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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 Jan 20, 2020 by

Episode 76: Wire Taps—MBA Applicants with 670 GMAT, 3.1 GPA; 670 GMAT, 3.78 GPA; and Choosing Between Scholarship Offers from DecisionWire

While there are a few Round 2 deadlines left, some applicants are already considering applying next year while other successful candidates are weighing their options.  Clear Admit’s admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, cover these admissions issues and more in another podcast episode of Wire Taps. This week, they review profiles from MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire, including an early bird candidate who should retake the GMAT. They also advise an applicant who bootstrapped into private equity, but who may need to re-apply.  Finally, they discuss another accepted candidate who earned a couple of scholarships and is trying to decide where to... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 20, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Interviews, January 20-24, 2020

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! January Rounds starting to move to the interview stage!  Round 1 is now behind us for most programs, Round 2 is now fully underway. Tuesday, January 21, MIT / Sloan has its Round 2 application deadline. Thursday, January 23, Michigan Ross will release its second batch of interview invites for Round 2. How “The Wires” Can Help Visit MBA LiveWire for the latest “buzz” about MBA admissions, including interview invitations and decision notifications.  There are 5... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 16, 2020 by

HBS Announces Timing of Round 2 Interview Invitations

Harvard Business School’s managing director of MBA admissions and financial aid, Chad Losee, posted to the Direct from the Director blog to update Round 2 applicants about next steps—in particular interview invitations. He wrote, “On our end, we are a week into reading your applications and have been enjoying getting to know you better.  Here are the next steps in the process, so you know when you’ll hear from us again: Tuesday, February 4, at 12 p.m. eastern time: all Round 2 applications will either be invited to interview or released from the process. Wednesday, February 5th at 10 a.m. eastern... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 14, 2020 by

LiveWire Insights: Round 2 at the M7 MBA Programs

MBA applicants who are eagerly awaiting news on interview invitations and admissions decisions – and the exact timing of such things – you’re going to want to keep reading.  Clear Admit is excited to release a second edition of M7 LiveWire Insights.  While the first edition delivers information about Round 1 and Early Decisions, the latest version delves into Round 2 and Rolling Admissions. This report includes proprietary data from our archive of thousands of LiveWire admissions updates. Remember, the M7 MBA programs include: Chicago Booth School of Business, Columbia Business School, Harvard Business School, Kellogg School of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management, Stanford Graduate... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 13, 2020 by

Episode 75: Wire Taps—MBA Profiles with 740 GMAT, 3.61 GPA, Marketing; 324 GRE, 3.23 GPA, Consulting Post-MBA; and More from DecisionWire

If you need advice on your MBA admissions profile, tune into another podcast episode of Wire Taps.  Clear Admit’s admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, provide applicants and accepted candidates with tips on how to make the most of MBA admissions. This week, they review profiles from MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire, including a candidate who has earned a 740 GMAT and 3.61 GPA, and made an important personal comeback. They also advise an applicant looking for a career in consulting and another accepted, but also waitlisted, candidate trying to decide where to attend. If you want a chance... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 13, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Decisions, January 13-17, 2020

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! It’s All About Getting Ready for the January Rounds!  Round 1 is now behind us for most programs, Round 2 is now fully underway. Monday, January 13, Cambridge / Judge has its Round 3 deadline. Tuesday, January 14, ESADE has its Round 3 application deadline. Wednesday, January 15, NYU / Stern and INSEAD have their Round 3 application deadlines. CEIBS and Washington / Olin have their Round 2 deadlines. Maryland / Smith has its Round 4... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 8, 2020 by

Georgetown McDonough & USC Marshall Extend Round 2 MBA Deadlines

Two leading MBA programs have quietly extended their Round 2 admissions deadlines in the past several days.  In emails to applicants who had begun (but not submitted) applications or who had previously expressed interest in the MBA program, both USC and Georgetown offered additional days for applicants to submit–albeit in slightly different ways. USC Marshall’s message, which suggested that their decision was driven by applicant requests for more time, was as follows: Click for the full USC message. “Greetings from Marshall! Our Round #2 MBA application deadline of January 5th has passed. However, a number of candidates have requested minor... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 6, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Decisions, January 6-10, 2020

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! It’s All About Getting Ready for the January Rounds!  Round 1 is now behind us for most programs, Round 2 is now underway with many application deadlines this week. Sunday, January 5, CMU / Tepper, Indiana / Kelley and Rochester / Simon have their Round 2 application deadlines. The Consortium also has its Round 2 deadline. Monday, January 6, Harvard Business School, Dartmouth / Tuck, Duke / Fuqua, UVA Darden, Michigan / Ross, Georgetown / McDonough,... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 6, 2020 by

Episode 74: Wire Taps—Making a Career Change, Choosing a Business School While on the Waitlist and More

Clear Admit’s admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, are here with another podcast episode of Wire Taps to provide applicants and accepted candidates with tips on how to make the most of MBA admissions. This week, they dig into posts to MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire to offer strategic advice to business school hopefuls.  Graham and Alex review a request from a candidate looking to break into VC. They also advise an applicant looking for a career in healthcare or education and another accepted, but also waitlisted, candidate trying to decide where to attend. If you want a chance... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 31, 2019 by

