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  • Prepare for a chat?!?? Why on earth would you need to prepare for a chat? Can’t you just show up?

    Well…. if you really want to make the most of the chat experience (and even better, not embarrass yourself with this important panel of admissions people who are hosting the chat) then you should take some steps to be ready.

    Recently we covered ... Read More

  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions

    Peking University’s HSBC Business School has acquired a property in Oxford, England that it will use to launch an overseas campus. When the campus opens in summer of 2018, the business school will become the first in China to launch a campus abroad.

    Peking University’s HSBC Business School, ... Read More

  • As the weather gets nicer, it may be harder to focus on your applications, but there’s so much you can be doing in May to make it easier on you in the coming months. Here are some things you can be focused on this month: 1. Finalize Your MBA Strategy Consider your short and long-term... View Article

    The post 6 Things to Do in May While You Wait for ... Read More

  • Today and for more than 50 years, the MBA has been the most popular and profitable graduate degree in the world. That’s why year after year, thousands of candidates apply for the MBA. However, today, there are increasingly more “flavors” of the MBA — from the traditional full-time two-year program to the one-year program very popular in ... Read More

  • We’re slowly moving into the part of the season where the schools are focused on outreach to potential applicants, and where BSers planning to apply this year should be making school research a priority. While we still say your very best effort is to actually GO VISIT the schools – and, HEY! April is a great time for that!!! – there ... Read More

  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions

    Our previous blog looked at dual degree options at eight top business schools: Booth, Columbia, Fuqua, Haas, Harvard, IE, INSEAD, and Kellogg. This week, we’re covering nine more.

    Is an MBA dual-degree program the right choice for you?

    When it comes to dual-degree programs (also referred ... Read More

  • Phase I of Writing Your Personal Statement: 36 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Begin In less than 650 words, you have to persuade a stranger to care about you and your application. That’s why the Common App personal statement is one of the most discussed aspects of the college application. Think about how much time you spend on homework, standardized ... Read More

  • POST WRITTEN BY Neill Seltzer and Jeff Thomas Neill Seltzer is the CEO of Noodle Pros. Jeff Thomas is the CEO of Stratus Admissions Counseling. Why would Harvard Law School, one of the most elite law schools in the country, decide to change the admissions criteria that it has used for the past 60 years? One would... View Article

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  • We spoke recently about the Personal Statement as part of an application to many (non-MBA) master’s programs, and voila! A Brave Supplicant has surfaced with a draft they want to be snarked up. This is for one of the Master of Science programs at the London School of Economics (good school!), in this case their…

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  • In Part 1 of this blog series, The MBA Exchange encouraged serious candidates to ask themselves: “Is my candidacy strong enough to earn admission?” For those who couldn’t answer in the affirmative, we identified four specific issues that can constrain the pursuit of a seat at a top b-school.   Today, in Part 2, we focus on three ... Read More

  • If you are interested in a Master of Public Policy, there is no better school in the world than the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  I’ve been lucky to have advised many students on their quest to attend this program and all have been accepted!  Of course, that has more to do with the quality of the great international students I get to ... Read More

  • Applicants and Admissions Directors almost always seek the same thing. Applicants want to be desired by Admissions Directors and Admissions Directors want their schools to be desired by applicants. Applicants want to optimize their ability to gain admission to the highest-ranking school that fits their education/career needs, and Admissions Directors ... Read More

  • “Waitlisted. Now What?” is the latest post in our series Navigate the MBA Maze.

    First, a word of introduction: Realize that receiving a wait-list letter means you qualify for admission. You pass. You are probably on the wait-list (and not admitted) because they have already admitted applicants with your profile and want diversity in the class. ... Read More

  • 6 Tips to Increase Your ACT Score Today Maybe your exam is this weekend, or maybe you’re just looking for an immediate boost in your score. In any case, you might wonder whether it’s even possible to improve your ACT results right now. It is—but you need to be strategic about how you approach your prep. With that in mind, here are six ... Read More

  • “But my undergrad school was highly competitive…”

    “But I worked 20 hours a week during college…”

    “But I was a varsity athlete at a Division I school…”

    “But even though it took me a couple of years, once I got it together I made dean’s list every semester…”

    “But my PhD GPA was 3.9…”

    These are the fretful “buts…” ... Read More

  • We’re always thrilled when a Brave Supplicant we know makes it into a school of their dreams.

