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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The elusive

    by Mukaam on September 18, 2015

    I know it has been a long time I wrote. The choice of color on my blog must be telling you how careless I've become. It signifies that I have lost touch with myself. I am not going to lie. I have lost the power of connection. There is still something good in me that lot of people trust. But I think I have lost it. I have become a jealous, insecure, ... Read More

  • Stanford MBA Acceptance Rate Analysis

    When I first built the Stanford MBA acceptance rate model, it showed that GPA had little to no impact on acceptance rate. I have reevaluated the data and now I believe that GPA does matter when applying to Stanford. Although GPA has an impact on acceptance, GMAT is still more important for Stanford MBA admissions.

    Stanford ... Read More

  • 2015-09-10 02:35:34

    by on September 10, 2015

    MUST WATCH! Applying to Haas School of Business – UC Berkeley ? Here’s a replay of the live webinar with application strategies from Jacqueline Laird,MBA 2015. hosted by Monica Cepak Read More

  • Get accepted to Columbia Business School

    by on September 10, 2015

    Attend our FREE webinar to learn application secrets from MBAs from Columbia Business School on 13th Sept at 9 am PST. Register here

    Learn application strategies,tips & tricks Read More

  • MBA admission essays & deadlines

    Short Answer Question: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters maximum)

    Essay 1: Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals going forward, and how will the Columbia MBA help you achieve them? (Maximum 500 ... Read More

  • Candidates often ask us, “What does it take to get into MIT Sloan?” While there is no magic formula, it is helpful to understand how we evaluate applicants. Our team developed these slides to help applicants better understand the evaluation process. We are all excited to start reviewing the Round I applications in a few […] Read More

  • Most people find the GMAT very difficult. Whether you are out of the habit of studying or can’t seem to remember that you need to flip the fraction to find the reciprocal, most of us are going to need some help before we sit for the test. In a previous post, I outlined my approach to GMAT preparations. However, you maybe on a budget or just getting ... Read More

  • 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 elite 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… 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