This fall, five top business schools will launch a portfolio of global dual-degree programs allowing students to earn two master’s degrees at two top business schools in two different countries over two years. The initiative is part of the M2M program led by the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM), which seeks to provide future…
While a career in investment banking may not be as highly sought after anymore among MBAs, it’s still a fairly popular option. And according to a U.S. News interview with Jeff McNish, assistant dean of the Career Development Center at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, investment banks and consulting firms are raising…
As MBA applicants consider where to apply, many conundrums have arisen on ApplyWire, Clear Admit’s latest tool to aid in your admissions process. This week, we’re setting the spotlight on a candidate seeking advice on target schools with his low GPA. We take a closer look at a post from an applicant considering CMU /…
The official University of Virginia Darden School of Business Class of 2019 profile is now out, revealing one of the most diverse groups of MBA students the school has ever welcomed to campus. This record-setting incoming class helps underscore Darden’s core values of diversity, inclusion, and respect against the backdrop of the recent violence in Charlottesville.…
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Today we are delighted to feature a post from Monika Johnson, a dual-degree student with the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. Johnson attended a conference this summer focused on how to promote innovation in business and human rights education and returned…
Sally Blount, dean of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, announced in a video address to the school community yesterday that the coming year will be her last as dean. Her announcement comes seven years after she took the helm, becoming one of the only women to date to lead a top-ranked business school. Her departure…
In an aim to initiate discussions on the relationship between business and the arts, the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School will launch a fine art exhibition. The exhibition, curated by the Zuleika Gallery, will be held on September 13th and is open to all students, faculty, and the community. The exhibit will feature a collection…
When the Trump administration formally announced yesterday that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA)—putting a six-month expiration date on legal protections granted to approximately 800,000 people who entered the U.S. illegally as children—universities and business leaders were quick to condemn it. Indeed, vocal defense of the “Dreamers,” as those in…
A job is possible for any determined MBA graduate. Obviously, the ideal job differs from graduate to graduate, but if you’re into sustainable choices for consumers, Unilever might be right for you. The company specializes in household products like soap, shampoo, and even iced tea. Well-known brands like Lipton and Dove are also underneath the…
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Whether you’re flying to campus now for an applicant-initiated interview, or practicing til perfection while anticipating an invitation, don’t wait to download the Clear Admit Interview Guides to ace your MBA admissions interview. The Clear Admit Interview Guides include first-hand interview accounts submitted by real applicants over the years through our Interview Archive. In addition to lists of…
While business schools require candidates to submit anywhere from 1-3 recommendations as part of the regular admissions process, we’re devoting this admissions tip to a lesser known relative of the formal recommendation: the letter of support. The letter of support is very different from a typical letter of recommendation, in ways that we will detail below.…
As students return to business school campuses around the world—or set foot on them for the first time—the student blog machines start churning again. We love it! Today’s Friday from the Frontlines post comes to us from incoming INSEAD MBA student Cissy Martinez, who was born and raised in China but spent 11 years in…
I’m busy, you’re busy, your boss is most definitely busy. Indeed, publications ranging from Men’s Health to the Atlantic, the Washington Post to Forbes are all reporting that “busyness“ has become the new status symbol for our times. Which is part of what makes asking someone to write you a letter of recommendation for business…
We know it’s a bit unnerving to solicit recommendations without knowing what your recommenders are being asked. Luckily, we’ve done all the legwork for you and have gathered all of this admissions cycle’s MBA recommendation questions from the top business schools in one easy-to-manage spot. Be sure to bookmark this page for your convenience as…
In a recent post to her Admissions Director Blog, Soojin Kwon, director of admissions at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, gave a glimpse into life at Ross before school had even started. She highlighted the Ross Impact Challenge that new students take part in during orientation and the MBA2-led MTreks that followed—taking…
If you ask any runner why they run, you’ll get a different answer. Some run to lose weight while others run for the community and social aspect, but at the end of the day everyone has something that gets them up and out of the door when the conditions aren’t ideal (sadly everyday can’t be…
