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Last Updated Nov 24, 2015 by

LiveWire Data Offers Insight into MIT Sloan, Stanford GSB Interview Invitations

In recent weeks, Clear Admit’s MBA LiveWire has continued to be on fire with submissions from applicants making their way through the Round 1 application process at top schools. We’ve received reports regarding a great many schools—including Columbia Business School, Oxford’s Said Business School, NYU Stern and Cornell’s Johnson School. For today, though, our data analysis will focus on MIT Sloan and Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), whose interview invitations and rejections have given scores of LiveWire participants cause for elation or despair. LiveWire action began to intensify for MIT Sloan late last month, so let’s take a look... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 20, 2015 by

Fridays from the Frontline: An INSEAD Student in Asia Mourns for Paris, Holds Hope for the World

INSEAD student Edouard Chehade was not in Paris one week ago today. But he knows Paris well, having spent part of his MBA studying just southeast of the city in Fontainebleau on INSEAD’s Europe Campus. Today he is in Singapore on INSEAD’s Asia Campus, finishing up the final weeks of his MBA program. Paris, though, has been a topic of every moment’s discussion since the November 13th terrorist attacks that killed 129 and injured more than 350, he says. In the post that follows, Chehade mourns for the victims, those in Paris but also those who have survived or succumbed... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 13, 2015 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Conquering FOMO at INSEAD

Watching LiveWire, we’ve seen lots of INSEAD interview action in the past few weeks, including this disappointed but determined post from an India applicant in Malta who didn’t get an invitation: “Spent all of summer in pursuit of INSEAD,” he or she wrote. “Heartbroken but not Fallen yet!!” Cue a collective “aww” in the Clear Admit office. Keep calm and stay positive! In today’s Fridays from the Frontline, we hear from someone who did make the cut at INSEAD only to arrive on campus and confront a challenge of a whole new sort: FOMO, or fear of missing out. There are... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 3, 2015 by

Clear Admit LiveWire Lights Up with Wharton Interview Invitations

Wharton interview invitations are rolling out as we speak—we’ve already received  more than three dozen reports via the Clear Admit LiveWire. It’s too early for analysis, but let’s just say that there are quite a few 700+ GMAT scorers reporting rejection. Here’s what we know from past admissions cycles at Wharton. Historically, Wharton has typically interviewed roughly 40 percent of applicants to the MBA program, though this does vary depending on application volume. Selectivity has generally fallen between 14 percent and 19 percent in recent years, which suggests that you can assume a roughly one in three chance of admission... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 2, 2015 by

Darden Hosts Inaugural Diversity Week

Last week, the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia hosted five full days of events, panels and workshops devoted to exploring the challenges and benefits of diversity in business. The Darden Student Association (DSA) and the Diversity Student Advisory Group (DSAG) helped launch this inaugural Darden Diversity Week as part of an effort to place discussion of diversity-related issues front and center within the Darden community. The idea for a week focused on diversity was first raised by Darden’s student liaisons from the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, a nonprofit organization devoted to increasing the representation... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 30, 2015 by

Fridays from the Frontline: MBA Mama on Pitching as a Female Entrepreneur

This week in our Fridays from the Frontline series, we are delighted to have as our contributor Divinity Matovu, a first-year MBA student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Matovu, whose focus at Wharton is on entrepreneurial management and finance, also happens to be a mother of two and the co-founder and president of MBA Mama, an online platform where millennial moms can find the products, services, tools and inspiration they need to pursue an MBA. Her passion for start-ups (she’s launched four of her own) and women’s empowerment shines through in the following post, where she shares a... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 23, 2015 by

Fridays from the Frontline: MBA Data Guru Analyzes Interview Acceptance Rates

This week, we’ve had the pleasure of connecting with Wayne Atwell, a second-year MBA student at NYU Stern School of Business, who is perhaps better known as the MBA Data Guru. In January 2014, while in the midst of applying to business school himself, he launched a website with that name after crunching numbers to figure out his own chances of getting into the various schools where he had applied. (Atwell is pictured above, far right, with his Stern block and their strategy professor, Sonia Marciano.) In using data to answer his own questions about the MBA application process, he realized... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 19, 2015 by

