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Yale SOM Deadlines 2011-2012

The 2011-2012 Yale SOM deadlines have been announced! The three rounds are as follows: Round 1 Deadline: October 6, 2011 Notification: December 15, 2011 Round 2 Deadline: January 5, 2012 Notification: March 22, 2012 Round 3 Deadline: April 12, 2012 Notification: May 17, 2012 Yale SOM’s online application will be... Read more »

Clear Admit Releases 2011-2012 School Guides to Chicago Booth, Columbia, Harvard, Kellogg, Ross, Stanford and Wharton!

Applauded by admissions officers and applicants alike, the Clear Admit School Guides are informative and detailed profiles of leading business schools that combine the views of faculty, students, alumni and the popular press. The Chicago Booth, Columbia, Harvard, Kellogg, Ross, Stanford and Wharton guides, along with the rest of the... Read more »

Northwestern / Kellogg Essay Topic Analysis 2011-2012

Following up on the announcement of Kellogg’s 2011-2012 essay topics last week, we’d like to take some time to consider each of the school’s essays and offer some guidance to this season’s applicants.  Four of Kellogg’s six essay topics remain identical to those of last year’s application, reflecting a continued... Read more »

Inaugural Class of Kenan-Flagler Business School’s [email protected] Begins

July 4th marked the official start of [email protected], a new online-format MBA program offered by the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. The first of its kind at a top-tier business school, the distance learning program will allow participating students to study from home wherever they live, with less... Read more »

Trivia Tuesday: International Study at Johnson

Welcome to this week’s Trivia Tuesday, in which we help applicants differentiate one leading MBA program from the next by highlighting the elements that set each one apart.  Today, we’re investigating the international opportunities available to students at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, as... Read more »

Analysis of Northwestern / Kellogg Essay 4, Option C: The riskiest personal or professional decision I ever made was…

The riskiest personal or professional decision I ever made was… (400 word limit) Similar to last year’s prompt about the “best mistake” the candidate had ever made, this essay asks applicants to discuss a time they took a major gamble. Unlike the mistake prompt, this year’s formulation also allows one... Read more »

Analysis of Northwestern / Kellogg Essay 4, Option A: Describe a time you had to inspire a reluctant individual or group.

Describe a time you had to inspire a reluctant individual or group. (400 word limit) This prompt is a slightly gentler version of an option that appeared here last year; whereas applicants were previously asked about “resistance,” this season’s inquiry centers on “reluctance.” This change opens this essay up to... Read more »

Analysis of Northwestern / Kellogg Essay 4, Option B: People may be surprised to learn that I…

People may be surprised to learn that I… (400 word limit) This essay prompt enables candidates to discuss some element of their backgrounds that will show a new and interesting side of themselves that doesn’t come across in the rest of their application materials, and which might make them more... Read more »

Analysis of Duke / Fuqua Essay 3: Why Duke?

Why Duke? (If you are interested in a specific concentration, joint degree, clubs or activities, please discuss how you would contribute to these in this essay.) (2 pages maximum with 1.5 line spacing and a minimum 10 point font size) Asking applicants about their interest in the school to which... Read more »

Admissions Tip: Addressing Unemployment or Gaps in Employment

Given the emphasis that schools place on a candidate’s work experience, it is important to be proactive in addressing gaps in employment.  When applying to business school, many candidates worry about how the adcom might perceive gaps in employment.  We would like to take some time to discuss strategies for... Read more »

Analysis of Duke / Fuqua Essay 2: How will your background, values, and non-work activities enhance the experience of other Duke MBA students and add value to Fuqua’s diverse culture?

How will your background, values, and non-work activities enhance the experience of other Duke MBA students and add value to Fuqua’s diverse culture? (2 pages maximum with 1.5 line spacing and a minimum 10 point font size) This question reflects Duke’s interest in identifying students who are in a position... Read more »

Analysis of Northwestern / Kellogg Essay 3: Assume you are evaluating your application from the perspective of a student member of the Kellogg Admissions Committee. Why would you and your peers select you for admission, and what impact would you make as a member of the Kellogg community?

Assume you are evaluating your application from the perspective of a student member of the Kellogg Admissions Committee. Why would you and your peers select you for admission, and what impact would you make as a member of the Kellogg community? (600 word limit) This is one of the trickier... Read more »

Analysis of Duke / Fuqua Essay 1: Describe your vision for your career and your inspiration for pursuing this career path.

Describe your vision for your career and your inspiration for pursuing this career path. (2 pages maximum with 1.5 line spacing and a minimum 10 point font size) This is a variation of the standard career goals essay. Because Duke is asking about applicants’ career vision, however, this particular question... Read more »

Analysis of Northwestern / Kellogg Essay 2: Describe your key leadership experiences and evaluate what leadership areas you hope to develop through your MBA experiences.

Describe your key leadership experiences and evaluate what leadership areas you hope to develop through your MBA experiences. (600 word limit) This essay is a great opportunity to showcase the various leadership roles you have taken on in college and afterward. Given the number of subjects that need to be... Read more »

GMAT Tips: Multiplication Shortcuts on the GMAT

Today’s GMAT Tip comes to us from Kaplan. In this article, Kaplan GMAT instructor Bret Ruber provides tips for answering questions involving multiplication on the GMAT: When working on the GMAT quantitative section, it is always important to remember that the questions are written so that they can be completed... Read more »

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