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Central Chinese Government Not Charmed by Chinglish

by Student Union on June 22, 2017

In China, turkey becomes “fire chicken.” Santa Claus becomes “Christmas old man.” And disabled becomes “deformed.” Welcome to Chinglish. Foreign tourists in China are often confused by signs... Continue reading Read More

5 Things You Should Know Before Applying to an MBA Program

by Stratus on June 22, 2017

The AIGAC Annual Conference that I attended this week explores the latest trends in the graduate application process. Whether you are considering an MBA, law or other advanced degree, considerable planning and resources are required to apply and then attend. Relationships between career demands, school curricula, and the admissions process were discussed ... Read More

What Harvard Business School is Looking For: Analytical Aptitude and Appetite

This is the second post in our series, What HBS is Looking For.

So, HBS wants “analytical aptitude and appetite.” Hardly a surprise. You might be tempted to just skim that section of the website message.

Maybe it’s not as obvious as it sounds. Let’s break it down.

Analytical: This word encompasses a range of things – quantitative methods, ... Read More

Showing You Can Do the Work [Fitting In & Standing Out]

Two key goals of every application reflect a tension if not an actual conflict: you must show the admissions committee that you fit in – that you’re a perfect fit with their program and the exact type of candidate they’re looking for – while simultaneously showing that you stand out in the pool of qualified applicants. Over the next few posts, ... Read More

What’s Life Like After Graduation?

by Student Union on June 22, 2017

Tons of job offers? Instant wisdom? A totally clear path of what you want to do? LOLOL … Read More

Free Speech on Campus Being Compromised, Students Say

by Student Union on June 22, 2017

United States college students warned Congress on Tuesday that free speech is being threatened across the country. The testimony is in response to campus violence against controversial speakers,... Continue reading Read More

You’re sure to get SOMEWHERE….

by EssaySnark on June 22, 2017

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where–” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation. “Oh, you’re sure to do that,” ... Read More

Am I Ready to Apply to Business School?: 7 Questions to Answer First

by EXPARTUS on June 22, 2017


With summer fully upon us, business schools throughout the country are starting to unveil their 2017 MBA essay prompts. It’s a natural time to start thinking about applying for an MBA. But before you get into the often-arduous application process, it’s a good idea to ask yourself some ... Read More

HBS 2017-2018 Application Deadlines

by EXPARTUS on June 22, 2017


Harvard Business School has announced their application deadlines for students entering in 2018. HBS considers applicants for their regular MBA program in three rounds, with a separate deadline for applicants to the 2+2 program:

Round one: Application deadline – Sept. 6, 2017

Decision posted ... Read More

Act Like a Resume, Think Like an Admissions Officer

by Magoosh GMAT Blog on June 21, 2017

This post was contributed by our friends at Admit.Me.

To write a great resume, you need to be empathetic and get into the mind of the reviewer.

Imagine that you are the person reviewing your resume. You’re trying to assess whether you’re qualified, unique and have potential to grow as a professional on paper. With so many candidates and so much ... Read More

What’s the Trick to an HBS Acceptance?

If you’re planning to apply to Harvard Business School, you’re no doubt busy – balancing your professional responsibilities with family and community commitments, all while researching b-schools and prepping for your applications. You’re a multitasker and a leader. But how can you be sure you’re doing all you can to ensure your HBS application ... Read More

How to Study for the ACT

by InGenius Prep Blog on June 21, 2017

How to Study for the ACT This post originally appeared on the Magoosh high school blog.

Maybe it’s seventh grade, and you are already scoping out Harvard guidebooks and sharpening your pencils for the preACT. Maybe it’s the week before the test, and you suddenly remember you can’t go to a Saturday movie with your boyfriend or girlfriend because ... Read More

UC Berkeley Haas MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines

My comments are in blue throughout. The black font represents quotes from Haas, which provides excellent resources and advice on its web site. In a nutshell, Haas kept the basic structure of its app similar to last year’s, but really changed the essay questions, #1 in a dramatic way. Essay 1 is entirely new and distinctive among MBA essay questions. ... Read More

MBAnalysis Blog: Loving Private Equity? Hack an MBA (Part 1)

by Stratus on June 21, 2017

“I want to go into private equity’” … ding, ding, ding…drink! Remember that old drinking game from college when you were say, watching Survivor, and Jeff Probst would say, “Here we go” and then everyone would take a shot? That’s how I sometimes feel when applicants tell me about their desire to get a job... View Article

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Columbia GSB 2017-2018 Application Deadlines

by EXPARTUS on June 21, 2017


Columbia Business School has announced their application deadlines for students entering in 2018.

