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Haas and Management Consulting [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2008, 06:23
Posted this on a different thread, but this may be useful for people who do not generally consider Haas when it comes to MC.

Anyway, I don't know exact stats, but I definitely know that M/B/B recruit at Haas. Though the number of hires from Haas may be a little deceptive because of it's small class size and a higher % of people going into entrepreneurship, hi-tech, and non-profit fields. When looking at Haas, Google is the top recruiter, with *8* hires. So that kinda shows how Haas students generally go into a very diverse pool of companies.

Ok, took the time to look at some stats:

M/B/B always appears in the top 10 hiring companies at Haas, generally 2 of the 3 will be on there.

Only 17-18% of Haas graduates go into consulting, that's roughly 40 or so students. If M/B/B hire roughly 4-5 students each (this is the number accepted, not given offer, which will be higher), 15 or so of 40 students going into consulting get jobs at M/B/B. Not too bad. Not sure how this compares with other schools, but around 40% of people who go into consulting ending up at the top 3 Consulting firms is not too shabby, IMHO. :P

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Looks like terp06 did the homework for ME:

From his other thread:

Big 3 Consulting - Total # Hired
1. Wharton - 220
2. Kellogg - 122
3. MIT - 101
4. Chicago - 99
5. Columbia - 87
6. Michigan - 38
7. Haas - 22
8. Cornell - 14
9. Darden, Duke - 11

Big 3 Consulting - # Hired as % of Student Body
1. Wharton - 13.6%
2. MIT - 13.1%
3. Kellogg - 10.2%
4. Chicago - 8.9%
5. Columbia - 7.1%
6. Michigan - 4.5%
7. Haas - 4.6% (divide by 480 students)
8. Cornell - 2.3%
9. CMU - 2.2%
10. Duke - 1.3%

So roughly 41 students per year go into MC from Haas, and over 50% of those students get into M/B/B. Not too shabby. :)
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Re: Haas and Management Consulting [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2008, 06:28
kryzak wrote:
Posted this on a different thread, but this may be useful for people who do not generally consider Haas when it comes to MC.

Anyway, I don't know exact stats, but I definitely know that M/B/B recruit at Haas. Though the number of hires from Haas may be a little deceptive because of it's small class size and a higher % of people going into entrepreneurship, hi-tech, and non-profit fields. When looking at Haas, Google is the top recruiter, with *8* hires. So that kinda shows how Haas students generally go into a very diverse pool of companies.

Ok, took the time to look at some stats:

M/B/B always appears in the top 10 hiring companies at Haas, generally 2 of the 3 will be on there.

Only 17-18% of Haas graduates go into consulting, that's roughly 40 or so students. If M/B/B hire roughly 4-5 students each (this is the number accepted, not given offer, which will be higher), 15 or so of 40 students going into consulting get jobs at M/B/B. Not too bad. Not sure how this compares with other schools, but around 40% of people who go into consulting ending up at the top 3 Consulting firms is not too shabby, IMHO. :P


Kryzak,

Do you know what % of students at Haas start companies upon graduation? Is there a constant buzz around the school around entrepeneurship and starting ventures with fellow classmates?
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2008, 06:36
terp, I believe the number of people actually starting companies right after school or working at a startup is roughly 20-25 students, around 10% (compared to 18% for MC, 36% in financial services, and 23% in marketing).

Hope that helps. :)
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Haas Top Ranked Specialties [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2008, 07:06
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In 2008, US News and World Report ranked the following Haas School areas of study in the top ten nationally:

* Entrepreneurship
* Executive MBA
* Finance
* International
* Management
* Marketing
* Nonprofit
* Part-time MBA
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Haas Tuition and Cost for 2008-9 [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2008, 07:08
http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/mba/finaid/FTCosts.htm

Per Year:
CA Resident: $31K
Non-Resident: $40K

Cost of Living: $20.4K (very conservative, but you can appeal quite easily to raise this)

