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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 Mar 30, 2020 by

GMAC to Launch Interim GMAT Online

Amid the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has announced that the GMAT will become available for online administration in mid-April.  While the Executive Assessment remains suspended, the GMAT will be online in affected markets, except for mainland China. In a statement, GMAC explained: “We all recognize that this is challenging time with test center closures happening all around the world. And our biggest priority is ensuring we continue to fulfill our mission providing solutions for schools and candidates to discover and evaluate each other. “Beginning in mid-April we will launch an online proctored alternative... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 30, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Decisions & Deadlines, March 30-April 3, 2020

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Decisions Roll out Among Late Round Deadlines  Round 1 is now behind us; Round 2 is now fully underway, with several decision deadlines this week. Round 3 deadlines are looming. The application deadlines listed are up-to-date as of this writing, but with the rapid changes caused by COVID-19, please confirm all deadlines on each school’s site. Some programs are also being flexible with respect to test score submissions. Tuesday, March 31, Harvard, MIT / Sloan, USC... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 30, 2020 by

Real Humans of Google: Sam Breslow, NYU Stern ’19, Technical Account Manager for Cloud Professional Services

Cloud computing has revolutionized the way we conduct business and much more.  The days of floppy and Zip disks are long gone—many have probably only seen them in memes, while some of us still remember needing that flimsy piece of plastic to play Oregon Trail in grade school.  The present and future of data storage and computing power now belong in the cloud—remote servers we can access over the Internet.  Ensuring access and related business services requires a mix of technical skills and management acumen—some skills that can only be honed through an MBA program.  In this edition of Real... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 30, 2020 by

Episode 93: Wire Taps—Targeting Deferred Admissions Programs

Clear Admit’s admissions experts are back to offer their keen advice to MBA applicants and candidates who have shared their admissions profiles in MBA ApplyWire and MBA DecisionWire.  In this podcast episode of Wire Taps, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown review the following MBA hopefuls. To start, someone interested in deferred programs sought advice: A podcast fan had several questions about admissions in general: And an accepted candidate needed help deciding between offers: Happy listening! Episode 93: Wire Taps—Targeting Deferred Admissions Programs     00:00 / 00:36:46   1X   Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 00:36:46... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 27, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Chicago Booth in the Time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended many aspects of daily life, and we need to adapt to combat the disease and carry on.  When it comes to business school, that means classes and in-person social gatherings have moved online.  So, what does that look like?  Chicago Booth MBA, Kate Nimmo, took to The Booth Experience blog to share how daily MBA life has changed, highlighting how Booth faculty have risen to the challenge and more. Kate Nimmo, Booth MBA ’20 Booth in the Time of COVID-19 By Kate Nimmo, Chicago Booth MBA ’20 When I imagined my final quarter at Booth,... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 26, 2020 by

Real Humans of McKinsey: Allison Howard, Northwestern Kellogg ’19, Associate

While an MBA can enhance your current career path, it can also support a switch to an entirely new one. In this edition of Real Humans: Alumni, we hear from Allison Howard, an MBA graduate of Northwestern Kellogg and current associate at McKinsey.  Pre-MBA, she had a fulfilling career in entertainment, but wanted to pivot.  The leading consulting firm, McKinsey, is known for providing flexibility and support to its associates–they can choose assignments and are encouraged to pursue projects that meet their interests and skill-based needs.  Read on for Howard’s story about how an MBA helped her make a career... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 25, 2020 by

Real Humans of Apple: Andrew Kwan, NYU Stern ’19, Supply Demand Planner

There are over one billion active Apple products in the world right now.  Extensive supply chain management enables this continued reach.  Being part of the supply chain teams can also require advanced management and analytical skills, like the ones Andrew Kwan honed during the MBA program at NYU Stern.  In this edition of Real Humans: Alumni, hear from Kwan regarding why he pursued an MBA, what prepared him the most for Apple, and what about the work culture there appeals to him the most. Andrew Kwan, NYU Stern MBA ’19, Supply Demand Planner at Apple Andrew Kwan, NYU Stern ’19,... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 24, 2020 by

