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Application Deadlines
Round 1: October 17, 2012 | Decision Date: January 10, 2013
Round 2: November 29, 2012| Decision Date: February 21, 2013
Round 3: January 16, 2013 | Decision Date: April 11, 2013
Round 4: March 12, 2013| Decision Date: May 16, 2013

Consortium Deadlines:

Round 1 November 15, 2012 | Decision Date: March 14, 2013
Round 2 January 5, 2013 | Decision Date: March 14, 2013

Admission Essays:
At Berkeley-Haas, our distinctive culture is defined by four key principles — Question the status quo; Confidence without attitude; Students always; and Beyond yourself. We seek candidates from a broad range of cultures, backgrounds, and industries who demonstrate a strong cultural fit with our program and defining principles. Please use the following essays as an opportunity to reflect on and share with us the values, experiences, and accomplishments that have helped shape who you are.(Learn more about Berkeley-Haas' Defining Principles).
    1. If you could choose one song that expresses who you are, what is it and why? (250 word maximum)
    2. What is your most significant accomplishment? (250 word maximum)
    3. Describe a time when you questioned an established practice or thought within an organization. How did your actions create positive change? (250 word maximum)
    4. Describe a time when you were a student of your own failure. What specific insight from this experience has shaped your development? (250 word maximum)
    5.a. What are your post-MBA short-term and long-term career goals? How have your professional experiences prepared you to achieve these goals?
    b. How will an MBA from Haas help you achieve these goals? (750 word maximum for 5a. and 5b.)

Supplemental information
    1. If you have not provided a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, please explain; otherwise, enter N/A.
    2. List in order of importance all community and professional organizations and extracurricular activities in which you have been involved during or after university studies. Indicate the nature of the activity or organization, size of the organization, dates of involvement, offices held, and average number of hours spent per month.
    3. List full-time and part-time jobs held during undergraduate or graduate studies, indicating the employer, job title, employment dates, location, and the number of hours worked per week for each position held prior to the completion of your degree.
    4. Please explain all gaps in your employment since earning your university degree.
    5. If you have ever been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation, suspended, or required to withdraw from any college or university, please explain. If not, please enter N/A. (An affirmative response to this question does not automatically disqualify you from admission.)

Optional Essays
    1. (Optional) Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you haven't addressed elsewhere. (500 word maximum)
    2. (Optional) If not clearly evident, please discuss ways in which you have demonstrated strong quantitative abilities, or plan to strengthen quantitative abilities. You do not need to list courses that appear on your transcript. (250 word maximum)

Class Profile
Entering Class Fall 2011
Applications Received - 3,444
Enrolled Students - 236
Women - 29%
US Minority Students* - 43%
International Students - 37%
Countries Represented - 38
Median Age at Enrollment - 28 years
Median Years of Post-University Work Experience - 5 years

Academic Profile
Average Undergraduate GPA - 3.64
Range of Middle 80% - 3.39-3.90
Average GMAT - 715
Range of Middle 80% - 675-750
Average TOEFL (iBT) - 110
Range of Middle 80% - 102-117

Previous Degrees
Bachelor's - 100%
Master's - 15%
Ph.D. - 1%

Selected Undergraduate Majors
Business - 24%
Economics - 22%
Engineering - 22%
Social Sciences - 14%
Humanities- 6%
Natural Sciences - 5%
Computer Sciences - 4%
Other - 3%

Selected Industry Experience
Consulting - 26%
Banking & Financial Services - 19%
Not-for-Profit - 10%
High Technology/Electronics - 7%
Consumer Products/Retail - 6%
Energy - 4%
Government - 4%
Healthcare/Pharma/Biotech - 4%
Real Estate - 3%
Accounting - 2%
Telecommunications - 2%
Other - 13%

*Includes African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Asian American, and East Indian/Pakistani

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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2013, 09:36
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Got the call from Stephanie about a half hour ago, very excited!
Male, 31, 670, Big 4 accounting firm, Israeli, a lot of international work experience.
I'm guessing they are beginning with international students because of the time difference.