    We’re even more thrilled when they stay in touch with us as they actually go to bschool, and share news of their subsequent successes along the way.

    We got a report from one such former BSer last fall and we’re happy to be able to share ... Read More

  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions

    At most schools, an MBA is a general management degree – an excellent way to hone your leadership skills and develop strong foundational business skills across a number of departments and operations. But if you’d like to delve deeper into a specific industry or career path, a general management ... Read More

  • “Make sure your professors are intellectually curious, and not just in their own field, and that they genuinely care about where you want to go and about you as a student. That does not mean they are going to do you favors, or that they’re going to give you slack. It usually means the opposite because they care about where you ... Read More

  • Well, maybe not directly – but here’s what it can do: in one hour, you can learn how to understand your stats and their significance for your application, and also (most importantly!) learn how to mitigate low stats in your MBA applications.

    It’s natural that the GPA and GMAT are often anxiety-provoking aspects of the b-school application process ... Read More

  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions

    The United States has the best business schools in the world – according to United States business schools anyway. Not that they’d be biased or anything.

    A recent Kaplan Test Prep survey of 125 business schools in the United States found that at the overwhelming majority of schools, admissions ... Read More

  • You don’t need to be on any government watch list or from any specific foreign country to be deported from the U.S. for breaking the law. Here’s a case of a Chinese national who was studying at Arizona state. He got busted for taking upskirt photos and filming women in the bathroom and now he’s going to be deported. We’re going ... Read More

  • Someone on Quora asked: What can you learn at Harvard Business School, Wharton, or any other top-5 business school that you can’t learn anywhere else?

    I answered this question and it received more upvotes than any other question I’ve answered, so I’m going to put it here for everyone to see.  It was true when I was there, and still ... Read More

  • Today’s guest, Mary-Patton Davis, earned her BA in Government and French from Georgetown in 2010. She worked in marketing in the U.S. and in Rwanda, started a yoga business in Rwanda among other things, and earned her MBA from Wharton in 2016. While there she co-founded and led LeadUp, a mindful leadership program emphasizing health and wellness for ... Read More

  • About a year ago, we talked about how certain schools are putting even more emphasis on GMAT score than ever before. That was based on our experience last season (Class of 2018 admissions). We saw how that affected the Class of 2018 profiles – Wharton’s average GMAT score is now up to 724, but perhaps…

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  • Internships are really just short-term jobs available to college students.

    There’s no shortage of internship opportunities out there, you just need to know how to find them. Luckily, we’re here to teach you how to do just that!

    1) Start looking for ideas early Your internship search is not something you want to procrastinate on. If you wait ... Read More

  • Barbara Coward

    A guest post from Barbara Coward, a top education industry analyst, and founder of Enrollment Strategies, an advisory service to businses schools.

    If you are applying to a “top” business school, you’re far from alone. The full-time MBA programs recently ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report received 54,694 ... Read More

  • There’s an abundance of advice available – in books, online, etc. – on what MBA applicants should feature in their applications to maximize the chances for admission. It can be very tempting to absorb that info, follow it as closely as possible, and just go for it. However, before you start producing your apps, The MBA Exchange strongly ... Read More

  • Breaking Down the Quantitative Section of the GMAT Math on the GMAT can be very challenging, but we can take comfort in the fact that it tests the same concepts over and over again. By familiarizing yourself with that content, you can face the GMAT Quantitative section confidently.

    In very broad terms, the GMAT Quantitative section tests algebra, geometry, ... Read More

  • Most business schools do not give feedback to applicants on why they rejected their app. However, some cool schools do – and if you’re going to reapply there, we have some (seemingly basic but apparently not) advice for what to do with it.

    Today we’ll also mention what we always thought was obvious and standard, but again, we keep ... Read More

  • “4 Tips For Team Interviews” is the latest post in our series Navigate the MBA Maze.

    Since so much of b-school life and learning includes team discussions, the adcom needed a tool for assessing how applicants will fit in the team-based discussion culture of their programs. Thus, the Team-Based Discussion (TBD) was born.

    In team-based interviews, ... Read More

  • Written by Molly Ellison, photo courtesy of Davide D’Amico via Flickr.

    Looking for the best full-time MBA programs in the United Kingdom? Here’s your ultimate guide! Read on to compare the country’s best MBA programs head-to-head. Want more personalized advice? Get the inside scoop from Admissions Directors and alumni of the UK’s ... Read More