So, I started this blog for 2 reasons. First, I was forewarned I’d need the therapy that comes from venting and cursing while going through the grueling, gut-wrenching process of applying to the best business programs in the world.

Second, I wanted to chronicle my little experiment. During my initial pre-mba “research” (read: GOOGLE) I was slammed with a stiff and sobering reality: “over 30” admits to top business schools are few and far in between.

Ultimately, I ended applying to 5 of the world’s best business schools (think big and go hard!)–Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT and Chicago. I ended up with admits and scholarships to 3 of the 5 and ultimated matriculated into The Wharton School; not bad for someone who was told that anyone over 32 years old need not even apply

While in school, I helped a ton of applicants from all over the world get into top b-schools as a part-time admissions consultant. Then after I stopped consulting (my real job became too demanding), I created TopMBAElite to show MBA hopefuls how to put together killer b-school applicants and essays without needing the help of an expensive consultant. If you’re looking to get into a top MBA program, definitely visit TopMBAElite.com today.

– mbaover30

18 Comments on “About”

  1. OhDenny Says:

    Hey there! Great posts so far! You are certainly handling the research process like a champ. I don’t know you from the next guy, but I think you should check out Yale SOM on your East Coast swing. I am particularly biased because that’s where I’ll be going next year, but I’m also a 30+ w/ an (social) entrepreneurial bent. I’m also not the only one I’ve met within our incoming class.

    Regardless – looking forward to reading more of your posts!


    • mbaover30 Says:

      Thanks OhDenny. I’m so glad that you said that. I’ve actually been oscillating about the Yale program. I am considering switching them out with one of my safety schools. Why play it safe, right? Thanks for your input and thanks for reading the blog! And don’t forget to subscribe.


  2. bschool2013 Says:

    I’ve worried about the age thing too…but more from a social aspect.

    In regards to older applicants not being admitted, I think it’s a function of most older applicants not applying – it’s easier to pick up and move when you’re younger.

    This is a good link: http://www.mbaapplicant.com/age.html


    • mbaover30 Says:

      Thanks for posting that link. I actually plan to include it in a post that I’ll be posting within the next week or so. I agree with you (and mbaapplicant.com) that in our demographic the lack of representation comes largely due to a lack in actual applications; still, the hard core facts (like that HBS histogram) are enough to play with your head and make you second guess…all good inspiration for introspection; and that’s what this process is all about. Thanks for your comment, and don’t forget to subscribe.


  3. Vico Says:

    I’ll nominate Booth as another school you could look at….especially with the New Ventures Challenge they hold every year..



    • mbaover30 Says:

      Thanks Vico; I’ll definitely look into it. In a day or so I’ll be posting about a few changes in my target school lineup as a result of my latest research.


  4. sam Says:

    Hi there,

    I just came out of my GMAT exam today and was soooo disappointed! Consider myself in your situation. I am over 30 and desperately looking to go back to school for my masters. I know that GMAT is not a requirement here in UK for admissions into the masters program, but lets just say that owing to some personal situations I couldn’t keep my career on track as I would have liked to and in order to get my hands on scholarship I need the GMAT to add onto my application.

    I find myself in your shoes after 2 months of preps with a full time job.My score close to 600. The worst feeling coz i know I can do so much better. In practise tests at home I was scoring at 650 and in some cases scored 700 too!!!

    But u know what I scored really bad on V, which during the practise tests had always been in the 80th percentile. I am so shocked n gutted!

    B/W just like you I only started on my practise tests a week before and literally burned myself out at the end.I think i suffered frm a mind freeeze during the test. wOULD LOVE TO DISCUSS A REMEDIAL STRATEGY WITH U!



    • mbaover30 Says:

      Hello Sam, I am no GMAT coach, but would definitely recommend doing 6-8 practice tests before your next retake so that you can test your ability to perform under the time constraints. I feel very strongly that I left 20-40 points on the table with my score just by not being as good as I could have been on the timing–and the decisions that lead to great timing, like knowing when to guess and keep moving. I wish you the best.


  5. embeeay Says:

    Hey mbaover30, I’m unsure if I have already commented on one of your previous posts, but thanks for adding me to your ‘Other MBA Reads’! Keep up the great work on your blog, it’s not only inspirational but it’s genuinely awesome to experience this admissions process collectively as a community. Best of luck in the ongoing admissions, you seem to have made great progress on your essays ~


  6. vijay Says:


    I am 34 yrs old as well and considering full-time MBA. Gave my GMAT and scored 760.

    Given that you are setting a good example, can I chat with you sometime to lesrn from yoyr experience?



  7. Keima Says:


    I also entered a business school at the age of 30 this year. It’s more exciting for us to go back to the school days at this stage isn’t it?
    Will keep reading your posts. Let’s enjoy this precious two years!



  8. DeepB Says:

    Hi there..

    First of all thanks so much for having this blog up ! Its such a relief and a boost to my morale to have read your awesome blog. I have completed the free profile review on your blog and hope to hear back from you, just to brief I am 32 have an MBA from a unknown IT school in India which was completed 8 years back, have an undergrad engineering degree with a 3.2 GPA. I am seriously wanting to complete a second MBA from a much serious MBA school in the US, am currently working tight on my GMAT score. I’d like to specialize in Finance & Operations. Would be great to hear your thoughts ..




  9. CC Says:

    Hi – I am new to the game so please pardon my ignorance. Why is being over 30 and applying to business school so frown upon? Don’t schools want several years of real world experience?


    • mbaover30 Says:

      I would not say that it is frowned upon, but the pressure from banks and consulting firms (the primary providers of high paying MBA jobs that support the schools’ prestige, rankings and brands) pressure the schools for younger candidates who will work long, oppressive hours and take on intense travel schedules. Most people aren’t willing to do that beyond 32 or so that the companies know that, so that’s where the ageism comes from.


  10. Cristina Says:

    Hi! have you heard about pymetrics? (it’s an online assesment tool for students that matches them with potential MBA internships and full time offers)

    How can we enhance our resume after being accepted to business school to become more marketable for recruiters.



    • mbaover30 Says:

      Pre MBA internships can be helpful. They are probably the only thing that can help you enhance your resume after getting accepted (other than new responsibilities at work)


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