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Apr 27, 2015

Admissions Tip: Approaching the Career Goals Essay

Though essay questions tend to vary year to year, the two things that nearly every prospective student can count on being asked are “What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals?” and “How will Business School X help you achieve these goals?” These are the fundamental questions of the entire... Read more »

Dec 22, 2014

Admissions Tip: Essay Polishing

We often stress that, to present oneself effectively in application essays, it’s critical to think carefully about what a given question is asking and what this might indicate about a specific school’s admissions priorities.  Of course, it’s also imperative to communicate clearly and appropriately regardless of the target program or... Read more »

Dec 11, 2014

USC / Marshall Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

Today we’ll take a look at the USC / Marshall essay topics for 2014-2015. While the topic of the school’s single required response has changed, the 500-700 word length is similar to that of last year’s admissions cycle. Of course, given that USC only required applicants to provide one 500-750 word... Read more »

Nov 28, 2014

CMU / Tepper 2014-2015 Essay Topic Analysis

As we get ready to roll into Round 2, we wanted to resume our Essay Topic Analysis series by taking a look at CMU/Tepper’s essay questions for the 2014-2015 admissions season. In keeping with the broader trend we’ve ben seeing his year of fewer and shorter essays, CMU has made... Read more »

Nov 24, 2014

Admissions Tip: Avoiding Common Pitfalls, Part II

Last week we offered some advice to help applicants avoid common pitfalls in writing their essays for the Round 2 deadlines.  This week we’d like to offer some more advice.  Although these tips might not apply to everyone or to every school, these are some good basic strategies to employ.  For personalized advice about your... Read more »

Nov 17, 2014

Admissions Tip: Avoiding Common Pitfalls, Part I

Today we would like to offer a handful of essay pointers in brief in order to help applicants avoid common pitfalls as they gear up for the Round Two deadlines.  While we should caution that every applicant is unique and that some of these tips may not apply to everyone, we... Read more »

Nov 3, 2014

Admissions Tip: The Long Essay

Essay content you’ve polished for one school often serves as a great starting point for the next application, but as we’ve often said, customizing this text for the school in question is key.  One particular challenge we see applicants struggle with each year is effectively expanding a short essay they’ve... Read more »

Oct 27, 2014

Admissions Tip: The Comparison Trap

We wanted to take some time today to discuss a frequently made mistake in the application process.  In their desire to make their case to their target MBA programs, many applicants devote sentences and even paragraphs to explaining why the school in question is their “first choice” and arguing its... Read more »

Oct 10, 2014

London Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

Looking at London Business School’s Essay Topics for the 2014-2015 admissions season, it appears that the school is sticking with three required responses and a word count on par with last year's application as well.  The upside for applicants, meanwhile, is that the program has dropped last season’s challenging “What... Read more »

Oct 5, 2014

INSEAD Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

For the first time in several years, INSEAD has made substantive changes to its MBA application essays, effective for the January 2015 intake. The program has reduced its number of required responses from seven to six, and has in several instances combined two of the previous season's essays into a... Read more »

Sep 29, 2014

Admissions Tip: Essay Basics

We often stress that, to present oneself effectively in one’s application essays, it is critical to think carefully about what a given question is asking and what this might indicate about a specific school’s admissions priorities.  Of course, it’s also imperative to communicate clearly and appropriately regardless of the target... Read more »

Sep 25, 2014

UCLA / Anderson Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

UCLA Anderson’s MBA essay for 2014-2015 looks, at first glance, quite similar to last season’s prompt insofar as the program continues to require first-time applicants to respond to just one essay question in 750 words. On closer examination, though, one sees that Anderson is asking applicants to do quite a... Read more »

Aug 25, 2014

Admissions Tip: Declare Your Love and Explain It

With Round One deadlines for a number of programs just around the corner, it’s the time of year when many applicants are working hard on their application essays and learning more about their target programs in the process of rounding out their “why MBA/why school X” discussions.  Keeping this important... Read more »

Aug 18, 2014

Admission Tip: The Optional Essay

We realize that the questions of whether to answer an optional essay and, if so, what to say are ones that loom large for many b-school applicants at this time of year.  While we’ve been offering a great deal of school-specific essay advice over the past few months, we wanted... Read more »

Aug 4, 2014

Oxford / Saïd Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

Continuing our series of essay topic analyses, we’re now turning our attention to Oxford’s Saïd Business School's 2014-2015 MBA essays. Bucking the larger trend of different and fewer required essays that we’ve observed this summer, Saïd’s essays remained unchanged between this year and last, with the program again requiring that... Read more »

Aug 1, 2014

Indian School of Business Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

Today we’ll take a look at the Indian School of Business’s MBA essays for 2014-2015 and offer some thoughts about how applicants might approach this set of responses. With the exception of the fourth and optional essay, each of these prompts is new for this admissions season. Whereas last year’s... Read more »

Jul 31, 2014

Georgetown / McDonough Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

Today we’ll be turning our attention to Georgetown / McDonough’s MBA application essay for 2014-2015. Like so many of its peer schools, Georgetown has reduced its number of required essays between this year and last, dropping from three essay responses last season to just one for Class of 2017 admissions.... Read more »

Jul 30, 2014

Cambridge / Judge Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

Following up on the release of Judge's MBA essays for 2014-2015, we wanted to provide some guidance for applicants targeting Cambridge this admissions season. In keeping with the trend of fewer and shorter essays we've been seeing this year, Cambridge has dropped its number of required responses from three to... Read more »

Jul 29, 2014

Cornell / Johnson Essay Topics Analysis 2014-2015

Today we’ll be offering some comments on Cornell/Johnson’s MBA application essays for 2014-2015. Johnson has moved from word counts to character limits this season; each of the school’s essay items are limited to 2,000 characters including spaces, which works out to between 250 and 300 words. This marks a reduction... Read more »

Jul 28, 2014

UT Austin / McCombs Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

**Working on your UT Austin / McCombs essays? Our 2015-2016 UT Austin / McCombs Essay Topic Analysis is now available.  Today we’ll be offering some pointers on UT Austin McCombs’s 2014-2015 application essays. While McCombs has reduced the number of required essays for this admissions season – down from three... Read more »

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