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This thread is for the Booth 2011 Application Year, meaning applicants that are starting School in the Fall of 2011.

Please direct all of your questions for this year into the 2012 thread

calling-all-2012-chicago-booth-fall-applicants-116701.html

If you are a current student/admit, please consider visiting the thread for Admitted Students

admitted-to-chicago-booth-class-of-2013-full-time-mba-thread-107432.html





At Chicago Booth, you get more than just a world-class education. You become part of a global business force.

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Round 1

Deadline: October 13, 2010
Notification: December 15, 2010

Round 2

Deadline: January 5, 2011
Notification: March 16, 2011

Round 3

Deadline: April 13, 2011
Notification: May 18, 2011

Evening/Weekend MBA

Deadlines: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/ad ... #deadlines

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Application Review Process
At minimum three people will review an application. We do not review applications in groups but the reader will have access to the previous readers' reviews. Our office hires students to serve as Admissions Fellows. These students will review the files(and conduct our on campus interviews.) Once the Fellows complete their review an admissions officer reviews and will make a recommendation. At this time a candidate is invited to interview or recommended for denial. If denial the Associate Dean will review the file. If invited to interview, after the interview takes place, the file is reviewed again by an admissions officer. A recommendation is made and ultimately the Associate Dean makes the final decision.

We do not compare students between rounds; we only evaluate applications based on each round. The chances of being admitted are very similar from one round to the next.

Interview
As for interviews, Interviewers will NOT have access to your applications.

We conduct interviews either on campus by admissions fellows or off campus by alumni. All applicants have the option of coming to campus or interviewing with a local alumni.

Academics
The Booth MBA is based on a discipline based approach to business education, with finance being at the cornerstone. Chicago Booth boasts a legendary finance curriculum, covering both corporate finance and investments. In addition, our long-standing relationships and success in recruiting with the biggest investment organizations in the world.

General
Guest: what are the top features booth is looking for in an mba candidate and how can i improve my chances of admission

Kurt: The best way to be successful in this process is to really know your story. Where have you been? What skill and experiences have fostered over time? How do these things prepare you for an MBA, and a career post MBA? And finally, how does a specific program i.e. Booth bridge the gap effectively between where you are and where you want to be. Think through this effectively and convey this story utilizing all the aspects provided in the application will give you your best chance of success. To be candid we expect that students applying to a top school are smart, engaged and demonstrate signs for leadership potential. With those things being staples it is at the margins where you can most directly impact your outcome. And your story and fit is what lives in the margins.

Neel the overwhelming majority of our students in the FT program are looking to make a career change. To do so you have to think through what you know about the desired industry, what skill and experiences do they covet and what do you bring to the table. In most cases once you do this exercise you will realize where your strengths and weaknesses lie, and at Chicago because of our flexibility and commitment to analytics you will have every opportunity to round out your necessary skill sets and go after the role you desire.

Essays

1. The Admissions Committee is interested in learning more about you on both a personal and professional level. Please answer the following (maximum of 300 words for each section):

a. Why are you pursuing a full-time MBA at this point in your life?

b. Define your short and long term career goals post MBA.

c. What is it about Chicago Booth that is going to help you reach your goals?

d. REAPPLICANTS ONLY: Upon reflection, how has your thinking regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application?


These short essays will require you to know yourself. You will need to understand where you have been and where you are going. Before you begin drafting the responses to these essays, take some time for self-reflection. Why do you want to return to school? Why is the MBA the right degree for you?

We know that many of you will use your MBA experience to help you figure out what kind of job to pursue next. Even though your future career plans may not be clear at this time, you should still be able to discuss your goals and how they relate to obtaining an MBA.

For our reapplicants, question 1d is where you can tell us what, if anything, has changed since the time of your last application. What has occurred in your life or career that has either reinforced or changed your goals? What lessons have you learned or how have you grown since you last applied to Chicago Booth?


