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Chicago Booth Insider MBA Admission Blog Offers Last-Minute Round One Advice

The October 12th Round One application deadline for the University of Chicago Booth School of Business is almost here. With that in mind, the Admissions Committee at the school devoted a recent post on the Booth Insider MBA Admissions Blog to some last-minute advice for prospective applicants before they hit “submit.” In case you haven’t seen it, here’s what to keep in mind:

• Show them who you are and why Chicago Booth is the right fit. Make sure you’ve implemented a strategy that leverages the different aspects of the application to provide a holistic picture of yourself. And show why Chicago Booth and why now. “Ultimately, your application is your business plan for why an MBA [from Chicago Booth] make sense for you at this time in your life and career,” read the post.
• Approach the “Presentation” essay with an open mind. Use pictures, graphs and/or text and submit it as a PowerPoint, Word document or PDF. “As long as you don’t use sound or flash, we’ll see your essay as you intended,” wrote the Admissions Committee.
• Choose recommenders who really know you. That means they should be able to provide specific examples of your performance and contributions. Letters of recommendation must be submitted via the online application system, but Chicago Booth will accept letters up to one week after the October 12th deadline as long as your application and payment have been received on time.
• Don’t forget transcripts and GMAT scores. GMAT scores, which can be sent via, need to be in for an application to be complete. An uploaded transcript is a scanned copy of the official transcript, including both front and back sides.
• Have someone else read your essays and ask him or her if they really sound like you. Revise them if not. While you’re at it, ask a friend to proofread your application as well. “Sloppy mistakes are unnecessary and will leave a bad impression with the Committee, so don’t let them happen,” the blog post warns.
• Don’t wait until the last minute. “Given the volume of applications we receive, you may experience significant delays or timeouts if you submit your application at the last minute,” the Admissions Committee wrote. “Applications should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Central Time on October 12, 2011, but we encourage you to submit your application in advance.”

For the complete MBA Insider’s blog post, click here.

Posted in: Admissions Tips

Schools: U. Chicago Booth

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