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  • It’s nearly a year since TopDogMBA came into being and – over 18,000 hits later – I’ve decided to share some of the application aids I created that helped me get two admits (and a waitlist) from top 10 b schools. I hope that it helps any newbies to the MBA application process, gives some […] Read More

  • Originally posted on MBA Ivy League:

    As a former Harvard admissions interviewer and a Harvard graduate, people are always asking me about their GMAT scores and “if I think they’ll get in.”  Test scores are certainly one large aspect of the entire MBA admissions process, although allow me to stress that many other things including, most importantly, ... Read More

  • Each year, thousands of international students come to the United States to complete their higher education. Leaving home and living abroad is a big major transition in life. And one of the first obstacles many of these students face is one of the most prominent: adapting to new food.

    For many international students, it’s a struggle to find the ... Read More

  • It’s nearly a year since TopDogMBA came into being and – over 18,000 hits later – I’ve decided to share some of the application aids I created that helped me get two admits (and a waitlist) from top 10 b schools. I hope that it helps any newbies to the MBA application process, gives some […] Read More

  • It’s nearly a year since TopDogMBA came into being and – over 18,000 hits later – I’ve decided to share some of the application aids I created that helped me get two admits (and a waitlist) from top 10 b schools. I hope that it helps any newbies to the MBA application process, gives some […] Read More

  • Its official, my brain hates data sufficiency! I am having some difficulty with this section because my brain keeps trying to solve the problem even though I know that I don’t have to. For some reason I also keep trying to relate the statements rather than think of them as separate independent statements. Why GMAT, why?

    Ok, time to breathe…Clearly ... Read More

  • Another helpful webinar from EducationUSA: on Thursday, April 16, at 1300 UTC (9 AM ET) they’ll be holding an interactive discussion on everything you need to know about the student visa process.

    Do you have questions about the steps to obtain a student visa? Wonder how long the the process will take? Want to make sure you’re taking the ... Read More

  • International students are overall very satisfied with their study abroad experiences, according to the I-Graduate Analysis of Student Satisfaction, which finds four factors have the greatest influence on the international students’ satisfaction: local atmosphere, learning quality, attitude of professor, and friendliness of the schools.

    The analysis ... Read More

  • Cornell MBA Interview Questions

    This guide is designed to help Johnson MBA applicants to prepare for their interview, complete with a list of the most common Cornell MBA interview questions. The typical Johnson MBA interview is 30 to 50 minutes long. It can be given by either a second year student, alumni or an admissions committee member. It is even ... Read More

  • Flashcards-My Technique

    by Get an MBA on April 6, 2015

    I love flashcards. I have multi colored flashcards, sticky flashcards, rolodex style flashcards, lined flashcards, blank flashcards…ok, I think you get the picture. Flashcards are a great study aid and I think that everybody that has ever studied for the GMAT has at one time or another incorporated the use of flashcards be it print or digital.

    I ... Read More

  • So when I didn’t receive a phone call yesterday, I thought it was pretty much over for me. Since I was expecting a ding, I wasn’t heartbroken about it. I went on with my day, went out for a fancy dinner to celebrate my failure and then went to bed with a huge sigh of relief because the whole waiting game was over.

    But it wasn’t. I ... Read More

  • Whether international students want to return to the home country, or explore Mexico, Canada or any country nearby the U.S during their spring break or summer vacation, they have to make sure to bring the appropriate immigration documents, including SEVIS I-20/DS-2019 – the forms that certify that an international student is eligible to study ... Read More

  • When I wrote this original post exactly nine months ago I had no idea how things would work out and more than a little self-doubt. I was still depressed and struggling to come to terms with my five dings in 2013/14. In many ways 30 June 2014 was the low point for me, when I realised […] Read More

  • The 100 Week Sprint is launching soon for the class of 2017. With the cost of an MBA education increasing each year, we wanted to share some of our reasons why you should be a member!

    The 100 Week Sprint is THE ONLY PROGRAM specifically designed to maximize the ROI of your MBA. We do that by helping you to identify what you want and the providing ... Read More

  • So March 25th was D-day for both Kellogg and Tepper, but since I pretty much knew what the outcome was going to be, I didn’t really care that much to be honest. Kellogg waived my interview and anecdotal evidence showed quite early on that once you’re waived, it’s pretty much over for you. At least, that’s how it was this admissions ... Read More

  • If you applied for your MBA degree this past year, you might (unfortunately) be all too familiar with what the word “dinged” means in the context of MBA applications.

    To put it bluntly for those who don’t know, it means that you didn’t get in – that you were rejected from your ideal school.  Turned down.  Cast aside. ... Read More

  • MBA Waitlist Acceptance Rate Rank

    At this point in the year many applicants have been placed on the waitlist for the school of their dreams. It is a frustrating experience that I personally have experienced. This articles shows the MBA waitlist acceptance rate for the top MBA programs. The data for this analysis comes from GMATClub. These acceptance ... Read More

  • Spring break – a much-welcomed week off from school for American students – is coming soon. For American students, the break offers a chance to vacation with friends or visit family. For international students, spring break is a new experience.

