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Last Updated Mar 19, 2019 by

DecisionWire Spotlight: Columbia Business School or UCLA / Anderson for Media

In this MBA DecisionWire Spotlight, which highlights MBA candidates’ choices as shared in Clear Admit’s DecisionWire, we take a closer look at a candidate accepted to Columbia and UCLA Anderson.  The candidate is planning a post-MBA career in media and received a $60k scholarship to CBS. A community member kicked off the conversation: Then, the Clear Admit team offered their advice: Another member suggested an active approach: The original poster then concluded the thread: Best of luck with your decision! See more feedback on MBA admissions decisions at: MBA DecisionWire Spotlight: Waitlisted and Waiting to Hear MBA DecisionWire Spotlight: Berkeley / Haas... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 18, 2019 by

Podcast Episode 33: Keith Bevans of Bain & Company Discusses Consulting, Recruiting and More

Keith Bevans, Partner and Leader of Corporate Recruiting, Bain & Co. Bain & Company—widely considered one of the most elite consulting firms in the world—is a coveted post-MBA destination for students at top business schools in every part of the globe.  Our guest today, Keith Bevans, is a partner in Bain & Company’s Chicago office and also heads Bain’s global consultant recruiting efforts.  The latter involves managing the team that identifies and attracts talent to Bain’s offices and ensures that the next generation of leaders continue to make Bain “The best firm to work for.” While Bain primarily targets top-20... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 12, 2019 by

Wharton Tops the U.S. News 2020 MBA Ranking And More

As reported here this morning, the Wharton School has claimed the number one spot—for the first time on its own—of the U.S. News and World Report 2020 rankings of full-time MBA programs. Before we get to other noteworthy shifts and positions, here’s a quick rundown of this year’s top 10, in order of their 2020 rank (2019 rank in parentheses): 1 University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (3) 2 Stanford Graduate School of Business (4) 3 Harvard Business School (1, tied) 3 MIT Sloan School of Management (5) 3 University of Chicago Booth School of Business (1, tied) 6 Columbia Business School (9) 6 Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management (6) 6 UC Berkeley Haas School of Business (7, tied)... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 12, 2019 by

LiveWire Spotlight: Venting Frustration

While MBA applicants usually share good (interview invitations, acceptances) and bad (ding, ding, ding) admissions news on LiveWire, it’s also a communal touchstone for the admissions process in general.  The real-time updates provided by candidates as they move through the admissions process at leading business schools has offered a new degree of transparency into the processes at individual schools—and sometimes those processes aren’t the smoothest. As Clear Admit’s Alex Brown observes, “Schools sometimes forget how candidates are easily able to share information, joys and frustrations with each other on a variety of web-based platforms. It makes it more important for... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 12, 2019 by

Podcast Episode 32: Key Takeaways from the U.S. News 2020 MBA Ranking

The 2020 rankings of full-time MBA programs are out from U.S. News & World Report, and our admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, have once again been kind enough to help make sense of them. Before they dig into the rankings, here’s a quick rundown of this year’s top 10, in order of their 2020 rank (2019 rank in parentheses): 1 University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (3) 2 Stanford Graduate School of Business (4) 3 Harvard Business School (1, tied) 3 MIT Sloan School of Management (5) 3 University of Chicago Booth School of Business (1, tied) 6 Columbia Business School (9) 6 Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management (6) 6 UC Berkeley... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 11, 2019 by

Q&A with Student Interviewers at Cornell / Johnson

As Cornell / Johnson wraps up initial notifications for its January Round this week, we caught up with a few student interviewers to provide insights into their admissions interview.  At Johnson, the MBA admissions interview may be conducted by an adcom member or a trained second-year student member of the Johnson Admissions Group (JAG).  Two JAG members, Lauren Keithahn and Corey Minerva, shed light on why they became interviewers, what stands out to them in an admissions interview, what advice they have for new candidates and more. Lauren Keithahn, Two-year Ithaca MBA ’19 Lauren Keithahn, Two-year Ithaca MBA ’19 Pre-MBA work experience... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 8, 2019 by

International Women’s Day in the Business School Community

Each year, the business school community takes extra time on International Women’s Day to promote gender parity and celebrate women.  Given the plethora of events and related research, we’re rounding up what the top business schools are doing as shared on Twitter. A picture from Cornell / Johnson summarized International Women’s Day in 1,000 words: We've come a long way since the 1960's! Here's to being surrounded by fantastic female leaders in Sage Hall.#IWD2019 #BalanceForBetter #CornellMBA pic.twitter.com/BixgSJjaCR — Johnson at Cornell (@CornellMBA) March 8, 2019 Cambridge Judge and Yale SOM held events: Happy #IWD2019: Looking forward to #CJBS event today;... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 6, 2019 by

Top Yale School of Management MBA Interview Tips from Actual Interviewees

If you’re among the many candidates in receipt of an interview invitation, you won’t want to miss what past candidates learned from their Yale SOM interview experiences. You can thank us—and them—by paying it forward and submitting reports of your own after you interview. Want to learn more? Check out Clear Admit’s Interview Guide for Yale SOM. How Big Is the Window of Opportunity? Yale SOM invites many candidates—60 to 80 at a time—to visit campus for a full day of events in addition to interviews. Several past interviewees report that Yale stuck to a set schedule and format for their interviews…... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 5, 2019 by

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

The volume on LiveWire these past several weeks has been incredible as candidates share the news they’ve received from their target schools. We’d like to offer hearty congratulations to all who gained admission or interview invitations to their top choices. We’d also like to remind our LiveWire devotees of a sister tool here on the Clear Admit site, MBA DecisionWire. This feature 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... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 5, 2019 by

MBA DecisionWire Spotlight: Waitlisted and Waiting to Hear

In this MBA DecisionWire Spotlight, which highlights MBA candidates’ choices as shared in Clear Admit’s DecisionWire, we take a closer look at a couple of candidates either on the waitlist or waiting to hear from other schools before making a decision. If you’re on the waitlist in Round 1, check out our latest podcast about what you can do to improve your odds.  The first candidate we highlight was accepted to UNC Kenan-Flagler and on the waitlist at Duke / Fuqua.  They are also getting ready to interview at Georgetown / McDonough, and waiting to hear from NYU Stern. Clear Admit’s... Read more »

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