Books and Supplies: $2500
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2008, 07:11
Haas Deadlines and Essay Questions:

2008-9 Application Deadlines:
Round: Application submitted by: GMAT and TOEFL taken on or before: Decision posted/emailed by:
One: November 4, 2008; November 4, 2008; January 28, 2009;
Two: December 9, 2008; December 9, 2008; March 18, 2009;
Three: January 30, 2009; January 30, 2009; April 28, 2009;
Four: March 11, 2009; March 11, 2009; May 19, 2009;

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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2008, 20:29
I'm also looking to apply to Haas R1, I've been taking some classes through a special program between my current employer and Haas' center for executive development.

I'm currently planning on doing MC afterwards, so I appreciate the M/B/B hire stats :)

I think one of the toughest part in the application process for me so far is finding a good consolidated source of information for the differences among the top business schools.

I'll likely be vising Haas soon after school starts -

Kryzak I'm curious about your profile, would you mind PMing that to me? or perhaps your resume? (with personal info deleted if you're uncomfortable with that).
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2008, 21:29
I will PM you my profile. As for my resume, I will have to get to know you a little better before I send that along :)

Haas has all the top consulting companies recruiting. The percentage they actually send to M/B/B will depend on the percentage of people who want to do consulting (lower at Haas than most top schools).
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2008, 16:11
kryzak,

Related to the cost associated with attending Haas... What is the living situation like? I'm aware that San Francisco is a pretty expensive place to live, but does this hold true for Berkeley as well? Where do most students live? Living in NYC, I'm no stranger to exorbitant living costs but I was sort of looking forward to getting a break in rent when I went back to school. I'd be willing to make sacrifices to go to school there, however :).
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2008, 01:18
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more than 80% of the first year students live in the Berkeley area (within 5 miles of campus). In the past, more than 50% would move to SF for the 2nd year, but the last 2 year's classes have all stayed in Berkeley since it's closer to where all the action is.

The one thing you have to keep in mind in Berkeley is that the apartments will be smaller and older (most buildings built more than 50 years ago). I guess being in NYC helps with the size part, but I'm not sure how new NYC apartments are.
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2008, 06:44
Great info - thanks! My current NYC apartment is only a year old but the vast majority of apartments in my price range are pre-war or even older, so it sounds like my standards wouldn't be violated by most places in Berkeley.
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2008, 09:00
I did check out a few places for a future classmate, and they're all a room in a private home type in North Berkeley Hills area. Those are actually QUITE NICE, for under $900, including utilities, your own bathroom, and kitchen access. So nice places do exist, just slightly farther from campus.
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Berkeley Haas ESSAY Questions for 2009 [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2008, 00:58
Here you go everyone!

BTW, ONLY Short Answer #1 is different. Everything else is the same as the Fall 2008 Essay Questions.

Again, for optional essays, ONLY write something if you have a major deficiency to address, or if you have another aspect of your candidacy you want to bring out. I wrote a 500 word essay discussing my volunteering activities for the optional essay (also for UCLA), just for your reference.

Fall 2009 Essay Questions

Listed below are the supplemental questions, short answer questions, required essays, and optional essays for the fall 2009 application.

Supplemental Questions:

1. If you have not provided a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, please explain; otherwise, enter N/A.
2. List in order of importance all community & professional organizations and extracurricular activities in which you have been involved during or after university studies. Indicate the nature of the activity or organization, dates of involvement, offices held, & average number of hours spent per month.
3. List full-time and part-time jobs held during undergraduate or graduate studies, indicating the employer, job title, employment dates, location, and the number of hours worked per week for each position held prior to the completion of your degree.
4. Please explain all gaps in your employment since earning your university degree.
5. Please identify the course(s) you have taken or intend to take to demonstrate quantitative proficiency. Provide the course name, date, grade if any, and institution at which the course was or will be taken. If you wish, you may discuss other ways in which you have demonstrated strong quantitative abilities.
6. If you have ever been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation, suspended or required to withdraw from any college or university, please explain. If not, please enter N/A. (An affirmative response to this question does not automatically disqualify you from admission.)

