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Last Updated Apr 9, 2018 by

Admissions Tip: 5 Tips for Welcome Weekend Attendance

It’s April, which means that the majority of leading programs will be hosting business school welcome weekends for those candidates that they have admitted during their first two admissions rounds. These “sell” weekends are very important for the schools as part of their push to encourage those that they have admitted... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 5, 2018 by

Financing Your MBA, Part 3: Loans for U.S. MBA Students

Moving right along in our multi-part series on financing your MBA, we’ll take a look today at some of the options prospective MBA students have for obtaining loans to finance their time at business school. For the purposes of this post, we will focus primarily U.S. MBA student loan programs.... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 2, 2018 by

Financing Your MBA, Part 2

In the first of our multi-part series on financing your MBA, we took a look last week at the costs involved in attending a top-tier business school. Now, with a better handle on how much money you’ll need, let’s start looking at where that funding will come from. Students typically... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 27, 2018 by

April Fills Up with MBA Admitted Students’ Weekends

Spring has officially sprung, which means that business schools around the country have geared up to host their admitted student welcome events. In doing so, top schools aim to attract the best and brightest by giving them an early look at what their programs and institutions have to offer. Virtually... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 26, 2018 by

Admissions Tip: Choosing Between Business Schools

Many successful MBA applicants face 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... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 26, 2018 by

Financing Your MBA, Part I

As more and more of you are receiving your admissions results from all your hard work during the MBA application process, we wanted to turn our attention to how you’ll manage financing your MBA. If you’ve got a spare couple hundred thousand dollars in your bank account, then you can probably skip this... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 12, 2018 by

Three Reasons to Apply to MBA Programs in Round 3

As we move through March, the Round 3 deadlines of leading MBA Programs are drawing near. Conventional wisdom in the MBA admissions world suggests it’s best to avoid the final rounds when applying to top business schools, but sometimes circumstances dictate otherwise. One thing to keep in mind is that all indications suggest... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 8, 2018 by

How MBA Rankings Can Provide Value To MBA Candidates

U.S. News will release their MBA Rankings for 2019 on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. For those of you currently navigating the admissions process, we thought it would be timely to look at rankings and the value they provide for MBA candidates.  So how can b-school applicants use rankings to discover the... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 5, 2018 by

Applying in Round 3? Get a Profile Review and Check Out the Stats of Fellow MBA Candidates

With just about a month to go to Round 3 deadlines for the leading MBA programs, applicants for this round should be finalizing school selections and drafting essays. We know that acceptance rates during this round can make things tougher for applicants than in earlier rounds, so we’re using this... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 15, 2018 by

5 Things You Need to Know Before Attending an MBA Fair

MBA Fairs are an opportunity for candidates to learn about a variety of MBA offerings. Some Fairs might include as many as a hundred programs, in a trade fair type setting. We wanted to use this week’s admissions tip to offer five pointers in terms of the best way to... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 10, 2018 by

GMAT Tip: Set Yourself Up For Success

In case you haven’t figured it out, the first full week of the new year can be a minefield. If you’re like most folks, you’ve taken some time off over the last few weeks, eaten too much, not exercised much, and committed to “starting fresh” once Ryan Seacrest rang in... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 8, 2018 by

Admissions Tip: Background Checks

With a slew of schools releasing their R1 notifications just before the holidays, we know that many of our readers will be asking about the background checks conducted by leading programs. Here are some quick facts to help explain the process: 1. What are background checks? Background checks involve the... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 4, 2018 by

Admissions Tip: Unusual Data Form Questions

For this admissions tip, we continue our theme of focusing on Round 2 applicants, and the increasing importance of the application data forms. Earlier this week we examined the eight standard question types that most MBA programs’ data forms tackle, and how applicants should approach those questions. In this admissions tip we... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 2, 2018 by

Admissions Tip: Data Forms

As we approach January and many of our readers begin to work in earnest on their R2 applications for the January deadlines, we would like to turn our attention to an oft overlooked element of the MBA application process: the application data forms. These forms – typically referred to as ‘data forms’... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 26, 2017 by

Admissions Tip: Round 2 Deadlines – The Moment of Truth

Over the last couple of weeks we published a series of MBA admissions tips for Round 2 application deadlines. Today, as a little holiday offering for our readers, we’ve conveniently gathered those tips into one tidy post, to help keep you organized. This next week, between Christmas and New Year’s,... Read more »

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