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MBA Admissions Mashup: The Waitlist

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Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from MBA admissions blogs at the top business schools. Last week was decision week at the top business schools. If you’re one of the lucky ones to receive an admit from one of your target schools, congratulations! However, we know (from MBA LiveWire) that sveral of you received news of being placed on the waitlist. This is why we’re featuring some advice and news on being waitlisted at McCombs and Tuck, a first-hand perspective of the One-Year MBA at Emory / Goizueta, and insight into admits at Michigan / Ross.

The admissions team at Michigan / Ross really enjoys getting into the Christmas spirit by making their much anticipated admit calls. Director of Admissions Soojin Kwon shared a couple of the accomplishments from the diverse group of potential future “Rossers:”

  • A co-founder of an international development nonprofit that raised nearly $8 million in 2 years
  • A physicist who’s building the world’s foremost rare isotope accelerator
  • A Grammy award winning singer who’s sung backup for Elton John
  • A former #7 ranked tennis player in the US who’s now the head of the English department at a school in Copenhagen
  • A former Navy SEAL who’s now training future Navy SEALs

If you were waitlisted at Dartmouth / Tuck and/or UT Austin McCombs, both of their admissions blogs shared some advice on how to best navigate the dreaded waitlist.

The Tuck 360 Blog urged applicants to not see “this in a completely negative light, keep in mind that being waitlisted indicates there were many strengths in your application. Tuck receives a lot applications and the pool is very competitive.”

The McCombs blog provided insight into the timeframe that those on the waitlist could expect: “We are unable to guarantee a timeline of when you will hear a final decision, however most decisions are typically released by early summer. In rare circumstances, decisions have been released as late as mid-to-late summer.”

Now for those of you considering Emory / Goizueta you have another decision to make: should you go for the One-Year or Two-Year MBA? One-Year MBA Rohan Chatterjee took to the Voice of Goizueta Blog to answer frequently asked questions regarding the program. When asked about the biggest surprise, he said: “The biggest surprise for me about the One Year experience has been the experiential piece. I thought that by only coming for one year I may miss out on fun MBA experiences that I had heard about from all of my friends doing Two-Year programs (class bonding, international trips, etc.). As of a few years ago, by request of the One Year class, GBS added two international opportunities for One Year students, which is unique to our program.”

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