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  • Its that time of the year again, and my inbox is being bombarded with emails from applicants for information on the b-school admission process. Its pretty difficult to reply to each letter individually so here are my observations for everyone to see.  But most of these questions are some form of the following "Here is my profile. What are ... Read More

  • MBA Acceptance Rate by Country

    Most top American business schools brag about how internationally diverse they are. Although American business schools try to make sure they have students from all over the world, the reality is that there are winners and losers. Applicants from some countries have an easier time than others. In this analysis I calculated ... Read More

  • McCombs Acceptance Rate Analysis

    McCombs School of Business is a top MBA program and part of University of Texas Austin. The full-time program is small; the class of 2017 is 267 students. McCombs average GMAT is 694 and average GPA 3.40. The acceptance rate is at the higher end of the spectrum at 35%. UT Austin also has an evening business school with ... Read More

  • It has been only three months since I graduated from Columbia Business School (CBS), but already I am homesick for the beautiful Upper West Side campus, days filled with executive guest lecturers, and nightly club events. For those in the midst of the application process, or those just considering a future MBA, I envy your position only in that you ... Read More

  • If you have been offered a graduate school assistantship, congratulations! Receiving such an offer is not only considered an honor – one that is often awarded to a small number of graduate students – it also means that a department, professor or researcher believes that you are an asset to the program and that you…

    http://college.usatoday.com/2015/08/23/is-a-graduate-school-assistantship-the-right-choice-for-you/ Read More

  • Kellogg Interview Questions

    Kellogg is somewhat unique in that it allows anyone who applies to interview. Kellogg MBA interviews are typically off-campus with an alumnus, although it is also possible to interview with an admissions committee member on campus or over Skype. Interviews with Kellogg tend to vary greatly based on who interviews you. You ... Read More

  • Ticket to ride

    by TopDogMBA on August 19, 2015

    It’s been a while since I updated my blog. Sorry for that but I’ve been kinda busy packing up ready for this whole MBA thing :) I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries from folks starting out on their application journey (or thinking about it) and I hope I’ve given some food for thought to the […] Read More

  • Having come from Indianapolis, maybe the cheapest of the top 20 cities, moving to Boston has been an adjustment for my wallet.  Folks coming from New York or San Francisco are excited by Boston’s slightly less expensive cost of living. Here’s the monthly breakdown:

    Rent $2634 for 900 sq. ft. 2 Bedroom 1 Bath Air Conditioning $500 ... Read More

  • I`m sure, each of us have our own collection of E-Books. We are so fond of E-books that we just keep downloading from various sites, torrents and illegal sites. I have may be 15GB of E-books collected on various subjects ranging from Mechanical Engineering to Aerospace Engineering to Programming to GRE to GMAT. In fact, I get greedy when I come across ... Read More

  • Having come from Indianapolis, maybe the cheapest of the top 20 cities, moving to Boston has been an adjustment for my wallet.  Folks coming from New York or San Francisco are excited by Boston’s slightly less expensive cost of living. Here’s the monthly breakdown:

    Rent $2634 for 900 sq. ft. 2 Bedroom 1 Bath Air Conditioning $500 ... Read More

  • Originally posted on MBA Manual:

    My last interview took place at the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University.  Since it was my final interview, I had my answers to the general interview questions (“Tell me about yourself” “Why an MBA?” “Why now?” etc.) down cold, and only had to focus on answering the more specific questions ... Read More

  • Originally posted on Kellogg MBA Students:

    The 2015-16 Kellogg Full-Time MBA application features two distinct essay questions. In the second of a two-part series, Beth Tidmarsh, director of admissions for Kellogg’s Full-Time program, reveals how to write a stellar response.

    Question 2: Pursuing an MBA is a catalyst for personal and professional ... Read More

  • Originally posted on Kellogg MBA Students:

    The 2015-16 Kellogg Full-Time MBA application features two distinct essay questions. In the first of a two-part series, Beth Tidmarsh, director of admissions for Kellogg’s Full-Time program, reveals how to write a stellar response.

    Question 1: Leadership and teamwork are integral parts of the Kellogg experience. ... Read More

  • The Stanford interview is an alumni-run interview.  You give Stanford your current address and they reach out to alumni in your area to find one that can interview you.  Stanford introduces you to the alumnus/alumna that will interview you by means of an email, and the two of you coordinate a date/time to meet up […]

    http://mbamanual.com/2015/07/28/my-interview-with-stanford/ Read More

  • Originally posted on Fortune:

    Dropout billionaires have cast serious doubt on the value of an MBA. But I couldn’t have raised my first million without one.

    Ten years into my professional career, I was promoted into a director role in a mid-sized company—and was beginning to think about launching my own firm. Still, in meetings people would often ... Read More

  • Yale MBA Acceptance Rate Analysis

    Yale School of Management, also known as YSOM, is a prestigious school located in New Haven, Connecticut. It is difficult to gain admission to Yale’s MBA program, similar to their undergraduate school. The YSOM class of 2016 has impressive statistics, with a median GMAT of 720 and median GPA of 3.56. Only 22% of ... Read More

  • There are two separate decisions you will need to make during your application process.  Where should you apply?  Where do you want to go?  You will struggle to differentiate between these two questions at some point.  Just trying to get into “somewhere” and confirmation bias could influence you.  Use this simple rule to separate these ... Read More

  • I’m here. I’m alive. I’m still on the waitlist at UCLA Anderson.

    I don’t expect to get off it this late in the game, but I’m moving on!

