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  • School Profile: Duke MBA

    by HBS Accept on February 6, 2016

    Perhaps known best for its men’s basketball team – winners of five national championships, including last year’s  – Duke University is also home to an elite full-time MBA program. Located in Durham, NC, the Fuqua School of Business’ MBA program graduates about 400 students annually. Over the last fifteen years, US News & World ... Read More

  • Ninety-five percent of the Full-Time Class of 2015 received an offer by three months post-graduation, as reported today by Kellogg’s Career Management Center(CMC). Kellogg also saw an increase in acceptances this year — 92 percent of students accepted a full-time offer by three months post-graduation.  Read More

  • By Dean Nordhielm So you just got into business school. Congrats! At this point you still have months before you actually begin classes. That seems like a lot of time, but it’s really not as long as you think, and you’ll have a lot more to do than you think. Here are the things I did […] Read More

  • The Admissions team is all moved in to our beautiful new office, and we hope you can come visit us in person! The Ambassadors campus visit program begins on February 16th, and registration is now open. Interviews for the MFin program started last week, and will continue for the next few weeks. All candidates will […] Read More

  • This article was originally posted on

    Harvard Business School (HBS) invites about 2,000 of its nearly 10,000 applicants to an MBA interview each year. So congrats if you made it this far. About 50% of these 2000 will receive an offer to join the MBA program. Of which, about 90% will accept the MBA admissions invite. What does that ... Read More

  • Okay, so let’s look at the cold, hard facts.

    My GMAT score stayed the same (710)

    My GPA is the same as well (9.03)

    The last time I checked, I was still an Indian engineer

    My work experience moved up from about 19 months to 26 months

    My job title is now “Product Manager” and not the dreaded “Software Engineer” it was ... Read More

  • I started this blog in 2014 and it’s taken till 2016 for me to come full circle.

    After a wait of 517 days  (1 year, 4 months and 29 days, but who’s counting?) since I first started this process, I’m ecstatic to announce that I’m going to be a proud member of the UCLA Anderson Class of 2018.


    Okay, back ... Read More

  • If you are struggling to break 700, check out Jon Taves free eBook to help get you over the finish line.

    EF Essays

    Happy Holidays from EF Essays! To celebrate this time of year, I’ve compiled all of my GMAT posts from the past year into an eBook. Rumor has it that Santa’s most requested gift is learning how to break into the 700 club. Luckily, ... Read More

  • Optimal MBA Application Number

    Many business school applicants wonder how many MBA applications they should submit? In this article, I will discuss the optimal MBA application number based on real data. Deciding on your MBA application number is challenging because the more schools you apply to, the less time you have to spend on each application. ... Read More

  • Every part of your MBA application matters, but applicants have a tendency to underestimate the importance of recommendations. On the surface, recommendations seem like the easiest part of your application. Theoretically, all you need to do is pick two people (often current or former supervisors), ask them to write a recommendation on your behalf, and ... Read More

  • The new times

    by Mukaam on December 17, 2015

    So, my sister got married in most awesome ways ever and my mum is serene these days. Thank you everyone for your lovely messages.Solitude has embraced me again. And i love it. Since last few days I am finding some peace. Someone prayed somewhere. Or healing has begun. I have zest for doing new things now suddenly when I am freed up from the pressure ... Read More

  • Decision week expectations

    by Mba For Tech on December 14, 2015

    This week is most stacked in terms of decision dates; many schools will distribute their results, including some of the ones I applied to:

    UCLA Anderson – it seems that admit calls will be made today (Monday, Dec 14, 2015), while final results will be communicated tomorrow. I am quite confident, my interview was pretty good, and so I think that ... Read More

  • Chicago Booth: accepted!

    by Mba For Tech on December 9, 2015

    Well, guess what? Yep, I was waiting for CST to show 9:00 am to start worrying, but I got so much work to do that I lost track of time and then I got a call on my mobile from a phone number starting with 1 (international code of USA): it was so amazing! I was waiting for the nice lady on the other end of the phone to tell me she is from Chicago Booth ... Read More

  • Strategies on Building Your MBA Application Portfolio

    By Lawrence Linker

    As Founder and Application Coordinator for MBA Link, one of the first things I’m often consulted on is how many schools an applicant should apply to and which ones. This is an extremely important step to get right in the application process, because there is almost no other ... Read More

  • Got an invite to Tuck (November round)! Feels so great! Really love the school and the people there. I spoke with quite a few alums, they were really among the most responsive ones. I especially, appreciated the honesty with which they answered my questions and their patience, as I am someone who gets to the heart of things and don’t like to have ... Read More

  • Every student has a predefined notion about a MBA degree:- hefty packages, good job opportunities, improvement in position and salaries but how many really know the journey of becoming a MBA student? Learning  management jargons, frameworks and business models, analyzing case studies & and eventually hopiing to reach the peak of self-actualization ... Read More

  • First Dings: Wharton and MIT

    by Mba For Tech on November 26, 2015

    Yep, after all of the invites this was a bummer. First I got a ding from Wharton on Nov 3 and then from MIT.

