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This thread is for the Kellogg 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-kellogg-fall-2012-applicants-116554.html

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

admitted-to-kellogg-class-of-2013-thread-106953.html


Total Admission Stats:
Total Applicants: 485
Admitted: 148
WL: 81
Dinged: 130
Unknown: 126

Roll Call for Class of 2013





Admitted to Kellogg Class of 2013 Thread http://gmatclub.com/forum/admitted-to-kellogg-class-of-2013-thread-106953.html

2011 Application Essay Questions
http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/Home/Programs/FullTimeMBA/Applying/EssayQuestions.aspx

Essay #1
a) MBA Program applicants - Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your future career plans and your motivation for pursuing an MBA. (600 word limit)

b) MMM Program applicants – Briefly assess your career progress to date. How does the MMM Program meet your educational needs and career goals? (600 word limit).

Essay #2 - Describe your key leadership experiences and evaluate what leadership areas you hope to develop through your MBA experiences (600 word limit).

Essay #3 - Assume you are evaluating your application from the perspective of a student member of the Kellogg Admissions Committee. Why would you and your peers select you for admission, and what impact would you make as a member of the Kellogg community? (600 word limit).

Essay #4 - Complete one of the following three questions or statements. (400 word limit)

Re-applicants have the option to answer a question from this grouping, but this is not required.
a) Describe an instance where you encountered resistance in a professional team setting. How did you address the situation?
b) People may be surprised to learn that I…..
c) The best mistake I ever made was…….

Required essay for re-applicants only – Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (400 word limit)

2011 Deadlines (Tentative)
http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/Home/Programs/FullTimeMBA/Applying/Deadlines.aspx

Round 1
Deadline (Part 2): October 14, 2010
Decision date: December 20, 2010

Round 2
Deadline (Part 2): January 11, 2011
Decision date: March 28, 2011

Round 3
Deadline (Part 2): April 7, 2011
Decision date: May 16, 2011

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GMATclub threads

2010 Applicants Thread http://gmatclub.com/forum/calling-all-kellogg-fall-2010-applicants-78734.html
2009 Applicants Thread http://gmatclub.com/forum/calling-all-kellogg-fall-2009-applicants-67009.html
Kellogg Ambassador Thread http://gmatclub.com/forum/kellogg-school-of-management-62139.html

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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2011, 11:54
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Folks, I graduated from Kellogg in 2008. Loved it, but in hindsight, would have also applied to HBS and Stanford. So, if you're still applying, I encourage you to do what I didn't. Don't let all the garbage around 700+GMATs influence how you pick schools. Again, I loved Kellogg - it's a great school, great people, etc, but having gone through the whole MBA process, my opinion is this: Go to the best school you possibly can. And when I say 'best school', I really mean 'best brand.'

From my experience post Kellogg, MBA brand is everything. The top 5 schools fall in one of three buckets. Bucket 1's name is "HBS." Bucket 2's name is "Stanford GBS", and Bucket 3's name is "the other top 5 schools" - i.e. Wharton/Kellogg/MIT. Let's call a spade a spade. HBS is in a league of its own. Stanford GSB is regarded as the second best business school - but it's not a close second, despite what most GSB-ers might say. Then after Stanford, you're splitting hairs with Wharton/Kellogg/MIT. I'm sure many of you disagree, but this is my unbiased, kellogg alumni perspective on sheer 'respect' the working world gives to these brands. Most MBA graduates from a top five school that work for a company with other top five MBAs will agree. Also, for all the folks that say, "yes, but if one wants to be an expert marketer, one should go to Kellogg," or "if one wants to work in private equity, one should go to Wharton."...you're all crazy. If you get in HBS, you go to HBS. If you don't and get in Stanford, you go there. If you don't get in either, but do get in Wharton/Kellogg/MIT, then you can play that "if" game.

So, apply to the best schools - even if your chances are slim. Like college - pick a 'safety,' then swing for the fences.
I applied to Kellogg, Haas, and Anderson, each R2. Picked these schools based on (1) how much I hated consulting and my ardent desire to get out, and (2) the best schools I felt confident I had a chance at. I was admitted to all three, scholarship offer to UCLA. My 'blockbuster' stats when I applied are below (kidding). I wanted to post this, since these threads influenced me when I applied, which I regret, and I never saw a post like this...which might have inspired me to apply to HBS/Stanford.

