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Anyone else getting pretty harsh feedback on your candidacy as a whole from Maria at applicant lab? I feel like I have a doable shot at my target schools based on gpa, gmat and essays but every time she reviews she suggests I have no chance. It’s been pretty discouraging.

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Who’s Maria? What’s applicant lab? Stop using janky people for help. It can be massively discouraging and unhelpful. Have faith and believe in yourself. Accept feedback with an open mind but make a call as to whether it’s a good fit or not. Don’t listen to everything your consultant tells you.

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No one has a straight shot at any of these schools: - Harvard - Stanford - Wharton (if you have really good stats, you’ll likely get in because it’s a huge class and they’re big on checking boxes in all quantitative criteria like gmat and gpa, etc.) - Kellogg - Booth - Tuck - MIT I’ve seen insane profiles get rejected from each of these places, which indicates that they’re not just looking at raw stats. Just look at how much the average GMAT has fluctuated from year to year. They don’t care about having a class with the highest average gmat. Your stats are not the end all, be all with these schools. You have to demonstrate fit. If you have solid scores, 3.5+ gpa, 730+ gmat, 3-5 years of work experience, you’ll most likely get admission at Columbia, Yale, NYU Stern, Fuqua, Carnegie Mellon Tepper, etc. UCLA, etc.

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You don’t need to look at one-off cases. Stats speak for themselves. 1) Tuck has a 35% acceptance rate. Columbia is at 18% and that’s even with a class size 3x bigger. Seems like Tuck rejected you to protect their yield or you were truly just a terrible cultural fit. 2) Cross admit data shows that CBS shares the highest percentage of admits with Wharton, Sloan and Booth, consistent with its M7 peer group. The same could not be said for Tuck, which has the most cross admits at Darden, Yale, Duke, Cornell, Ross and lastly, Kellogg in that order. SM1 is a clear outlier. Only Haas from the T10 has as many M7 peer schools from the cross admit data as the test of the M7. Most of my peers from HYP undergrad had minimal interest in applying to Tuck. The ones who did unequivocally ended up choosing any M7 over it. On the contrary, I know many of the same peers who were rejected from CBS even with >730 GMAT and >3.7 GPAs, so I can hardly say it’s a straight shot. Tuck is a great program. But to say that it’s a super elite school is just false, especially when deriding CBS as a “straight shot” school in the likes of Tepper, Fuqua, Yale.... Before you ask, I am also a Wharton alum. I was rejected from CBS but did not apply to Tuck.

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Their job is to make you believe your application is garbage and you have no shot without their help. I’m sure she told you even tho you’ve no shot but if you take a few more sessions with her she can help you put together something stronger which is completely BS. Don’t listen to some rando! If you’ve good stats, a strong narrative and story and great recs, you’ll be fine and will have a shot. It also depends on the school, if it’s GSB, no one has a a straight shot there

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I dropped her services as she proved to be completely unhelpful and spending half of the allocated time to: 1. Tell me the app is garbage 2. Try to convince me to apply to schools that are way below my profile and stats (MBB, 750+ GMAT) Every feedback is important as soon as it is constructive. If you feel hers is not, then just move on.

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This is so weird... I have same or slightly lower stats and I haven’t heard anything like that from her

The truth is it’s impossible to know how you’ll do unless you see the essays and recommendations. Admissions committees like a good story. Of course high gpa and gmat help, but they need to believe the story

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Someone else said that on here, is she getting overwhelmed with the additional review given the application influx? I’d do free consultation from some reputable admissions consulting firms and ask them your chances to compare against (use the reasons she gave you for a weak application), just to get some more data points. Is this for the Sanity check btw? Do you at least feel she’s giving you constructive feedback to improve your chances? I have my sanity check w her coming up, getting concerned now lol.

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See what happens, for me it was a pure waste of time

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