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Fridays from the Frontline: Steps

Welcome back to Fridays from the Frontline, our weekly summary of news and happenings from the business school blogosphere. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the author of The Little Prince, once said “What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.” In the world of business school, current applicants are taking steps forward in their application process, while current students take steps through their business school life. 

MBA applicants are currently consumed with planning their next steps. PullingthatMBAtrigger has put together her final school list for round 2. MBA Black Girl on Campus is using her “All Things MBA” spreadsheet to plan her application, and My Life of Bliss examines her pre-MBA profile as she prepares to apply to MBA programs.  While some applicants are preparing for their next set of applications, others are finishing round 1 interviews and waiting to hear back from their round 1 choices. TopDogMBA is consumed with interview prep for MIT Sloan and Wharton.  Naija MBA Gal is staying away from the business school applicant forums until she receives interview news from Stanford. My Journey to Business School shares a summary of her UCLA interview for other Anderson hopefuls, and Under Prescription summarizes his interviews with Tuck and MIT Sloan.

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Twitter Thursdays: News from MBA Programs

Welcome to the latest take of Twitter Thursdays, in which we summarize the latest posts from MBA programs on Twitter.  If you want to stay on top of our updates, special prizes, admissions tips and breaking news, be sure to check Clear Admit out on Twitter. We’ve also created several lists related to MBA admissions to ease your daily access to breaking news from the top MBA programs.

Rich Lyons, the Dean of the Haas School of Business, marked a successful investment banking panel and the Berkeley-Haas MBA team’s triumph in the 4th Annual Tech Challenge case competition.  Amidst his heavy reading, the Dean of the Darden School of Business, Bob Bruner, shared posts on topics ranging from finance research to the value of open-space offices. Conrad Chua, the Head of Marketing and Admissions at Cambridge / Judge, highlighted some useful business insights from Cambridge MBA students. Continue reading…

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Trivia Tuesday: Social Enterprise at Kellogg

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It’s time for Trivia Tuesday, our weekly exploration of the programs that differentiate leading MBA schools from their peer institutions. Today, we open the Clear Admit Guide to Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management to explore Social Enterprise at Kellogg.

“The Social Enterprise at Kellogg (SEEK) program encompasses courses on a wide array of topics in the public and nonprofit sectors, including social entrepreneurship, ethics, values, sustainability, corporate social responsibility and political economy. Interested students can complete a supplementary specialization in nonprofits within the major.

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Tell Us Tuesdays: Submit an Interview Report and Earn a $10 Gift Card

Welcome to our first edition of Tell Us Tuesday for the 2014-2015 admissions season. In Tell Us Tuesdays, we highlight MBA interview reports that have been posted to our Interview Archive in the past week. Thanks to everyone who submitted an interview report!

This week, we received interview reports from Harvard and MIT Sloan. The Harvard interview consisted of questions like “What has made you successful at what you do?”, “You seem to have a good amount of experience in negotiations, what component of negotiating is art and what part is science?”, and “Tell me about times when you’ve struggled.” The MIT applicant fielded several questions, including “What has changed since your submission?” and “What are you most proud of at your current job in the past year?”

If you’re interested in sharing your interview experience, we’ll be awarding a $10 Amazon gift certificate to each applicant who submits an interview report for through 4pm EST next Tuesday, November 18 !  We will send gift cards by e-mail (Limit: one gift card per person).

The most helpful and informative reports usually include the following information:

  1. Date/Admissions Round
  2. Description of visit and/or interview atmosphere
  3. Type of interview (alum vs. adcom, blind vs. application-based)
  4. List of interview questions
  5. Commentary (What did you think of the interview? What surprised you? What didn’t surprise you? What might you conclude about the school based on this experience?)

Applicants who would like to supplement the information available on the Interview Archive can check out our Clear Admit Interview Guides, which provide school-specific insight about admissions interviews.  Good luck to those still interviewing!

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Trivia Tuesday: Chicago Booth’s Functions, Management, and Business Environment Requirement

U of ChicagoIn today’s installment of Trivia Tuesday, the column in which we feature program elements and requirements that distinguish leading business schools from their peers, we’re looking inside the Clear Admit Guide to the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business to learn more about their Functions, Management, and Business Environment requirement:

“To fulfill Chicago Booth’s Functions, Management, and Business Environment requirement, students must take at least one course each from six of the seven academic categories that fall under this category (see Figure 2.4). The Functions area of the curriculum is separated into three disciplines: Finance, Marketing and Operations. While each
of these categories offers at least one basic course, Chicago encourages students with prior background in these subjects to substitute any of these courses with higher-level options. For instance, approved substitutes for Introductory Finance include Advanced Investments, Fixed Income Asset Pricing and Portfolio Management.

The Management courses are also further divided into three categories: Decisions, People and Strategy. Within each of these categories, students may choose from among three or four fundamental courses. Unlike in other areas of the curriculum, though, no advanced substitutes are offered.

