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  • This post is on the University of Chicago Booth’s MBA application essays for 2016-2017 admission to the Class of 2019. The University of Chicago is a very intellectually serious place.  Booth reflects that culture. Not everyone who goes there is an intellectual, but most are quite smart.  Your objective is to show you understand yourself, understand ... Read More

  • Our Fridays from the Frontline this week comes from an MBA student at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business who has spent the summer interning at Amazon’s Seattle offices. A New York Times article last summer described the Amazon workplace in harsh terms, a “bruising” place where one employee reported seeing nearly every person ... Read More

  • Last year about this time, we had a Brave Supplicant with a promising profile come to us for help with full app strategy. Originally this person had HBS on their list of school targets. We told them that they might have a chance there – sure there are flaws in the profile but everyone’s profile…

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  • What’s the most important component of your MBA application?

    Some argue it’s the essays; they’re your opportunity to show MBA admissions committees at the business schools you’re applying to who you are. Others say it’s your GMAT score, it being the most universal gauge of your abilities. And then there’s the interview, your one time ... Read More

  • We hear from parents and high school students every day who are more concerned than ever about standardized test scores, especially since this year’s newly formatted SAT.

    The big question is how much weight ACT/SAT scores actually hold when it comes to the college admissions process. And more often than not, we find that people tend to have ... Read More

  • The University of Southern California admissions committee has updated the USC Marshall MBA deadlines for the 2016-2017 admissions season. Applicants should note that all materials are due by 11:59 Pacific Standard Time on the date of each deadline.


    2016-2017 USC Marshall MBA Deadlines Round 1 Application Deadline: October 15, 2016 Decision ... Read More

  • We’ve been sitting in on chats with the top business schools right and left these days (which you are hopefully doing too!) and just like every year, we see a lot of the same questions from BSers – and some fairly lame ones too. The admissions people are always very polite in how they respond, but we know that there must be some eye-rolling ... Read More

  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions

    The Kellogg School of Management, based in America’s third-largest metropolis, requires MBA applicants to answer two essay questions focused on the intersection of the personal and the professional. As with many MBA programs, Kellogg’s application deadlines are divided into three rounds:

    – ... Read More

  • This edition of Top #MBA Tweets of the Week takes a look at how the business school community is responding to the U.S. Presidential elections. Since Clear Admit is based in Philadelphia, current host of the Democratic National Convention, we would like to take this opportunity to round up reflections on the campaigns.

    Philadelphia rolled out the red ... Read More

  • Just as Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) welcomes a new dean of school, it will be losing its beloved, longstanding dean and director of MBA admissions. On September 1st, as newly appointed Dean Jonathan Levin takes office, it will be without Derrick Bolton at his side leading MBA admissions for the world’s most selective business school. ... Read More

  • In this post, I analyze the essay questions for the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for Fall 2017 admission. You can find testimonials from my clients admitted to Wharton in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015  here. Unlike the trend in the last several years, where the number of essays or word count has been going down, ... Read More

  • The below information about The Official Guide for GMAT® Review, 2017 is from the Graduate Management Admission Council—the makers of the GMAT exam. This content was originally posted on The Official GMAT Blog.

    Official Guide for GMAT Review Corrections We recently released The Official Guide for GMAT® Review, 2017 and we have discovered that this ... Read More

  • London Business School (LBS) kicked off the week with an announcement that it will have a new dean beginning a year from now. François Ortalo-Magné, currently the dean of the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will serve as LBS’s ninth dean starting August 1, 2017, succeeding Sir Andrew Likierman, who will return ... Read More

  • After updating its MBA deadlines for the 2016-2017 admissions cycle, the London Business School admissions team has posted the essay topics for the upcoming admissions season. The number of required essays has been reduced this year from two to one, but applicants can still elect to also submit an optional essay.

