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Lena Maratea is the Digital Marketing Manager at Clear Admit. She's a South Philadelphia native who graduated from Temple University’s Fox School of Business with a BBA in Marketing. She creates and curates essential digital content for the Clear Admit community.

Last Updated Jun 4, 2019 by

Michigan / Ross MBA Deadlines 2019-2020

The Michigan MBA deadlines at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business for the 2019-2020 admissions season are as follows. For the upcoming season, Ross notes a couple of changes to their deadlines. The Round 2 deadline will be pushed back a bit so applicants have a little more time after the holidays to finish applications. Ross is also pushing the Round 3 deadline back by a few weeks to accommodate applicants who get more clarity on their business school plans later in the winter.   2019-2020 Michigan/ Ross MBA Deadlines Rounds Application deadline Decision Notification Round 1 September 30, 2019... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 4, 2019 by

Columbia Business School MBA Essay Topic Analysis

The following essay topic analysis examines Columbia Business School’s (CBS) MBA admissions essays for the 2019-2020 admissions season. You can also review essay topic analyses for all other the leading MBA programs as well as general Essay Tips to further aid you in developing your admissions essays. 2019-2020 Columbia Business School MBA Essay Analysis Let’s take a closer look at each prompt: Short Answer Question What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters) For the ninth year in a row on the CBS application form, this question asks applicants to speak directly about the job they wish to have upon graduating from business school.... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 3, 2019 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Decisions – 6.03.19

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead. In this weekly series, we provide a brief rundown of what we know is happening in the week ahead, as far as admissions related MBA deadlines and decisions are concerned at the top business schools. Tuesday, June 4, ESADE has its Round 8 application deadline (EU Residents only). Wednesday, June 5, Harvard is scheduled to release its 2+2 decisions. Friday, June 7, Oxford Said is scheduled to release its Stage 4 decisions. IESE and Arizona / Carey are scheduled to release their Round 4 decisions. Have you visited your target MBA programs,... Read more »

Last Updated May 31, 2019 by

Emory / Goizueta MBA Deadlines 2019-2020

The Emory MBA deadlines at the Goizueta School of Business for the 2019-2020 admissions season are as follows.   2019-2020 Emory/ Goizueta MBA Deadlines Rounds Application deadline Decision Notification Deposit Due Round 1 October 4, 2019 November 29, 2019 December 20, 2019 Round 2 November 15, 2019 January 24, 2020 February 21, 2020 (International) April 20, 2020 (Domestic) Round 3 January 10, 2020 March 13, 2020 (Domestic) March 20, 2020 (International) April 20, 2020 Round 4 March 13, 2020 May 1, 2020 May 15, 2020  

Last Updated May 27, 2019 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Decisions – 5.27.19

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead. In this weekly series, we provide a brief rundown of what we know is happening in the week ahead, as far as admissions related MBA deadlines and decisions are concerned at the top business schools. Thursday, May 30, Cornell / Johnson has its final notification deadline for its April Round. Friday, May 31, Georgetown / McDonough, Indiana / Kelley, and Toronto / Rotman are scheduled to release their Round 4 decisions. Have you visited your target MBA programs, access MBA VisitWire to add your visit report? Browse MBA VisitWire to learn from your fellow... Read more »

Last Updated May 24, 2019 by

Vanderbilt / Owen MBA Deadlines 2019-2020

The Vanderbilt MBA deadlines at the Owen Graduate School of Management have been released for the 2019-2020 admissions season for applicants targeting the Class of 2022. Owen’s admissions process operates in three rounds, with its earliest deadline in mid-October 2019 and its latest in early April 2020. The application deadline, notification date, and deposit deadlines are below: 2019-2020 Vanderbilt / Owen MBA Deadlines Rounds Application deadline Decision Released Deposit Deadline Round 1 October 14, 2019 December 13, 2019 January 17, 2020 Round 2 January 6, 2020 March 27, 2020 April 20, 2020 Round 3 April 6, 2020 April 26, 2020... Read more »

Last Updated May 22, 2019 by

GMAT Tip: Simplifying Fractions

In previous posts, we have discussed how the best way to tackle a difficult looking quantitative question on the GMAT is to clean it up – consolidating like terms, adding or subtracting inside of parentheses, or reorganizing variables to where it is easier not substitute equations. Not only is cleaning up quantitative questions helpful to cutting down on the amount of time you spend solving a question, but often, can be essential to seeing conceptually how to get to a correct answer choice. Consider the below data sufficiency question: Given n > 5, when (n! + n + 1) is... Read more »

Last Updated May 21, 2019 by

Columbia Business School MBA Essay Questions 2019-2020

The Columbia MBA essays for the 2019-2020 admissions season have been announced by the CBS admissions committee. Columbia offers two intakes, an August entry and an accelerated January intake. The program operates a rolling admissions process for both entry options, evaluating applications and extending interview invitations as they are received. The CBS application will be made available on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. This year, CBS has made changes to essays number two and three. Columbia MBA Essay Questions for 2019-2020 Short Answer Question What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters) Essay 1 Through your resume and recommendations, we have a... Read more »

Last Updated May 21, 2019 by

Harvard Business School MBA Essay 2019-2020

Harvard Business School’s (HBS) MBA admissions essay for the 2019-2020 admissions season remains the same as last year. 2019-2020 Harvard Business School MBA Essay: As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA program? Now that the essay is out, get a jump start on your research with the FREE Harvard School Snapshot! And, make sure to check out our detailed 2019-2020 HBS Essay Topic Analysis.

