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  • Holiday Announcement

    by EssaySnark on May 27, 2016

    Hey Brave Supplicants! It’s a holiday weekend in the U.S. which means we have light coverage in Snarkville. If you purchase something that requires account configuration, please be patient until we can handle it for you. Team EssaySnark will be back in the office as usual on Tuesday to handle your questions. Read More

  • Matt Symonds is a Director of Fortuna Admissions and regular contributor to Poets and Quants. The following is adapted from his original article posted May 9, 2016.

    A great GPA and spectacular GMAT score are no guarantee of acceptance in the world’s top MBA programs. Competition for entry is such that your candidacy will need to reflect much more.

    This ... Read More

  • The Indiana University / Kelley School of Business admissions committee has released the 2016-2017 MBA essay topics. The Indiana / Kelley essay set is unchanged from last admissions season, consisting of three required essays and an optional essay.

    2016-2017 Indiana University / Kelley Essay Topics 1. Please discuss your immediate post-MBA professional ... Read More

  • MIT Sloan recently published an article on its blog about Ricult, a new startup aimed at giving “the world’s poorest farmers direct access to credit and supplies through a mobile platform.”

    According to co-founder and ’15 Sloan Fellow Usman Javaid, many of the world’s poorest farmers often “can’t afford seed, pesticide and fertilizer,” ... Read More

  • We’ve had some stirrings of interest among you Brave Supplicants looking ahead to the Class of 2019 applications and we’ve got some news to fill you in on!


    Essay guides are ready! First, you may have noticed that several new EssaySnark MBA Essay Strategy Guides have already been published! So far we’ve got 2016 editions for ... Read More

  • As the latest addition to our Admissions Director Q&A Series, we recently connected with John Roeder, assistant dean of graduate admissions at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Roeder is a graduate of the Cox MBA program, so he knows the school and its offerings inside and out.

    Roeder oversees all of the graduate ... Read More

  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions

    The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business has released their 2016-2017 MBA application, including deadlines and essay questions.

    The Ross School of Business application deadlines are:

    – Round One: October 3

    – Round Two: January 2

    – Round Three: March 20

    Ross ... Read More

  • Congratulations and degrees continue to be conferred across MBA programs, so in this edition of Top #MBA Tweets of the Week, we’re carrying on the celebration for successful students.

    There were many smiling faces, as students from Berkeley / Haas, Georgetown / McDonough and Yale School of Management marked commencement:

    Graduation is in full swing ... Read More

  • Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from admissions blogs at the top business schools. With summer fast approaching, we’re slowly turning our attention to summer internships and the 2016-2017 application season.

    At Dartmouth / Tuck, the adcom advises that it’s never too early to start planning ahead to prepare for your MBA. ... Read More

  • Narrowing down your choices of which MBA program to apply to out of the dozens and dozens of good schools is not an easy task. It’s an iterative process as you 1) learn about the schools and 2) learn about yourself. There are some common themes that Brave Supplicants often identify (beyond just ranking of…

    While much of the blahg is available ... Read More

  • An English major with a master’s degree in social work, Beth Briggs brings an array of resources to her role as senior director of the Office of Career Development at NYU’s Stern School of Business. After devoting the first portion of her career to various forms of social work, she transitioned to a more formal consulting role at Mercer, where she ... Read More

  • The Emory / Goizueta MBA admissions committee has posted the Goizueta deadlines 2016-2017 for the school’s full-time MBA Program.

    The deadlines are as follows:

    Round 1 Application Deadline: October 14, 2016 Notification Date: December 1, 2016 Deposit Due: December 21, 2016

    Round 2 Application Deadline: November 11, 2016 Notification Date: January ... Read More

  • Do you have a profile on any of the major social media platforms? Do you frequently tweet, upload pictures to Instagram or Flickr, or post updates on Facebook? If so, you might want to make sure your online presence won’t derail your MBA application efforts.

    If an admissions team is leaning toward admitting you to their program, it’s possible that ... Read More

  • Regardless of how a student decides to spend his/her summer, they should find some way to challenge themselves.

    This modus operandi will not only open up possibilities for a valuable, fulfilling and fun summer holiday, but it will also give significant muscle to a college application. By choosing to stretch their potential somehow, students will demonstrate ... Read More

  • Maybe “discouraging” is the wrong word. But most adcoms are doing their darnedest to get you to think about whether you really need to include an optional essay at all. There’s only one school that encourages the optional essay, but MIT is weird. Assuming they keep things the same this year, they’ll allow for an extra submission ... Read More

  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions

    Most top business schools expect you to have work experience by the time you apply, but there are still some options if you’re currently in school. One of these is Harvard Business School’s 2+2 Program.

    2+2 is a deferred admissions program for students applying straight out of college ... Read More

  • In previous posts, we have discussed how the best way to tackle a difficult looking quantitative question on the GMAT is to clean it up – consolidating like terms, adding or subtracting inside of parentheses, or reorganizing variables to where it is easier not substitute equations.

    Not only is cleaning up quantitative questions helpful to cutting ... Read More

  • “Millennials. Gen Y’ers. Echo Boomers. Children of the ‘90s.”   Whatever term you prefer to describe early 20-somethings, if you’re a current college undergraduate student, you’re unique in a number of ways. Society views you as being more self-confident, collaborative, and impatient that those who came before ... Read More

  • It’s that time of year! Clear Admit is excited to announce the release of our 2016-2017 School Snapshots: FREE overviews of 34 of the world’s top MBA programs. These guides are designed to be your first step in learning about the schools and their student bodies as you decide where to apply for your MBA studies. Since their initial release in 2012, ... Read More

  • The following Duke / Fuqua interview report was submitted to Clear Admit by a Round 3 applicant who was admitted. Congratulations to them!

    I submitted my application on the day of my deadline, May 4th, for the class of 2017. I’m not sure if that was the reason I was interviewed by the Admission Officer director, but I’m glad I did.

    The ... Read More

  • Today we want to offer some tips for those of you who are just embarking on the admissions cycle for the 2016-17 season. In this post, we turn our attention to engaging the community of one’s target b-schools. Communicating with business school insiders can be beneficial for a number of reasons: In addition to learning about a given school and your ... Read More

  • Last week, the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business announced that a new dean has been appointed to succeed Alison Davis-Blake when her term comes to an end on June 30th. Taking the reins is 39-year-old D. Scott DeRue, who joined the Ross faculty in 2007 as an assistant professor of management and has since gone on to lead the school’s ... Read More

  • In this weekly series, we provide a brief rundown of what we know is happening in the week ahead, as far as admissions related MBA deadlines and decisions are concerned at the top business schools.

    This upcoming week things appear to be quieting down, with three deposit deadlines that we are aware, and two decision releases; next week we will see ... Read More

  • When the College Board’s concordance tables were released last week for the SAT, many breathed a sigh of relief.

    Finally, the act to sat score conversion wouldn’t be so opaque. Then again, many were disappointed when the conversion tables seemed to make matters byzantine. And that’s no surprise: there are so many moving parts going on that really ... Read More

  • You’ve seen ’em. On all the forums. Some intrepid wanna-be MBA applicant posts their profile and asks for people to tell them if they’ve got a chance.

    It goes something like this:


    My profile at a glance: GMAT ... Read More