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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2008, 13:20
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At the event tonight they gave us another stat, they received 325 applicants with GMAT scores 750 and above last year and rejected 87% of them.


So, 13% acceptance rate, huh? At least that's better than the rest of the applicant pool hanging around 10%. (trying to look at this positively)


I thought the rest of the applicant pool was about 13% too?
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2008, 13:34
Having read a lot of verbiage on the subject, it's not just Haas that rejects a high number of high-GMAT scorers. I bet you'll find the other top 10-15 schools generally have similar rejection rates. With their volume of quality applicants, they can easily pick and choose from plenty of 700+ scorers.....it's about creating as diverse a class as possible. Why should they take another White or Indian male banker with a 750 when they can take a Bulgarian concert pianist or a Kenyan marathon champion that got a 710? Take a look at http://gmatclub.com/wiki/WhoIsApplyingWhere2008 and look at the nationalities of those who got into the top schools for further evidence.

The key is to show something about you that is as unique as that concert pianist or marathoner. If not, can you really blame them for dinging you?
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2008, 21:10
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kryzak,

I'm asking the same question of the admissions office and HSAs at Haas but I thought I'd get your input as well: If I am interested in visiting in the spring sometime do you have a sense of when the ideal time would be? I will definitely visit when students are there, but beyond that, is there anything I should keep in mind other than exams when scheduling my trip out there? Any special weekends when a lot of students are out of town or anything like that? If you tell me that you're focused on the here and now and haven't had a chance to look that far ahead, I'll understand completely.

I was at that info session in NYC Wednesday and was struck by Peter's nugget about 750+ GMATs as well. That's scary stuff that I think I would have preferred not to hear. Onward and upward, I guess! :roll:


Hi there,

good question. Well, if you sign up for a 2nd year class, then any time between Feb-April is good. Generally midterms are around end of March when spring break is, so that's not a good time. Any time in Feb or any time in April is probably best. Same goes for 1st year classes (Strategy, Operations, Ethics, and Leadership), where they end around March, so people tend to be a bit overstressed at that point.

Don't worry about the 750+ GMAT stat. Pete is saying that to convey the point that GMAT isn't everything, and that they look at ALL parts of your application. So if you have a good story to tell, that is sometimes more important than a GMAT score alone. :)

Good luck, don't give up, and stay positive! We hope to see you for Super Saturday and Days at Haas!
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2008, 12:15
I have a question on Essay #1...

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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)


Is the adcom looking for a specific event/action or could it be, for example, a lifestyle choice. I would like to talk about how I wish I would have gotten involved in volunteering at a younger age, but not sure if they want a more specific mistake/regret scenario.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2008, 13:41
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I have a question on Essay #1...

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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)


Is the adcom looking for a specific event/action or could it be, for example, a lifestyle choice. I would like to talk about how I wish I would have gotten involved in volunteering at a younger age, but not sure if they want a more specific mistake/regret scenario.


We didn't get this question last year, but I would approach it the same way as any essays. You can talk about a lifestyle choice, but just make sure you support it with concrete and specific examples, and why you would have changed it. That is the meat of the essay.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2008, 17:43
Hi kryzak,

I had a quick question regarding the average age of students at Haas. I am currently 28/F/Taiwanese-American, and had thought about applying this year. I wouldn't be able to make R2 (still pending on taking the GMATs), and had contemplated R3, although I'm not sure how that would fare given this year's competitive pool.

I'm interested in pursuing a career in non-profit technology. I worked 5 years in corporate IT (systems developer/project manager) for a large pharmaceutical company, and I just finished a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer in NYC (working with the anti-hunger community via soup kitchens/food pantries --- I know, huge change from pharma!). I've just signed on to be an independent systems consultant for a non-profit IT consulting org next month.

Will it hurt if I push back another year?
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2008, 17:55
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Hi kryzak,

I had a quick question regarding the average age of students at Haas. I am currently 28/F/Taiwanese-American, and had thought about applying this year. I wouldn't be able to make R2 (still pending on taking the GMATs), and had contemplated R3, although I'm not sure how that would fare given this year's competitive pool.

I'm interested in pursuing a career in non-profit technology. I worked 5 years in corporate IT (systems developer/project manager) for a large pharmaceutical company, and I just finished a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer in NYC (working with the anti-hunger community via soup kitchens/food pantries --- I know, huge change from pharma!). I've just signed on to be an independent systems consultant for a non-profit IT consulting org next month.

Will it hurt if I push back another year?


Hi there,

Round 3 is generally more competitive, but with your pretty unique experience and goals, I think you could probably make a good case and have a good chance of getting an interview. Of course, moving it back one year (and getting more non-profit experience) will definitely help (and won't hurt) your chances. Berkeley's average age is somewhere around 28, and there are quite a few of us 30+ people here (over 15%).

