News, advice and resources for business school applicants


News items that we think are relevant and potentially of interest to MBA applicants and anyone interested in business school.

Free Harvard Business School Guide !

The Clear Admit team knows that many of our readers are in the midst of finalizing their HBS applications as Tuesday’s first round deadline approaches.  While we’re confident that our HBS essay topic analysis has been helpful and we know that you’re working hard, we wanted to make one more tool available to you before the deadline.  As such, we are pleased to announce that for the next 72 hours, the critically acclaimed Clear Admit Harvard Business School Guide is free!  Just download it from our shop and start reading on your desktop, laptop, iPad, Kindle or any other device you have.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

1) Go to the HBS School Guide page and add it to your cart

2) Use this code at checkout: HBSSG14

3) Send us flowers, chocolates, or leave us a nice comment on this blog post to thank us :)

4) Tell your friends!

For those of you who don’t already know, the Harvard Business School Guide features 48 pages of in-depth information about life at HBS.  Reading it will help you to:

    • Become an expert on HBS overnight and use your knowledge to fine-tune a personal statement that will stand out in the admissions process
    • Compare HBS head-to-head with Stanford, Wharton and other leading programs using objective data that goes beyond rankings and school-published marketing materials
    • Prepare for your HBS admissions interview (and post-interview reflection essay) by knowing the school inside and out

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FREE Columbia School Guide – 24 Hours Only!

school guidesIn honor of our new Admissions Counselor Erin Hale, who joins us after three years in the Columbia Business School admissions office, Clear Admit is excited to offer applicants one FREE school guide to Columbia Business School.  Available for immediate download, each Clear Admit School Guide offers informative and detailed profiles of leading business schools; the definitive guide to CBS, the Columbia School Guide provides insight into the program’s core curriculum, popular professors and access to business leaders in NYC, among much more.  Prospective Columbia applicants should be sure to take advantage of this special offer, but even prospective applicants of other programs could benefit from learning more about what the Clear Admit School Guides have to offer. Admissions officers, applicants and the press all agree that the Clear Admit School Guides are a vital tool to successfully navigating the MBA admissions process.

In order to download your free Columbia School Guide, simply go to the Clear Admit Shop and enter coupon code CBSSG14 at checkout.  This limited-time offer ends tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. EST. 

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Clear Admit Welcomes New Admissions Counselor from Columbia Business School

erin haleClear Admit this month welcomed a new Admissions Counselor to our team of experts. Erin Hale joins us from Columbia Business School (CBS), where she worked in admissions for three years as a member of both the recruitment and operations teams. Erin brings not only her in-depth knowledge of the CBS admissions process and MBA admissions in general, but also a passion for working with MBA applicants.

Erin has been drawn to admissions since her college days at Colgate University, where she volunteered in the admissions office while completing her degree in English. She had a brief but enjoyable stint at publisher John Wiley following graduation, but soon enough the pull to return to work in admissions was too hard to resist. Working first in transfer admissions at Marymount Manhattan College, she came to CBS in 2011. Continue reading…

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Yale School of Management Hosts Annual Pre-MBA Leadership Program

yalesomYale School of Management (SOM) today kicked off its annual Pre-MBA Leadership Program, welcoming 59 students from 24 countries to its New Haven campus.

Now in its fifth year, the two-week program targets second-, third- and fourth-year university students, as well as recent graduates, from under-represented minority populations. Two years ago, the program expanded to also include students from universities in the Global Network for Advanced Management, a consortium of 27 leading business schools from around the world.

The intention of the program is to provide participants with an introduction to MBA coursework and associated potential career paths while helping develop their leadership skills and providing them with valuable networking opportunities. Programming includes compressed versions of several of SOM’s core curriculum courses, including classes in operations, microeconomics and accounting. Continue reading…

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Best of Blogging Awards 2013-2014 Timeline Announced

BoB Nominee 1 (1)Another application cycle is rapidly drawing to a close, and summer is ahead of us. A good deal of clarity and news has been delivered to this year’s MBA applicant pool: interview invitations, admissions decisions, and, of course, the announcement of our annual Best of Blogging Awards (also known as “the BoBs”)! For those unfamiliar with the awards, each year we make an effort to identify exceptional blogs maintained by MBA applicants and students. We do this for two reasons: to recognize the commitment and quality of the best applicant and student bloggers’ writing, and to identify valuable sources of information for the next round of applicants.

Here’s the timeline for this year’s awards, which will cover the 2013-2014 admissions/academic cycle:

Nominees Announced – Friday, May 16th

We’ll begin by considering all featured bloggers from Fridays From The Frontline (bloggers are encouraged to email about adding a link if their sites are not currently included). Keeping in mind the relevance and frequency of posts, as well as the overall quality of their contributions to the MBA blogosphere, we’ll pare the list of nominees down to approximately 10 nominees. Once we’ve determined the blogs to be considered, we’ll be sending BoB ballots out to each of the nominated bloggers.

