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Michigan Ross Fall 2018 MBA Application Deadlines

The Ross School of Business at University of Michigan has posted the following MBA application deadlines for the 2017-18 admissions season.

Round 1 Application due: October 2, 2017 Decision released: December 15, 2017

Round 2 Application due: January 2, 2018 Decision released: March 15, 2018

Round 3 Application due: March 19, 2018 Decision released: ... Read More

Michigan Ross Retools Fall 2018 MBA Essay Questions

The University of Michigan Ross School of Business has introduced a new MBA essay format for the 2017-18 admissions season. The reason for the update? As admissions director Soojin Kwon explains, “We want to get to know more about you than we would in a traditional essay where you’d talk at length about one topic. You’ll get to share different ... Read More

Reapplying? Opportunity for feedback from EssaySnark!

by EssaySnark on May 26, 2017

Trying again? Any BSer who used services on last year is invited to re-enter their School Strategy in My SnarkCenter. EssaySnark will give it a look and offer our advice for the coming season!

We’re also rolling out some new features in Snarkville starting this weekend – please be patient if there are glitches! Read More

How an MBA from Anderson Helped this Career Switcher

This interview is the latest in an Accepted blog series featuring interviews with business students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top programs. Here’s a talk with James about his experience at UCLA Anderson. We first met James three years ago – you can find that post here.

Accepted: Welcome back, James! For those who haven’t ... Read More

Admissions Resumes: Putting it All Together

This post is taken from The Quick Guide to Admissions Resumes. Click here to download the full guide.

MBA and other graduate school applicants frequently submit a resume with their applications. Many schools require it, and some schools, such as Columbia Business School, even specify a given format. The resume not only will present a valuable context ... Read More

MBAnalysis Blog: Ross’ Essays Devious? Yes!

by Stratus on May 26, 2017

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business unveiled its new application deadlines and essays. They seem to be really excited by them. Clearly, a lot of care has been taken in moving away from last year’s more traditional essays (“What are you most proud of?” “Career path?”) to essays that... ... Read More

How to improve yourself

by EssaySnark on May 26, 2017

It’s so easy to let things slide.

One way to make sure that you advance yourself every year and get better and better as a person, and closer to your own specific goals, is to place a priority on those actions every week.

If there’s something very important to you, that keeps getting pushed off into the future, then make a point to accomplish ... Read More

HBS 2017-2018 Essay and Admissions Deadlines

by EXPARTUS on May 26, 2017


The Harvard Business School application essay for this year is the same as last year’s essay question:

“As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA Program?”

Click here for essay tips on how to tackle ... Read More

#109 Crafting Your Best Story & Applying Through the Consortium with Sabaina Kamara, Michigan Ross ’19

by Touch MBA on May 26, 2017

“I tried to figure out a way to draw people in through the first line (of my essays). It didn’t have to be something outlandish but it had to be something interesting that would keep you reading. And I made sure I read it to other people to see what they got from the story. What parts of my personality am I showing through the essay? ... Read More

Six Tips for MBA Application Preparation in June

by Stratus on May 25, 2017

Only 100 days until Round 1 MBA applications are due! Before you read on, visit the websites of ALL of the programs you are considering and sign up to receive information. You will be notified when each school’s application comes live as well as receive some school specific tips from admissions. Now, what else should... View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: Does “Size Matter” When Getting an MBA?

by Stratus on May 25, 2017

When asked why one business school is not like the other, most applicants will talk about things like scores, job placement, industries that grads go into, location, weather, and a few other things. What prospective applicants are less likely to mention is class size. This is always surprising to me, because out of all the... View Article

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Yale SOM MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines

As you did for the last two years applying to Yale SOM, you need to make the most of its single required essay, but you also need to take the time to make every box in the application a home run. They are not after-thoughts. Your job descriptions and activity history are very important. Write and edit them carefully. Focus on achievements. Quantify ... Read More

Understanding Stanford GSB’s Core Value of Intellectual Vitality

Do you have the smarts that Stanford GSB is looking for? What are the qualities that Stanford GSB is looking for as they build their class? How do successful applicants stand out from the crowd? At a school as competitive as Stanford, it’s a fact that many smart, accomplished applicants won’t get in—so how can you demonstrate that you have that ... Read More

Useful MBA admissions resources – direct from the bschools

by EssaySnark on May 25, 2017

There’s all sorts of information and advice out thar on them interwebs about applying to bschool. We’re sure you’ve already found gobs and gobs of the stuff, and you’ve bookmarked your favorites and made a habit out of returning to those sites on a regular basis. Today we wanted to point you towards some specific ones that may ... Read More

MBA vs. EMBA: Which Choice is Right for Your Career?

by EXPARTUS on May 25, 2017


Are you a mid-career professional thinking about going to business school? For many people who consider returning for a business degree after spending some time in the workforce, getting an MBA is the default choice. Many candidates don’t realize that an EMBA program is an option for them.

