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Getting an Edge in Round 2: Recommendations as Major Assets

By - Nov 20, 11:44 AM   Comments [0]

It is important for MBA applicants to recognize that recommendations are just as important as the MBA admission essays. Recommendations help distinguish you for admissions committees through a third-party lens. You can be rejected from a top program on the basis of one unexceptional recommendation...

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Round 2 Admissions: How Your Long-term Goals Can Work in Your Favor

By - Nov 20, 11:43 AM   Comments [0]

The way in which you present your long-term goals to the admissions committee can greatly influence your chances for admission. Use your long-term goals and distinct wording to set yourself apart and present yourself as a leader, an innovator, and someone who will be very...

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Round 2 Admissions: Use Your Essay Content Wisely

By - Nov 20, 11:41 AM   Comments [0]

With Round 1 admissions, each business school will have already admitted a diverse range of candidates. In submitting a Round 2 application, you are asking the admissions committee to integrate you into the mix. To show that you are a standout applicant, make sure to...

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Is Round 2 Too Competitive?

By - Nov 20, 11:39 AM   Comments [0]

Every year, many qualified candidates approach me unsure about whether or not to apply in Round 2. There are several reasons for their concern. First, MBA programs will have already offered admission to some Round 1 applicants. Hence, there will be fewer overall seats...

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2012 Best U.S. and International B-Schools

By - Nov 20, 03:44 AM   Comments [0]

Businessweek just released its latest biannual rankings. Below you’ll find the top 10 business schools in the U.S. and abroad. 2010 ranking positions are in parentheses. Top 10 U.S. Business Schools Chicago Booth (1) Harvard Business School (2) University of Pennsylvania Wharton (3) Stanford GSB (5) Northwestern Kellogg (4) Duke Fuqua (6) Cornell...

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McKinsey’s Top 10 Go-To B-Schools

By - Nov 20, 03:31 AM   Comments [0]

As one of the most coveted management consulting firms in the world, McKinsey pretty much gets their pick of MBA graduates. Businessweek recently published an article which provided the top 10 “go-to” b-schools for McKinsey. This year, McKinsey hired 387 graduates from over 100 b-schools....

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Making Connections that Matter in Your MBA Essays

By - Nov 20, 03:25 AM   Comments [0]

In honor of the first birthday of MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools, by Linda Abraham and Judy Gruen, we are posting a series of excerpts from the book throughout November. This post is excerpted from Chapter 5:...

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GMAT Question of the Day (Nov 18): Geometry and Sentence Correction

By - Nov 20, 02:00 AM   Comments [0]

Math (PS) Two watermelons, and , are on sale. Watermelon has a circumference of 6 inches; watermelon , 5 inches. If the price of watermelon is 1.5 times the price of watermelon , which watermelon is a better buy? (Assume that...

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Specify a Learning Agenda in Your MBA Application

By - Nov 19, 14:26 PM   Comments [0]

This post originally appeared on Stacy’s “Strictly Business” MBA blog on U.S.News.com "So, you want to go to business school. What exactly do you want to learn?" It sounds like a simple question, but MBA applicants often struggle with it. College interviewers might have asked about...

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MBA Rankings: Valuable Tool or a Distraction for Applicants?

By - Nov 19, 14:21 PM   Comments [0]

The subject of rankings comes up a lot with MBA applicants. I’m always surprised by the extreme interest in rankings, which are, after all, rather fleeting. You may have your sights set on the “No. 1″ school, but a decade from now, that same stellar...

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