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# Calling Berkeley-Haas Fall 2008 Applicants!

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16 Apr 2008, 11:30
for those of you who were interviewed and accepted, about how long did it take to get the admit call? i am R3 applicant, just had my interview with an alumn yesterday... went extremely well... very informal and conversational; he just wanted to know one thing: WHY MBA? and then just told me to ask him questions. our interview lasted about 45 minutes and was very enjoyable. it was one of the easiest interviews i've ever had in my life. hoping i will be at the next DAH!
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16 Apr 2008, 16:27
you will not get the admit call until at most 2-3 days before the listed deadline (which I think is April 30th). So no need to stress about it until then.
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16 Apr 2008, 20:58
Bobo,

I had my on campus interview on Monday and now am in the same boat as you. I have a feeling that they will be notifying admitted applicants earlier than 4/30 because the next DAH is on 5/1. Crossing my fingers!
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16 Apr 2008, 22:11
Already sent in deposit as well. Berkeley here I come... Hope to see you guys there.

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notokung, jc, branson, any word?

Haas/Berkeley Applicants Status - 4/15/2008
R1

red_s4 - R1 - Matriculating
JJGooden - R1 - Invited for Interview (Super Saturday)
sensation - R1 - Waitlisted w/o Interview (until 5/6)
Toploader - R1 - Waitlisted w/o Interview (until 5/6)

dahcrap - R1 PT - submitted - Invited for Interview
zakk - R1 PT - Invited for Interview

R2
isentropic - R2 - Accepted!
SkiC - R2 - Waitlist w/ interview
sangoman - R2 - Waitlist w/ Interview
skaballet - R2 - Waitlisted w/o Interview
ChristianW - R2 - Waitlisted w/o Interview
cooldar - R2 - Under Review

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16 Apr 2008, 22:28
Congrats Notokung!!! Maybe we'll be classmates this fall!
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22 Apr 2008, 15:52
kry, thanks and kudos for the DAH report. mine will follow tomorrow, will copy it from my blog. too tired now. must sleep.
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22 Apr 2008, 21:13
hey other waitlisted candidates at Haas.

Does the admissions office ackowledge the update mail yuou send them??? If yes, then how many days do they typically take ???

Thanks
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22 Apr 2008, 22:25
Alright I'm officially a Haas student now!

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23 Apr 2008, 01:28
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I know its a long time ago, but I just got back. So here my Days at Haas report. Hope you like it. Some spoiler warning there though compared to kryzaks post.

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I am back. What a packed 11 days those were. Oh boy. I hope I can still remember it all, because I basically survived on an average of around 5h of sleep per night throughout the entire time.
I'll give it my best shot:

April 9th
Direct flight to San Francisco. One of my friends who is a flight attendant chose the same flight and made sure I got in last and told me to introduce myself to the crew. She said there might be something in store for me. 20mins into the flight a crew member is asking for me and tells there was "a mistake". A minute later I am sitting in a business class seat, sipping wine, and having the biggest grin on my face. I think I was playing around with the controls for about an hour.
You can imagine I got into SFO quite relaxed and took the crew bus to downtown San Francisco. After a few drinks and some dinner I went to bed.

April 10th
The BART took me to Berkeley. Glorious weather. Around 25 degrees celsius which I think is around 80 fahrenheit. No cloud in the sky. Just walking up to Haas through the amazingly beautiful Berkeley campus was an awesome experience. You gotta love those little streams and bridges everywhere. I will already say: Berkeley has the most beautiful campus of all schools I got accepted to. I sat in on a strategy class before heading to the reception. The class wasnt that exciting and I noticed a lot of students watching TV or checking email on their laptops. The reception was okay and was held in one of the bigger rooms of the b school. We then headed out in smaller groups to current student houses where we were invited for dinner. This was actually a great chance to get to know people better and learn more about the program and lifestyle. After that we went out to bar on Shattuck in downtown Berkeley. The bar was nice and all, but the music was deafening and it was almost impossible to have a decent conversation. Plus, and many internationals might be able to relate, I need conversations in English to be with as little background noise as possible, because I need to concentrate more. (Although I guess my hearing has been better, too)
So I left around 11pm and headed to see a friend in the SF marina area to have even more drinks until something like 2am.

April 11th
After a breakfast that I was late to we had our mock-class with Prof. Morgan. Quite on the sharp side that chap and a very exciting class. I was actually fooled by my hindsight bias. We had to read a RyanAir case before the class and as I recalled the company to be successful I guess I was reading through the case with a heavy bias. It was interesting how it turned out that the market entry strategy that RA was going for was highly questionable.

Following the class there was a career fair with the various industries represented at tables. I was talking to a few of the consulting guys. I will speak about Haas consulting record more later.

After the career fair we were listening to some of the faculty and why the chose to come to Haas. Most of them emphasized Haas' track record in research and that at Haas you are at a place where people are on the cutting edge of research - whereas at other schools you merely learn what is already known. (I am wondering however: how much of what is being researched makes it to the classroom? and how fast?)

