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Economic Downturn MBA Poll

Thank you to the over 450 people who participated in this unscientific poll conducted in the last half of 2009 and beginning of 2010. Here are the results.

Question:  Which of the following is most important to you in selecting a b-school?

While we readily acknowledge that this poll is not scientific, we do believe it is also pretty reflective of the MBA applicant community at large as we fully expected alumni networking and campus recruiting to be the two most important business school selection criteria. Our only "commentary" on the poll results is that the MBA's value peaks upon graduation which would seem to make the campus recruiting more important to future career success than the alumni network – not that there is anything wrong with having a strong alumni network for support in the short term or even the long term.

We received a few emails relating to this poll. We love hearing feedback and sharing it here with others, so please keep them coming! If you give us a name (or at least initial) and location, we will likely publish your quotes.

"I chose alumni networking but it was a tough call over campus recruiting. This certainly doesn't mean I don't care about my match with the student body. It's just not the most important factor." – P, Illinois

"The economy stinks right now. I was going to wait another year to apply, but I'll give it a try this year and hope for the best. Hopefully, I'll get in and graduate in time to catch the entire upswing." – L, Texas

"I'm surprised you even provided a faculty option. If that's what I cared about, I would be doing a Ph.D. instead of an MBA." – H, China

We update our poll periodically and we will continue to archive the results of the previous polls so you can see how other business school applicants voted on those topics as well.

Do you have an idea for a poll topic or any comments on our analysis? Please email us with your thoughts.

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