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Last Updated Oct 21, 2021 by

Real Humans of the OSU Fisher MBA Class of 2023

New members of the Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business (OSU Fisher) MBA Class of 2023 are here to share their admissions journeys and insights in the latest edition of Real Humans: MBA Students. Sixty-one students matriculated into the OSU Fisher MBA Class of 2023. Forty-three percent are women and 28 percent are international. Twenty percent identify as U.S. minorities. Members average the age of 29 with 3.9 years of work experience. During their undergraduate years, the new OSU Fisher class averaged a 3.42 GPA. A third had studied the arts and sciences. Twenty-six percent had majored... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 20, 2021 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Shari Hubert of the Duke Fuqua School of Business

Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of Admissions at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business We continue our Admissions Director Q&A series with Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of Admissions at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.  Hubert oversees recruitment and admissions for Fuqua’s Daytime MBA, Weekend Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA, and four Specialty Masters’ Degree Programs.  Prior to Fuqua, Hubert was in charge of admissions for the Full-time and Evening MBA programs at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. She has extensive experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Read on for her insights into academic offerings at Fuqua, common mistakes she... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 19, 2021 by

Real Humans of NYU Stern’s MBA Class of 2023

We head to the Big Apple for this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students to meet some of the newest members of the NYU Stern School of Business MBA Class of 2023. 360 students comprise the Stern MBA Class of 2023. Forty percent are women and 32 percent are international or dual citizens. Seventeen percent identify as a member of an underrepresented minority group, while 36 percent identify more broadly as minority students. Twenty-seven percent of students in the Stern MBA Class of 2023 hold undergraduate degrees in business, while 24 percent majored in engineering, math, or science. Twenty percent... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 18, 2021 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Interview Invitations, October 18-22, 2021

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week and every week! Round 1 is here. Round 1 application deadlines are now underway, interview invites are also rolling out for some programs. Monday, October 18, Cambridge / Judge has its Round 2 deadline. Michigan / Ross will release its Round 1 interview invites during this upcoming week. How “The Wires” Can Help Visit MBA LiveWire for the latest “buzz” about MBA admissions, including interview invitations and decision notifications.  There are 5 Ways MBA LiveWire Helps You Navigate Admissions.... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 18, 2021 by

Spooky Admissions Mistakes: Nightmares for AdCom Members

Let’s pumpkin spice things up! As Halloween approaches, we wanted to take a look at some of the most chilling nightmares that adcom members can face when evaluating MBA applicants. So, what are the scariest mistakes an MBA applicant can make? Clear Admit co-founder Graham Richmond shares his insights below so you can avoid admissions missteps like the houses that hand out raisins for Halloween treats. 1. Don’t Wear an Icarus Costume One of the scariest things for an admissions office is to encounter an applicant with a warped sense of entitlement.  These candidates reveal themselves in many different ways... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 18, 2021 by

Episode 192: Wire Taps—A GMAT Retake, the Importance of Being ‘Seasoned’, Life After an HBS Ding

Alex and Graham are here for another podcast episode of Wire Taps, addressing an array of applicants’ MBA admissions concerns. This week, an aerospace engineer enquires about her chances at four top schools despite a below average GMAT. Another engineer already applied in Round 1 and wonders if he is perhaps too young. Finally, an air force officer is a little worried after being dinged by HBS. Preview the posts that Alex and Graham discuss this week, then tune in below! The first applicant struggles with standardized tests: Another applicant is a little light on work experience: After an HBS... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 15, 2021 by

Real Humans of ASU Carey’s MBA Class of 2023

This edition of Real Humans: MBA Students takes us to Arizona to meet new members of the ASU W.P. Carey School of Business Class of 2023. Out of 691 applicants, 59 students matriculated in the W.P. Carey Class of 2023. Twenty-nine percent of students are international and 31% are women. Thirty-one percent of W.P. Carey’s Class of 2023 pursued undergraduate degrees in business. Fourteen percent each had pursued social sciences/humanities or math/science in their undergraduate years. Fourteen percent had also earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and 12% studied engineering. Overall, the average GPA for the class in undergrad was 3.62. Upon... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 14, 2021 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Lisa Rios of NYU Stern School of Business

