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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2009, 06:34
cul3s wrote:
Questions for short essay 4:
If you talked to multiple people... is it better to mention their names (fullname? first name?) ?
Or do you just write down that you talked to current students with the same goals, alumni, etc ?
what's usually the standard approach here?

Any advice or opinion is greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance.


You can drop names if you like, but if you're running low on words, you can drop the last name or just mention one or two of them. The key is that you spoke with students of the same goals and tell them what you learned. There is no "standard" approach. Some people drop names (like me) and others are very against it. Either way, the AdCom gets the idea.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2009, 11:41
hello everyone - i'll be applying to Haas Round 1 too. visited UC berkeley and Haas back in May and it was a fantastic experience.

question for the group - any idea on a specific date when the application will be available?
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2009, 13:47
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hello everyone - i'll be applying to Haas Round 1 too. visited UC berkeley and Haas back in May and it was a fantastic experience.

question for the group - any idea on a specific date when the application will be available?


should come out any day now. I remember it was mid to late August last year?
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2009, 18:19
Hi everyone,

There is an Admissions Advisor Chat on Friday, Aug-14th, 2009. Pacific Time 10am. ( i think, tht is midnight for me here in Singapore :roll: ).

I believe this is the first chat for the upcoming admission season.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2009, 21:15
Oh, and one more thing, a couple of my Haas vet buddies have volunteered to talk (on the phone or in person) to any vets who have questions about their experiences at Haas. Just PM me if you want to take them up on the offer. :)
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2009, 17:54
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How is the Healthcare major at Haas compared with other schools who have Healthcare concenteration in their MBA?

Will the adcom give preference to applicants who have work-ex and education related to the Healthcare industry?


I'm not quite sure what your question means. the MPH/MBA dual degree program is a healthcare "concentration" program at Haas. It takes 2.5 years to finish (one extra semester) and gets you pretty well connected into the healthcare and public health industry.

I can't claim to know what the adcom is looking for, but I would think the better you can link your experiences (whether healthcare related or not) to your future career in healthcare, then better your chances.



Hi, I am interested in the Healthcare Certificate program. I have experience of working with a Healthcare Technology firm and part-time with a Healthcare Social Enterprise. I am interested in the courses on Social Entrepreneurship in the Healthcare domain. I am trying to contact someone from the Healthcare club at Haas. Do you know anyone whom I can contact?

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Re: Haas and Yellow Ribbon Program [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2009, 19:36
Wow, this is great. I can add Haas back to my list :)

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Sorry for the lateness, but here's the update:

gregarious: yes, I definitely love the weather here and the small class size is one of the major decision points for me to pick Haas.

swbluedevil: I got your answer for you. First of all, Haas is participating this fall, and the official word is provided below. Second, Stern and Sloan are two top schools that are not in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

I also want to point out that you should look at the tuition based on what you're going to pay out of pocket in the end. I have compiled a list below for people to see the complete picture (including how many of these grants are given out) for most of the top schools.

this chart goes as: top schools, # of grants they're giving, amount per student, annual tuition (not including health insurance), total 2 year cost under program (I doubled the commitment of each school per year per student and subtracted it from each year's tuition to get the total)

Sorted by total tuition cost over 2 years, decreasing (for 2010-11 and 2011-12)
Sloan - N/A - $49K/year - Total Cost: $98K
Columbia - 30 - $2500 - $52K/year - Total Cost: $94K
Stanford - 50 - $3000 - $51K/year - Total Cost: $90K
Stern - N/A - $45K/year - Total Cost: $90K
Harvard - 30 - $5000 - $51K/year - Total Cost: $82K
Wharton - 15 - $10K - $52K/year - Total Cost: $64K
Booth - 5 - $10K - $50K/year - Total Cost: $60K
Kellogg - 50 - $10K/each - $49K/year - Total Cost:$58K
Anderson - 6 - $8600 - $44K/1st year, $36K/2nd year - Total Cost: $45.6K (assuming you're out of state 1st year)
Haas - unlimited - $10K/each - $45K/1st year, $36K/2nd year - Total Cost: $41K (assuming you're out of state 1st year)
Tuck - unlimited - $19,223 - $48K/year - Total Cost: $19K

Finally, I like to point out that Berkeley provides special funding in other ways for military as well. For example, it provides in-state tuition for active duty military stationed in California (see http://registrar.berkeley.edu/Default.a ... itary.html) and for the children and spouses of active-duty military personnel stationed in California, which has a value of $10K per year.