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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2008, 18:00
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The key is to show something about you that is as unique as that concert pianist or marathoner. If not, can you really blame them for dinging you?


Oh yeah of course, I just reiterated it on the board because a lot of people focus too much on the GMAT score. So it just served as proof that yes, the whole package is what matters most. :)
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2008, 18:11
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I thought the rest of the applicant pool was about 13% too?


I think it ended up around 11.7% this year.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2008, 20:03
I'm pretty much set w/ my essays but am really struggling to come up with something for short essay #1 about what my biggest regret is. Anyone care to share what they wrote?
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2008, 20:27
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I'm pretty much set w/ my essays but am really struggling to come up with something for short essay #1 about what my biggest regret is. Anyone care to share what they wrote?


Great place to address whatever is the weakest part of your app I think rather than the optional essays. Obviously don't write it about 'I wish I had done better on my GMAT' but maybe for example out of work extra curriculars once you graduated college. I know a lot of people who didn't do much for that when they started their 1st job out of work because they (understandably) wanted to see how much of their schedule work would take up before committing to anything else. Easy to then transition into the out of work activities you've done as you got more settled.

This is spoken from a 27-year old's perspective so if you are younger forgive me if the above doesn't help much.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2008, 09:26
I uploaded this scrappy footage I took of Haas when I visited campus last year. Sorry for the shakiness...there was some event going on and I didn't want to look like a total tourist. Anyway it should give you a look at the campus if you haven't seen it yet:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw28AdJpaX0
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2008, 09:37
Seasick....so, so, so seasick....... :wink:

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I uploaded this scrappy footage I took of Haas when I visited campus last year. Sorry for the shakiness...there was some event going on and I didn't want to look like a total tourist. Anyway it should give you a look at the campus if you haven't seen it yet:

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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2008, 09:47
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Seasick....so, so, so seasick....... :wink:


Okay maybe I should title the video "walking Haas in a drunken stupor"...since who knows, maybe this is how it will look to most students at some point anyway? :P
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2008, 17:00
Hi,

Thanks for the information. I guess I'll have a better assessment when I visit campus next week!

Do you happen to know of anyone in the MOT program? I am trying to see if I can speak to one of their students during my visit.

Thank you!

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Hi kryzak,

I had a quick question regarding the average age of students at Haas. I am currently 28/F/Taiwanese-American, and had thought about applying this year. I wouldn't be able to make R2 (still pending on taking the GMATs), and had contemplated R3, although I'm not sure how that would fare given this year's competitive pool.

I'm interested in pursuing a career in non-profit technology. I worked 5 years in corporate IT (systems developer/project manager) for a large pharmaceutical company, and I just finished a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer in NYC (working with the anti-hunger community via soup kitchens/food pantries --- I know, huge change from pharma!). I've just signed on to be an independent systems consultant for a non-profit IT consulting org next month.

Will it hurt if I push back another year?


Hi there,

Round 3 is generally more competitive, but with your pretty unique experience and goals, I think you could probably make a good case and have a good chance of getting an interview. Of course, moving it back one year (and getting more non-profit experience) will definitely help (and won't hurt) your chances. Berkeley's average age is somewhere around 28, and there are quite a few of us 30+ people here (over 15%).

hope that helps!
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2008, 17:40
Well, I'm not technically *in the program*, but I attended (and currently attend) several courses that go into the certificate. Feel free to PM me with questions, and/or we can meet on campus if time allows.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2008, 17:56
Hi slsu,

Also let me know when and where you'll be on campus. I may have 10-15 minutes to meet up too.

But braindancer would probably be a much better person to speak with since he's taking those classes.



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Thanks for the information. I guess I'll have a better assessment when I visit campus next week!

Do you happen to know of anyone in the MOT program? I am trying to see if I can speak to one of their students during my visit.

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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2008, 12:00
Hey all-

pretty much got all my essays done. The only one I have left is:

(Optional). If you wish to be considered for a 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)

My question is - how many students normally receive this award each year? Just a couple, or a decent amount of the program? As a peace corps volunteer Im thinking about applying for this but don't want to spend the time cranking out a huge essay if it only goes to 1 person who came from some war-torn nation or grew up paralyzed from the waist down. I don't say the above in a condescending tone, just wanted to state that I'm sure there'll be a couple more deserving people than I.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2008, 12:12
Another app question while Im at it:

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Check here if your MBA education will be funded by an organization other than yourself, your family, loans, or an employer, such as Fulbright, Muskie, etc. Do not check this box if your source of funding is yourself.
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Confused about this one. I plan on applying for Federal loans, does that mean I should check the box?
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2008, 13:25
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Another app question while Im at it:

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Check here if your MBA education will be funded by an organization other than yourself, your family, loans, or an employer, such as Fulbright, Muskie, etc. Do not check this box if your source of funding is yourself.
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Confused about this one. I plan on applying for Federal loans, does that mean I should check the box?


Sounds like you check the box.
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