Short Answer:

1. If you could change one thing you've done in your life, what would it be, and how would you do it differently? (250 word maximum)
2. Tell us about your most significant accomplishment. (250 word maximum)
3. At Haas, we value innovation and creativity. Describe an innovative solution you have created to address a specific challenge. (250 word maximum)
4. What steps have you taken to learn about the Berkeley MBA program, and what factors have influenced your decision to apply? (250 word maximum)

Required Essays:

1. Give us an example of a situation in which you displayed leadership. (500 word maximum)
2. What are your short-term and long-term career goals? How do your professional experiences relate to these goals? Why do you want an MBA from Berkeley at this point in your career? (1000 word maximum)

Optional Essays:

1. (Optional) Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you haven’t addressed elsewhere. (500 word maximum)
2. (Optional) If you wish to be considered for the Haas Achievement Award (for individuals who have achieved success in spite of significant economic, educational, health-related and/or other obstacles), please use this space to address the obstacles you have overcome. (750 word maximum)
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2008, 06:50
Do you get to choose how many questions you want to answer? Obiviously the required, but do you do all 6 sup and 4 short answers as well?
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2008, 12:43
yes, you have to answer ALL the questions that do not say "optional".

The supplemental ones are simple, except for the one that asks you for your college and post-college activities. that one took me a few days of compiling...
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2008, 19:50
Kry, 2009 applicant here. My target industry is food and beverage, and my long-term goal is to be an entrepreneur in the same industry. I did find more than few companies recruiting at HAAS. Can you please provide some more info on the prospects for me? Will HAAS be a good fit? I think yes because of its location(California), but your input matters more than any other source of information I have found yet.
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2008, 22:37
hi anadimisra,

First of all, AWESOME that you're applying to Haas, yay! :)

But I'm not sure what your exact question to me is. Do you mean if Haas has good prospects for food and beverage industry, with an entrepreneurial slant? If so, then yes. Haas is pretty well connected with the consumer products and goods industry, generally on the marketing side. I'm pretty sure many of the biggest food and beverage companies (who also make all sorts of other consumer products these days) recruit at Haas.

As for the entrepreneurial slant, you'll DEFINITELY get that at Haas. Almost everything has an entrepreneurial/innovative slant to it due to the SF Bay Area/Silicon Valley culture and what Haas is known for.

Once school starts for me, I'll know more about the specifics of many industries and their hiring practices, and maybe I can answer your question better then. Keep in touch and feel free to post questions here. :)
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2008, 08:59
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2008, 09:19
Thanks Kry. This was exactly what I was asking.

Once the school starts, I plan to visit and get your feedback in person. Please do post what would be the best time to visit so that I can meet the students, attend a class and steal some of your time too.
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2008, 10:23
haha, thanks Kidderek, but we do have a "kryzak" for most schools, and they're much better than the kryzak here, haha :P (River for Northwestern, lanter1 for Yale, ncprasad for Ross, and of course, rhyme for GSB)

Best time to visit is after school starts. Visitations start September 2nd and go on to December 5th. Generally visits work this way:

Class visit from 9:30-11:30am (rough estimate, depends on class)
Lunch with Students 12-1pm (informal)
Small group infosession 1-2pm
Class Visit (optional) 2-4pm

You can go to 1, 2, or no classes, but that takes up most of the day. I'll be free to meet with people either for lunch or in between/after some of the events. Of course, PM me early on (give me at least 1 week's heads up) and I'll let you know if I'll be on campus or can pull time out to meet.

Here are some links for everyone's convenience:

Visitation:
http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/visitation.html

Haas Student Ambassadors:
http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/hsateam.html

Class Visits: No link yet, but SIGN UP EARLY!!! Classes only allow up to 4 visitors (the classrooms can't handle more) per class, and they go VERY QUICKLY. I would sign up 2-3 weeks in advance for the day you're visiting for the best choices.
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