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# Is Businessweek "MBA Insider" worth it?

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15 May 2007, 21:52
Hi

I was planning to subscribe to Businessweek much self-touted MBA Insider for $30 for doing research on B Schools beyond what I have seen and studied on forums and school websites. Just wanted to ask if any of you people have subscriptions to it and whether it is worth paying the price? Its just$30 but that translates to a sizeable amount for me in Indian currency.
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15 May 2007, 22:07
id like to know too. if its of any value id get it.
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16 May 2007, 09:14
I paid and it wasn't really worth it.

There was a point when I was so obsessive about applications that I had to read every piece of material that I could get my hands on from a school. The MBA insider give you access to some interviews from adcoms and the like. There really aren't any secrets there. I just couldn't handle the mystery of not knowing what the insider contents were. The example essays weren't bad but I had already written all my essays, and I think other books that talk about essay strategy and give examples are more useful.

On a whole, you can get just as much inside info from reading this site and other free sources.

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16 May 2007, 10:42
Waste of Money!

You can get better info. from blogs by Clearadmit, applicants, and whatelse ...www.GMATCLUB.com

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16 May 2007, 14:03
BW is a Rip-off.
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16 May 2007, 20:39
I actully like the BW information. It is great for early stages in the process such as deciding on the schools that you will apply to.
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17 May 2007, 01:56
I agree with cnc2. I signed up for it and I found some of the content very interesting. The most valuable are the interviews with admissions officials. They also have video interviews with b-school related people. It was a good way to start the process of learning about schools.

Looking back, I think I'd spend the \$30 again.
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17 May 2007, 06:07
For some reason, I have generally avoided BW throughout this process, but I did find the US News & World Report special access section helpful. It's cheaper - just about half the price.

I know that there is always argument about the various ranking systems and whether they're any good blahblahblah. I liked the US News stuff because it made it really easy to compare basic data about schools. You can pick up to 6 schools and get an at-a-glance table that shows average GMAT, miles from home, salary info, acceptance rate, etc etc. I liked being able to see that info easily once I had narrowed down my portfolio.

I also appreciated the specialized rankings. I probably wouldn't have applied to Duke if I hadn't seen that they were in the top 10 for nonprofit management.
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17 May 2007, 06:14
I actually subscribed to both BW and US News. BW has more content. If I could only have one, it would be BW. However, get both if you can afford it. BW has a school comparison like US News.
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17 May 2007, 10:34
I would say that I favor the US News rankings. As others have pointed they, the US News rankings tend to reflect what applicants would actually choose when making a decision. In other words, H/S at the top followed by W. The ultra-elites basically at the top, with just Columbia a little out of step; and so on.

On the other hand, I think that BW has more relevant content. I purchased a copy of US News for the rankings (including the specialties), but I signed up for the BW online service.
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18 May 2007, 23:58
i enjoyed the service,stats-heavy.also have great interviews
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19 May 2007, 09:33
The content is a little old but it is informative. If you have no idea about schools and stuff...... it can be a good starting point
19 May 2007, 09:33
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