Harvard Business School

Applicants: 9,134 (12% Admitted)
Full-Time MBA Students: 1802 Students
Average GMAT: 720
Average Age: 27
Average Work Experience: 47 Months
From the Admissions Director

Dave Reyes - Harvard MBA; Investment Management (Bonds)


Dave is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Stanford University. Besides getting into HBS, Dave was also admitted to other top MBA programs including Wharton, Chicago Booth, and Columbia. In the process, he became well versed with the admissions process and with what makes a good MBA admissions consultant. Since then, he's helped many applicants get into HBS and other MBA programs. He currently works at an investment fund focused on bonds.

Prior to business school, Dave worked in investment banking with Goldman Sachs for 2 years and did another 2 years in private equity afterwards.

Thomas Chen - Harvard MBA; Investment Banking - Private Equity


Thomas Chen is currently pursuing an MBA at Harvard Business School, having also been accepted at other top schools like Stanford and Wharton. Prior to matriculation, Thomas spent several years at Bain Capital as a private equity associate focused on sourcing and diligencing investments in the technology and retail sectors. Prior to that, he worked at Morgan Stanley as an investment banking analyst for the global technology group. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelorís degree in Economics. While at Stanford, he founded and sold a startup providing car safety information and products to consumers.

Jeffrey - Harvard MBA; Real Estate


After receiving his MBA from the Harvard Business School, Jeffrey joined Morgan Stanley in their real estate private equity group in Asia, focused on residential and commercial property investment in the Greater China region. He has also spent considerable time assisting China Investment Corporation, China's sovereign wealth fund, in their outbound real estate investments. Jeffrey started his career as a management consultant at Bain & Company in Hong Kong, where he worked in various industries spanning from retail and consumer products to telecom. With a deep passion in the property market, Jeffrey then joined a local conglomerate that owned, developed, and operated retail properties across China. While there, he helped oversee the development of a major outlet mall in Beijing and executed various business development initiatives. Jeffrey received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Stanford University, where he also studied Japanese intensively. Jeffrey currently resides in Shanghai, China.

Stanford Business School

Applicants: 6,618 (7% admitted)
Full-Time MBA: 803 Students
Average GMAT:730
Median GMAT:740
Average Age:28
Average Work Experience:49 months

Paloma Ochi - Stanford MBA; Wealth Management

Paloma is an MBA candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she is a Dance Co-Director for the GSB Show, a Global Study Trip Leader, and a member of several clubs, including Entrepreneurship Club, Marketing Club, Product Design & Manufacturing Club, High Tech Club, and Retail Club. Paloma is currently interning in brand management at a CPG.

Prior to matriculating at the GSB, Paloma worked in management at Goldman Sachs in the San Francisco Private Wealth Management office.

Paloma received her BA from Stanford University, where she co-founded the Stanford Chapter of 85 Broads, as well as published research on personalization for online product recommendations while working in the Communication between Humans & Interactive Media (CHIMe) Lab. A native of Seattle, WA, Paloma enjoys dance, baking, digital media, and consumer psychology.

Tia Gao - Stanford MBA; Hi-Tech


Before earning her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Tia worked in the field of software and wireless devices. She was an engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, and then started her own company that produced wireless medical devices. She has 20+ peer-reviewed publications in topics around wireless communications. While at Stanford, Tia was the president of the High-Tech club and the Asian Society.

After graduating, Tia became a product manager at Google, where she developed an expertise of planning and executing mobile product strategies. She then moved to the One Medical Group, where's she's responsible for developing innovative mobile technologies in healthcare. Tia is originally from Beijing and is fluent in Mandarin.

Wharton Business School

Median GMAT: 720
Applicants: 6,442
Full-Time MBA Students: 1,717
Average Age: 28
Median Work Experience: 48 Months

Paul Paprosh - Wharton MBA; Real Estate Private Equity


Paul earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to Wharton, Paul worked in investment m anagement at BlackRock, sales & trading at Goldman, Sachs & Co., and business development at Visa. While at Wharton, he was actively involved with the Private Equity/Venture Capital Club, Real Estate Club, and Finance Club. He held various VP-level positions in alumni relations, mentorship, and social. He is also the winner of the Financial Timesí Best Social Investment Strategy Award for his start-up that incubated and mentored 13 ventures by student entrepreneurs; his start-up was acquired three years after launch.

