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Last Updated Jan 26, 2023 by

HBS Announces Timing of Interview Invitations for Round 2

If you applied to Harvard Business School in Round 2, get ready for some big application news from the school on Wednesday, February 1st at noon ET. In a post to the Direct from the Director’s blog, the school shared the following details: “Next week, on Wednesday, February 1 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time, everyone who applied in Round 2—or received a “Further Consideration” decision in Round 1—will receive an update via the Application Status page. “There are two possibilities: “Invite to Interview – you’ll receive additional information regarding the interview process on February 1; you’ll then be able to sign up... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 26, 2023 by

Texas McCombs MBA Employment Report: Class of 2022 Scores Highest Average Base Salary in School History

The University of Texas Austin McCombs School of Business has released its 2022 MBA employment report. Of the 241 graduates of the Class of 2021, 211 sought employment. Ninety percent received job offers by graduation and that number increased to 95.3 percent within three months of graduation. Those seeking employment set a new record, as they secured the highest average base salary in the school’s history of $144,564. The median salary landed at $140,500 with the overall range of salaries coming in at $60,000 to $225,000. The average signing bonus was $31,178 and the median was an even $30,000. The... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 24, 2023 by

Real Numbers of MBA Admissions: Cost of MBA Programs in Europe

How much does an MBA in Europe cost? The cost of an MBA does not just include tuition. MBA candidates should also plan for living expenses, including room and board, transportation, meals, health insurance and other personal costs. Some programs also have mandatory fees and require funds for activities and supplies. Whether in pounds, Euros or Swiss francs, it helps to know what your budget should be to cover the price of an MBA program. About a third of European business schools offer need-based scholarships to help offset the cost of an MBA. Many programs also offer fellowships to aid... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 20, 2023 by

Interview Report Round-Up: CMU Tepper, Texas McCombs, UCLA Anderson, Yale SOM

In this week’s Interview Report Roundup, we’re highlighting MBA admissions interview reports that CMU Tepper, Texas McCombs, UCLA Anderson and Yale SOM applicants have recently shared to the Clear Admit Interview Archive. A couple of Yale MBA applicants shared their on-campus interviews: Meanwhile, an MBA hopeful who completed the Texas McCombs video assessment offered some useful insights: A candidate for Carnegie Mellon Tepper posted the following questions from an adcom member: Finally, a UCLA Anderson applicant reported a solid connection with their interviewer: We’d love to hear how your MBA admissions interviews go! Be sure to share your MBA interview report... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 13, 2023 by

Episode 267: What’s the Secret Behind Record-Breaking Career Placements at SMU COX?

The SMU Cox School of Business MBA Class of 2022 found record-breaking success this year, thanks to an innovative approach to employment at the business school. With special guests, Judi Umali-Rajkumar and Jason Rife, this podcast episode explores the symbiotic relationship between career services and admissions that propels MBA graduates’ success. Jason Rife, Sr. Asst. Dean, Career Mgmt Center and Graduate Admissions, & Judi Umali-Rajkumar, Director, Career Programs, Full-time MBA & MBA Direct Judi is the Director of Career Programs for the Full-time MBA & MBA Direct students at SMU Cox.  She is a collaborative, people-centered, career consultant and HR leader... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 13, 2023 by

Interview Report Round-Up: HBS, INSEAD, MIT Sloan

Welcome to another edition of Interview Report Roundup. This week, we’re taking a closer look at MBA admissions interview reports that HBS, INSEAD and MIT Sloan applicants have recently shared to the Clear Admit Interview Archive. A Round 1 MBA hopeful for Harvard Business School faced an adcom member very familiar with their application, as the contributor noted, “The interviewer had read the entire application in detail (including details I had mentioned only in the application form) and had done basic research on some of the niche parts of my work.” Here’s a glimpse of some of the questions they... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 12, 2023 by

Stanford GSB MBA Employment Report: Class of 2022 Continues Increase in Starting Salaries

