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Last Updated Jun 6, 2017 by

UCLA Anderson MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

With the release of the 2017-2018 UCLA Anderson MBA essays, we wanted to offer some guidance for applicants targeting the University of California, Los Angeles for their business school studies. Anderson MBA essay section is identical to last season’s: first-time applicants are required to respond to one 750-word response and... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 5, 2017 by

Defining Your Post-MBA Career Goals

Though essay prompts tend to vary year to year, the two things that nearly every prospective student can count on being asked are “What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals?” and “How will Business School X help you achieve these goals?” And, even though many schools have now opted to... Read more »

Last Updated May 26, 2017 by

Admissions Director Soojin Kwon Shares the Skinny on Ross’s New Application Essays

Soojin Kwon, who leads MBA admissions at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, began her most recent Director’s Blog by suggesting that things are quiet on campus right now—only to reveal big news about planned changes to its approach to essay questions this year. Soojin Kwon, Ross director of admissions... Read more »

Last Updated May 15, 2017 by

Admissions Tip: Volunteer Experience

It’s the time of year when MBA applicants aiming for Fall 2018 intake are beginning to think about the admissions process, which is why we wanted to focus this week’s admissions tip on one element of the application that candidates often underestimate: volunteer experience. In order to understand why this category... Read more »

Last Updated May 2, 2017 by

New Clear Admit Chat Series Offers Valuable Free Primer for the MBA Admissions Season

Note: You can join the chat in progress here https://www.clearadmit.com/chat/mba-admissions-series/ If you are planning to apply to business school in the coming year, listen up: We’re rolling out a brand-new series of 10 free expert-led chats that together offer a comprehensive overview of the steps successful applicants take in the MBA... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 26, 2017 by

MBA Admissions Mashup: Application Tips, Orientation Week, and Healthcare

Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from MBA admissions blogs at the top business schools. This week we found several business school blogs already looking ahead at the next admissions cycle, offering up a glimpse of your first few days on campus will be like as... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 22, 2017 by

MBA Admissions Mashup: Application Tips, Recruiting, and Alumni Spotlight

Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from MBA admissions blogs at the top business schools. While last week marked the start of Round 2 Decision releases at some of the top programs, we’re taking this opportunity to look ahead to Round 3, life on campus, and... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 13, 2017 by

What If You Don’t Get Into Any MBA Program This Year?

You’ve put in countless hours studying for the GMAT, researching schools, writing essays, preparing for interviews—and now, as decisions trickle out, you’re left wondering if you might not get into any school this year. If this is the spot where you find yourself, take solace in knowing that you are... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 1, 2017 by

MBA Admissions Mashup: Campus Visits, Academics, and Case Competitions

Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from MBA admissions blogs at the top business schools. The coming weeks will have bring deposit deadlines, final decision notifications, and more. This is why we are kind of viewing this week’s mashup as a potpourri of sorts since we’re featuring Wharton campus... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 22, 2017 by

MBA Admissions Mashup: Late Round Advice and Why B-School

Every Wednesday, we share a roundup of the latest news from MBA admissions blogs at the top business schools. This week we share a bevy of admissions advice from several of the schools that are active on the blogosphere. Enjoy (and take heed)! First, since Round 2 decisions are right... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 8, 2017 by

MBA Admissions Mashup: Career Insights and Recommendations

Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from MBA admissions blogs at the top business schools. This week we bring you career insights from the Kelley School of Business and the Tuck School of Business, a look at next steps from The Wharton School, and a couple... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 25, 2017 by

HBS Round 2 Interviews Are Almost Here

As 12 p.m. Eastern time steadily approaches, the waning moments of anxiety and anticipation for Round Two interview invites to Harvard Business School are reaching a boiling point. Earlier this week, HBS Managing Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Chad Losee sent out a reminder to all applicants over at... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 9, 2017 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, 2017 by

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

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 »

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