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Light on Extracurriculars? Take Action Now
If you’re applying to business schools in Round 1, the process of pulling your materials together will consume much of your life in the coming months. Of particular focus will be planning how to best position yourself. If you’ve taken on leadership roles in volunteer organizations or have actively engaged with a nonprofit you’re passionate about, ... Read More
SAT and ACT Test Prep for Students with Disabilities
Sitting hunched over a desk and bubbling in an answer sheet for hours at a time doesn’t bring out the best in most students, but it can be especially overwhelming if you are a student with a learning disability and/or ADHD. While there is no magic formula to help you get a perfect score, the [...] Read More
Work Experience in Your MBA Admissions Profile
The last two articles explored the importance of the academic portion of your MBA application, including your undergraduate performance as well as your GMAT. This article will focus on the other, equally important, side of the coin: your work experience.
Although more schools are now open to considering candidates without post-college experience, most ... Read More
Understanding Stanford GSB’s Take on Demonstrated Leadership Potential
What are the qualities that Stanford GSB is looking for as they build their class? How do successful applicants stand out from the crowd? At a school as competitive as Stanford, it’s a fact that many smart, accomplished applicants won’t get in—so how can you demonstrate that you have that “it” factor? Let us walk you through Stanford’s evaluation ... Read More
Why do you want an MBA? (No, really?)
In a very unscientific post-Round 2 survey, we asked BSers on the blahg why they were interested in getting an MBA.
Here’s where things ended up after a week:
Clearly this is a case where the quality of the survey results is dependent on the quality of the survey. EssaySnark is not SurveySnark. The survey could’ve been designed a bit ... Read More
How to Write a Great HBS Essay
HBS asks an open-ended question that can be hard to decipher but really, the admissions committee is just looking to learn more about who you are and what drives you. Follow this approach to help put together a strong and compelling HBS essay. Like last year, the sole essay prompt for HBS is: As we... View Article
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New! INSEAD to weight the IR section of GMAT
Following the debut of the GMAT’s integrated reasoning (IR) section in 2012, it wasn’t entirely clear how much emphasis top schools placed upon its importance. This 12-question, 30-minute section is scored on a 1 to 8 scale, separately from the total GMAT score, which tops out at 800. Its key elements include table analysis, graphics interpretation, ... Read More
Important GMAT Test Dates for 2017
The GMAT is administered year-round at hundreds of locations around the world. So, unlike other standardized tests, you can take it at almost any time, in the morning and afternoon. However, 2017 GMAT test dates and times will fill up quickly, especially as MBA admissions season ramps up again. As with the rest of your [...] Read More
Hillary Clinton Delivers Commencement at Wellesley College
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on graduates to fight for “truth and reason” Friday during a commencement address at her alma mater. “Don’t be afraid... Continue reading Read More
Michigan Ross Fall 2018 MBA Application Deadlines
The Ross School of Business at University of Michigan has posted the following MBA application deadlines for the 2017-18 admissions season.
Round 1 Application due: October 2, 2017 Decision released: December 15, 2017
Round 2 Application due: January 2, 2018 Decision released: March 15, 2018
Round 3 Application due: March 19, 2018 Decision released: ... Read More
Michigan Ross Retools Fall 2018 MBA Essay Questions
The University of Michigan Ross School of Business has introduced a new MBA essay format for the 2017-18 admissions season. The reason for the update? As admissions director Soojin Kwon explains, “We want to get to know more about you than we would in a traditional essay where you’d talk at length about one topic. You’ll get to share different ... Read More
Reapplying? Opportunity for feedback from EssaySnark!
Trying again? Any BSer who used services on essaysnark.com last year is invited to re-enter their School Strategy in My SnarkCenter. EssaySnark will give it a look and offer our advice for the coming season!