Real Humans of Google: Andrew Dunckelman, HBS ’14, Head of Impact and Insights

Google is not just a dot-com that we visit for any and all information—it’s also a dot-org with philanthropic efforts and goals.  Google CEO Sundar Pichai has set a five-year goal of awarding $1 billion in grants supporting education, equity, and entrepreneurship.  When it comes to directing and measuring Google’s social impact, in comes staff like Andrew Dunckelman, Harvard Business School MBA ’14 and head of impact and insights at Google.  Together with his team, he leads Google.org’s impact measurement, learning, and thought leadership agenda.  In this edition of Real Humans: Alumni, get to know how an MBA and passion... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 23, 2020 by

Real Humans of Deloitte: Abhinoor Dhull, Wharton ’19, Senior Consultant

William Welch Deloitte opened what would become Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (better known as just Deloitte) in 1845 in a small office in London. Thirty-five years later, the company expanded overseas to New York, eventually landing on Wall Street, then adding branches in Chicago and Buenos Aires. Now, Deloitte operates in over 150 countries.  Our featured alumna also wants to found her own business someday, and knew she needed to develop her consulting chops at Deloitte.  Read on for insights and advice from Abhhinoor Dhull, Wharton MBA ’19 and senior consultant at Deloitte, in this edition of Real Humans: Alumni.... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 23, 2020 by

Episode 92: Wire Taps—Should I Apply in Round 3?

In another podcast episode of Wire Taps, Clear Admit’s admissions experts discuss MBA application strategies, Round 3 and more.  This week, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown review profiles from MBA applicants who shared their stories on MBA ApplyWire. Here’s a preview of which profiles they discuss.  Press play on the podcast episode below!  To start, a promising MBA hopeful requested guidance: An accepted candidate is wondering whether to keep applying in Round 3: And a new applicant needs to work on their test score: Happy listening! This podcast episode is sponsored by the Kellogg Evening & Weekend MBA Program Are... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 23, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Decisions & Deadlines, March 23-27, 2020

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! January Rounds have moved to the decision stage!  Round 1 is now behind us; Round 2 is now fully underway, with several decision deadlines this week. Round 3 deadlines are looming. Tuesday, March 24, Yale SOM is scheduled to release its Round 2 decisions. Georgetown / McDonough has its Round 3 application deadline. Wednesday, March 25, Northwestern / Kellogg is scheduled to release its Round 2 decisions. CEIBS has its Round 3 application deadline. Duke /... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 20, 2020 by

Real Humans of BCG: Brierley Penn, LBS ’19, Consultant

In this edition of Real Humans: Alumni, we jump back into the consulting sector to leading consulting firm, Boston Consulting Group (BCG).  Our featured alumna, Brierley Penn, graduated from London Business School in 2019 and rejoined BCG after graduation.  While many applicants may expect to commit two full years to a program, LBS offers their full-time MBA program in three lengths: 15, 18 and 21 months.  The 15-month option still allows time for an internship and exploration, as shown by Penn in her experience below. The LBS MBA also prepared her to engage with and lead colleague and client teams... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 20, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: What You Need to Know About Class Sections at Fuqua

As we all practice “social distancing,” it’s a good time for a reminder about the community and bonds you can form in business school.  In this edition of Fridays from the Frontline, we learn about sections at Duke Fuqua from two MBA candidates for the Class of 2020. What You Need to Know About Class Sections at Fuqua by McCallen Moser and Charlotte Whittaker We know you’ve heard all about #teamfuqua, but have you heard about the “Unos” (aka Section 1) or the very proud “#fiveordie” (aka Section 5)? Where It All Begins On day one of first-year orientation, you... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 19, 2020 by