-Male, 26 years old
-3 years consulting experience (think Analysis Group, Navigant, LECG, NERA, Charles Rivers, etc). NOT the sheeshee McKinsey/Bain/BCG type.
-GMAT: 680 (Q49,V34) taken once
-GPA 3.7, BS #1 public university in US (#2 would disagree, ha)
-Decent EC, but nothing mind-blowing

Last comment: Essays are so important. Once you pass the bar with your stats (which isn't as high as these threads say - again, see mine above), then it comes down to weaving a compelling story of (a) where you've been, (b) where you wan to go, and (c) how that specific MBA program will get you there. Then you bake-in some stuff to illustrate what you'll bring to the table at the school (enriching the learning experience of others), and indirectly show that you're likely to be a big donor after (possibly by writing an essay that includes discussion of how committed you are to your undergrad school). This isn't rocket science, but people screw it up because they think stats are everything. I know a ton of people dinged at top 5 schools with 740+gmats, etc. You do too, just read these garbage threads.
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 17:18
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Got an email today about interviewing some kid...gonna be interesting being on the other side of the table.


Here is how I am picturing that:

First question: "Are you a member of GMAT Club".
Answer: "Yes"
(riverripper drafts new column on interview sheet): "Kudos +1"

Second question: "Are you an active contributor there"
Answer: "Definitely, I am very active and have a large number of posts"
(riverripper notes on interview sheet): "Applicant is strongly committed to an MBA. He is an active member of his community and has shown signs of leadership"

Third question: "What do you think of riverripper?"
Answer: "Who? The Deadliest Catch guy?..."
(riverripper notes on interview sheet): "Attention to detail "
Candidate continues: "...I don't know, I think I like rhyme better!"
(riverripper scratches previous comments): "This guy is a Boothie under disguise... denied!"
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OK just called the admissions office and asked "are rejections/waitlists being notified now or will they be only notified on the 20th"
According to them, they are notifying candidates who were waitlisted/rejected even now...does not mean just because you have been rejected, they wont inform you till the 20th! Phew..
That means, if you have not heard yet ~ they have not made any decision about your case! Once they make a decision, you will hear!
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This is what too much free time will yield. To those interested, this is the break down of the decisions from R1. Who knows if R2 will follow a similar pattern but it's kinda interesting to look at. Results were spread out over 7 days with the majority of activity for admits and denials during days 3/4/5.

Release Day_____ Admits____Denials____Waitlists
_____1____________19.4%______0.0%________0.0%
_____2____________14.5%______1.9%________0.0%
_____3____________29.0%_____18.9%________0.0%
_____4____________27.4%_____39.6%________0.0%
_____5_____________6.5%_____22.6%________0.0%
_____6_____________0.0%_____13.2%________0.0%
_____7_____________3.2%______3.8%______100.0%

Percents of GMATClub Totals

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JUST GOT THE CALL FROM DEENA WILLIAMS. IM IN!!!!!!!!!
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I would never try to persuade anyone from applying for any school they want since in reality you can only do it once. However, you need to remember that things change year to year and people who easily could get into HBS in year X may not now. Application volume is way up at most schools and yield has improved too. I suggest apply to any school you want to attend since you dont want to live with what if's...especially if you have a dream of doing something like PE or HF.

For example at Kellogg this is how things have changed over the last 4 years.
Kellogg Classes of: 2008 / 2012
Total Number of Applicants: 4,526 / 5,826
Avg. GMAT: 703 / 714
Applicants with <700 GMATs: 38% / 35%
Enrolled Students with <700 GMATs: 41% / 26%

http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/admissions/images/FactsFigures_06.pdf
http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/Programs/FullTimeMBA/Applying/~/media/Files/FTMBA/FTMBA_FactsFigures-2010.ashx


As for the eyebrow raising factor of senior management with brands it is definitely true that HBS will impress far more than almost any other school. Remember most of these people are in their 50s-60s. Their generation people went to b-school at an earlier age, almost everyone had less than 2 years experience and the vast majority had no work experience. So you are looking at people who did their MBA's in the mid 70s to the early 80s. Back then HBS was far and away the greatest school and there were far fewer legitimate alternatives. Wharton, Tuck, etc. were great programs but far fewer people were getting MBA's and it was no where near as comptetive as it is now. Many people who got their MBA's from HBS in 1975 wouldn't even be interviewed today. The growth of MBA programs and the number of schools offering them has been explosive, as have the number of people what want them. Just think Yale didn't even start their MBA program until the mid to late 1970s and many schools have doubled or tripled the size of their fulltime programs.

