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Alex Kelly

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Alex Kelly

Alex is Clear Admit’s Director of Data Strategy & Marketing. She has been working in the MBA admissions space for more than 15 years in research, consulting, and writing roles. She holds an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah.

Last Updated Nov 5, 2019 by

DecisionWire Insight: Qualified MBA Candidates May Be Having Success at More Programs

As we discussed earlier this admissions season, data from our MBA LiveWire tool reflect the well-publicized fact that application volume at two-year full-time MBA programs in the U.S. has been on the decline in recent years—but with no discernible impact on academic standards for admission to the leading MBA programs. But surely the impact of declining application volume is evident somewhere in the application pipeline, right? As MBA programs hold fast to their admissions standards with fewer candidates to choose among, we wondered whether this might translate to qualified candidates receiving admission offers from more schools. To explore this, we... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 26, 2019 by

UNC / Kenan-Flagler MBA Deadlines 2019-2020

The Kenan-Flagler School of Business has announced the UNC MBA deadlines for the 2019-2020 admissions season. UNC is conducting its MBA application review process in four rounds this season. The Early Action deadline is intended for prospective students who are sure that the Kenan-Flagler MBA is their first choice. Early Action admits are required to submit a $3,000 deposit to secure their place in the class enrolling in Fall 2020; this deposit amount is twice that of the regular decision deadline rounds. International applicants should note that UNC encourages them to apply in Round 3 or earlier. Applicants should note... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 23, 2019 by

Three Ways to Use MBA DecisionWire in the Summer

At this point in the summer, many MBA applicants are prepping for the GMAT, reflecting on potential recommendation-writers, and deciding which schools to target in the fall. Some are even getting some initial feedback on their candidacies via MBA ApplyWire. Our team of experts loves hearing about your plans and sharing their thoughts on your schools and application strategy. We have another Wire tool that can be tremendously helpful to MBA hopefuls who are just starting their application processes – though its usefulness may be a bit less obvious. MBA DecisionWire allows users to share information about their profiles and... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 21, 2019 by

LiveWire Insight: GPA and GMAT Standards Appear Unchanged Despite Lower MBA Application Volume

Last week, we shared our LiveWire data-based hunch that 2018-2019 was another slow year for applications to full-time, two-year MBA programs. Based on those results, we were curious as to whether we would see this reflected in the GPA and GMAT scores of applicants who report good news from leading business schools. Specifically, we wondered if schools have needed to ease their academic standards given that they seem to have had fewer applicants to choose from over the past few years. To examine this, we again segmented LiveWire updates by admissions season, looking at results submitted between September 1st and... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 11, 2019 by

LiveWire Data Suggest MBA Application Volume Down Again for 2018-2019

Declining application volume for full-time, two-year MBA programs was a trend of significant interest—and some concern—among graduate management education stakeholders during the 2017-2018 academic year. With another admissions season drawing to a close, we wondered what data from Clear Admit’s LiveWire tool might be able to tell us about application volume for 2018-2019. LiveWire allows MBA applicants to post updates about admissions process milestones in real time, sharing news about school-specific outcomes like interview invitations, acceptances, waitlist decisions, and rejections with their fellow prospective students in the Clear Admit community. While each individual update is immensely valuable to applicants who... Read more »

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