Ballots Due – Wednesday, May 28th
Votes from the nominated bloggers, Clear Admit staff and our Fridays From the Frontlines readership will be due on Wednesday, May 28th.   In addition to an overall ranking, we’ll ask voters to share their thoughts on the funniest blog and best single post, and to point us to the blogs that they feel feature the best advice in categories such as GMAT preparation, school selection, application essays, admissions and recruiting interviews, as well as the best representation of academics and student life in business school.

Winners Announced – Friday, May 3oth
Once the votes are in, we’ll publish all the ranked blogs, as well as announce the top three winners. Clear Admit will be presenting prizes to the select few for their efforts and contribution to the community. The first place winner will receive a $300 gift certificate,  and the second and third place bloggers will receive a $100 and $50 Amazon gift certificate, respectively.

That’s all for now – check back on Friday, May 16th for an announcement about this year’s BoB nominees! In the mean time, happy blogging…

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Attend a FREE MBA Admissions Workshop

Thinking about applying to business school this fall? Get a head start by signing up for one of Clear Admit’s free  MBA Admissions Workshops to hear from a seasoned expert in MBA admissions and get answers to your questions early on in the admissions process. Clear Admit will be hosting five free, in-person MBA Admissions Workshops from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the following cities:

Los Angeles – Thursday, April 24

Chicago – Thursday, May 15

Philadelphia – Thursday, May 22

New York City – Thursday, May 29

Boston – Thursday, June 4

During the Clear Admit Workshop, one of our counselors will lead you step-by-step through the MBA application process, from preparing for the GMAT to addressing common applicant weaknesses.  You will also have the opportunity to get your individual questions answered during a Q&A session following the presentation.  By attending an Admissions Workshop, you will be eligible for special discounts on Clear Admit’s consulting services and publications, including Clear Admit’s popular  School and Interview Guides which draw on over a decade of knowledge and expertise on the MBA admissions process.

Members of our consulting team have served on the admissions committees of top 10 MBA programs, graduated from leading business schools, including Wharton, Stanford, and Booth, and worked for McKinsey, Bain, and the Boston Consulting Group, among other leading firms.  To attend a Clear Admit MBA Admissions Workshop near you, register here.

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MBA vs. MSx at Stanford Graduate School of Business?

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You know about the two-year, full-time MBA program at Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB). But did you know the school also offer a second masters degree focused on general management? Stanford’s MSx Program offers a Master of Science in Management degree, a one-year, full-time program geared toward experienced professionals with at least eight years in the work force.

Which program is right for you depends on a range of factors. Both are full-time and focus on general management, and both are taught by Stanford GSB faculty and feature a range of elective course offerings. Students in either program have full access to Stanford’s GSB centers, courses throughout Stanford University, university-wide institutes and student clubs, events and social activities. Continue reading…

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Which Top U.S. Business School Are You?

Trying to decide which MBA program is your best match? Whether you’ve already been accepted or are just now starting to make a list of target programs, today Clear Admit is releasing a groundbreaking new MBA tool. Take our quiz to see which leading U.S. business school is the best fit for you!

Banner3   Finished the quiz? Want to learn more about your school?  Check out our School Guides.

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Last Chance to Win $500 by taking the MBA Applicant Survey!

AIGACHelp the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) to improve the MBA admissions process by filling out this year’s AIGAC survey and be entered to win $500!

Since you’ve experienced the MBA admissions process first hand, your insight and perspective is very valuable to the AIGAC community!  The process works like this: AIGAC helps the MBA programs, which leads them to help us, which leads us to serve you better through our counseling services, publications and blog.  Past applicants taking the survey allowed us to better help you, so taking the survey is a great way to pay that favor forward!  If you are curious, you can read more about the survey here.

The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete and can be accessed here. You’ll be eligible to enter a drawing for a $500 cash payment (to be sent via PayPal) from AIGAC.  Your email address would be used only for prize notifications.

Thank you for helping us to improve the MBA admissions process!

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Get a FREE School Guide by taking the Clear Admit Survey!

school guidesSpend only 5 minutes to complete the Clear Admit Survey and get a free Clear Admit School Guide!

Choose from 27 different Clear Admit School Guides, which offer informative and detailed profiles of leading business schools that combine the views of admissions officers, faculty, students, alumni and the popular press.  The School Guides are an excellent resource for every step of the application process, from writing essays, to preparing for interviews, to making final decisions.

The survey can be accessed here or alternatively, you can paste this URL into your browser’s address bar:

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Inaugural Class Graduates from University of Michigan’s Master’s Degree Program in Entrepreneurship

300px-Ross_School_of_Business_20091The 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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