It will be interesting to see how programs stack up in 20 years, there seems to have been a greater leveling of the playing field. Heck you may see schools like John Hopkins moving up to big name status, and maybe some big name schools like Princeton will be offering MBA's (they do add to the prestige of universities). Also, I think senior managers then will have far different views of various MBA's than the current regimes. I dont see the same sense awe from younger people as I do from the old guard when it comes to HBS...heck some people our age have down right negative opinions of the school.
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I have searched high and low, but can anyone let me know what the recommendation questions are for Kellogg? I am torn between Kellogg and Booth for Round 2 and if I could make it easier for my recommenders that would be huge...

Thanks in advance.


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2. Please evaluate the candidate's demonstrated leadership and leadership potential (e.g. ability to influence others, initiative, contribution beyond expected responsibilities )
3. What do you perceive to be the candidate's weaknesses? What efforts has he or she made to address these weaknesses?
4. What observations do you have about the candidate's interpersonal skills? (e.g. maturity, listening skills, team skills, sense of humor, respect for different viewpoints.)
5. Please comment on the candidate's intellectual ability (e.g. analytical and quantitative skills, communication skills, creativity, curiosity)
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So please, if you're at work or at home waiting anxiously, post your thoughts here:
- Did you mistake a muscle spasm for a blackberry email notification of getting dinged? post it
- Did you receive a call from an unidentified number only to find out it was your mom learning how to use Skype phone? post it
- Did you spill coffee all over your desk when you saw an email from Kellogg only to discover that they were only advertising the geogrpahic and ethnic diversity of its alumni base? post it


I was eating Kellogg's Frosted Flakes this morning and mistook the "prize" inside the cereal box as a sign from Kellogg AdCom that I was accepted.
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does everyone's status still say:

All the required elements of your application are complete.

If your interview has been completed, the application has been submitted for review to the admissions committee. If your interview has not been conducted, the application will be submitted to the admissions committee upon completion of the interview. The next status check update will be the admission decision (Admit, Waitlist or Deny). When a decision has been rendered, the Office of Admissions will send you an email notifying you to check your status for your decision. Decisions will be released throughout the round, but the majority of decisions will be released during the last several weeks of the round.


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So, the alum who wrote one of my recs called an adcom member. Here's what they said:

1. It's a slower process than people understand
2. Admits will be coming out until the 20th
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Michael Geneser called me while I was at lunch. IM IN!!!!!!!!! So pumped. Also, my wife finally got back in touch with Beth-so-Flye, she's in too W/ A BIG SCHOLARSHIP! Very life changing.

We both interviewed on 9/27 and submitted the day of or day before the deadline. I have no idea why they've been making me sweat it out these last two days but now I'm SO pleased.
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UPDATED R1 ROLL-CALL



Aiiiight here it is. I updated the roll call starting from page 39 of this thread.

185 applicants
60 acceptances (Most went out on Friday Dec 10, 2010)
49 dings (Most went out Monday Dec 13, 2010 in the early morning)
0 Waitlist

I compiled all the names on a google document roughly copied from the Yale page. Admits and dings, please add your relevant information to it.
https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AvIY3hh7tYG1dHhxbTBQUFMwdElMZGJiUkdzaWhkckE&hl=en&authkey=CL6k9LIF

Can someone tell me how to add an iframe to this post so it'll show up here?

