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Jul 27, 2015

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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 to learn about their MBA program, but visiting is often not a viable option for applicants who are located remotely or unsure of their level of interest in a given school. The good news is that business schools might very well come... Read more »

Jul 20, 2015

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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 One admission deadlines at a reasonable pace. Let’s start by taking a quick look at some of the published MBA application deadlines for Round One at the leading MBA programs: September 9: Harva... Read more »

Jul 13, 2015

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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 some time to suggest a few considerations that applicants might want to take into account when making this call. Is it relevant? Perhaps this goes without saying, but the only information worth sharing in an optional essay... Read more »

Jul 6, 2015

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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 considering the more youthful end of the applicant pool. Of course, the fact that admissions officers are taking a closer look at younger applicants does not mean that getting accepte... Read more »

Jun 29, 2015

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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 that reason, we’d like to talk today about how b-school applicants can use MBA program rankings to discover which schools truly are the best — for them.  Althoug... Read more »

Jun 22, 2015

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Navigating School-Hosted Blogs

As the summer progresses and applicants begin researching their target schools in more depth, we would like to highlight a valuable research tool: school-hosted blogs.  The last few years have seen a significant increase in the number of MBA student blogs hosted by schools’ admissions offices, as well as in admissions offices’ use of blogs to keep applicants informed of deadlines, admissions policies and events. Both types of blogs are useful throughout the admissions cycle; the factual informat... Read more »

Jun 16, 2015

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A Look Inside the Clear Admit School Snapshots

Last week, we announced the release of our 2015-2016 School Snapshots. We’ve been thrilled by the warm reception they’ve received from the MBA applicant community: in the past week, there have been nearly 1,000 Snapshot titles downloaded! For our readers who haven’t yet downloaded their Snapshots, we wanted to offer a closer look at what you’ll find inside each our 27 titles. In order to illustrate the sort of information you’ll find in these four-page program overv... Read more »

Jun 15, 2015

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Admissions Tip: Addressing a Gap in Employment

Given the emphasis that schools place on a candidate’s work experience, it is important for applicants to be proactive in addressing gaps in employment.  When applying to business school, many candidates worry about how the adcom might perceive a gap in employment.  We would like to take some time to discuss strategies for addressing this issue. It’s not unheard of for an MBA candidate to have a gap in employment, and this will not necessarily make a negative impact on someone’s candidacy.  Gaps... Read more »

Jun 8, 2015

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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.  However, to really get a feel for a school and determine whether it’s a good fit for one’s goals and personality, applicants need to dig deeper and gain some firsthand experience with th... Read more »

Jun 1, 2015

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Admissions Tip: How to Write a Winning MBA Résumé

Your résumé is not only an important component of your MBA application, it’s also a great place to start when crafting your overall positioning strategy.  This document forces one to distill a candidacy into a concise summary, focusing on key aspects and themes.  With that in mind, here are a few simple tips to get you started: 1) First things first.  Because you’re applying to graduate school, it makes sense to lead this document with a section detailing your academic history.  This is also the... Read more »

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