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 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2007, 19:45
that's what it sounds like. they don't seem to have a form that some schools require your transcripts to go with.

The irony is I'm going to have Berkeley send me the transcript so I can send it back to Berkeley again... kind of inefficient...
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2007, 19:52
kryzak wrote:
that's what it sounds like. they don't seem to have a form that some schools require your transcripts to go with.

The irony is I'm going to have Berkeley send me the transcript so I can send it back to Berkeley again... kind of inefficient...


Not for the postal service MUAHAHAHA :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2007, 12:38
The class of 2009 profile got posted recently.

http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/community_02.html

My GPA is now the bottom of the 80% range :(

At least my GMAT is at the top I guess.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2007, 12:46
thanks for the post Bherronp! Wow, GMAT and GPA averages went up a little more!

Fewer engineering and a lot more business majors... interesting. Median age went down even though range went up.

Aerospace industry is now listed at 2% whereas the Class of 2008 it wasn't listed out. I'm aiming for that 2%!
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2007, 11:58
kryzak wrote:
thanks for the post Bherronp! Wow, GMAT and GPA averages went up a little more!

Fewer engineering and a lot more business majors... interesting. Median age went down even though range went up.

Aerospace industry is now listed at 2% whereas the Class of 2008 it wasn't listed out. I'm aiming for that 2%!


hahha.. yeah i'm a bit intimidated by these stats.. Entertainment industry is only a dismal 3%! I hope that is a good thing that we're unique.. By the way, did you go to Berkeley for your U-grad?
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2007, 12:57
yeah, I see them listing aerospace this time as a good thing. Shows that there are more people applying from aerospace, yet not enough that I have to differentiate myself from all the IB/consulting people who apply.

Yes, I went to Cal for U-grad, Go Bears!
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2007, 16:13
kryzak wrote:
Aerospace industry is now listed at 2% whereas the Class of 2008 it wasn't listed out. I'm aiming for that 2%!


I'm hoping to be part of the few, the proud, the 3% telecom. That's a grand total of about 7 people.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2007, 21:17
Real estate also only gets a wonderful 3%. How can they be considered to have one of the best real estate programs in the country when there are only a dozen of us there?
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2007, 06:51
bherronp wrote:
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.
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2007, 09:16
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bherronp wrote:
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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