Articles by Jeremy Shinewald

  • 2014-2015 Cornell Johnson MBA Essay Analysis

    2014-2015 Cornell Johnson MBA Essay Analysis

    by on October 28th, 2014

    You can be forgiven for feeling a little annoyance with Johnson at Cornell University’s decision to unnecessarily complicate things this season by stipulating a character limit, rather than a word limit, for its MBA … Read More

  • 2014–2015 Wharton MBA Essay Analysis

    2014–2015 Wharton MBA Essay Analysis

    by on July 17th, 2014

    The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has decreased its number of application essays to just two this year and is giving candidates a whopping 900 words with which to distinguish themselves. We surmise … Read More

  • 2014–2015 MIT Sloan Essay Analysis

    2014–2015 MIT Sloan Essay Analysis

    by on July 15th, 2014

    The MIT Sloan School of Management bucks conventionality this admissions season and has added to the word count for its application essays—moving from a maximum of 1,000 words to 1,250. The school’s first essay … Read More

  • 2014–2015 Michigan Ross Essay Analysis

    2014–2015 Michigan Ross Essay Analysis

    by on July 10th, 2014

    The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan has refashioned its essay questions, going “smaller” with its requirements, as have several other schools this application season. Ross’s broadly worded … Read More

  • 2014–2015 UVA Darden Essay Analysis

    2014–2015 UVA Darden Essay Analysis

    by on July 9th, 2014

    The Darden School at the University of Virginia claims to have released its essay question for the year, but last year, it released a single essay question on its blog but then added more when the complete … Read More

  • 2014–2015 NYU Stern Essay Analysis

    2014–2015 NYU Stern Essay Analysis

    by on July 8th, 2014

    The admissions committee at New York University’s (NYU’s) Stern School of Business must be happy with the essay responses it received from applicants last admissions season, because the school has made no changes to … Read More

  • Ivy League Adcoms: Be Thoughtful & Yourself

    Ivy League Adcoms: Be Thoughtful & Yourself

    by on June 7th, 2014

    The message could not have been any clearer. When applying to business school, be thoughtful, and communicate your story in a way that is authentic to who you are. That’s the advice given by two admission directors for … Read More

  • 2014-2015 Stanford Graduate School of Business Essay Analysis

    2014-2015 Stanford Graduate School of Business Essay Analysis

    by on June 5th, 2014

    The Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) became the second top MBA program to release its essay questions this year, and the school follows a trend in application essays—“less is more.” Stanford has dropped … Read More

  • 2014-2015 Tuck Application Essay Analysis

    2014-2015 Tuck Application Essay Analysis

    by on June 4th, 2014

    Following what seems to be an emerging trend this season, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College has decreased the number of required applications essays this year from (an already fairly minimal) three to just … Read More

  • 2014-2015 Harvard Business School Essay Analysis

    2014-2015 Harvard Business School Essay Analysis

    by on May 31st, 2014

    Last year, Harvard Business School (HBS) took a new approach to its application essay questions, moving from multiple queries to one very open-ended prompt with no clear word limit. This year, HBS Director of Admissions … Read More

  • 2014-2015 Columbia Business School Essay Analysis

    2014-2015 Columbia Business School Essay Analysis

    by on May 29th, 2014

    For the second year in a row, Columbia Business School (CBS) has kicked off the MBA application season. During an online event with mbaMission, Manhattan Prep, and Poets & Quants, CBS’s director of admissions, … Read More

  • MBA Admissions Myth: “I Have No Weaknesses!”

    MBA Admissions Myth: “I Have No Weaknesses!”

    by on May 21st, 2014

    Most business schools will ask an applicant’s recommenders to describe a weakness of yours, or a time when they offered you constructive feedback. You may face great temptation to ask your recommenders to avoid … Read More

  • Who Should Write Your Letters of Recommendation?

    Who Should Write Your Letters of Recommendation?

    by on May 15th, 2014

    Letters of recommendation are an important part of your overall application package—they provide the only outside information the admissions committee receives about you. One of the most stressful parts of the … Read More

  • Preparing Your Resume Early Help Build a Path to the Future

    Preparing Your Resume Early Help Build a Path to the Future

    by on May 1st, 2014

    We at mbaMission try to encourage business school candidates to get as much “noise” out of the way as possible before the schools begin releasing their essay questions. We want our applicants to have the freedom to … Read More