    2016-2017 London Business School ... Read More

  • This is most frequently an issue with the older MBA applicant though we see it across the board. You’ve been involved in some high-profile projects. You have a sense that the adcoms want to hear about “impact.” You combine those two into an essay that talks about how “we helped millions of people by launching…

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  • It’s admissions event season, and many MBA applicants will be headed to  The MBA Tour in DC on Thursday, or QS World MBA Tour, kicking off in Mumbai this Saturday. Before attending admissions events, do some research that will lead into some juicy questions. Don’t ask them about stats you could easily find online.

    Rather, ask questions that ... Read More

  • INSEAD recently announced some changes to the admissions process for the September 2017 intake and going forward.

    The school has been thinking about these changes for some time, and from our discussions with the admissions team, the goal with introducing the video component is really to enable the staff to observe the candidate much more directly. ... Read More

  • For 10 years running, the Clear Admit School Guides have provided the most in-depth, up-to-date information on the leading business schools around the globe. We are excited to announce that the series has just been updated for the 2016-2017 season and is now available for immediate download!

    The Clear Admit School Guides, which provide in-depth profiles ... Read More

  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions

    Sloan’s 2016-2017 MBA application deadlines are:

    – Round 1: September 15

    – Round 2: January 17

    – Round 3: April 10

    MIT’s Sloan School of Management has brought back their cover letter as part of the application requirement.

    Forgoing the typical essay, applicants are asked ... Read More

  • A BSer asked about “flow” as part of a request for freebie comments on an essay that we discussed recently, which actually is a good angle to ask about – once you get the content down, at least.

    It’s a bit of a double-edged sword: If your content is good, then the mechanics of the essay aren’t going to necessarily hold ... Read More

  • In our last post, we talked about the challenges that inequalities can pose for GMAT test takers. While not as simple as they seem, inequality questions can be huge time wasters that keep scores back at the 600 level.

    As with any GMAT quantitative concept, there is always the possibility that a curve ball will be thrown your way. Thought that just ... Read More

  • 8 key steps that business school applicants can and should take… starting today

    When you feel intimidation, ignorance, procrastination or fear, here’s a simple mantra for MBA candidates to keep in mind: “Go from known to unknown, from easy to difficult.” This methodical approach will help you build momentum and work through ... Read More

  • Darren shares 3 overlooked aspects of the MBA experience after going through CEIBS Pre-MBA Bootcamp, an intense 5-day MBA immersion in Shanghai, China. They are:

    Classroom. You’ll be spending at least 700 hours in class – who do you want to learn from? Careers. Opportunities are often different for local & international students – ... Read More

  • Summertime is here, but, as always, it will be over before we know it.

    Here are 10 ways to help your high school student maximize their potential over the summer and get off to the best school year ever:

    1) Encourage some sort of schedule over the summer. If left to their own devices (literally), kids might spend all day on social media. Time management ... Read More

  • We got a request for a freebie essay review the other day and the sender-inner sent a career goals essay, which is something that many of you are tackling, so we figured, why not? We also appreciate that this came in when we’re not up to our ears in reviewing essays for paying clients. Thank…

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  • Babson College has updated the Olin MBA 2016-2017 deadlines, for MBA applications for both their One-Year MBA (May 2017 Enrollment) and their Two-Year MBA (August 2017 Enrollment). After the final rounds, the Babson / Olin adcom will accept applications on a rolling admissions basis only.


    2016-2017 Babson Olin One-Year MBA Deadlines Round ... Read More

  • Sept. 7:…..Harvard Business School Sept. 9:…..Cambridge Judge Sept. 9:…..Oxford Said Sept. 13:…..Duke (Early Action) Sept. 14:…..Yale SOM Sept. 15:…..MIT Sloan Sept. 15:…..Cornell Johnson (1 Year MBA Early Action) Sept. 21:…..Stanford GSB Sept. 21:…..Kellogg Sept. 21:…..INSEAD (Sept. intake) Sept. ... Read More