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Last Updated Nov 22, 2012 by

Twitter Thursdays: News from MBA Programs

Welcome to this week’s Twitter Thursdays, our weekly roundup of “tweets” posted by top MBA programs on Twitter. If you want to stay on top of Clear Admit’s updates, special prizes, admissions tips and breaking news, be sure to check us out on Twitter.  We’ve also created a list of MBA programs to ease your daily access to breaking news from the top MBA programs, as reported by admissions committee members themselves. The Head of Cambridge MBA Admissions and Marketing, Conrad Chua, sat in on the Cambridge Africa Business Network talk to listen to Sir Paul Judge about Investing in Africa.... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 21, 2012 by

GMAT Tips: The Reasoning is in the Details

Today’s GMAT tip comes from test prep firm ManhattanGMAT. In this article, they provide helpful tips for approaching Reading Comprehension questions on the GMAT.  Read on to see what they have to say! Which type of RC passage is your favorite – social science, business, hard science? Just kidding! I know that most people don’t have a favorite type (though most of us have a least favorite type). Let’s try one out. Because of space constraints, I’m not going to give you the full passage, but I promise I’ll give you everything you need to know in order to answer the... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 21, 2012 by

Stanford Graduate School of Business Admissions Official Debunks Myths Surrounding the Interview

  The Admissions Committee at Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) does not assign a specific weight to the interview in its admissions process, which means that acing the interview does not in and of itself guarantee admission, nor does having a bad interview necessarily blow your chances. This according to a recent post to the Stanford MBA Admissions Blog by Associate Director of Admissions Allison Davis. In the post, Davis debunks several key myths surrounding the admissions interview. “There is no specific weight assigned to the interview; the interview is one part of a comprehensive process,” wrote Davis. “The... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 20, 2012 by

Education Blog Taps Clear Admit’s Graham Richmond as Its “Ask an MBA Admissions Expert”

Test preparation firm Varsity Tutors recently interviewed Clear Admit co-founder Graham Richmond for its “Ask an MBA Admissions Expert” blog series, and a transcript of that interview posted live to the company’s education blog yesterday. In the interview, Richmond shares insights he has gained advising prospective applicants to top MBA programs here at Clear Admit, as well as in the years he spent before that working in admissions at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.  From how to avoid making common mistakes on MBA applications to how much time applicants should allow to apply to top programs, Richmond covers a... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 20, 2012 by

Trivia Tuesday: Structuring the Student Body at Yale SOM

The structure of the first-year class tends to shape the MBA experience, affecting the friends students make, the teamwork skills they learn, and the peer support they receive. In this week’s Trivia Tuesday, we turn our attention to the Clear Admit Guide to the Yale School of Management to learn more about the class structure at Yale SOM: “At the end of pre-term, Yale’s first-year class is divided into four cohorts, referred to as Blue, Gold, Silver and Green. Students report that the bonds within these groups are usually strong, and since students take all of their core courses with their cohort, inside jokes... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 19, 2012 by

U.S. News Article Cautions Prospective Applicants that Diversity MBA Admissions Events Provide Limited Advantages

Following a brouhaha earlier this month surrounding a feature published by Bloomberg BusinessWeek about which business schools have the most attractive female students, U.S. News & World Report today ran a piece about diversity-oriented admissions events hosted by schools. Participation in these events – which are targeted toward applicants who are women, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) or minorities – can be valuable, but only to a limited degree, the U.S. News piece reports. They do offer an opportunity to meet and interact with admissions officials, but they don’t necessarily provide an accurate representation of the actual business... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 19, 2012 by

Submit an MBA Interview Report and You Could Win a $10 Gift Card to Amazon!

