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Last Updated Sep 20, 2018 by

Real Humans of the Northwestern Kellogg MBA Class of 2020

Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management Dean Sally Blount’s term could not have ended in a better way. On top of record fundraising and academic achievement resulting in the development of new programs and the construction of the 415,000-square-foot Kellogg Global Hub, she can place one more feather in her cap. Blount departed this past August, but her leadership helped Kellogg welcome the largest-ever percentage of women to campus this fall as part of its most recent incoming full-time, two-year MBA class. The 478-person Class of 2020 will be 46 percent women, which is a 4-percentage-point gain over the Class of... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 18, 2018 by

Real Humans of the INSEAD MBA Class of 2019 J

INSEAD has a legitimate claim as the business school of the world. Founded in 1957 outside of Paris, INSEAD today serves students at its three campuses in Fontainebleau, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi, as well as through its alliances with various institutions around the globe. One of INSEAD’s major selling points is its academic rigor. Currently ranked as the second-best MBA program in the world by the Financial Times, INSEAD’s 10-month elite program attracts some of the best students from around to globe and gives them practical experience in multiple business markets. The school has two intakes each year, one in January... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Embracing Entrepreneurship and the HBS Asian-American Community

Fridays from the Frontline Recent Harvard Business School (HBS) alumus Wilson Kyi (MBA ’18) hosts a popular podcast called Fish Sauce, which is dedicated to “the unique traits and viewpoints Asian-Americans bring to entrepreneurship.” According to Kyi, the podcast was a natural outgrowth of the cross-cultural community that the Asian-American Business Association (AABA) engendered at HBS. Kyi, who according to his bio “leaped into smaller tech after growing tired of big tech,” took to the HBS blog in a recent post to discuss the soup-to-nuts process behind the Fish Sauce podcast and the multifaceted role the Harvard community played in its... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 13, 2018 by

Real Humans of Duke Fuqua’s MBA Class of 2020

As the MBA Class of 2020 prepares for its first semester on campus at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, we at Clear Admit are excited to feature profiles from incoming students as part of the second in our ongoing series called the Real Humans of the MBA Class of 2020. Read on to learn more about Fuqua, why these students decided it was the right experience for them, and what they hope to get out of their two years there. As an elite MBA program, Fuqua offers students the ability to tailor the curriculum to suit their individual professional needs.... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 13, 2018 by

MBA News You Need: INSEAD Receives Largest-Ever Donation, Stanford Alum Helps Businesses Prepare for the Future of Ownership, Wharton Launched the Leder Behavior Change for Good Initiative, and More

Each week we collect all the MBA news that’s fit to print and provide a quick overview of the latest trending topics from top business schools around the world. Here’s your quick MBA News You Need digest for the week of September 16, 2018. André and Rosalie Hoffmann INSEAD Receives Largest-Ever Individual Donation INSEAD announced that André and Rosalie Hoffmann recently gifted the business school with the largest individual donation in its history. The gift will establish the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, which Executive Director Katell Le Goulven explains will “forge leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs who align... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 by

Incoming MBA Class at Darden Boasts Record-High GMAT Score

Like many of its peer schools, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business rolled out the red carpet in recent weeks for all 335 members of its MBA Class of 2020. Dean Scott Beardsley pledged to the students assembled in the packed Abbott Auditorium that Darden “will work to ensure that you get exactly what you want out of this 21 months—which will fly by—so that you are prepared for a lifetime of meaningful work.” Headline news regarding Darden’s Class of 2020 is its record-setting average GMAT score of 718, the highest in the school’s history and a five-point gain... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 by

Attending an MBA Event at UC Berkeley Haas? Don’t Forget Your Follow-Up!

Sponsored Content Have you attended an MBA event with the University of California-Berkeley Haas School of Business? No matter if it was a fair with multiple schools in attendance, an information meet-and-greet, or an information session, you had a wonderful opportunity to get to know the school and the admissions team in a personal way. This can be invaluable for informing your school decision and improving your application. However, if you really want to be sure you had the best experience possible, don’t forget to follow-up. Berkeley-Haas Senior Associate Director of Full-time MBA Admissions Liz Rosenberg Just as you prepare... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 by

Michigan Ross Admissions Director Talks Event Follow-Up

Sponsored Content Attending a fair, meet-and-greet, or information sessions about the MBA program at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business is a great idea. During these events, you can gain better insight into the culture of the program so that you can make a more informed application decision. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to meet the admissions team, ask your questions, and network with other applicants. But did you know that you could be missing out on the full experience if you’re not following through. Diana Economy, the Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions at Michigan Ross Diana Economy, the... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 by

You’ve Attended an Event! What Should You Do Now?

Sponsored Content MBA events are a critical part of your MBA admissions journey. They’re ideal for gathering information about what graduate business opportunities are available. Some people attend an event with a clear idea of what type of MBA program they’re looking for, while other attend MBA events to compile a short list of schools they want to learn more about. Either way, attending an MBA event can be a great resource to gain insightful tips, hints, and advice from the admissions staff. But once you attend an MBA event—be it a fair, information session, or meet & greet for... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 by

What Should You Do After Attending an NYU Stern MBA Event?

Sponsored Content Attending an MBA Event put on by the NYU Stern School of Business is a great way to get to know the school, the MBA program, the admissions team, and the application process. Whether you attend a fair, information session, or informal meet-and-greet, the amount of information you can gather is incredibly helpful for making your MBA decision, but only if you do everything you need to do to gain the best experience. Just as you prepared to attend the event, you need to prepare to follow-up after an event. That means reaching back out to the admissions... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 by

Attending an MBA Event at Duke Fuqua? Here Are Your Next Steps!

