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Last Updated Sep 4, 2018 by

Clear Admit Webinar Series Recap – “How to Ace Round One Applications”

Are you planning on applying in Round One?  Clear Admit’s experts are here to give you advice and tips to be successful at navigating the admissions process. We’ve just completed both parts of our two-part webinar series available online – and we highly recommend that you watch and listen to it... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 23, 2018 by

Adcom Director Demystifies New Tuck Application Essays

Amid extensive international and domestic recruitment travel, Luke Anthony Peña—who leads admissions at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business—found some rare downtime to devote an August post on the Tuck360: MBA Blog to the school’s new essay prompts. The new essays are part of an overhaul of Tuck’s admissions criteria designed... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 17, 2018 by

21 Days to Go: UVA Darden Early Action Deadline

Attention all applicants, the UVA Darden Early Action Deadline of September 7, 2018 is just 21 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 Jul 19, 2018 by

Michigan Ross Adcom Shares New Twists in 2018 MBA Application

The Michigan Ross School of Business MBA application for fall 2018 is now live! MBA candidates can start applying ASAP, and for the most part, it’s the same as last year. However, there are a few notable changes and things that applicants should be aware of before they start the... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 15, 2018 by

Notre Dame / Mendoza MBA Essay Questions 2018-2019

The University of Notre Dame adcom has posted the Mendoza MBA essay questions. 2018-2019 Mendoza MBA Essay Questions Statement of Purpose (100 words or less, Required) Please share your short term professional goals. What role does a Notre Dame MBA play in helping you achieve these goals? Choose one of the following essay... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 10, 2018 by

Georgetown MBA Essay Questions 2018-2019

The Georgetown University adcom has updated the McDonough MBA essay questions for applicants targeting the Class of 2021. This year we see the return of the one-essay format in addition to the (now one year old) video essay. 2018-2019 Georgetown MBA Essay Questions Essay 1: Describe a defining moment when you were challenged and... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 2, 2018 by

Admissions Tip: Crafting the MBA Essay

With several of the leading schools having already released their MBA essay questions for this admissions season, we’re sure that quite a number of early birds are eager to get a jump on the process in order to complete as many applications as possible by Round 1. As applicants find themselves brainstorming... Read more »

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 »

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