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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 Nov 15, 2019 by

Episode 30 Replay: Admissions Q&A with Wharton Lauder’s Kara Keenan Sweeney

Wharton offers a joint-degree program—the MBA with an MA in International Studies—with Penn’s Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies that puts the MBA experience on a global scale, as the program concentrations focus on a region of the world—or the world itself.  In this podcast episode, you can learn how the program can support your career in international business and immerse you in other cultures. Wharton Lauder Director of Admissions Marketing and Communications, Kara Keenan Sweeney Clear Admit’s Graham Richmond sat down with the Director of Admissions Marketing and Communications at the Lauder Institute, Kara Keenan Sweeney,... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 13, 2019 by

Top MIT Sloan MBA Interview Tips from Actual Interviewees

As Round 1 interview invitations roll out from MIT / Sloan, we gathered advice from actual interviewees to help the Class of 2022 hopefuls prepare.Over the years, hundreds of MBA applicants have shared their interview experiences. For today’s post, we’ve culled through this to pull out top tips from those who experienced MIT / Sloan’s Behavioral Event-based Interviews (BEI) first hand. For anyone unfamiliar with the BEI, it’s a style of interview that centers on a description of one or more specific situations or events as related by the applicant. The interviewer will ask a number of probing questions about the candidate’s... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 12, 2019 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Kelly Wilson of Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business

We continue our Admissions Director Q&A series with the newly STEM-designated Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business.  Hear all about their MBA admissions, the exciting campus scene, life in Pittsburgh and lots more from Kelly R. Wilson, Executive Director of Masters Admissions, below. Clear Admit: Can you tell us a little about your background? How did you come to your current role? I spent some time in the Washington DC area, working for 9.5 years in the insurance industry. I loved it. I also completed my MBA at George Mason University where I worked in the admissions department, before... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 12, 2019 by

Episode 64: Wharton Team-Based Discussion Tips 2019-2020

Are you getting ready for the Wharton Team-Based Discussion (TBD)? We’re excited to bring you a bonus podcast episode to review this year’s prompt and to help you excel in this step of the admissions process. In this episode, Clear Admit’s co-founder, Graham Richmond, and resident admissions expert, Alex Brown, dive deeper into this year’s prompt (ICYMI, you must also listen to their overall key advice about the TBD here). The exercise for the 2019-2020 admissions season focuses on Tangen Hall (pictured), Wharton’s first on-campus space dedicated to student entrepreneurship and innovation activities. The TBD prompt for 2019-2020 is: “Entrepreneurship and innovation are... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 11, 2019 by

The MBA Interview: Think You’re an Expert? Take Our Quiz

Are you ready for your MBA interview?  Test your knowledge of the interview process at the leading business schools by taking our short quiz! We promise you’ll learn a thing or two along the way.

Last Updated Nov 11, 2019 by

Episode 63: Wire Taps—Great Numbers, Mixed Results; Low GPA and Citizenship Considerations and More

Alex Brown and Graham Richmond are back for another episode of Wire Taps, in which they offer their expert admissions advice to MBA applicants sharing their stories in MBA ApplyWire. For this edition of Wire Taps, Graham and Alex review an entry from an MBA hopeful with great numbers, but seeing mixed results. They also advise a candidate with questions related to citizenship and an Indian female wondering if she should retake the GMAT. If you want a chance to be featured on the podcast, be sure to post to MBA ApplyWire.  Happy listening! Episode 63: Wire Taps—Great Numbers, Mixed... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 11, 2019 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Interviews, November 11-15, 2019

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Interview Invitations and MBA Deadlines Many programs have now released Round 1 interview invites that have been reported on MBA LiveWire. These include Harvard, UPenn / Wharton, Chicago / Booth, Columbia Business School, Stanford, Columbia, Yale School of Management, UCLA Anderson, CMU / Tepper, Michigan / Ross, MIT / Sloan and Berkeley / Haas. Expect to see some of these programs continue to release interview invites over the next few weeks. Wednesday, November 13, CEIBS has its Round 1... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 11, 2019 by