Sponsored Content We love to attend MBA events. Whether it’s a fair, meet-and-greet, or information session, there’s so much we learn about each business school and MBA program we meet in person. And it’s no different when we attend an MBA event put on by Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Their events offer unique insight into their culture, admissions process, and program that’s hard to find without meeting in person. Allison Jamison, Duke Fuqua’s Assistant Dean of Admissions But, if you truly want to get the most out of attending a Duke Fuqua MBA event, then you have to... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 by

How to Follow-Up After Attending an MBA Event at Cornell Johnson

Sponsored Content If you’ve attended an MBA event with Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, you know you know how valuable it can be. You probably walked away far better informed about the school, it’s culture, the admissions process, and more. You may have even gotten a lot of your questions answered by the admissions team. That’s all great, but if you want the best experience possible, make sure you take it one step further with a follow-up plan. Judi Byers, Johnson-Cornell’s Executive Director of Admissions & Financial Aid Judi Byers, the Executive Director of Admissions & Financial... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 by

UVA Darden Admissions Explains What to Do After an MBA Event

Sponsored Content You’ve attended an MBA event; great! Now what? You might have prepared a set of questions, comments, and thoughts before the event and that was great, but you can’t stop there if you want to get the most out of the situation. Whenever you attend an event, meet-and-greet, or fair, there’s some necessary follow-up post attendance that you need to do. For UVA Darden School of Business that follow-up is incredibly important if you want to make the best impression possible. It’s not about throwing yourself in front of the admissions team, but about ensuring that the event... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 by

Attending an Event at Yale SOM? Admissions Explains ‘What Now?’

Sponsored Content If you’re an MBA candidate, you’ve probably attended many MBA program events for various schools. Events are a great way to get to know a program and to meet the admissions team, alumni, faculty, and even students. There’s just one problem, too often we get so caught up in preparing to attend an event that we forget about what happens afterward. If you’ve attended a Yale School of Management event whether on-campus or off, you know how valuable it is. But have you thought about what to do now to get the most out of your experience? We... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 11, 2018 by

Real Humans of the Yale SOM MBA Class of 2020

With students flooding back to business school campuses around the globe, we are thrilled to kick off our Real Humans of the MBA Class of 2020 series with this spotlight on members of the incoming Yale School of Management (SOM) first-year class. Last year’s series—our first ever—was hugely popular with our audience, and we’re hoping this year will be the same. We’re also pleased to include many more schools this year, close to 40 in all! We plan to publish two per week, so stay tuned to learn more from students at all the schools you may be targeting. To the... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 10, 2018 by

What Do Employers Want from MBAs? Financial Times Employer Survey Finds Out

The Financial Times recently published the results of its second annual survey of top employers regarding the skills they think are most important when recruiting for MBA talent—as well as those that are hardest to find. According to the Financial Times employer survey published last week, these are the top five most important skills among business school graduates: The ability to work in a team The ability to work with a wide variety of people The ability to solve complex problems The ability to build, sustain, and expand a network of people Time management and the ability to prioritize As for... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 8, 2018 by

MBA News You Need: HBS Welcomes First Joint MS/MBA Class, Chicago Booth Students Highlight Courses, LBS Announces Real Innovation Award Nominees, and More

Each week we collect all the MBA news that’s fit to print and provide a quick overview of the latest trending topics from top business schools around the world. Here’s your quick MBA News You Need digest for the week of September 5, 2018. HBS Welcomes Inaugural MS/MBA Class Students from Harvard Business School (HBS)’s new joint two-year MS/MBA program kicked off their first-year courses at HBS following an intensive System Engineering course. In a blog post, HBS Managing Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Chad Losee praised the “talent and diversity of backgrounds we have represented in the first... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 7, 2018 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Leslie Clift Hruby, Trailblazer Who Brought More Women to MIT Sloan

Fridays from the Frontline Sloan Women in Management (SWIM), an organization at MIT Sloan School of Management that “works to increase opportunities for all women through networking events, speaker series, professional development workshops, and mentorship programs,” recently honored alumna Leslie Clift Hruby, SM ’73. SWIM paid tribute to Hruby for her pioneering efforts to promote “gender diversity in MBA programs in the mid- 70s by helping Sloan become one of the most gender diverse programs in the United States.” According to Hruby’s Linkedin profile, she “increased the number of women attending the MIT Sloan School of Management from 5 to... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 5, 2018 by

Berkeley Haas Welcomes Record Number of MBA Students in Incoming Class of 2020

Last week, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business unveiled stats for the incoming students that comprise its full-time MBA Class of 2020. At 291 full-time students (along with 276 evening and weekend students), the Haas Class of 2020 is larger than any before, even as it remains one of the smallest classes among the world’s elite business schools. It is also one of the most academically accomplished classes in the school’s history. Average GPA for this year’s first-year class is 3.66, off just .05 from last year’s. But an increase in average GMAT offset the tiny backslide in GPA. At... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 31, 2018 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Calculating the MBA’s Return on Investment

Fridays from the Frontline Marjorie DeGraca, executive director of admissions for Berkeley MBA Programs for Working Professionals Before officially taking the plunge, many prospective b-schoolers no doubt spent many late nights perusing the Clear Admit archives to weigh the pros and cons of pursuing an MBA. It’s practically an age-old pastime at this point. While the value of elite programs is undisputable when it comes to networks, prestige/social capital, and of course the world-class skills you accrue, none of those dividends come cheap. In fact, many of the real rewards of an MBA can be difficult to quantify. What is... Read more »

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