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Re: how far is too far for school visits? [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2010, 08:47
Thank you, lbird33.

I have to mention that I am a potential 2+2 applicant. While I do have friends who have gotten into HBS, they were also applicants to the 2+2 program and haven't matriculated yet (because of the work component of the program). I was just wondering what might be a good alternative. But on looking at the HBS website, I found out about the lunch program I mentioned and about some other class visits and such. I am thinking of possibly going to HBS over a long weekend (take the day off Friday) and visit HBS and maybe attend a class or so.

Does this seem like a good approach? What do you guys think?
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A few things:

1) If the school is not too far, it’s worth visiting the place and arrange some discussions with current students via the recruiting team of each school
2) If the school is far just make sure you go through the official channel to arrange your visit so that it will be reported and inserted in your file, you want to leverage this to show your interest
3) If you apply for a school you need to visit it ! You’re talking about investing your next 2 years and $100k+ so I hardly see how you can’t spend a few hundreds to make these trips, I understand some don’t have the money but you need to borrow it or ask for a small loan...seriously it matters, and you can easily visit several schools located in the same area without too much travel.
4) I read on this thread that someone was trying to get in touch with current students and alumni to visit the school and have some discussions. I think alumni are usually a lot more responsive, current student are just too stressed and highly focused on their classes/recruiting. Try first with alumni and feel free to ask them if they know any current student available for discussions. To be honest alumni are a better source than current student, especially if you talk to someone who graduated 3-5 years ago, he will have a better vision of what worked and what didn’t work and he will be less complacent about his own school...
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Re: how far is too far for school visits? [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2010, 07:52
Antmavel,
how about MBA fairs? The schools i am interested in all have MBA fairs near my area and i am planning on visiting them if i cant make to the school. my main reason is the time - i dont have the vaca days to visit all the schools so some unfortunately has to be left out.

Also, I noticed on the MBA fairs many are more towards September - should I submit my application AFTER the fair visit or it doesnt matter?
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Re: how far is too far for school visits? [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2010, 00:11
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MBA fairs are a good idea, definitely take advantage of this. Try to discuss 5mn with the recruiting coordinator and with a current student or alumni brough by the school at the event. Follow up with a nice email to them just to make sure they can find trace of your commitment to attend the fair and visit them. Only drawback is usually there is a lot of people attending and people tend to stay all day around their favorite schools so be prepared to push a few people to be able to have some kind of conversation with your target schools...
Definitely submit your application after the fair ! And try to take advantage of the fair by mentionning your visit or the fact that you have previously talked with someone from the school at some point in your application...
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Re: how far is too far for school visits?   [#permalink] 01 Jul 2010, 00:11
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