Applicant Reports via LiveWire Shed Light on HBS, Chicago Booth Interview Invitations

Clear Admit’s MBA LiveWire has been ablaze with submissions over the past two weeks, prompting us to perform a little data analysis. Though we’ve been hearing from people who’ve applied to a range of schools, the greatest concentration of reports have involved Harvard Business School (HBS) and the University of Chicago Booth’s School of Business, each of which has been busy both issuing invitations to interview and “releasing” candidates from consideration. So what did we find when we charted the results? Let’s take a look at HBS first. For those who were invited to interview, reported GPAs ranged from 3.0... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 16, 2015 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Duke / Fuqua Alum on How Team Fuqua is Central to Duke Culture

Happy Friday! We’re back again this week with another edition of Fridays From the Frontlines. This week we bring you Steven Ma, Duke / Fuqua Alum (Class of 2015). Prior to Fuqua, Steven graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Biology – not your traditional MBA applicant. When Steven made the leap into the MBA world, he found that the resources just weren’t there for him. His blog, From Bench to Board, aims to chronicle his experiences and learnings with the aim of helping those who are interested in earning an MBA without the traditional MBA applicant background.... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 13, 2015 by

Judge Business School Alumnus and Faculty Member Develop Innovative Electric Vehicle Technology

This post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, metromba.com. Peter Hiscocks, senior faculty in management practice at Cambridge University Judge Business School, along with alumnus Erik Fairbarn, recently developed POD Point, a business that provides electric car charging stations in businesses, homes and public spaces. The innovative electric vehicle technology runs on a web or mobile app, which gives users a 15-minute window to cancel or continue the charge. The app platform replaces an old system that required users to scan a card into the station. Business Weekly UK told the story of the idea’s inception, which... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 13, 2015 by

Xerox CEO and Chair Ursula Burns receives UCLA Anderson’s John Wooden Global Leadership Award

This post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, metromba.com. UCLA Anderson School of Business bestowed Xerox Corporation Chairman and CEO Ursula Burns with the 2015 John Wooden Global Leadership Award. The event took place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles on October 6, 2015. Ursula Burns rose from intern to CEO of Xerox over the course of her 35-year career there. The first black woman to serve as CEO of a Fortune 500 Company, Burns led the acquisition of Affiliated Computer Services, which, at $6.4 billion, is the largest in Xerox history. The award... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 9, 2015 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Kindergarten Teacher, with MBA from Ross, Pursues Lifelong Tech Dream

How does a kindergarten teacher with a liberal arts degree score an internship at Apple? Find out in this week’s edition of Fridays from the Frontline. Jeremy Schifeling, helped in part by an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School, not only landed a marketing internship on Apple’s iOS team, he went on to work at several educational tech firms and at LinkedIn before founding his own company designed to help others from non-tech backgrounds break into the field. He contacted us and generously offered to share his story, complete with data revealing that there are three times as many... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 2, 2015 by

Fridays from the Frontline: MIT Sloan MBA Student, Veteran Discusses Humility and Success

It’s Friday, and once again we’re bringing you insights straight from current MBA applicants and students as part of our Fridays from the Frontline column. Our contributor this week, MIT Sloan School of Management second-year Brian Kirk (pictured above, second from left), knows his fair share about the frontline, both figurative and real, having served as a U.S. Navy submariner prior to business school. In the post that follows, he offers some incredible insights about humility and its impact on success, drawn both from his time at Sloan and his military service. Worth the read. Kirk and other leaders of the... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 18, 2015 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Kellogg Second-Year Shares Advice on Making the Most of the First Year

