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MBA Admissions Mashup: Starting Your MBA Journey

MBA Admissions Mashup

Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from MBA admissions blogs at the top business schools. Over the past couple of weeks, first-year MBAs across the world are experiencing business school for the first time. To acclimate themselves to the rigors (and fun!) of pursuing their MBA, programs organize orientation weeks or integration weeks; every school has a different name for it, but you get the picture.

That’s why we’ve devoted this week’s post to featuring several of those stories.  And, since you’re probably here because you’d like to know how you can one day be a first-year MBA, we’ve included a couple admissions tips and news for you.

Let’s start with the admissions tips then.

What schools should you apply to? There are 39 top business schools featured on this site alone! Georgetown / McDonough has kick-started a new alumni series to help you get a sense of the opportunities available to McDonough alumni post-MBA. Alumnus Nihar K. Shah, Senior Development Manager at Grosvenor, noted that the reason they opted to attend Georgetown: “Having such a prestigious brand behind you speaks volumes when speaking to potential employers or financial partners as they appreciate the thorough curriculum.”

Harvard Business School to send out interview invitations next week. That’s the word from Managing Director of Admissions & Financial Aid Chad Losee. He outlined the schedule in clear terms so that every HBS Round 1 hopeful will know what to expect come Tuesday, October 4. “We will be sending out interview invitations on the following three days: October 4, 6, and 12. Try not to read into which date you hear from us—being invited to interview on October 4 vs. October 12 does not mean you are more likely to be accepted.”

If you’re one of the lucky ones that received an interview invite, be sure to check out the Clear Admit Interview Archive for first-hand MBA interview reports. And, don’t forget to download our Clear Admit Interview Guides for school-specific insight and strategic advice to help you ace your admissions interviews.

It’s Week Zero at UC Berkeley Haas. This means that first-year MBAs and second-year “student leaders” are engaged in a series of social mixers, speaker events, orientation sessions, and teamwork exercises. In a recent post, Haas shared some photos as well as explained how this event is unique to the Berkeley program. “Week Zero is organized by 2nd-year student leaders who—working closely with the program office and specialists throughout Haas—are able to pass on insights from their first year. This year’s orientation was structured around the four Haas Defining Principles, with a different theme each day: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always and Beyond Yourself.”

At HEC Paris, they host a similar event called Integration Weekend. The Class of 2018 hopped on a train headed for Dune du Pilat and Bordeaux for a weekend of fun and community building. Christine Weitbrecht remarked that “our integration weekend was a wonderful way to get to know the co-students of our intake, and it was a welcome break after two weeks of intense introduction to the program. While most of us certainly struggled to get up in time for lectures on Monday morning, the weekend was definitely an experience not to be missed!

Meanwhile, also in Europe, IESE first-years officially began their transformative MBA journey. Orientation week can simultaneously, at times, be an invigorating yet overwhelming experience (“overwhelming in a good way”). IESE MBA Prithi Balaji remarked that “while the information exchange has been overwhelming, it’s comforting to know that I’m traipsing along this adventure together with the rest of the first-years.”

That’s all for now! Catch you next time on another MBA Admissions Mashup!

Posted in: Application Tips, MBA Admissions Mashup, Pre-Matriculation Tips, Research Tips

Schools: Berkeley / Haas, Georgetown / McDonough, Harvard Business School, HEC Paris, IESE

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