During recruiting, Paul received multiple Private Equity full-time offers in the United States and Asia. After graduating, Paul joined a Private Equity firm in New York as an investment professional. Paul has a knack for identifying strategies for winning in all things competitive and has helped multiple mentees achieve admissions to top business schools, including HBS, Wharton, and Columbia.

Alex Schuster- Wharton MBA; Technology Consulting


Alex Schuster graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvaniaís MBA Program for Executives. While at Wharton Alex won the Marketing category of the 2011 MBA innovation challenge, co-led his classís consulting club and routinely met with classmates to discuss career development strategies. Additionally, while at Wharton, he participated in multiple international study programs and leads a Management Consulting firm specializing in operations improvement to the companies in the financial services industry. Finally, he is one of the NYC-based admissions liaisonís for new MBA applicants to discuss the school, its programs and its admissions process.

London Business School

Full-Time MBA:805 Students
Average GMAT:700
GMAT Score Range: 600 to 780
Average Age: 29
Median months of work experience: 60 Months

James - LBS MBA; Advertising

James, a former GMATPILL-er, is a current MBA at London Business School, where he received the prestigious MSc13 Full Tuition Scholarship. Prior to LBS James worked at the advertising agency Lowe & Partners, as an account lead on the Unilever team. Responsible for overseeing the Knorr brand in 170 countries, James was part of a team that completely re-invented the Brand Strategy, into something now shared through Unilver as best in class.

James is also a part-time consultant for GMAT Pill. James earned a BA (with honours) and an MA in Medieval History from University College London.

Oxford Said School of Business

Median GMAT: 695
Full-Time MBA: 248 Students
Median GMAT: 695 Average
Age: 29 Average
Work Experience: 68 Months

Kent - Oxford MBA; Financial Services

Kent, a former GMATPILL-er, received his MBA from the University of Oxfordís SaÔd Business School. Prior to his MBA, he worked at McKinsey & Company in New York City in the North American Financial Services Practice as a Research Analyst, serving many of the largest asset managers, pension funds, hedge funds, SWF, brokers, private banks, retail banks, payments and insurance companies across the Americas, EMEA, and Asia.

Before that, he held various internships at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, and graduated with a B.A. in Economics from New York University. Always up for new experiences in different countries, Kent has lived in Toronto, Hong Kong, Florence, New York, Oxford, and now London, where he currently works in the internal strategy team at a top UK bank.

Kent is an active member of his alumni network, and regularly meets with students from his alma maters to share career advice. In his spare time, he blogs about his various travels, business, and fashion and other articles of interest.

Northwestern Kellogg Business School

Applicants: 4,490 (13% Admitted)
Full-Time MBA: 790 Students
Average GMAT: 714
Average Age: 28
Average Work Experience: 60 months

Matt Smith - Kellogg MBA; $1B+ Hedge Fund

Matt Smith earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and has also been an alumni admissions interviewer for the school. While at Kellogg, Matt earned majors in finance, management and organizations, and strategy. He was also an active member of Investment Banking & Capital Markets Club, Net Impact, and Squash Club.

After graduating from Kellogg, Matt moved to New York to work as an equity analyst at a prominent hedge fund. Outside of work, he enjoys personal investing, competitive sports, and traveling overseas. Before business school, Matt worked for three years in capital markets and investment research at Morgan Stanley and Citigroup, and also spent two years in private equity. Matt graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Economics.

Columbia Business School

6,669 (16% admitted)
Full-Time MBA Students: 1,278 Students
Average GMAT: 716
Average Age: 28
Average Work Experience: 3 to 7 years

Ryan Doberman - Columbia MBA; Investment Management ($35B Fund)

Ryan received his MBA from Columbia Business School. While at Columbia, he was selected into the Applied Value Investing Program and was President of Columbia Business School's Tennis Club. Since graduating from Columbia Business School, he has worked as a research analyst focused globally on companies in the natural resources, alternative energy and mining sectors at a $35 billion investment group.

Before attending business school, Ryan worked as an investment banker doing mergers and acquisitions focused on the healthcare services sector. His previous work experience includes investment consulting, strategy and business development. Ryan completed his undergraduate degree in economics at Amherst College where he was captain of the Varsity Tennis Team.

