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Last Updated Sep 21, 2016 by

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MBA Admissions Mashup: Interviews, Diversity, and the Flexible Curriculum

Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from MBA admissions blogs at the top business schools. This week we’re exploring diversity in b-school, revisiting Chicago Booth’s flexible curriculum as well as offering up a couple of admissions tips from Dartmouth / Tuck and Northwestern / Kellogg. It... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 19, 2016 by

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Declare Your Love (and Explain It)

With Round One already under way for a number of programs, it’s the time of year when many applicants are working hard on their application essays and learning more about their target programs in the process of rounding out their “why are you pursuing an MBA/why [insert school name here]” discussions.... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 12, 2016 by

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Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Submitting an Optional Essay

We realize that the questions of whether to answer an optional essay and, if so, what to say are ones that loom large for many MBA applicants at this time of year. While we’ve been offering a great deal of school-specific essay advice over the past few weeks, we wanted... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 5, 2016 by

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Admissions Tip: Data Forms

This week the admissions season really kicks off with the first round deadlines of Harvard, Cambridge / Judge and Oxford / Saïd. In the following weeks all the major programs will follow with their first deadlines. We wanted to offer some words of advice about an often overlooked element of... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 29, 2016 by

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Admissions Tip: 10 Basic Essay Writing Rules

Before you complete your MBA application essays, it is worth noting the context within which they will be read. The adcom will be reading many essays in a short period of time. They may not have as much time as they’d like to reflect deeply on your content and ‘connect the... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 24, 2016 by

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MBA Admissions Mashup: Recommendation Letters, Campus Visits, and FOMO

Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from MBA admissions blogs at the top business schools. This week we’re taking a look at some admissions tips from Dartmouth / Tuck and INSEAD as well as some advice on how to manage all of the opportunities that are... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 22, 2016 by

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Savvy MBA Application Strategy: How Many Apps, Which Schools, When to Apply

You’ve decided the MBA is the next stop on your career path. What now? The smartest applicants are those who take the time to create an informed MBA application strategy—a well thought-out game plan that can help you obtain your goals as efficiently and effectively as possible. One of the... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 15, 2016 by

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The MBA Application: Know Your Audience

As Round 1 deadlines approach, applicants are coming to understand that applying to business school is an incredibly demanding process. In addition to taking the GMAT, assembling academic transcripts and providing recommendation letters, candidates are required to draft multiple essays, job descriptions, lists of activities and more. With the obvious... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 18, 2016 by

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Admissions Tip: Applying to Business School as a Younger Applicant

As many of our readers know, it has become increasingly common for younger individuals to apply to MBA programs. Whereas the average age and years of work experience at the leading business schools has traditionally hovered at around 28 and five respectively, many programs are now carefully considering the more... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 4, 2016 by

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Admissions Tip: Addressing Unemployment or Gaps in Employment

Given the emphasis that schools place on a candidate’s work experience, it is important to be proactive in addressing unemployment or gaps in employment. When applying to business school, many candidates worry about how the adcom might perceive gaps in employment. We would like to take some time to discuss... Read more »

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