Welcome back to Fridays from the Frontline, a weekly column where we’ll feature guest MBA student and applicant bloggers, as well as original pieces that incorporate multiple perspectives from applicants, students and recent alumni on all things MBA. As always, we welcome your contributions! Please email Jeanette or Marianne if you would like to add your voice to the mix. Many thanks to this week’s guest blogger, Rohan Rajiv from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. This post has been republished in its entirety from “Inside Perspective,” a blog featuring contributions from the school’s full-time MBA students. Kellogg Second-year student Rohan Rajiv... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 11, 2015 by

Clear Admit Gears Up to Bring Back Fridays from the Frontlines

After a summer-long hiatus as business school students toiled away at their internships and prospective MBA applicants crammed for the GMAT, we are gearing up for the return of Fridays from the Frontlines, Clear Admit’s popular weekly feature showcasing the voices of real, live MBA applicants, current business school students and recent MBA alums. We’ve always loved following the wisdom, humor, triumphs, and tribulations of the MBA blogosphere — and we want to make sure that we’re capturing all of it as we go into the 2015-2016 season. We’ve lined up a roster of bloggers whose posts we enjoy and think would... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 10, 2015 by

UT McCombs Launches New LinkedIn Recommendation Option for MBA Applicants

Beginning this application season, the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin will let MBA applicants use recommendations from their LinkedIn profiles in lieu of traditional letters submitted by recommenders directly to the school. This new option, which went live with the McCombs’s 2015-16 full-time MBA application late last week, is a first among leading business schools. Feedback from previous applicants and admissions consultants drove the change, says Rodrigo Malta, McCombs director of MBA admissions. “We gather input from applicants at the end of each season, and one of the main pain points we identified were... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 6, 2015 by

LiveWire Data Offers Interesting Insights into Admissions Results

Clear Admit launched its MBA LiveWire feature in December 2014, giving applicants unique real-time insight into how their peers are faring in the admissions process at 33 leading MBA programs around the world. Perhaps most fun, LiveWire lets people share the good news when they are accepted to their target school. It also gives those still waiting to hear a heads up that decisions are rolling out. But more than that, seeing the self-reported GMAT scores and GPAs of other applicants also enables those who follow LiveWire to benchmark their own credentials against their peers. Now, with almost eight months... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 19, 2015 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Join the Ranks!

As we mentioned last week, we’re on the lookout for MBA applicants, students, and recent grads who are blogging or tweeting their b-school experiences — or who would like to start as correspondents for Clear Admit. If you don’t already have a writing platform and feel daunted by the commitment of maintaining your own blog, writing as a correspondent for Clear Admit is a great way to share your insight and experience with the MBA community. We’ll ask our correspondents to weigh in on an admissions, b-school, or career-related topic 1-2 times per month, and will feature their thoughts on the Clear Admit... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 12, 2015 by

Fridays From the Frontline: Call for Correspondents

Are you thinking about documenting your MBA application process, b-school studies, or post-grad adventures? Do you already maintain a blog about your business school experience or post-MBA career? Clear Admit wants to hear from you! We’ve always loved following the wisdom, humor, triumphs, and tribulations of the MBA blogosphere — and we want to make sure that we’re capturing all of it as we go into the 2015-2016 season. So, we’re issuing a Call for Correspondents this week. If you maintain a blog or tweet about your MBA experiences, please let us know via the form below! We’ll be sure to add you... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 5, 2015 by

Fridays From the Frontline: Preparing Women for Future Board Opportunities

  The following is a guest post from Amanda Schmid, a first-year student in Kellogg’s Full-Time Two-Year MBA Program. The post was originally published on Kellogg’s Full-Time MBA blog, the Inside Perspective. Amanda worked in hospitals in DC and Baltimore as a clinician and a department head before pursuing her MBA, and she hopes to play a strategic or general management role at a medical device company after graduation.  Only 18% of S&P 500 boardrooms contain women. It will likely take 30 years for that number to grow to 30%.  In order to continue supporting women in leadership, the Women’s Business... Read more »

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