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27 Feb 2014, 04:18
This is good advice. Arriving cold at the school can be overwhelming and even though the Admissions Office will try to help you, there's not much they can do at the last minute.
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05 Mar 2014, 06:33
I'm accepted to one of my Round One schools - Yale SOM, which I have happily confirmed. I was waitlisted at Darden and went ahead with two applications in Round Two but I am happy to go to Yale. Just wanted to say here that the Aringo tool was incredibly helpful and insightful way back when I did it (seems like eons ago) and though there were a couple of discrepancies? with results, I learned a lot and would still recommend it.
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10 Mar 2014, 02:55
Congrats! Good school, not so good location. But you'll be too busy to notice. BTW what did you mean by 'discrepancies' in results?
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24 Apr 2014, 22:56
I think the Aringo calculator should give more weight to the candidate's age. I've recently read an article on P&Q about the age factor at b-schools, and how adcoms prefer younger candidates who can fit more easily to the school community and have more increase in salary after they graduate.
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05 May 2014, 03:09
I also read this article, but keep in mind that on the other hand older candidates have more work experience, which is another thing that b-school consider valuable. Older candidates also have more concrete career goals in most cases.
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14 May 2014, 11:15
True, but business schools like to have an impact on their graduates' careers, which is eaiser to do with younger candidates.
Taht's why they usually push older candidates towards executive programs, instead of the traditional full time MBA.
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23 May 2014, 22:23
Regardless of that article, it is well known that top business schools prefer young candidates. It doesn't mean that older applicants don't have a chance, but it might be easier for them to consider European programs which are relatively more open for older candidates.
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29 May 2014, 04:38
I would like to push through with my application but reading through this forum made me think about the age factor. Would you know the age range to say that one is an "older candidate"?
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10 Jun 2014, 07:14
I'd say the preferred age range for top-10 MBA programs is around 26-28, but it doesn't mean you can't get accepted if you're 30... it will just be a little harder. Of course you will have better chances at lower ranked schools and at European schools.
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17 Jun 2014, 06:40
Okay, good to know about the age factor. I'm still counting on work experience being considered.
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25 Jun 2014, 22:20
Absolutely, I believe an extensive work experience is a big advantage, which also reflects on Aringo's calculator as you can see. The average WE at top programs is around 4-5 years.
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07 Jul 2014, 15:39
In addition to valuable work experience, I've read that one should also work on providing good references to back you up.
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28 Jul 2014, 20:59
I've read from previous post that your EC activities are also considered. Is this correct?
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06 Aug 2014, 06:35
Although they do not guarantee admission, they are still an important part of the whole application process. It is worth incorporating into your application to show how multi-dimensional person you are.
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25 Aug 2014, 06:36
Absolutely!! EC activities (volunteer work, community service) are extremely important and may impact your admission chances, since adcoms also consider the candidate's fit with the school colture and community.
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07 Sep 2014, 07:04
I second that. EC are very important in the MBA admission process, and this is something that can make the difference between 2 similar candidates.
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06 Oct 2014, 06:45
On another subject, I've recently read about a GMAC survey that reveals application growth in many full time MBA programs, which probably means it's a bit harder to get in.
"61% of global full-time two-year MBA programs participating in the survey reported application growth – up from 50% of programs in 2013 and only 43% in 2012."
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26 Oct 2014, 11:16
The tool does not define your potentials and therefore must not be a factor for one’s decision of getting into MBA. However, one should try checking on some websites prior to application to any of the prestigious schools such as Harvard, Stanford and Oxford in order to make some assessments.
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21 Nov 2014, 04:38
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The tool does not define your potentials and therefore must not be a factor for one’s decision of getting into MBA. However, one should try checking on some websites prior to application to any of the prestigious schools such as Harvard, Stanford and Oxford in order to make some assessments.

You're absolutely right, the chances calculator does not define the candidate's potential. It only provides a rough assessment of the candidate's admission chances at the top MBA programs and should not be a factor for anyone’s decision of applying for business schools.

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23 Nov 2014, 03:05
Getting this post recognition is an honor. I am grateful you have upgraded your MBA programs page. I will be checking it soon for my assessment.
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