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Last Updated Sep 18, 2017 by

Real Humans of MBA Admissions: Pascal Michels of IESE

Our Real Humans of MBA Admissions Series this week takes us to beautiful Barcelona, where we caught up with Pascal Michels on what he tells us was the first day his new job as head of IESE MBA admissions began to feel real. In fact, he stepped into the role... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 31, 2017 by

ICYMI: Adcom Director Shares Her Own Responses to New Ross Short Answer Essay Prompts

In a recent post to her Admissions Director Blog, Soojin Kwon, director of admissions at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, gave a glimpse into life at Ross before school had even started. She highlighted the Ross Impact Challenge that new students take part in during orientation and... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 29, 2017 by

Wharton Class of 2019 Profile Reveals Continuing High Female Enrollment, Increasing Appetite for STEM Undergrads

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School last week released its Class of 2019 profile, and we connected yesterday with Maryellen Reilly, vice dean of MBA admissions, financial aid, and career services, to discuss some of the highlights. Chief among them: yet another year of enrolling 44 percent women and an... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 16, 2017 by

Admissions Director Q&A: Rodrigo Malta of the University of Texas’s McCombs School of Business

Rodrigo Malta, a native of Brazil, moved to the United States for high school and college and ultimately graduated from the McCombs School of Business full-time MBA program in 2007. While a student at McCombs, he was highly involved in admissions activities, and after graduation he remained in Austin, accepting... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 14, 2017 by

Admissions Director Q&A: INSEAD’s Virginie Fougea

As promised, we’re following our recent Real Humans of MBA Admissions piece highlighting INSEAD’s Virginie Fougea with a more in-depth interview that delves into the admissions process at the top-ranked business school with campuses on three continents. In addition to Fontainebleau, France, INSEAD students can also take classes at the... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 9, 2017 by

The Buzz at Yale SOM: Application Volume Up, Dean on Sabbatical, Rec Letters Accepted in Spanish, Mandarin

Are you considering applying to Yale School of Management (SOM)? We sat down with Bruce DelMonico, assistant dean for admissions, earlier this summer to catch up on the latest and greatest at the New Haven school, and it turns out there’s a lot to report. Bruce DelMonico, assistant dean for... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 31, 2017 by

Real Humans of MBA Admissions: Stanford GSB’s Kirsten Moss

Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) announced this past spring that Kirsten Moss would fill the void left by Derrick Bolton, who led admissions for the most selective business school in the world for 15 years. Moss, who assumed her new role in June, becomes the only person to ever lead admissions... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 19, 2017 by

Adcom Director on MIT Sloan Application Changes: Video Essay, GMAC Common Recommendation Letter, Increased Word Count for Cover Letter, More

The 2017-18 MBA application to MIT Sloan School of Management went live last week, featuring a range of changes from last year’s. The debut of a new video statement (required of all applicants), the implementation of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) Common Letter of Recommendation form, and an increased... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 14, 2017 by

Kellogg Admissions Director Dishes on Essay Questions, Application Volume, More

Mugs and glasses clinked all around and the smell of bacon and freshly brewed coffee was enough to awaken even the sleepiest of senses as Melissa Rapp, director of admissions for the full-time MBA and MSMS programs at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, and I sat down to breakfast last... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 11, 2017 by

Johnson Admissions Director Weighs in on Recently Released Application Essays

Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management recently posted essay topics for the 2017-18 MBA application season, revealing some new twists as well as some old favorites. We caught up with Judi Byers, executive director of admissions and financial aid, to learn more. New this year is a novel fill-in-the-blank goals... Read more »