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"Business School Gets Crowded"--Businessweek.com [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2009, 07:54
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My take is they will place more people on WL this year rather than admits. This is tough news for all of us who is currently applying.

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Re: "Business School Gets Crowded"--Businessweek.com [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2009, 08:16
Interesting find. I'm surprised that this article did not touch on the effects of larger class sizes on recruiting and jobs (especially in this environment). Perhaps it's not that big of a deal?
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Re: "Business School Gets Crowded"--Businessweek.com [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2009, 08:37
I believe it's give and take. After talking to admissions adcoms at their events, and looking at the smaller turn-out as opposed to last year, they're actually expecting applications to drop a little this year. This is incredibly good news as you have to remember that applications didn't truly go up that much last year, the only spike was in round 1.

I still think there are plenty of places in top schools, maybe 100 fewer people get admitted, but if 4-500 less are applying, it's basically the same result.
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Re: "Business School Gets Crowded"--Businessweek.com [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2009, 08:53
I believe applications did go up last year. Attached, see Stanford's historical application volume.

I do agree that there is much less attendance at information sessions this year as compared to last year.
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Re: "Business School Gets Crowded"--Businessweek.com [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2009, 09:02
I think overall apps will be up this year. Although there may not be as much frenetic activity as last year, the # of people taking GMAT is increasing. In 2008, mostly the finance sector was hit hardest. But that's just one part of the economy. In late 2008 to 2009, all the other parts of the economy experienced increased unemployment. 2009 is when national unemployment reached past 10%. What are all these people going to do? Apply to b-school is my guess.

Also, what about all the people who got rejected last year? Since last year there were a record number of applicants, there were also a record number of rejections. Many of them will be re-applying this year.
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Re: "Business School Gets Crowded"--Businessweek.com [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2009, 12:42
I have a friend who is a student adcom and I guess the adcoms were shocked more people didn't pull out. They figured the fear of the unknown job market, student loan costs/availability, and long term value of the MBA in some peoples' minds would have increased the number of people pulling out during the summer. I think most schools yield was actually too high this year. I am sure most schools would rather be at their desired levels than having those extra few people. Though some schools planned to increase their class sizes many did not.

It is always interesting how fast things change each year.
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Re: "Business School Gets Crowded"--Businessweek.com [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2009, 20:43
Stampede to Business School Eases

September 24, 2009, 11:27 am

Last October, fresh from the collapse of Lehman Brothers, there were signs that the financial crisis was driving a bull market in business school applications.


A year later, the picture is a bit different. While aspiring bankers and would-be C.E.O.s continue to apply to M.B.A. programs in large numbers, there are signs that the rush to the quad may be easing.


On Thursday, the Graduate Management Admission Council, a business school trade group, reported that applications for business schools seem to have leveled off after a record-setting 2008. Schools participating in the council’s survey reported that 2009 applications for traditional two-year, full-time M.B.A. programs were essentially flat from a year ago.


Most of these programs — 64 percent of them — reported an increase in 2009 applications from the previous year. But that was well below the 80 percent that reported a year-over-year increase in 2008. Interestingly, applications for “accelerated” one-year M.B.A. programs were up sharply this year, with a 21 percent rise in applications, the council said. (The survey was taken in late May and early July, when many schools had not yet reached their application deadlines.)


Another leading indicator seems to be moderating. The number of Graduate Management Admission Tests — a requirement for most business school applicants — that were taken in 2009 rose 7.6 percent, the council said. A year ago, the increase was 13 percent.


What’s behind the deceleration? Well, here’s a brief lesson in business school economics. Demand for spots at business schools tends to increase along with unemployment, as the opportunity cost of leaving the work force goes down.


But there’s a secondary trend: As an economic downturn drags on, the ability to pay for a business school education decreases — and that latter effect may be behind the latest numbers, the council said in a report summarizing the survey.


What’s more, the backlash after the credit boom has led to higher standards for getting some student loans, which could also be crimping applications.


Some might also argue that the recent speculation about capping bankers’ bonuses and tightening financial regulations could be quieting the buzz over going to B-school.


http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/ ... own-a-bit/
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