Due to their rolling admissions and unique “J-Term” scheduling, Columbia does not do the typical multi-round deadlines. Instead, the school has one deadline for January-entry students (who skip ... Read More

($) There’s always exceptions. When is it OK to go further back in your past for your apps?

by EssaySnark on June 21, 2017

Yesterday we offered a rule of thumb for recency in your MBA applications. We explained why keeping your content and the stories that you tell in your essays within a range of, say, something like the past two or three years is ideal. Of course, there are always exceptions. The big one is when you’re…

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Haas 2017-2018 Application Deadlines

by EXPARTUS on June 21, 2017


Berkeley Haas School of Business Releases 2017-2018 MBA Admissions Deadlines  Haas School of Business has announced their application deadlines for students entering in 2018. Haas considers applicants in three rounds: 

Round one:  Application deadline – Sept. 21, 2017

Decision posted – ... Read More

HBS Launches Joint MS/MBA

by EXPARTUS on June 21, 2017


Harvard Business School has announced a new Master of Science in Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MS/MBA) joint degree that will debut in August of 2018. 

A collaboration between HBS and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the new program ... Read More

How to Turn Your Typical MBA Profile into a Stand-out Application

by Fortuna Admissions on June 20, 2017

Remarkable Consultant? Financial Wiz? Cutting edge techie? If you’re seeking an MBA, you’re not alone.


You distinguished yourself as a professional wunderkind, rising to the senior ranks at your company in your early 20s. Clocked long hours at work to keep the boss happy and meet client deadlines. Pulled all-nighters in college ... Read More

2018 GMAT Official Guide – Detailed Analysis / Question Categorization

by GMAT Genius on June 20, 2017

GMAT Genius has thoroughly analyzed the 2018 GMAT Official Guide and we want to share our insights with you. Feel free to read our detailed analysis of the 2018 GMAT Official Guide or skip down to our conclusions. Wishing you tremendous success with the GMAT!

Overview of 2018 GMAT Official Guide The Official Guides for GMAT Review contain retired ... Read More

Students Will Make $500K More In a Lifetime Doing This

by Student Union on June 20, 2017

A researcher has found the key to student success: Graduate in four years. Getting a part-time job is helpful to finance a college education. But too much time... Continue reading Read More

Family, Not Study Abroad, Aids Asian Job Seekers More

by Student Union on June 20, 2017

Most Asian students who study abroad come from higher-income families and are more likely to find work after graduation, thanks to those family and social connections, a new... Continue reading Read More

New! GMAT Official Guide 2018 Textbook Now Available

by Dominate the GMAT on June 20, 2017

When you’re preparing for the GMAT, working dozens (if not hundreds!) of practice problems of each question type on the GMAT is a must.

The best source of real former GMAT questions comes straight from the makers of the GMAT (the GMAC) in the form of the GMAT Official Guide 2018. The brand new version of this textbook was just released this ... Read More

GMAT Exam Updated to Offer Greater Control and Flexibility

The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) announced the inauguration of Select Section Order, a new feature that will allow candidates to customize their GMAT experience by selecting the order in which they feel most comfortable taking the exam. Select Section Order will be offered to test takers worldwide beginning July 11, 2017.

According ... Read More

What Harvard Business School is Looking For: The Habit Of Leadership

This is the first post in our series, What HBS is Looking For.

Thank you, Harvard Business School. IMHO, that’s what applicants should think when they visit the program’s website and find “habit of leadership” on its “Who are we looking for?” admissions page.