Lunch was held at a hotel near the school and was quite yummy. I spoke to a very senior marketing professor who was interesting but quirky.

The student life panel was fun as it was hosted by a guy who does stand-up comedy. I felt inclined to ask a question and the following dialogue between the guy and me cracked everyone up. But it was also good to find out about where you should live in Berkeley as an MBA student (and what you will have to pay for it).

The ensuing scavenger hunt around campus was quite some fun. every station was hosted by one of the clubs and we had to do several crazy things such as do a karaoke performance or a TV commercial.

"Dinner" was had in the courtyard of the Haas business school with BBQ and texmex food everywhere. Plus several performances of bands and cheerleaders and what not. I actually wasnt paying attention as I was talking to a few of the current students and had beers with a friend who will do his Phd at Cal. The event was fun and good to bond more with the other admits.

April 12th
I was late. Really late. By the time I got to Haas the alumni panel had already begun. Those guys were fun to listen to, but to be honest I didnt like some of their reasoning why they came to Haas:
"If you consider b-school a vacation, where would you rather spend it? In a place where there is a lot of snow, or somewhere warm and with a lot of sunshine and with nice people?" Wasnt convincing enough for me. But oh well.

The wrap up was awesome though. Especially compared to that of Tuck. More about that one in the next post though. During the entire 2-3 days some of the current students had taken pictures. They presented the best of those in a nice, animated presentation featuring some great music. That one was quite the heartbreaker, and I am sure that is what tipped many people. It almost tipped me to Haas.

Pete Johnson held a nice little wrap up speech and then we went off to the optional tours: Wine tasting, SF tour and hiking. I decided for the later and had an awesome hike somewhere north of San Francisco on the coast. Perfect weather too. I wish I had brought shorts. But who knew?

That was it. Days at Haas. A great event, very well organized. I didnt drink the cool-aid though. Oh and what is it with those "t-shirts" they gave us? their neither short nor long-sleeved but something in between. You look ridiculous in those...

I stayed a few more days in San Francisco trying to get some sleep with no success. I am sure about one thing, though: I will definitely try to get an internship in San Francisco. I just LOVE that city.
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23 Apr 2008, 01:51
branson wrote:
"If you consider b-school a vacation, where would you rather spend it? In a place where there is a lot of snow, or somewhere warm and with a lot of sunshine and with nice people?" Wasnt convincing enough for me. But oh well.

Haha, great post branson. Kudos!

I think the vacation thing was meant to be a tongue-in-cheek joke, not the "real" reason for coming to Haas. I mean, it's definitely one of the factors, albeit minor, that I used to decide. If Kellogg and Haas were equal on most things, then would I rather freeze or be somewhere warm?

From the sounds of it, you seem to have decided on Tuck? I will read your Tuck admit weekend to see your reasoning.
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23 Apr 2008, 01:57
no deposit sent in anywhere yet. about to start writing the Tuck report.
thanks for the kudos!
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23 Apr 2008, 02:03
BTW:

When I returned back home, I found a mail from Cal in my work account: 50% scholarship offer. I guess my DAH performance was just too good to not have me at the school.
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23 Apr 2008, 02:06
Ahh, wasn't sure what you meant by "not drinking the Kool-aid"

congrats branson! Looks like Haas found a way to get you some  to even the field with tuck a little. They also got some funds to give international students better rate loans. So it'll come down to whether you liked Tuck or Haas more, and which one will help your career goals the best.

I need to see a video of this "legendary" performance now.
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23 Apr 2008, 02:51
Haas Business Plan Competition Finals, if you're interested...

http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaI ... N=49869504

trying to figure out if admitted and matriculating students (those of us with Cal Net ID and a Haas email address already) can go for cheaper than \$35.
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25 Apr 2008, 15:36
bks -they're very quick... i got the "Admit" call from Peter only 3 business days after my interview. guess they really want us all to attend DAH!
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25 Apr 2008, 17:05
wow, that's fast!

BTW, my kroll check went through in ONE day. I faxed it in Wednesday after hours, and I got an email this morning saying it's complete! I didn't even tell them my company's phone number or include a W-2 form... not sure what they checked. My boss was on travel last week (and they definitely did not have his cell number).
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27 Apr 2008, 12:49
I submitted my app for Round 3 and I still have not heard anything from Haas. Should I just accept the fact that I will get dinged? Or is there a chance of making the wait list? And if I do get put on the wait list, at what point do they start taking people off of the wait list?
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28 Apr 2008, 10:00
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Alright I'm officially a Haas student now!

A little late, but congratulations! Now I have someone to visit in nice warm Cal and not just cold, windy Chicago
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30 Apr 2008, 00:23
Congrats Kry!!! Now we really goin to be classmates.
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30 Apr 2008, 15:48
Hi All,

R3 applicant here waitlisted after interview. For those of you in R2 and R1 who were waitlisted after an interview, what kind of materials did you submit and have any of you had any luck getting off the waitlist so far? I know it's pretty late in the application season to be managing the waitlist, so I am assuming at this point it's highly unlikely to be admitted?
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