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Mar 26, 2015

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Mar 25, 2015

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Mar 24, 2015

Round 2 Decision Day at UPenn’s Wharton School, Harvard, Stanford

decisionsThe fate of many hopeful MBA applicants hangs in the balance, with the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School scheduled to release Round 2 decisions today and Harvard Business School (HBS) and Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) scheduled to release Round 2 decisions tomorrow. We know from the Clear Admit LiveWire that lots of applicants have already gotten the good word from Wharton and Stanford via phone today, so a hearty congrats to those of you who fall into this category!

Don’t expect early calls from HBS, says Admissions Director Dee Leopold. “While we love to give happy news, we don’t want to create an anxiety zone where you are watching your phone constantly,” she wrote in a post to her Director’s Blog today. All notifications from HBS will go out via email at 12 noon Boston time tomorrow. “We know you’ve been out-of-control throughout much of this process – we can give you the control of where you are and with whom when decisions go out,” Leopold added. Continue reading…

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Mar 20, 2015

Harvard MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / Off Campus

300px-Inside_a_Harvard_Business_School_classroomThe following Harvard MBA Admissions Interview summary was provided by a recent applicant:

The interview went by very quickly. There were no other candidates in the waiting area. I arrived a few minutes early and waited until my exact scheduled time. The questions I received were all discussed in blogs. We spent the first half of the time talking through my most recent work history and explaining my roles and accomplishments that I had discussed in my application. As others have mentioned, transitions and clarity in your explanation are key.  Continue reading…

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Mar 19, 2015

Harvard MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / AdCom / On-Campus

300px-Harvard_business_school_baker_library_2009a2The following Harvard MBA Admissions Interview summary was provided by a recent applicant:

I had my interview with an AdCom committee member and one observer on campus. The interview was 30 minutes long and was a very good conversation rather than an interview in a strict sense. The interview member comes to fetch you and then told me that there are no right answers and its just a conversation to get to know me better. We dove right in and was asked a lot of questions
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Mar 16, 2015

SXSW Conference Spotlights Business School Students’ Embrace of Design

sxsw logoStudent-led design clubs can be found at 70 percent of the top-ranked MBA programs both in the United States and globally, an indicator that MBA students are embracing design wholeheartedly as part of their general management education, according to a presentation yesterday at the SXSW Conference in Austin. The presentation, entitled “Design in Tech,” was delivered by John Maeda, former president of the Rhode Island School of Design who last year joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) as its first “Design Partner.”

As part of the presentation, Maeda provided a data-driven examination of the intersection of design and technology. Reporting on the findings of his inaugural “Design and Technology Trends Report,” Maeda highlighted the rising importance of design in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, noting the acquisition of design firms by tech companies like Facebook and Google, as well as the trend toward venture capitalists funding startups that have designers as co-founders. Continue reading…

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Mar 11, 2015

Stanford GSB Edges Out HBS, Wharton in 2016 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

stanfordStanford’s Graduate School of Business took the number one spot in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of the nation’s best MBA programs, released yesterday, knocking Harvard Business School (HBS) to second and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School to third. Last year, the three powerhouse schools tied for first place, but slight differences on core metrics caused HBS and Wharton to slip this year.

U.S. News uses multiple core measurements to compile its rankings, with the greatest weight given to quality assessments by deans and MBA directors at peer schools and corporate recruiter survey scores. Wharton’s scores slipped in both these regards, as well as in average pay for its MBA graduates, precipitating its drop this year in the rankings. Continue reading…

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