We’re also rolling out some new features in Snarkville starting this weekend – please be patient if there are glitches! Read More
How an MBA from Anderson Helped this Career Switcher
This interview is the latest in an Accepted blog series featuring interviews with business students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top programs. Here’s a talk with James about his experience at UCLA Anderson. We first met James three years ago – you can find that post here.
Accepted: Welcome back, James! For those who haven’t ... Read More
Admissions Resumes: Putting it All Together
This post is taken from The Quick Guide to Admissions Resumes. Click here to download the full guide.
MBA and other graduate school applicants frequently submit a resume with their applications. Many schools require it, and some schools, such as Columbia Business School, even specify a given format. The resume not only will present a valuable context ... Read More
MBAnalysis Blog: Ross’ Essays Devious? Yes!
On Thursday, May 25, 2017, University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business unveiled its new application deadlines and essays. They seem to be really excited by them. Clearly, a lot of care has been taken in moving away from last year’s more traditional essays (“What are you most proud of?” “Career path?”) to essays that... ... Read More
The End of Exam Life?
As we move through the last set of our exams for Semester 2, I sit back and wonder. These will complete the exams we have to take for our MBA, so … is this the end of my exam life forever?
Having left college in 2003 I always figured that I would end up doing further education at some point. So I never thought of those as my last exams. However, ... Read More
How to improve yourself
It’s so easy to let things slide.
One way to make sure that you advance yourself every year and get better and better as a person, and closer to your own specific goals, is to place a priority on those actions every week.
If there’s something very important to you, that keeps getting pushed off into the future, then make a point to accomplish ... Read More
HBS 2017-2018 Essay and Admissions Deadlines
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The Harvard Business School application essay for this year is the same as last year’s essay question:
“As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA Program?”
Click here for essay tips on how to tackle ... Read More
#109 Crafting Your Best Story & Applying Through the Consortium with Sabaina Kamara, Michigan Ross ’19
“I tried to figure out a way to draw people in through the first line (of my essays). It didn’t have to be something outlandish but it had to be something interesting that would keep you reading. And I made sure I read it to other people to see what they got from the story. What parts of my personality am I showing through the essay? ... Read More
Six Tips for MBA Application Preparation in June
Only 100 days until Round 1 MBA applications are due! Before you read on, visit the websites of ALL of the programs you are considering and sign up to receive information. You will be notified when each school’s application comes live as well as receive some school specific tips from admissions. Now, what else should... View Article
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MBAnalysis Blog: Does “Size Matter” When Getting an MBA?
When asked why one business school is not like the other, most applicants will talk about things like scores, job placement, industries that grads go into, location, weather, and a few other things. What prospective applicants are less likely to mention is class size. This is always surprising to me, because out of all the... View Article
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Family of John F. Kennedy Reflect on his 100th Birthday
May 29th marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. In the video below, which comes courtesy of... Continue reading Read More
Chinese Student Apologizes for Controversial Graduation Remarks
Chinese student Yang Shuping issued an apology on Chinese social media after delivering a graduation speech in which she compared the fresh air and politics of her homeland... Continue reading Read More
Yale SOM MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines
As you did for the last two years applying to Yale SOM, you need to make the most of its single required essay, but you also need to take the time to make every box in the application a home run. They are not after-thoughts. Your job descriptions and activity history are very important. Write and edit them carefully. Focus on achievements. Quantify ... Read More
Understanding Stanford GSB’s Core Value of Intellectual Vitality
Do you have the smarts that Stanford GSB is looking for? What are the qualities that Stanford GSB is looking for as they build their class? How do successful applicants stand out from the crowd? At a school as competitive as Stanford, it’s a fact that many smart, accomplished applicants won’t get in—so how can you demonstrate that you have that ... Read More
Useful MBA admissions resources – direct from the bschools
There’s all sorts of information and advice out thar on them interwebs about applying to bschool. We’re sure you’ve already found gobs and gobs of the stuff, and you’ve bookmarked your favorites and made a habit out of returning to those sites on a regular basis. Today we wanted to point you towards some specific ones that may ... Read More
MBA vs. EMBA: Which Choice is Right for Your Career?