Chicago Booth School of Business

Median GMAT: 720
Applicants: 4,169 (22% Admitted)
Full-Time MBA: 1,160 Students
Average Age: 28 Average
Work Experience: 58 Months

Michael Medrano - Chicago Booth MBA; Technology Entrepreneurship

Michael Medrano received his MBA from Chicago Booth. He is currently pursuing a career in entrepreneurship and technology. Michael is an active member of the Booth alumni community, administering alumni admissions interviews and working with career services to bolster entrepreneurship recruiting. Michael was a recipient of the Madelon and Richard Rosett Scholarship, a $50,000 scholarship for excellence. Prior to business school, Michael was a business analyst at YP.com and previously helped raise over $50 M for a Los Angeles based technology startup.

In addition, he co-founded an e-commerce company, growing the company to $X00,000 in revenue, hiring several employees, and returning over 10x invested capital. Michael began his career as an investment consultant, advising pension plans and endowments on Private Equity and Venture Capital investments. Michael received a BA at Stanford University.

MIT Sloan Business School

Applicants: 4,490 (13% Admitted)
Full-Time MBA: 790 Students
Average GMAT: 710
Average Age: 28
Average Work Experience: 58 Months

Tim Sun - Sloan MBA; Economic Consulting

Tim Sun is a second-year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management, with a focus on Enterprise Management. He is currently serving as Sloan's student body president, representing more than 1,000 students and leading a student senate of over 75. His major initiatives have been in increasing fellowships funding, expanding student access to career opportunities, and organizing activities that improve student life. Prior to Sloan, he was a senior analyst at Cornerstone Research, an economic consulting firm, where he provided clients with economic and financial analysis in the context of commercial litigation issues. He has a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.

NYU Stern School of Business

Applicants: 4,416 (14% Admitted)
Full-Time MBA: 784 Students
Average GMAT: 719
Average Age: 27
Average Work Experience: 56 Months

Eric Shih - Stern MBA; Business Development

Eric Shih graduated from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University with a concentration in Corporate Finance. At Stern, he was President of the Asian Business Society, promoting interest in the domestic and international Asian business environment among the Stern student body and connecting students with such opportunities. Prior to business school, Eric was a management consultant at Mars & Company, where he worked extensively in numerous industries including beverages, foods, automobiles and credit cards advising clients across a variety of corporate strategic functions.

Currently, Eric works in Business Development at the Madison Square Garden Company for MSG Media, developing new profit-driving initiatives for the companyís linear television networks and interactive assets. Eric graduated from Brown University with a Bachelorís Degree in Business Economics and Political Science.

UCLA Anderson School of Business

Applicants: 2,727 (29% admitted)
Full-Time MBA: 747 Students
Average GMAT: 704
Median GMAT: 710 Average
Age: 28
Average Work Experience: 64 months

Nicole Hwang - Anderson MBA; Investment Banking

Nicole Hwang received her MBA from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA. While at Anderson, Nicole worked closely with the career center to advise first-year MBA students during their recruiting process and was the liaison in the tech community for current students and alumni. She was also a two-year recipient of the Boeing Fellowship Award for an outstanding record of excellence in scholarship and leadership.

After graduating from Anderson, Nicole moved back to the Bay Area where she is an associate investment banker at Jefferies, covering the technology sector. Before attending Anderson, she worked as a financial analyst at Lockheed Martin covering their satellite program and actively helped with the company's recruitment efforts. Nicole graduated from University of California, San Diego with a Bachelorís degree in Management Science.

Christine Liang - Anderson MBA; Business Consulting


Christine Liang received a bachelorís degree in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego and a masterís degree in bioengineering from Columbia University. Before attending Columbia University, Christine worked in academic research, publishing a paper in NeuroImage.

Leveraging her educational background, she worked for a boutique consulting firm in San Francisco that focuses on market research and consulting for biotech and pharmaceutical companies. After gaining in depth experience creating surveys, analyzing qualitative market research and conducting secondary market research, she joined Accenture, gaining skills in project management and technology development.

Taking this experience to American Expressí Business Intelligence group in 2011, she launched Business Insights Online for American Express, a new product that helps card accepting merchants analyze their transaction data and use the power of big data to better understand their customers. She developed an algorithm that could automatically help clients identify competitor businesses, created and managed a client services team and implemented communication strategies to maintain client engagement. This fall, Christine will join the class of 2015 at the Anderson School of Business at the University of California, Los Angeles.