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Last Updated Jul 28, 2021 by

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

Are you applying to Harvard Business School (HBS) this year? Then you won’t want to miss this latest installment of our Admissions Director Q&A series as we welcome Chad Losee, the Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid at HBS. His team is responsible for recruiting, evaluating, and yielding a class of about 930 HBS students each year. In addition, Losee’s team oversees a need-based financial aid program that deploys more than $40 million in scholarships for HBS students. Chad Losee, Managing Director, MBA Admissions and Financial Aid at HBS Losee earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations, summa... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 26, 2021 by

Episode 175: Wire Taps—Low GMATs, Fuzzy Goals, Visa Issues

An MBA can enhance your career progress or help you get a running start on a new path—and that’s exactly what this week’s featured applicants want. In this podcast episode of Wire Taps, Graham and Alex advise three MBA hopefuls looking to achieve career growth or make a career change. One MBA hopeful is looking to pursue consulting after a career in the military. Another applicant wants to reach higher in finance or possibly consulting. And finally, a candidate with extensive international experience wants to excel on the GMAT as well as in investment banking. Preview the profiles that Alex... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 23, 2021 by

Weekly Refresh: Latest MBA Essay Questions, Analyzed – Plus Deadlines & Rec Forms

Welcome to Weekly Refresh, a roundup of admissions advice and updates on the Clear Admit site. In this edition, we’re catching up with essay tips, recommendation forms and deadlines released the week of July 19th. Essay Tips Drafting your application essays? See the latest of our experts’ advice in our Essay Topic Analysis. The following schools recently released their essays—click for our advice: Babson / Olin Indiana / Kelley Vanderbilt / Owen Deadlines Released See the admissions deadlines that have rolled out: Georgetown / McDonough Rice / Jones You can also bookmark our deadlines page for reference. Recommendation Questions Let... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 21, 2021 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Blair Mannix of The Wharton School

Blair Mannix, Director of Admissions at the Wharton School We are rolling along with our Admissions Director Q&A series and are thrilled to welcome Blair Mannix, Director of Admissions for The Wharton School. Blair has a rich history in higher education, working at Penn since 2008 and specifically in admissions at Wharton for nearly a decade. She has an undergraduate degree from Saint Joseph’s University and a master’s degree from Penn’s Graduate School of Education, where she studied Early Decision programs at selective universities. In this interview, Blair talks about: The life of an MBA application at Wharton Admissions essay... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 19, 2021 by

Episode 173: Wire Taps—Should I Apply Now or Sit This Year Out?

Career goals and application timing are hallmarks of this week’s podcast episode of Wire Taps, as Graham and Alex dig into three MBA hopefuls’ quandaries and dish out related admissions advice. One applicant is seeking help regarding whether she should apply for an MBA this year or get her grounding in her new role first. Also, a consultant is looking to change tracks to private equity. Then, someone discovered their passion for problem-solving and needs an MBA to make a career of it. Preview the profiles that Alex and Graham discuss this week, then tune in below! The first featured... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 16, 2021 by

Weekly Refresh: Latest MBA Essay Questions, Analyzed – Plus Deadlines & Rec Forms

Welcome to Weekly Refresh, a roundup of admissions advice and updates on the Clear Admit site. In this edition, we’re catching up with essay tips, recommendation forms and deadlines released the week of July 11th. Essay Tips Drafting your application essays? See the latest of our experts’ advice in our Essay Topic Analysis. The following schools recently released their essays—click for our advice: Cornell / Johnson Duke / Fuqua Emory / Goizueta Washington / Foster Deadlines Released See the admissions deadlines that have rolled out: Emory / Goizueta HEC Paris Indian School of Business MIT / Sloan You can also... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 14, 2021 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Emily French Thomas of Columbia Business School

Emily Thomas, Director of Admissions, Columbia Business School We are excited to kick off our annual Admissions Director Q&A series, in which MBA admissions directors shed light on their program’s application process, essays and more. To start the 2021-2022 round of exclusive Q&As, we welcome Columbia Business School’s Director of Admissions Emily French Thomas. Emily has been a proud member of the Columbia Business School community since 2008. She joined Columbia as part of the Academic and Student affairs team in the Executive MBA program, and now leads recruiting for EMBA, MBA and Deferred Enrollment programs on the Admissions team.... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 12, 2021 by

Episode 171: Wire Taps—Is My Undergrad GPA Too Big of a Hurdle?

