What are my chances for HBS/GSB 2+2?


Junior at West-Coast Target (UCLA, USC, UCB) majoring in business

GPA: 3.6/4.0

Experience: Started two businesses, first one software e-commerce built to earn ~$700K in annual revenue and then sold for ~$2MM. Second, luxury apparel subscription service, partnered with Barney's NY (now Saks) and Nordstroms, $450K in NTM and raised $100K in pre-seed at $2.5MM valuation. Interned in IB for Sophomore year at regional boutique and Sophomore summer at MM and will be joining GS/MS/JPM for my Junior SA in a top group in New York. Assuming I get return offer or recruit for MF PE FT

GMAT: Expected 750+ (I got 35 on ACT with little studying so I assume it is close in nature but will study more for it)

EC's: Board of NGO that does cleft lip surgeries in rural China, SEO diversity program, Fraternity Executive board, Finance club (no leadership position tho)

What are my chances at GSB/HBS, do I have a shot?

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Comments (6)

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Mar 4, 2021 - 3:16pm

Although I really enjoyed my entrepreneurship ventures, COVID allowed me to take a step back and look at my career long-term and I realized I wanted more structure at the early stages of my career. IB/PE would allow me to gain a great network in finance and also develop a technical skillset in valuation and analysis which will be important as after my MBA I'll look to start another business. 

Mar 15, 2021 - 8:55pm

Just watch out though.  I'd hate to see you get caught in that rat race and never actually returning to running your businesses.  Don't be the guy who forgoes his entrepreneurship dreams to take the brutal IB-->PE route.  

Mar 4, 2021 - 3:59pm

First, you have a fantastic profile, and I think you know that. I'm happy for you but you just made me feel a little worse about myself. 

Nothing is ever guaranteed, but if you lock in a 750+ you're as good a bet as any for HBS / GSB. But again, they turn down people with similar profile to yours all the time - in many ways it is a crapshoot at a certain level, and luck is required.

Congratulations on achieving success like this at such a young age.

  • Prospect in IB - Ind
Mar 10, 2021 - 3:47pm

If HBS needs a guy that can stroke his own ego then you will get in for sure.

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