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International applicants selection [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2009, 07:38
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I'd like to ask you an important question about the B-schools selection process. I'm wondering whether applicants are really selected according to their nationality. I've often heard that for instance, in a MBA class, 60% would be exclusively American people, the rest being international applicants. As regards this slice, are there slots for each nationality (for instance, 10% of the seats for Chinese people, 10% for Indians, etc)? In other words, will an European applicant compete with all the pool of candidates, or only with other Europeans? I've never known whether this "slicing" of participants according to their origin was a myth. But this would make sense if you consider that B-schools like diversity among their classes, so they would probably not only admit American people even though, for instance, they happened to be the brightest candidates of a session.

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Re: International applicants selection [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2009, 12:35
Mark,

Schools do pay attention to applicant's nationality but there are probably not hard quotas per se. That said, I do know that over several years, Harvard Business School consistently admitted between 35 and 38 Indians and 35 and 38 Canadians each year, which *does* suggest that they have some soft numbers they aim for. A European would be considered in terms of his origin country, not his region. Someone from France, Germany, or the UK would be a much less appealing diversity candidate than someone from Romania, Portugal, or Finland. Keep in mind that we're talking about U.S. schools here. In European schools, you would of course have a much smaller block of U.S.-origin students and probably greater overall national diversity.

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Re: International applicants selection [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2009, 00:58
Hi Paul,

Thanks for your reply. As you said, the regular number of admitted applicants from every country in US MBAs strongly suggests that there are admission quotas based on the applicants origin. I agree on the fact that a Romanian applicant may look rare in the eye of adcoms, but I don't think that French or German applicants are that common, particularly in less known business schools. In other words, I've got the feeling that being European (or from any other underrepresented region among US MBA classes) is a strength when applying to a top MBA, because it statistically increases the chances of being admitted. Do you agree on that?

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Re: International applicants selection [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2009, 09:02
Yes, I do agree with that as a general rule. The term "quota" is not the right word, however. Someone from Africa or South America -- as a general rule -- has a better chance than someone from Europe in terms of "diversity."

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Re: International applicants selection [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2009, 11:53
Of course, I imagine that the "rarer" the applicants are, the more likely they will be admitted. I just took an European applicant as an example. As a conclusion, the competition is at its highest for American applicants in US business schools.

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