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Last Updated Mar 15, 2021 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Decisions, March 15-19, 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! Round 2 Final Decisions & Round 3/4 Deadlines All Week! Some of the leading MBA programs have started to release their Round 2 final decisions, and Round 3 deadlines are looming. Monday, March 15, NYU / Stern has its Round 4 deadline. Wednesday, March 17, Michigan / Ross and UVA / Darden are scheduled to release their Round 2 decisions. Emory / Goizueta has its Round 3 deadline. Thursday, March 18, Chicago / Booth, Dartmouth /... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 14, 2021 by

New Business & Society Institute at Emory Goizueta Tackles Inequality, Climate Change

In early March, Emory Goizueta launched The Roberto C. Goizueta Business & Society Institute, renaming Social Enterprise at Goizueta. The new name represents an elevated commitment to social and environmental impact from the business school and The Goizueta Foundation. Furthermore, the Institute creates interdisciplinary study that explores the connections between business practices, market structures and social and environmental outcomes. In particular, business students will address the challenges of inequality and climate change. Launch Event 300 people, a mix of current students, prospective students, and staff, enjoyed the Institute’s naming ceremony virtually on March 4th. Goizueta Business School Associate Professor and... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 10, 2021 by

Fellowship Honors Black Excellence at Michigan Ross

Michigan Ross announced the first recipient of the Black Business Student Association (BBSA) Fellowship: TJ Banks, Ross MBA ’21. The Full-Time MBA team and Michigan Ross faculty selected Banks for the inaugural $10,000 fellowship. The BBSA Fellowship was created to honor Black excellence at Michigan Ross. Graduating members of BBSA could apply for the $10,000 fellowship beginning in 2021. Banks is one of three Black male Ross student ambassadors. He is also a Ross liaison to the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, and serves on the MBA Council’s DEI Committee. “TJ has gone above and beyond within the Consortium... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 8, 2021 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Decisions & Deadlines, March 8-12, 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! Round 2 Decisions & Later Round Deadlines Some of the leading MBA programs continue to release their Round 2 interview invites, and Round 3 deadlines are looming. Monday, March 8, UNC / Kenan-Flagler is scheduled to release its Round 2 decisions. Cambridge / Judge has its Round 4 application deadline. Wednesday, March 10, CMU / Tepper is scheduled to release its Round 2 decisions. IESE and CEIBS have their Round 3 application deadlines. How “The Wires”... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 8, 2021 by

Episode 151: Wire Taps—MIT Sloan or London Business School for MBB?

As Graham battles a case of near-laryngitis, Alex decides to put him on the spot about his ‘other life’.  Meanwhile, Graham marvels at the coincidental CPG-Canada-Tech connections across this week’s WireTaps candidates. As always, the duo work in some key MBA admissions lessons, such as how first generation Asian-Americans (and Asian-Canadians) are viewed in the applicant pool, whether or not there is grade inflation in Canada, and how a candidate who loves London (and London Business School) should weigh offers from Booth, MIT, and LBS…given the target of McKinsey/Bain/BCG (short-term) and a tech job (long-term). See which profiles from MBA... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 7, 2021 by

HEC Paris’ Efforts for Zero-Waste Campus

Though already considered France’s most environmentally-friendly business school, HEC Paris continues to raise the bar with ongoing recycling & waste reduction initiatives. The business school, just 17km from the center of Paris, kick started plans to have a zero-waste campus in mid-2020. One goal is to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. Another goal is recycling as much of its food, plastics, bottles, boxes, cigarette butts and paper as possible. On an annual basis, HEC Paris’ 2,000 student residents, 4,000 short-term students, 700 collaborators and hundreds of visitors produce an estimated 514 tons of waste. Partners in Cleaning... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 4, 2021 by

Healthcare at Kellogg Bolstered by Gift for Biopharma

Northwestern Kellogg alumnus, Kent Hawryluk ’07, gifted $3 million to the business school, establishing the Hawryluk Biopharmaceutical Scholars Endowed Fund. The fund builds upon the existing Program on Healthcare at Kellogg (HCAK). The scholars will be Full-Time MBA students with a demonstrated interest in healthcare. They will receive scholarships and benefit from dedicated co-curricular programming. Additionally, the scholars will engage alumni and other experts in the healthcare management field, particularly in biopharmaceuticals, through treks to industry hubs, presentations from field leaders and mentorship. Moreover, successive cohorts of scholars are expected to form a supportive career network. Kent Hawryluk, Kellogg School... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 2, 2021 by

