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 [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2007, 09:16
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I was going through filling out all the online application stuff today because my brain was starting to melt down after about 5-6 hours of essay editing and writing. For the Berkeley transcripts, it sounds like you can have an official transcript sent to you, and then you send it on to Berkeley, so long as it is sealed. Is this correct? I know that some schools require that the transcripts be mailed directly to them from your undergrad institution. While it doesn't sound like Berkeley does, I dont want to screw myself.


Guys, I talked to a Haas rep and they said you can send the transcript directly from your undergrad. But I wanna make sure, cuz maybe remember the wrong thing. Where does it say that you need to have it sent to yourself first?

Please correct me if I'm wrong.


I also talked to a HAAS admin rep and was told that either sending the transcripts sealed yourself or having the school send it directly is fine. They will match up your info to your application package.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2007, 07:38
darn! I cancelled my original requests so I can have them send all the transcripts to me. Then I will put them in one envelope and send them out again... ugh.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2007, 16:53
Are applications reviewed as they are submitted, or are they reviewed all-at-once, post-deadline?
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2007, 14:05
Some news about class of 2009

http://haas.berkeley.edu/MBA/enews/sept07/story1.html

14% admission rate... wow, that's low...
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2007, 15:24
"...a Navy SEAL officer who served in Iraq, a former member of the Hungarian National Water Polo Team, Peace Corps volunteers who served in Benin and Namibia, and the founder of a charter school.

Additionally, one member of the class received Google’s Founders’ Award—the top employee honor; another co-founded an online bookstore dedicated to preserving Persian culture and literature. A woman in the class founded and led a group of 2500 service women to lobby for equal opportunities in the military, and another was a founding volunteer with the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, which provides post-release job placement, housing assistance, and micro-loan financing to prison inmates."

Uhhhh how am I supposed to compete with that?!
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2007, 15:32
yeah, that was impressive, but don't worry about it. I have a few friends who are at Haas and they're more like us than the ones people like to highlight.

I mean, if you count it, that's like 8 people. out of 470 they usually accept and 240 in the class. So I don't think you need to worry at all. :)

It is interesting that the international student count shot up to 39% this year, when it was in the 20's last year. Wonder if that's a typo...
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2007, 15:43
No, I was on campus today and they handed out the new class profile. The number is consistent with what I received.

Had a bulgogi sandwich at Espresso Experience for the first time in at least 5 years. Sooooo good! It was $9.40 though--yikes!
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2007, 16:08
are you from the area or just visiting? I think I remember you asking about this once. How did you like the campus, the lunch, the people? Let us know your thoughts!
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2007, 17:05
This was my first official bschool visit, so I don't have anything to compare it to. I live in SF but am a Cal alum. I took the day off to sit in on a class (unfortunately, it overlapped with lunch). I only passed through Haas to get to the Greek or to the football stadium during my undergrad years, so aside from knowing how to get to the building, I did get a bit lost on my way to the admissions office. Luckily, the area is pretty small.

The class was totally relevant to my career goals, so I was pretty excited (and hungry). The students were all engaged yet friendly. None of the cutthroat crap. I also met a student club leader and spoke with his experiences, my career goals, etc...and it looks like Haas is a good fit for me (although I almost always leave these things thinking xx school is the best fit for me!).

Students all seemed really down to earth. A few even walked up to me and introduced themselves (you have to wear a Haas pin that identifies you as a prospective). The Information Session was surprisingly informative. It probably helps that they focused on selling the school rather than talking about admissions strategies. I was surprised that 25% of the students live in SF. They really emphasized the stellar career services center and close relationships with local companies.

I'm currently writing my "Why Haas" essay now while I'm still inspired.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2007, 17:28
that sounds similar to my experience! Yeah, Haas is the only school that takes the time to actually "show, don't tell" why they're different from other schools. It may not be the best reasons, but at least they make an effort.

I was going to sit in a class next Monday, but a last minute travel trip forced me to cancel. I did sign up for a myriad of other classes related to strategy and entrepreneurship later in the month too.

