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Last Updated Aug 7, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: GBC Fostering Community at Chicago Booth

In this edition of Fridays from the Frontline, we hear from Chicago Booth MBA student, David Noël, about how the Graduate Business Council has been supporting the spirit of the student community in these trying times. GBC Fostering Community at Booth By David Noël, Chicago Booth MBA ’20 Chicago Booth prides itself on the strength of its community. And while the transition to an all-virtual environment presented considerable challenges, it also created an opportunity to engage with each other in a way we haven’t had the opportunity to before. Though we had to contend with moving to online instruction for... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 7, 2020 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 from the week of August 3-7, 2020. 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: Georgetown / McDonough Oxford / Saïd SMU / Cox Deadlines Released See the admissions deadlines that have rolled out: London Business School You can also bookmark our deadlines page and Early Action/Round 1 deadlines chart for... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 6, 2020 by

HEC Paris Alumni Boost Energy Access in Rural Africa

Sponsored Content When is the last time you noticed the light from a lamp? Or heated up your lunch in just a few seconds? The flick of a switch, the press of a microwave button—these simple motions provide convenient access to electricity. The ubiquity of outlets likely means your smartphone has not dropped below a 5% charge either. We can move, we can talk, we can work seamlessly because of the ease with which we can access electricity. In rural Africa, the lack of such access threatens to stymy its economic growth. Africa is the second-largest and second-most populous continent,... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 6, 2020 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Pasquale Quintero, Jr. of the UMD Smith School of Business

As the Senior Director of the Full-Time MBA and Specialty Master’s Programs, Pasquale Quintero, Jr. leads the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business recruiting and enrollment efforts. He oversees the recruitment team in College Park, and closely collaborates with Maryland Smith’s Global teams. Pasquale has 15 years of higher education experience and joined us to discuss UMD Smith’s admissions, standout faculty, and the impact of COVID-19 in this edition of our Admissions Director Q&A. Clear Admit: What is the one aspect of your program that you wish applicants knew more about? Pasquale Quintero, Jr.: Analytics is a major part of... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 4, 2020 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Renee Cherubin of Northwestern Kellogg School of Management

A little north of downtown Chicago in Evanston, Illinois, MBA students enjoy a team-oriented culture and education at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Renee Cherubin, who earned her MBA from Kellogg in 2006, is the Senior Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions for the school. She is an active member of the Admissions leadership team focused on attracting the best and brightest candidates to Kellogg’s Full-Time degree programs, including Two Year, One Year, MMM, JDMBA, MD-MBA programs, as well as the M.S. in Management Studies (MSMS) program. Prior to Kellogg, Renee spent nine years in strategy consulting and talent at... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 3, 2020 by

Episode 114: Wire Taps—Where Should I Apply for a Career in Healthcare/Pharma?

Three new MBA hopefuls are profiled in this podcast episode of Wire Taps. Our resident experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, dig into career plans, concerns about test scores and more. Catch a summary of the profiles from MBA ApplyWire below, then tune in. First up is an applicant looking to venture into entrepreneurship: Another MBA hopeful is worried their scores are too low to be competitive: The third profiled applicant has several more details to consider: Happy listening! Episode 114: Wire Taps—Where Should I Apply for a Career in Healthcare/Pharma?     00:00 / 00:38:38   1X   Download... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 3, 2020 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Ruthie Pyles Stiffler of WashU Olin Business School

In this edition of our Admissions Director Q&A, Ruthie Pyles Stiffler, the associate dean of graduate enrollment management for WashU Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, digs into the value and culture of their full-time MBA program. Ruthie oversees the admission, recruitment, reporting, financial services and talent acquisition divisions for Olin’s graduate programs. Ruthie Pyles Stiffler, Associate Dean of Graduate Enrollment Management for WashU Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis Ruthie spent the first 18 years of her life and career taking on a variety of roles in the entertainment industry and traveling extensively... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 31, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: How Do You Turn a Business Idea into a Real Business?

While the setting of this Fridays from the Frontline is Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, the question it explores is universal: How do you turn a business idea into a real business? Oxford MBA student, Jiaxian Shi, shares his journey to answer this question–what inspired him to attend Oxford Saïd, bridging the gap between ideas and reality, and more. How Do You Turn a Business Idea into a Real Business? Jiaxian Shi Oxford MBA ’19-’20 By Jiaxian Shi, Oxford MBA ’19-’20 This question haunted me long before I came to Oxford. In my former company, I worked on a project... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 31, 2020 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 from the week of July 27-31, 2020. 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: IESE Business School And, ICYMI, here’s more advice for essays released earlier this summer: CEIBS Columbia Business School Harvard Business School Stanford GSB UPenn / Wharton Deadlines Released See the admissions deadlines that have rolled out:... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 30, 2020 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Melissa Rapp of the Emory Goizueta Business School

Our latest edition of the Admissions Director Q&A series takes us to Atlanta, Georgia, and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.  Melissa Rapp is the Associate Dean of MBA Admissions there. In this role, she leads the team responsible for the recruitment, evaluation, and matriculation of students across Goizueta’s portfolio of MBA programs. Read on for her insights into admissions at Emory Goizueta, including what they look for in application essays, what to expect in regards to your interview and more. Melissa Rapp, Associate Dean of MBA Admissions at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School Clear Admit: What is the one aspect of your program... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 29, 2020 by

