News items that we think are relevant and potentially of interest to MBA applicants and anyone interested in business school.
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The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, together with its College of Engineering, awarded its first master’s degrees in entrepreneurship last week, the university announced. Degrees were conferred upon 17 students as part of the joint program, which draws upon the strengths of both schools to help students transform business ideas into market-ready ventures within 12 months.
“The University of Michigan is ideally positioned to deliver such a program,” Ross Dean Alison Davis-Blake said in a statement. “Our top-ranked business and engineering schools have a long history of successful collaborative ventures,” she continued. Continue reading…
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Columbia Business School (CBS) this week launched Notes to the Next Class, a new online space where current and past students can share their experience with future CBS classes through photos, videos, advice and more.
The website is organized into sections corresponding to major milestones CBS students will experience in the course of their graduate management education, from acceptance and orientation to academics and campus life to graduation and post-MBA careers. With more than 41,000 alumni around the world, the school hopes the online repository will help connect students across the globe and across the decades.
“With the new website, generations of students can compare their experiences on campus, resulting in a shared celebration of history at the School,” read a press release announcing the website’s launch.
CBS community members can post notes and related media and check out what those who have come before them have to say about the same topics. And though only CBS students and graduates can contribute to the site, anyone can access it. So that makes it a great resource for prospective applicants looking to learn more about the school as well.
- Columbia Business School Admissions Committee Shares Waitlist Advice (clearadmit.com)
- Columbia Business School to Revamp MBA, EMBA Programs Next Fall (clearadmit.com)
Harvard Business School to Eliminate Formal Application Process
In yet another move to innovate and keep one step ahead of over-coached candidates, Harvard Business School (HBS) will be completely overhauling its application process for the coming season (2013-14). As many will recall, HBS made a splash this past cycle (2012-13) by reducing the number of required admissions essays by half (and available word count from 2,000 to 800 words) while also introducing a post-interview reflection email. While these innovations were helpful, the HBS admissions board will be taking things a step further Continue reading…
Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) data from the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) reveals that women are embracing business school education as never before, a fact we thought makes a fitting close to March, Women’s History month.
A record number of women (122,843) took the GMAT in testing year 2012, representing a record share (43 percent) of exams taken, according to GMAC. Moreover, for the past 10 years the growth rate among women (4.3 percent) had been almost double that of men.
GMAC gathered these and other statistics as part of a special Women and Graduate Management Education Data-to-Go summary to commemorate International Women’s Day earlier this month. Citing its 2012 Application Trends Survey, GMAC noted that demand for specialized master’s programs is especially high among women, with each Master of Marketing/Communications and Master of Accounting programs showing a majority of women in their applicant mix (63 and 56 percent respectively).
Stacey Oyler, senior admissions counselor for Clear Admit, revealed hidden talents recently by reviewing the movie Admission, starring Tina Fey. In the funny and insightful review, published earlier this week by PoetsandQuants, Oyler reminisces about the days when she was a member of the admissions committee at Dartmouth University’s Tuck School of Business, comparing and contrasting her experiences with those of Portia Nathan, the Princeton admissions officer Fey portrays in the movie.
While Fey’s character in the movie is an undergraduate admissions officer, real-life Oyler’s focus was on MBA applicants to Tuck, where she worked from October 2003 to July 2005. Nonetheless, Oyler was able to draw several parallels between the movie and her own experience and share a number of takeaways that could benefit prospective applicants to undergraduate and MBA programs alike. Continue reading…
For those happy applicants who now hold acceptance letters from their target business schools, there still may be important work ahead: namely, breaking the news to your current employer. In a recent post to the Forté Foundation’s Virtual Campus website, a Forté Fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business shares some best practices for how to approach this task with tact and technique – maintaining valuable relationships that could serve you in the future.
Tricia Felice, Chicago Booth MBA 2014, left a full-time job in Los Angeles to start her MBA program. She is the recipient of a fellowship through the Forté Foundation, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in MBA programs and business leadership. “Telling my boss about my decision was difficult, but it helped to remain focused on the personal progress I knew I would experience through my MBA,” she wrote. Continue reading…
In a recent post to the Stanford MBA Admissions Blog, Associate Director of MBA Admissions Lizabeth Cutler provided some tips to prospective applicants on how to provide an authentic, compelling reflection of yourself as you put together your application.
“Try to find the right balance between ‘well presented’ and ‘processed,’ wrote Cutler. “We expect you to show us your best self, just make sure it is YOURself,” she stressed. Continue reading…
The Clear Admit Team would like to wish our dedicated readers all the best in 2013. Good luck to those of you who are putting the finishing touches on your Round 2 applications!
Thanks to everyone who has shared their interview experiences this season, we already have several new interview reports available in our archive (formerly the Clear Admit Wiki) from Northwestern / Kellogg, Chicago / Booth, CMU / Tepper, U.Penn / Wharton, Dartmouth / Tuck, and Stanford GSB.
For a limited time, we will be awarding a $10 Amazon gift card to every applicant who submits a report! All you have to do is send us your interview field report; we’ll then post it online and will send you a $10 Amazon gift certificate. (Limit: one Amazon gift card per person.)
Applicants who would like to supplement the information available in our archives can check out our Clear Admit Interview Guides, which provide school-specific insight and strategic advice about admissions interviews. Thank you to everyone who has contributed their experiences and helped fellow applicants prepare for MBA admissions interviews this season!