HBS Extends 2+2 MBA Application Deadline

Harvard Business School announced an extension to the MBA application deadline for their 2+2 program, which is a deferred admissions option for college seniors and graduate students.  Due to the impact of protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including campus closures and testing suspension, HBS has changed the deadline for their 2+2 program from April 2nd, 2020, to June 1st, 2020 at noon EST. Here is Director of Admissions Chad Losee’s full statement: “Over the past few days, we have heard from many college seniors planning to apply to Harvard Business School through our 2+2 deferred admissions process. The... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 19, 2020 by

Real Humans of Microsoft: Devna Shukla, NYU Stern ’19, Business Development Manager of Monetization

Current CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, is credited with turning the culture of Microsoft around, to a “growth mindset.” The tech giant’s mission statement is now, “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” Similarly, business school is a pressure cooker for development.  From the classes and cohorts, to career services and skills, every aspect of an MBA program is designed to make you a better business leader.  Devna Shukla, NYU Stern MBA ’19 and business development manager at Microsoft, chose the New York City program and her post-MBA employer precisely because of such concentrated opportunities... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 19, 2020 by

Episode 91: A Flex MBA Could be Your Perfect Fit

In this podcast episode, we explore a particular format for management education, rising in popularity: The Flex MBA.  Traditionally, a full-time MBA program is residential, takes place over two years and has an established academic calendar.  So, when it comes to a Flex MBA, is it part-time, full-time, online, in-class?  Special guest, Shelly Heinrich, associate dean of MBA Admissions and director of marketing at the Georgetown McDonough School of Business, joins Clear Admit’s Graham Richmond for a discussion about the format and fit of a Flex MBA program. Shelly Heinrich, Associate Dean of MBA Admissions and Director of Marketing, Georgetown... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 18, 2020 by

Episode 90: Wharton Professor on COVID-19 Impact & New Business Course

“Social distancing” may very well become the word of the year for 2020. Businesses are being ordered to close, admissions practices are moving online, many people are (hopefully) working from home.  At the end of the day, we live in a global society and we need to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, what can we expect once we can all re-emerge? What business lessons can be gleaned from the global response to the disease in the meantime? Professor Mauro Guillen, Zandman Endowed Professorship in International Management at Wharton Special guest, Professor Mauro Guillen of the Wharton School,... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 18, 2020 by

Real Humans of Amazon: Varun Haralalka, Michigan Ross ’19, Sr. Instock Manager

Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Amazon has grown into the world’s largest retailer by annual revenue. In 2018, their sales accounted for 43 percent of all online sales, and the company marked a $1 trillion valuation in 2020. To reach such heights, employees at every level need to contribute innovative ideas, solid analytical skills and nimble management abilities.  Operationally, as part of supporting reaching global delivery destinations and ensuring Amazon’s continued success, instock managers oversee planning, analysis and optimization of inventory management systems and processes. Varun Haralalka, a Michigan Ross MBA ’19 and senior instock manager at Amazon, shares his story... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 17, 2020 by

Stanford & Wharton Share the Throne of Best Business School in U.S. News 2021 Rankings

While Wharton held the #1 spot of the Best Business Schools list from U.S. News & World Report last year, it is now joined by Stanford GSB at the top of the 2021 rankings. Northwestern Kellogg shot up three spaces to join Chicago Booth at #3.  Then, MIT Sloan rounds out the top 5.  Harvard Business School, which usually appears in the top 5 of any b-school ranking, landed in sixth this year (for more about this surprising result and others in the rankings, see our expert analysis). Top Ten of U.S. News Best Business Schools Rankings Here is a... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 16, 2020 by

Real Humans of McKinsey: Jun Guang Da Qu, Stanford GSB ’19, Associate

Most MBAs get their feet wet in consulting interning as summer associates between their first and second school years.  Post-MBA, at McKinsey, graduates usually spend between two and three years at the associate level before evaluation for a promotion to engagement manager. The next step, in three to five years, is associate principal.  Finally, qualified candidates can become a principal or partner.  In this edition of Real Humans: Alumni, Jun Guang Da Qu, a Stanford GSB alumnus and associate at McKinsey, takes us back to the beginning of such a journey, as he reflects on the business school experience, his summer... Read more »

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