While the Stanford GSB MBA Class of 2022 began their MBAs at the early stage of a pandemic, they graduated into a strong job market. According to their employment report, 93 percent of students seeking employment received job offers within three months of graduation. Eighty-four percent of GSB graduates seeking employment accepted positions within three months of graduation. Of the 462 graduates of the Class of 2022, 309 were seeking employment; that is, 67 percent of the graduating class. Nineteen percent of the Stanford GSB MBA Class of 2022 are now dedicating their time to the launch of their new... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 11, 2023 by

Cornell Johnson MBA Employment Report: Two-Year Class of 2022 Finds Success

The Cornell University Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management MBA employment report reveals a successful Two-Year MBA Class of 2022. Out of 276 graduates of the class, 259 sought full-time employment. Ninety-seven percent received job offers within three months of graduation and 96 percent of those graduates accepted jobs within the same time frame. The average base salary for the Johnson Two-Year MBA Class of 2022 is $155,048, an 11 percent increase over last year’s class. Average signing bonuses landed at $38,310. Industry & Regional Placement Thirty-nine percent of Cornell Johnson Two-Year MBA graduates entered financial services with 26... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 10, 2023 by

Duke Fuqua Announces 2022-2023 MBA Admissions Deadline Changes

The admissions team at Duke Fuqua announces new Round 3 and Round 4 deadlines for Daytime MBA and Accelerated Daytime MBA applicants. Typically, Duke Fuqua runs the MBA admissions cycle in four rounds, beginning with Early Action in September and concluding with a Round 3 deadline in March. This season’s Round 2 deadline just wrapped on January 5th and the Round 3 deadline moves up to February 13th. The added Round 4 deadline follows on March 28th. Allison Jamison,  Asst. Dean of Admissions In a post to the Duke Daytime MBA Student Blog, Assistant Dean of Admissions Allison Jamison explains,... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 9, 2023 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines, January 9-13, 2023

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Round 2 is underway. It’s the New Year, which means Round 2 deadlines are upon us. Monday, January 9, Michigan / Ross, Emory / Goizueta, and UNC / Kenan-Flagler have their Round 2 application deadlines. Cambridge / Judge has its Round 3 application deadline. Tuesday, January 10, Northwestern / Kellogg, Cornell / Johnson, and IESE have their Round 2 application deadlines. INSEAD has its Round 3 application deadline. How Clear Admit+ and “The Wires” Can Help... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 6, 2023 by

Interview Report Round-Up: Northwestern Kellogg, NYU Stern, UCLA Anderson, UVA Darden

Welcome to another edition of Interview Report Roundup. This week, we’re catching up on MBA admissions interview reports that applicants have shared to the Clear Admit Interview Archive. A Round 1 applicant to UCLA /Anderson chose a Zoom interview and faced the following questions: Then we saw the first on-campus interview report in a while, from a Round 1 UVA / Darden candidate: Back on Zoom, an NYU Stern applicant addressed several questions about their goals: During an alum interview, a Northwestern Kellogg applicant had to affirm they were choosing the right program: We’d love to hear how your MBA... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 5, 2023 by

Real Numbers of MBA Admissions: Cost of MBA Programs in the U.S.

In this edition of Real Numbers of MBA Admissions, see the total cost of a full-time MBA per year at U.S. schools. Tuition comprises most of the cost of each program. Other factors, including room and board, program fees, books and supplies, health insurance, transportation and other expenses, have been added to provide the total cost of an MBA in the U.S. by year. Most business schools provide a breakdown of the expenses, which are posted under the financial aid or admissions section of their websites. Schools also typically take the total cost of attendance into account when calculating the... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 4, 2023 by

Columbia MBA Employment Report: Class of 2022 Finds Success out of Manhattanville Campus

The Columbia Business School employment report reveals a successful MBA Class of 2022 and opens with credit to the new location: “The School’s move to its new Manhattanville campus is enabling us to educate more students, embrace more alumni, elevate faculty research and scholarship, entice new thought leaders and practitioners, expand our connection of theory with practice, and strengthen engagement across the University and New York City.” Of the 865 graduates of the CBS MBA Class of 2022, 105 returned to sponsoring employers and 27 launched their own businesses. Three months after graduation, 95 percent of the Columbia MBA class... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 2, 2023 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines, January 2-6, 2023