20 Days to Go: Indian School of Business Round 2 Deadline

Attention all applicants, the Indian School of Business (ISB) Round 2 Deadline of December 1, 2019, is just 20 days away! Need help with your ISB PGP application? Clear Admit has all the news, resources, and advice to make sure your application is as strong as possible! Start with the Indian School of Business profile page for key information about the program. Join the conversation on MBA ApplyWire to share thoughts and plans with fellow applicants. Review our detailed Essay Topic Analysis to ensure you’re putting your best foot forward with your essays. Know what ISB will be asking your recommenders with a list of... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 7, 2019 by

HBS Dean Nitin Nohria to Step Down

After 10 years of service, Dean Nitin Nohria will be stepping down from his post at Harvard Business School in June 2020. Nohria shared the following in a message to the HBS community: “I am writing to let you know that I will step down as Dean of Harvard Business School on June 30, 2020, after a decade in this role. Serving as Dean has been a privilege for which I am immeasurably grateful. Little could I have imagined this opportunity when I joined the School’s faculty in 1988. As I know is true for so many of you, HBS... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 7, 2019 by

Top Chicago Booth MBA Interview Tips from Actual Interviewees

As MBA candidates for University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business prepare for their interviews, we’re taking the opportunity to round up useful advice from the Clear Admit Interview Archive, as passed on by interviewed candidates themselves. Before we dig into the key takeaways from prior lucky invitees, here are a few basics about the structure of the interviews at Booth. MBA candidates who interview with Booth may interview on-campus with a second-year student, or off-campus with an admissions officer or alum. On-campus interviews generally run from 30 to 45 minutes with time at the end of the interview for questions. Alumni interviews... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 6, 2019 by

Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School MBA Secures STEM Designation

As the culmination of two years of strengthening analytics and data-driven decision making in their curriculum, the Tepper School MBA program at Carnegie Mellon University is now STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) designated.  The new related course offerings meld business and technology, and students also have access to additional interdisciplinary experiential learning opportunities and analytical tools. For example, throughout the core requirements, the Tepper MBA has infused analytical tools like optimization, prescriptive modeling, and predictive modeling. “Technological innovation and the ubiquity of data are rapidly changing business and society,” said Dean Robert Dammon. “At the Tepper School, we are educating... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 5, 2019 by

Bloomberg Businessweek Ranks Best Business Schools in the U.S. 2019-2020

Stanford Graduate School of Business is the two-time, back-to-back top ranking program of the Bloomberg Businessweek Best B-School list for U.S. programs. While the meteoric rise of Dartmouth / Tuck from 19th to 2nd may seem jarring, they are no stranger to the top 10 and had landed in 7th in 2017.  Harvard Business School held steady in third (though they were #1 in 2017).   Chicago Booth and UVA / Darden round out the top five, as Booth inched up a slot this year and Darden jumped 4 spots. Conversely, each school in positions six through 10 have fallen in... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 5, 2019 by

Episode 62: Wire Taps—Indian Applicant, LGBT from China and more

We are excited to bring you another episode of our podcast series, Wire Taps!  As entries from MBA hopefuls flow into MBA ApplyWire, Alex Brown and Graham Richmond provide feedback on their chances of admissions and strategies to consider. For this edition of Wire Taps, Graham and Alex review an entry from an Indian candidate from a banking background and an MBA hopeful with eclectic experience. They also advise an LGBT MBA applicant from China.  Once you hear about these profiles, stay tuned for some bonus content from Alex and Graham! Episode 62: Wire Taps—Indian Applicant, LGBT from China and... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 4, 2019 by