    Well, with MIT I wasn’t really disappointed, because my app was really bad, I didn’t even plan applying, but their question was similar to one of my essays, and I thought: “Why not?”, I didn’t believe that I was ... Read More

  • Low GPA MBA Acceptance Rate Analysis

    Many applicants worry about applying to business school if they have a low GPA. I analyzed the low GPA MBA acceptance rate at the top 25 schools to see what are the realistic chances for applicants with a GPA below 3.0. In my data sample from GMAT Club, less than 3% of applicants had a low GPA, which I defined as ... Read More

  • Most top business schools breed their students for a career in consulting or financial services (which is slowly being displaced by high tech and entrepreneurial opportunities). Entry into both these industries requires rigorous preparation in terms of professional networking skills, resume reviews and interview preparation (not to mention certain passports). Business ... Read More

  • UNC MBA Acceptance Rate Analysis

    Kenan-Flagler is University of North Carolina’s business school. UNC has five programs including a full-time MBA, various executive MBAs and an online MBA program. UNC’s MBA program is currently ranked 18th by US News and World Report. The UNC MBA class of 2017 has an average GMAT of 710 and GPA of 3.4. ... Read More

  • Breathe

    by Mukaam on November 19, 2015

    I am writing from the hospital today. My mom got two seizures this morning. The dementia patients get that in later stage. But we just thought to have her admitted instead of thinking this is the normal course. So the doc chose a different med and conducted more tests.What a life. And what depressing thoughts you get in the hospital. How will she die? ... Read More

  • Chicago Booth Interview

    by Mba For Tech on November 17, 2015

    My first in-person interview! I had an invite pretty early on, but the interview itself took a few weeks to arrange.

    Anyways, I met with a ‘0x alum, who joined MBB after graduation and recently left for another company. The meeting was held in a coffeshop downtown.

    Alumna was very positive, nice and friendly. Really, my best interview, it ... Read More

  • The road within

    by Mukaam on November 17, 2015

    Hello again, I am coming to the blog second time this week. I am on my journey to find myself again. This will be a different journey than last time. This journey does not seek to find happiness but this journey is for me to find myself through this world.I am doing some really great work. Once a dream job, I have it now. Heading a business completely ... Read More

  • Today we are all French

    by Mba For Tech on November 14, 2015

    What a horrible day for the world. In a day like this it’s important to not back up and stand for the values terrorists try to attack. Together we are strong and will not let fear subdue our determination to make the world a better place.

    Stay strong France, stay strong humanity. Read More

  • Would It Help?

    by Mukaam on November 11, 2015

    It has been long that I have written. And it seems like that I have lost that touch with myself.  I have been thinking of writing for a while.In last few days, I have been going through the phase of developing agitation, attachment and aversions. The phase of not being a Buddhist at all. I think I never was able to become one. But I had a root ... Read More

  • MBA Interview Acceptance Rate by GMAT and GPA

    The interview is a crucial component of the MBA admission process. All top full-time MBA programs interview applicants before admitting them. Generally the MBA admissions committee is looking for two things during the interview, that you fit the culture of the school and that you have the emotional intelligence ... Read More

  • GMAT: Test Day Strategy

    by HBS Accept on October 30, 2015

    You’ve studied hard for weeks and test day is finally just around the corner. It seems illogical to have spent hours upon hours analyzing every inch of the exam and then to neglect preparing for the actual day itself. While you shouldn’t dissect test day down to the minute, there are a few areas to […] Read More

  • The best way for work to not feel like work is to own what you do. I think that’s why the best organizations and managers seek to instill a sense of ownership in their employees. The entrepreneurial endeavor takes ownership to the extreme by combining intense personal responsibility with complete impact. Everything that is accomplished depends, in ... Read More

  • I shared a framework we discussed in a crisis management class three weeks ago – a few days after the Volkswagen emissions debacle came out in the press. I thought it was time for Part II. I recently woke up to the following paragraph as part of my “Economist Espresso:” “Volkswagen’s boss in America offered a congressional hearing a “sincere ... Read More

  • Hear how Munyar used his time in college to prepare for a career in Finance and landed his first job as an Investment Banking Analyst Read More

  • Thoughts on MBA Interviews

    by Mba For Tech on October 23, 2015

    After the second Skype interview I feel like I can give some advice:

    Be dressed appropriately from top to bottom, that will help you feel comfortable. Ensure that your video is clear and light is set right, so that your interviewer can see your face and your emotions, don’t be a moving blur. Check your microphone! This is very important as many ... Read More

  • UCLA Anderson Interview

    by Mba For Tech on October 23, 2015

    I have received the invitation almost immediately after they started sending them out, being an international student I was offered a Skype interview and a variety of dates, quite convenient to be honest. Unlike Kellogg, Anderson’s interviews are conducted by second-year students, who pass trainings before becoming a part of admissions team.

