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14 Feb 2008, 15:01
Sandy on application and age.

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HBS AND AGE: IF YOU ARE ~28 AND IN BANKING, PE, CONSULTING, OR WORK FOR MNC, YOU GOT PROBLEMS.

If you did not in to Hor S, it may help to look in a mirror,but if that does not tell you anything, look at your driver's license.

--someone transpost on HBS R2--where this could begin trend of kids who are interviewed posting age as well as stats. I am happy to have this theory tested.
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14 Feb 2008, 15:50
sigh... I think my age (30 at matriculation) was probably a big factor in not even getting an interview at S... I needed an extra strong and unique experience (like terry12's, who's 1 year older than me) to overcome it, but I guess I didn't differentiate myself enough. Oh well. Sucks that age is a huge factor, especially since business school is supposed to be about learning from your peers' experiences. Who knows what H and S are trying to do these days.

I'll be very happy learning from my fellow "older" peers at Haas (or Kellogg) this fall.
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14 Feb 2008, 16:08
30 year old Desi techies as a rule DO NOT GET INTO H OR S.
You are getting near EMBA territory.

This is from another of his responses. Now substitute 'Desi' with say 'Cambodian' & even Sandy would agree that at least an interview is assured. That's diversity - H/S style

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Desi = Indian
Also, I have no axe to grind against Cambodians. Might have as well been Rwandan or Icelandic.
Assuming the same 7xx score, blue chip exp, good gpa etc.
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14 Feb 2008, 19:06
Kids? Seriously? We're talking about 30-year-olds. They have kids themselves.
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14 Feb 2008, 21:16
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Kids? Seriously? We're talking about 30-year-olds. They have kids themselves.

Well, to be fair, Sandy does appear to be 177.
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14 Feb 2008, 21:59
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Kids? Seriously? We're talking about 30-year-olds. They have kids themselves.

ahh, perspective.
Maturity is certainly not proportional to age, (I could be the poster boy for that statement), but 25 w/ 2 years work ex is very different from the grizzled veteran you will morph into 10 - 15 years down the road. Just ask Pete Townshend.
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15 Feb 2008, 13:02
helpslip wrote:
aaudetat wrote:
Kids? Seriously? We're talking about 30-year-olds. They have kids themselves.

ahh, perspective.
Maturity is certainly not proportional to age, (I could be the poster boy for that statement), but 25 w/ 2 years work ex is very different from the grizzled veteran you will morph into 10 - 15 years down the road. Just ask Pete Townshend.
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by that logic i can call anyone over 40 "elderly." That could be my perspective.
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15 Aug 2010, 13:51
This tread is over 2 years old, but I believe it is still a hot topic.

From the top 15, which schools are older friendly ? It is clear that Harvard and Stanford are not.
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15 Aug 2010, 18:56
Duke Fuqua is relatively old-friendly, maybe followed closely by Michigan and Kellogg. Wharton used to be old-friendly as well but has since moved toward an average age of 27 based on their latest class 2012 profile.
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15 Aug 2010, 19:36
I know that the original posters were mentioning that a graduate degree or military service are typically discounted from one's age (i.e., 30 year old who is in the military for 2 years may be considered among the 28 year olds as far as work experience goes). Does this hold true for people that worked in the Peace Corps for 2 years? For example, someone that really didn't start their career until say 24 or 25 because during college they were in the Peace Corp for 2 years working in a 3rd world country. I would love to get any info from anyone that has knowledge on the subject.
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15 Aug 2010, 22:49
Haas is very older applicant friendly. I think roughly 15-20% of the class is over 30.
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09 Sep 2010, 07:41
CaliCpa wrote:
I know that the original posters were mentioning that a graduate degree or military service are typically discounted from one's age (i.e., 30 year old who is in the military for 2 years may be considered among the 28 year olds as far as work experience goes). Does this hold true for people that worked in the Peace Corps for 2 years? For example, someone that really didn't start their career until say 24 or 25 because during college they were in the Peace Corp for 2 years working in a 3rd world country. I would love to get any info from anyone that has knowledge on the subject.

Is this applicable for all schools or only for older applicant friendly school? I have an advanced degree and will be 31 by the time I apply.However, I was told that age is not a discriminating factor.
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17 Mar 2011, 13:53
I was told that Kellogg, Wharton, and Haas are friendlier to older applicants. I'm 31, in finance, and I interviewed at Chicago, Kellogg, and Wharton (didn't apply to Haas). I also applied to H/S in round 1 and got dinged w/o interview (though my essays were significantly weaker).

Judging from age profiles, H/S admits very few students over the age of 29, and those admitted tend to have unique career paths.
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17 Mar 2011, 14:42
Age concern was an issue for me. I think some BSchools value experience and seasoning more. Ross, Kellogg, Fuqua, Insead, maybe Wharton
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20 Aug 2011, 07:12
Glad I found this thread...I am a bit concerned that a number of b-schools prefer younger candidates to older ones (like myself). I also hear that some programs and campuses are more friendly toward older guys than others -- is there any rankings of sorts of mba programs based on whether they are "older friendly"?

Also, I would hate to be stuck in a program with a bunch of 24 year old over-achievers stressing about home work and assignments as if it were the end of the world.
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10 Jun 2013, 10:34
I just discovered this thread. Excellent discussion here. As an older re-applicant (32 years old), this topic has been on my mind a lot. Unfortunately, one's age is something that cannot be undone, so it's totally out of my hands. I know HBS/Stanford are out; I wonder to what extent Wharton/sloan/Columbia/booth/Kellogg are open to those in the 30+ age range but are NOT ex-military/doctors/entrepreneurs.

http://lastchancemba.blogspot.com
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10 Jun 2013, 11:20
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I just discovered this thread. Excellent discussion here. As an older re-applicant (32 years old), this topic has been on my mind a lot. Unfortunately, one's age is something that cannot be undone, so it's totally out of my hands. I know HBS/Stanford are out; I wonder to what extent Wharton/sloan/Columbia/booth/Kellogg are open to those in the 30+ age range but are NOT ex-military/doctors/entrepreneurs.

http://lastchancemba.blogspot.com

Very open depending on what you're bringing to the table and if you can show why a full-time MBA is the next logical step in your career. Also I know several Stanford students who are 30+ and not ex military, entrepreneurs, or doctors, etc. I think it's easy for people to blame not getting an admit on age instead of just accepting that even if they were younger they still wouldn't have gotten into H or S.
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