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  • Many applications now have a question, sometimes optional, geared to encouraging people with minority backgrounds or unusual educational or family histories to write about their background.

    How Are YOU Diverse?

    First the easy answer: If you are an immigrant to the US, the child of immigrants or someone whose ethnicity is a minority in the US, you ... Read More

  • Bschools are all the same.

    by EssaySnark on March 27, 2017

    Well no, not really. When you’re reading their websites or looking at their core curricula, or checking out their job placement reports, they may seem like it. The MBA degree is the MBA degree. They teach a lot of the same things. They spit grads out into the world as consultants and associates and product…

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  • Once you know an MBA is right for you, it’s understandable to want to be there as soon as possible. So where does this put you? While the window has closed to apply for fall entry to most top US schools, if you still want to apply to now, consider the international b-school options.

    In the FT Global MBA Ranking for 2017, five of the top 10 are European ... Read More

  • When one thinks of passion, one doesn’t generally think of investment bankers. But the admissions committees are looking for passion in their applicants; so how are you – a computer guy, an engineer, a biology major, or yes, an investment banker – going to craft a winning application that shows them the passion they’re looking for?

    “Passion” ... Read More

  • Waitlisted? 5-Step Action Plan for Getting off the College Waitlist Decisions, decisions, decisions. ‘Tis the season!

    For many, online college portals will bring a loud “YES!” or a quiet “noooo” to the room. But for others, reactions have to wait. Every year, thousands of students are waitlisted by their dream schools.  

    The length of ... Read More

  • Before you apply for an MBA is the best time to begin planning your financing. After all, you’re opting to forego your annual salary just as you’re committing to one of the biggest financial investments of your life. The FT recently reported that the average Stanford GSB student will spend about $218,000 over two years while giving up an estimated ... Read More

  • We got this super exciting update from a Round 1 BSer who’d been waitlisted at a Very Good School, and we just had to share it with you (with permission, of course). Enjoy and be inspired!

    Hi EssaySnark!

    I know I have been radio silent for the past few months, but I did want to touch base to give you an update. Just a refresher on who I am ... Read More

  • Now that Round two results for 2017 entry are coming in, I am increasingly focused on initial consultations for MBA applicants applying for 2018 entry.  They often ask what to do now before essay season, which really begins June, commences.  Here is what I tell them: 1.  If your GMAT (or GRE equivalent) is not already at or above the average score ... Read More

  • Bob Bruner, Darden’s former dean, said this in his speech to newly-minted undergrads at UVA’s Commencement Day 2015. We’ve also heard him say it as advice to eager-beaver MBA applicants who are trying to figure out where they should apply to bschool. We’re offering it today as wisdom to consider, in particular for those who…

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  • Bob Bruner, Darden’s former dean, said this in his speech to newly-minted undergrads at UVA’s Commencement Day 2015. We’ve also heard him say it as advice to eager-beaver MBA applicants who are trying to figure out where they should apply to bschool. We’re offering it today as wisdom to consider, in particular for those who…

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  • Is the MBA interview really that important?

    Yes it is! Interviews are the final piece of the puzzle. The admissions committee has all the numbers, the accolades, the resume, and the recommendations, but what they don’t yet have an up-close-and-personal understanding of YOU. The interview is your opportunity to convince the adcoms that all the information ... Read More

  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions Consulting%%www.expartus.com%%

    Here at EXPARTUS, MBA candidates come to us at many stages in the application process, and with varying degrees of knowledge about what an admissions consultant does.

    For some people, hiring an MBA admissions consultant is an obvious choice: they know they want the guidance, and they come to us ... Read More

  • We are now getting calls from applicants who plan to plan to apply in the summer, fall, and winter to matriculate in 2018. A few have all their ducks lined up – test score in place, school visits planned, a GPA they’re proud of, and maybe they’re just rounding out their profile to put icing on the application cake. Others wish they had the test ... Read More

  • If you’ve just finished applying to business school, please spare <10 minutes and take AIGAC’s annual MBA Applicant Survey. First, you could win $500!  Second, your views will be tallied anonymously and shared at our June conference, then used directly by business schools, admissions consultants and key stakeholders to shape the admissions ... Read More

  • Given: You want an MBA in order to get a better job. Given: You’re very focused on getting into the most prestigious school that you can. Given: You want there to be lots of recruiters coming to campus to ply you with gifts recruit your bada$$ self into this great new future career you’ve imagined…

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  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions Consulting%%www.expartus.com%%

    With the Trump administration’s second, revised travel ban appearing to be headed for a drawn-out legal battle, international students at United States business schools are left wondering what the executive order will mean for them.

    The order, scheduled to go into effect on March 16 before it ... Read More

  • I’ve always told students to visit schools in the springtime. Now that it’s almost April, and schools will end classes in May, it’s time to remind prospective students it’s entirely worth the trip.

