Latest Articles from Admissions Consultant Blogs

  • MBA admissions teams have become more customer-friendly in recent years – so much so, that we had thought this one issue had been put to bed. But then we were reminded that no, it has not. There’s this thorn in the side of most international BSers that apparently won’t go away.

    What thorn is that?

    The need to convert your grades ... Read More

  • Lots of MBA programs, including Harvard Business School, have now decided that they need to increase more women applicants. But here’s the reality check: it doesn’t mean it is a cakewalk to get in, especially to the top business schools.

    The well-funded Forté Foundation figured this out a long time ago, and has tremendous resources to ... Read More

  • Nobody’s actually asked us that. But they should. This applying-to-bschool thing takes TIME. Yet when we’re still in the Spring, when Summer hasn’t yet arrived and only a few schools have even released their essay questions, then who in heck cares how long it’s gonna take you to write your essays? Dayum, bro, those deadlines ... Read More

  • We’ve told you before that in terms of getting into bschool, it does not matter if you don’t have a name like Deloitte or Tata or whatever impressive-sounding corporation you can think of on your resume already. We covered this in a “3 Myths” post back in 2013 and then expanded on it more fully in a subsequent post after being ... Read More

  • In recent years business schools have reduced the number and length of essays. And there remains no certainty that an applicant will get an interview invitation. However, there's one more manageable element of the MBA application that has grown dramatically in its significance -- recommendations.    The observation and assessment of your candidacy's ... Read More

  • Thanks to this year’s early release of essay questions, we managed to update our Ross MBA essay guide already! This is a great school to do as your first project. Read More

  • As you begin to work on your Round 1 MBA materials, we have some advice for you: don’t try to be “Joe MBA.”

    One of the biggest mistakes we see applicants make is assuming that the surest route to business school admission is playing it safe and doing what “everyone else” does. We hear things like, “Well my friend went to Stanford and he ... Read More

  • Hey BSers!

    Today is the Memorial Day holiday here in the States so it’s an abbreviated post from Snarkville, mostly just to remind you that it’s a great time to be getting started on your MBA apps! The Round 1 MBA Countdown launches today – full details are here – sign up now and you’ll get all the goodness from Week 1 ... Read More

  • MBA essay question for 2015 application, class of 2018:

    QUESTION: It’s the first day of class at HBS. You are in Aldrich Hall meeting your “section.” This is the group of 90 classmates who will become your close companions in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case method participant-based learning model ensures that you ... Read More

  • Almost every single one of our many Success Stories posted here on the blahg is from a former Brave Supplicant who, at minimum, went through our Comprehensive Profile Review process. As of this moment, there are more than 75 of those posts. That’s a lot of successes (and a lot of Profile Reviews from EssaySnark!).

    Today we’re going to offer ... Read More

  • In the category of well-intentioned but potentially damaging:

    We keep having BSers tell us what they’ve been told by the current students attending the schools they want to go to.

    It’s awesome when they report to us about their experiences or what new changes are happening or some amazing popular course or professor.

    It’s often ... Read More