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Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and topics related to personal development. She has been working in the MBA space for the past four years in research, interview, and writing roles.

Last Updated Sep 19, 2019 by

Stanford GSB Class of 2021 Almost Reaches Gender Parity

This week, Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) released its MBA Class of 2021 profile. The details revealed massive growth in diversity—particularly when it came to female students—and continued high qualifications for acceptance. Let’s dive into the Stanford GSB MBA Class of 2021. Historic Number of Female Candidates Although Stanford’s application volume dropped nearly 10 percent compared to the record high of last year—7,342 applicants compared to 8,116—female applicants were more impressive than ever. In fact, the female applicants stood out so much that the MBA Class of 2021 reached a historic high 47 percent females—a 6 percent increase over... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 18, 2019 by

MBA News You Need: Pre-MBA Work Experience at UCLA Anderson, Berkeley Haas on MBA Application Fears, Dartmouth Tuck Admissions Criteria, and More from Michigan Ross and Vanderbilt Owen

Each week we collect all the MBA news that’s fit to print and provide a quick overview of the latest updates from top business schools around the world. Here’s your MBA News You Need digest for the week of September 16, 2019. How Pre-MBA Work Experience is Evaluated at UCLA Anderson If you’re applying to UCLA Anderson, you might have questions about how work experience is evaluated. In the school’s latest MBA Insider’s Blog, Adrian Aguirre, associate admissions director, delves into the eight things you need to know. Your overall career trajectory is the most important thing. It’s less about... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 28, 2019 by

Critical FAQs About the Cornell Tech MBA

What is the Cornell Tech MBA program? How do you know if it’s the right program for you? Recently, Adam Gavish, a Cornell Tech MBA alum, wrote about his experience and shared his opinions on LinkedIn. Here’s what he had to say. What Makes the Cornell Tech MBA Different? Adam Gavish, product manager at Google Cloud Security and Cornell Tech MBA alum. There are four key elements that make the CT MBA different than other programs. The Tech Industry: In this MBA program, you’ll get close to the tech industry, meeting and learning from hundreds of industry professionals. You’ll also... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 22, 2019 by

UCLA Anderson Provides 7 Reasons to Pursue an MBA

Reflecting on the value of an MBA is essential to know what’s driving you; it will make your application stronger and help you feel better about your decision. So, is a full-time MBA program worth the time, cost, and effort involved?  Adrian Aguirre, the associate director of MBA admissions at UCLA Anderson, laid out 7 reasons it could be. 1. More Earning Potential Earning an MBA will also earn you a substantial pay bump post-MBA. Depending on the industry, you could also receive a large signing bonus, relocation allowance, and more. 2. Transition to a New Role or Industry If... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 22, 2019 by

Inside the Wharton MBA Class of 2021 Profile

The Wharton School just released the profile of their MBA Class of 2021.  Get to know the upcoming first-year MBA class and see how you compare. Highest Percentage of Female Students and U.S. Students of Color Wharton’s MBA Class of 2021 includes the highest percentage of female students in the history of the Wharton MBA program. Forty-seven percent of the upcoming class is female—that’s four percent higher than last year. This year also marked the highest percentage of U.S. students of color for the program. Up from 33 percent last year, students of color comprise 36 percent of the MBA... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 21, 2019 by

MBA News You Need: NYU Stern Expands Test Options for Admission, How Wharton Constructs MBA Clusters, Yale SOM Welcomes Class of 2021, and More from Vanderbilt Owen and Dartmouth Tuck

Each week we collect all the MBA news that’s fit to print and provide a quick overview of the latest updates from top business schools around the world. Here’s your MBA News You Need digest for the week of August 19, 2019. NYU Stern to Accept GMAC’s Executive Assessment If you’ve been longing to opt out of the GMAT or GRE when you apply to NYU Stern, now’s your chance. Stern just announced that it will accept the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) Executive Assessment (EA) to fulfill the standardized test requirement. The GMAC EA measures a candidate’s business acumen... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 14, 2019 by

