things a B-school loves to brag about. "Look at all of the diverse excellence we bring together into the same room." I think he'd be insane not to apply.

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Aug 15, 2018 - 11:29pm

That's what I was hoping you'd reply (or something along those lines).

I agree with the other posters. I think he should apply. Given his strengths and assuming he has a balanced GMAT, he has a shot. If Duke and McCombs support his goals, he should apply to those programs also, but he shouldn't rule out Harvard/Stanford/Wharton because he did poorly during his freshman and sophomore years at Wharton.

He may be interested in: tips on dealing with a low GPA or the webinar I'm giving next week "Get Accepted to Wharton"

He doesn't have to reject himself. Let the schools do it. My $.02.

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Aug 15, 2018 - 6:37pm

there were a bunch of former seals at the school i attended (non H/S M7). I'd say M7 should be doable with a chance at H/S

Aug 19, 2018 - 1:27pm

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