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LBS Application / Essays [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2008, 19:50
I noticed LBS updated their Class of 2011 application deadlines today. Round 1 is due October 14, 2008 and yet they still do not have this year's essay questions posted. Is anyone else shocked there is less than 2 months until the deadline and the essays are still unknown?
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Re: LBS Application / Essays [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2008, 21:05
I just got a postcard from them and I think I requested information like 3 months ago. Things move at a little slower pace on that side of the pond. Get used to it :)

At the same time, I believe that people are fairly competitive if they apply to LBS in R2 or R3. LBS has a really high admit rate for a school of it's caliber.

I'm considering tossing in an application for R2, but still not 100% sure. 145 pounds is definitely the steepest application fee that I've seen and I think it's only a sign of things to come. I believe that the budget on their website is undershooting it quite a bit and the total cost of LBS would near $180,000-200,000 USD. I lived near Regents Park for a semester during undergrad and made friends with a few LBS students - gorgeous gorgeous neighborhood but it definitely broke the bank.

Does anyone have much information about how much weight an LBS degree holds in the United States? If I ended up at LBS, I would likely shoot to get into the London office of an investment bank and work there for a few years, but I may have an interest in coming back to the US and/or leaving banking after a few years. I would assume that the banks and consulting firms would recognize a degree from LBS - but I would certainly be worried about the brand equity in lets say, California's VC community.
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Re: LBS Application / Essays [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2008, 02:34
LBS has just revealed their 2011 questions and they are prettymuch the same as last year's. I think the first essay length is increased from 500 to 600, but all else looks the same, unless I am mistaken.

terp06, where did you get your LBS stats from? I'd be interested to learn more.

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Re: LBS Application / Essays [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2008, 03:15
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I just got a postcard from them and I think I requested information like 3 months ago. Things move at a little slower pace on that side of the pond. Get used to it :)

At the same time, I believe that people are fairly competitive if they apply to LBS in R2 or R3. LBS has a really high admit rate for a school of it's caliber.

I'm considering tossing in an application for R2, but still not 100% sure. 145 pounds is definitely the steepest application fee that I've seen and I think it's only a sign of things to come. I believe that the budget on their website is undershooting it quite a bit and the total cost of LBS would near $180,000-200,000 USD. I lived near Regents Park for a semester during undergrad and made friends with a few LBS students - gorgeous gorgeous neighborhood but it definitely broke the bank.

Does anyone have much information about how much weight an LBS degree holds in the United States? If I ended up at LBS, I would likely shoot to get into the London office of an investment bank and work there for a few years, but I may have an interest in coming back to the US and/or leaving banking after a few years. I would assume that the banks and consulting firms would recognize a degree from LBS - but I would certainly be worried about the brand equity in lets say, California's VC community.


LBS is pretty well known on this side of the pond. Having lived in LA for a while, I have met a few LBS folks in VC....some of them are also in media and entertainment... so the brand works here.

NYC is full of LBS grads.. so ya u are in no problem
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Re: LBS Application / Essays [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2008, 06:04
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LBS has just revealed their 2011 questions and they are prettymuch the same as last year's. I think the first essay length is increased from 500 to 600, but all else looks the same, unless I am mistaken.

terp06, where did you get your LBS stats from? I'd be interested to learn more.

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Re: LBS Application / Essays [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2008, 07:23
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Re: LBS Application / Essays [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2008, 07:25
Thanks Terp06
hmm so 20% it is.
What's interesting is that I was speaking to an Adcom earlier this year and she said that interview rates are 40%, which means that post interview acceptence rates are circa 50%.

goodluck with the apps!
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Re: LBS Application / Essays [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2008, 07:30
I just opened the postcard sized envelope they sent me. It's full of post cards on why Americans should consider the school.
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Re: LBS Application / Essays [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2008, 08:13
I've recently attended their MBA event and one thing students/alumni were 'complaining' about was brand recognition. No problem in Europe, but in the US LBS brand is after Yale, Duke, Haas (not to mention M7 of course), even though the program is ranked on par with M7 worldwide. Maybe in specific locations (like NY) it's not a problem, but I can imagine that in 'greater US' LBS means not too much.
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Re: LBS Application / Essays [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2008, 08:22
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I've recently attended their MBA event and one thing students/alumni were 'complaining' about was brand recognition. No problem in Europe, but in the US LBS brand is after Yale, Duke, Haas (not to mention M7 of course), even though the program is ranked on par with M7 worldwide. Maybe in specific locations (like NY) it's not a problem, but I can imagine that in 'greater US' LBS means not too much.


This is my perception as well. I guess you just have to ask yourself how important it is for the so-called "greater US" to know about your school. Most of the M7 MBA types will know about it - so if you go into an MBA heavy profession like banking or consulting, you're going to be fine. If you want to go work in brand management at a consumer packaged goods company in the Midwest or general management at an energy company in Houston, good luck getting your brand recognized.

It's similar to students that choose Yale SOM. They have decided that it would be wiser to have general brand recognition from the "greater US" as you call it as well as people abroad, as opposed to brand recognition and respect from the M7 MBA crowd.
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Re: LBS Application / Essays [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2008, 03:37
Yup if you're 100% sure you want to work in the midwest in FMCG then you're probably better off applying to Kellogg than LBS. However, if you want to keep your options open (e.g. working in Europe or major US cities) then LBS would be a great target school. If you plan to work in London post MBA and later move back to the US then your MBA degree will most likely be only secondary. Your post-MBA performance at your job will be much more important. I think recruiters probably won't care then if you have an LBS or US M7 degree.
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Re: LBS Application / Essays [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2008, 11:25
Can anybody throw some insights at how study groups are structured at LBS in first year.

I am struggling with essay 3 especially with the subpart

Given this experience, what role do you think you will play in your first year study group?

Any suggestions on how to answer this part.

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Re: LBS Application / Essays [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2008, 10:43
Profile for the class entering in 2008 (i.e Class of 2010). This hasn't been updated on their website yet.

MBA 2010 Class Profile
Number of students: 320
Female students: 25%
Nationalities: 60
International students: 91%
Avg age: 28
Age range: 23 - 34
Avg work exp: 5.6 years
Work exp range: 2 - 12 years
Avg GMAT: 694
GMAT range: 600 - 800
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Re: LBS Application / Essays [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2008, 13:07
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/0 ... night.html

I'm getting sucked back in. I may put in an app for R2 if none of my U.S. schools (Columbia, Chicago, Wharton, Tuck) materialize in R1.
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Re: LBS Application / Essays [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2008, 19:34
Any suggestions of R1 gives a better chance, than R2 and R3/ It almost looks like ED round. My profile is 12 yrs exp, 740, 33 yrs, 3.8 GPA, india.
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Re: LBS Application / Essays [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2008, 21:07
It's "mid-September" and I can't find the online application form on the website. Did I miss it?
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Re: LBS Application / Essays [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2008, 22:33
Thanks! I was looking all over the Admissions section, but I see it now!
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