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  • Admitted to Tuck

    by under prescription on December 18, 2014

      Yesterday I received a call from Dawna Clarke, Director of Admissions at Tuck. She told me that I was admitted to Tuck School of Business and that I had been granted an scholarship!! It was a very exciting moment and I liked the personal touch of actually calling the applicant. Today, I will have […] Read More

  • Admitted to MIT Sloan

    by under prescription on December 17, 2014

    I was ready to F-bomb like Tom Brady after losing against the Packers in Lambeau Field. It was late in the evening and I had not yet received a call from MIT Sloan admissions. Living in Madrid, I did not really expect to know anything before 6 pm. I had spent a quite morning for […] Read More

  • GPA Trivial to Stanford Business School Acceptance Rate

    Stanford business school has the lowest acceptance rate of 6% out of all MBA programs in the US. I am sure everyone wants to know the secret to increase their Stanford business school acceptance rate. Shockingly Stanford GBS does not care about your GPA. I built a statistical model to predict ... Read More

  • This week my feed has been a blur of amazing news. Congratulations to my friends Naija MBA Gal, TopDogMBA, Vandana and Finance Furry for getting into some of the best schools in the world! We’re talking INSEAD, Kellogg, Booth, Sloan, Wharton… the list is pretty insane. You guys should be so proud! I couldn’t be happier for you ... Read More

  • Yes, Yes, YES!! Enough said!

    Congratulations to anyone else who got the call today. My call only came a short while ago so there is still hope for y’all!

    Off to take the real Top Dog for a long walk to calm myself down.

    Will be in touch! :) Read More

  • After a long and stressful wait today, I’ve been offered a place on the waitlist at Wharton. Not sure what to make of it, but obviously a lot still depends on MIT Sloan’s decision tomorrow.

    Trying to enjoy myself at Christmas parties this week – so much to think about and (thankfully) so many distractions – but the wait begins ... Read More

  • Kellogg Acceptance Rate Analysis

    Kellogg’s acceptance rate is on the higher side for a top 10 MBA program at over 20%. But don’t be fooled, getting into Kellogg is still very difficult. In addition to high expectations for GMAT and GPA, Kellogg allows all applicants to interview. This allows Kellogg to find candidates with the best interpersonal ... Read More

  • For my Cambridge essay I have to write down by short and long term career objectives as a part of the personal statement. Easy enough I said, done it all last year. Wrote the essay, gave it to my friends to comment. The end result: I need to go back to the drawing board on career objectives.

    The long term The short term I’m fairly clear on, but ... Read More

  • Here comes the sun

    by TopDogMBA on December 14, 2014

    So, this is shaping up to be one of the most important weeks in my – and most of my fellow applicants – lives! MIT Sloan and Wharton, along with a host of other top U.S. b schools, are releasing their decisions for R1!

    The blogosphere has been very quiet lately as we all wait patiently, perfectly calm and keeping busy with other things ... Read More

  • Advice for Improving your Resume

    A few months back I interviewed several summer intern candidates at work. While reviewing these candidates’ resumes I saw a lot mistakes that you should never make on a resume, whether you are applying for a summer internship or a top ten MBA program. They did not do very well in the interviews and I was not surprised. ... Read More

  • Stern Interview Acceptance Rate Analysis

    I know that the final decisions for applicants who were interviewed for New York University’s business school are expected soon. I decided to perform a Stern interview acceptance rate analysis to see if I could predict the chance of acceptance for applicants who were invited to interview. From my data ... Read More

  • Ross Interview Acceptance Rate Analysis

    Earlier today I posted the Ross acceptance rate analysis which shows how GPA and GMAT scores affect your chance of admission at University of Michigan’s MBA program. I received a request to see if GMAT and GPA can still predict acceptance rate out of the applicants who were selected to interview. I would ... Read More

  • Ross Acceptance Rate Analysis

    I received a request from the0ther0n3 to analyze the Ross acceptance rate after he saw the Stern acceptance rate analysis. I had not been planning to look at Ross for a few weeks, but if you request data analysis from me, I will do my best to finish that analysis as fast as possible. I plan to post the Ross admission ... Read More

  • Harvard Business School Acceptance Rate Analysis

    How can anyone ensure that they will be accepted to Harvard Business School? Unfortunately there are no assurances at the number one ranked business school which has an acceptance rate of 12%. This analysis will show you what the Harvard Business school acceptance Rate is based on key stats such as GMAT ... Read More

  • As we’ve talked about before, studying in the United States can lead to misconceptions – about school, about peers, and about American culture. But the misunderstanding can come from both sides: while foreign students might have unfounded beliefs about the United States, some in the United States have their own misconceptions about foreign ... Read More

