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Find out what top MBA programs ask recommenders. Clear Admit will keep you up to date. Need more help? Check out our recommendation guide. And don’t miss our tips on selecting your recommender and dealing with recommendation dilemmas.

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Jul 17, 2015

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Georgetown / McDonough Recommendation Questions 2015-2016

The Georgetown / McDonough online application for the full-time MBA is now live for candidates hoping to begin their MBA studies in fall 2016, which means that the school’s recommendation forms are now available to those supporting b-school aspirants this season. The Georgetown / McDonough MBA recommendation questions for 2015-2016 are as follows. Recommenders are asked to begin by providing some context on their own backgrounds and relationship with the applicant: How long have you known ... Read more »

Jul 15, 2015

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Michigan / Ross Recommendation Questions 2015-2016

The University of Michigan MBA application is now live, for applicants targeting Ann Arbor this 2015-2016 admissions season. This means that the Ross MBA recommendation questions are now available. Recommenders are asked to provide brief (250 word) responses to two questions about the applicant’s broad skills and receptiveness to feedback, to rate the applicant on a series of leadership and professional qualities, and to offer some brief context about their relationship with the candidate.... Read more »

Jul 14, 2015

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Chicago / Booth Recommendation Questions 2015-2016

The University of Chicago / Booth MBA application is now live (following the announcement of the program’s deadlines and essay topics last week), meaning that the Booth MBA recommendation questions are now available for applicants targeting Chicago for the 2015-2016 admissions season. Recommenders are asked to provide a bit of context on their backgrounds and relationship with the applicant, to rate the applicant’s skills and qualities via a grid, and to provide a 1-3 page letter tha... Read more »

Jul 14, 2015

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Northwestern / Kellogg Recommendation Questions 2015-2016

Following the recent release of its MBA deadlines and essay topics, the Kellogg application is now live for the Class of 2018 — this means that the Kellogg MBA recommendation questions for the 2015-2016 admissions season are now available to recommenders of Northwestern applicants. Recommenders are asked to provide background information about their relationship with the applicant, rate him or her on a series of leadership-related skills and qualities, and briefly respond to two questions ... Read more »

Jul 6, 2015

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INSEAD Recommendation Questions 2015-2016

INSEAD’s MBA application for their September 2016 intake went live several weeks ago, making their recommendations available for Class of 2018 applicants. INSEAD asks recommenders to provide their responses within a PDF that is emailed through the online application, which recommenders then upload through the online portal. The recommendation begins with several background questions: Have you attended an INSEAD Programme? if yes, please specify which one? Please, specify your relationship ... Read more »

Jul 6, 2015

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Columbia Business School Recommendation Questions 2015-2016

Columbia Business School’s early decision and regular decision online applications are live online, meaning that the Columbia MBA recommendation questions are now available. The CBS adcom requests that recommenders indicate whether they have an MBA, and asks that they address two prompts in the course of a recommendation of no more than 1,000 words. The Columbia MBA recommendation questions for 2015-2016 are as follows: Do you have an MBA? (drop-down menu) Please consider the following gui... Read more »

Jul 1, 2015

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Stanford MBA Recommendation Questions 2015-2016

The Stanford GSB online application for 2016 is live, which means that the Stanford MBA recommendation questions are now available for those supporting applicants who are targeting the Class of 2018. This recommendation asks for brief information about the nature of the recommender’s relationship with the applicant, as well as some longer essay-style questions about the candidate’s salient strengths and important feedback. Rather than a grid-based ranking system of the applicant̵... Read more »

Jun 30, 2015

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HBS 2015-2016 Recommendation Questions

The 2015-2016 HBS MBA recommendation questions are up on the Harvard Business School admissions website. The HBS recommendation comprises identifying information about the recommender, a brief explanation of the recommender’s relationship with the applicant, and a question about how many HBS MBA applicants the recommender is supporting this year, followed by a grid on which the recommender is asked to rate the applicant on a series of skills and qualities. The program then poses two questi... Read more »

May 5, 2015

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HBS Looks Ahead to Next Application Season

Don’t worry—if you’re applying to Harvard Business School (HBS) in Round 3, you haven’t missed the deadline. It’s next week, May 13th. But the school’s admissions committee is already thinking about the Class of 2018, according to a recent post by Director of Admissions Dee Leopold. If you are a prospective applicant also thinking about the Class of 2018 at HBS, some words of advice from Leopold: “I would encourage any potential Round One applicant who would like to see the case method in action... Read more »

Jun 18, 2014

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Columbia Recommendation Questions 2014 – 2015

Columbia has just released its recommendation questions, and we’ve already got clients submitting their requests.  Columbia has one of the simplest recommendation forms–a single, free-form letter with no rankings. But it’s still going to be substantial work for your recommender. The strongest submissions will be about 1,000 words. Here is what Columbia asks recommenders to include in their letter: How do the candidate’s performance, potential, background, or personal qualities ... Read more »

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