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Re: Merage 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2012, 08:47
I received notification that my application was being reviewed on Jan 9 and was invited for an interview on the 19th. I think this is a good sign?
Anyway, I just had my interview last Friday (Jan 27th) and am waiting to hear the final verdict. How long did it take for everyone to hear back? I know there is an expected time of 2-4 weeks but I heard back for the interview pretty soon so I'm hoping the official admissions decision doesn't take long either.

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Re: Merage 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2012, 20:43
I was interviewed on Feb 1st. I recieved a mail today saying that I am wait listed! I was banking on UCI for admit with scholarship :(
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Re: Merage 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2012, 21:33
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I was interviewed on Feb 1st. I recieved a mail today saying that I am wait listed! I was banking on UCI for admit with scholarship :(

Crazy! Same exact situation for me right now. I just hope it doesn't take too long to hear a final decision. Best of luck to both of us!
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Re: Merage 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2012, 22:04
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I was interviewed on Feb 1st. I recieved a mail today saying that I am wait listed! I was banking on UCI for admit with scholarship :(

Crazy! Same exact situation for me right now. I just hope it doesn't take too long to hear a final decision. Best of luck to both of us!

Tough luck. Is there any deadline for the final decision, or can it possibly go on until the start of the program?
Are you waiting to hear back from any other schools?
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Re: Merage 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2012, 00:30
Hi Guys,

When asked 'if admitted to all schools, how would you decide?'
How would you answer?

I haven't even thought that far. I mean I only applied to all the schools that I wanted to go to. To decide, I would need to get so much more information and weigh so many different factors.

But during the interview, how would you answer?
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Re: Merage 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2012, 02:12
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When asked 'if admitted to all schools, how would you decide?'
How would you answer?

I haven't even thought that far. I mean I only applied to all the schools that I wanted to go to. To decide, I would need to get so much more information and weigh so many different factors.

But during the interview, how would you answer?

Yeah, this is a toughie. There's also an equally important question, which would precede this one - "What other schools are you applying to".

My 2 cents (take this with a pinch of salt since I'm a bit rusty):
  • It's important to not be too honest with this answer. First, name some of the other schools that you are applying to. I think 3 schools, including Merage, is the optimum number.
  • Mention the reasons for applying to the other schools. The reasons have to be valid, and there have to be a few overlapping factors between Merage and the other schools.
  • Cite examples of interactions with Merage (students/alum/faculty/adcom/classes/events), and draw a few comparisons with the other schools. No need to accentuate the positives in the other schools.
  • You might want to mention that one of the schools is a backup option. This should not be Merage!
  • Try hinting that unless you receive a significant scholarship from one of the other schools, you would, at this stage, be looking to take up Merage. I would take this a level higher, and indicate that a scholarship from Merage would probably seal the deal.
  • This may seem like a lot to cover, but ensure that you don't spend too much time answering this. Try and keep it as brief as possible. Avoid dwelling on specifics about the other schools.

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Re: Merage 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2012, 04:17
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Hi Guys,

When asked 'if admitted to all schools, how would you decide?'
How would you answer?

I haven't even thought that far. I mean I only applied to all the schools that I wanted to go to. To decide, I would need to get so much more information and weigh so many different factors.

But during the interview, how would you answer?


Remember that its OK to lie with this question in some cases - in fact adcoms will take your answer with a grain of salt. When I was interviewed I was asked exactly the same question. This question imples that they want to know which schools you've applied, and how much research you have done with your applications with this question and what matters to you the most with MBA. Couple of tips:

There is a great chance that this question will pop up after "what other schools have you applied to and why?" The most important thing to remember here is that when you mention other schools you are applying, (of course, only do so when asked to name them) DO NOT mention obvious schools that are in higher tier than Merage. For example, if you applied to Booth and Wharton as your reach school, USC as your 50/50 and UCI as your backup, you only need to mention USC (even USC might be a stretch with Merage) to adcom. Basically the schools don't want to be applicants' "back up schools" and they can tell by the types of school an applicant is applying, so make sure to play down on this one and mention only comparable schools.

Of course, Merage might be the top choice for you, in that case no lying will be necessary. Just tell them something like you will be bery thankful and weigh in factors such as programs, alumni and job opportunities, locations, and scholarships altogether, BUT Merage remains my top choice at this time. Always end on a positive note for Merage.