2. Chicago Booth is a place that challenges its students to stretch and take risks that they might not take elsewhere. Tell us about a time when you took a risk and what you learned from that experience (maximum of 750 words).

You’re probably wondering, “What kind of risk do you want me to discuss?” To be honest, we’re not looking for one kind of risk in particular. It can be a risk related to your professional, academic or personal life. It can be a risk that resulted in either a positive or negative outcome. We want to hear about a time when you challenged yourself and what you learned from that experience. How has that experience influenced your future actions?


3. At Chicago Booth, we teach you HOW to think rather than what to think. With this in mind, we have provided you with “blank pages” in our application. Knowing that there is not a right or even a preferred answer allows you to demonstrate to the committee your ability to navigate ambiguity and provide information that you believe will support your candidacy for Chicago Booth.

Earlier this year, there was some discussion as to whether we would continue using the presentation as part of our evaluation process. With the presentation proving to be such an important tool in helping us determine who is a good fit for Chicago Booth, we decided it was necessary to include in our 2011 application. However, this year, we are giving applicants even greater freedom to decide what information they want to convey in the presentation.


Since we’re providing you with “blank pages,” what you decide to address in your presentation is up to you. Look at the other aspects of your application. Are there messages or activities that you have not yet been able to communicate to the committee? If so, then the presentation will be an opportunity for you to provide us with this type of information. After reviewing your presentation, we want to have a better understanding of who you are and how you think.


Also, please remember that it is the content – not the design – that should be the focus of the presentation. We understand that not everyone is a design guru. So, whether it’s through photos, images, graphs, or just words, the goal is to communicate your messages as effectively as possible.
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I'm applying for PT starting Fall 2011- do I count for the roll call? I'll be submitting right around the full-time Round 1 deadline.

Tackling the GMAT on Monday, hopefully can take a week or two off before starting to draft the essays!
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Thanks Praetorian!

Sailorette, I've added you in. By the way, how do you plan on attending part-time since you are currently in Taipei - will you be working full time in the city where you do your MBA?
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Thanks Praetorian!

Sailorette, I've added you in. By the way, how do you plan on attending part-time since you are currently in Taipei - will you be working full time in the city where you do your MBA?


Correct! I'm supposed to rotate back to the States July 2011, and will be petitioning my firm to move me to the city with the best program I'm accepted into. Which will hopefully be Booth :-D

From the looks of things we have fairly similar backgrounds- what were the terms of your Big Four overseas stint?
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They've definitely made some changes. Exciting stuff.

Is UCLA still the only one that allows for videos and sound to be displayed in the free expression question? Are Stern and Booth still essentially sticking to static presentation?
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IS Booth "reapplicant friendly"??

I mean 'really' reap friendly not just the official speech " ... we strongly encourage reapplicant to submit an application Bla Bla bla.."

Any insider info?
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Add me to Round 1.

I know Rose tried to calm us with "oh, relax, the deadline ain't until 10/13/10" but can't get over the # of essays. She could've at least said bye to PPT. :(
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Would there be an interest in a webinar where I cover common pitfalls / errors people make in applying to Booth? If so, PM me or post here.
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Would there be an interest in a webinar where I cover common pitfalls / errors people make in applying to Booth? If so, PM me or post here.


I would be 100% interested in something like this.
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Rhyme, I would definitely be interested in learning from your experiences.

Sailorette, I've actually transferred on an indefinite basis - not doing a rotation. My goal is to go to a full time program so I didn't want to be committed to returning to a home country. I didn't think a part time MBA would help me since I'm looking to sort of change careers.
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Hi rhyme, also interested...
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finally a booth 2011 thread! count me in for rd1

rhyme, thanks for the offer. i will definitely try to take advantage of your insights.
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Would there be an interest in a webinar where I cover common pitfalls / errors people make in applying to Booth? If so, PM me or post here.


I'd be delighted. Thanks.
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I would also be interested! thanks rhyme.
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Rhyme,

I am also planning to apply R1. I'd be interested too in your webinar. Thanks for such an initiative.

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