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Interesting tool for choosing where to apply [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2007, 03:52
Last night at the Tuck event I was talking with an alum about a business he founded and still operates. He had mentioned still running the business even though he works in investment management but no longer does all the work for it. As he explained it, his company used data mining and statistical models and developed a computer program that predicts people’s chances to get into college programs. (he was a math major so…I didn’t really understand some of the technicals of it)

What I found most interesting was when he said that though admissions officers claim that it’s a holistic method, there really is a statistical way of quantifying your chances. He said that they have a 98% success rate or predicting someone’s chances (it’s actually guaranteed). They don’t say yes or no but give you a % chance of getting in, like 70% or 15% to help gauge just how good or bad your chances are…I am sure a lot of it is obvious like that someone with no work experience, a 600 and a 2.8 applying to HBS has a 0.01% chance.

Knowing my luck I would get 51% or 49% at every school I had them predict and it wouldn’t really be much help. I don’t think I would use the service but I thought the idea of it was great; I guess it’s the engineer in me and my hatred of the buzz words “holistic method” that appreciates this.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2007, 05:58
url ? :)
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2007, 06:11
http://www.go4bschool.com

There is actually a lot of good information avaiable on there too.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2007, 07:08
riverripper wrote:
http://www.go4bschool.com

There is actually a lot of good information avaiable on there too.


They can't spell Featured though...

and their Kellogg one is especially good...

http://www.go4bschool.com/northwestern_kellogg.shtml

404 !

I also like how their profiles are basically little more than out of date cliches...

Take the GSB:

" * Known for strong quantitative/analytical focus
* Critics note competitive atmosphere among students and lack of community
* $125 million high-tech B-school building (Hyde Park Center) to open Fall 2005"

Yea, I can't wait for that new building to open in 2005!!
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2007, 07:38
The photo on the Darden page isn't even of Darden!
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2007, 08:46
pelihu wrote:
The photo on the Darden page isn't even of Darden!


LOL
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2007, 09:11
haha, seems to have fallen into disarray...

would love to know my chances...
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2007, 09:13
At least they tell you not to choose the highest rank school you get into.

I have yet to find any site that actually gives a good solid inside look at what each school is really like.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2007, 13:09
riverripper wrote:
At least they tell you not to choose the highest rank school you get into.

I have yet to find any site that actually gives a good solid inside look at what each school is really like.


Wow.......Therein lies an opportunity to start a business.......Rhyme...may be you want to think on this lines for the company you co-founded...
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2007, 18:54
riverripper wrote:
At least they tell you not to choose the highest rank school you get into.

I have yet to find any site that actually gives a good solid inside look at what each school is really like.

I did it by myself, combining Businessweek Insider stats + school website/brochures + BW search for articles for the school + blogs + Google search "Why ..." = all the info get into two files, one - general comparison of main points, the other one collects all the information from articles and blogs.

Also, i took one course at part-time MBA at Michigan, so feel free to ask any questions about this school.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2007, 23:43
The picture of Tippie (Iowa) is not the correct school either. Did they just take random pictures of buildings to include on the site or what?
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