The final category is Business Environment, in which students can choose to take Macroeconomics; The Firm and the Non-Market Environment; or Business, Politics, and Ethics. Substitutions, which include Understanding Central Banks and International Commercial Policy, are available for students with an extensive background in economics and political economy.

Together with LEAD and the Foundations Courses, the Functions, Management, and Business Environment requirement aims to educate students in core business disciplines while allowing students to take advantage of the school’s reputation for flexibility.”

That’s all for this week’s Trivia Tuesday. For more information on Chicago Booth’s requirements, electives, or other academic opportunities, be sure to check out the Chicago Booth website or the Clear Admit School Guide to Booth!

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Fridays from the Frontline: Interview Invitations, Interview Reports

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Welcome back to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly summary of the business school blogosphere. This week, current applicants are talking about their interview invites and experiences, and current students are talking about what they’ve learned—inside and outside of business school.

This week, MBA applicants have provided a treasure trove of interview reports in their blog posts. Naija MBA Gal describes her recent interview at Booth —she’s excited because she feels that it went well. GrantMeAdmission discusses his interview with Kellogg and Scott Duncan talks about his interview at MIT Sloan. The Engineer MBA describes interviewing at HBS, and exploring MIT Sloan’s campus in horrible weather. TopDogMBA recently received interview invites from MIT Sloan and Wharton.

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Fridays from the Frontline: Anticipation, Excitement, and Heartbreak

excitementWelcome back to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly summation of posts from business school applicants and students. This week, some applicants are beginning to receive admissions decisions, while others have just finished their interviews and are eagerly waiting for news. Current business school students are excited to discuss the opportunities they’re encountering in business school.

Among current applicants, Ellie from Coffee Beans and Tea Leaves just received word that she was admitted early decision to Fuqua! Unfortunately, Pullingthatmbatrigger received word that she had been dinged from Fuqua after interviewing at the school—she’s still waiting to hear back from Yale SOM.

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Twitter Thursdays: News from MBA Programs

It’s time to trick or treat in this week’s Twitter Thursdays, in which we highlight some of the top “tweets” from MBA programs on Twitter.  If you want to stay on top of our updates, special prizes, admissions tips and breaking news, be sure to check Clear Admit out on Twitter. We’ve also created several lists related to MBA admissions to ease your daily access to breaking news from the top MBA programs.

Students and Rich Lyons, the Dean of the Haas School of Business, witnessed baseball history together, as Bumgarner pitched the San Francisco Giants to victory in this year’s World Series. Round 1 interview invitations for Michigan / Ross rolled out last week and the Senior Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions at Michigan / Ross, Diana Economy shared a recent blog post about this stage. The Dean of the Northwestern / Kellogg School of Management, Sally Blount, enjoyed her visit to Mexico City to tour, hike and socialize with alumni.Amidst his heavy reading, the Dean of the Darden School of Business, Bob Bruner, plugged a few articles on success and happiness. Continue reading…

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Fridays From the Frontline: Interview Season

Fridays From the Frontline is Clear Admit’s weekly summation of posts from the business school blogosphere. In his second book, Blink, Malcolm Gladwell argues that first impressions are often more accurate and influential than conscious and deliberate judgments. This week, applicants strive to make good first impressions in their MBA interviews, while current students do the same while meeting classmates and during job interviews.

Among current students, Scottgduncan practices interviewing by recording his responses on his webcam and then watching them back. Also, he details the questions he was asked during his Kellogg interview. Continue reading…

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Twitter Thursday: News from MBA Programs

Welcome to another installment of Twitter Thursdays, in which we highlight some of the latest “tweets” from the top MBA programs on Twitter.   If you want to stay on top of our updates, special prizes, admissions tips and breaking news, be sure to check Clear Admit out on Twitter. We’ve also created several lists related to MBA admissions to ease your daily access to breaking news from the top MBA programs.

Amidst his heavy reading, the Dean of the Darden School of Business, Bob Bruner, noted that that The Economist ranked his school number #1 for classroom teaching experience. Meanwhile, the Senior Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions at Michigan / Ross, Diana Economy, broke down what portion of Ross applicants will be invited to interview. In other news, Judy Olian, Dean of the UCLA School of Management, shared an interview with a current Anderson student, who praised their Executive MBA program. Finally, Rich Lyons, Dean of the Haas School of Business, posted the program’s extensive calendar of events on business innovation.

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Trivia Tuesday: Stanford GSB’s September Sessions

It’s time again for Trivia Tuesday! This week we’ll take a look at September Seminars, a special academic opportunity offered to second-year MBA students at the Stanford GSB.

“Before the start of Autumn Quarter classes, second-year stu­dents have the option of returning to campus early to par­ticipate in small one- or two-week seminars. These intensive seminars, known as September Sessions, give students a chance to explore a focused topic with a faculty member and a small group of classmates. Seminars cover a range of subjects, with recent topics including ‘Analysis and Valuation of Emerging Market Firms,’ ‘How to Tell a Story,’ and ‘Intellectual Property: Financial and Strategic Management.’ Nearly 20 September Sessions were offered in at the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year. Continue reading…

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