Episode 205: Wire Taps—URM college dropout with low test scores; can he make the cut? Accomplished woman with great numbers despite being expelled from ugrad. Will adcoms take a risk? DW: Stern full fare vs. McDonough with dollars; Should money matter?
Welcome back to another episode of WireTaps! With decisions from leading programs wrapping up over the last week, there has been no shortage of activity on both MBA LiveWire – and MBA DecisionWire, as candidates start weighing their options. Beyond the usual profile reviews, Alex and Graham dive into an ongoing conversation on LiveWire about the timing of interview invites for Columbia’s rolling admissions. They also look at the new Real Humans piece for Columbia and the employment report for Georgetown / McDonough, which had significance for the third WireTaps candidate this week (see below).
As to this week’s candidates: there are two ApplyWire entries and a DecisionWire entry:
First up, Alex and Graham look at a URM candidate who appears to have overcome significant life challenges to get to where they are today. At issue (beyond dropping out of undergrad) are some well below average statistics; no doubt, adcom will be rooting for this type of candidate…but is that enough? Next, our hosts have another candidate who faced challenges during their undergrad, and ultimately skipped undergrad to jump straight into a graduate degree (and some super interesting work experience). Her GMAT is also very strong; making this an interesting case for schools to consider. Finally, Alex and Graham unveil the first DecisionWire entry discussion for the 2021-22 season. It’s a straight-up debate: Georgetown / McDonough with money versus Stern at full fare. They are seeking a career as a product manager at FAANG companies (top tech firms, for those less familiar with the acronym). Where should they go?
URM candidate who has come far, but has modest stats for top programs:
Expelled from undergrad, but lots to like since:
Stern with no money versus nearly free McDonough:
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