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 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2007, 21:53
From the Ask Berkeley/Haas forums:

Question:
How strict is your essays word limits?

May I exceed this limit if I feel it really necessary? what deviation will consider acceptable? (i.e. 5%? 10%?)

Thanks in advance!
Posted: 20 Sep 2007 04:14 AM

Answer:

Hello,

The word limits are guidelines. We advise that you stay as close to the recommended word limits as possible. No specific deviation has been set for going over the guidelines.

Best wishes,

Pam Maestas

The Berkeley MBA Admissions Team


http://messageboard.chatuniversity.com/ ... stTopic=59
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2007, 20:23
Had a great chat with one of the Haas admissions committee members (1 of 5) today, as well as the director of admissions. Surprisingly, what was supposed to be a 2-3 minute chat turned into about a 30 minute chat, with the adcom member asking me about my background, what I do, what I want to do, why MBA, why Haas, and everything in between (including some good restaurants to go to in Berkeley!) It was almost like an interview, but in a reception/casual setting. I hope I made a good impression, since she didn't seem bored and asked a lot of questions. It definitely helped me practice for potential interviews! :)

One more thing I learned, for local Bay Area people, the "Super Saturday" interviews for R1 and R2 will invite people who need to fly in (domestically) first. So if you start hearing others applying to Haas getting Super Saturday interviews and you haven't, that's because Bay Area people are last in the priority line (due to how close we live and how easy it is for us to get to Haas). Don't panic if you don't get an interview invite till very late.

Hope that helped!
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2007, 20:31
how'd you come across this person?
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2007, 20:35
I saw her at a reception today at Haas and proceeded to strike up a conversation with her.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2007, 21:00
what reception? did i miss something good?
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Essay Question [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2007, 14:23
Question for you guys. It kind of seems like the career goal essay is asking why Haas when it says: Why do you want an MBA from Berkeley at this point in your career? However, one of the short answer questions also says what factors have incluenced your decision to apply to Haas?

I don't want to answer why Berkely twice because that would just annoy the adcom's. Do I not need to say why Haas in the career goal essay? Just want to be sure I am clear.

Thanks, Sarah[/i]
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2007, 16:01
yes, I believe that has been discussed before. I broke it into two separate parts, each compliment each other.

Short answer: What visits, infosessions, and people I talked (all actions) with that made me want to apply to Haas

Long essay: What classes, clubs, resources, and culture at Haas will help me reach my long term career goals.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2007, 06:08
bherronp wrote:
I talked to a Haas alumni today who is a relative of one of my coworkers. He thought that my low GPA (3.25) was going to be a problem. To make matters worse, we had a major outage at work, and people kept trying to call and IM me, so I was distracted. I don't think I made a great impression. Overall, fairly discouraging.


Jesus if your GPA is a problem, I have no chance with my sub-3 GPA then...sigh..
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2007, 07:29
BTW, checked with a few Berkeley students, they all filled out the "what other schools are you applying to" section in the application, and most did apply to Stanford, Harvard, Wharton, etc... And obviously they all got in.

Hoping this will calm some nerves. I'll probably fill it out. Oh yeah, the Haas Student Ambassador says that it is NOT detrimental to leave it blank either.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2007, 07:38
thanks for following up!
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2007, 07:45
kryzak wrote:
BTW, checked with a few Berkeley students, they all filled out the "what other schools are you applying to" section in the application, and most did apply to Stanford, Harvard, Wharton, etc... And obviously they all got in.

Hoping this will calm some nerves. I'll probably fill it out. Oh yeah, the Haas Student Ambassador says that it is NOT detrimental to leave it blank either.


That question is kinda weird...what if you're not sure so you leave it blank, or enter a 2-3 schools only, and then you apply to another 10 schools in R2? Would that constitute as lying??
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2007, 07:57
I think they're just trying to get some metrics on where else their applicants apply. I doubt that part will be included in the background check.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2007, 08:10
I asked that, they said it is ONLY used for statistical purposes, and will not be held against you if you don't fill it out or are missing some.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2007, 09:47
Alright, less than a week left... who's turning one in for R1? I'll start the tally after I submit hopefully this Thursday.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2007, 14:05
I had to cancel my Seattle infosession. I just got back from my big tour, so I am trying to catch up on work and I wasn't likely to make it on time. Plus, I was just at Haas for an entire day last week. Hopefully they dont hold it against me.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2007, 14:08
bherronp, just apply R2, it gives you until December 10th to get it together. =)

How was your trip?
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2007, 14:17
R1 on Thursday or Friday night. Then I get to take a small breather before doing the 2 R2 apps I have planned.

Can't wait until this is over.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2007, 14:44
kryzak wrote:
bherronp, just apply R2, it gives you until December 10th to get it together. =)

How was your trip?


Nah, my app is done actually. Just going to proof it 1 more time this weekend.

Trip was great. I'm pretty beat though, and I have about 3-4 hrs of work ahead of me tonight.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2007, 14:59
congrats! Hope we meet up at the Admit weekend next year! :)
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2007, 15:35
Here is the start of the Cal submittals for R1:

Haas/Berkeley Applicants Status:
Kryzak - R1 - Submitting 11/1
mba2010 - R1 - Submitting 11/1-2
bherronp - R1 - Submitting soon
PaulK - R1 - Submitting (?)
ncprasad - R1 PT - Submitting in a couple weeks

Anyone else?
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