    My ... Read More

  • Universum is the global leader in employer branding. Annually, it conducts student surveys to determine their ideal employers. In Part 1 of our two posts on these surveys, U.S. undergraduate and MBA business student surveys are highlighted. In Part 2, global/foreign students will be highlighted. The 2015 Universum U.S. Undergraduate Student Survey results ... Read More

  • Ok, a disclaimer: I really like it! Do I agree with it? No. Do I love the fact that they actually tried to address the problems they had? Yes.

    Before we start:

    Bloomberg BW 2015 ranking

    I’m really interested in rankings and the fact that I scored most popular MBA rankings on the first day of this blog should say a lot about that.

    As I have ... Read More

  • MIT Sloan first invites

    by Mba For Tech on October 20, 2015

    Deadline for Round 1 MIT Sloan applications was on September 17, 2015 and today they started sending out invitations, seems like they are sticking to their last year approach of inviting most of U.S. based students in first wave and International students in the second wave. Most students were a bit discouraged by such a long wait, longest in last three ... Read More

  • Work/Life Balance. We’ve all heard of it, and some of us are better at actually finding that balance than others. Work/School/Life Balance? No one really prepared me for that one.

    Indiana University Indianapolis Campus Center

    Seven weeks ago, I began my three-year journey as a part-time MBA student. I chose an evening program for several reasons, ... Read More

  • There is one comment that stands out; one conversation having made a great impression on me in these first two weeks.  My Field professor told a story about a former student who had boldly followed her passion to start a social enterprise in Afghanistan, selling saffron grown by former opium farmers.  Professor Ghosh used this example to emphasize ... Read More

  • Our Admissions Committee is busy reviewing Round 1 applications. We will begin sending out interview invitations in mid-October and continue until the week of November 9th, at which point each applicant will receive an updated status. The interview period will last approximately six weeks, from October 26th through December 4th. We will give applicants ... Read More

  • Amy Cuddy, Harvard Business School professor, at TED

    Not all leadership looks the same; there is no prescribed formula for what makes a good leader. Rudi Gassner believed that there are many pathways to success, so a leader is best served by being him or herself. As I think about what that means for me, I believe I am a person that values impact on ... Read More

  • We are thrilled to welcome the Class of 2017 to campus today, and data from the incoming class of students indicates that Kellogg’s community is about to reach a new level of diversity and intellectual merit. Within the Class of 2017, a record-breaking 43 percent of students are women — representing a 5 percent increase over last year (and a significant ... Read More

  • HBS interview style is unique in many ways.  First, it is exactly 30 minutes, not 31, not 29.  This means you need to be very strategic on ensuring your best examples of leadership and impact make it into those 30 minutes.  This will be a really quick interview, not only because it is 30 minutes, but also, because the interviewer will set a break-neck ... Read More

  • KWEST 2015 #TBT

    by HBS Accept on October 2, 2015

    Last week, hundreds of first-year and second-year students traversed the globe as part of KWEST: Kellogg Worldwide Experience and Service Trip. Kyle Burr, one of the student-run KWEST executive committee members, wrote about the KWEST experience in the run up to this year’s trip. As Kellogg’s first-year students continue their Complete Immersion ... Read More

  • It’s a statistic that has floated around since orientation and pre-term, but I think it bears repeating: the Kellogg class of 2017 has a record percentage of female students, and at 43% of an incoming class of 492, those students are poised to make a big impact. I had a chance to feel this impact quite viscerally when I walked into the Allen Center ... Read More

  • Yes, I have been screwed up. Not the first time though. After a long preparation, I scored a 680(Q47, V34). I was literally shocked to see that score. I took a break for 2 days to completely forget about it. I have decided to give it one final shot, hoping to reach the elusive 740+ Score!!. Since I want to put a solid application, I will be retaking ... Read More

  • Essays

    1. What are your short- and long-term goals? Why do you need an MBA to achieve those goals? Why are you interested in Tuck specifically? (500 words)

    2. Tell us about your most meaningful leadership experience and what role you played. How will that experience contribute to the learning environment at Tuck? (500 words)

    3. (Optional) Please ... Read More