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by Amy » Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:07 am
Hi everyone,

I've noticed one of the hot topics in this forum is school selection. We are often asked what schools a particular applicant can get into without a great deal of information beyond GMAT and GPA. If you are at ground zero in terms of school selection, here are a few tips to get started:

- Establish your criteria: What is important to you? Everyone has different preferences, but here are a few ideas to consider:
  • Location: are you a city person or do you want to live somewhere quiet? Is the school close to where you want to live afterwards, so you have easy access to target companies for recruiting?

    Career Services: Where do your target companies recruit? How many students are placed in careers within 6-12 months? What careers do students typically pursue?

    Academics: What is the teaching method (case, lecture or a combination)? Are the professors rewarded for teaching or research? What subjects are the school's strength (e.g. Wharton for Finance, Kellogg for Marketing)? How big will your classes be? How competitive is the registration process for popular classes?

    Alumni: How big is your class (and by extension, alumni network)? What industries are the alumni most active in? Are the alumni engaged with the school and students?

    Social: Are the students younger or older? Single or married? Do they socialize together, or disperse into the city to make friends outside of school?
- Visit The rankings and profiles provide quite a bit of detail beyond whether they decided to put HBS or Wharton in the number one slot. You have the ability to search for schools with such criteria as average GMAT and specialty, and the list of US schools is quite long.

- Financial Times: The FT rankings skew more international than Businessweek and can provide some level of detail on the international reputation of your target schools. This is helpful if you are planning to work or attend school internationally.

- School Websites: Every MBA program has an incredible wealth of information on their websites. From admissions information to career data, you will be able to answer most specific questions through a perusal of the website. Some schools even have student and admissions blogs for a qualitative perspective.
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by camitava » Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:15 pm
Thanks a lot, Amy. Thanks once again to give such points to remember or to refer while selecting a school.
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by beatthegmat » Mon Oct 01, 2007 1:08 pm
Great tips, Amy!
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by mjjking » Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:14 pm
I there,
I would also suggest going to they have a lot of info about B-schools! cheers!

- By the way, BusinessWeekwebsite is the most accurate and detailed of all of them!!
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by Lisa Anderson » Fri Feb 22, 2008 6:05 pm
Another great resource on schools is Not only is the site for GMAT registration, but it can provide you school-reported data in a consistent format so you might compare progams easily.

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