Good luck everyone, hope to see you soon!
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2012, 10:16
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Hey Guys,

Came back from my on-campus interview

1. Tell me more about your self
2. Why MBA? Why now?
3. What are your ST and LT goals?
4. Give me an example of your leadership style
5. How would your peers comment on your leadership?
6. What inspired you to pursue your startup and why did you decide to sell?
7. Questions

Overall it was a great interview. It was def a fit analysis and the interviewer read from a script and had my resume on hand. We ended the interview on rent control and the increasing cost of rent in the bay area.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2012, 11:24
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Just got an interview invite for Haas.

Round 2 applicant, engineer with substantial international exp
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2013, 13:26
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Just got the call from Stephanie! And fyi, my application status is still under review.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2013, 01:03
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Haas has the most spineless adcom ever ... They expect to create good business leaders who can take great decisions, but look at the school, they have all overlapping rounds so that they get an overview of all the candidates and yet cannot give out the results(atleast people they are not even planning to interview) in 3 months now(for round 2). This is the worst way to treat your applicants.
They keep saying we read each app twice but so does Wharton, Harvard and other great schools who will release you within a few weeks if they don't intend to interview you. And all this after they make you write tons of essays.
Hope people who have been admitted this year speak some sense into the admissions committee.

Nothing says "Someone ELSE is spineless" than an anonymous criticism on an internet forum. Haas gives all of the application and decision dates with a clear description of the interview invite period to everyone prior to application. Sure, I think a lot of applicants prefer an approach like Booth's where all of the interview decisions go out on the same day, but again...everyone who made the choice to apply to Haas should have been well aware of the process beforehand.

As far as rounds overlapping, one of the other two schools I applied to has rounds that overlap...and to be honest I wish the third did as well. It makes sense from both the school's and applicant's perspective. For the school, it obviously lets them gauge the overall strength of each round a bit and use that to shape acceptance, denial and waitlist pools in the earlier round. For the applicant, this only hurts you if you're a weak applicant. For the strong applicant, if you're in the later round you want them taking a peek at your application before they finalize round 1 decisions so that they know you're coming. If you're in the earlier round and you're strong you want them to know that they can reserve that place for you because you compare favorably to the pool coming after. It's only in the case of a weak application that you want to be compared to the smallest, most silo'd pool possible.

How much time did you spend putting your applications together? How much time do you want adcoms devoting to reviewing it? Personally, if I got dismissed from a process a week or two after I submitted an application that I spent months preparing for (gmat/essays/recs) I would feel like I had been denied on some kind of arbitrary technicality (age/gmat/GPA/industry etc) without a holistic review of the package I put together.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 May 2013, 07:29
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Hi - I was on the waitlist from round 1, and received an admission call yesterday. Haas was my top choice and I couldn't be happier! I am looking forward to meeting everyone in the fall! Best of luck to those still on the waitlist, my fingers are crossed for all of you!
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2012, 01:13
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codytravers wrote:
Sure thing. Well I love California, and would much rather spend 2 years in the Bay Area than Chicago. I actually plan to move there once I'm done with ucla. 2nd, Haas just had an amazing vibe, whereas Chicago seemed to be pretty dorky. 3rd, Haas seemed to be much more entrepreneurial in nature. 4th, it is a lot, lot harder to get into Haas because of the small class size, so it's much easier for ad com to build a cohesive (and thus, closer) class.

Of course, I'm biased as although I'm practically dinged from Haas, it would have been my top choice out of all the schools I applied to. :-D

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We will have to agree to disagree. Booth may have a stronger applicant pool from the finance guys, but I doubt that's true across the board.

Chicago is alright, but nothing like a coastal city IMO. And the winters are awful.

I believe people, especially on GC, greatly exaggerate the differences between the top 15-20 schools. Agreed that H, S, and to a lesser extent W, are a cut above, but the rest are pretty interchangeable depending on the candidate's goals, living preference, and scholarship offers.

