Everything you wanted to know – and then some –
regarding the application process. Do you know what to
include? What to avoid? Find out here.
The Three Hurdles to Business School Admission
We're often asked about what is the most important part of the business school admissions process. How do you know what an admissions committee will consider
important? What part of the application will they focus on? How do you put your best foot forward? We find that it's helpful to think about the MBA admissions process as a series of three
hurdles where you need to clear each hurdle to gain admission to the program of your choice.
Transcripts Not All They Could Be? Try an Alternative
There's nothing you can do to change your
transcripts now. All you can do is assess how much of a
problem you might be dealing with and take steps to
mitigate that weakness in other parts of your
How Important are Extracurricular Activities?
MBA programs look for active and involved students. Those students who have a history of extracurricular activities and community involvement are attractive
as they will most likely contribute to the school in clubs and be an active alumnus.
Successful Admissions is About More Than Numbers
Contrary to what many applicants think, business
school admissions is not just "numbers-driven." And
though many complain about having to take the GMAT and
its seeming importance to business school admissions
committees, the simple truth is that it's just one of
the many elements that AdComs consider.
10 Things That a Spell Checker Won't Catch
Print out your application and have it checked for
errors 'by eye' rather than trusting a spell checker to
do the job for you. In case you're wondering why, here
are some examples of mistakes that most spell checkers
will not catch.
Essays ARE Important – But Only in Context
Some applicants have the wrong idea about why essays
are important, or what admissions committees look for when they read them.
Why 'Soft Skills' Matter in B-School Admissions
Discover the merits of 'soft skills' on your
b-school application by looking at a past university
Case Study: Finding Your Voice in Your Essays
"Anyone who's studied a foreign language can tell
you that it's much harder to learn to write an essay in
another language than to learn to speak it, especially
given each language's distinct formal writing style..."
Case Study: Tapping Your Hidden Strengths
"He was an engineer with impressive quantitative skills
but no obvious experience indicating leadership
potential. He was already in his mid-thirties and had
much more work experience than candidates for full-time
programs usually do, which meant he risked being
perceived as "too senior" for the program he was
Case Study: Be Yourself in B-School Applications
"The first mistake she made was thinking that
business schools really, really want first round
applicants. She was almost panicked by the time Round I
deadlines approached, thinking she was doomed if she
didn't get her applications in..."
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