They said that usually the Berkeley-SF ratio is 80-20 the first year, and 20-80 the second year (living that is), but this year it's very strange that only 25% are living in SF.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2007, 23:09
I don't know how relevant this is to all you guys 'cause you must be almost done with your essays. But anyway, here goes:
http://blog.clearadmit.com/2007/09/berkeleyhaas-2007-2008-essay-topic-analysis/
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2007, 00:02
quite useful kripalkavi. Haas isn't due in 5 weeks, so I still have time to tweak things. What I'm wondering about is how to split the research you've done on Haas between Short Answer #4 and the Goals Essay "Why Haas" part.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2007, 01:02
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quite useful kripalkavi.

Just call me Kripal. :-)
kryzak wrote:
What I'm wondering about is how to split the research you've done on Haas between Short Answer #4 and the Goals Essay "Why Haas" part.


I didn't do this research! Clearadmit.com did it. Anyway, here is my opinion:
Short answer no.4 clearly asks you what you have done to find out about Haas right? So I guess talking about attending the campus visits, info sessions, talking to alumni/students comes in here. In the Goals essay, you can talk more about specific courses, clubs and other activities that you want to be doing at Haas. Just a thought....
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2007, 03:52
kryzak - if you go to Haas 2 more times, they will just give u a honorary seat. I think at this point of time the janitor also knows that you are a prospective applicant. Probably at Oakland they are playing street dice and betting 4 to 1 odds in favor of you getting into Haas.

Perseverance pays, but you, my friend set a whole new example.

Haas sounds like a fun school to be. I had it initially on my wish list (I also had Wharton and Harvard on my wish list, hehe some wish list indeed. I prefer to keep them as wishes). Now its no more.

I am almost at the end of the rope with these application essays.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2007, 04:11
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kryzak - if you go to Haas 2 more times, they will just give u a honorary seat. I think at this point of time the janitor also knows that you are a prospective applicant. Probably at Oakland they are playing street dice and betting 4 to 1 odds in favor of you getting into Haas.


Ha ha ha! Priceless! Shoot, I really want to go to school with you man :-) With your pimpin' 'talent' and your sense of humour, B-school'll be one big party!
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2007, 07:57
kripalkavi wrote:
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kryzak - if you go to Haas 2 more times, they will just give u a honorary seat. I think at this point of time the janitor also knows that you are a prospective applicant. Probably at Oakland they are playing street dice and betting 4 to 1 odds in favor of you getting into Haas.


Ha ha ha! Priceless! Shoot, I really want to go to school with you man :-) With your pimpin' 'talent' and your sense of humour, B-school'll be one big party!


Not to mention his poor track record picking up women, you can have all the fun to yourself when you go clubbing with him :-)
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2007, 08:23
good info kripal, and LOL at Avi/NC

The thing is, at Accepted.com and Stacy Blackman's essay tips, they recommend that you not just talk about your visits and contacts with Haas in Short Answer 4, but also talk about why that made you want to go there. Then the essay sounds almost identical to the "Why Berkeley?" in the goals essay.

My thought was to do:

Short Answer 4: Talk about all the visits, talking to students, infosessions, social/regional clubs etc... I've done and connect that to why I want to go.

Goals Essay: Talk about the classes, teaching style, collaborative culture and business clubs that will help me achieve my goals.

Does that work?
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Haas Lodging [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2007, 15:08
For anyone that has visited/lives in the area do you have any hotel recommendations? I was going to try not to rent a car since it seems like parking is challenging, but am open. Ideally I'd like to find a hotel that is not a fortune, but not ghetto either and that is close to campus. Maybe that is asking too much, but it can't hurt to ask, right?
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2007, 18:33
Berkeley has very few "livable" hotels. I often stay at the Holiday Inn Express (HIE) on University near San Pablo, but it's NOT a walkable distance (and you don't want to walk in that area after dark either). It's also very expensive, roughly $160/night. Durant Hotel is very close to Haas, but it's also expensive and kinda old/worn down. There's a "Campus Motel" and a "Best Western" near HIE, but they're kinda crappy.

There is a bus that goes up University you can take, but it comes about once an hour or so. Once you get to University and Shattuck, during the day you can take the perimeter shuttle (either direction is fine) to get to Haas, and the opposite end of campus.

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hotels in northern cali [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2007, 05:22
I'd try priceline... I've gotten great rooms for less than $35 a night around the Bay Area... but I'm not too certain what the coverage is specifically around Berkeley. If you are renting a car and are really strapped for cash, I'd suggest Oakland... I've lived in both places (near Berkeley and then right in ghetto Oakland) a few years back and it's really not so bad.
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