That ... Read More

How Important Is My GPA, Really?

by Admissionado on May 24, 2017

This blog post was written by Jordan Schanda and originally appeared on Jordan is the Founder and Owner of ScholarPrep, which provides both a system and organizational tools designed to ensure students are prepared to compete for college acceptance and the scholarships they need to pay for their education. 

Grade Point Average…three ... Read More

 Don’t Make These 10 Mistakes if You Need to Reapply Next Season

Rejection from business school doesn’t have to mean the end of your MBA aspirations. Every year rejected applicants reapply to MBA programs, and many of them get accepted the second time. Think of the entire MBA application process as a learning experience in and of itself. Applicants should contemplate what they would do differently now based on ... Read More

Do You Have What Stanford’s Looking For?

If you’re planning to apply to Stanford GSB, you know your application must be exceptional: when you’re competing for a spot at a top program that only accepts about 6% of its applicants, you need to stand out!

How can you make a great case for admission?

Step one: show that you’re a great fit.

And step two: be a stand-out!

Of course, there ... Read More

UCLA's MS in Business Analytics: Prep for the Sexiest Job of the 21st Century

Are you a quant jock with a bit of a poet in you? Learn about UCLA Anderson’s new MS in Business Analytics!

Harvard Business Review declared in 2012 that being a data scientist is the “sexiest job of the 21st century.” Glassdoor last year claimed it’s the “best job of the year.” And in a February Business Insider article, Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, ... Read More

Harvard Business School MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines

HBS must have liked the responses to last year’s excellent essay question. This year’s question is the same. Indeed there is very little change in the broad strokes of HBS’ application this year. The essay is again required and there is NO word limit.

The deadlines are only slightly different from last year. The Round 1 deadline ... Read More

($) Title-chasing and your Letters of Recommendation

by EssaySnark on May 24, 2017

This post could also be called, “Should I not get a recommendation from the CEO?” Most of the time when a Brave Supplicant asks about tapping their CEO to recommend them to bschool, it’s not a good idea. For most early-career types, the most interaction you’ve ever had with the CEO was passing him (or…

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Is AP Coursework As Important As It Used To Be?

by Admissionado on May 23, 2017

A hearty congratulations to high schoolers everywhere for surviving AP season!

Over the past three weeks, an estimated 2.8 million students sat for Advanced Placement exams across the country, continuing a long streak of approximately 5% annual growth. This tremendous undertaking required hundreds of thousands of teachers, a small forest’s worth ... Read More

5 Last Minute AMCAS Application Tips

by InGenius Prep Blog on May 23, 2017

5 Last Minute AMCAS Application Tips Before You Submit The AMCAS application is almost open! All of those years of volunteer work and medical research and MCAT prep are culminating in this one application. So you better make it count!

The medical school application process is, as you’re well aware, long and strenuous. You do not want all of that ... Read More

Tuesday Tips: Columbia Business School Fall 2018 MBA Application Essay Tips

Columbia Business School has an updated application out for this year and has changed the essay questions significantly. What we have heard from the admissions committee at CBS is that authenticity is key, and they are looking for candidates who are a great fit for the program and have the academic background to handle the rigor.