Register for the 2019 Forté MBA Forums for Women

Registration is open for the 2019 Forté MBA Forums.  Designed for women considering an MBA, the Forums provide an ideal opportunity to learn more about the value of an MBA from admissions reps, alumnae, and current students at top business schools. Open to all women—career changers, college students planning the future, or career professionals looking to go to the next level—the events provide a distinct MBA advantage. About the Forté MBA Forums The MBA Forums are FREE and held in 11 cities across the U.S. and Europe. The events are a chance for women to build their peer support network... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 14, 2019 by

MBA News You Need: Harvard and Yale Talk MBA Applications, Financing Tips from Tuck, and More from Ross and Darden

Each week we collect all the MBA news that’s fit to print and provide a quick overview of the latest updates from top business schools around the world. Here’s your MBA News You Need digest for the week of August 12, 2019. Harvard Business School Runs Round 1 Reminder We’re less than a month away from the MBA Round 1 deadline at Harvard Business School. On September 4th, the HBS admissions team will begin reviewing the first wave of applications. Don’t fret—there’s still plenty of time to put together your application, according to the school’s latest Direct from the Director blog.... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 8, 2019 by

UVA Darden Students Share MBA Application Advice

Current MBA students are one of the best resources for learning what it takes to get accepted into your target business school.  They are recent applicants themselves and, therefore, know what it takes to stand out in the process. At UVA Darden, rising Second Year students shared a blog filled with MBA application advice for full Full-Time MBA applicants. Here’s what they had to say. Apply Early According to Allie Medack, the last thing you should do is wait until the last minute to start the application process. She found business school applications to be highly introspective, and so felt... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 8, 2019 by

First-Generation MBA Students at Oxford Saïd Reflect on Higher Education

Many difficulties can be associated with being a first-generation MBA student.  Oxford Saïd students recount such challenges as coming from an impoverished background or attempting to explain school to family without a frame of reference; however, many have transcended the challenges of being first-generation thanks to the diverse cohort in the program.  With a focus on inclusion, the community’s welcoming atmosphere has been essential to their success and comfort in higher education. “One of the beauties of Oxford Saïd is, there is such variety here that everyone has a unique background,” explained RK Kelford, a Saïd MBA student. “First-generation students... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 7, 2019 by

MBA News You Need: Admissions Advice from Northwestern Kellogg, Cornell Johnson, and Dartmouth Tuck Plus MIT Sloan and London Business School Offer Summer Reading

Each week, we collect all the MBA news that’s fit to print and provide a quick overview of the latest updates from top business schools around the world. Here’s your MBA News You Need digest for the week of August 5, 2019. Admissions Advice from Kellogg: The Value of Extracurriculars and Clubs The activities and interests that prospective MBA students include on their business school application say a lot about who they are, what they care about, and how they might impact the community. With diversity a high priority at many elite MBA programs, admissions counselors encourage applicants not to... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 1, 2019 by

Cornell Johnson Wins Consortium TEAM Trophy Award

To win the Consortium’s Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) Trophy Award, peers at member schools must demonstrate a keen commitment to the organization’s mission to “enhance diversity and inclusion in global business education and leadership.” This year—and for the third time since the launch of the award in 2004—Cornell Johnson earned it. “All Hands on Deck” According to the associate director of Johnson’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), Jessica Krom, the award shows Johnson’s commitment to the Consortium’s mission throughout the entire school community. She said, “We hold our students accountable for upholding the mission [of The Consortium], but... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 1, 2019 by

Meet the NYU Stern Class of 2021: Diverse and Highly Academically-Inclined

NYU Stern got a jump start on introducing their Full-Time MBA Class of 2021. This week, they released their preliminary class profile on their admissions website. Of the 3,518 applicants hoping to join the NYU Stern Class of 2021, only 919 were admitted and 359 enrolled, for a 26 percent admission rate. Those students are, on average, 28 years old and have 5.2 years of professional experience. A few of them were also fresh graduates, with 3 percent having no work experience. Dramatic Jumps in Academic Performance One of the major highlights from the Stern Class of 2021 is the... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 31, 2019 by

MBA News You Need: Chicago Booth Alumnae Highlight Faculty, UT McCombs Top 5 MBA FAQs, New Dartmouth Tuck Networking Hub, and More from LBS and Oxford

