I’m concerned that adcoms will think I’ve “aged out” of a traditional MBA. Thoughts on how to approach it? Aiming for HSW/Yale/Insead.

31 years old at application. Have a BA and Masters from 2 top-10 universities. 8 YOE (spanning consulting, tech, and education). Indian/LGBT. 740 GMAT. No grad GPA. 3.7 UG GPA.

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Don’t worry about age. I was reallllyy stressed about it before I applied and after graduating from a top program, it was a non-issue. Your profile will be evaluated holistically and independently. They will look for career progression and increasing roles of responsibility but that’s about it. They don’t want to admit a 30+ who doesn’t have an established track record.

Your stats are solid and put you in a competitive bracket. HS might be tough given they love younger candidates so don’t place too much emphasis there. Plus, if you’re of the mentality that it’s HSW or bust then you won’t get far. Look at other top programs. Yale and Insead are great fit for you.

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I started my MBA at 33. Don’t overthink it. You should be solid for Insead. Average age at LBS is slightly hire than US average as well if you’re thinking overseas.

Going in at 29

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