Conclusion?
Tuck is super cheap for Vets with unlimited grants. Haas and Anderson are the next two cheapest schools to attend. Wharton/Kellogg/Booth you save $40K over 2 years, but still pay up in the $60K range, with Wharton and Booth only offering less than 2% of their class the Yellow Ribbon Program. Kellogg is good offering 8% of their class the program. Stanford/Harvard/Columbia don't really help much, costing you more than $80-90K over the 2 years in tuition. And finally, Sloan and Stern do not offer the program, at least on the website. I would inquire with their ambassadors to see if they just missed the website deadline like Haas did.

Finally, I understand that cost is a big decision factor for many MBA applicants/students in choosing schools, but in my humble opinion, it shouldn't be the only reason. While many people will go to the school that gives them the best scholarship package, many others forgo the money to go to a school that fits them better in terms of geographical location, culture, intended career, alumni, and a variety of reasons.

Hopefully all this information will help you make your decision on which school fits your needs and your budget the best this fall.

Official Word from Haas (will be on our webpage soon):


The Haas School of Business was unable to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program for 2009-2010, although we have already notified the Veteran’s Administration of our intent to participate in 2010-2011. We will be providing grants to graduate student veterans who are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program in the amount of $10,000 per student. Those eligible veterans who enrolled in fall 2009 may receive this funding from the Haas School, but would not receive the matching funds from the VA until the 2010-2011 cycle. Berkeley provides a variety of other benefits to enlisted men and women, including in-state tuition benefits for active duty service members and a designated Veteran’s Benefit coordinator.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2009, 22:14
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Hi, I am interested in the Healthcare Certificate program. I have experience of working with a Healthcare Technology firm and part-time with a Healthcare Social Enterprise. I am interested in the courses on Social Entrepreneurship in the Healthcare domain. I am trying to contact someone from the Healthcare club at Haas. Do you know anyone whom I can contact?

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I would contact anyone here:

http://groups.haas.berkeley.edu/hcc/members.htm

Co-Prez is probably a good place to start.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2009, 10:58
Based on trying to do three other Round 1 apps with earlier deadlines, I'm going to apply to Haas in Round 2. I've come across advice here and on some other blogs that essay writing and interviewing usually get better so hopefully this decision doesn't backfire. Good luck to all those preparing for Round 1!
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2009, 22:36
gregarious, I think you'll be fine. my essays were definitely a step higher for Kellogg (which I applied to R2). The downside is the longer wait. After you found out all your results from R1 (hopefully good), waiting till March before you can make your final decision (if Haas is one of your top choices) will be more painful than you think. :)

But either way, good luck with the apps and hope to see you on campus sometime!
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2009, 22:53
Just an fyi for all R1 applicants. The application is now available online and you can start filling it and get the recommendations sent out.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2009, 06:07
hmm upon reading the application instructions this morning i probably should not have had my schools send official transcripts directly to Haas. anyone know if this will piss anyone off at admissions? probably can't help....
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2009, 09:13
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hmm upon reading the application instructions this morning i probably should not have had my schools send official transcripts directly to Haas. anyone know if this will piss anyone off at admissions? probably can't help....


I don't think you'll piss them off. Just give them a call and explain the situation. They'll tell you what you need to do to "fix" the problem. :)
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2009, 09:23
bpr81 wrote:
HAAS has a strong affiliation to Energy/Clean tech. So besides entrepreneurship, does HAAS offer other avenues to pursue in this sector like in Energy Investments. Any particular Program/Club/Initiative at HAAS for this?


My friend's response got filtered to another mailbox so I didn't see it until now. Here's the short answer:

BERC is the main vehicle. They should go to http:\\berc.berkeley.edu.

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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2009, 18:51
Thanks kryzak.

I will try to get in touch with someone in BERC.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2009, 23:13
In the question about which courses demonstrate quantitative proficiency, do we have to list all courses we took, or would a sample be sufficient? I was an engineer, so I could put down over 20 courses and it seems overkill.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2009, 23:37
I wondered the same thing when looking over the app. I also was an engineering major also so pretty much 90% of my classes could be quant related . I wonder what the point of it even is, seeing as how they'll be reviewing the transcript anyways.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2009, 01:55
I am applying R1!
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2009, 09:43
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I wondered the same thing when looking over the app. I also was an engineering major also so pretty much 90% of my classes could be quant related . I wonder what the point of it even is, seeing as how they'll be reviewing the transcript anyways.


Just list the math classes and mention that you took a lot of engineering courses as demonstrated on your transcript. That's what I did. :) For engineers, it really is just a formality, as they're not worried about your quant skills. :P
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2009, 15:21
Hah! That poem is perfect!

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An interesting article by an Economist journalist that came to Haas last semester for 3 days and did many interviews and class visits.

http://www.economist.com/research/artic ... extfeature

the poem at the end of the comments section is kinda funny (and cynical). :)

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