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Sep 4, 2015

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No Universal “Right Time to Come” to HBS, Admissions Director Says

With less than a week to go before Harvard Business School (HBS)’s Round 1 deadline, lots of anxious applicants are fretting over how their candidacy will stack up against the competition. Cognizant of this fact, HBS Managing Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Dee Leopold yesterday shared some interesting details about recent incoming classes as food for thought. On her Direct from the Director Blog, Leopold published a “years from college” histogram, revealing that the mode (the value tha... Read more »

Sep 3, 2015

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Tuck Tops Forty Percent Women for First Time Ever

Gender equity in top MBA programs—which seemed like a nearly impossible feat just a few short years ago—is looking more and more like a wholly attainable goal. Leading business school after leading business school has been proudly announcing record percentages of women in their incoming classes this past month. The latest: Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Management. In a letter to the Tuck community on Tuesday, freshly-minted Dean Matthew Slaughter shared that Tuck tops 40 percent women in its incomi... Read more »

Sep 2, 2015

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The Inside Scoop on the Forté Forums: Great Networking for Prospective Female MBA Applicants

From Atlanta to Seattle and back, Forté Forums have been taking place around the country, giving prospective female MBA applicants a terrific opportunity to connect with admissions staff from dozens of leading business schools, hear from current students and alumnae and meet fellow applicants. The Forté Forums are an annual event series put on by the Forté Foundation, a consortium of leading companies and business schools committed to helping launch women into fulfilling careers in business. Tak... Read more »

Sep 1, 2015

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Social Media as a Window to Your Soul? Stanford GSB Prof Says Yes

So last week we shared some tips and cautionary tales from admissions directors at leading business schools about MBA applicants and their social media presence. In a nutshell, we found that different admissions committees use social media to varying degrees as part of the MBA admissions process, but a general rule of thumb is to not be an idiot. In fact, recent research out of the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) suggests that monitoring an applicant’s social media behavior over... Read more »

Aug 31, 2015

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Haas Welcomes New Class with Multiple Week Zero Surprises

Orientation week at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business—better known as Week Zero—was chock full of surprises for the 246 incoming students in the full-time MBA Class of 2017.  For starters, while working on their very first case study on Virgin America, the students got a shock when Virgin America CEO David Cush walked into the auditorium. Who better to learn from about the company’s decision to enter the airline market? Discussing the move made by Virgin Group founder Richard Branson in 2007... Read more »

Aug 28, 2015

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$641,000 Grant Beefs Up Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics

Boasting a new director, visiting professor and junior fellows, the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics  (GISME) will offer expanded courses and research for business school students interested in learning more about ethical issues as they impact the functioning of markets, the school announced earlier this month. “The expanded team at the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics will greatly enhance our efforts to convene the best minds for conversation and ... Read more »

Aug 27, 2015

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Social Media in the MBA Admissions Process: How Careful Should You Be?

While presidential candidate Donald Trump has shown that decorum on social media is not necessarily a prerequisite for running for the highest office in the land, admissions directors at leading MBA programs suggest that prospective applicants might do well to show a little more caution when it comes to LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Just what is the role of social media in the MBA admissions process, you ask? We wondered that, too. To get a clearer picture, we checked in with some of our sourc... Read more »

Aug 26, 2015

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Incoming Ross First-Years Help Detroit’s Brightmoor Community Rebound

What better way to get to know your business school classmates than by working together to make an impact on a local community? At the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, first-year MBA students are doing just that as part of the school’s annual Impact Challenge. The unique, immersive leadership development program, organized by the Sanger Leadership Center, brings together the entire class of incoming Ross first-years for a week-long, intense business challenge designed to make a ... Read more »

Aug 25, 2015

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HBS Draws More Women, Adds Six Points to GMAT Median

When it released its preliminary class profile in June, Harvard Business School (HBS) was expecting its incoming class to be 41 percent female, a record for the school. In August, with students preparing to move in on campus, things look even better. HBS DRAWS MORE WOMEN THAN PRELIMINARY PROFILE SUGGESTED Dee Leopold, HBS managing director of admissions and financial aid, posted the final Class of 2017 profile on her Direct from the Director blog today, revealing that women will in fact make up ... Read more »

Aug 25, 2015

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MBA Interview Jitters? Don’t Miss Clear Admit’s Latest Interview Guides

We know. The interview can be one of the most nerve-wracking components of the entire MBA application process. But it doesn’t have to be. Clear Admit’s in-depth Interview Guide Series provides expert advice and insider tips on what to expect and how to prepare—helping you quash the MBA interview jitters and ace the interview. A sample page from one of the guides. With interview invites already rolling out at schools like Columbia Business School and Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, now’s the... Read more »

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