Lisa Rios, Assistant Dean, NYU Stern MBA Admissions In this Admissions Director Q&A, we hear from Lisa Rios, Assistant Dean of NYU Stern MBA Admissions. As a member of the Admissions team since 2008, she has evaluated nearly 50,000 Full-time MBA applications and seen nearly 5,000 new full-time students start their MBA journey. Lisa has also coordinated the Admissions team’s systems & operations, customer service, event planning, recruiting and marketing. Prior to Stern, Lisa worked in industry at JP Morgan Chase and Liz Claiborne. She earned her MA in Higher Education Administration at NYU Steinhardt and her BS in Business... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 13, 2021 by

Real Humans of the MIT Sloan MBA Class of 2023

Welcome to another edition of Real Humans: MBA Students in which we get to know some new business school students and their journeys through admissions. This time, candidates of the MIT Sloan Class of 2023 share their stories and advice. A total of 450 students joined the MIT Sloan Class of 2023. Women constituted 44% of incoming students. Forty-three percent of students in the class are international and 64 countries are represented. The new class’s median GMAT score landed at 730, and the middle 80 percent range of results spanned from 690 to 760. For those who took the GRE,... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 12, 2021 by

MBA RankingsWire: Share Your Top 10 MBA Programs!

We are proud to introduce MBA RankingsWire, a feed of crowd-sourced rankings of business schools based on individual priorities, goals and preferences. We want to gather a variety of submissions from different perspectives — and that’s where you come in! Whether you’re an MBA applicant or insider (like a student or alum), we want to hear from you. Simply click on “Submit Your Ranking” to get started. First, you’ll share you very own ranking of top MBA programs: Then, we ask you to share how you determined your list, with criteria such as alumni network, ROI, culture, curriculum and more. Some... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 11, 2021 by

Episode 191: Wire Taps—Pharma to VC, COVID Adversity, 690 GMAT or 322 GRE?

It’s time for another podcast episode of Wire Taps, so get your head phones ready for a round of MBA admissions advice. This week, an MBA hopeful with a pharma background is placed to aim high for their target schools. A digital marketing entrepreneur had to deal with some business fallout from Covid, but is back and ready to tackle their MBA apps. Finally, a consultant with a 4.0 GPA simply couldn’t cross the 700 mark on the GMAT after three attempts. Preview the posts that Alex and Graham discuss this week, then tune in below! The first applicant wants... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 11, 2021 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Admissions Deadlines & Interview Invites, October 11-15, 2021

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week and every week! Round 1 rolls on. Round 1 application deadlines are now underway, interview invites are also rolling out for some programs. Monday, October 11, Duke / Fuqua and UNC / Kenan-Flagler have their Round 1 deadlines. Tuesday, October 12, Cornell / Johnson and Texas / McCombs have their Round 1 deadlines. INSEAD is scheduled to release its Round 1 interview invites. Wednesday, October 13, IESE has its Round 1 deadline. Oxford / Saïd has... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 8, 2021 by

Real Humans of the IESE MBA Class of 2023

In this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students, we head to the IESE Business School of the University of Navarra in Barcelona. IESE’s class is comprised of about 350 students and 30 percent are women. The students’ average age is 29 at the time of matriculation, with an average of five years of work experience.  Sixty-one percent bring professional experience from industry while a fifth had worked in finance pre-MBA. Another 13 percent joined from the consulting field, five percent from entrepreneurship and three percent from public services/NGO. When it came time to take the GMAT, the IESE MBA Class... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 7, 2021 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Emily Haydon of Northwestern Kellogg