Then again, you are the guy who jerks it to brand name, so you would be the last person I'd take advice from! All due respect of course.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2013, 13:19
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Just got the call! So excited, and they are really great about outlining why you appealed to them as a candidate which is a nice touch.

What an amazing way to end the day :). Good luck to all other R1 applicants out there!
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2013, 14:47
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I just got the call from Stephanie! I'm in !! :) - based in New York. I am very impressed with how specific she was about what they liked about my application and essays!
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I received a call from Stephanie today! - U.S. based -- so there is still hope for everyone out there! Good luck!
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2013, 09:48
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cyril94115 wrote:
Can somebody explain what is super Saturday? Is this where they will interview most R2 applicants?

I'm pretty clueless about it, but here's an excerpt from a Haas adcom from two years ago that might help:

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MYTH #1: Super Saturday interviews hold more weight than other interviews
FALSE - Candidates invited to Super Saturday are round 2 applicants who typically reside in the US, but outside the Bay Area. This gives them an opportunity to travel to campus for an interview during a weekend. Though we wish we could extend this opportunity to all of our candidates invited to interview, rest assured that a Super Saturday interview holds equal weight to an interview conducted with an alumnus in your local area or with a student on campus.
Source: http://www.mbaprepadvantage.com/blog/haas-dispels-myths-about-mba-interview-invitations/

So if there are limited spots for Super Saturday, how do they decide which U.S.-based candidates are invited?

Who knows. On one hand, it could make sense to use a priority system in terms of applicant quality and match: you want to sell to the strongest candidates and the best way to do that is through a campus visit. As a U.S.-based candidate who did not get a Super Saturday invite, it could mean that I'm in a 2nd-tier of interview candidates.

On the other hand, it makes just as much sense to look at it logistically: if a metro area has a well-represented alumni population, you'd want to prioritize SS invites to other applicants who might have a harder time finding an alumni match in their area. I'm from D.C., where there is a decent pool of Haas alumni doing social and non-profit work, and have had an easy time connecting for my interview.

It's interesting to contemplate, but I've learned that there is so much out of our control in this process that it's not worth worrying about.
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R2 applicant
11/28/12: application submitted
12/10/12: received confirmation email
in between - received *many emails
1/14/13: invited to super saturday

I'm sure interview invitations for R2 are still going out...
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Off-campus Interview Q's I encountered:

Whys - Leave/start jobs, Haas (very extensive)
Three words your supervisor(s) would use to describe you
Intended career path and back up career path(s)
Leadership style
Experience with and lessons learned from working in teams

Overall, it was a pleasant, one-hour discussion with plenty of honest feedback about Haas and life in Berkeley. Good luck to all interviewees!
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Your post made me burst out laughing most likely from all my pent up nervous energy. I just want to scold anyone who calls me that isn't Stephanie (heaven forbid her call should go to voicemail... or worse! a busy signal... how do those still exist???). Dying to hear that she's made it to the West Coast and for a 510 # to come up on my phone. Please keep up the posting so I can know when I should start staring at my phone constantly.


Stephanie called to tell me she would be coming to the admitted students' houses on the west coast and knocking on their doors. She hopes you aren't wearing your jammies, but if you are she might have time to come in for cookies! That's just how personable Haas is.
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Just got the call!!!!! West coast applicant. Couldn't be more excited :-D
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Hi, this is the first time I post @ GMAT Club. I received the call from Stephanie Fujii regarding my acceptance to Haas in round 3, around 1 PM CST. I am an international student from Mexico. Best of luck to everyone!
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Re: Haas-UC Berkeley Fulltime MBA(2013) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2012, 20:10
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The essays were published a few moments ago! One interesting quote:

Quote:
We replaced our question about "greatest joy" with: "If you could choose one song that expresses who you are, what is it and why?"  Why are we asking this question? It's not a test.  We  hope your answer will reveal something about what makes you who you are.  A piece of advice -- your song doesn't have to be a popular or well-known song, or even a song with lyrics -- pick the song that has meaning for you and make sure we understand why.


Definitely a great question :-)
Good luck to us all!
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