HBS Announces Virtual Admissions Interviews for 2020-2021 Season

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Harvard Business School announced that all admissions interviews for the 2020-2021 application season will take place virtually. In a message on the Direct from the Director’s blog, Managing Director of MBA Admissions Chad Losee shared the following: “I have said it before—the interview is a highlight of the application process for us. After getting to know you first through your written application, we finally get to have a conversation and learn more about you. Invariably the 30 minutes fly by. “Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to conduct all of... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 28, 2020 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Soojin Kwon of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business

In this edition of our Admissions Director Q&A, learn all about the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.  Soojin Kwon is the Managing Director for Full-time MBA Admissions and Program and a lecturer of Business Communication at Michigan Ross. Soojin has led MBA Admissions since 2006 and, since 2016, also oversees the MBA Program, which includes student experience and academic advising. Before joining Ross, Soojin was a Manager in Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations practice. Prior to consulting, she served as a Presidential Management Fellow, doing stints with the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, House Appropriations Committee,... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 27, 2020 by

Stanford GSB Announces Action Plan for Racial Equity

Following their pledge to stand against racism and social injustice, Stanford GSB leadership announced the Stanford GSB Action Plan for Racial Equity today. The plan’s initiatives include the goals of increased representation, building a culture of inclusion and belonging, making positive change beyond the school, and leadership accountability. Read on for how the school proposes to achieve these objectives. Increased Representation Representation matters, and Stanford GSB aims to improve the diversity of their faculty, students and staff. Faculty recruitment strategies will be bolstered, drawing on alumni’s input to identify talented lecturers who are Black, underrepresented minorities, or from other underrepresented... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 27, 2020 by

Episode 113: Wire Taps—Can a Class Make Up for My Quant-less Liberal Arts Background?

We are back with another podcast episode of Wire Taps, which is chock full of MBA admissions advice from our resident experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown. The two talk through three profiles shared in MBA ApplyWire. Catch a summary of the MBA applicants below, then tune in. The first MBA hopeful has a background in the energy industry: Another applicant is reaching a natural breaking point in his career: Finally, a liberal arts graduate is concerned about their lack of quant background: Happy listening! Episode 113: Wire Taps—Can a Class Make Up for My Quant-less Liberal Arts Background?  ... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 27, 2020 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Jackie Brockmyre of the Boston College Carroll School of Management

A little west of Boston, Massachusetts, MBA students enjoy a collaborative community and industry-focused curriculum at the Carroll School of Management of Boston College (BC).  In this edition of our Admissions Director Q&A, we hear from Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, Jackie Brockmyre, about the tight-knit community and flexible admissions process.  Brockmyre graduated from Elon University with a business degree and has been a member of the Carroll School of Management’s graduate admissions team for close to four years. Prior to BC, Jackie worked in education technology and technology sales. She is currently pursuing a part-time MBA at BC and... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 24, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Duke Fuqua Student Life Events Adapt to Social Distancing

MBA students continue to adapt under the social restrictions due to COVID-19. See how the Duke Fuqua student community has been maintaining their connection in this edition of Fridays from the Frontline. Student Life Events Adapt to Social Distancing by Alison Mattox, Daytime MBA ’21 Alison Mattox, Duke Fuqua Daytime MBA ’21 This was not the spring and summer my classmates and I envisioned. As MBAA Vice President for Student Life, I was excited to get started with several projects on campus that appeared to be on hold. But our needs as humans—students—a community—have not changed, only the format has. These... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 23, 2020 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 from the week of July 20-24, 2020. 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: CEIBS Emory / Goizueta Notre Dame / Mendoza Vanderbilt / Owen Deadlines Released See the admissions deadlines that have rolled out: Emory / Goizueta MIT / Sloan You can also bookmark our deadlines page and new... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 23, 2020 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Paula Amorim of IESE

Along with IESE’s four campuses in Barcelona, Madrid, New York, and Munich, the school has facilities in São Paulo as well. IESE’s full-time MBA program is headquartered at the University of Navarra’s campus in Pedralbes, a residential neighborhood of Barcelona that sits just 20 minutes from the city’s downtown area. In this edition of our Admissions Director Q&A, Paula Amorim, Director of Admissions and IESE MBA ’16, discusses the hallmarks of the IESE MBA, what to expect in admissions and how you can learn more about the dynamic and diverse program. Paula Amorim, IESE Director of Admissions and IESE MBA... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 21, 2020 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Rodrigo Malta of the Texas McCombs School of Business

This edition of our Admissions Director Q&A series takes us to the dynamic city of Austin and leading business school there, the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.  Rodrigo Malta, the Managing Director of MBA Recruitment and Admissions at Texas McCombs, was born and raised in Brazil and moved to the U.S. in high school. After earning his bachelor’s degree in management from Missouri State University and working for a large telecom company in Kansas City, he pursued an MBA at Texas McCombs. Rodrigo Malta, Managing Director of MBA Recruitment and Admissions at Texas McCombs During his time as... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 20, 2020 by

2020-2021 Round 1 MBA Deadlines

Early Action / Round 1 MBA Application Deadlines To help you stay organized, we’ve compiled all of the earliest deadlines, including Early Action and Round 1, of the top business schools in one place. For schools that have announced their essay topic(s), you’ll find links to our corresponding Essay Topic Analysis in the “Essay(s) Released” column. We will continue to update this table as more Round 1 MBA deadlines and essay topics are announced. Last updated: August 3, 2020 School Deadline Decision Essay(s) Released? Application Live? IESE (Early Action) 9/1/2020 10/23/2020 Yes Yes UVA / Darden (Early Action) 9/2/2020 TBA... Read more »

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