Columbia is a fast-paced ... Read More

MBAnalysis Blog: When to Apply to Business School?

by Stratus on May 23, 2017

As essay questions and deadlines begin to be posted for most of the top business schools, one of the first questions that comes to mind is, “When should I apply?” or, more specifically, “What round should I apply in?” With most schools, there will be three rounds of application deadlines: generally in September, early January... View Article

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NYU Stern Unveils New Tech MBA and Fashion & Luxury MBA One-Year Programs

New York University’s Stern School of Business’s new Tech MBA and Fashion & Luxury MBAs will enable students who are firmly committed to business careers in those areas to build applicable skills and knowledge, gain relevant real-world experience, and earn an MBA in one year by taking 51 credits over the 12-month period. The first class for ... Read More

Tuesday Tips: Harvard Business School Fall 2018 MBA Essay Tips

Harvard Business School just announced the deadlines for the class of 2020, and the essay question, which is unchanged from last year. It’s worth trying hard to hit the first round deadline when there is a lower volume of applicants and therefore more time for the admissions committee to evaluate your candidacy. You have just a few months until the ... Read More

Tuck School at Dartmouth Fall 2018 Application Deadlines

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth has posted the following MBA application deadlines for the 2017-18 admissions season.

Early Action Round Application due: October 4, 2017 Decision released: December 15, 2017

November Round Application due: November 1, 2017 Decision released: February 9, 2018

January Round Application due: January 3, 2018 Decision ... Read More

A BSer asks: “why does LBS take people with 600 gmat score whilst rejecting those with 700+?”

by EssaySnark on May 23, 2017

A Brave Supplicant named Rahul was recently reading the post “Why is the average GMAT score at LBS so much lower?” and he asked us this:

As a genuine question, why does LBS take people with 600 gmat score whilst rejecting those with 700+. Im fully aware of the whole idea of GMAT just being part of the criteria and that application and essays and ... Read More

Stanford GSB’s Iconic MBA Essay: Why it Still Matters

by Fortuna Admissions on May 22, 2017

What matters most to you, and why?

When Stanford GSB’s former Dean of Admissions Derrick Bolton first introduced this essay in the MBA application more than thirteen years ago, did he imagine it would become such an enduring and iconic question? Even if Stanford isn’t on your short list, this prompt is invaluable for your self-reflection process ... Read More

NYU Stern Announces New 1-Year MBA in High Tech

by MBA Ivy League on May 22, 2017

The Traditional 2-year Tech MBA is About to be Disrupted

New York University’s Stern School of Business just announced its new 1-year MBA program in tech for IT professionals and others looking to further pursue and build upon their career in the high tech industry.

It’s a new category for a top business school that is already at the forefront ... Read More

Chicago Booth Receives $20M Gift for Social Sector Innovation

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has received a $20 million gift from Tandean Rustandy to support expanded research and programming in social innovation and entrepreneurship at the newly named Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation.

Rustandy’s gift comes as the center is developing an increasingly ambitious approach to research ... Read More

Ready or Not, Here Comes Round 1!

Over the past few weeks, top MBA programs—such as Stanford, Wharton and Stern—have started announcing their Round 1 deadlines for the 2017-2018 application season. While those September and October dates might seem far away right now, we assure you that the next four months are going to go by in a flash.

We can also guarantee that many of your ... Read More

How to Build Relationships With Your High School Teachers

by InGenius Prep Blog on May 22, 2017

How to Build a Strong Student-Teacher Relationship in High School Teachers are more than just the people responsible for assigning grades. They can be an incredible resource for students, particularly in the last two years of high school as you start thinking about applying to college. This is why building a strong student-teacher relationship is key.

But ... Read More

Columbia MBA early decision deadline & acceptance rate

by EssaySnark on May 22, 2017

Now that Columbia has officially released its 2017 MBA essay questions — which are a wonderfully simplified and much-clearer version of the same questions they’ve been asking for eons — we wanted to dig into one of the most common questions any BSer ever asks: Is it easier to get into Columbia Early Decision? Well……

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Columbia MBA & EMBA Essay Questions for 2018

by MBA Ivy League on May 21, 2017

Columbia Business School has announced the MBA & EMBA essay questions for the 2017-2018 admissions cycle. 2018 ESSAY PROMPTS:

Goal: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters)

Essay #1: Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next ... Read More

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans [Application Essay Tips]

Paul Soros was often overshadowed by his younger brother, financial wizard George Soros, but he was a millionaire in his own right. In contrast to George Soros’s success in the financial industry, Paul Soros made his mark on the world by innovating in the shipping industry, filing patents, winning several engineering awards, and innovating in everything ... Read More

MBA Letters Of Recommendation: Who, When, What, Where & How

Selecting your recommenders requires a strategy. I like to begin with the basics: Who, When, What, Where, and How. I also like to suggest that you waive your right to access it. The waiver makes the recommendation more credible to the admissions committee.


