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Last Updated Sep 9, 2015 by

Should I Apply in Round 1 or Round 2 to My Top Choice School?

This is the second in a two-part series on MBA application strategy. In case you missed the first, check it out here. In terms of application strategy, one of the biggest questions prospective MBA applicants wrestle with is whether to apply in Round 1 or Round 2 to the school they most... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 7, 2015 by

Savvy MBA Application Strategy: How Many Apps, Which Schools, When to Apply

You’ve decided the MBA is the next stop on your career path. What now? The smartest applicants are those who take the time to create an informed MBA application strategy—a well thought-out game plan that can help you obtain your goals as efficiently and effectively as possible. One of the... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 1, 2015 by

2015-2016 Notre Dame / Mendoza Essay Topic & Deadlines

The Notre Dame / Mendoza admissions committee has released the 2015-2016 MBA essay topics and deadlines. The Notre Dame / Mendoza requirements consist of one required essay, a powerpoint presentation, in addition to an optional essay. 2015-2016 Notre Dame / Mendoza Essay Topic The MBA Admissions Committee places considerable emphasis on your communication... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 27, 2015 by

On the Road: Off-Campus MBA Information Sessions

For all those applicants who have recently opened a calendar to plot out the next few months only to realize they can’t possibly fit in campus visits on top of full time jobs and essay writing, never fear! It’s true that traveling to a school’s campus is the ideal way... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 20, 2015 by

Save the Dates: Round One Application Deadlines Are Out

Anyone who’s familiar with the MBA application process knows that August moves forward at an accelerated pace, and come September, entire weeks seem to disappear. To help this year’s Round One applicants avoid the classic time crunch, today’s blog post offers some basic advice on how to approach the Round... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 6, 2015 by

Applying to MBA Programs With Relatively Little Work Experience

As many of our readers know, it has become increasingly common for younger individuals to gain admission to the leading full-time MBA programs.  Whereas the average student age was once 27-28 at the leading business schools (meaning an average 5-6 years of full-time work experience), many programs are now carefully... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 29, 2015 by

How to Use MBA Program Rankings to Your Advantage

There are a number of authoritative sources that knowledgeably rank the “top” MBA programs each year.  Because the methodologies of these rankings can differ considerably, however, a given school may well be ranked quite differently across these various lists, making it difficult to decipher which are the “best” schools. For... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 8, 2015 by

Admissions Tip: Visiting the Campus

As many applicants are finding out at this time of year, conducting thorough research on MBA programs is an essential step in formulating a list of target schools and crafting convincing essays.  Surfing the web and speaking with friends and mentors are great starting points in identifying programs of interest.... Read more »

Last Updated May 18, 2015 by

Admissions Tip: Selecting Your Recommenders

Since many of our readers are just beginning the business school application process, we wanted to offer some basic tips on a critical variable in the MBA admissions equation: recommender selection. When choosing your recommenders, remember that it can be seen as a test of judgment – selecting a recommender... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 20, 2015 by

Admissions Tip: Round 3 Results

With the MBA programs releasing their Round 3 notifications in the upcoming weeks, the 2014-2015 admissions season is coming to a close for the vast majority of MBA aspirants.  We’d like to offer our congratulations to all those who have gained admission to one of more of their target schools... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 16, 2015 by

Admissions Tip: Feedback Sessions for Denied Applicants

As many of our readers know, a small number of leading MBA programs offer admissions feedback sessions to applicants who did not make the admissions cut in a given season.  Though we’ve touched upon this subject before, we’d like to use today’s blog entry to underline the importance of these feedback sessions for... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 2, 2015 by

Admissions Tip: Dealing with a Ding

With many MBA programs beginning to release their R2 decisions, the spring notification season will soon be coming to a close.  While we would like to hope that today’s topic isn’t apropos for too many of our readers, we wanted to offer some advice to applicants who’ve been rejected from... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 23, 2015 by

Admissions Tip: Extracurricular Activities

Because it’s the time of year when applicants aiming for Fall 2016 intake are just beginning to think about the admissions process, we wanted to focus today on one element of the application that candidates often underestimate: extracurricular activities. In order to understand why this category is important, candidates should... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 16, 2015 by

Admissions Tip: Planning for the GMAT

For all you “early birds” who are planning to apply to business school this fall, we wanted to offer a few tips on managing your time as it relates to the GMAT exam.  Because this is an important element for many applicants in determining at which schools they will be... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 2, 2015 by

Admissions Tip: Thinking About Financing

Though many business school applicants know exactly what they want to do—and how much they hope to make—after they graduate from an MBA program, a surprising number apply to school without thinking about how they’ll pay for this expensive degree.  While some students do foot the entire bill themselves or... Read more »

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