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New MBA DecisionWire Feature Debuts on Clear Admit

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For all the devoted LiveWire followers out there, we’ve got some exciting news to share. Clear Admit this week has added a new feature designed to let MBA applicants, students and alumni share more information with their peers—specifically where they decide to attend business school based on where they applied and were accepted.

This new tool, called MBA DecisionWire, provides profiles and school selection information updates in real time from your peers as they make the all-important decision of where to actually pursue their MBA. Users can filter others’ submissions by the schools applied to, admitted to and enrolled at, as well as by application year.

Of the people who got into both Harvard and Stanford in Round 1, where are most ultimately planning to go? How does that compare to previous years? When deciding between Columbia, NYU Stern and Chicago Booth for investment banking, who chooses which school? How many schools did other applicants apply to? Of those, how many did they gain admission to? These are but a few of the data points DecisionWire helps you extract.

DecisionWire also invites those who submit to share their GPA and GMAT scores, as well as their intended post-MBA career. A notes section lets people include any factors that may have influenced their final decision, such as financial aid, size of student body, location or a given school’s track record for placing graduates in a chosen industry. In essence, each entry will tell an individual’s story—from starting the application process to setting foot on campus.

Though only just launched, DecisionWire has already drawn dozens of submissions revealing a range of interesting details. “Culture fit was a deciding factor for me as was Sloan’s emphasis on entrepreneurship,” wrote a 2013 applicant focused on tech who enrolled at MIT Sloan after applying to Haas, HBS, MIT Sloan and Stanford GSB and gaining admission to all but Stanford.

“London is just an amazing city that I’d love to spend 1.5 years living in—not to mention the networking opportunities,” wrote an applicant from this year who has enrolled at London Business School, choosing it over Cambridge’s Judge School of Business and HEC Paris, which also offered him or her admission.

Another applicant from this year applied to dual degree programs at each Fuqua, Ross and Kellogg. “Chose Northwestern’s JD-MBA,” the candidate shared. “Ultimately, business school ranking and career opportunities were the greatest influencer despite having received very generous scholarship opportunities from Duke and Michigan.”

We’re thrilled to launch DecisionWire and hope you’ll enjoy using it. Of course, it stands to grow even more interesting and valuable as more submissions roll in. A Frequently Asked Questions page provides additional information about the tool, but if you have any additional questions or feedback, please contact [email protected].