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Last Updated Jul 5, 2016 by

Real Humans of MBA Admissions: Bruce DelMonico of Yale School of Management

We’re moving right along with our fun new series spotlighting the real people who make those life-altering decisions of whether to admit or deny you to a given business school. At bat this week is Bruce DelMonico, assistant dean and director of admissions at Yale School of Management (SOM). We... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 30, 2016 by

Real Humans of MBA Admissions: Darden’s Sara Neher

We know. Admissions directors at top-tier business schools can seem all but omnipotent, charged with assessing your worth and charting the course of your future with the decisions they dole out. To be sure, there are admissions directors who have truly changed individuals’ fates with the calls they make. But... Read more »

Last Updated May 26, 2016 by

Admissions Director Q&A: SMU Cox’s John Roeder

As the latest addition to our Admissions Director Q&A Series, we recently connected with John Roeder, assistant dean of graduate admissions at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Roeder is a graduate of the Cox MBA program, so he knows the school and its offerings inside... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 29, 2016 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Kelley School of Business’ James Holmen

How did southern California native James Holmen end up in Bloomington, Indiana, directing admissions at the Kelley School of Business? And what’s kept him there for more than 20 years? We caught up with him earlier this week to learn that and much more. Holmen studied economics and sociology at... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 25, 2016 by

HBS MBA Executive Director Weighs In On Hiring Of New Gatekeeper

Harvard Business School (HBS) yesterday announced Chad Losee (HBS MBA ’13) as the next managing director of MBA admissions and financial aid—succeeding Dee Leopold, who has held the position since 2006. Make sure to check out our initial coverage from yesterday for information on Losee’s credentials and background. To learn... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 21, 2016 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Maria Pineda of UMD’s Smith School of Business

In response to our readers’ interests, we are excited to have recently added a handful of new schools to the line-up of MBA programs we cover regularly on Clear Admit. The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is one of them. As part of our expanded coverage... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 8, 2015 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Wharton’s Frank DeVecchis

Way back in February, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School named a new director of MBA admissions. Aside from an immediate flurry of coverage here and elsewhere about this Wharton “insider” Frank DeVecchis stepping in, little else has been heard since. What gives? As was reported then, DeVecchis does know... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 19, 2015 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Julie Barefoot of Emory’s Goizueta Business School

School’s in session at Emory’s Goizueta Business School! Just as students were beginning to stream onto the Atlanta campus for both the full-time and executive MBA programs, Associate Dean of Admissions Julie Barefoot made time to discuss all things Goizueta with Clear Admit. We are so grateful to her. Barefoot... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 11, 2015 by

Admissions Director Q&A: David Simpson of London Business School

London Business School (LBS) shared its essay questions for the upcoming application season with Clear Admit even before posting them to its own website! That’s the kind of special treatment we love around here. As if that weren’t enough, LBS Admissions Director David Simpson then made time for a wide-ranging... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 6, 2015 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Sara Neher of UVA’s Darden School of Business

We recently caught up with Sara Neher, director of MBA admissions at Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia (UVA), who had just returned from a family trip to celebrate her dad’s 70th birthday in the mountains of Colorado. Trading one beautiful environment for another, she’s back now... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 16, 2015 by

Chicago Booth Admissions Director Reveals Origins of Unusual New Essay Prompt

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has done it again. Seven years ago the school made waves when it invited applicants to respond to its essay prompts via PowerPoint presentation. This year, the school has decided to go even further—innovating on its prior innovation. Applicants now are instructed... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 14, 2015 by

Admissions Director Offers Advice on Kellogg’s New Essay Questions

We caught up with Director of Admissions Beth Tidmarsh late last week to discuss the new essay questions posted by the Kellogg School of Mangement on July 8th. Though the wording and order of the questions has changed slightly this year, applicants are asked, like last year, to respond to two required... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 30, 2015 by

Fuqua Admissions Dean Dishes on Essays and Life

It’s not every admissions director who will make time during her vacation to discuss how prospective business school applicants should approach their essays. And yet Liz Riley Hargrove, associate dean for admissions at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, did just that. Speaking from North Carolina’s Outer Banks this morning,... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 16, 2015 by

Georgetown McDonough’s Shari Hubert Points to Subtle Changes in New Application

Refreshed following a two-day staff retreat, the head of admissions at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business took time this morning to share with Clear Admit her advice to prospective candidates on how to approach the school’s application for the Class of 2018. Though its essay question remains unchanged from... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 11, 2015 by

NYU Stern Head of Admissions Offers Advice on Essays Posted Today

Just after New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business posted its essay questions for the 2015-16 admissions cycle this morning, Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions Isser Gallogly got on the phone with Clear Admit to share some advice on what the school is looking for in prospective applicants’ responses.... Read more »

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