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Last Updated Jan 14, 2019 by

Admissions Tip: Letters of Support

While business schools require candidates to submit anywhere from 1-3 recommendations as part of the regular admissions process, we’re devoting this admissions tip to a lesser known relative of the formal recommendation: the letter of support. The letter of support is very different from a typical letter of recommendation, in ways that we will detail below. In fact, we’ll use this admissions tip to share the following information: • What is a letter of support? • Who can author and submit such letters? • When should a letter of support be submitted? • What should a letter of support cover in... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 14, 2019 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Decisions – 1.14.19

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead. In this weekly series, we provide a brief rundown of what we know is happening in the week ahead, as far as admissions related MBA deadlines and decisions are concerned at the top business schools. A few leading MBA Programs continue to have application deadlines this week. Monday, January 14, UNC / Kenan Flagler has its Round 3 deadline. Tuesday, January 15, NYU / Stern and ESADE have their Round 3 deadlines. Maryland / Smith has its Round 4 deadline. Smith is also scheduled to release its Round 2 decisions. Thursday, January 17, Washington... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 7, 2019 by

Admissions Tip: Background Checks

With a slew of schools releasing their R1 notifications just before the holidays, we know that many of our readers will be asking about the background checks conducted by leading programs. Here are some quick facts to help explain the process: 1. What are background checks? Background checks involve the verification of information that a candidate has provided in his or her MBA applications. Although the process varies from school to school, it usually includes checking that an applicant attended the undergraduate (or graduate) school(s) that he or she claims to have attended, received the grades indicated and earned the... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 10, 2018 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Decisions – 12.10.18

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead. In this weekly series, we provide a brief rundown of what we know is happening in the week ahead, as far as admissions related MBA deadlines and decisions are concerned at the top business schools. Many leading MBA Programs are releasing their Round 1 decisions. Tuesday, December 11, Harvard and Babson are scheduled to release their Round 1 decisions. Wednesday, December 12, Kellogg, UVA Darden, and CMU Tepper are scheduled to release their Round 1 decisions. Thursday, December 13, Stanford, UPenn / Wharton, Berkeley / Haas and Duke / Fuqua are scheduled to release... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 3, 2018 by

Admissions Tip: The Waitlist

Last week was marked by Round 1 decision releases from a couple of the schools we cover, and in the coming weeks, nearly all the remaining Clear Admit schools are scheduled to release R1 decisions. Clear Admit’s MBA LiveWire has captured a lot of this news, including quite a few candidates recently reporting that they’ve been waitlisted at places like London Business School and INSEAD. For better or for worse, waitlisting is rather popular with top schools in the first round of admissions. As such, we’re devoting this week’s admissions tip to guidance for candidates who find themselves placed on a waitlist. Before we get to that,... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 3, 2018 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Decisions – 12.03.18

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead. In this weekly series, we provide a brief rundown of what we know is happening in the week ahead, as far as admissions related MBA deadlines and decisions are concerned at the top business schools. Most leading MBA programs are in the process of interviewing their Round 1 candidates; results will be due in mid-December. Things are generally quiet this week. Tuesday, December 4, IESE is scheduled to release its Round 1 decisions. Wednesday, December 5, Yale SOM and Boston College / Carroll are scheduled to release their Round 1 decisions. Thursday, December 6,... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 12, 2018 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Decisions – 11.12.18

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead. In this weekly series, we provide a brief rundown of what we know is happening in the week ahead, as far as admissions related MBA deadlines and decisions are concerned at the top business schools. Last week MIT / Sloan released its final batch of invites, as reported on LiveWire, Duke / Fuqua released its Round 1 interview invites. Other programs, including UCLA Anderson, Yale SOM, Dartmouth Tuck and Northwestern Kellogg, also released some Round 1 interview invites, on a rolling basis. Wednesday, November 14, INSEAD has its Round 2 deadline. Thursday, November 15,... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 12, 2018 by

Admissions Tip: Interview Etiquette

As interview invites continue to roll out, and candidates prepare for their interviews, we wanted to continue our theme of providing interview advice and share a few very basic pointers on MBA interview etiquette. Though the content of your application materials and comments during the interview are of paramount importance, it’s also crucial to put one’s best foot forward and make a positive initial impression. Here are a few guidelines for interviewing applicants to keep in mind: Be early. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of your interview. This will help remove the stress you will experience if you... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 23, 2018 by

Admissions Tip: Visiting the B-School Campus

As we approach the middle of September, many leading MBA programs are ramping up their visit programs, in order to encourage candidates to gain first-hand experience of their offerings. We wanted to share with you our five tips for your campus visit, in order to help you make the most of your visit experiences. We also want to make sure you are aware of our new admissions tool, MBA VisitWire, where you can read experiences and tips from your fellow MBA candidates. We hope you will then share your visit experiences on MBA VisitWire. Make yourself known. Putting forth the effort... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 30, 2018 by

MBA Deadlines 2018-19 – Round 1 / Early Action / Early Decision

Many of the top business schools have already announced their MBA deadlines for the upcoming admissions season. So, to help you stay organized, we’ve compiled all of the earliest deadlines all in one place. For schools that have announced their essay topic(s), we’ve provided a corresponding link to our Essay Topic Analysis. We will continue to update this table as more deadlines and essay topics are announced. Good luck! Last updated: September 5, 2018 School Deadline Decision Notification Essay Released? IESE Early Decision 9/4/2018 10/19/2018 Yes Harvard Business School 9/5/2018 12/11/2018 Yes UVA / Darden Early Action 9/7/2018 10/17/2018 Yes Oxford 9/7/2018 10/19/2018 Yes Cambridge... Read more »