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Application Website Rankings [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2008, 16:06
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from BW... sorry if this has been posted already, haven't had a chance to catch up on the posts here for a while now... Not surprisingly, UCLA's website is ranked at the bottom.

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1. CMU
2. Virginia
3. Yale
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Re: Application Website Rankings [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2008, 16:54
BW, what did i miss sweetheart? Let me try - I am not applying to Haas because it is ranked 20 on this elite list and it takes longer for me to find information, which is obviously a reflection of how crappy the school is.
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Re: Application Website Rankings [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2008, 17:03
Personally, navigating through Anderson's website was a pain for almost every applicant here on GMATClub last year. While I don't think anyone would NOT apply to a school because their website is crappy, in the super competitive environment of the top 20 b-schools, every little bit that helps your school's reputation and brand is important.

Just my 2 cents.
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Re: Application Website Rankings [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2008, 17:27
I'm surprised that Wharton is ranked so low.

I agree wholeheartedly that Columbia and UCLA belong at the bottom, however I've always found Wharton's website to be well designed and easy to navigate.

Also, just my 2 cents and I know I'm biased, but I think Chicago is a league above Yale and Kellogg on design and execution.
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Re: Application Website Rankings [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2008, 18:44
I would agree on Chicago. I would also like to add that Chicago's admission department has been truly outstanding compared to a few others I've dealt with. My recommender submitted his letter and checked 'Top 2%' for every category. After I politely pointed out his mistake, the admissions department was happy to open up the letter and let him correct it. UCLA on the other hand was certainly not willing to offer the same amount of assistance. Of course I'm not surprised.

Anyway, my point is that I'm not surprised Chicago's website is near the top because every interaction I've had with them has been first rate. Other schools have not been as helpful.
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Re: Application Website Rankings [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2008, 18:52
jb32 wrote:
I would agree on Chicago. I would also like to add that Chicago's admission department has been truly outstanding compared to a few others I've dealt with. My recommender submitted his letter and checked 'Top 2%' for every category. After I politely pointed out his mistake, the admissions department was happy to open up the letter and let him correct it. UCLA on the other hand was certainly not willing to offer the same amount of assistance. Of course I'm not surprised.

Anyway, my point is that I'm not surprised Chicago's website is near the top because every interaction I've had with them has been first rate. Other schools have not been as helpful.


Agreed, my visit to campus was by far the most professional and meaningful visit that I have had so far.
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Re: Application Website Rankings [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2008, 19:07
I'm surprised that the duke website is ranked so high - I'm not a fan of the new format! It takes forever to load each page and is really tricky to find anything!
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Re: Application Website Rankings [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2008, 19:15
Kellogg is working on their new website which is definitely an improvement over last years. They are actively seeking feedback so if anyone has any opinions let me know and I can pass it along. I think there are advantages of lots of different sites. I like the interaction sections on some sites like Chicago where they have their own messageboards and stuff. Personally I like the employment reports, I didnt really like how some really put little information out there...Kellogg's is above and beyond all the others with detail and it would be nice for all the others to have ones similar to theirs. Some class profiles are better than others, I know Kellogg's could contain some more helpful info...even I am curious.
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Re: Application Website Rankings [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2008, 03:34
Agree with the earlier comments about Wharton and Columbia. UCLA would have to be pretty bad to be worse than Columbia's "uni project" application interface. Wharton, NYU and Harvard use the same underlying application engine (incidentally Princeton uses the same). So, Wharton ranked so low doesn't make any sense.
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Re: Application Website Rankings [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2008, 06:22
Agree with Duke, the new website is very sub-par in my opinion...

Takes a long time to find anything. While I like the idea behind it, the execution is bad.

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Re: Application Website Rankings [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2008, 10:51
I didn't like Wharton's at all, I'm not suprised to see it that low.
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