Now that Round 1 deadlines have passed, MBA admissions interview season is getting under way!  We’ve already added several new interview reports to our archive (formerly the Clear Admit Wiki)– including ones from schools such as Northwestern / Kellogg and Chicago / Booth — and we’d like to thank everyone who has been sharing their experiences this season! For the next few weeks, we’ll be awarding a $10 Amazon gift card to every fifth applicant who submits a report!  In other words, all you have to do is send us your interview field report; we’ll then post it online and, if you’re selected, notify you by email and... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 19, 2012 by

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 written for one program (such as Harvard’s 500-character short answer on career choices or INSEAD’s 300-word career essay about one’s long- and short-term goals) in responding to a question on the same topic but with a longer limit.  With this in mind, we’d like to offer some pointers on converting... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 16, 2012 by

University of Chicago Booth School of Business, London Business School Top Bloomberg BusinessWeek 2012 Rankings

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and London Business School topped this year’s rankings of U.S. and international MBA programs respectively by Bloomberg Businessweek. The rankings, released yesterday, employed a methodology shift that resulted in some major shifts for schools toward the bottom of the list but had little impact on the top-tier schools. The basic criteria, however, for how schools are judged remains the same at it has been for the past two decades, namely how well they serve their students and recruiters. Among U.S. schools, there was no change at the very top, with Chicago Booth,... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 16, 2012 by

Fridays From the Frontline

Hi there and welcome to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s ongoing observations of the thoughts, feelings and events experienced by MBA aspirants and current students. Hopefuls were a relatively quiet bunch this week, while many first year students took time out of their already hectic schedules to discuss just how hectic their schedules really were! Sassafrass compared his reaction to a recent Kellogg campus visit to that of the fellow prospects he met there, and seemed decidedly less prone to dramatic and quick exclamations of love. Ross ’14 Aren felt as if his arrival to Michigan took place far... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 15, 2012 by

ESADE Expands Scholarship Fund to Benefit More than 150 Students

In response to a youth unemployment rate in Spain of more than 50 percent, ESADE has made a firm commitment to supporting talent by allocating 1.2 million euros to talent scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year, the school announced this week. The funding level represents an increase of 26 percent over last year. This year, more than 150 students will have the chance to overcome barriers to education thanks to ESADE’s Scholarship Program. Among other things, ESADE this year has increased the size of its scholarships from 45 to 57 percent of tuition fees in degree programs. The school also... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 15, 2012 by

Campus Chronicles: The Harbus

Hello and welcome to Campus Chronicles, where we peruse the news at top business programs. This week we’re reading the Harbus, published by students at Harvard Business School. Early this month the HBS Energy & Environment Club held its annual Energy Symposium, bringing together top policymakers and private sector leaders working in the field to discuss the theme “Navigating a Constantly Evolving Energy Landscape.” Conference attendees included firms like Shell, BCG, Tesla, Natural Gas Partners, National Grid, Kleiner Perkins and McKinsey, as well as numerous start-ups operating in the energy sector. Held on the eve of the 2012 Presidential election,... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 13, 2012 by

Forte Foundation Now Accepting Applications for MBALaunch for Women Program

The Forté Foundation this year is piloting a unique new program designed to help women who are planning to pursue an MBA degree navigate the application process. Called MBALaunch for Women, the 10-month program will provide participants with guidance, access to valuable resources and ongoing feedback on the application process. Admission is selective, and applications are now being accepted. MBALaunch for Women is a hands-on program designed to help participants become the best MBA candidates possible. After a one-day launch event, participants will take part in monthly webinars and peer group meetings and receive one-on-one feedback from an experienced advisor.... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 13, 2012 by

Trivia Tuesday: The Kenan-Flagler Center for Sustainable Enterprise

It’s time again for Trivia Tuesday, our weekly series in which we profile program elements that differentiate the leading MBA programs from their peers. This week we’re taking a peek into the Clear Admit Guide to UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School to learn more about their Center for Sustainable Enterprise. “Founded in 2001, the Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) aims to provide educational resources and consulting services for environmentally-friendly enterprises throughout the United States. Its mission is to help leaders in the local and national business communities rework their business models in terms of a “triple bottom line” – to measure... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 12, 2012 by

Yale School of Management Awards Inaugural Scholarship for U.S. Veteran

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Yale School of Management (SOM) announced the recipient of its first Bank of America Scholarship, a new award that will be conferred annually to one or more honorably discharged U.S. veterans. The inaugural merit-based scholarship, funded by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, goes to U.S. Army veteran Christopher Kennedy, a member of the Yale SOM MBA Class of 2013. It is the first endowed scholarship of its kind at the school, Yale SOM noted. After graduating in 2006 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Kennedy was commissioned as an armor... Read more »

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