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Admissions Tip: Off-Campus Information Sessions

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If you’ve recently opened a calendar to plan the next few months only to realize that you can’t possibly fit in campus visits on top of a full-time job and essay writing, don’t worry!

It’s true that traveling to a school’s campus is the ideal way to learn about an MBA program, but visiting is often not a viable option for applicants who live far away or aren’t sure how interested they are in a given school. The good news is that business schools might very well come to you. Many b-schools are getting ready to hit the road and embark on worldwide tours to dispense information and recruit qualified applicants. Such events offer a great opportunity for interested students to meet with admissions staff (and sometimes with current students and/or alumni), learn about the program, and ask specific questions.

There are two types of events, broadly speaking, that schools typically participate in: events that a school hosts itself, and events that are part of an MBA tour, where many schools participate in a single event. School-hosted events provide a deep understanding of one school, while tour events are like career fairs, where you have the option of meeting briefly with representatives from many schools.

Whether you’re attending an information session or a tour event, make sure to bring a notepad and pen. Jot down any insights you learn, gather business cards, and follow up with the schools where you had a fruitful conversation.

Some of the top schools are already on the road, so we recommend looking into the travel schedules for programs of interest and planning accordingly.

Here are some of the top programs’ itineraries for the months ahead:

Babson / Olin:

Berkeley / Haas:

Cambridge / Judge:

U. Chicago Booth:


Cornell / Johnson:

CMU / Tepper:

Dartmouth / Tuck:

Duke / Fuqua:

Emory / Goizueta:

Georgetown / McDonough:

HEC Paris:

Harvard Business School:


Indiana / Kelley:

Indian School of Business:


London Business School:

Maryland / Smith:

Michigan / Ross:

MIT Sloan:

Northwestern / Kellogg:

Notre Dame / Mendoza:

NYU / Stern:

Oxford / Saïd:

SMU / Cox:

Stanford GSB:

UCLA Anderson:

UNC Kenan Flagler:

UPenn / Wharton:

USC Marshall:

UT Austin McCombs:

UVA Darden:

Vanderbilt / Owen:

Yale SOM:

Keep in mind that these schedules are updated and amended throughout the fall. If you don’t see a local event on the horizon right now, it can be worth checking back in a few weeks.

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