Each week, we collect all the MBA news that’s fit to print and provide a quick overview of the latest updates from top business schools around the world. Here’s your MBA News You Need digest for the week of July 29, 2019. Learn about Chicago Booth Faculty Directly from Alumnae No one said it was easy to choose where to earn your MBA. To get a better idea about why MBAs choose Chicago Booth, they sat down with four alumnae to get their insight. Here’s what Selena J. Roker (’10), Jasmine Richards (’11), Ameerah Phillips (MBA ’17 & MPP ’17),... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 25, 2019 by

MBA News You Need: Non-traditional MBA Candidates Should Be Optimistic, Berkeley Haas on Global Leadership, Meet HBS Pride, and More from UT Austin / McCombs and Cornell / Johnson

Each week, we collect all the MBA news that’s fit to print and provide a quick overview of the latest updates from top business schools around the world. Here’s your MBA News You Need digest for the week of July 22, 2019. Non-traditional MBA Candidates Should Be Optimistic Non-traditional MBA candidates without undergraduate business backgrounds are often accepted to leading business schools, according to Vanderbilt Owen’s MBA admissions committee.  Whether your background is in the military, Peace Corps, Teach for America, or performing arts, non-traditional candidates have become more commonplace in many MBA programs. The truth is that business schools want... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 25, 2019 by

Register for the 2019 Forté MBA Forums for Women

Registration is open for the 2019 Forté MBA Forums.  Designed for women considering an MBA, the Forums provide an ideal opportunity to learn more about the value of an MBA from admissions reps, alumnae, and current students at top business schools. Open to all women—career changers, college students planning the future, or career professionals looking to go to the next level—the events provide a distinct MBA advantage. About the Forté MBA Forums The MBA Forums are FREE and held in 11 cities across the U.S. and Europe. The events are a chance for women to build their peer support network... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 18, 2019 by

Columbia MBA Students Discuss Leadership and Impact in the Nonprofit Sector

If you’re looking for professional development opportunities and ways to make an impact, serving on a nonprofit board might be the perfect outlet. At least that’s what many Columbia Business School students are discovering. The latest trend at CBS is joining a junior board of directors for nonprofit governance. What is a Nonprofit Junior Board? “Sometimes called associate boards or leadership councils, these assemblies of young business leaders—typically under 35 years of age—bolster their organizations through mission-critical initiatives such as fundraising and public outreach,” explains CBS news. These boards are an opportunity for MBA students to explore the nonprofit sector... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 18, 2019 by

Yale MBA Students Share Advice on Applying to Business School

Every MBA student shares at least one experience—the application process.  It can feel like you’re setting out to climb a mountain in the early stages—figuring out target schools, tracking deadlines, brainstorming essays, securing recommenders and more.  To help current MBA hopefuls, Yale SOM MBA students gathered their top advice for applying to b-school based on their experiences from less than a year ago. Here’s what they had to say. 1. Research. Research. Research. According to Rayan Mansour (’20), the best thing you can do is gather as much data as possible on as many business schools as possible. He also... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 16, 2019 by

MBA News You Need: New MBA Scholarships at LBS, Tuck Announces Interview Dates, HBS Recommends Summer Podcasts, and MIT Sloan Introduces New Faculty

Each week, we collect all the MBA news that’s fit to print and provide a quick overview of the latest updates from top business schools around the world. Here’s your MBA News You Need digest for the week of July 15, 2019. London Business School Announces New Full-Time MBA Scholarships Basant Kumar Birla, eponym of the BK Birla Scholars Program Kumar Mangalam Birla, Aditya Birla Group chairman and London Business School alumnus, has gifted his alma mater with a £15 million endowment, the largest endowed scholarship gift to a European business school. The program recognizes high-achieving MBAs who demonstrate leadership... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 10, 2019 by

Amid Burgeoning Online MBA Programs, Why Build? HBS Dean Discusses Value of Physical Campus

As the world increasingly moves toward the digital, why is it essential to invest in physical spaces? HBS Dean Nitin Nohria Last fall Harvard Business School opened its newest building Klarman Hall. It’s a gigantic space that joins several recently opened facilities, including Tata Hall and the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center. These three buildings constituted a significant upgrade for the HBS physical campus, but was it necessary? According to HBS Dean Nitin Nohria, the answer is unequivocally yes. “I believe the buildings that make up our campus are more than just physical structures,” she said. “They are carefully designed... Read more »

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