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Jul 16, 2015

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Chicago Booth Admissions Director Reveals Origins of Unusual New Essay Prompt

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has done it again. Seven years ago the school made waves when it invited applicants to respond to its essay prompts via PowerPoint presentation. This year, the school has decided to go even further—innovating on its prior innovation. Applicants now are instructed to select one of 16 photographs that capture elements of the school’s community and culture and offer a response—in whatever format they want—that tells the Admissions Committee how the... Read more »

Jul 14, 2015

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Admissions Director Offers Advice on Kellogg’s New Essay Questions

We caught up with Director of Admissions Beth Tidmarsh late last week to discuss the new essay questions posted by the Kellogg School of Mangement on July 8th. Though the wording and order of the questions has changed slightly this year, applicants are asked, like last year, to respond to two required prompts and given 900 words in which to provide their answers. As in past years, applicants also have the opportunity to respond to an additional optional essay with no word limit. Leadership and c... Read more »

Jun 30, 2015

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Fuqua Admissions Dean Dishes on Essays and Life

It’s not every admissions director who will make time during her vacation to discuss how prospective business school applicants should approach their essays. And yet Liz Riley Hargrove, associate dean for admissions at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, did just that. Speaking from North Carolina’s Outer Banks this morning, before the kids woke up ready to head to the beach, she shared insights with Clear Admit on the essay prompts released last week. Not a lot has changed this year in ... Read more »

Jun 16, 2015

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Georgetown McDonough’s Shari Hubert Points to Subtle Changes in New Application

Refreshed following a two-day staff retreat, the head of admissions at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business took time this morning to share with Clear Admit her advice to prospective candidates on how to approach the school’s application for the Class of 2018. Though its essay question remains unchanged from last year, there are subtle shifts elsewhere in the application, says Shari Hubert, who has served as Georgetown McDonough’s associate dean of MBA admissions since 2013. Amon... Read more »

Jun 11, 2015

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NYU Stern Head of Admissions Offers Advice on Essays Posted Today

Just after New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business posted its essay questions for the 2015-16 admissions cycle this morning, Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions Isser Gallogly got on the phone with Clear Admit to share some advice on what the school is looking for in prospective applicants’ responses. Stern didn’t change much this year in terms of its essay prompts. The first, identical to last year, invites applicants to outline their professional aspirations, including why they are pur... Read more »

Jun 10, 2015

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McCombs Director of MBA Admissions Weighs in on Essays, Application Changes

The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin earlier this week posted its essay questions for the 2015-16 application season. Though the prompts remain largely the same as last year, McCombs Director of MBA Admissions Rodrigo Malta had several interesting tidbits of news to share yesterday in an interview with Clear Admit. “We really, really, really love our first essay question,” Malta says of the prompt that invites applicants to introduce themselves to members of their ... Read more »

May 27, 2015

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Columbia Business School Admissions Director Provides Insight into 2015-16 Essays

Columbia Business School (CBS) kicked off the application cycle for the Class of 2018, sending its application live in late April, before any other leading business school. Though this year’s essay questions aren’t hugely different from last year’s, the school’s admissions director took time to share her perspective on the subtle changes with Clear Admit and offer some guidance to applicants who may be preparing to embark upon the application process. Speaking to Clear Admit yesterday, Admission... Read more »

May 22, 2015

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Ross Admissions Director Provides Insight into New Essay Questions

The admissions director at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business weighed in on the school’s new application essay questions—announced this week—in an exchange of emails with Clear Admit. Read on to learn what she had to say. On Wednesday, Ross Admissions Director Soojin Kwon posted the school’s new essay questions for the 2015-16 application season on her Admissions Director Blog. This year, she and her team chose to combine last year’s two essay questions (“What are y... Read more »

May 12, 2015

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MIT Sloan Admissions Director Provides Insight into New Essay Question, Third Round

In an interview today with Clear Admit, the admissions director at the MIT Sloan School of Management shared the reasoning behind the school’s decision to add an additional round to its admissions process and reduce the number of required essays applicants must answer to just one. For the first time in its history, MIT Sloan will give applicants the opportunity to apply as part of a third admissions round, which will feature a deadline of April 11th and a notification date of May 18th. The chang... Read more »

Nov 6, 2014

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Admissions Director Q&A: Dana Brown of Saïd Business School at Oxford University

Dana Brown recently assumed the role of MBA director at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. In this position, Brown has overseen the review of the MBA program and implemented new elements to help “ensure that Oxford MBAs – as future leaders – have the skills, knowledge and personal qualities needed to meet the world-scale challenges of the 21st century,” she says. Brown is no stranger to Oxford. Having received her PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MI... Read more »

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