21 Days to Go: MIT Sloan Round 2 MBA Deadline

Attention all applicants, the MIT Sloan Round 2 MBA deadline of January 21, 2020 is just 21 days out!  All materials must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Need help with your MIT MBA application? Clear Admit has all the news, resources, and advice to make sure your application is as strong as possible! Start with the MIT Sloan School of Management School profile as this page covers hallmarks of the leading program. Join the conversation on MBA ApplyWire to share thoughts and ideas with fellow MIT applicants. Review our detailed Essay Topic Analysis to ensure you are submitting the... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 30, 2019 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Decisions, December 30, 2019-January 3, 2020

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! It’s All About Getting Ready for the January Rounds!  Round 1 is now behind us for most programs, and Round 2 is just around the corner. Tuesday, December 31, USC / Marshall is scheduled to release its Round 1 decisions. Wednesday, January 1, ISB has its Cycle 3 application deadline. NYU / Stern has its initial notification deadline for Round 1. Friday, January 3, London Business School and Rice / Jones have their Round 2 deadlines.... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 30, 2019 by

Episode 73: Wire Taps—Product Manager, Seeking Social Impact and Choosing Between Schools

The mountain of Round 2 deadlines is just around the corner, and lucky MBA applicants are also trying to choose a business school based on good news from Round 1.  Clear Admit’s admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, step up in this episode of Wire Taps to provide applicants and accepted candidates with tips on how to make the most of MBA admissions. They’ve pulled profiles from MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire to offer strategic advice to business school hopefuls.  This week, Graham and Alex review an entry from an educator turned product manager. They also advise an applicant... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 25, 2019 by

21 Days to Go: NYU Stern Round 3 MBA Deadline

Attention all applicants, the NYU Stern Round 3 deadline of January 15, 2020 is just 21 days away! All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the day of the deadline. Need help with your NYU MBA application? Clear Admit has all the news, resources, and advice to make sure your application is as strong as possible! Start with the NYU Stern school profile for an overview of the program. Get to know the student culture through our Real Humans of NYU Stern Class of 2021. Join the conversation on MBA ApplyWire to share thoughts and ideas with fellow applicants.... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 25, 2019 by

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

Before you submit your Harvard Business School 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 a university president’s office, and by completing a one-year fellowship at HBS after... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 23, 2019 by

21 Days to Go: Cambridge Judge Business School’s Round 3 Deadline

Attention all applicants, the Cambridge / Judge MBA Round 3 Deadline of January 13, 2020 is just 21 days away!  The deadline time is 23:59 GMT (7:59 p.m. EST). Need help with your Cambridge MBA application? Clear Admit has all the news, resources, and advice to make sure your application is as strong as possible! Start with the Cambridge / Judge school profile page as this page includes resources the class profile, career stats and more. Join the conversation on MBA ApplyWire for those who are fine-tuning their applications to Judge, and share thoughts and ideas. Review our Essay Topic Analysis to ensure you’re submitting... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 23, 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 Dec 23, 2019 by

Episode 72: Wire Taps—Older Applicant, Low GPA but High GMAT, Choosing Between Two Schools

Most Round 2 deadlines are just around the corner, and applicants are also weighing Round 1 decisions.  Clear Admit’s admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, are back to offer applicants and accepted candidates advice on how to make the most of the MBA admissions process in a new episode of Wire Taps. Each week, they highlight profiles from MBA ApplyWire or MBA DecisionWire and offer strategies these b-school hopefuls should use.  This week, the duo reviews an entry from an older but enthusiastic MBA hopeful. They also advise an applicant with a low GPA, but high GMAT and another... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 20, 2019 by

21 Days to Go: Oxford Saïd MBA Round 3 Deadline

Attention all applicants, the Oxford University’s Saïd Business School Round 3 MBA deadline of January 10, 2020 is just 21 days away! Need help with your Oxford MBA application? Clear Admit has all the news, resources, and advice to make sure your application is as strong as possible! Start with the Oxford MBA school profile as this page includes multiple resources to support your MBA application. Join the conversation on MBA ApplyWire to share thoughts and ideas with fellow Oxford MBA applicants. Review our detailed Essay Topic Analysis to ensure you’re submitting the strongest application essays possible. Know what your recommenders will be discussing with... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 20, 2019 by

21 Days to Go: Emory / Goizueta Round 2 MBA Deadline

Attention all applicants, the Emory / Goizueta Round 2 MBA deadline of January 10, 2020 is just 21 days away! Need help with your Emory MBA application? Clear Admit has all the news, resources, and advice to make sure your application is as strong as possible! Start with the Emory / Goizueta school profile as this page includes multiple resources to support your MBA application. Join the conversation on MBA ApplyWire to share thoughts and ideas with fellow Emory MBA applicants. Review our detailed Essay Topic Analysis to ensure you’re submitting the strongest application essays possible. Know what your recommenders will be discussing with the Emory... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 19, 2019 by

21 Days to Go: UC Berkeley Haas Round 2 MBA Deadline

Attention all applicants, the UC Berkeley Haas Round 2 MBA deadline of January 9, 2020 is just 21 days away!  Application materials must be submitted by 11:59 PM Pacific Time. Need help with your Berkeley / Haas MBA application?  Clear Admit has all the news, resources, and advice to make sure your application is as strong as possible! Start with the UC Berkeley / Haas school profile page for key facts and details about the program. Join the conversation on MBA ApplyWire with those who are also applying for the Berkeley MBA. Review our detailed Essay Topic Analysis, whether you are just starting your essays or... Read more »

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