Who are the best people to address the questions the schools are asking? Who are the best ... Read More

INSEAD Fall 2018 Application Deadlines

The following are the INSEAD MBA application deadlines for the September 2018 intake (Class of July 2019).

Round 1 Application due:  September 20, 2017 Decision released: November 24, 2017

Round 2 Application due: November 29, 2017 Decision released: February 16, 2018

Round 3 Application due: January 24, 2018 Decision released: April 6, 2018

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Harvard Business School’s Fall 2018 Deadlines, Essay Question

Chad Losee, Harvard Business School’s director of MBA admissions and financial aid, took to his blog this week to preview the following MBA application deadlines and essay question for the 2017-18 admissions season.

Round 1 Application due: September 6, 2017 Decision released: TBA

Round 2 Application due: January 3, 2018 Decision released: ... Read More

Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship Application Essay Tips

Indian students considering applying to the Stanford MBA program should check out the Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship. The scholarship covers all tuition and associated fees for up to 5 Indian students to attend Stanford GSB, and the top 50 finalists for the Fellowship will even receive a break on applying – submitting Stanford’s application for free. ... Read More

8 Tips for Better Admissions Resumes

This post is taken from The Quick Guide to Admissions Resumes. Click here to download the full guide.

Looking for solid tips for the actual writing of your resume? What should you include? What should you leave out? What sort of tone should you use? What do you need to know? The following eight tips will guide you towards creating an impressive, persuasive, ... Read More

Darden Adds August Deadline to Future Year Admissions Program

The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business has added a second deadline for its year-old Future Year Admissions Program designed for exceptional college seniors as well as students who have gone directly from college into a fifth-year master’s program.

In the video below, Katherine Alford, Senior Associate Director of MBA Admissions ... Read More

MBAnalysis Blog: The Forte Foundation

by Stratus on May 19, 2017

If you are a woman and considering business school, you must connect with the Forte Foundation which is a non-profit dedicated to helping women attend business school and then succeed professionally. They do this through scholarships, mentorship, conferences, workshops, networking and in other ways. As Elissa Sangster, the Executive Director explains, ... Read More

We were bummed to have discovered this.

by EssaySnark on May 19, 2017

Well-meaning or not, a BSer we worked with this past season ended up executing on an application strategy decision that, had we known about it, we would’ve advised against. This person used our help to apply to a bunch of top-tier Round 1 schools. They did a good job on those essays. Apparently somewhere along…

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GMAC Survey Finds Many MBA Applicants Have Master’s Degrees

by EXPARTUS on May 19, 2017


GMAC has released their 2017 Prospective Students Survey Report, finding that while business master’s programs continue to rise in popularity, many master’s recipients later go back for MBAs.

As expected, GMAC found that master’s and MBA degrees tended to attract different kinds of candidates. ... Read More

Emory’s Goizueta School Announces Fall 2018 MBA Application Deadlines

The Goizueta Business School at Emory University has released the following MBA application deadlines for the 2017-2018 admissions season.

Round 1 Application due: October 6, 2017 Decision released: December 1, 2017

Round 2* Application due: November 17, 2017 Decision released: January 26, 2018

Round 3** Application due: January 3, 2018 Decision ... Read More

Business Master’s Programs Aren’t Replacing MBAs

Although interest in specialized business master’s degrees continues to rise, findings from the Graduate Management Admission Council’s (GMAC) newly released 2017 Prospective Students Survey Report show that the MBA remains the predominant program format considered by candidates with both prior business master’s degrees (61 percent) and non-business ... Read More

Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford [Application Tips]

Do you aim to improve the world? Would you like to earn your graduate degree at Stanford tuition free? Then you will be happy to hear about the new Knight-Hennessy Scholars program at Stanford, a program that will cover 100 Stanford graduate students’ tuition for up to three years plus provide a stipend for room and board, travel, and personal expenses, ... Read More

The Round 1 Countdown is coming!

by EssaySnark on May 18, 2017

Planning on applying to business school this year? (“Um, yeah, EssaySnark, why in heck do you think I’m here?”)


Don’t know where to start – or worried that you’re a procrastinator who might slough off and not get the important things done on time?

Or perhaps maybe you simply don’t know what those important ... Read More