Good luck everyone!!
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My interview:

I met with the alum at a Coffee-shop on a Saturday morning. He was a young alum (09) and was already in the coffee shop though I was fifteen minutes early. He swung by right on time and joined me on my table. After some quick casual chat about the city, he said it was really informal, he wanted to make it quick and easy and just learn of why I wanted to attend Kellogg. He was extremely disarming and did not even crack open my resume since I'd sent it the previous night. My pad-folio stayed shut and we just spoke. Interview was about forty minutes though formal questions was just 30 mins. (note: my interviewer was a consultant and his style was very unique - well worded questions with very interesting open ended structure)

[list=]Tell me about yourself.
What was your (current) employer like
Why the career shift/path thus far
How has your role / leadership / work experience changed across the years
Has seniority led to anything unique in experience/learning?
Why MBA, Why Now?
Why Kellogg among all schools?
What do you want to do at Kellogg and what do you want to be your legacy?
What kind of leaders do you not enjoy working with/for
When have you had to change leadership style/approach?
GMAT + application + transcript says something about you - what is missing that you would like to add?
Questions?
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I asked about his most memorable experience of Kellogg & also how he felt about entrepreneurship (Since he expressed interest in E, but longer term). That evolved into a 10 minute conversation deep-dive on how b-schools are structured - typical consulting type analysis and we resonated a bit. Time will tell if that leads to an admit!
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I visited Kellogg last week for my on campus interview. Apparently they had high volumes of interviews while I was there, so I was interviewed by an alum that they had asked to come in and help. All the questions were pretty straight forward. The only one I hadn't expected was, "what is a common misconception about you?" Overall, I think it went well, but it was shorter than I thought it would be. It lasted only about 20-25 minutes, but I feel comfortable with the way I presented myself and I said everything I wanted to say.

I was able to attend 2 classes. I enjoyed the professors and was impressed with the class participation even though they weren't the most exciting topics. I was late to sign up for the classes, so I missed out on the most popular ones. The student hosting the tour was very friendly and had many positive things to say about the building even though it is getting old and a bit out-dated. The info session was different from that at other schools. It was done by a member of the adcom who addressed FAQs with relatively few questions coming from the attendees. Thursday night I met up with a current 1st year student I had networked with beforehand and had dinner with his family. His background and goals are very similar to mine, so I was glad to get his take on the school and hear about his experience. I was also fortunate to attend the TG event on Friday evening. It definitely showed a social side to the school and I met several other current students who were very welcoming and willing to share their experiences. Overall, my visit was excellent and did nothing to dethrone Kellogg as my preferred school should I be fortunate enough to be accepted. Best of luck to everyone in Round 2.


Sorry to call you out bro but you posted that Ross is your top choice on the Ross thread and about Kellogg on this. You do realize adcom doesn't monitor this website, right? Ha ha...

I think what would be very useful for most here is a list of differences you observed between the two schools. What did you find unique about Ross that was missing at Kellogg and vice-versa. Many here haven't had the opportunity to visit both schools and would gladly welcome your insight. Thanks, and good luck!



I don't mind being called out. I know adcom doesn't monitor, just stating my preferences at this point. I understand the confusion between my posts. Kellogg is my #1 choice between the two. However, Ross moved up my list out of all of my schools and is among the top schools on my list. That's all I meant on the Ross forum by stating it is at the top. If I were to be accepted at both schools, it would be a difficult decision. Kellogg has the edge because of it's brand/reputation in marketing, which is what I will be pursuing. When discussing classes, Kellogg students had a level of respect I didn't find at Ross. On multiple occasions, I heard Kellogg students mention professors and classes by name, whereas, I don't recall hearing one mention of a professor by name at Ross. The main thing mentioned at Ross was their MAP projects, which is their mini-consulting projects and takes their whole focus during the last quarter of the first year. That seems to be unique to Ross.

I reached out to students at both places before my visit. At Kellogg, the current student I met went out of his way to introduce me to some of his good friends, who also introduced me to some of their friends. With the students I had contacted at Ross, we chatted and then went our separate ways. I didn't expect any other introductions, but that turned out to be a difference.

The student hosts at the schools seemed to have different attitudes also. This would be my only negative about Kellogg. The Kellogg hosts (not all of them) seemed to be performing their job. They were friendly and insightful, but they seemed to be attending the events more as part of their duties than helping through the recruiting process. At Ross, the hosts made sure we felt comfortable, cracked jokes, and just genuinely seemed happy to get to know us and spend time with the prospectives.

The locations of the school couldn't be more different. Ann Arbor is definitely a college town, major athletic programs. The current students say it fosters a tight-knit community in the business school because most people leave friends in other major areas to come to Ann Arbor, so all they have is each other. A lot of students mentioned how much fun they have socializing at the football games. On the other hand, Evanston is so close to Chicago that it still has the big-city feel. There's a lot to do outside the school, so it's up to you to do things with or without your classmates. Kellogg has the edge here for me, because I have never lived in a major city and would like to have that experience. Although Michigan football would be exciting, I'm not choosing a school based on its athletics.

