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  • We’ve all heard the horror stories about student loan debt by now. Seven out of 10 students take on debt to earn their bachelor’s degree, and the amounts that some borrowers end up owing can be intimidating.

    Many students headed for graduate school probably think they already know the ropes when it comes to taking out student loans. But when you ... Read More

  • GMAT geometry problems tend to be one of the scariest of the Quantitative topic areas. Fortunately, all the geometry you need to remember could fit in the palm of your hand. Since you can’t actually put it in your palm on Test Day, here are some tricks for tackling GMAT geometry without notes.

    Geometry problems with lines and angles  

    If you are ... Read More

  • Valuable Suggestions from the Dean of a US Top 10 MBA Program: PythaGURUS’ Interview

    We are very fortunate to get opportunities to meet with “VERY VERY” diverse group of candidates who are keen on joining the Top Global MBA Programs. And this diverse group comes with very similar questions.

    In order to address these better, we reached out to ... Read More

  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions

    Located in one of the great financial epicenters of the world, London Business School’s MBA program attracts a truly global class of students with a wide range of education and work experiences. MBA applicants hoping to gain admission to London Business School in 2016-2017 should keep the following ... Read More

  • In the spirit of hopefully helping you to avoid feeling like the world’s biggest idiot, today’s post is a reminder that you have to pay attention.

    As in: Don’t submit your application at the very last minute.

    As in: Don’t skimp on the proofreading.

    As in: Don’t forget to “accept all changes” before submitting ... Read More

  • You wouldn’t walk into an important job interview without first looking in the mirror to make sure you look your best, right?   Well, the same is true when applying to a top business school. Serious MBA candidates don’t submit an application before double -- and even triple -- checking the spelling and grammar.   But there are ... Read More

  • Hello Indian readers. Someone wrote to me recently, asking, “why do the credentials for Indians have to be so much higher than for, say, Nordic applicants?”

    And it made me think to myself, maybe not all Indians are “in on” the dynamics of business school admissions. This is the stuff that admissions representatives will not tell you. I will ... Read More

  • Following up on the announcement of this year’s Tepper essay topics for the 2016-2017 admissions season, we wanted to offer some guidance on how to approach these prompts for candidates targeting the Carnegie Mellon University MBA Class of 2019.

    Letting go of the long time prompt about a defining professional moment, the Tepper adcom this year has ... Read More

  • Your Expert Guide to Self-Preparation

     For LSAT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, and PCAT

    By Jay Cutts

    Lead Author, Barron’s LSAT and MCAT Prep Materials


    Happy August!


    The 3 Keys to Self-Prep Success:

    1. A well-planned study schedule

    2. High quality prep material

    3. Peer support

    If you’re still not doing well enough, look for a qualified ... Read More

  • You’ve decided the MBA is the next stop on your career path.

    What now?

    The smartest applicants are those who take the time to create an informed MBA application strategy—a well thought-out game plan that can help you obtain your goals as efficiently and effectively as possible.

    One of the first challenges you’ll face is school selection—strategically ... Read More

  • For career-changers, there can be some real complications to pitching a set of goals with credibility. We had a BSer struggling with defining his post-MBA career path last year and after many rounds of review with our Career Goals App Accelerator and lots of follow-up questions, he finally got to this important question: Also, for…

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  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions

    University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business has launched its 2016 Impact Challenge, an annual program in which first-year MBA students turn their skills toward making a positive social impact.

    This year, Ross students will team up with 20 Detroit food entrepreneurs to design ventures ... Read More

  • Is there anything more embarrassing for an English learner than being asked to repeat what you just said? Twice, thrice (that means three times) … each pointing out that you have not mastered English. Yet. (Worse is when the American you’re speaking with RAISES THEIR VOICE as if you are deaf instead of struggling.) Mastering... Continue ... Read More

  • Can You Top This Dorm Room?

    by on August 21, 2016

    Cinderblock no more! The extreme dorm decorations of two University of Mississippi freshman have gone viral, showing what looks like a posh hotel room more than freshman housing.  Roommates Abby Bozeman and Lindy Goodson, both 18, have skillfully arranged their housing, which turns out to be more of a thing than anyone thought. Can you compete?... ... Read More

  • My great-grandfather starved to death. He died in the 50s. My dad doesn’t know the exact year, or even his name. He was one among untold millions of Chinese people who died during Mao Zedong’s “Great Leap Forward.” It was a cold winter day; the earth was hard and frosted over. His family was so... Continue reading Read More

