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Lauren Wakal

Lauren Wakal is the Editor-in-Chief of Clear Admit, responsible for overseeing content creation for the site. Lauren has been covering the MBA admissions space for more than a decade, from in-depth business school profiles to weekly breaking news and more.

Last Updated Jul 12, 2019 by

Cambridge / Judge MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2019-2020

The following essay topic analysis examines Cambridge / Judge’s MBA admissions essays for the 2019-2020 admissions season. You can also review essay topic analyses for all of the other leading MBA programs as well as general Essay Tips to further aid you in developing your admissions essays. Cambridge / Judge Essay Topic Analysis 2019-2020 Let’s take a look at each of this year’s prompts: Essay 1 Please provide a personal statement. It should not exceed 500 words and must address the following questions: What are your short and long term career objectives and what skills/characteristics do you already have that will help you achieve... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 4, 2019 by

Duke / Fuqua MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2019-2020

The following essay topic analysis examines Duke / Fuqua’s MBA admissions essays for the 2019-2020 admissions season. You can also review essay topic analyses for all of the other leading MBA programs as well as general Essay Tips to further aid you in developing your admissions essays. Duke / Fuqua Essay Topic Analysis 2019-2020 Required Short Answer Questions For each question, respond in 500 characters only (the equivalent of about 100 words). Why is pursuing an MBA the right next step for you? What are your post-MBA career goals? Share with us your first choice career plan and your alternate plan. These questions are... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 2, 2019 by

UVA Darden School of Business MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2019-2020

The following essay topic analysis examines the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business (UVA / Darden) MBA admissions essays for the 2019-2020 admissions season. You can also review essay topic analyses for all of the leading MBA programs as well as general Essay Tips to further aid you in developing your admissions essays. UVA / Darden Essay Topic Analysis 2019-2020 Essay 1 Darden strives to identify and cultivate responsible leaders who follow their purpose. Please provide an example of a situation in which you have made a meaningful impact. (200 words) This question is a classic in terms of MBA essays; adcoms are... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 2, 2019 by

MBA Admissions Brief: INSEAD

In our ongoing new series, MBA Admissions Brief, we bring you tips and insights from leading business schools about the MBA admissions process. We are going international with this installment, as we hear from the prestigious institution, INSEAD; namely, Virginie Fougea, who is the Global Director of Admissions and Financial Aid for INSEAD Degree Programmes Department. She has been with INSEAD for the last 20 years. Virginie Fougea, Global Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, INSEAD Degree Programmes Dept. Before that she had been studying in the US and working in Brazil. She is an admission professional with 15+ years of... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 1, 2019 by

MBA Admissions Brief: Yale School of Management

For our next installment of MBA Admissions Brief, which brings you application advice and program insights directly from leading business schools’ admissions, we hear from Bruce DelMonico, Assistant Dean of Admissions at the Yale School of Management in New Haven, CT. Bruce Delmonico, Assistant Dean of Admissions DelMonico has been at the school for close to 15 years, and has been running the Admissions Office for roughly 13 of those years. He explains, “During that time, I have seen the school grow both in size and in stature, and look forward to its continued momentum under the leadership of incoming... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 28, 2019 by

New Dean Named at Columbia Business School

Dr. Costis Maglaras will assume the role of dean of Columbia Business School, effective July 1st.  This appointment comes about a year after Glenn Hubbard, who served as dean for 15 years, announced he would be stepping down. High Praise from the President Dr. Costis Maglaras, 16th Dean of Columbia Business School Columbia University President Lee Bollinger said in his announcement: “Costis is a talented educator and a generous colleague, beloved by his students and peers. An expert on probability and operations management, he has taught in the Business School’s MBA, PhD, and Executive Education programs, and is known for... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 26, 2019 by

MBA Admissions Brief: Duke / Fuqua

This edition of MBA Admissions Brief takes us to Durham, North Carolina, where Associate Dean of Admissions, Shari Hubert, walks us through opportunities and features of the MBA at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of Admissions 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. Prior to Fuqua, she was in charge of admissions for the Full-time and Evening MBA programs at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Read on for her advice about the Duke MBA admissions... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 25, 2019 by

