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Apr 17, 2014

Deans of Leading Business Schools Descend on the White House

white houseThe deans of more than a dozen leading business schools took leave from their campuses yesterday to head to the White House, where they met with senior advisors preparing for the White House Summit on Working Families. The White House is seeking input from a range of stakeholders to identify best practices to develop workplaces that better meet the needs of women and working families.

“We did not think this goal could be achieved without thinking of the business leaders of tomorrow, and that is why today, we met with a group of deans from our nation’s leading business schools to discuss best practices for business schools that can better prepare their students for the increasing importance of women in the labor force and the prevalence of employees with families where all parents work,” read a post on the White House Blog. Continue reading…

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Apr 4, 2014

Fridays From the Frontline

Hello and welcome to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly ramble through the ruminations of the b-school blogosphere. This week, our stalwart applicants are continuing to filter their impressions of the application process, while contemplating what comes next. Current students are likewise contemplating how their lives have changed since starting business school, whether this year or last, and are looking forward to welcoming the class of 2016.

MBAReapplicant continued his streak of good news with admits from both Tepper and Darden. With a successful end to the reapplication process, MBAReapplicant can finally chose between several exciting options for next year.  Timbob, another class of ’16 successful applicant to Harvard Business School,  took a brief moment away from preparing from his upcoming wedding to share a post-decision publication timeline of events.  Much of it involved giddy celebration, and skillful procrastination.  Another across-the-pond blogger,  Sara’sMBAJourney, continued to share impressions of her trip to the States, including her enjoyable visit to Duke, as well as the terrible state of American roads and the terrible drivers on them.  Domontron continued his series on elements of an MBA application by addressing ways to research target schools. He highlights students blogs as an excellent way to get a more direct and unfiltered sense of the school’s community and opportunities. Your Fridays From the Frontline editor could not agree more!

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Mar 28, 2014

Fridays from the Frontline

Hello and welcome to Fridays from the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly confabulation with correspondents in the b-school blogosphere.  Our 2016 applicants continue to receive status updates from schools, while current students are taking the opportunity afforded by spring break to travel and update their blogs.

Domotron finally heard from Kelloggwith news of a ding that confirmed a Class of 2017 matriculation at Tuck. CoffeeBeansandTeaLeaves also received a ding from Kellogg, and updates readers with a final tally of dings from this year’s application season. Although the season ends with an offer to join the Ross weekend MBA program, Ellie  is taking advantage of this time to do some self-reflection and prepare for next year’s challenges. We wish her all the best! Finally a bit of good news from MBA Reapplicant, who posted a detailed and glowing account of visiting Darden and the interview process. Continue reading…

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Mar 21, 2014

Online Here We Come, Says Harvard Business School

HBX screen shot

Harvard Business School (HBS) today announced that it is joining some of its peer business schools in launching an online learning program. Called HBX, the online initiative is one the school hopes will successfully convey its signature case method digitally. HBX’s initial offering, called CORe (Credentials of Readiness), will provide participants with a primer on the fundamentals of business.

“The HBX launch marks an important milestone in our ongoing efforts to educate leaders who make a difference in the world,” HBS Dean Nitin Nohria said in a statement. The program embodies the school’s hallmark highly engaged, interactive learning and will provide an important means of engaging with new and wider audiences, he added.

Continue reading…

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Mar 20, 2014

MBA Tuition Increases Planned at Many Top Business Schools

tuition hikesNumerous top business schools have approved tuition hikes averaging around 4 percent for the class of 2016, increases that come on top of a 37 percent rise in the degree’s cost over the past six years, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports.

The increases, which range from 2.7 percent at Harvard Business School to 4.9 percent at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, bring the average cost for a year of tuition and fees to roughly $60,000 and the total cost of the degree to as much as $150,000, including living expenses and other add-ons. Six of Bloomberg BW’s 10 top-ranked MBA programs recently approved tuition increases, and the remaining top schools are set to make decisions closer to the fall, according to the report. Continue reading…

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Mar 11, 2014

Harvard, Stanford, Wharton Tie for First in U.S. News Business School Rankings

rankU.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings of the best graduate schools, and a familiar cast of characters topped the list of top business schools, though with a few minor shifts. The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania sashayed up from third place up to tie for first with Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business. The University of Chicago Booth School of Business gained some ground as well, moving up from the No. 6 spot last year to No. 4 this year.

Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, meanwhile, dipped – sliding into the No. 6 spot vacated by Chicago Booth. MIT’s Sloan School of Management, which tied with Kellogg for fourth last year, also slipped, falling to fifth place. Continue reading…

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Mar 7, 2014

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

For me, I was nervous about all the random potential questions I could be asked. I prepared for a lot of them, but my interview was mostly (90%) resume-related topics.

Not in sequential order…

1. Why don’t you take 2 minutes to introduce yourself.
2. What was it like going through this highlighted situation on your resume? (lots of back and forth)
3. Challenge at current job.
4. What could you have done better at previous job?
5. How did you get these positions?
6. What is the biggest misperception people have about you when first meeting you?
7. Why MBA?
8. Anything else with these 2 minutes left you’d like to add? (time went by quickly, and I didn’t think I would actually get asked this)
9. What were your school / job options at different stages

Questions other people had:
10. Hobbies?
11. Do you read business news? What’s a story that interested you?
12. What’s a company outside your industry that you admire?

Overall, no matter my outcome, I have to give HBS props on the brevity of the whole process. Simple application, only 1 optional essay, and a relevant interview. Also, the whole day has events for candidates who have the time. The home base room seems rather crazy with batches going in and out for their interview slot, but they manage to handle it in an organized fashion. Food and drinks are also provided and everyone is cordial.

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Mar 4, 2014

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

I had my HBS interview with Adcom members on campus last week. It felt super conversational, and they were smiling and laughing throughout with me, which was nice but unexpected. Hopefully they thought it went well too.

They asked a number of questions about my career choices. We talked a lot about my work in equity research and what I enjoy about it, how I got there, my background, etc. They had specific questions about the retail industry that I cover and asked me to pitch them a company, which I did.

We also talked about my long-term career goals and my leadership experiences both inside and outside of work.

After the interview there were activities throughout the day, which I enjoyed.

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Mar 3, 2014

Harvard Business School Class Visits Spots Available Now Through Early May

300px-Inside_a_Harvard_Business_School_classroomHarvard Business School (HBS) tweeted today that registration is now open for class visit spots from March through early May. Sign up to reserve your chance to observe the school’s signature case method in action.

Because the case method is so central to its MBA program, HBS encourages those interested in applying to visit campus and sit in on a class if possible. (Note, though, that a visit to campus is not required and does not impact admissions decisions.)

Due to demand, HBS asks that prospective applicants schedule only one class visit through the MBA Admissions office. Visitors can select the time of the visit, but not the specific course they want to observe.

A few policies governing class visits to keep in mind:

  • All visitors must be registered in advance. Walk-in and standby visitors will not be accommodated, and there is not a waitlist for visits.
  • Participants should report to the MBA Admissions office prior to their scheduled visit to receive their specific class assignment. You must be 18 or older to visit a class.
  • HBS classes begin on time, and participants must be seated before class begins. If you are late, you forfeit your visit.

Register now for class visit spots from now through early May.

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Feb 25, 2014

Submit an MBA Interview Report from Harvard Business School, NYU Stern, Berkeley / Haas, MIT Sloan, Cornell / Johnson, or UVA / Darden and Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Welcome to our weekly edition of Tell Us Tuesday, where we highlight MBA interview reports that have recently been posted to our Interview Archive! Thanks to all of you who submitted interview reports over the past week.

If you’re interested in sharing your experience from the 2013-14 season, we’ll be awarding a $10 Amazon gift certificate to each applicant who submits an interview report for Harvard Business School, NYU Stern, Berkeley / Haas, MIT Sloan, Cornell / Johnson, or UVA / Darden through 12pm EST next Tuesday, March 4!  All you have to do is send us your interview field report for any of the above programs and we’ll send you a $10 Amazon gift certificate.  We will notify the winners 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 interviewing!

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Feb 24, 2014

Harvard MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / Adcom / Off-Campus Hub

Pleasant experience that flew by!
Questions asked below:

1- Tell me about your undergraduate college – why there? What did you like/dislike about it?
2- Grad school – why? What was your favorite class? What kind of job were you expecting after school? How did you find your job?

Most recent work experience related?
1- How did you start? What is your company trying to do? Explain your role and relationship to your founder/employer?
2 – What do you see yourself doing after HBS? [Gave my answer]. What if that doesn’t work out? What else will you consider?

1- Anything about you that you want us to know?

As you can tell, the interview had a flow to it that was all about my experiences related to school and work. I think adcom was looking to understand why and how transitional decisions were made (school to school, school to work, etc.).

The experience is extremely pleasant. Be confident and know of all your cited experiences inside-out.

All the best!

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