  • Juggling Class and Diapers

    by on August 21, 2016

    College students have plenty to juggle between classes, homework, friends and work. Some students also discover the difficulties of raising children while attending school. “It’s not hard, but compared to what life used to be like [before having a child] it’s like, ‘Man, it was so easy back then,’” junior Chris Sims ... Read More

  • Once you’ve made it to school in the United States, it’s easy to focus on schoolwork at the expense of other opportunities. And while getting good grades in college is important, U.S. universities have a wealth of other resources to enrich a student’s experience, help them develop diverse skills, and build their resume. As someone ... Read More

  • When we interviewed Iraqi-American Andy Shallal at his Washington, D.C. restaurant, we did more laughing than talking. Until the conversation turned to freedom of expression. Shallal, 60, was born in Iraq. In 1966, his father, a diplomat, was assigned to the United States. Two years later, when Saddam Hussein seized power in Iraq, Shallal’s father... ... Read More

  • Explosions and Fear in Istanbul

    by on August 20, 2016

    As I watched from the roof of my apartment building in Istanbul, the explosions and gunfire from the Bosphorous bridge got louder and more frequent. Two blocks from my apartment building, soldiers had opened fire on flag-waving crowds in popular Taksim Square. At 11 p.m., Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared on television, telling ... Read More

  • Another Saturday post! Yes, we’re around to support you through your Essay Panic Season!!!

    Today we’re circling back to that critical reading exercise we posted last weekend – and darn it, we only had one brave Brave Supplicant participate! What’s up with that, people??

    We’ll forgive you. Apparently EssaySnark’s ... Read More

  • The Schools With the Highest SAT Score Averages, and Why You Shouldn’t Care You probably think that the schools with the highest SAT score averages are the same as the schools with the highest ranking, right?


    A study published by Forbes indicated that, in fact, average test scores does not correlate directly with school ranking.

    Figure ... Read More

  • By Elana Goodwin on August 13, 2016

    This article is brought to you by Uloop and Kaplan.  Search Uloop for student housing, college roommates, sublets, part-time jobs, internships, tutors, and campus news. 

    It’s hard to know what something will be like until you actually experience it — but it’s helpful to have some idea of what to expect, ... Read More

  • Our Friday from the Frontlines submission comes to us this week from Tahira Taylor, a full-time MBA student at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. As you’ll read, Taylor’s path to the MBA was unlike some of her classmates. Specifically, her journey to Georgetown included prior stops in Morocco and Lesotho, where she worked with the Peace ... Read More

  • The F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business of Babson College Full-time MBA application is live, which means that the essay topics are available for applicants to view. Here are the two 2016-2017 Babson Olin Essay Topics for applicants seeking entry in Fall 2017.


    2016-2017 Babson Olin Essay Topics Define Your Future Please describe your short ... Read More

  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions

    HBX, Harvard Business School‘s online learning initiative, has unveiled a finance certificate program that will enroll its first cohort this fall.

    HBX Finance: Leading with Finance is designed for business leaders interested in a more in-depth knowledge of finance and financial professionals ... Read More

  • We had a BSer ask us a very valid question about filling in the schools’ online applications recently and we thought we’d post our answer here for all of you. We also realized that even though we’ve answered stuff like this plenty o’ times, we don’t have an official blahg category on this topic so…

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  • Attention all applicants, the Cambridge / Judge MBA Round 1 Deadline of September 9, 2016 is just three weeks away!

    Need help with your application? Clear Admit has all the news, resources, and advice to make sure your application is as strong as possible!

    Start with the Cambridge / Judge School profile page as this page includes resources such ... Read More

  • Attention all Oxford Saïd Business School applicants, the Round 1 Deadline of September 9, 2016 is just three weeks away!

    Need help with your application? Clear Admit has all the news, resources, and advice to make sure your application is as strong as possible!

    Start with the Oxford Saïd Business School profile page as this page includes resources ... Read More

  • Hello world!

    by 780 on August 18, 2016

    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing! Read More

  • GMAC reports an uptick in the number of applicants who retake the GMAT.

    From tax-deductible MBA education to explaining the rise in applicants who take the GMAT more than once—Catch all the trending stories for future business leaders.

    Financial win for MBAs In this space, we’ve long counseled aspiring MBAs to think not just about what they want ... Read More

  • In this post I will discuss the Class of 2019 MBA application admissions essays for the MIT Sloan School of Management.   You can see the my client results and testimonials here.   Before analyzing MIT Sloan School of Management MBA Essays for Fall 2017 entry, I think it is important to take a look at MIT Sloan’s motto: MIT’s motto, “Mens ... Read More