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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 May 4, 2020 by

Share Your Thoughts: MBA Admit Fall 2020 Preferences Survey

Another week, another survey! We’re very happy to continue supporting schools and incoming students alike through our survey research, and as always we appreciate your input. At this point, Fall 2020 MBA admits have had some time to get their heads around the ways their business school experience might impact COVID-19 and related social distancing measures. To keep our finger on the pulse of students’ evolving preferences, this latest survey explores prospective students’ current thinking related to two key areas: the possibility of online curriculum delivery at the start of the Fall 2020 term, and the possibility of reduced international... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 28, 2020 by

What Are You Worried About? COVID-19 Concerns Survey Findings

Following up on our quick survey about how prospective MBA students expected COVID-19 to impact their b-school experience, we conducted some additional survey research a few weeks ago to better understand the nature of prospective students’ coronavirus-related concerns. As promised, we’ve crunched the numbers and are sharing our findings with the Clear Admit community today. The vast majority of respondents were hoping to enroll at full-time MBA programs in the United States. Because U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens are likely facing different barriers related to matriculation, all findings are presented separately for these two groups of prospective students. Detailed participant... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 2, 2020 by

Take the MBA Admit COVID-19 Concerns Survey – You Could Earn $50 for Your Input!

Business schools, admitted students, and prospective applicants alike are wondering how best to move forward amidst the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. As you likely know, we launched an exploratory survey a few weeks ago about how applicants and admits expect COVID-19 to impact their MBA experience. We’re now conducting a follow-up survey of Fall 2020 MBA admits to dive deeper into the nature of their coronavirus-related concerns. We’ll be sharing the results directly with MBA programs to help them understand and address admitted students’ concerns. And of course, we’ll also publish our findings here. If you’ve been admitted to a full-time... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 27, 2020 by

Many Factors at Play for MBA Admits: Follow-up Survey Analyses

Yesterday, we shared the results of our COVID-19 MBA Impact Survey, which asked Fall 2020 MBA admits how the novel coronavirus outbreak is influencing their decision-making about matriculating, and how much they anticipated COVID-19 to impact the educational experience and career outcomes for MBA students starting this fall. Today, we’re sharing some additional analysis to help our readers better understand the relationships among these three variables as they interpret the survey findings and what they mean for incoming students and school stakeholders. A Quick Note About Correlation Correlation is simply the relationship between two variables. For our purposes, the correlation... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 26, 2020 by

To Matriculate or Not To Matriculate: COVID-19 Impact Survey Results

COVID-19 and the extreme measures required to slow its spread have had a profound impact on workers, students, families, and the global economy. With established day-to-day routines being wildly disrupted, major life changes—like enrolling in a full-time MBA program—can seem even more daunting than usual. After seeing some lively conversation on LiveWire among members of the Clear Admit community earlier this month, we put together a quick survey to get a sense of how the novel coronavirus pandemic is factoring into prospective students’ decision-making about pursuing an MBA. Most of our respondents had already applied for a Fall 2020 start,... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 19, 2020 by

Take Our Survey: How Do You See COVID-19 Impacting Your MBA Experience?

In these uncertain times, school stakeholders and prospective students alike are wondering how the novel coronavirus outbreak will impact MBA admissions, education, and career opportunities. In the past few weeks, business schools have suspended in-person instruction, canceled admitted student events, and extended application deadlines. Meanwhile, current MBA students and prospective applicants are voicing concern about how the economic impact of COVID-19 will affect their post-MBA career prospects. What are your thoughts on all this? We’re surveying prospective applicants and Fall 2020 admits about how COVID-19 is impacting your decision-making about pursuing an MBA. Take our 3-minute survey here! Stay tuned... Read more »

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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