Emily Haydon, Interim Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Northwestern Kellogg We roll right along with our Admissions Director Q&A series by welcoming Emily Haydon, Interim Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, to chat about the leading b-school. She leads the Admissions and Financial Aid teams for the Full-Time, Executive and Evening & Weekend MBA programs. Prior to Kellogg, Emily spent three years as Director of Admissions at Northwestern College, three years in supply chain management at Target and eight years as Regional Vice President in the financial services... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 6, 2021 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Amber Janke of The University of Washington Foster School of Business

Amber Janke, Director of MBA Admissions (Full-time MBA and Evening MBA) at Washington Foster School of Business Rolling along with our Admissions Director Q&A series, we hear from Amber Janke, Director of Full-time and Evening MBA Admissions at the Foster School of Business of the University of Washington. Amber has pursued a career in higher education for the past 15+ years, working with faculty and student affairs at universities in California and New York before moving into her passion – admissions. Janke obtained a Masters in Higher Education Administration at New York University and spent 10 years in various roles... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 4, 2021 by

HBS Announces Timing of Round 1 Interview Invitations & Early Release

Applicants to Harvard Business School can expect some big news from the school on Tuesday, October 5th at noon EST. In a post to the Direct from the Director’s blog, Managing Director of HBS admissions Chad Losee wrote that Round 1 applicants can expect the following: “Each of you will receive individual news on next steps in our process. There are three possibilities: Invite to interview – this is good news! Further consideration – also positive! This is a small group of strong applicants that we ask to wait with us until Round 2, at which point we will review your application again.... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 4, 2021 by

Episode 189: Wire Taps—College Athletes, RankingsWire Debut

Welcome to another podcast episode of Wire Taps, in which Graham and Alex offer advice to MBA applicants who have sought help through our social tools. This week, we hear from a distinguished college athlete looking to make up for a low GPA and advance in the field of finance. Another college basketball player also struggled to put a solid GPA on the board, and is now looking to land in the U.S. post-MBA. And, for the first time on Wire Taps, Alex and Graham talk about a post to our new tool, MBA RankingsWire. Preview the posts that Alex... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 4, 2021 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Admissions Deadlines & Interview Invites, October 4-8, 2021

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week and every week! Round 1 deadlines & HBS interview invitations. Round 1 application deadlines are now underway. Tuesday, October 5, UCLA / Anderson and Washington / Foster have their Round 1 deadlines. HBS will release their Round 1 interview invitations at noon. Wednesday, October 6, Columbia has its Early Decision Round deadline. UVA / Darden and Emory / Goizueta have their Round 1 deadlines. How “The Wires” Can Help Visit MBA LiveWire for the latest “buzz” about MBA... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 30, 2021 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Bailey McChesney of Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Business

Bailey McChesney, Director of MBA Admissions at Vanderbilt Owen We continue with our Admissions Director Q&A series with Bailey McChesney, the Director of MBA Admissions at Vanderbilt Owen. McChesney manages the application evaluation process and the incoming student onboarding experience. She oversees a team of experienced application evaluators and the MBA Recruiting & Admissions Fellows. Prior to her current role, she enjoyed traveling and recruiting students to join the Vanderbilt MBA program and serving as the Owen Orientation Chair. Read on for her insights into the Vanderbilt Owen MBA program, what to expect in admissions and more. Vanderbilt Owen Admissions... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 29, 2021 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Donna Swinford of Chicago Booth

Associate Dean for Student Recruitment and Admissions, MBA Programs at Chicago Booth We are excited to discuss MBA admissions at Chicago Booth with the Associate Dean for Student Recruitment and Admissions, Donna Swinford, in this Admissions Director Q&A. Swinford has been at Booth since 1997 and joined the office of Admissions in 2005. It’s safe to say she’s seen the admissions process at Booth from pretty much every angle possible over the course of her tenure. She has served in several roles, including head of Operations and Evaluation, before transitioning to her current position at The University of Chicago Booth... Read more »

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