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Strategic advice on executing your MBA application, including tips on your résumé, data forms, and essays.

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Last Updated Jan 9, 2017 by

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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, 2017 by

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Free Webinar on Preparing Your Cornell Application

This webinar has ended.  Join Clear Admit & Cornell Johnson’s Executive Director of Admissions & Financial Aid Judi Byers for a FREE MBA admissions webinar. Wednesday, January 4, 2017  |  11:00AM EST In this online information session, you’ll be provided with an overview of how to put together a strong application... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 27, 2016 by

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Admissions Directors Weigh in on Data Forms

In recent weeks we’ve featured a couple of admissions tips focused on the evolving nature of data forms as part of the MBA admissions process. Specifically, we’ve noticed that data forms at many schools have grown more extensive in recent years, in some cases in tandem with a move away... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 19, 2016 by

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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. Last week we examined the eight standard question types that most MBA programs’ data forms tackle, and how applicants should approach those questions. This week we will... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 14, 2016 by

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MBA Admissions Mashup: Round 1 Decisions

Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from MBA admissions blogs at the top business schools. It’s decision week at several of the top business schools that we cover, including Harvard Business School and Northwestern / Kellogg which released decisions today. We also have an employment report... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 12, 2016 by

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Admissions Tip: Data Forms

As we approach mid-December 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... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 19, 2016 by

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MBA Admissions Mashup: That B-School Life

Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from MBA admissions blogs at the top business schools. This week we’re taking a look at “that b-school life,” whether it be housing, the first month of business school as well as extracurricular activities. As many of you know, Dartmouth... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 3, 2016 by

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Admissions Tip: Word Limits and Character Counts

MBA candidates naturally have a good deal of information they want – and need – to convey in their materials, and getting the important ideas down under restrictive word counts is a difficult task.  While it might be tempting to run a bit beyond the guidelines to slip in that... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 28, 2016 by

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MBA Admissions Mashup: Starting Your MBA Journey

Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from MBA admissions blogs at the top business schools. Over the past couple of weeks, first-year MBAs across the world are experiencing business school for the first time. To acclimate themselves to the rigors (and fun!) of pursuing their MBA, programs organize orientation... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 26, 2016 by

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Admissions Tip: Video Essays

It’s no secret that the use of video in the MBA application is becoming increasingly popular among top business schools. Schools that now use these so-called video essays include Northwestern / Kellogg, INSEAD and Yale SOM. Typically you will be provided with a question, then a short amount of time... Read more »

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