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Aug 31, 2015

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The MBA Essay: Back to Basics

We often stress that, to present oneself effectively in one’s application essays, it is critical to think carefully about what a given question is asking and what this might indicate about a specific school’s admissions priorities. Of course, it’s also imperative to communicate clearly and appropriately regardless of the target program or particular inquiry. (For school specific essay topic analyses, click here.) Today, we’re going back to basics and offering a few broadly applicable tips on ton... Read more »

Aug 24, 2015

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The MBA Application: Know Your Audience

As Round 1 deadlines approach, applicants are coming to understand that applying to business school is an incredibly demanding process. In addition to taking the GMAT, assembling academic transcripts and providing recommendation letters, candidates are required to draft multiple essays, job descriptions, lists of activities and more. With the obvious incentive to save time wherever possible, it’s understandable that many applicants simply cut and paste content from an existing resume and write a... Read more »

Aug 21, 2015

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Clear Admit Keeps Applicants on Top of Approaching MBA Application Deadlines

Admissions teams are on the road meeting with prospective applicants around the globe, applications are now live for all of the leading MBA programs and interviews are even already underway at a handful of schools. The MBA application season is officially in full swing, and Clear Admit is primed to keep you on top of all the MBA application deadlines ahead. Our comprehensive Deadline Calendar is fully up to date, offering a single spot where you can quickly confirm that you’re on track for each ... Read more »

Aug 17, 2015

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Common Recommendation Dilemmas

As many of our readers are aware, MBA recommendation letters are a central part of the application process. We would like to take a look at how to handle the snags that often arise for applicants in unique employment situations. The applicant who is most likely to have trouble finding a suitable recommender is either self-employed or works in his or her family’s business. First, self-employed entrepreneurs by their very nature do not have a direct supervisor.  Similarly, an applicant who works f... Read more »

Aug 10, 2015

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Don’t Overlook the MBA Application Data Forms

With Round 1 deadlines just around the corner, we wanted to offer some words of advice about an often overlooked element of one’s file: the MBA application data forms. All too often, we see candidates leave these online application forms to the last minute, even rushing to enter all of the required information “deadline day.” The truth is that a weak effort on these forms can do serious harm to one’s candidacy, as it might reflect poorly on the applicant’s professional polish or commitment to th... Read more »

Aug 3, 2015

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Is Age Just a Number? Applying as a Younger MBA Applicant

As many of our readers know, it has become increasingly common for younger individuals to apply to MBA programs. Whereas the average age and years of work experience at the leading business schools has traditionally hovered at around 28 and 5 respectively, 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 the younger applicant does not guarantee an easy road to acceptance for this grou... Read more »

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 »

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