Graham and Alex are here for another podcast episode of Wire Taps to address all of your b-school admissions concerns. This week, application challenges run the gamut of MBA admissions—from academic history and showing impact at work to deciding which schools to target. Preview the profiles that Alex and Graham discuss this week, then tune in below! An MBA applicant with a military background faces the hurdle of a low undergrad GPA: Next, a boutique investment banker has his sights set on the UK post-MBA: Finally, a Tokyo-based real estate development planner seeks advice on school choice: Happy listening! This... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 9, 2021 by

Weekly Refresh: Latest MBA Essay Questions, Analyzed – Plus Deadlines & Rec Forms

Welcome to Weekly Refresh, a roundup of admissions advice and updates on the Clear Admit site. In this edition, we’re catching up with essay tips, recommendation forms and deadlines released the week of July 4th. Essay Tips Drafting your application essays? See the latest of our experts’ advice in our Essay Topic Analysis. The following schools recently released their essays—click for our advice: CMU / Tepper MIT Sloan Deadlines Released See the admissions deadlines that have rolled out: Minnesota Carlson The Ohio State / Fisher UCI Merage UNC / Kenan-Flagler Washington Foster You can also bookmark our deadlines page for... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 5, 2021 by

Episode 170: Wire Taps—Pivoting Industries with the Help of an MBA

An MBA not only helps advance candidates on their current career paths, but also supports wholesale changes in industry and function. In this week’s podcast episode of Wire Taps, Graham and Alex advise three MBA applicants planning on pivoting—from corporate strategy to PE in the restaurant/hospitality domain, from oil & gas/chemical engineering to consumer packaged goods, and from MBB & military (reserves) to tech. Preview the profiles that Alex and Graham discuss this week, then tune in below! An MBA applicant with a passion for the restaurant industry opens the episode: Next, Graham and Alex resolve some concerns from a... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 2, 2021 by

Weekly Refresh: Latest MBA Essay Questions, Analyzed – Plus Deadlines & Rec Forms

Welcome to Weekly Refresh, a roundup of admissions advice and updates on the Clear Admit site. In this edition, we’re catching up with essay tips, recommendation forms and deadlines released the week of June 28th. Essay Tips Drafting your application essays? See the latest of our experts’ advice in our Essay Topic Analysis. The following schools recently released their essays—click for our advice: SMU Cox UVA Darden UPenn / Wharton Yale SOM Deadlines Released See the admissions deadlines that have rolled out: CMU / Tepper Dartmouth / Tuck UVA Darden Vanderbilt / Owen Yale SOM You can also bookmark our... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 28, 2021 by

Episode 169: Wire Taps—Help! I’m Off the Waitlist after Making Deposits at Another School

MBA applicants and candidates had a lot going on last week, based on entries in MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire. The first person featured in this week’s Wire Taps podcast has already financially committed to one program—only to be taken off the waitlist at another, higher ranking program!  Should they turn their summer plans upside down?  Another MBA hopeful with an impressive profile struggles to turn practice GMAT scores into the one that counts. And finally, b-schools will likely line up to recruit the third profiled applicant—an immigrant turned U.S. Marine with international & management experience. Preview the profiles that... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 25, 2021 by

Weekly Refresh: Latest MBA Essay Questions, Analyzed – Plus Deadlines & Rec Forms

Welcome to Weekly Refresh, a roundup of admissions advice and updates on the Clear Admit site. In this edition, we’re catching up with essay tips, deadlines and recommendation questions released the week of June 21st. Essay Tips Drafting your application essays? See the latest of our experts’ advice in our Essay Topic Analysis. The following schools recently released their essays—click for our advice: Cornell / Johnson Dartmouth / Tuck Northwestern / Kellogg Stanford GSB U. Chicago / Booth UT Austin / McCombs Deadlines Released See the admissions deadlines that have rolled out: Cornell / Johnson Dartmouth / Tuck You can... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 21, 2021 by