It’s common knowledge that HBS values leadership, but with this phrase, the ... Read More

($) How far back do you go?

by EssaySnark on June 20, 2017

Does your resume still have high school information on it? Is your most recent volunteer experience that you’re reporting to the adcoms from when you were in college? Are you writing your MBA essays about how you were the youngest in your company to get promoted to your current role — which happened five years…

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What does your college transcript reveal to business schools?

by The MBA Exchange on June 20, 2017

If you believe that your undergraduate transcript is merely an official documentation of prior academic results and proof of college graduation, then you’re underestimating the true significance to your MBA candidacy.

In reality, a college transcript is a window into the applicant’s intellect, mindset and behavior. Based on our experiences ... Read More

#111 MBA for Entrepreneurs – Worth It?

by Touch MBA on June 19, 2017

“A lot of startups have this sentiment that MBAs are useless. I think that’s because traditionally MBAs have come in and said ‘I want to run the show.’ I think that’s a general misconception about what MBAs are like today. [My internship boss] said ‘of all the people we interviewed from Harvard, Stanford, MIT ... Read More

GMAT Section Order: You Get to Choose!

by ReasonGMAT on June 19, 2017

Since GMAC just announced that as of July 11th, 2017 you will be able to choose the order in which you take each section of the GMAT, I thought I would shoot off a quick blog post with some thoughts. Ready? Here goes…

First of all, they probably should have done this a long time ago. Let’s face it, it sucks having to spend the first hour of the ... Read More

The Four Guiding Principles of Berkeley-Haas

by Stratus on June 19, 2017

It’s a new year for MBA admissions and there are new Haas essays! This time, you have fewer words (only 800) than last year to tell your story. The first thing you have to remember is be neat and tidy. More importantly though is your need to demonstrate how you embrace the four defining principles... View Article

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Are You Wonder Woman or Spider-Man? Stratus Can Uncover Your Superpowers!

by Stratus on June 19, 2017

In my 15+ years in MBA admissions, I have seen many MBA applicants struggle to connect the dots between what they have done in the past and their career goals. One client had a career with several turns, including a job at a bank and a role managing inventory levels for a consumer health product... View Article

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The 5 Key Steps for Putting Together a College Art Portfolio

by InGenius Prep Blog on June 19, 2017

How to Put Together Your Best College Art Portfolio Itching to show college admissions officers your inner Van Gogh? Check out the following tips on strategizing what to include in your art portfolio to make the best impression on your dream schools!

But first, keep in mind the following things:

The advice on this list is general enough to apply ... Read More

Get Accepted to Stanford GSB Webinar Now Available On-Demand!

If you missed Get Accepted to Stanford GSB, or if you’d like to view it again, the webinar is now available on-demand.

As you prepare for next year’s applications, learn the key strategies you need to approach Stanford’s application successfully.

How can you show that you’re a perfect fit?

How can you ensure your application will stand out?

How ... Read More

One tip for authenticity in your MBA essays: Don’t read other people’s essays

by EssaySnark on June 19, 2017

When BSers get stuck on what they’re supposed to say in their essays, they frequently leave an exasperated comment asking for help. “Do you have a sample I can look at?” they ask plaintively, trying to keep the whine out of their words.

We cautioned against this recently when we talked about that “pizza essay” but it’s ... Read More

Emory Goizueta Business School MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines

Taken together, these essay questions cover a lot of ground: your professional path and plans, your alignment with the program’s core values, and your unique individuality. Moreover, this vast ground is covered in few words – these essays are short, requiring tough decisions about what key points and anecdotes to include and what to leave out. Write ... Read More

The Best MBA Programs in Germany

by Touch MBA on June 18, 2017

Written by Molly Ellison. Photo courtesy of Matthias Ripp via Flickr.

Looking for the best full-time MBA programs in Germany? Here’s your ultimate guide! Read on to compare the country’s best MBA programs head-to-head. Want more personalized advice? Get the inside scoop from Admissions Directors and alumni of Germany’s best programs. 5 ... Read More

From the Archives: former GSB Director’s Thoughts on Essays

by Master Admissions on June 17, 2017

Derrick Bolton, the head of admissions for the Stanford Graduate School of Business, had been in the post for over a decade, and had written some thoughtful essays of his own regarding the GSB essays.  Since he has moved on to other things, some of his best writings have been scrubbed from the website.   I was fortunate enough to find a copy of some ... Read More

So when are these darned essay questions coming out?

by EssaySnark on June 17, 2017

We know many BSers are itching to get started on their apps and we keep getting asked, “When is School X gonna release its questions?”

