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Last Updated Jan 31, 2011 by

What should an applicant do when placed on the waitlist at his or her dream school? While most applicants regard the waitlist in a negative light (we’ve even heard it described as “a sort of purgatory prior to getting dinged”), the best approach is to view the glass as being half-full (especially for R1 waitlisters). In all cases, getting waitlisted is much better than getting denied. Here are a few tips to help you navigate this often difficult and mysterious process: 1) Know your file. Before you can develop a waitlist strategy you need to understand where you may have... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 29, 2011 by

GMAT Tip: Solve This Stats Problem, Stat!

Today’s GMAT challenge question comes from Veritas Prep. To help you with your GMAT studying, try to solve the problem on your own, and then read on for the explanation of its solution: Set A consists of integers -9, 8, 3, 10, and J; Set B consists of integers -2, 5, 0, 7, -6, and T. If R is the median of Set A and W is the mode of set B, and R^W is a factor of 34, what is the value of T if J is negative? (A) -2 (B) 0 (C) 1 (D) 2 (E) 5 This... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 28, 2011 by

Frontrunner Emerges to Fill Dean’s Role at Cambridge’s Judge Business School

An INSEAD professor who specializes in the management of product innovation has emerged as the frontrunner to be the next dean of the Judge Business School at Cambridge University, the Financial Times reports. Judge is expected to announce to appointment of Professor Christoph Loch in the next two weeks. Loch, who is German, is a leading academic at INSEAD, and his area of specialty is one in which Cambridge as a whole has a strong reputation. Judge specifically has been placing increased emphasis on the commercialization of innovation and entrepreneurship, the FT reports. Loch would succeed Arnoud De Meyer, who... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 28, 2011 by

Fridays From the Frontline

Hi there, and welcome to this week’s Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s ongoing blog series focused on the fascinating feats of MBA applicant and student bloggers. This week GMAT prep and interview invitations were on the minds of many applicants while students were more concerned with increasing coursework and recruiting season’s opportunities and regrets. Ellipser turned his attentions to what it might be like to date while in an MBA program. Unfathomable considered the value and merits of procrastinating when preparing for the GMAT. Though he thought his GMAT study days were behind him JM began to consider taking... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 28, 2011 by

USC / Marshall MBA Admissions Interview Questions 2011

If you are a candidate preparing for an interview don’t forget to check out the Clear Admit Wiki, a free resource full of advice for applicants by applicants, as well as complete accounts of interview questions and experiences. Today’s post comes from a Round 1 candidate to USC / Marshall: “The interviewer was fully familiar with my essays and resume. He had very particular questions based on my essays and resume. The following are the questions. What I was doing currently ( I am unemployed currently). My work with an NGO – the nature of work, responsibilities, changes I saw... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 27, 2011 by

Twitter Thursdays: News from MBA Programs

Last Updated Jan 27, 2011 by

Admissions Director Q&A: MIT Sloan’s Rod Garcia

We circled back recently to check in with an admissions director we hadn’t yet reconnected with as part of our Admissions Director Q&A Series – Rod Garcia of the MIT Sloan School of Management. Maybe it’s all the snow in Boston that gave him a little extra free time to take part. Whatever the case, we’re happy to have had a chance to catch up with him and think you’ll enjoy the interview that follows. An MIT Sloan veteran, Garcia has been at the school for the past 23 years and admissions director for the last 12. Before coming to... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 27, 2011 by

\$6.5 Million Gift Establishes New Leadership and Innovation Prize at UPenn’s Wharton School

And the giving continues. Yesterday we shared the news of a \$10 million gift to Columbia. Today, it’s a \$6.5 million gift to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. The gift, from alumnus Barry R. Lipman (’70), will establish a new annual \$100,000 prize, to be awarded to an organization devoted to finding sustainable solutions to social and economic challenges. Called the Lipman Family Prize, the new award is designed to help propel the winning organization’s achievements by providing financial rewards, media outreach and scholarly attention. In addition to the \$100,000 prize, the winning organization each year will... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 27, 2011 by

Campus Chronicles: The Wharton Journal

Now that classes are back in session, in this week’s Campus Chronicles, we’re taking a look inside The Wharton Journal to learn about recent events at UPenn’s Wharton School of Business: Wharton Computing has begun an initiative to evaluate and revamp technology used by students.  As part of this initiative, the school has loaned iPads to students in several classes for use during this semester in order to gauge the viability of using iPads and other tablet devices in a classroom setting.  To that end, Wharton Computing built an app that lets students send questions directly to professors via their... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 27, 2011 by

Columbia MBA Admissions Interview Questions 2011

As many applicants await the message asking them to schedule an interview, those of you preparing for those nerve-wracking meetings should definitely take a look at the Clear Admit Wiki, a free resource with a plethora of helpful tidbits of advice, including full interview accounts. Here, we will share an interview report by a regular decision Columbia candidate. “I had an alumni interview in my city a couple weeks before the holiday weekend. It was located in a conference room where he works. He arrived a little late, but he was extremely nice which put me at ease and started... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 26, 2011 by

GMAT Tip: Choosing the Best Answer on Sentence Correction

Today’s GMAT Tip comes from our friends at Knewton.  In this post, they share advice on how to identify the best answer for sentence correction questions.  Read on to see what they have to say! This GMATPrep® Sentence Correction question was sent to us by a student who got stuck between two choices and couldn’t decide which was right. It is a perfect example of the fact that the GMAT asks you to choose the best version of the sentence from among the five choices given, not the best possible version. Let’s take a look: Regarded by opponents as ineffective... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 26, 2011 by

Wiki Wednesdays: Submit an MBA Interview Report from INSEAD, Duke / Fuqua or USC / Marshall and Win a \$10 Amazon Gift Card!

