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Last Updated Sep 21, 2017 by

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Real Humans of the Darden Class of 2019

Every fall, a new class of first-year MBA students steps onto campus at leading business schools around the world. The hard-nosed competition and nail-biting anxiety of getting in is behind them. The adventure of transforming themselves and their careers while benefiting from the best graduate education imaginable is ahead. The schools are proud of the classes they curate and eager to tout what makes them special. At the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, for example, the full-time residential MBA Class of 2019 of 326 students boasts the highest average GMAT school in the school’s history (713) while tying... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 18, 2017 by

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Real Humans of MBA Admissions: Pascal Michels of IESE

Our Real Humans of MBA Admissions Series this week takes us to beautiful Barcelona, where we caught up with Pascal Michels on what he tells us was the first day his new job as head of IESE MBA admissions began to feel real. In fact, he stepped into the role earlier this summer, but with students arriving on campus and the admissions season kicking into full gear, now is when the rubber is truly hitting the road. Though he may be new to the role, Michels is not new to IESE. He obtained his own MBA from the school in... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 15, 2017 by

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With Cornell Tech, New York, Cornell, and Johnson Are Placing a Big Bet

New York City and State elite came out in droves yesterday for the celebratory dedication of the stunning new campus and facilities on Roosevelt Island known as Cornell Tech. It’s been just seven short years since aides to then Mayor Michael Bloomberg came up with the idea to solicit proposals for ways to solidify New York’s place among global hubs of high-tech innovation. That somewhat audacious request has been transformed into a reality that marries enormous brainpower from both academia and industry, spectacular buildings, and a unique new campus. And it’s a marriage that promises to do great things not... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 12, 2017 by

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First-Generation College Students to Benefit from HBS’s Largest-Ever Scholarship Aid Donation

Harvard Business School (HBS) yesterday announced its largest-ever donation for scholarship aid—a $12.5 million pledge that will help support students who were the first in their families to attend college, among others. The pledge comes from HBS alumni Jonathan Lavine, co-managing partner of private investment firm Bain Capital, and his wife Jeannie (both MBA ’92). The first $10 million will support the Lavine Family Fellowship Challenge Fund, a matching fund designed to motivate others to donate in support of the school’s scholarship needs. The remaining funds will endow two $1 million fellowships—the Lavine Family Fellowship and the Herbert J. Bachelor... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 7, 2017 by

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Ending on a High Note: Kellogg Dean Sally Blount Announces Plans to Step Down

Sally Blount, dean of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, announced in a video address to the school community yesterday that the coming year will be her last as dean. Her announcement comes seven years after she took the helm, becoming one of the only women to date to lead a top-ranked business school. Her departure will mark 30 years since she first came to Kellogg as a pregnant graduate student. “Kellogg is in such strong shape, and I am so proud of all we have accomplished together,” Blount said. “We are at an inflection point, and it’s an ideal moment... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 6, 2017 by

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Opening Day for the 2017-2018 MBA Application Season: A Scorecard to Guide You

Say the words “opening day” and most people imagine an April afternoon when multiple Major League Baseball games get underway for the first time each year. But in the competitive sport otherwise known as MBA admissions, we know an opening day of a different sort. And by most measures, that day is today—the Round 1 deadline for Harvard Business School (HBS). The arrival each September of HBS’s Round 1 deadline kicks off the MBA application season for top-tier business schools and will mark the first time most applicants seeking admission to the Class of 2020 hit the “submit” button. (Of... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 5, 2017 by

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HBS Admissions Director Offers Advice to Round 1 Applicants

HBS Managing Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Chad Losee A couple of weeks ago, with the September 6th Round 1 application deadline for Harvard Business School (HBS) drawing near, Chad Losee, managing director of admissions and financial aid, took to his Direct from the Directors Blog to provide a few bits of guidance to those busily working on their applications. “We won’t read any applications until after the noon EST deadline,” he wrote, adding that means there is no advantage to submitting earlier. While we take him at his word that his team is not going to begin reviewing any applications that... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 1, 2017 by

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Friday from the Frontlines: INSEAD Student Reminds Classmates Life Is a Jungle Gym

As students return to business school campuses around the world—or set foot on them for the first time—the student blog machines start churning again. We love it! Today’s Friday from the Frontlines post comes to us from incoming INSEAD MBA student Cissy Martinez, who was born and raised in China but spent 11 years in the United States before deciding to head to business school. Six of those years was spent in auditing and corporate accounting in Big 4 firms and a range of industries, and the most recent year found her working as a company and merchandise planner for... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 31, 2017 by

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A Recommendation Revolution Is Underway in MBA Admissions: What You Need to Know

I’m busy, you’re busy, your boss is most definitely busy. Indeed, publications ranging from Men’s Health to the Atlantic, the Washington Post to Forbes are all reporting that “busyness“ has become the new status symbol for our times. Which is part of what makes asking someone to write you a letter of recommendation for business school so daunting. Now, try telling that person that you actually need five different letters for five different schools. Oy vey. As uncomfortable a spot as it puts applicants in—it’s no better for recommenders. Even your most vociferous supporter is going to wonder what in... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 31, 2017 by

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ICYMI: Adcom Director Shares Her Own Responses to New Ross Short Answer Essay Prompts

In a recent post to her Admissions Director Blog, Soojin Kwon, director of admissions at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, gave a glimpse into life at Ross before school had even started. She highlighted the Ross Impact Challenge that new students take part in during orientation and the MBA2-led MTreks that followed—taking members of the Class of 2019 everywhere from Iceland to Brazil, Croatia to South Africa. But then Kwon got down to the business that will most interest current applicants, namely, fulfilling a promise she’d made in an earlier blog post to share how she would... Read more »

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