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Last Updated Jun 18, 2018 by

Kellogg Admissions Director Shares Insights on 2019 MBA Application

Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management is one of several leading business schools to release its 2019-2020 MBA application online within the last week. At Kellogg, deadlines for the upcoming admission season are as follow: September 19, 2018 January 9, 2019 April 10, 2019 To help you get started, Director of Admissions Melissa... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 15, 2018 by

Berkeley / Haas MBA Essay Questions 2018-2019

The UC Berkeley MBA admissions committee has announced the Haas essay topics for applicants targeting the Class of 2021. Haas MBA applicants will respond to three brief required essays of no more than 300 words (each). 2018-2019 Berkeley / Haas MBA Essay Questions Essay #1 Tell us a six-word story that reflects... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 5, 2018 by

Columbia Business School MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2018-2019

With the recent announcement of the 2018-2019 Columbia Business School essay questions, this season’s Essay Topic Analysis series is officially underway. Compared to last year, the adcom has re-introduced a question about CBS as the “center of business” as well as brought in a new prompt about a team-based failure. Given... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 3, 2017 by

USC / Marshall MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

We’re following up the USC Marshall School of Business essay questions with our essay topic analysis for the applicant pool seeking entrance in 2019. 2017-2018 USC Marshall MBA Essay Analysis Let’s take a closer look at each prompt. Essay 1 What is your specific, immediate short-term career goal upon completion of your... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 2, 2017 by

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 27, 2017 by

UC Irvine / Merage MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

With the release of the 2017-2018 Irvine / Merage essay topics, we wanted to offer some guidance to applicants. This year, Irvine / Merage asks MBA applicants for a typical career goals essay and offers space for additional information. 2017-2018 UC Irvine / Merage Essay Topic Analysis Let’s take a closer... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 15, 2017 by

20 Days to Go: UVA Darden Round 1 Deadline

Attention all applicants, the UVA Darden Round 1 Deadline of October 5, 2017 is just twenty days away! Need help with your UVA Darden application?  Clear Admit has all the news, resources, and advice to make sure your application is as strong as possible! Start with the UVA Darden school profile page as this includes resources such as:... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 11, 2017 by

Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Submitting an Optional Essay

We realize that the questions of whether to answer an optional essay and, if so, what to say are ones that loom large for many MBA applicants at this time of year. While we’ve been offering a great deal of school-specific essay advice over the past few weeks, we wanted to take... 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 Jul 28, 2017 by

OSU Fisher MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Following up on the 2017-2018 OSU Fisher essay questions, we wanted to offer some guidance to applicants. Let’s take a closer look at each essay. 2017-2018 OSU Fisher MBA Essay Topic Analysis Essay 1 Why do you wish to earn an MBA? Why do you wish to earn an MBA from... Read more »

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