Hello: Zone Left

Submitted by Zone Left on January 12th, 2011 at 4:08 PM


GMATClub.com is reporting San Diego resident Zone Left received his official offer to the Michigan Ross School of Business about an hour ago and that he committed on the spot.  Left has a solid list of offers for a universal high-level three star, with Notre Dame, Texas, and now Michigan as his main suitors.  Rumors of a Harvard offer turned out to be erroneous. 

Guru Ratings

Businessweek: 3 Star

US News and World Report: 5.7 (#43 military)

GMAT Club: 3 Star (#31 military)

US News has the most extensive write up, saying:

“Zone has a solid skill set to compete at the next level.  That, his solid work ethic, and GMAT score should serve him well at the next level and beyond.  We’re concerned about his somewhat subpar GPA, but that negative is years old and we think he’s overcome it through his solid work experience, essays, and interview.  His age (30) raised flags as well, but he’s allayed that concern as well.  However, both his GPA and age do prevent us from awarding him that coveted fourth star.  We project him as a solid MBA candidate who will contribute right away at any program in the country.  He has a solid pad level.


Immediately after taking the GMAT, Left received interest from just about every second tier school in the country, but he had to work to make the big boys notice him through informal visits, networking with students, and solid applications.  In the end, Notre Dame, Texas, and Michigan made his top 3.  He had been waiting on a committable offer from Michigan since applying in October, and once he got it he jumped.


US Military pilot with 8 years of experience and good interpersonal communication skills.  MBA candidates typically don’t have many stats beyond the:


All three services are reporting a 700 through standard testing procedures.  Since military folk are pretty honest and the scores are tabulated electronically, we’ll give it one FAKE out of five.


Predication Based on Flimsy Evidence

His “contribution” to MGoBlog will decrease somewhat because he’ll have a job he actually wants to do, decreasing the need for extensive procrastination.  Additionally, I’d guess he’ll teach a class on Michigan sports to incoming foreign students and will be very happy, but frustrated sitting in the MBA section of the stadium listening to his ignorant classmates trying to sing along to Varsity.

Seriously Though

This is a fantastic moment for me.  I’ve spent a huge portion of my life the past two years working towards today.  I didn’t get my undergraduate degree from Michigan, but always wanted to attend and was jealous of my brother for spending four years in Ann Arbor.  It’s great to be a Wolverine…finally.



January 12th, 2011 at 4:13 PM ^

I wonder what Ross has to say about the freep labeling you as "meh" recruit.  Frankly, since I am a former military man myself I think Zone Left was a solid pickup in the recruiting class.


January 12th, 2011 at 4:20 PM ^

Wonderful news. Those of us who have had the honor of attending are quite jealous of your future.

How nice will it be for you to roll out of bed, get into school colors and walk to the stadium for the next two falls' saturdays.


January 12th, 2011 at 4:21 PM ^

Congratulations!  I've got to wait to hear back from some other schools, but heading back to A2 is in the cards.

Also, I absolutely love your entertaining Open Commit Threads!


January 12th, 2011 at 4:31 PM ^

but my wife (also alum) is just worried about her job.  I'm waiting to hear back from some Big City schools before I commit because there's a higher probability of her transferring to say SF than Detroit.  Of course, NYC means we move but she keeps the same job. 

But  I really want to go to Ross :-)

Jayme in MN

January 12th, 2011 at 4:24 PM ^

Congrats to you.  Know what you've been going through.  My daughter is waiting to hear from Chem PhD programs any day now and it's been killing her.  

Best of luck to you!