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Round 2 is underway. It’s the New Year, which means it’s time for the Round 2 crunch! Tuesday, January 3, Washington / Foster has their Round 2 application deadline. Wednesday, January 4, Harvard, UPenn / Wharton, Dartmouth / Tuck and UCLA / Anderson have their Round 2 application deadlines. Oxford / Saïd has their Stage 3 application deadline. Thursday, January 5, Stanford GSB, Chicago / Booth, Yale SOM, Berkeley / Haas, Duke / Fuqua, UVA /... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 30, 2022 by

Real Humans for the Holidays: Cozy Fireplace Edition

Cozy up to the fireplace with another edition of our festive short series, Real Humans for the Holidays, inspired by Real Humans: MBA Students! See what students of top MBA programs like to do during the December holidays and their advice for our readers. Scroll down to see what six MBA students chose in a “This or That” game. You can also win a gift this season by participating in the Clear Admit Giveaway on LinkedIn! Tyler Kelley, UVA Darden School of Business MBA Class of 2023 What do you like most about the December holidays? I love the holiday cheer and happenings,... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 28, 2022 by

Real Humans for the Holidays: Hot Cocoa Edition

Come in from the winter cold and warm up with some hot cocoa–and the third installment of our festive short series, Real Humans for the Holidays, inspired by Real Humans: MBA Students! See what students of top MBA programs like to do during the December holidays and their advice for our readers. Scroll down to see what five MBA students chose in a “This or That” game. You can also win a gift this season by participating in the Clear Admit Giveaway on LinkedIn! Myles Stroud, UVA Darden MBA Class of 2023 What do you like most about the December... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 23, 2022 by

Real Humans for the Holidays: Wrapped Gifts Edition

We continue with some festive fun inspired by Real Humans: MBA Students with our short series, Real Humans for the Holidays! Read what students from top MBA programs like to do during the December holidays and their advice for our readers. Scroll down to see what five MBA students chose in a “This or That” game. You can also win a gift this season by participating in the Clear Admit Giveaway on LinkedIn! Brian Hum, Berkeley Haas MBA Class of 2024 What do you like most about the December holidays? Getting to spend time with family and friends and enjoy... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 22, 2022 by

Tepper MBA Employment Report: Class of 2022 Breaks Records for Employment Rates and Starting Salaries

The Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business has released its employment report for the MBA Class of 2022. This year, Tepper MBA graduates broke the records for employment rates and starting salaries. For the first time in the school’s history, 97 percent of those seeking employment reported receiving job offers within 90 days of graduation. The class’s median salary also grew eight percent compared to last year, coming in at $148,067. “The outcomes highlighted in this year’s report demonstrate our graduates are continuing to drive the future landscape of business. As a school, we couldn’t be more honored to be... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 22, 2022 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Benoit Banchereau of HEC Paris

We are delighted to have Benoit Banchereau return for another Admissions Director Q&A on behalf of HEC Paris. Benoit has been leading the marketing and the recruitment for the full-time MBA, EMBA and Trium EMBA programs of HEC Paris for the last seven years. He started his career as a journalist in France and in the UK before joining the strategy consulting firm AT Kearney, where he oversaw marketing and communications for the French market for a decade. He then joined Freshfields, the UK law firm, in France as Director of business development for 4 years. Benoit graduated from the... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 21, 2022 by

Wharton MBA Employment Report: Class of 2022 Earn Record Median Salary

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has released its MBA employment report for the Class of 2022, and graduates reported a record median salary. Of the 852 graduating Wharton MBA students, 74.3 percent (633 students) sought employment. An impressive 98.7 percent of MBA graduates seeking employment received a job offer within three months of graduation, while 96.2 percent had accepted job offers. The median class salary was $175,000, a record high for the school. Out of the roughly 20 percent of graduates not seeking employment, half (85 students) returned to their pre-MBA companies. Thirty-four percent (59 students) were self-employed or starting... Read more »

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