    I started a new job. I am now a Product Manager at one of the fastest growing travel startups in the country. I can’t tell you how intense it has been. I’m loving my job ... Read More

  • Want to make your MBA resume stand out from all the rest?  Follow these simple tips, and you’ll already be ahead of the game in this year’s MBA admissions process:

    1.  MBA TIP #1 – DO SOME RESEARCH:  Take the time to google a few sample resumes in your field, so you know what a professional resume actually looks like. Linked In ... Read More

  • There is so much hype and noise around this latest South Indian Telugu Flick - Baahubali that I started taking note of it. I am not a big fan of Telugu movies for the simple fact that I don't understand the language. Since Baahubali had a IMBD rating of over 9.5, I decided to take a plunge and watch the movie as I was promised that there are English ... Read More

  • Originally posted on Job Market Monitor:

    74% of respondents experienced increased on-campus recruiting this year compared to the same time last year; 11% experienced a decrease.

    The strongest increase in recruiting activity was seen in the Consulting industry.

    MBA CSEA surveys our school members twice per year to gauge the status of MBA recruiting ... Read More

  • Originally posted on Fortune:

    (Poets&Quants) — Every year, the world’s top business schools engage in an all-out talent war for the best MBA applicants on the market. To coax the most desirable prospects to their campuses, they’ve employed alumni to serve as ambassadors, touted their programs and faculty, and used millions of dollars in ... Read More

  • Your MBA application process must begin with introspection – it’s a non-optional step to create a winning application. Even before you jump into analyzing the essay questions, begin with developing a self-marketing message that integrates the key themes around your story. These include your strengths, experiences, ‘defining moments’, passions ... Read More

  • The HBS essay topic for 2015-16 is

    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 will get to know each other very well. The ... Read More

  • Kellogg application deadline & essays

    KELLOGG MBA APPLICATION ESSAYS

    Leadership and teamwork are integral parts of the Kellogg experience. Describe a recent and meaningful time you were a leader. What challenges did you face, and what did you learn? (450 words)

    Pursuing an MBA is a catalyst for personal and professional growth. How have you ... Read More

  • INSEAD application deadlines

    Essay 1: Give a candid description of yourself (who are you as a person), stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses and the main factors which have influenced your personal development, giving examples when necessary. (600 words max.)

    Essay 2: Describe the achievement of which ... Read More

  • Hey Everyone,

    I am launching a new venture focused on helping others get into the business school of their dreams.  If you are planning to or have recently applied to business school, it would really help me out if you answered these 9 questions.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/753VKM2

    Thanks! Dave Read More

  • The spark that started a fire

    My MBA dreams were born during an inspiring information session organized by INSEAD  in Amsterdam. Around 30-40 people came to the event and when the presenter did a quick check around the room to see how many different nationalities were present, the result was jaw dropping. In this relatively small group you could ... Read More

  • Booth allows you flexibility to communicate in whatever way you see fit.  That means you can write yet another boring admissions essay or get creative and submit a poem, infographic, or visual essay. I decide to take advantage of this flexibility and use a medium I use everyday, PowerPoint.

    My essay, below, got me a interview at Booth and ultimately ... Read More

  • Originally posted on MIT Sloan School of Management:

    We are busy putting the final touches on our application. We plan to have it go live by July 15! We have already shared our deadlines and new essay question with you. In this video, Jeff Carbone, Associate Director of Admissions, gives some tips for completing the application.

    I would also like ... Read More

  • Harvard asks you to write a post interview reflection (PIR) within 24 hours of your interview. Many have said that there is little you can do in this reflection to get in, but there are a few things you can do to eliminate yourself.  Here are my tips:

    Follow instructions.  Make sure you have a plan to complete the PIR and have access ... Read More

  • Summer is here

    by under prescription on June 27, 2015

    Hello everyone! I know, I must apologize for being away for so long. As you can imagine I have been kind of busy lately, without much time or energy left for blogging. What have I been doing since February? Well, first of all, I finished my Residency in Hospital Pharmacy. The last few months were […] Read More

  • For Harvard, I recycled the premise of my Tuck essay, but not much else.  The content, like all my essays, is all HBS.  It is important to focus on the “what else” of the prompt. Don’t waste their time recounting in more detail facts and circumstances already included in your application and resume.  Although the prompt ... Read More

  • Originally posted on Kellogg MBA Students:

    The Kellogg School of Management welcomed new students to its One-Year and MMM MBA Programs on Monday, June 22. The students were welcomed with a collection of advice from the Class of 2015. Take a look at some of the graduates’ words of wisdom.

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  • dabhamil:

    Ryan, Yale SOM Silver Scholar, posts his perspective on one of the more interesting essay prompts in the T20, the Cornell “Table of Contents”.

    Originally posted on MBA Manual:

    This essay is a creative submission that states the following:

    “You are the author for the book of Your Life Story. In 2000 characters or less, please ... Read More

  • Yale SOM was the first admissions essay I wrote.  So I think this is one of my weakest; however, all that matters is it WORKED!

    “The Yale School of Management educates individuals who will have deep and lasting impact on the organizations they lead. Describe how you have positively influenced an organization—as an employee, a member, or an ... Read More

  • International students studying in the U.S aren’t just interested in getting an education – many are also interested in gaining practical work experience. As an international student, an internship is a great opportunity to understand the work culture in the U.S. and compare it to working back home.

    I completed my internship at Voice of ... Read More

  • There’s a place

    by TopDogMBA on June 18, 2015

    So, my final tally is in. I applied to three b schools in total this season: INSEAD – admitted MIT Sloan – admitted Wharton – waitlisted and dinged No MBA application process is complete without at least one ding – I know people who secured H/S/W admits and were still dinged by other schools! – […] Read More