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Jonathan Pfeffer

Jonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as Contributing Writer at MetroMBA and Contributing Editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.

Last Updated Sep 20, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Wait, How Did I Get to Oxford?

Each individual path to business school is unique, and the MBA application process often functions as the great equalizer for prospective students. In other words, applications are opportunities to showcase one’s originality within the established framework of your desired school’s culture. Beyond the standard rigamarole of GMAT scores, securing undergrad transcripts, and getting up to speed on quant pre-reqs, assembling a knock-out personal statement and prepping for in-person interviews can be trying, even for the most seasoned professionals. Nikita Pancholi took to the Oxford University’s Saïd Business School blog to offer insights on how to put your best foot forward... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 19, 2019 by

Real Humans of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s MBA Class of 2021

Home to 13.2 miles of bike lanes, over 95 restaurants and bars, 250 acres of parks, 12 theaters and live music venues all with a population of under 60,000, Chapel Hill is routinely ranked one of the nation’s top college towns.  And within that landscape, the collaborative and supportive culture at UNC Kenan-Flagler left a strong impression on each of the MBA candidates featured in this edition of Real Humans. Whether during the application process or kicking off the new school year, students and staff dedicated their time to each other to ensure a positive and fruitful experience.  And that’s... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 17, 2019 by

Real Humans of Northwestern Kellogg’s MBA Class of 2021

Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management students praise the diverse, friendly, and supportive on-campus atmosphere.  The overall Class of 2021 demographics further support this culture.  Of the 474 full-time MBA students in the most recent class, U.S. minorities account for 26 percent of the student body while international students represent 32 percent of the group. Twenty-nine percent of the Class of 2021 majored in STEM subjects for their undergraduate degrees, 49 percent in economics/business, and 24 percent in humanities subjects. GMAT scores ranged between 620 and 780, with the average landing at 730. While Kellogg has seen a year-over-year increase... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 17, 2019 by

Clear Admit Admissions Director Q&A: Judi Byers of Cornell University’s S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management

We continue with our updates to Admissions Director Q&As with a trip to Ithaca, NY.  Judi Byers is the Executive Director of Admissions & Financial Aid for the residential MBA programs at Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. She leads a team of 14 admissions professionals and directs the strategic recruitment and admissions activities for the Two-Year and One-Year MBA programs in Ithaca. Read on to hear from Byers about Cornell’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts, its NYC curriculum, the Cornell Application Guide, LEAD events to get to know candidates, and more! Clear Admit:What’s the single most exciting... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 13, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Expanding My Worldview Through HBS’s FIELD Global Immersion

First-year Harvard Business School MBA students take part in the FIELD Global Immersion course.  Over the course of a semester, they work with a global business, which has a product or service issue to solve.  Students are expected to choose a city or country they do not have prior experience with, and the course culminates in a weeklong visit to the business.  There are so many reasons the study abroad component has become indispensable to the MBA education. To study abroad is an opportunity to understand–as current HBS student Reggie Smith wrote in a recent blog post–how to “innovate in... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 12, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Luke Anthony Peña of Dartmouth Tuck School of Business

Since 2017, Dartmouth Tuck‘s Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Luke Anthony Peña, has developed and implemented strategies for recruiting, selecting, and enrolling MBA candidates who possess the greatest potential to become tomorrow’s wise leaders and contribute to and thrive in Tuck’s distinctly immersive learning community. Peña previously served as director of MBA admissions at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he led its marketing and recruitment teams, and managed all external outreach including events, online programming, and social media. At Stanford GSB, he introduced and implemented data analytics to enhance recruitment and yield efforts, and created digital... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 10, 2019 by

Real Humans of NYU Stern’s MBA Class of 2021

As last season’s MBA applicants transition to students at their target programs, we are excited to begin introducing them in our Real Humans of the MBA Class of 2021 series! We start in New York City with New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and you should stay tuned as we make our way around the world to additional leading business schools. When asked, “Why the Stern School of Business?” students of the incoming NYU Stern Class of 2021 applauded the customizable curriculum and the school’s New York City location as highest on their list of reasons. Candidates... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 10, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Dawna Levenson of the MIT Sloan School of Management

We are moving right along in our Admissions Director Q&A series with a trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dawna Levenson is an Assistant Dean of Admissions at the MIT Sloan School of Management there. Dawna Levenson, Assistant Dean of Admissions, MIT Sloan School of Management As the co-lead of the team, she shares responsibility for all recruiting, evaluation, conversion and marketing activities in support of the MBA, Sloan Fellows MBA, Master of Finance (MFin), Master of Business Analytics (MBAn), and Master of Science in Management Studies (MSMS) programs. Prior to this role, Levenson was the Director of Admissions for 5 years... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 9, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Soojin Kwon of the Michigan Ross School of Business

Welcome to another edition of our series, Admissions Director Q&A!  This week, we are excited to feature Soojin Kwon, the Managing Director for Full-time MBA Admissions and Program at the Michigan Ross School of Business. Kwon has led MBA Admissions since 2006 and, since 2016, the student experience and academic advising of the MBA programs. Before joining Ross, Kwon was a Manager in Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations practice. Prior to consulting, she served as a Presidential Management Fellow, doing rotations with the Senate Budget Committee, House Appropriations Committee, and Department of Commerce. Kwon holds an MBA from Ross, a Master... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 6, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Yale SOM Internship Spotlight – Anna Collura ’20