  • Stern Acceptance Rate Analysis

    I just finished building the Stern acceptance rate prediction model. I will post the admissions calculator as soon as I have time to finish learning PHP and then build that portion of the website. I’ll probably have time to work on it over Christmas break, but right now I am too busy applying for interviews for ... Read More

  • Originally posted on Financial Times MBA Blog –

    Day-on-the-Job events are onsite visits to companies to learn about MBA opportunities and get a sense of work culture. A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to visit tech companies in Seattle and Silicon Valley. I was surprised by ... Read More

  • Follow Up on Wharton Acceptance Rate for Indian Applicants

    Last week I posted an article discussing the Indian application disadvantage at Wharton. I received a request to go into more detail about how GMAT impacts the Wharton acceptance rate for Indian applicants. Given that only 5% of applicants identified as Indian and the acceptance rate is low, ... Read More

  • Today I had my interview with a Duke alumni here in Madrid. It is my third so far and I think that fact helped, since I already knew what to expect and came to the meeting much less nervous than to the other two. The interview itself was very friendly and conversational. As expected, the goal […] Read More

  • A Formal Introduction

    by MBA Reapplicant on December 2, 2014

    Well, it's been awhile.  Almost two months since my last blog.  I never realized just how busy with classes, recruiting, and everything else that goes into the MBA experience I would be.  It's been nuts! But in a good way :)I have tried to stay active on the GMATClub and answer as many questions as I can.  Over the past couple months, ... Read More

  • Student Union writer Gwen Mugodi recently traveled to the US state of Maine for Thanksgiving, which took place on November 27. In this post, she talks about the experience of learning about the US from our holidays, traditions, and food – and seeing snow for the first time!—————————————————————–

    Thanksgiving ... Read More

  • Not for the first time, I met with an Admissions Director in Europe.

    We actually had a great conversation.  I had met my interviewer during Sloan‘s ‘On The Road’ event in my home city earlier this year, so we were already quite relaxed in each others presence.

    This was a seasoned interviewer and, all in all, a tough person to ... Read More

  • Indian Application Disadvantage at Wharton’s MBA Program

    Recently I discovered an Indian application disadvantage at Wharton’s MBA program while reviewing their admissions data. I have been busy over the past few months at business school and haven’t been able to post. I am attending NYU Stern school of business and loving it. I have ... Read More

  • I opted to do my Team-Based Discussion (TBD) and interview in London with a member of the Admissions office.

    It was a benefit to have been through the same process last year so I knew what to expect. And, my group being European instead of American meant that I felt more comfortable in my skin. The TBD on campus was definitely more intense and aggressive ... Read More

  • Please also check out my first interview report.

    My second interviewer was around my age. We met on a Saturday and it was very relaxed (he came in jeans and a sweat top, compared to my suit and tie!) and instantly put me at ease.

    We had a friendly discussion with – of course – my well thought out responses interspersed with a lot of questions ... Read More

  • Given the recent news this is way overdue, but see below my first interview report for INSEAD.

    I met with a senior politician alum who, understandably, had a busy schedule. The interview was quick – 30-35 minutes max. – and he hit me with a lot of questions in rapid succession.

    There was nothing unexpected or any questions that I had ... Read More

  • Yes! I got the call in the last 24 hours …admitted to INSEAD!

    I’m feeling pretty special right now, so excuse the silly grin and jumping for joy. Speaking of which, Beatrice (my dog, THE dog!) was also jumping for joy when she heard the news. She is one step closer to being the belle of campus!

    Thank you all for your support dear friends ... Read More

  • The latest post from VOA’s “All About America” blog looks at a recent report on study abroad trends – both students coming to, and going from, the United States. The “Open Doors” report from the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the Department of State has some interesting findings, including:

    The number ... Read More

  • I have finished my interview with a MIT AdCom just 3 hours ago. I have to say that this has been a very exciting week in terms of MBA expectations and progress as I have had two interviews: Tuck and MIT, although they have been different experiences. I thought that Tuck would be a more […] Read More

  • All i’ve got to do

    by TopDogMBA on November 15, 2014

    Interview prep is the name of the game at the moment, so I’m sorry for neglecting my blog posts lately.

    I’m working on a few posts with specific interview feedback which will hopefully help some of you (and others who stumble on this blog in future). Will go live next week when the madness of interviews is over.