Last Updated May 20, 2019 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Decisions – 5.20.19

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead. In this weekly series, we provide a brief rundown of what we know is happening in the week ahead, as far as admissions related MBA deadlines and decisions are concerned at the top business schools. Tuesday, May 21, Yale SOM and UCLA / Anderson are scheduled to release their Round 3 decisions.  ESADE has its Round 7 deadline. Wednesday, May 22, LBS is scheduled to release its Round 3 decisions. Have you visited your target MBA programs, access MBA VisitWire to add your visit report? Browse MBA VisitWire to learn from your fellow candidates’ visit experiences.... Read more »

Last Updated May 16, 2019 by

Duke / Fuqua MBA Deadlines 2019-2020

The Duke MBA admissions committee has updated the Fuqua deadlines for the 2019-2020 admissions season. The school conducts its admissions process in four phases; applications are due in September for the Early Action Round, with additional application deadlines in October, January, and March.   2019-2020 Duke / Fuqua MBA Deadlines Rounds Application deadline Interview Decision Decision released Early Action September 19, 2019 October 2, 2019 October 28, 2019 Round 1 October 14, 2019 November 1, 2019 December 18, 2019 Round 2 January 6, 2020 January 31, 2020 March 18, 2020 Round 3 March 11, 2020 March 25, 2020 April 20, 2020

Last Updated May 15, 2019 by

GMAT Tip: Don’t Fret Over Two Letter Words

Many students get frustrated when evaluating sentence correction problems, with the biggest point of frustration coming from feeling that they need to memorize chart after chart of idioms. While knowing idioms can certainly be helpful, if you are facing a short timeline, sometimes you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Just like quantitative problems, there are frequently multiple ways to evaluate sentence correction problems. Not clear on determining that we arrive “at” an airport and arrive “in” a city, but we don’t tend to arrive “to” places? Don’t completely despair that – while you should have a decent... Read more »

Last Updated May 13, 2019 by

Chicago Booth MBA Deadlines 2019-2020

The University of Chicago Booth released their 2019-2020 deadlines for full-time MBA applicants targeting the Class of 2022.   2019-2020 Chicago Booth MBA Deadlines Rounds Application deadline Decision released Round 1 September 26, 2019 December 5, 2019 Round 2 January 7, 2020 March 19, 2020 Round 3 April 2, 2020 May 21, 2020

Last Updated May 13, 2019 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Decisions – 5.13.19

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead. In this weekly series, we provide a brief rundown of what we know is happening in the week ahead, as far as admissions related MBA deadlines and decisions are concerned at the top business schools. Tuesday, May 14, Babson is scheduled to release its Round 3 decisions. ESADE is scheduled to release its Round 6 decisions. Wednesday, May 15, Northwestern / Kellogg, USC / Marshall, Washington / Foster, and Georgetown / McDonough are scheduled to release their Round 3 decisions. Rochester / Simon and Minnesota / Carlson are scheduled to release their Round 4... Read more »

Last Updated May 10, 2019 by

Harvard Business School MBA Deadlines 2019-2020

Harvard Business School has released their 2019-2020 application deadlines for full-time MBA applicants targeting the Class of 2022. To be considered for a round, applicants must submit their application by 12:00 PM Eastern Time on the day of the deadline. Stay tuned for more on their interview invitations, essay questions and recommendation questions! 2019-2020 Harvard Business School Deadlines Rounds Application deadline Decision released Round 1 September 4, 2019 December 10, 2019 Round 2 January 6, 2020 March 31, 2020  

Last Updated May 6, 2019 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Decisions – 5.06.19

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead. In this weekly series, we provide a brief rundown of what we know is happening in the week ahead, as far as admissions related MBA deadlines and decisions are concerned at the top business schools. Tuesday, May 7, IESE has its Round 4 deadline. Wednesday, May 8, MIT / Sloan and CMU / Tepper are scheduled to release their Round 3 decisions. Thursday, May 9, UPenn / Wharton, Berkeley / Haas, Dartmouth / Tuck and Texas / McCombs are scheduled to release their Round 3 decisions. Friday, May 10, Michigan / Ross and Rice... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 29, 2019 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Decisions – 4.29.19

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead. In this weekly series, we provide a brief rundown of what we know is happening in the week ahead, as far as admissions related MBA deadlines and decisions are concerned at the top business schools. Monday, April 29, Toronto / Rotman and Vanderbilt / Owen have their Round 4 deadlines. SMU / Cox has its Round 5 deadline. Duke / Fuqua is scheduled to release its Round 3 decisions. Tuesday, April 30, Maryland / Smith has its Round 6 deadline. IESE and Indiana / Kelley are scheduled to release their Round 3 decisions. Wednesday,... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 24, 2019 by

So, You’re Terrible at Integrated Reasoning…

Since its release on the June 2012 exam, the Integrated Reasoning portion of the GMAT has had some test takers stumped. This 30-minute, 12 question section is oddly scored on a 1 to 8 scale, and no partial credit is given, even for multi-part, multi-answer questions. For the past several years, it was a matter of debate on whether business schools evaluated applicants on the basis of the Integrated Reasoning section. Admissions offices can be slow to adapt to changes in standardized tests, waiting for enough points of comparison to consider whether the change corresponds with other ways that applicants... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 22, 2019 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Decisions – 4.22.19

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead. In this weekly series, we provide a brief rundown of what we know is happening in the week ahead, as far as admissions related MBA deadlines and decisions are concerned at the top business schools. Most programs have now released their Round 2, as we continue with the Round 3 admissions cycle. Tuesday, April 23, ESADE is scheduled to release its Round 5 decisions. Friday, April 26, INSEAD is scheduled to release its Round 1 decisions for its January intake. Oxford / Said is scheduled to release Stage 4 interview invites. Vanderbilt / Owen... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 18, 2019 by

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If you’re waiting on a Round 3 interview invitation from UPenn / Wharton join the conversation here with your peers: UPenn / Wharton Enjoy and good luck!

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