The first-year MBA internship is arguably the second-most important milestone behind actually getting into business school. It is the moment where theory translates into praxis; when business school students have an opportunity to fully embody a year’s worth of knowledge and see how it applies to real-world situations. Second-year MBA student Anna Collura ’20 took to the Yale SOM blog to explain how she applied lessons from her first year at Yale her internship at George State University this past summer. Fridays from the Frontline: Yale SOM Internship Spotlight – Anna Collura ’20 by Anna Collura Yale MBA ’20 Internship:... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 5, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Bruce DelMonico of the Yale School of Management

We continue our Admissions Director Q&A series with the Assistant Dean for Admissions at the Yale School of Management, Bruce DelMonico. He has been at the school for close to 15 years, and has been running the Admissions Office for roughly 13 of those years. During that time, he has seen the school grow both in size and in stature, and looks forward to its continued momentum under the leadership of incoming Dean Charles. DelMonico says he was drawn to Yale because of its mission to educate leaders for business and society and has stayed because the school is one... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 3, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Rodrigo Malta of Texas McCombs School of Business

There are so many new and exciting developments at the Texas McCombs School of Business, Rodrigo Malta couldn’t name just one.  He’s joined us for this Admissions Director Q&A to fill us in on the changing scenery and curriculum at the school, what he wishes more applicants knew about, how the admissions process works, what you may face in an interview and more. Malta, the Managing Director of MBA Recruitment and Admissions at Texas McCombs, was born and raised in Brazil and moved to the United States in high school. After earning his bachelor’s degree in management from Missouri State University... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 2, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Renee Cherubin of the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management

This edition of our Admissions Director Q&A series takes us to the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University.  We first met Renee Cherubin this past summer when she stepped into the role of Senior Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions.  Prior to Kellogg, Cherubin spent nine years in strategy consulting and talent at Deloitte Consulting. She earned her MBA from Kellogg in 2006 and had also graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s in business from Miami University.  Now, she is an active member of the admissions leadership team focused on attracting the best and brightest candidates to Kellogg’s full-time degree... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 30, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Pursuing an MBA at MIT Sloan as a Parent

There has been much digital ink spilled on these Clear Admit pages about how prospective b-schoolers can navigate the major life transitions that MBA degrees entail.  Usually these articles take the form of balancing school with a demanding job or uprooting across the country (or continents). However, one issue that has not been discussed as widely in business school circles is pursuing an MBA as a parent. Mid-career professionals have historically used the MBA as a way to climb the corporate ladder or pivot to new lines of work. As the profile of an MBA student skews older, the reality... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 29, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Lisa Rios of the NYU Stern School of Business

We continue with our Admissions Director Q&A series in the ever-bustling New York City.  Lisa Rios, executive director of MBA admissions at the NYU Stern School of Business, fills us in on exciting new developments at the school, what applicants should consider about the application process and plenty more.  Lisa has been a member of the admissions team since 2008 and works with the Full-time MBA programs. Prior to Stern, she worked in industry at JP Morgan Chase and Liz Claiborne. She earned her MA in Higher Education Administration at NYU Steinhardt and her BS in Business Administration from the... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 26, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Kirsten Moss of the Stanford Graduate School of Business

Are you dreaming of attending the Stanford Graduate School of Business?  With an acceptance rate that generally hovers around five percent, it can certainly feel like a fantasy.  Fortunately, Kirsten Moss is here in our latest Admissions Director Q&A to explain how you can make your Stanford MBA dreams a reality. Prior to her current role as Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid at Stanford GSB, Kirsten developed tools to assess leadership potential as a consultant with Egon Zehnder and coached senior executives in the technology, private equity, entertainment, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors.  Earlier in her career, she... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 26, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Chad Losee of Harvard Business School

It’s hard to believe that the Round 1 deadline for Harvard Business School is next week!  Before you submit your application, you’ll want to read our Admissions Director Q&A with Chad Losee, the Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid.  He walks us through the life of admissions, new and exciting developments at Harvard, the interview process and more. Losee applied to business schools in the Fall of 2010 and feels grateful to have been admitted to HBS. While a student at HBS, Losee developed his interest in higher education leadership as an admissions ambassador, through an internship in... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 23, 2019 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Moving to Rochester? Current Simon Students Are Here to Help!

When you are about to embark on a major life change like an MBA, it’s not only the curriculum and campus that can feel daunting. Learning new neighborhoods and deciding where to call “home” for two years also presents unique challenges. That’s why Rochester / Simon Business School students shared advice to ease the transition for future Flour City residents. The following piece has been republished in its entirety from its original source, the Simon Admissions Blog. Moving to Rochester? Current Simon Students Are Here to Help! Picking up your life and moving to another city to begin a graduate... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 22, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Shari Hubert of Duke’s Fuqua School of Business

Next up in our ongoing Admissions Director Q&A series, we hear admissions insights from Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of Admissions at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.  Hubert is responsible for overseeing recruitment and admissions for Fuqua’s Daytime MBA, Weekend Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA, and four Specialty Masters’ Degree Programs. Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of Admissions at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business Prior to Fuqua, Hubert was in charge of admissions for the Full-time and Evening MBA programs at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. She has extensive experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, and entered higher... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 21, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Danielle Richie of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

We are thrilled to continue our  Admissions Director Q&A Series with Danielle Richie, the senior associate director of full-time MBA admissions at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Danielle Richie began at UNC Kenan-Flagler in April 2018. She has more than 12 years of higher education experience within admissions and student recruitment with a primary focus on the MBA. Previously, Richie worked at Syracuse University and Bentley University recruiting MBA candidates from around the world. At UNC Kenan-Flagler, Richie oversees the full-time MBA admissions team and overall recruiting process. She is a co-chair of Empow(H)er for women, male allies and advocates, advisor... Read more »

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