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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2008, 11:36
Yeah, I remember 1995...that's when I graduated. Haas was in construction for like my last 2 years. The first time I stepped foot in there was a few months ago when I went up there for my Berkeley EMBA interview.

But you're right in that it did seem a bit cramped with all of the students there. There weren't any EMBA students the day that I went but there were part time, full time, and undergrads and there were people everywhere (and the bathrooms were pretty gross).

The facility still seemed pretty new though. Soda hall was also made towards the end of my time there which is where I spent most of my time. The main library was in construction for like 4 years and finally opened up way at the end there. I guess I was at Cal during the contruction phase of the campus when lots of areas were fenced off.

Anyway, have fun up there.

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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2008, 11:47
Thanks Kry!

However, for the recommenders is there a word limit? I dont see anything specified in the form.

http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/2009_Recom ... n_Form.pdf

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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2008, 21:36
RVD, yeah, i started there in 1995, so Soda and Haas were both done by then (never checked out Haas much though, being an engineer). The Moffett-Doe Library was quite nice though, still one of the nicest and most picturesque buildings on campus.

Haas is actually maintained quite well now. The bathrooms are pretty clean and the facilities still up to date. Too bad I won't be there to enjoy any new buildings they build though!

pawan, as far as I know, there are no word limits for recommendations.
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Dean aims to put Haas in top five business schools [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2008, 20:07
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Class of 2010 Profile [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2008, 18:34
For Archival Purposes:

It has not been posted on the website yet, but I got a handout from school. Here are some vital stats for those of you interested in applying.

So as expected, Acceptance rate dropped to near all time lows, yield has gone up close to 5%, GMAT inched up. GPA *range* went up, even though the average went down.

Surprisingly, 5% more came from consulting, 3% fewer from Financial Services, and 3% more from Banking.

Class of 2010:
Application Received: 3779
Offers of Admission: 442
Entering Class Size: 241
Yield: 54.5% (compared to around 50% last year)
Acceptance Rate: 11.7% (compared to 14% last year)

UG GPA Average: 3.54 (compared to 3.57 last year, I guess we got more stupid :P)
Mid 80% GPA range: 3.30 - 3.87
Avg GMAT: 714
Middle 80% GMAT: 670-760
Countries Rep: 36
Women: 30%
International: 39%
US Minorities: 33% (African, Hispanic, Native, Asian, East Indian/Pakistani Americans)
Median WE: 5 years
Middle 80% WE: 3-8 years
Median Age: 28
Age Range: 24-38

Class of 2009 (last year):
http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/community_02.html
Applications Received 3,276
Enrolled Students 239
Women 31%
Minority Students 34%
International Students 39%
Countries Represented 34
Median Age 28
Age Range 23-40
Median Years WE 5 years
Average GMAT 710
Range of Middle 80% 660-760
Average UG GPA 3.57
Range of Middle 80% 3.25-3.83
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2008, 07:32
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I am a Software Engineer from Bangalore, India. I have a query regarding the HAAS MBA program.

My objective is to pursue an MBA in technology strategy consulting. For this, do you think a general MBA with a concentration in strategy is more suited or should I apply for a MOT specialization. Basically I'm trying to understand how different a MOT specialization is from an MBA with tech strategy as the concentration.
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2008, 11:07
connecticket,

MOT is just a certificate on top of the general MBA program. It doesn't change a lot, doesn't have a separate application process, and my gut feeling is that it doesn't get your foot in employer's door either. However, Haas itself is extremely suitable for the career you're thinking about, and tech consulting firms are camping here day and night. So my advice would be - apply to Haas, mention MOT in your essays (that course track does have some interesting classes), but don't expect your MBA to be in any way different from others at Haas. As to MOT itself, you will have plenty of time to decide whether you want to go for it during your first semester.
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2008, 20:08
what braindancer said. :P

But to add to that, the name of Haas will get you into many many tech consulting company doors, getting the MOT will only be the icing on the cake, and help YOU focus your education a little more than your peers (who may be doing strategy consulting or other things). braindancer is right in that you don't have to decide until 2nd semester of the 1st year, as your first semester is all core courses. The electives only start in the 2nd semester.
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2008, 21:24
braindancer, kryzag thanks for the tip.