Episode 168: Wire Taps—Big Dreams, Re-applying & Changing Industries

It’s time for another podcast episode of Wire Taps, as Graham and Alex dig into candidates’ profiles shared in MBA ApplyWire. This week’s edition delves into a number of key questions: What should applicants with somewhat informal outside activities do to best position those activities in their applications? How can reapplicants be sure to put their best foot forward – even if their recommenders aren’t ‘all-in’ for another go round? Alex and Graham try to provide answers to these questions and more, while analyzing candidates from California, Indonesia, Singapore and beyond. Get a closer look at the applicants featured in... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 18, 2021 by

Weekly Refresh: Latest MBA Essay Questions, Analyzed – Plus Deadlines

Welcome to Weekly Refresh, a roundup of admissions advice and updates on the Clear Admit site. In this edition, we’re catching up with essay tips and deadlines released the week of June 14th. We’ll also be adding recommendation questions as they become available. Essay Tips Drafting your application essays? See the latest of our experts’ advice in our Essay Topic Analysis. The following schools recently released their essays—click for our advice: Berkeley / Haas Cambridge / Judge NYU / Stern Oxford / Saïd Deadlines Released See the admissions deadlines that have rolled out: Berkeley / Haas Cambridge Judge NYU Stern... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 17, 2021 by

HBS Announces Need-based Application Fee Waiver

MBA applicants to the Class of 2024 at Harvard Business School can request a need-based waiver of the $250 application fee. HBS first piloted this option in the 2020-2021 admissions season and were pleased with the support. As a result, HBS plans to keep it as a part of ongoing efforts to help remove barriers to applying and improve accessibility to graduate education from different walks of life. Chad Losee, Managing Director of Admissions & Financial Aid, told Clear Admit, “If you think of access to education in the U.S. for instance, we know there are inequalities that exist based... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 14, 2021 by

Episode 167: Wire Taps—Older Re-Applicant, Lawyer to MBA, and Investment Banking Goals

It’s time for another podcast episode of Wire Taps!  As the G7 summit invades Alex’s backyard in England, he and Graham still manage to share of host of vital admissions lessons. This week’s show focuses on three MBA applicants who have shared their profiles and challenges in MBA ApplyWire. Preview the applicants featured below, then tune to the show! First up, a re-applicant in the oil industry is still hoping for acceptance letters this season but very much aware that reapplication may be in the cards: Next, a U.S. trial attorney wants to use the MBA to land in international... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 11, 2021 by

Weekly Refresh: Latest MBA Essay Questions, Analyzed – Plus Deadlines

Welcome to Weekly Refresh, a roundup of admissions advice and updates on the Clear Admit site. In this edition, we’re catching up with essay tips and deadlines released the week of June 6th. We’ll also be adding recommendation questions as they become available. Essay Tips Drafting your application essays? See the latest of our experts’ advice in our Essay Topic Analysis. The following schools recently released their essays—click for our advice: Columbia Business School Michigan / Ross UCLA Anderson Deadlines Released See the admissions deadlines that have rolled out: Columbia Business School Duke Fuqua UCLA / Anderson You can also... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 7, 2021 by

Episode 166: Wire Taps Turns 100!

Alex and Graham are in a celebratory mood as this episode marks the 100th time our hosts have recorded an edition of Wire Taps! To mark the occasion, this show includes audio clips from some of the Wire Taps faithful, facts and figures about the Wire Taps journey to date, and a medley of classic Alex/Graham banter (tucked into the end of the episode). Of course, our hosts still make time to review a great group of MBA candidates, including a woman in NYC with healthcare experience looking to boost her GMAT, an EdTech professional wondering about the impact of... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 4, 2021 by

Weekly Refresh: Latest MBA Essay Questions, Analyzed – Plus Deadlines

Welcome to Weekly Refresh, a roundup of admissions advice and updates on the Clear Admit site. In this edition, we’re catching up with essay tips and deadlines since May. We’ll also be adding recommendation questions as they become available. Essay Tips Drafting your application essays? See the latest of our experts’ advice in our Essay Topic Analysis. The following schools recently released their essays—click for our advice: Harvard Business School London Business School UVA / Darden Deadlines Released See the admissions deadlines that have rolled out: Harvard Business School Michigan / Ross Northwestern / Kellogg U. Chicago / Booth UCLA... Read more »

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