    My consultant and alum ... Read More

  • So after many, many, many hours of internal debate that resulted in a lot of hair pulling and crabbiness, I have finally  decided on my school list. I think I have been a little wiser in my choices this time around and I think each of them would be a good fit for me. It’s really weird though, when I started out, literally none of these schools ... Read More

  •  (Oakland, CA) – It was almost exactly 3 years ago that I first began to seriously consider aiming for an MBA at a top program. When I look back on that time as I approach my last semester at Wharton, it blows my mind how close I came to NOT having made the decision to […] Read More

  • MBA program deadlines-INSEAD

    by on November 11, 2014

    Job Description Essays

    Essay 1. Briefly summarise your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and, where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, clients/ products and results achieved. (250 words maximum)

    Essay 2. Please give a full description of your career since graduating from university. ... Read More

  • Harvard Business School

    Essay Topic:

    Optional Essay

    You’re applying to Harvard Business School. We can see your resume, academic transcripts, extracurricular activities, awards, post-MBA career intentions, test scores, and what your recommenders have to say about you. What else would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy?

    There is ... Read More

  • It’s been raining invites on all my friends out here – congratulations to Naija MBA Gal, TopDogMBA, hugoness, Vandana and Grant Me Admission!! Having had the privilege to blog alongside such incredibly smart and nice people, I have no doubt that they deserve admits at the schools of their dreams. I am counting down the days to hear some ... Read More

  • Yesterday I received two e-mails saying I was invited to interview at both MIT and Tuck. It was a very exciting moment, since it meant I am one step closer to the goal of getting admitted and it is also encouraging that they think I am worthy of further consideration. That I am in the […] Read More

  • Are you planning on coming to the United States to study? New data says you’ll be in good company, according to an article from the International Business Times.

    The College Board, which administers the SAT – an exam many US colleges use as one of their admission criteria – saw a record number of foreign students taking the test this ... Read More

  • Top MBA Admissions Interview Questions  - What Can You Expect?

    Are you one of the lucky ones?  Have you been invited to interview at one of the star MBA programs you applied to for Round 1?  Even if you’re applying Round 2, the below can help you learn what kinds of questions admission officers are asking this year, and what tips can help ... Read More

  • I got this baby in my inbox today! :)

    3 out of 3 of my target b schools want to interview me! There is no Plan B anymore. Additional school research just officially ended. I need to focus on bringing these babies home!

    Thank you to all of you who have supported me through the anguish of this re-application process.

    Anything is possible!

    More details ... Read More

  • I’m well and truly back on the horse. I’m officially applying for the Cambridge MBA.

    Application process

    Upside applying this time round is soooo much easier. No GMAT to take, no trying to figure out what my offer is. I done all the hard work last year. Which means I should be able to put together  a decent application in a month ... Read More

  • And The Fight Goes On...

    by Techie to MBA on November 1, 2014

    So I got the rejection from Duke few days back. The rejection really had me thinking about my chances in any of my top choice programs. The decision also made to reconsider my list of round 2 schools. I was really enthusiastic about the NYU program, but now after evaluating NYU’s inclination towards higher GMAT score (mine is 700 - Q50, V34) and considering ... Read More

  • Yes Yes YES!!! I’m very excited to be able to post this great bit of news after a nervous day of inbox refreshing (don’t we all know that feeling by now!?).

    Still some work to do but feels good to be back in the running at my top choice b school.

    Congratulations to my fellow invitees :)

    And commiserations to anyone who didn’t get ... Read More

  • I’m considering a very difficult decision. Insanity maybe? I don’t know. I’m thinking about retaking the GMAT before Round 2 deadlines with a goal of scoring at least a 750 this time. I know my weakness: I’m a very young applicant. I have a great GPA, great extracurriculars, great work experience (quality wise) but my GMAT as ... Read More

  • Quick update from me…

    I had my first INSEAD alumni interview earlier this week with the second (and final!) one scheduled for tomorrow. I’ve been doing a lot of prep for the interviews this time around – not because I suck at interviews, but so my answers are precise and concise (I have a tendency to go off-message and ramble if I’m ... Read More

  • Journey So Far...

    by Techie to MBA on October 29, 2014

    After finishing all my Round 1 applications, now I’m waiting on their results and preparing for the Round 2 schools. I decided to take some time to relax after Round 1 application, but it seems that relaxing in a journey to B-school is far from reality. The anxiety level is at all-time high, because every day while you wait to hear from the schools, ... Read More

  • And I’m definitely not admitted to Fuqua. It was horrible waiting for a phone call that never came, but I’ve had a while for it to sink in and I’m okay. Slightly heart broken because everyone who’s read even part of this blog knows how much I loved Duke – but I’m still hopeful for better things to come. I’m ... Read More