    If you can schedule a visit before classes are over, while the sun is shining, and when students know what’s what, you’ll get ... Read More

  • Imposter Syndrome

    by EssaySnark on March 21, 2017

    It happens.

    The spike of adrenaline and rush of endorphines around getting an admit.

    The frantic phone calls to family, and high-fives around the office.

    All of that subsiding over the course of the next few days to a happy hum of contentment: YOU DID IT!!! You got into bschool! A top MBA program actually accepted you!!

    And then…

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  • Think about the people you interact with at business meetings and social gatherings. On a daily basis, you encounter many different personality types and communication styles. Whether consciously or subconsciously, you assess and compare these individuals according to a set of traits and behaviors that are either positive or negative. Those judgments, ... Read More

  • On Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, Harvard Business School will be sending round-two notifications to applicants who went through the interview process this winter.

    50% to 60% of interviewed applicants should receive an offer from HBS. The Baker Library

    Harvard Business School’s admissions rate has been pretty steady in recent years, and when ... Read More

  • IB vs AP: Which is Better? Does your high school offer both AP and IB classes? Which should you choose? Which will help you succeed at getting into the best colleges? Which will help you actually succeed in college? IB vs AP is a big and very important choice to make during 10th grade before you commit to your 11th grade courses!

    What is the IB (International ... Read More

  • This is the second chunk of our recent plea for help and EssaySnark’s reaction to a Brave Supplicant’s worries about trying to transition from engineering to finance: My question is: I really have to get this MBA to enhance my career growth now. With my [specialty deleted] background, what is the most advisable path for…

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  • This is the second chunk of our recent plea for help and EssaySnark’s reaction to a Brave Supplicant’s worries about trying to transition from engineering to finance: My question is: I really have to get this MBA to enhance my career growth now. With my [specialty deleted] background, what is the most advisable path for…

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  • Folks, there is so much info out there about how to prepare for the GMAT.

    Here at Admissionado, we like to keep it simple… because it is! Here are four commonsense tips for planning your GMAT preparation.

    Get started early. Study lots. Diversify your study methods. Test early.

    1. Get started early This one is a no-brainer. If you are studying ... Read More

  • This interview is the latest in an Accepted blog series featuring interviews with MBA students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top MBA programs. And now for a chat with Laura Wilson…

    Accepted:  We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad?

    Laura: I grew up in Washington, ... Read More

  • Now that most of the top business schools in the United States accept both the GMAT and GRE exam for admission, how do you decide which test you should take? Many elite schools hope to diversify their applicant pool by accepting the GRE as an alternative in the admissions process. Another favorable aspect for business schools: it creates a more competitive ... Read More

  • Most Brave Supplicants wandering around on the blahg are planning to apply to business school for an MBA. However, we’re an all-purpose ‘Snark and we’ve had plenty of experience helping BSers trying for admission to all sorts of other types of graduate programs, including the JD/MBA, Master’s in Management, Master’s in ... Read More

  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions Consulting%%www.expartus.com%%

    Are you thinking about applying to an Executive MBA program – but aren’t sure that your profile is the right fit? We’ve talked before about how to choose whether an MBA or an EMBA is right for you, but I also wanted to address something I see a lot: the concern over applying for an ... Read More

  • What is the Common App Honors Section? Filling out the Common App is hard. The personal statement alone can take months to write, so when it comes to the shorter sections, it’s easy to breeze over them. Particularly with the Common App activities and honors lists, you do not want to underestimate their impact. This is a chance to quickly and ... Read More

  • The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business is one of the leading business schools in Canada. Known for its design approach to MBA education and strong emphasis on problem solving, Rotman’s program has grown in renown.

    This year’s essay questions will enable you to show that you have the self-knowledge and personal insight to make the ... Read More

  • Most people who want an MBA are looking to increase their salary — and that’s fine. It’s understood that you’re looking to go back to school to change your employment profile and open up more opportunities. It’s probably the main reason you’re focusing on the full-time two-year on-campus MBA, and why you want to go…

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  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions Consulting%%www.expartus.com%%

    When it comes to MBA admissions, undergraduate GPA and admissions test scores like the GRE or GMAT are some of the only hard, quantifiable metrics that an admissions committee can use to gauge the strength of your candidacy. They’re certainly not the only elements of your MBA application ... Read More

  • How valuable is that MBA?

    by EssaySnark on March 15, 2017

    There are plenty of ways to evaluate ROI on an MBA, the most obvious being to look at your potential post-MBA salary compared to where you’re at now.

    There are plenty of intangibles associated with graduate business education too of course. The GMAC researchers put out a survey of bschool alumni every year to try and quantify some of them.

    Here’s ... Read More