We did a full post on this last year which covered app / question release dates for 2015. Based on that, here’s what you can expect from here.

Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Ross, NYU and Haas ... Read More

GMAT Section Select Order : Everything You Need To Know

by GMAT CrackVerbal on June 16, 2017

The big news is that on 15th June, 2017, GMAC announced the GMAT Select Section Order, wherein GMAT takers can choose the order of the sections that they attempt. This means that now a test taker can actually start the GMAT from the Verbal section!


If you have taken the GMAT or have been preparing for it, you know that this is a huge deal. ... Read More

GMAC Announces GMAT Test Change: Here’s What You Need to Know

by Business School Insider on June 16, 2017

Find out about Select Section Order, newly featured in a GMAT test change.

The GMAT is changing! As of July 11, 2017, GMAT test takers will be able to choose the order in which they take GMAT test sections.

After this GMAT test change, you will choose your section order at the test center on GMAT Test Day, following the computer tutorial and just ... Read More

Funny Personal Statements: How to Use Humor in Your College Application

by InGenius Prep Blog on June 16, 2017

The Art of Writing Funny Personal Statements: How to Use Humor in Your College Application When 650 words or fewer play a critical role in determining where you’ll pursue your degree, it’s hard to think of admissions essays as anything other than serious business.

With such a small space to give admissions officers a glimpse into who you are and ... Read More

Answer Questions Like a Scientist for GMAT Success

by GMAT & MBA Admissions Blog on June 16, 2017

One of the great misconceptions about standardized exams such as the GMAT or the SAT is that they are tests of “Math” or “English.” Read More

Success Story! “Why would the GSB care?”

by EssaySnark on June 16, 2017

In Spring 2016 we got this very happy note from a BSer we’d been working with the prior December for Round 2 and, well, we’ll just let them tell you about it themselves.

Hi ES,

I am writing to share great news!

I was accepted into HBS, Stanford, and Wharton this week and I am still letting it sink in…Never in my wildest imagination ... Read More

5 Ways to Tank Your MBA Application Before You Even Begin

by EXPARTUS on June 16, 2017


When it comes to applying for an MBA, there are a lot of different ways to fail: You could complete your application and essays entirely in the Klingon language. You could accidentally set your suit on fire during your MBA interview. You could respond to all inquiries by saying, “I’ll do ... Read More

How to Remember the Words of Your New Language

by Student Union on June 15, 2017

Experts say English learners need to learn a large body of words to succeed on language tests and at English-speaking universities. Alicia Biler and Ray Knight teach at... Continue reading Read More

Without Papers, Vietnamese Adoptee Faces Deportation

by Student Union on June 15, 2017

Kristopher Larsen, adopted from a Vietnamese orphanage four decades ago, was serving a prison sentence for kidnapping when learned he wasn’t an American citizen. Now Larsen — one... Continue reading Read More

Travel Agency Specializes in Tours Mom Would Tell You to ‘Stay Away From’

by Student Union on June 15, 2017

The Chinese travel company that arranged a tour to North Korea for an American student who was jailed and injured there specializes in “destinations your mother would rather... Continue reading Read More

US Colleges Seek More International Students

by Student Union on June 15, 2017

Efforts to bring international students to U.S. campuses and send American students overseas has accelerated in the past five years, according to an American Council on Education (ACE)... Continue reading Read More

5 Interesting Jobs That Use an Economics Degree

by InGenius Prep Blog on June 15, 2017

Brought to you by Graduation Source  

For the math-minded, a degree in economics may be a logical college and career choice. But despite the name, not all professions that require an economics have to do with money. There are different types of economists – many who deal with finances but also others who deal with behavior, psychology and other ... Read More

Picking Order of Sections on the GMAT

by Magoosh GMAT Blog on June 15, 2017

In a recent announcement, GMAC (the folks who create the GMAT) announced an important change to the test.  What you have to know hasn’t changed, and what you have to do on test day hasn’t changed—-but the order in which you do these sections doesn’t have to be the same as it has been!

Selecting Section Order For decades, the GMAT ... Read More