The Leading Independent
Resource for Top-tier MBA
Home » Blog » MBA Podcast » MBA Wire Taps 330—Low GRE, from Central Europe. Boston goal, but odd program selection. Kelley versus Olin

MBA Wire Taps 330—Low GRE, from Central Europe. Boston goal, but odd program selection. Kelley versus Olin

Image for MBA Wire Taps 330—Low GRE, from Central Europe. Boston goal, but odd program selection. Kelley versus Olin

Weekly Roundup for Clear Admit’s MBA Podcast

Happy 2024!!! In this week’s MBA Admissions podcast we turn our attention towards the coming wave of Round 2 MBA application deadlines. These deadlines come thick and fast and will dominate the first two weeks of this month. DecisionWire also remains popular, as Round 1 MBA candidates start making decisions as to which MBA program they will enroll.

Graham noted the next Clear Admit+ event which is scheduled for this Wednesday at 12 pm ET, one day before Round 2 deadlines for 10 of the leading MBA programs.  On January 9th, Clear Admit is hosting an event with CMU / Tepper, which focuses on its Data Analytics program. Signups are here: Clear Admit is also hosting a Real Humans admissions event, scheduled for January 24. This event will bring together students from a variety of top MBA programs, ready to answer questions from MBA aspirants. Signups for this event are here:

We then discussed a new program that CMU / Tepper is rolling out this season, an accelerated version of their MBA program for those who already have taken some business academic coursework. This is another example of how top business schools are innovating their offerings in order to meet market needs.

Graham then highlighted a recently published admissions tip which focuses on the notion that MBA candidates shouldn’t just tell MBA programs that they are the best, they should focus on showing each program why they are a great fit. This is a common error with MBA applicants.

Graham then highlighted a Friday’s from the Frontline feature, which highlighted a student from Notre Dame / Mendoza and her experience in Chile as a part of their Mod-Away program. This led to a discussion on the importance of really looking at the individual offerings of the programs that candidates are targeting, in order to identify the right academic and extracurricular fit.

We then discussed Northwestern / Kellogg’s recently published Class of 2023 employment report, which was in line with many of the top MBA programs we have already featured; Kellogg experienced a slight uptick in consulting placements, and downward trend for tech placement, and a corresponding downward trend in West Coast placement.

For this week, for the candidate profile review portion of the show, Alex selected two ApplyWire entries and one DecisionWire entry:

Three MBA Admissions Candidates Reviewed.

This week’s first MBA admissions candidate appears to have a very interesting profile, from Central Europe. Their one weakness is their GRE score of 311. They may target this season, or return next season with a retake on the test.

This week’s second MBA candidate is quite similar, in terms of having an interesting profile, and a relatively weaker GRE score, this time its 318. They want to be in Boston post MBA, and this has driven their target school selection in part. We discussed some alternatives to their list.

The final MBA candidate for this week is deciding between Indiana / Kelly and Washington / Olin. They are from Brazil and want to move to the midwest of the U.S. They also have scholarship offers at both programs to consider.

Low GRE, from Central Europe

MBA aspirant from Central Europe with strong academics and work experience, but a weak GRE score.

Boston goal, but odd program selection

MBA candidate who wants to be in Boston, post MBA.

Kelley versus Olin

MBA candidate who is debating between offers from Indiana / Kelley and Washington / Olin.

Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast
Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast
MBA Wire Taps 330—Low GRE, from Central Europe. Boston goal, but odd program selection. Kelley versus Olin

Be sure to post to MBA ApplyWire, MBA DecisionWire or MBA RankingsWire if you’d like Graham and Alex to offer admissions advice.

If You Like What You’ve Been Hearing, Please Subscribe and Rate Us!
It’s been wonderful seeing the audience for our podcast series continue to grow! Please, if you have enjoyed what you’ve heard, could you rate and review the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast wherever you listen? This is the best way to help more listeners find us. Also, to ensure that you never miss an episode, please subscribe to the podcast.

This episode was hosted by Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, and produced by Dennis Crowley. Thanks to all of you who’ve been joining us!

Alex Brown
Alex is a co host for Clear Admit's Wire Taps podcast. He has spent 30 years in the MBA admissions industry, and authored the book: Becoming a Clear Admit: The Definitive Guide to MBA Admissions