Good luck - my experience with Merage interview wasn't that pleasant and I ended up turning down their offer, but they will ask typical questions so no need to be alarmed.

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Re: Merage 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2012, 14:18
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I was interviewed on Feb 1st. I recieved a mail today saying that I am wait listed! I was banking on UCI for admit with scholarship :(

Crazy! Same exact situation for me right now. I just hope it doesn't take too long to hear a final decision. Best of luck to both of us!

Tough luck. Is there any deadline for the final decision, or can it possibly go on until the start of the program?
Are you waiting to hear back from any other schools?

Yeah I called their office and was told I could be waiting until June! I definitely hope that's not the case.
I'm waiting to hear back from USC. I'm pretty confident I'll at least get an interview there.
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Re: Merage 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2012, 20:25
I sure hope that they do not keep international students waiting till june! I too am waiting to hear from USC. Looks like all SoCal schools are in demand this year! hoping for the best... All the best guys!
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Re: Merage 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2012, 15:31
Iam in!. Just got the mail.
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Re: Merage 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2012, 20:11
Pepperdine vs UCI

guys, how do u rank these two schools? Who has the better program in SoCal?

one of my friend got in UCI, but got rejected from Pepperdine.
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Re: Merage 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2012, 15:30
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Pepperdine vs UCI

guys, how do u rank these two schools? Who has the better program in SoCal?

one of my friend got in UCI, but got rejected from Pepperdine.



http://poetsandquants.com/2010/12/14/po ... the-u-s/3/
is a good ranking overview.

I would rank UCI over Pepperdine.
I feel like Pepperdine is only known in LA and can carry you to mid-level management, but if you were to go higher, that may be a challenge.
UCI is more geared torwards technology. It's semi-known throughout Southern California--ranging from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
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Re: Merage 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2012, 10:40
Did anyone meet an ambassador prior to the interview? Is it recommended?
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Re: Merage 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2012, 12:14
accepted with scholarship today. Applied last day of R2. Interviewed through Skype last Friday. Got results today 1 week later.

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Interview with USC this saturday. Only applied to 2 schools.
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Re: Merage 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2012, 14:45
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accepted with scholarship today. Applied last day of R2. Interviewed through Skype last Friday. Got results today 1 week later.

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Interview with USC this saturday. Only applied to 2 schools.


Congrats, David!

I have my UCI Interview scheduled for May 1st - earliest available slot was Apr 26 when I first logged on..and only 40 slots available.

I'll have an in person interview on campus. How was the interview?
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Re: Merage 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2012, 16:08
Hi guys,

Did anyone meet with the student ambassador after the interview? How did it go?
I have an interview coming up in April followed by a meeting with a 2nd year student ambassador.
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Re: Merage 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2012, 05:20
Got accepted with scholarship a few days back !! and now there's a dilemma .. Uni of South Carolina - Moore vs UC Irvine vs Katz!! And Rice Uni results still awaited...With a waitlist at Babson.. Can anyone help in making the decision easier? would be appreciated..
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Re: Merage 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2012, 23:28
I had UCI Merage interview last week through skype and received a status email today, I am waitlisted by UCI Merage. I am planning to send updates to UCI Merage in next week. Any waitlisted candidate has provided updates to UCI Merage?
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Re: Merage 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 May 2012, 15:53
I received my waitlist decision 1 week after my in-person interview as well. Considering that it takes them 1 week to make a decision and they review applicants by rolling admission, I can see why they put the majority of applicants on a waitlist.

I also noticed that they added a new application deadline of June 1st - need more applicants?

Since the waitlist email didn't say anything about sending updates, I haven't done so and didn't plan to.. should I? I'll have to look into it. I'd also like to hear from someone who provided supplemental information.
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Re: Merage 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 May 2012, 14:01
I was interviewed and subsequently denied from Merage a few weeks ago, but thought I'd put in my two cents regarding the waitlist and recently added June 1 deadline:

The vibe I have been getting from Merage throughout their process is that their trying to work their way up the rankings. One easy way to "game" the formula is by boosting the stats of the incoming class. My guess is they would normally like waitlisted students to attend, but are now holding off on hopes that some higher ranking applicants rejected from elite schools use them as a fallback.

That said, from what I can tell elite MBA applicants would rather wait another year for their dream school than go for UCI, so there might be a good chance for the seemingly high number of people being waitlisted. Can't say the same for myself, considering the ding, but maybe next year!
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