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  • University of Southern California’s Campus (Courtesy:

    As an international student, choosing where to attend school in the U.S. to attend can be a major – and majorly stressful – decision: at nearly 10 million square kilometers, the United States is the third largest country by area in the world, with settings ranging from ... Read More

  • Students rally against racial discrimination at the University of Oklahoma. (AP)

    Diversity – both cultural diversity and diversity of experiences – is among the most positive qualities that international students bring when they come to the U.S. to study. International student bring new perspectives to their schools, and help raise awareness ... Read More

  • MBA Acceptance Rate by Concentration

    With the current semester just about over, next years application essay questions will start being posted in the coming weeks for many schools. Round one applicants should start figuring out their story and crafting their essays. The most important essay for most schools is the question: Why get an MBA and why is ... Read More

  • I start off by admitting I made a rookie mistake. A mistake that has, alas, cost me several study hours. My mistake? I decided to be a smarty-pants!I have already amassed a treasure chest of GMAT Material over the past few years and instead of picking something and running with it, I dawdled and instead started looking for GMAT Courses that I could ... Read More

  • A screenshot of, which helps Chinese people find an English name.

    Have you wondered why some international students keep their official names, and why others choose an English name?

    Many international students I spoke with said their main reason for adopting an English name is because many fellow students cannot understand their ... Read More

  • 12'o clock Insomnic

    by Mukaam on May 6, 2015

    It is past 12'o clock in the night. I just had a call with a friend, a frank call after a long time. I quietly read my book, kept it upside down and then have come here to write. Writing feels natural. It feels it is a sign that I'm healthy, that I'm alive, It also oozes out some pain,The other thing which brought me back was the comment on my last ... Read More

  • The last spring of 20s

    by Mukaam on May 3, 2015

    Wo! I am writing on my blog after eternity. There are lots of things I want to talk about. I have been going for swimming for a week now. Today, I felt finally that my swimming was becoming effortless and mundane. I want to swim in lonely waters. It annoys me when I've people around me. It annoys me more when I've people that I know. I get distracted ... Read More

  • There were nearly a million international students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities during the 2013/2014 school year. But even with that big presence, international students still get a lot of weird questions just because they’re from a foreign country.

    The video above, filmed by Nana Adwoa Antwi-Boasiako as part of her final school ... Read More

  • May 1st, 2015 – It’s one year since I started my TopDogMBA blog and what a year it’s been! I had no way of knowing when I started TopDogMBA – heavily inspired by the likes of MBAOver30 – if my re-application strategy was going to be a success, but I was determined to go all out […] Read More

  • Well, not exactly the first step i've taken in my GMAT journey, but it does feel like i am starting from scratch. Gone are the days where I knew the GMAT like the back of my hand and was even successfully running private tutoring for folks in Chennai and abroad. I have been so out of touch, that this whole acing the GMAT thing doesn't appear as easy ... Read More

  • In 2011, we launched the 100 Week Sprint, a resource for MBA students to support them throughout every step of their business school experience. The program is delivered in the form of a weekly email, supported by webinars, discussion boards, and TONS of resources. I would like to extend the invitation to include your friends and colleagues who are ... Read More

  • Today I would like to share the success story of another MBA applicant from this cycle. While I’ve worked with applicants of all ages, this particular gentleman just happens to be over 30 just like the previous applicant who got into HBS at over 30 years old, further proving that a full time MBA at […] Read More

  • 1.Why is an MBA important for your career? Why right now?

    I am a current Resident in Hospital Pharmacy who wants to transition to a management role in the pharmaceutical industry. Many of the most important pharmaceutical companies offer Leadership Development Programs for MBA graduates, therefore I saw an MBA as the best option in order to make the ... Read More

  • The Georgetown International Student Association and Office of International Programs held the Global Expo on Saturday, April 11. The Expo gives students a chance to experience their classmates’ cultures – from food, to music, to traditional performance. Check out photos from the Expo below. 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

  • 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