Attention all applicants, the Stanford GSB Round 1 Deadline of September 19, 2017 is just 20 days away! Need help with your Stanford GSB application? Clear Admit has all the news, resources, and advice to make sure your application is as strong as possible! Start with the Stanford Graduate School of Business profile page as this page includes resources such…
The official Harvard Business School (HBS) Class of 2019 profile is now out—capturing in numbers and pie charts the real live students who started class for the first time yesterday. Not a lot has shifted since HBS released its preliminary class profile earlier this summer, although the Class of 2019 now includes 928 students, suggesting…
The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School last week released its Class of 2019 profile, and we connected yesterday with Maryellen Reilly, vice dean of MBA admissions, financial aid, and career services, to discuss some of the highlights. Chief among them: yet another year of enrolling 44 percent women and an uptick in students with a…
MBA applicants are figuring out their target schools for Round 1 and sharing their plans on ApplyWire, Clear Admit’s latest tool to aid in your admissions process. This week, we take a closer look at one candidate trying to find their preferred path in the banking industry with 10 schools on their radar, including: U. Chicago Booth,…
Bruce Delmonico, assistant dean for admissions, recently shared a great blog post about the incoming Yale School of Management (SOM) Class of 2019 that served up many more juicy details than the average class profile. Calling the group “one of the strongest we have welcomed to Yale,” Delmonico noted that they speak roughly 50 different…
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Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University released its class profile for the incoming Class of 2019 last week, revealing that despite some shifts here and there, overall the incoming class does not differ hugely from the class that preceded it. A total of 277 new two-year MBA students were accepted into the Cornell Johnson…
Post-MBA Target Industry:
Years of Work Experience: 5
Post MBA Location: Bay Area
Alex and Graham,
Huge fan of the podcast – I listen every day during my commute! Thank you for all the valuable insights you share. I'd love to get your thoughts on my profile:
First-generation college student, underrepresented minority (URM).
Almost failed out of high school (2.54 GPA) due to a combination of apathy towards education and not realizing what opportunities were available to me if I actually put in a modicum of effort towards my studies.
Associate Degree in Engineering (Community College, 3.61 GPA)
B.S. in Chemical Engineering (Public State School, 3.64 GPA)
M.S. in Computer Science (MCIT Online, University of Pennsylvania)
Just recently accepted. Started in January
5 years as a Naval Officer, Currently a Nuclear Power School Instructor.
Lead a team of instructors (20 direct reports) that is responsible for training the next generation nuclear reactor operators and outputs 900 sailors annually.
Extracurriculars & Volunteering:
Engineering Student Government Senator- impacted 2000+ students through legislation.
Vice President, ChemE club
Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor (1.5 years).
Consultant for a non-profit supporting first-time entrepreneurs.
Short-term: Pivot into the tech industry, ideally gaining experience in product development at a big tech company.
Long-term: Contribute to the edtech space, leveraging AR/VR to transform education.
GRE score: 320 (163Q/157V) after my second attempt. I'm not the greatest at standardized exams and feel like I'm approaching diminishing returns. Going to retake in a few months. Currently working through a GRE course to hopefully make some incremental gains. Open to feedback on the reasonableness of target schools with my current profile.
Additionally, I'm curious how schools would view my application considering I'm already pursuing a master's degree. I've heard that some schools may take this as a signal that I will not be fully committed to their program? My intent is to pivot into tech, and I wanted to complement the MBA with a technical foundation.
Degree in Education and have worked as a teacher in various school settings over the past 5 years in Chicago, Hawaii and Dubai.
I'm thrilled to share a bit about my journey thus far. My professional trajectory has been centered around education, where I've infused sustainability into the heart of my teaching philosophy. From developing innovative curriculum modules to orchestrating immersive field trips, I've strived to cultivate authentic learning experiences that foster environmental awareness among students. I have also wrote and published a children's book on climate change.
In college I volunteered with Alternative Spring Breaks where I was a board member for 3 years and also participated in a cross country cycling trip from NYC to San Francisco as part of a cancer fundraiser with my university.
Beyond the classroom, I've ventured into entrepreneurship and have started two businesses: a Hawaiian shirt company with a women's social enterprise in India and a lemonade business operating at large scale events in the midwest one summer.
Looking ahead, I'm eager to explore opportunities within climate consulting or as a product manager at a climate tech firm.