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U Chicago / Booth 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Following up on the release of the University of Chicago / Booth MBA essay topics for 2015-2016 last week — and our interview with Associate Dean of Student Recruitment and Admissions Kurt Ahlm — we wanted to offer some guidance to applicants as they prepare to tackle this potentially challenging new prompt. Booth has sidelined its personal expression prompt, which had appeared on the Chicago MBA application for seven consecutive years, and has introduced a task that differs from the... Read more »

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Chicago Booth Admissions Director Reveals Origins of Unusual New Essay Prompt

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has done it again. Seven years ago the school made waves when it invited applicants to respond to its essay prompts via PowerPoint presentation. This year, the school has decided to go even further—innovating on its prior innovation. Applicants now are instructed to select one of 16 photographs that capture elements of the school’s community and culture and offer a response—in whatever format they want—that tells the Admissions Committee how the... Read more »

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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 »

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Chicago / Booth 2015-2016 Deadlines

The admissions committee at the University of Chicago has released the 2015-2016 Booth MBA deadlines! The three stages of deadlines, referred to as rounds, are as follows: Round 1:  Submission deadline: September 17, 2015 Decision released: December 10, 2015 Round 2: Submission deadline: January 5, 2016 Decision released: March 24, 2016 Round 3:  Submission deadline: April 5, 2016 Decision released: May 19, 2016 For more information regarding the application process, visit Booth’s admissio... Read more »

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Chicago Booth 2015-2016 Essay Topics

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business posted an innovative new essay topic today for prospective applicants seeking to enroll in 2016. “In the spirit of diverse perspectives and challenging the status quo—even our own status quo—we are excited to prompt applicants to think in a different way when responding to this year’s essay,” wrote Associate Dean of Student Recruitment and Admissions Kurt Ahlm in a blog post announcing the new prompt. Both the new prompt and th... Read more »

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Chicago Booth Gears Up to Welcome Summer Business Scholars

Want to test drive an MBA? The University of Chicago Booth School of Business provides an opportunity to do just that through its Summer Business Scholars Program (SBSP). This unique program convenes participants from around the globe on Booth’s campus for three weeks during the summer to study accounting, finance, marketing and leadership while gaining valuable career development insight and networking opportunities with Chicago-based companies. The goal of the SBSP is to give participating sch... Read more »

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MBA Applicants Say Fuqua, Chicago Booth Get to Know Them Best, Survey Finds

Applicants who applied to leading business schools in the 2014-15 admissions cycle felt that Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business got to know them better than others, according to survey results released today by the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC). Notably, scores for how well schools got to know applicants fell this year over last for every school except Chicago Booth—and more so at schools that reduced the ... Read more »

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Mothers at Booth Prove That Being a Mom, Getting an MBA Can Go Hand in Hand

What’s harder than juggling the frenetic pace of classes, clubs, recruiting and studying that fills the two years of an MBA program at a top-tier school like the University of Chicago Booth School of Business? Doing it as a single mom. And yet, there are moms who do just that, and do it well. Sofía Vargas and Natalie Wilson are co-chairs of Mothers at Booth, a student club whose name says it all. Vargas, 25, has a three-year-old daughter named Gabriela. Natalie, 28, has a five-year-old daughter ... Read more »

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Spain’s IE Business School Debuts Redesigned International MBA Program

IE Business School in Spain launched its redesigned International MBA (IMBA) program last week with a special event held in the innovative MadridDome tech space. The new one-year MBA program begins this month, with an inaugural cohort made up of 90 percent international students from 65 different countries. Speakers at the kick-off event on April 13th and 14th included Netflix co-founder Marc Randolf and astronaut Michael López-Alegría, who shared why they view innovative leadership and the entr... Read more »

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Chicago Booth MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / Second Year Student / On Campus

The following is a report from an applicant who was invited to interview at Chicago Booth. The applicant shares their Booth MBA admissions interview questions: This may have been my favorite interview out of the 4 that I have completed! Booth did a great job of having making interviewees feel very comfortable prior to the interview, by having 1st year students in the waiting area to casually chat with interviewees. I would highly recommend this to all prospective students because it really does ... Read more »

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