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Are you a mid-career professional thinking about going to business school? For many people who consider returning for a business degree after spending some time in the workforce, getting an MBA is the default choice. Many candidates don’t realize that an EMBA program is an option for them.
That ... Read More
Does GMAT Integrated Reasoning Matter?
Does GMAT integrated reasoning matter for MBA admissions?
In 2012, when the GMAT was revised to include the Integrated Reasoning (IR) section, business school applicants and online GMAT forums conjectured as to whether schools were even going to look at the IR scores. After all, the section was so brand new that even top-ranked business schools like ... Read More
How Important Is My GPA, Really?
This blog post was written by Jordan Schanda and originally appeared on ScholarPrep.org. Jordan is the Founder and Owner of ScholarPrep, which provides both a system and organizational tools designed to ensure students are prepared to compete for college acceptance and the scholarships they need to pay for their education.
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Don’t Make These 10 Mistakes if You Need to Reapply Next Season
Rejection from business school doesn’t have to mean the end of your MBA aspirations. Every year rejected applicants reapply to MBA programs, and many of them get accepted the second time. Think of the entire MBA application process as a learning experience in and of itself. Applicants should contemplate what they would do differently now based on ... Read More
Do You Have What Stanford’s Looking For?
If you’re planning to apply to Stanford GSB, you know your application must be exceptional: when you’re competing for a spot at a top program that only accepts about 6% of its applicants, you need to stand out!
How can you make a great case for admission?
Step one: show that you’re a great fit.
And step two: be a stand-out!
Of course, there ... Read More
UCLA's MS in Business Analytics: Prep for the Sexiest Job of the 21st Century
Are you a quant jock with a bit of a poet in you? Learn about UCLA Anderson’s new MS in Business Analytics!
Harvard Business Review declared in 2012 that being a data scientist is the “sexiest job of the 21st century.” Glassdoor last year claimed it’s the “best job of the year.” And in a February Business Insider article, Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, ... Read More
Harvard Business School MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines
HBS must have liked the responses to last year’s excellent essay question. This year’s question is the same. Indeed there is very little change in the broad strokes of HBS’ application this year. The essay is again required and there is NO word limit.
The deadlines are only slightly different from last year. The Round 1 deadline ... Read More
($) Title-chasing and your Letters of Recommendation
This post could also be called, “Should I not get a recommendation from the CEO?” Most of the time when a Brave Supplicant asks about tapping their CEO to recommend them to bschool, it’s not a good idea. For most early-career types, the most interaction you’ve ever had with the CEO was passing him (or…
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Is AP Coursework As Important As It Used To Be?
A hearty congratulations to high schoolers everywhere for surviving AP season!
Over the past three weeks, an estimated 2.8 million students sat for Advanced Placement exams across the country, continuing a long streak of approximately 5% annual growth. This tremendous undertaking required hundreds of thousands of teachers, a small forest’s worth ... Read More
5 Last Minute AMCAS Application Tips
5 Last Minute AMCAS Application Tips Before You Submit
The AMCAS application is almost open! All of those years of volunteer work and medical research and MCAT prep are culminating in this one application. So you better make it count!
The medical school application process is, as you’re well aware, long and strenuous. You do not want all of that ... Read More
Tuesday Tips: Columbia Business School Fall 2018 MBA Application Essay Tips
Columbia Business School has an updated application out for this year and has changed the essay questions significantly. What we have heard from the admissions committee at CBS is that authenticity is key, and they are looking for candidates who are a great fit for the program and have the academic background to handle the rigor.
Columbia is a fast-paced ... Read More
Report: Thousands of International Students Overstay Their US Visas
About 40,000 student and exchange visitors overstayed their visas last year, the largest group of visitors who failed to leave the U.S. on time, according to a Department... Continue reading Read More
MBAnalysis Blog: When to Apply to Business School?