    Sehr Jamil Aslam, a student at Georgetown University, faces her first spring break this year. ... Read More

  • Round 2 decisions were released today. I was hoping to convert my waitlist position to an admit, but I got re-waitlisted instead. So, I’m still in the game but feels like it’s going to be a long wait. Congrats to everyone who got admitted today! Need to digest this news and plan my next move. Stay […] Read More

  • Allies in your Mistakes

    by Get an MBA on March 23, 2015

    I have been MIA…I know but between work, family and studying I have barely had time for anything else.  That and its hard for me to tear myself away from books once I become immersed in them. Its funny, I thought math was going to be hard…I remember not being so great at math in school, but it seems like the skills are there…rusty ... Read More

  • As we’ve written about before on Student Union, sports can be a significant part of the American college experience – from showing school spirit, to just enjoying a new experience.

    On Tuesday, March 17 at 1300 UTC, EducationUSA will hold a web chat with two international student athletes about college athletics, including how to watch and ... Read More

  • Went along to a women’s event in my office to celebrate international women’s day. We discussed our experience of being a women in the work place and future challenges. Thought I would share my experience here.

    Have I experienced sexism?

    Yes, but not always overt. When I was seventeen I wanted to study psychology and went along to university ... Read More

  • I’ve thought a long time about whether to post this since it puts me way out there, but I tried real hard to think how a Wharton student would deal with it. My conclusion is that the collaborative Wharton spirit would prevail and they’d share their insight with others in the same situation so here goes… As […] Read More

  • Sometimes a GMAT Primary Purpose or Main Idea question can be especially difficult. The passage may not be obviously informational or obviously persuasive, so how can we figure out the author’s point in writing it?

    To start, let’s refresh the best 5-Step method for killing GMAT RC:

    Proper RC Strategy

    Step 1 – Read the Passage —> ... Read More

  • As the business world grows increasingly global, companies are seeking professionals with global experience. Many American companies look to hire employees who have a lot of international experiences, and who have spent time studying abroad and learning new languages.

    That may explain the high number of international students enrolled in American business ... Read More

  • 1.Why did you decide to do an MBA?

    I had spent 5 intense years in Malaysia and was looking to have a change of scenery, while doing something that would challenge me. The MBA was about meeting and working with a diverse group of talented people from around the world, learning from some of the best professors and having fun while doing it.

    2.Why INSEAD? INSEAD ... Read More

  • Well, in short I didn’t get an interview for the Cambridge MBA programme. My first thought, well that means I can buy a house instead.

    I always thought applying for Cambridge would be challenging; mainly because it’s Cambridge.

    I think there were two main reasons for my ding:

    My qualifications: I have a good set of grades, but not stellar ... Read More

  • 1.Get impatient:. Most business schools will send you instructions on what to do next. It’s your decision to stay on the waitlist; the ADCOM will send you instructions and guidance that will help you steer through the process. Some business schools might provide you feedback on how you can improve your candidacy. They might recommend retaking the ... Read More

  • International students sometimes have trouble making American friends for the first time. They can assume American students don’t hang out with international students based on negative stereotypes.

    “I think my several Chinese friends are struggling to make American friends,” said Di Chen, a student at University of Arizona. “Especially ... Read More

  • I just finished my interview with a second year student from UCLA Anderson and it went so much better than I imagined it would! I think I got lucky on several counts. Firstly, my interviewer was a woman. This was actually a perfect match since a lot of my leadership stories are related to the struggles of being a woman in the male-dominated tech industry ... Read More

  • Darden MBA Acceptance Rate Analysis

    Darden, UVA’s business school, is the business school ranked 11th in the US. Darden is a prestigious school at which only 25% of applicants are accepted. I built a predictive model to see which factors are most important and least important for Darden admission. The results may surprise you.

    Darden MBA Acceptance ... Read More

  • In a follow-up to her post last week on student health insurance, Student Union writer Jeonghyun Kim interviews one of her classmates on how she dealt with an injury during her time studying in the U.S.

    When international students are sick in the U.S., they have to struggle with not only illness, but living in an unfamiliar environment without family.

    Mengzi ... Read More

  • Although most U.S. MBA deadlines have passed (though I am still taking clients for Round 3), there is still ample time to apply for an EMBA (or, Executive MBA) at some of the most prestigious and competitive schools.  With final deadlines not until late May or June for most programs, due a rolling admissions process that most EMBA programs operate ... Read More

  • America’s health care system is unique among industrialized democracies: there is no universal, government-sponsored health care plan for all citizens. Most Americans pay for private health insurance.

    Without health insurance in the United States, a surgery or illness could cost thousands of dollars; according to The Commonwealth Fund, Americans ... Read More

  • MBA Acceptance Rate by Application Round

    Some business schools have roughly the same acceptance rate during all rounds while others see a significant drop off in later rounds. With applications for round 3 due in the next month or two, this analysis may help you decide which schools to focus on and which to avoid. Here is a list of the top 20 school’s ... Read More

  • Calm before the Prep

    by Get an MBA on February 24, 2015

    Its been a couple of uneventful days. I’ve been gathering material in order to prepare for the GMAT and I have also joined an international study group-how cool is that? Amazing what the internet enables you to do. So the way it works is we will each tackle our study materials and then come together on skype or google chat once a week and just ... Read More