Admissions Tip: Four Reasons You Need to Visit Clear Admit’s Interview Archive

As interview invitations roll out, we wanted to remind MBA hopefuls that Clear Admit can help with the final hurdle to acceptance: the interview. The Clear Admit Interview Archive is a repository of first-hand accounts shared directly by MBA applicants after they have interviewed with one or more of their target top-tier business schools. The details shared in these reports—from the questions asked to what the applicant would do differently if he or she had it to do over—provide invaluable information as you prepare for your interviews. 1. You Won’t Find a More Robust Resource Anywhere With more than 2,000... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 4, 2019 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Interviews, November 4-8, 2019

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Interview Invitations and MBA Deadlines Many programs have now released Round 1 interview invites that have been reported on MBA LiveWire. These include Harvard, UPenn / Wharton, Chicago / Booth, Columbia Business School, Stanford, Yale School of Management, UCLA Anderson, CMU / Tepper, Michigan / Ross, MIT / Sloan and Berkeley / Haas. Expect to see some of these programs continue to release interview invites over the next few weeks. Tuesday, November 5, Cornell / Johnson has its... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 31, 2019 by

The Economist Releases 2019 Best MBA Rankings

The Economist has released their 2019 best MBA rankings for full-time programs.  The University of Chicago Booth School of Business claimed the top spot once again, and the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management was replaced by Harvard Business School for second place. Kellogg only dropped to fourth, but HEC Paris took a giant leap from #13 in 2018 to #3 in 2019.  The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School rounded out the top five, but Stanford Graduate School of Business fell out of the top 5 to 8th this year. UCLA’s Anderson School of Management shifted from 8th in 2018 to 6th this year.  The number 7... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 31, 2019 by

Top Stanford GSB MBA Interview Tips from Actual Interviewees

As reports of Stanford GSB interview invitations continue on LiveWire, we’re taking the opportunity to round up useful advice from the Clear Admit Interview Guide, as passed on by interviewed candidates themselves. Before we dig into the key takeaways from prior lucky invitees, here are a few basics about the structure of the interviews at Stanford. Most Stanford MBA interviews are conducted by trained GSB alumni, but the school says that an adcom member may also serve as an interviewer. In any case, Stanford interviews are “blind,” meaning that the interviewer will only have had access to the résumés of invited candidates,... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 30, 2019 by

Episode 61: GMAT vs. GRE—Which Test Should You Take for B-School?

Lines have been drawn, calculations have been made, sides have been taken. It’s a battle extravaganza in this MBA podcast episode, which pits the GMAT against the GRE. Two special guests join Clear Admit’s Graham Richmond in the great business school admissions debate: GMAT or GRE? Brian Galvin, Veritas Prep’s Director of Academic Programs, represents the GMAT.  Since earning a Master’s in Education from the University of Michigan, Brian has made the GMAT his full-time course of study since 2006. In addition to his amateur stand-up comedy career and status as a certified Ironman, Brian might very well be one... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 30, 2019 by

Wharton’s Team-Based Discussion Interview Prompt 2019-2020

The prompt for the Wharton Team-Based Discussion (TBD) is below.  The exercise for the 2019-2020 admissions season focuses on Tangen Hall (pictured), Wharton’s first on-campus space dedicated to student entrepreneurship and innovation activities. “Entrepreneurship and innovation are at the forefront of Wharton’s focus for the future of the school. Last year, the University of Pennsylvania announced a $25 million gift that will spearhead construction of a transformative new building. Tangen Hall is the first-ever dedicated space for Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship and other student entrepreneurship programs across the University. Here students will incubate ideas to transform business. Completion of the new 70,000 square... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 30, 2019 by

Top Wharton MBA Team-Based Interview Tips from Actual Interviewees

As LiveWire lights up with interview invitations from the Wharton Admissions Committee, we wanted to help the latest crop of candidates by sharing tips from those who have experienced the Wharton Team-Based Discussion (TBD) and personal interviews first-hand. Wharton introduced the TBD a few years ago and considers it to “model the highly collaborative nature of the Wharton MBA environment.” Five to six candidates are grouped together and asked to develop a presentation around a specific prompt, which invited applicants are sent in advance of the interview. After the group exercise, candidates have about 10 minutes one on one with an interviewer—usually a... Read more »

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