Dean Geoff Garrett Says “Farewell” to Wharton for USC Marshall

As you may have heard, the Dean of the Wharton School, Geoff Garrett, is leaving for the USC Marshall School of Business next year.  After Penn announced the news, Garrett also reached out to bid farewell to alumni. Penn Announces Garrett’s Departure with High Praise Earlier this month, Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett released the following statement about Garrett’s departure: “We write to inform you that Dean Geoff Garrett will be leaving Penn at the end of the 2019-20 academic year to become Dean of the USC Marshall School of Business, starting July 1, 2020. “Geoff has... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 25, 2019 by

Calling All Admits: Share Your Journey on Clear Admit’s MBA DecisionWire

We’d like to offer hearty congratulations to all who gained admission to their top choices and encourage you to share which business school you plan to attend this Fall. MBA DecisionWire was designed to let MBA applicants, students and alumni share more information with their peers—specifically about where they decide to attend business school based on where they applied and were accepted. DecisionWire provides profile and school selection information updates in real time from your peers as they make the all-important decision of where to actually pursue their MBA. Users can filter others’ submissions by the schools applied to, admitted... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 24, 2019 by

MBA Admissions Brief: Georgetown / McDonough

In our ongoing new series, MBA Admissions Brief, we catch up with leading business schools to bring you their tips about the admissions process and insights into what to expect from their full-time MBA programs.  This week, we hear from Shelly Heinrich of Georgetown / McDonough, where she oversees the admissions team’s operational strategy and marketing as Associate Dean of MBA Admissions and Director of Marketing. Shelly Heinrich, Associate Dean, MBA Admissions and Director of Marketing Georgetown University is located in Washington, D.C., which means students of the McDonough MBA program can enjoy studying at the intersection of business, government... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 24, 2019 by

University of Chicago / Booth School of Business MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2019-2020

The following essay topic analysis examines the Chicago Booth MBA admissions essays for the 2019-2020 admissions season. You can also review essay topic analyses for all of the other leading MBA programs as well as general Essay Tips to further aid you in developing your admissions essays. Chicago Booth MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2019-2020 Essay 1 How will the Booth MBA help you achieve your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals? (250-word minimum) This is a fairly straightforward career goals essay.  To address this question fully and in detail, candidates will want to identify the position that they hope to hold immediately after graduating from... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 19, 2019 by

MBA Admissions Brief: Columbia Business School

For our next installment of MBA Admissions Brief, which brings you application advice and program insights directly from leading business schools’ admissions, we visit Columbia Business School in Manhattan. Students can begin the full-time, two-year MBA program at CBS in either August or January, and enjoy the distinct advantages of New York City. Michael Robinson, a Director of MBA Admissions at Columbia Business School Shedding light on the CBS MBA application process and CBA MBA program is Michael Robinson, a Director of MBA Admissions at Columbia Business School. Much of his 16-year tenure has revolved around advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. ... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 18, 2019 by

MBA DecisionWire Spotlight: If at First You Don’t Succeed, Re-apply!

While many business school hopefuls are just starting their maiden run of MBA applications, there is another group dusting themselves off from last year’s rejections and tackling the admissions process once again: re-applicants.  As we’ll see in this post to MBA DecisionWire, this MBA applicant is not the only one who had to re-apply to garner admission. After identifying target programs… …the candidate explained what happened with each program, including U. Chicago Booth, CMU / Tepper, Dartmouth / Tuck, Duke / Fuqua, Michigan / Ross, Northwestern / Kellogg, UVA / Darden: The thread opened with stories from fellow re-applicants: A younger applicant sought more detail: Clear... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 17, 2019 by