Welcome once again to Wiki Wednesday, where we set a spotlight on MBA interview accounts recently added to the Clear Admit Wiki.  This week, we’ve received reports for schools including Northwestern / Kellogg, Columbia, Chicago / Booth and Berkeley / Haas.  Today we’re highlighting questions faced by a candidate for NYU / Stern during a Round 1 interview with a member of the admissions committee: “I interviewed on campus. The interviews were well organized and ran on time. I showed up 15 minutes prior, and was asked to take a seat. My interviewer called me into her office and asked... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 26, 2011 by

\$10 Million Alumni Gift Will Establish New Business, Law and Public Policy Center at Columbia

A \$10 million grant from the foundation of an alumnus of both Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School will establish a new interdisciplinary academic center jointly administered by both schools, Columbia University announced earlier this week. The Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy will seek to foster collaboration between the schools and generate research to both help shape public policy and provide real-world business and legal applications. The center’s namesake, a 1972 graduate of the law school and 1973 graduate of the business school, is chairman of the Richman Group, one of the largest owners... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 25, 2011 by

MIT Sloan School of Management has entered into a five-year partnership with one of Turkey’s leading business schools, the Financial Times reports. The collaboration, with Sabanci School of Management in Istanbul, is designed to strengthen management education in Turkey and further extend MIT Sloan’s international reach. Sloan has similar programs with schools in other countries including China and Portugal. The partnership with Sabanci will include a range of student and faculty exchanges between the schools, the FT reports. Specifically, 50 of Sabanci’s Executive MBA students will each spend two weeks on MIT Sloan’s campus learning about the U.S. business environment,... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 25, 2011 by

Trivia Tuesday: Scheduling the Academic Year at Chicago, Kellogg, MIT Sloan, Stanford, Tuck, and Wharton

It’s time again for Trivia Tuesday, our weekly examination of the policies and programs that influence the student experience at the leading business schools. This week we turn our attention to an important yet often overlooked feature of MBA programs: the academic calendar. Though not a factor most applicants take into account, a school’s academic calendar can impact the number of classes students take, the timing of the recruiting season, and when students need to begin and end their summer internships – not to mention how much downtime students have during the school year. Most schools use a version of... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 24, 2011 by

The Harvard Business School (HBS) faculty voted last week in favor of two changes to the MBA program, according to a letter sent yesterday to newly admitted MBA students from Dean Nitin Nohria and Senior Associate Dean Youngme Moon. The first is the creation of a new required experiential leadership course for first-year students, and the second is new flexibility in the elective curriculum. The new course, called FIELD (Field Immersion Experience for Leadership Development), is designed to advance HBS’s mission of developing leaders who make a difference in the world by providing small-group learning experiences throughout the first year,... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 24, 2011 by

With the majority of schools having released their Round One decisions, many successful applicants will soon be facing the enviable – but often agonizing – decision of choosing between programs. Though we know that those of you in this position will already be juggling an overwhelming amount of information about the schools on your short lists, we wanted to offer a few pointers to consider as you identify and evaluate the most important facts and factors in making this decision. 1) Immerse yourself. If you have not yet visited campus, go to the school and see what you think of... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 22, 2011 by

GMAT Tip: Exponent Manipulation – Tough questions, basic approaches

Today’s GMAT tip comes from Kaplan. In this article, Kaplan GMAT instructor Bret Ruber explains how to tackle tricky quantitative problems involving exponents: Exponents questions are common among advanced quantitative problems and generally fall into two categories, both of which involve a variable in the exponent. First are problems that ask test-takers to solve for an unknown in the exponent.  For example, the GMAT could tell you that 3x+1 = 272x-4, and ask you to solve for x.  The key strategy for a question such as this one is to set the bases equal to each other.  In this case,... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 21, 2011 by

Cambridge’s Judge Business School Launches New Entrepreneurship Diploma Program

The Judge Business School at Cambridge University has launched a one-year part-time entrepreneurship diploma program, to debut in September 2011, the Financial Times reports. Program participants will spend three weeks on the Judge campus over the course of the year and complete an addition 10 hours of online learning each week. An “enterprise project” will be central to each student’s experience in the program, Jo Mills, program director, told the FT. Prospective participants will need to present an idea for the project they want to focus on as part of the admissions interview process. Designed to build on Judge’s strength... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 21, 2011 by

Fridays From the Frontline

Welcome to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly blog feature covering the experiences of b-school applicant and student bloggers. This week aspirants were finding new ways to fill their time while students prepared for the recruitment season. Ellipser sought motivation in his post-submission life. MBA Dreamz recounted his weekend trip to ISB’s campus. Unfathomable continued to consider the feedback of his friends and family when thinking about essays. Cognitive Bias compared his MBA application process to the highs and lows of a roller coaster ride. After receiving a wait list position with Haas JM took stock of how he... Read more »

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