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Check here for general information on the MBA process – from when essay questions are released to forum etiquette to school selection.

New Research Indicates Which MBA Programs Offer Greatest ROIAdmissions Video
     How much of a difference does the name of business school on your resume really make? Here at AdmissionsConsultants, we dedicated thousands of man hours to a study to help quantitatively answer that very question.

The Three Hurdles to Business School AdmissionAdmissions Video
     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.

What Does the Future Hold for MBAs?Admissions Video
     As the economy shifts, top b-schools have put their alumni networks and career services into high gear to help today's students and tomorrow's graduates. Their actions are helping students and alumni ride out the current rough economic waters.

It's Not Too Early to Start Planning for Next YearAdmissions Video
     If you have decided you want to apply to b-school for the following application season, it's not too early to take meaningful steps towards a successful and ultimately rewarding candidacy. Here is a list of actions you can start working on immediately.

Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management Admissions Interview
     Cornell University's Johnson School of Business produces business leaders who can anticipate trends and lead companies in times of change. The school's own commitment to keeping pace with business and student needs has resulted in innovations such as the Accelerated MBA (AMBA), which allows scientists and engineers with advanced degrees to earn an MBA in just one year. Here is an interview with Ms. Laurie Shunney, Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid.

White Paper: GMAT Verus GRE Smackdown
     Business schools that accept the GRE as an alternative to the GMAT from MBA applicants are growing in number, and the business press is sparing no hyperbole in reporting the trend. "There's a feud brewing in the graduate-school testing world" (Lagorio 2008). "One of the hot battles in standardized testing these days is over the M.B.A. market" (Inside Higher Ed 2009). "The battle between two of the largest graduate school testing giants," the GMAT and the GRE, "is heating up" (Damast 2009), and "this business school version of the Coke-or-Pepsi debate is raging everywhere" (Di Meglio 2009).

Will Rough Financial Waters Sink Your MBA Hopes?
     You may have noticed lately the economic-shaking news about a few Wall Street cornerstones collapsing or being bailed out. The economic news looks scary - so does it have an effect on your b-school opportunities?

Military and the MBAAdmissions Video
     Many young men and women are now transitioning from the military into new opportunities for leadership. History has demonstrated to MBA programs how valuable their experiences are. These experiences range from what they learned and how their service shapes the way they lead, how they treat people, how they make decisions, and how their management style develops. When they exit their branch of Service, they are in prime position to put those skills and qualities into use and many are best suited for a MBA degree before they even step foot into a corporate office.

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.

University of Oxford Said Business School Admissions Interview
     Many European MBA programs are reporting a large influx of American applications. One example is University of Oxford Said Business School in the United Kingdom. Said Business School has had great success in attracting talented candidates from all around the world to its MBA program. Here is a recent interview with Anna Farrus, Admissions Manager at Oxford Said Business School.

SDA Bocconi School of Management Admissions Interview
     Many European MBA programs are reporting a large influx of American applications. One example is SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan. SDA Bocconi School of Management has had great success in attracting talented candidates from all around the world to its MBA program. Here is a recent interview with Tyler Henderson from the Recruiting and Admissions Service, Masters Division at Bocconi.

IESE Business School Admissions Interview
     IESE Business School seeks to impact the management profession by offering high-quality learning to students and senior executives from around the world. The school aspires to be a world-class and truly global business school, seeking teaching excellence and research impact, with campuses in Barcelona, Madrid and New York and executive programs in key countries or regions around the world, including Germany, Eastern Europe, India, Brazil and China.

Leveraging Work Experience in Your Application
     "Charlotte is a twenty-nine-year-old risk analyst at a prominent mid-western retail bank. A green card holder, she completed a PhD in statistics from a Korean university and began working for a well-known U.S. insurance company..."

MBA Salary Survey
     If you want to know the median total pay packages at the top business schools, then we have the list for you.

How Important are Extracurricular Activities?Admissions Video
      So just how critical is your extracurricular experience in your overall admissions application? Senior Consultant Cindy Sullivan answers that question.

Nationality an Issue?Admissions Video
      Nationality has been a growing issue among U.S. b-school admissions in recent years. Most admissions committees do consider it an important issue for the benefit of offering a diversified and international class.

IMD MBA Admission Interview
     Every year, thousands of business leaders from around the world come to IMD's global meeting place in Lausanne, Switzerland. Ninety of those learn and network in the school's small but highly-ranked MBA program. IMD's unique "Real World. Real Learning" approach allows participants to immediately apply new insights to their business challenges.

Presenting Nonprofit Experience in a B-School ApplicationAdmissions Video
     It's time to dismiss a fallacy about nonprofit job experience being detrimental to your MBA admissions. In fact, nonprofit experience might provide an applicant with points for diversity.

Undergraduate Institutions and MBA AdmissionsAdmissions Video
     Business school applicants often ask us if an admissions committee think less of someone who attended a state university instead of Harvard or Yale? We put that question to one of our consultants.

What NOT to Ask on a B-School Forum
     One of the qualities that business schools look for in applicants is good judgment. One way to shoot yourself in the foot in the b-school admissions process is to display an utter lack of common sense in your interaction with the admissions office.

Financing Your Business School EducationAdmissions Video
     If you're hoping to get any kind of financial aid for business school, you need to start thinking about your FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, now. We put that question to one of our consultants.

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