Podcast Episode 38: One-year MBA vs. Two-year MBA

What are your career goals, and how quickly do you want to achieve them?  Will you need time to engineer a career shift or are you just looking to move at a faster pace on your current course?  Are you hoping for employer support?  Your answers to these questions and more could lead you to a one-year MBA program or a two-year MBA program.  This podcast can help you decide. While time is the most obvious difference between one-year MBA and two-year MBA programs, each have many distinct advantages.  In this podcast episode, Clear Admit Co-founder Graham Richmond and resident... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 17, 2019 by

MBA Admissions Brief: MIT Sloan

Moving right along in our new series, MBA Admissions Brief, which brings you advice and insights directly from leading business schools’ admissions, we catch up with the MBA program at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the MIT MBA stands out for its entrepreneurship training and technological focus.  They have also been keen to support the demand for business analytics. Read on for tips and advice from Jean Ann Schulte, the Director of Employer Relations & Recruiting Services Career Development Office, and Jen Burke Barba, the Senior Associate Director of MIT Sloan Admissions. What would you... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 17, 2019 by

Dartmouth / Tuck School of Business MBA Essay Topic Analysis

The following essay topic analysis examines Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business (Tuck) MBA admissions essays for the 2019-2020 admissions season. You can also review essay topic analyses for all of the other leading MBA programs as well as general Essay Tips to further aid you in developing your admissions essays. Dartmouth / Tuck MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2019-2020 Essay 1 Tuck students can articulate how the distinctive Tuck MBA will advance their aspirations. Why are you pursuing an MBA and why Tuck? (300 words) This is a fairly straightforward career goals essay, asking applicants to explain 1) their professional aspirations, 2)... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 11, 2019 by

MBA Admissions Brief: UT Austin / McCombs

This edition of MBA Admissions Brief takes us to Austin, Texas, where Managing Director, Rodrigo Malta, walks us through opportunities and features of the MBA at the McCombs School of Business of the University of Texas at Austin. Rodrigo Malta, Managing Director for MBA Recruitment and Admissions Rodrigo Malta is the Managing Director for MBA Recruitment and Admissions at Texas McCombs. His job is to oversee admissions for our Full-Time, Working Professional and Executive MBA programs. Rodrigo was born and raised in Brazil, pursued his bachelor and graduate business degrees in the United States, and is an MBA alumnus himself.... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 11, 2019 by

MBA Admissions Brief: Chicago Booth

For this installment in our ongoing series, MBA Admissions Brief, we turn to the admissions office of the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Located in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the university’s main campus, Chicago Booth’s full-time MBA program enjoys a class size of around 580 students, extensive finance program and faculty, flexibility in curriculum and course scheduling, and broader international and experiential learning opportunities.  The school also offers other MBA programs, including executive, international as well as part-time and weekend ones. Interim Executive Director of Student Recruitment, Financial Aid, and Admissions For insights into the... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 11, 2019 by

MBA ApplyWire Spotlight: School Suggestions

As new MBA applicants reflect on their admissions chances and consider application strategies, many are posting to Clear Admit’s ApplyWire, a platform for feedback from our community of top-tier applicants to help inform your final choice of schools and approach to admissions. This week, we start with a closer look at an international applicant applying to Berkeley / Haas, Harvard Business School, INSEAD, MIT Sloan, Stanford GSB, and UCLA Anderson: Given the applicant’s concern about the GMAT, Clear Admit’s Alex Brown advised on that—but also had a suggestion regarding where to apply: The MBA hopeful then responded: And Brown wrapped up the thread with a reference... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 6, 2019 by

University of Michigan Ross School of Business MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2019-2020

The following essay topic analysis examines Michigan / Ross MBA admissions essays for the 2019-2020 admissions season. You can also review essay topic analyses for all other leading MBA programs as well as general Essay Tips to further aid you in developing your admissions essays. Following up on the announcement of the Michigan / Ross MBA essay topics for the 2019-2020 admissions season, we wanted to offer some thoughts about how prospective members of the Class of 2022 might approach this application. As with last year, there is a short answer section and a career goals essay.  The adcom has  made only slight changes to one of the groups... Read more »

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