Emory Goizueta Unveils New Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Five years in the making, Emory University’s Goizueta Business School recently unveiled their new Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. The center offers more than 20 courses focused on innovation and entrepreneurship and various entrepreneurial programs. Amelia Schaffner, Center Director “Through this Center, we have the opportunity to expand our scope and elevate our commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Amelia Schaffner, Center Director of Entrepreneurship for The Roberto C. Goizueta Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. “We are building a portfolio of learning experiences and opportunities that allow students to gain interdisciplinary skills, get connected to the local ecosystem, and solve complex problems, giving them... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 1, 2021 by

Episode 150: Wire Taps—Which School for Product Strategy/Marketing?

Our podcast hosts Graham Richmond and Alex Brown present another episode of Wire Taps.  As always, the duo tackle a number of key admissions questions, with this episode focusing on the following: When and why should you contact the admissions office with updates about your candidacy? Are there instances where a specialized business master’s is a better fit than an MBA? Are European candidates truly coveted at top US MBA programs? How might one admitted student decide between Chicago Booth vs. Ross (w/$80K) or UCLA (w/$100k)? See which profiles from MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire they discuss below, then tune... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 1, 2021 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines, March 1-5, 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! Round 2 Interviews Continue, Round 3 Deadlines Pop Up Some of the leading MBA programs continue to release their Round 2 interview invites, and Round 3 deadlines are looming. Monday, March 1, UNC / Kenan Flagler has its Round 3 deadline. Tuesday, March 2, CMU / Tepper has its Round 3 deadline. Thursday, March 4, LBS has its Round 3 deadline. How “The Wires” Can Help Visit MBA LiveWire for the latest “buzz” about MBA admissions, including interview... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 22, 2021 by

Episode 149: Wire Taps—Special Guest: Reddit r/MBA Moderator

We have a special podcast episode of Wire Taps this week! We are excited to welcome Reddit r/MBA moderator Highlyasian, who joins our hosts Graham Richmond and Alex Brown in dishing out MBA admissions advice. See which profiles from MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire they discuss below, then tune in. The first applicant needs to push for a high GMAT score: An accepted applicant is having trouble choosing between MIT and Wharton: Happy listening! Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast Episode 149: Wire Taps—Special Guest, Reddit r/MBA Moderator Play Episode Pause Episode Mute/Unmute Episode Rewind 10 Seconds 1x Fast Forward 30... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 22, 2021 by

The Wharton School, Walmart & More Research Increasing Vaccine Adoption

Walmart, two regional health systems, and multiple partners within the University of Pennsylvania conducted research into increasing vaccine adoption. The Behavior Change for Good Initiative (BCFG) at the Wharton School and the School of Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit, released their findings last week. The two mega-research studies revealed simple communications proved most effective. Specifically, reminding individuals a flu shot was “waiting” or “reserved” for them boosted vaccination rates by up to 11%. Researchers hope this information could help encourage COVID-19 vaccinations. “Telling a person the flu shot is ‘reserved for you’ suggests that this particular dose... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 15, 2021 by

Episode 148: Wire Taps—Chicago Booth or MIT Sloan for Tech?