I am gearing up with my apps for HAAS (it's my top choice). But unfortunately I belong to that Male/IT/India category (a little over two years work-ex at Novell Inc), so differentiating myself from the rest will be the key. Will ping you guys if I have any other queries.
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2008, 01:29
What are the accomodation facilities like? I'm thinking about selecting Berkeley as my exchange school (due to my interest in hi-tech). Are they any good, or do students generally have to find their own accommodation?
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2008, 07:22
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What are the accomodation facilities like? I'm thinking about selecting Berkeley as my exchange school (due to my interest in hi-tech). Are they any good, or do students generally have to find their own accommodation?


That would be cool if you come here for a semester toga!

As for facilities, many international students stay at "International House". It's a dorm-like place that has many services self contained, though the food is a lot better just 5 minutes walk away. You can apply to the I-House when you exchange, but I'm not sure how easy or hard it is to get in. There are also Graduate student dorms, one of which is 5-7 minutes from Haas, but also tough to get in. Otherwise, most students look for accomodation themselves. Of course, you can probably find someone who's doing an exchange abroad to sublet from, since Berkeley only takes in as many exchange students as they send out (to maintain class size).

Hope that helps! I can also help you look around if you do decide to come here.
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2008, 12:19
I guess your perspective on the food at iHouse depends from what your expectations are :) I don't live there, but visited it a couple of times and was impressed by the food. It's quite nourishing, no junk burgers (European cuisine, although pretty basic), and most importantly cheap and conveniently located. Would I live there, I don't think I'd ever go eat somewhere else. :)

That said, I confirm that it's extremely tough to get it. I applied in May and was already waitlisted for iHouse.

Also, it's rather expensive. I think you pay about $1500/mo for the tiny dorm room (be it with free wireless and cheap food), while you can find a good place for under $1000 some 5-10 minutes walk from campus.

So I think your decision on where to live should be highly influenced by whether you want to "socialize" (undergrad style), or you prefer to have your evenings for yourself.
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2008, 05:43
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That would be cool if you come here for a semester toga!

As for facilities, many international students stay at "International House". It's a dorm-like place that has many services self contained, though the food is a lot better just 5 minutes walk away. You can apply to the I-House when you exchange, but I'm not sure how easy or hard it is to get in. There are also Graduate student dorms, one of which is 5-7 minutes from Haas, but also tough to get in. Otherwise, most students look for accomodation themselves. Of course, you can probably find someone who's doing an exchange abroad to sublet from, since Berkeley only takes in as many exchange students as they send out (to maintain class size).

Hope that helps! I can also help you look around if you do decide to come here.


cheers!!! There are actually 2 students from Haas who have exchanged to HKUST this semester, so I'm pestering them for information :). Good to know there are available options around :)
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2008, 13:14
How important are the Supplementary questions in the essay?

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.

I haven't taken any course, and dont intend to take one. Whats the ideal way to write this? Also, any word limit on such questions?
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2008, 14:13
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How important are the Supplementary questions in the essay?

I haven't taken any course, and dont intend to take one. Whats the ideal way to write this? Also, any word limit on such questions?


Not that important if you have decent (B or higher) grades in Calculus. There is no word limit, but one or two sentences plus the list of math/quant grades is enough. They're really only looking for proficiency in quant skills. If your GMAT Quant score is 90+%, you're also fine. Just state so in this question.
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2008, 13:20
Hi guys,
How many years out will a candidate be considered a reapplicant? I applied to Haas for 2008 but was turned down and really want to improve on a few things, mainly my time spent participating in extra-curric's and retaking the GMAT to edge into the top 90th %tile. I just moved to California and suspect I'll reapply for the 2010 class.

Also, do the admissions staff give any personal feedback at all for reapplicants?
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2008, 14:46
1) I think you're OK. You'll have to tell a story about it, but it will be beneficial for you. And of course they will have your previous application on file. You can check with the adcoms themselves though.

2) I don't think so. If they EVER do it, they will have to do it for EVERYONE from that point on. :) So the answer is always "no, sorry".
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2008, 06:48
Hi guys,

First I want to thank you for your time helping us. I greatly appreciate your help.

I come from a technology industry and would like to switch my career to strategy/management consulting after graduated from MBA. Can you share your thought to get one prepare for this career, in terms of the courses should take, student clubs at Haas, etc?

Thanks a lot for your time.
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2008, 09:02
+1 on everything kryzak said.

Make sure to START EARLY. Consulting interview practice is a rather long and cumbersome process - don't postpone it until winter break. Start ramping up now.
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Re: Berkeley Haas School of Business [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2008, 09:45
yeah, I might even sit in on some consulting classmates' practices just to learn how to do case interviews.

braindancer, saw you at the Consulting BB a couple weeks ago, but had to leave early so I didn't get to say hi. :)
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