Anyway, I hope this is more helpful to you and answers your question about differences I observed. I visited the campuses mainly because I wanted to get a feel for the students and see if I would fit.
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Just posted my R2 telephonic interview details on the ClearAdmit wiki.
http://clearadmit.com/wiki/index.php?ti ... gInterview
Posting it here again:

International applicant (in remote area)
1/20 - Interview waiver
2/1 - Interview invite
2/5 - Interview

Scheduling: I called Admissions to schedule a phone interview. They verified my contact details. Duration: Interviewer clearly said that the duration will be 30 minutes (int) + 10-15 mins (questions). She stuck to it.

Introduction.
    Walk me through your resume
    Explain your job role. Who you manage. Who you report to.
    Short-term / long-term goals.
    What is your most significant accomplishment?
    What do you bring to the team that helps it/ hampers it? (Stumped!)
    How has your leadership approach evolved?
    Biggest strength / weakness.
    Why MBA?
    Why Kellogg?
    What extra-curricular activites will you be part of in Kellogg?
    Anything else you would like to share.

Overall: Flat-toned interview. Very textbook-ish.
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2011, 16:21
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For what it's worth, I told the admissions rep that I had been checking the forums and had almost resigned myself for a ding, to which he said that we give them waaaaaayyyy more credit for being regimented and organized than they deserve, so I suspect that there is plenty of good news to come.


Long-time lurker and R2 admit who had to post to thank aw10 for passing along this info, which I hope gives people some perspective/solace. Coincidentally I worked in a high-volume admissions office during college (work study) and the process is not nearly as methodical as you'd think. They probably go through piles in random order to call people - highly doubt it's alphabetical. Benign, unexpected things can hold up a file. I'm sure they try to be sensitive to the stress applicants are under but I think when dealing with 5000+ applicants they just do things in the same way we all do at work -- sometimes super-efficiently, sometimes not so much.

Kellogg releases decisions continuously, so don't listen to anyone here today (eg, Arbitrageur) who claims they know that everyone's fate has been decided. Kellogg was doing interviews just last week, and there's no way all those decisions have been made yet even though they're R2 (doubt all those files have even been reviewed yet since they told me in the interview that 3 people read the file before the director of admissions reads it). And they admit ~800-900 people, so I doubt the process is over already.

FYI, the Class of 2013 Facebook page has 129 people signed on so far, FYI.
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3-28-11 notification deadline with admit calls starting 3-14-11
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2010, 19:47
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wiredo wrote:
Does anybody know if the essays get read by the ad-com in sequence (that is, Essay #1 first, then #2, #3, and finally #4)?
In trying to establish a complete picture, I thought I'd finish with essays 1,2, and 4 (not necessarily in that order), and then write #3 using evidence laid out in the other three essays. However, this plan might fall apart if the ad-com reads essay #3 before #4 and goes "huh? the applicant hasn't referenced that anywhere".

What are everyone's thoughts?


I'm planning to do the same thing for essay #3. Because the question is based on your entire application package, it would be logical for them to read #3 last.


Just returned from the MBA Admissions Panel in Boston where Kellogg, among other schools, was present. Met with Jessica Seymour, Assistant Director of Admissions, and got this question answered. She said she can't speak for the other admissions officers, but she, for one, WILL be reading the essays in sequence. When I presented the dilemma of introducing material in essay 3 referenced in essay 4, she gave me the following pointers:
- Don't repeat yourself
- Make each essay stand on its own, if possible, and present new information (I think she said dimensions) to the application.

Oh well, so much for my original plan. But, at least I know what to do now.
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2010, 20:27
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Aspiria wrote:
Hi, everyone! I'm a newbie here and have one question.
I've submitted part 1 of the application but haven't started the essays yet. What will happen if I don't submit part 2 by Oct 14? Will my app be in Round 2 automatically? Or I lose my chance and can't apply in Round 2 now?

Thanks for your answers in advance!

You will be considered for admission in the round that you submit part 2. If you don't submit part 2 until round 2, that is when you will be considered for admission.
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