We are pleased to announce the release of the second edition of Becoming a Clear Admit: The Definitive Guide to MBA Admissions. Its author, Clear Admit’s own Alex Brown, brings nearly 25 years of experience in the MBA admissions industry as a consultant, admissions officer, and teacher, including seven years as senior associate director of admissions at the Wharton School.
Like the initial version released in August 2016, this updated version of Becoming a Clear Admit offers an insightful guide for anyone approaching the MBA admissions process, one that provides fascinating background and an in-depth overview of why the MBA admissions process is the way it is. It also offers practical, actionable advice for applicants on how to make the most of the MBA experience, create the strongest possible application and demonstrate to the admissions committee why you belong in a given MBA class.
New Section on Video Essays
This latest version also includes a new section on video essays, reflecting the increasing use of this medium in MBA admissions. The profile section has also been reordered slightly to better reflect the importance of the first four aspects of profile: ethnicity, gender, country of origin and industry. And the fit section has been adjusted to reflect the importance of careers and location versus aspects of culture.
These last adjustments come in response to feedback Brown received from leading admissions directors at top global business schools. This latest version also includes an up-to-date list of essay questions used by more than two dozen schools in the most recent admissions season.
Book Draws Praise from Industry Experts
Brown actively sought out input from industry insiders on how the second edition could be made even stronger, but response to the book’s initial release was quite favorable. Veritas Prep COO Scott Shrum, who co-authored the book MBA Game Plan, calls Becoming a Clear Admit “a terrific guide to MBA admissions that tells it like it is.” He adds: “There are countless great tips in here that business school applicants should use to immediately make their applications look more attractive to admissions officers.”
Julie Barefoot, associate dean of admissions at Emory’s Goizueta School of Business, says, “Alex Brown has done a marvelous job in capturing what is a very complex and subjective process.”
For his part, Brown says his primary goal with the book was to make the MBA admissions process understandable to someone who is approaching it for the first time. “I think that this new edition further supports that goal,” he says. “I hope that by reading this book, candidates will quickly be able to determine the types of schools they should consider applying to and come away with a clear idea of how to put together their very best applications.”
The second edition of Becoming a Clear Admit is currently available for sale in the Clear Admit shop, and a “Look Inside” feature lets you get a feel for what you’ll get before you purchase. Brown will also host a live chat here on Clear Admit in the coming weeks delving deeper into the book, so stay tuned for how to take part.