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UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Appoints First Assistant Dean of MBA Program, Admissions

stephanie_haasThe Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley has appointed Stephanie Fujii as assistant dean of the full-time MBA program and admissions, a newly created position, the school announced last week. Fujii, a 2004 Haas alumna, has worked at Haas for the past nine years, most recently as executive director of full-time MBA admissions.

Fujii was appointed to this newly created role by Haas Dean Rich Lyons, effective August 1st. She now oversees both the full-time MBA admissions and the full-time MBA program offices. Continue reading…

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Yale School of Management Reports Record-Setting Diversity of Class of 2016

yale_2016As leading MBA programs welcome students from the Class of 2016 to campus, many have been eager to share just how diverse those classes are. Earlier this week we reported on Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and today it’s Yale School of Management’s (SOM) turn.

In a post to Yale SOM’s MBA Blog earlier this month, Yale SOM Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions Director Bruce Delmonico shared that its incoming class is among the most diverse in the school’s history. “Thirty-nine percent of the class is from outside the United States, representing 35 different countries, while 37 percent are women, 25 percent U.S. minorities and 13 percent U.S. underrepresented minorities,” he wrote. “All of these numbers are at or near historic highs for the school,” he added. Continue reading…

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Harvard Business School Admissions Director on GMAT vs. GRE

dee_leopoldHarvard Business School (HBS) has stated publicly for some time that it accepts both the GMAT and the GRE and does not prefer one over the other. In a bid to be even more transparent on the issue, HBS Admissions Director Dee Leopold devoted a recent post on her Director’s Blog to the matter.

To substantiate the claim that the school is agnostic in terms of a preference between the two tests, Leopold chose to reveal exactly how many applicants submitted each type of test score, along with how many of those applicants were ultimately admitted and matriculated. While the vast majority of applicants opted to submit GMAT scores, the percentage of matriculating admits as compared to total applicants broken out by test were within close range. Continue reading…

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Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business Reports Strongest, Most Diverse MBA Class to Date

georgetown mcdonough editedThe full-time MBA class entering this fall at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business boasts higher test scores and greater diversity than any incoming class in the school’s history, the school announced this week.

“The MBA Class of 2016 is impressive,” Shari Hubert, McDonough associate dean and director of MBA admissions, said in a statement. “In addition to having the highest average GMAT score of an incoming class at our school, they represent diversity of cultures, gender, ethnicity and industry that enriches our student experience by bringing a variety of viewpoints and experiences to our classrooms and the program,” she continued. Continue reading…

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Ice Bucket Challenge Continues Its Ripple Through Top Business Schools

CBS ice bucketIt started last week with one section challenging another at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, ultimately leading to a school-wide dousing and a challenge issued to rival schools UNC Kenan-Flagler School, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and UVA’s Darden School. And the ice-cold water just keeps flowing (as do the donations).

The challenge, of course, is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that began going viral in late July and has amassed an incredible $79.7 million in donations to date (as compared to just $2.5 million during the same time period last year [July 29th to August 25th]). The ALS Association reports that it has gained 1.7 million new donors along the way.

Those who are challenged are supposed to have ice water dumped over their heads and then challenge others to do the same—or to make a donation to fight ALS—within 24 hours. In taking up the mantle, business school classes have called upon their peers to both endure the icy shower AND donate. Continue reading…

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Financial Aid at Harvard Business School, Straight from the Admissions Director

300px-Aerial_of_the_Harvard_Business_School_campusNEWS FLASH: Business school, especially at top schools, costs a ton. Okay, so that’s not really news. More notable is the fact that top schools want to make the MBA affordable, at least according to the most recent post on the Director’s Blog at Harvard Business School (HBS).

Earlier this week, HBS Admissions Director Dee Leopold devoted a post on her blog to the topic of financial aid, noting that HBS last year awarded $26 million in need-based financial aid and has plans to increase that amount for the Class of 2017. Continue reading…

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Business School Students Accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Pass It On

oprah ice bucketWith the likes of Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and former President George W. Bush pouring buckets of ice over their heads in support of ALS awareness, surely top business schools are getting in on the action as well, right?

At Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, it began with one section (Section 4) challenging another (Section 5). That section upped the ante, challenging the entire rest of the class, as well as all of Fuqua’s MMS Cross Continent students. So on August 13th, Team Fuqua did the #ALSIceBucketChallenge as one. Continue reading…

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Student-Run Program at Tuck School of Business Makes Getting to Wall Street Easier

tuckA new student-run program at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business seeks to help incoming students from underrepresented groups who are interested in financial services by providing career mentorship and preparation beginning even before they arrive on campus.

Called Wall Street Edge (WSE), the program was the brainchild of a recent graduate who himself received invaluable support from across Tuck that helped him meet his goal of working on Wall Street.

“Paying it forward like that is ingrained in the Tuck psyche,” Deirdre C. O’Donnell, associate director for Tuck’s Career Development Office and the WSE adviser, said in an article about the new program on the Tuck website. “It is invaluable for students to explore their options before getting to school, when there will no longer be enough hours in the day.” Continue reading…

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The Economist Announces Fall 2014 Which MBA? Online Fair Dates

The Economist Announces Fall 2014 Which MBA? Online Fair Dates

If you could ask a business school admissions officer any question about the MBA process, what would it be?  It’s not too late to sign up for The Economist’s Which MBA? Online Fair on September 10, 11 and 13.  Prospective MBA candidates are invited to interact with admissions officers one-on-one or in group chat rooms, join live webinars and download school information.  Previous business school exhibitors have included Babson, Darden, Cornell Johnson and more.  When you register for The Economist’s free Online MBA Fair, you will be entered for your chance to win a $5,000 scholarship to a participating business school.  Registration is free, but space is limited- reserve your spot today!

Sign up now for your chance to win a free iPad when you visit 5 or more school booths on September 10, 11 and 13.

 

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Columbia Business School Hosts Spotlight On: Women Event

Columbia-150x134The Columbia Business School (CBS) admissions office is teaming up with Columbia Women in Business to host an event for prospective female MBA applicants.

The annual event, called Spotlight On: Women, provides information and networking opportunities for women who want to learn more about the admissions process at CBS, as well as what it’s like to be a student there.

The event will take place on September 12th from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Uris Hall, Room 301. It will include student and alumnae panels discussing community life at CBS as well as detailed application advice, including guidance designed especially for early decision applicants. The event will also provide prospective applicants with the opportunity to network informally with current students, alumnae and admissions officers.

Register now for Spotlight On: Women at Columbia Business School.

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Cambridge’s Judge Business School Extends Lifelong Learning to EMBA Grads

cambridge judgeThe Judge Business School at Cambridge University this summer becomes the latest in a growing list of business schools that are offering lifelong learning opportunities to some of its graduates. Judge recently announced that alumni of its Executive MBA (EMBA) program will now be eligible to return to campus to take free one elective per year.

According to a report in PoetsandQuants, the offer, which had been available previously on an informal basis, is expected to attract roughly a third of the Judge EMBA program’s grads back to campus this fall. Continue reading…

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