As essay questions and deadlines begin to be posted for most of the top business schools, one of the first questions that comes to mind is, “When should I apply?” or, more specifically, “What round should I apply in?” With most schools, there will be three rounds of application deadlines: generally in September, early January... View Article
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NYU Stern Unveils New Tech MBA and Fashion & Luxury MBA One-Year Programs
New York University’s Stern School of Business’s new Tech MBA and Fashion & Luxury MBAs will enable students who are firmly committed to business careers in those areas to build applicable skills and knowledge, gain relevant real-world experience, and earn an MBA in one year by taking 51 credits over the 12-month period. The first class for ... Read More
Tuesday Tips: Harvard Business School Fall 2018 MBA Essay Tips
Harvard Business School just announced the deadlines for the class of 2020, and the essay question, which is unchanged from last year. It’s worth trying hard to hit the first round deadline when there is a lower volume of applicants and therefore more time for the admissions committee to evaluate your candidacy. You have just a few months until the ... Read More
Tuck School at Dartmouth Fall 2018 Application Deadlines
The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth has posted the following MBA application deadlines for the 2017-18 admissions season.
Early Action Round Application due: October 4, 2017 Decision released: December 15, 2017
November Round Application due: November 1, 2017 Decision released: February 9, 2018
January Round Application due: January 3, 2018 Decision ... Read More
Manchester Arena Bomber Targeted Teens
The bomber who struck a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande in the northern English city of Manchester, killing 22 and injuring 59 Monday night, set out... Continue reading Read More
A BSer asks: “why does LBS take people with 600 gmat score whilst rejecting those with 700+?”
A Brave Supplicant named Rahul was recently reading the post “Why is the average GMAT score at LBS so much lower?” and he asked us this:
As a genuine question, why does LBS take people with 600 gmat score whilst rejecting those with 700+. Im fully aware of the whole idea of GMAT just being part of the criteria and that application and essays and ... Read More
Stanford GSB’s Iconic MBA Essay: Why it Still Matters
What matters most to you, and why?
When Stanford GSB’s former Dean of Admissions Derrick Bolton first introduced this essay in the MBA application more than thirteen years ago, did he imagine it would become such an enduring and iconic question? Even if Stanford isn’t on your short list, this prompt is invaluable for your self-reflection process ... Read More
NYU Stern Announces New 1-Year MBA in High Tech
The Traditional 2-year Tech MBA is About to be Disrupted
New York University’s Stern School of Business just announced its new 1-year MBA program in tech for IT professionals and others looking to further pursue and build upon their career in the high tech industry.
It’s a new category for a top business school that is already at the forefront ... Read More
Chicago Booth Receives $20M Gift for Social Sector Innovation
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has received a $20 million gift from Tandean Rustandy to support expanded research and programming in social innovation and entrepreneurship at the newly named Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation.
Rustandy’s gift comes as the center is developing an increasingly ambitious approach to research ... Read More
Ready or Not, Here Comes Round 1!
Over the past few weeks, top MBA programs—such as Stanford, Wharton and Stern—have started announcing their Round 1 deadlines for the 2017-2018 application season. While those September and October dates might seem far away right now, we assure you that the next four months are going to go by in a flash.
We can also guarantee that many of your ... Read More
How to Build Relationships With Your High School Teachers
How to Build a Strong Student-Teacher Relationship in High School
Teachers are more than just the people responsible for assigning grades. They can be an incredible resource for students, particularly in the last two years of high school as you start thinking about applying to college. This is why building a strong student-teacher relationship is key.
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Columbia MBA early decision deadline & acceptance rate
Now that Columbia has officially released its 2017 MBA essay questions — which are a wonderfully simplified and much-clearer version of the same questions they’ve been asking for eons — we wanted to dig into one of the most common questions any BSer ever asks: Is it easier to get into Columbia Early Decision? Well……
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