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.

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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Fill Out AIGAC’s MBA Applicant Survey, Three Respondents Win $100 Each

Business school applicants turn to Clear Admit as a source of reliable information and valuable advice on the MBA admissions process. As Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) members, we are conducting a survey to help us better understand our readers’ goals and needs. To facilitate this, we created a short online survey to explore the factors that matter most to you as a business school applicant.

This online survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, and we will be giving away $100 VISA gift cards as a token of our gratitude to three lucky winners! Anonymous survey results will be shared this spring to help admissions officers from top programs better understand the nature of today’s applicant pool. The last day to submit survey responses is May 15th.

Start filling out this short survey now for a chance to win $100!

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Columbia Business School Launches New Website for Current and Future Students, Alumni

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.

Check out CBS’s new Notes to the Next Class website.


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In the News: Harvard Business School to Eliminate Formal Application Process

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…

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More Women Than Ever Take the GMAT

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).
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Clear Admit Admissions Counselor Doubles as Film Critic to Review Tina Fey in Admission

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…

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