Welcome to another podcast episode of Wire Taps, featuring keen admissions advice from Alex Brown and Graham Richmond. This week, two applicants are looking ahead – one at deferred admissions and the other at next year’s cycle – while an accepted candidate faces a tough choice of where to matriculate this fall. See which profiles from MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire the duo discuss below, then tune in! The first applicant has post-MBA plans in the non-profit sector: Another MBA hopeful is looking at deferred enrollment options: Finally, the third profiled candidate is weighing scholarships and school choice: Happy listening!... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 11, 2021 by

Oxford Saïd Celebrates Funding for New Global Leadership Centre

Oxford Saïd Business School announced that their Global Leadership Centre, a new hub for executive education, has just reached full funding of £60M. A £5M gift from the Pershing Square Foundation helped the school cross the finish line. Dean Peter Tufano said, “Three generous donations – from Wafic Saïd of the Saïd Foundation, Bill Ackman and Neri Oxman of the Pershing Square Foundation and Sir Howard Stringer and Lady Stringer – have now set the keystone for Saïd Business School’s most ambitious and urgent project in my decade as Dean.” The Vision The Global Leadership Centre is scheduled to open... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 8, 2021 by

Kellogg MBAs Choose Cheetos for Best 2021 Super Bowl Ad

Each year, MBA students along with marketing professors, Tim Calkins and Derek Rucker, at Northwestern Kellogg evaluate the commercials during the NFL Super Bowl—easily the most expensive air time of the year. Out of all of the ads during Super Bowl LV, the Cheetos commercial, which featured Shaggy, Mila Kunis and her husband Ashton Kutcher in a playful take on the bright orange snack, took home the trophy. Michael B. Jordan as Amazon’s Alexa ranked highly as well. Tide also delivered a memorable ad and Seinfeld fans may have recognized George Costanza’s voicemail theme as Jason Alexander’s face morphed on... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 8, 2021 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Interview Invitations, February 8-12, 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! Round 2 is Underway The majority of leading MBA programs continue to release their Round 2 interview invites. Round 1 decisions have now been released. Tuesday, February 9, LBS is scheduled to release its Round 2 interview invites. Thursday, February 11, UPenn / Wharton is scheduled to release its Round 2 interview invites. Friday, February 12, INSEAD is scheduled to release its Round 3 interview invites. How “The Wires” Can Help Visit MBA LiveWire for the latest “buzz”... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 8, 2021 by

Record Alumna Gift to Kellogg Amps up Support of Women in Business

Ann M. Drake, Kellogg EMBA ’84, donated the largest gift ever from a female graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Drake’s record-setting gift establishes the Drake Scholar Network, a formal, global network of women students, faculty and alumnae through the school. Ann M. Drake, Kellogg EMBA ’84, Former CEO DSC Logistics, Record-setting Alumna Donor “Kellogg has a long legacy of breaking new ground in the education and professional advancement of women, but there is still much work to be done to address gender-based disparities in the business world,” said Dean Francesca Cornelli in the announcement. “Ann’s gift will... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 8, 2021 by

Episode 147: Wire Taps—Is It Crazy to Turn Down HBS?

As applicants and candidates alike make their way through Round 2, our admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, continue to share MBA admissions advice in our latest podcast episode of Wire Taps. See which profiles from MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire they discuss below, then tune in. The first applicant is a veteran looking to progress in consulting: Another applicant likely faces some tough competition: Finally, the third profiled candidate wanted to check on his choices: Happy listening! Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast Episode 147: Wire Taps—Is It Crazy to Turn Down HBS? Play Episode Pause Episode Mute/Unmute Episode... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 4, 2021 by

Carnegie Mellon Tepper MBA Launches Deferred Enrollment

The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University announced a deferred enrollment program, called Tepper Future Business Leaders. This opens up MBA admissions to college seniors who plan to graduate from a U.S. college or university in the current academic year who do not yet have full-time work experience. Tepper will be looking for candidates with a strong academic record, professional internships, and undergraduate leadership experience. Accepted applicants can then defer admission for two to four years during which time they join the workforce. “The pandemic has disrupted so much for so many, and the Tepper Future Business Leaders... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 4, 2021 by

Earn Rewards as a Star Contributor of the Clear Admit Community

We’ve loved seeing the Clear Admit community help fellow MBA applicants succeed by sharing advice and insights on admissions. Now, we’re adding rewards to recognize our most active members and the value they have provided to others. A little over a year ago, we implemented the “like” feature on posts and comments in the Wires, admissions tools that help MBA applicants navigate their journeys to business school. Active members who accrue a lot of likes on their posts and comments earn the Star Contributor designation. Thirty likes yield 1 star, 60 likes earn two stars and the highest rating is... Read more »

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