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Date: September 08, 2015. TuesdayLive Q&A Session with Cornell (Johnson) Admissions Team
"We look at your application holistically. While a weak undergraduate record can be a concern, we do look at your work experience and standardized scores as well. In the end, your application will be reviewed along with all other applications in the round. The stronger your application is overall the better." - Kim Szpiro (Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Cornell Johnson)
"I chose Cornell for a few reasons. Firstly, I knew that a large part of the MBA experience was learning from your classmates and so to get the richest experience I'd want the most diverse class. I felt that Cornell offered the most diverse class between my choices. Secondly, I enjoy outdoor activities and Ithaca offers a great variety of fun activities to keep me active outside of the classroom. Lastly, from a personal point. My wife could not relocate with me to Ithaca and so we'll have to travel back and forth from each other's locations. She'll remain in the NYC area and so frequent trips back and forth from Ithaca were much easier than my other option (Tepper)." - David (Current First Year Student, Cornell Johnson)
Date: September 01, 2015. TuesdayLive Q&A Session with Cambridge(Judge) Admissions Team
"Honestly, there is no right type of candidate that we are looking for. We want you to use the application to explain about your profile and how the Cambridge MBA will help you to achieve your goals. The main elements that we look for in a strong application would be…. 1. Solid academic ability (the Cambridge MBA is a fast paced one year programme so we have to be sure that you will manage the workload) 2. Interesting professional experience / career progression (there is lots of group work on the Cambridge MBA so we need to see that you have interesting perspectives to add to the class discussions) 3. And finally how the Cambridge MBA is going to help you. (Use the Career essay to really explain how our programme is going to be the right option for you and help you with that next step)." - Charlotte Russell (MBA Admissions Coordinator, Cambridge Judge)
Date: August 20, 2015. TuesdayLive Q&A Session with UCLA (Anderson) Admissions Team
"Both Rounds 1 and 2 are pretty equal in terms of selectivity, including for merit fellowships. Applicants are looked at holistically much like when we're making admission decisions, and award amounts also depend on the strength of your application compared to the rest of our admitted students." - Jessica Chung (Associate Director of MBA Admissions, UCLA Anderson)
"There are a lot of students that go into entertainment and sports, and that one of the beauties of going to a school located in LA. However, the career interests of the students are very diverse, which is one of the reasons I decided to attend Anderson. A large portion of my class has gone into tech and is working the Bay Area. There are plenty in more traditional route like Investment Banking and Consulting. I really feel like the career interests of the students at Anderson are much more diverse than your typical top-MBA program" - James Huntington, Current UCLA FT MBA Student (Class of 2016)
Date: August 18, 2015. TuesdayLive Q&A Session with Tuck (Dartmouth) Admissions Team
"The MBA application process is very selfish in ways. Do not think about what anybody else is doing or where they are from and their test scores. Spend more time thinking about why YOU want an MBA and what skills and contributions YOU will bring." - Amy Mitson (Senior Associate Director of MBA Admissions, Tuck)
Date: August 11, 2015. TuesdayLive Q&A Session with Oxford (said) Admissions Team
"Once you register as a student you will be assigned a careers advisor based on the industry you want to work in. The careers advisor will work with you on your CV and alert you to specific opportunities. You will also have access to both the School's and the University's careers portals." - Teddy Sun (MBA Recruitment Manager, Oxford)
Date: August 06, 2015. ThursdayLive Q&A Session with Cambridge (Judge) Admissions Team
"The key elements of the application that we are looking for are to understand why you want to study for an MBA, can you evidence that you will be able to manage the course and finally what are you going to bring to the class - experience, insights, knowledge to share. Learning on the MBA is both from your profs but also your classmates." - Charlotte Russell (MBA Admissions Coordinator, Cambridge)
Date: July 23, 2015. ThursdayLive Q&A Session with Cambridge (Judge) Admissions Team
The Admissions Committee will treat all applications in the same way, regardless of which round they apply in. However, there is naturally an advantage in applying earlier if candidates wish to secure places at their preferred colleges and it is also worth bearing in mind that some scholarships have earlier deadlines. - James Scales (MBA Admissions Coordinator, Cambridge)
Date: February 09, 2015. MondayLive Q&A Session with Oxford Admissions Team
Final tip I would like to share is to make the most of opportunities like these chats and follow up discussions with myself and my colleagues. Be prepared to demonstrate that you have been proactive in your research of the programme and have had useful interactions with the School. Also, visit us here in Oxford if at all possible. It is a beautiful place. - Aidan O'Halloran (MBA Recruitment Manager, Oxford)
Live Q&A Session with UCLA Anderson Admissions Team
It is all about how you tell your story, and the reasons you want an Anderson MBA. Our candidates come from all different backgrounds, and it is important each one can answer these questions. If you are looking to stay in your area it will be important to note what you hope the MBA will bring to your skill set. Also, be very clear on goals. - Kelly Ogiba (Associate Director of Admissions, UCLA Anderson)
Date: December 09, 2014. TuesdayLive Q&A Session with Admissionado Consulting!!!
The worst career goals are the ones that are totally unrealistic. For example, we are always seeing Indian software designers who want to move into finance with no background other than a CFA level one. That's not realistic. OR we just had someone who was in fashion and wanted to move to IT, but without the skills. It just makes it seem like you don’t have a clue of how employers think. - Jon Frank (HBS Alum and Co-Founder, Admissionado)
Date: December 02, 2014. TuesdayLive Q&A Session with MBA Admit!!!
Topic: Succeeding in Round 2.
What matters most to the committee, in most cases, is to know that you are a top performer and that the people in your company think you are heading toward great success. They want to know you can be a great contributor in a business school setting. They also want to have a sense you are going to achieve great future goals. This holds regardless of what industry you are coming from or which you are going to. - Dr. Shelly Watts (Founder and Lead Consultant, MBA Admit)
Date: November 25, 2014. TuesdayLive Q&A Session with Aringo Consulting!!!
Topic: MBA Application Essay.
You really need to look at your work/personal lives objectively and capture all the important moments and reasons behind decisions at every juncture - prior to start writing essays. This will help you identify strong stories later as well as give you clarity of purpose when you write the essays. - Prasanth Ramanand (Senior Consultant, Aringo)
Admissions committees want future leaders that are going to do big things. Big things mean good things for the brand! They want applicants with drive and vision. But y'all don't have to try too hard to make your career goals ambitious but making them make sense. - Bhavik Trivedi (Managing Partner, Critical Square)
University of Washington: Michael G. Foster School of Business
A wait listed candidate can't really do much to increase chances of moving forward. If they could, it would be giving them an unfair advantage. Once an application is submitted by the deadline, we have to be fair about not letting folks continue to add to their application. - Megan Lewis (Associate Director of Admissions, Foster)
The question of a "good" university really depends on your career goals and reasons for pursing an MBA. I often recommend that if you're GMAT is in that range then you worry less about the rankings and spend more time understanding the strengths and unique resources offered by the schools you are considering. - Chris Aitken (Co-Founder - MBA Prep School)
Date: November 06, 2014. ThursdayCornell University : Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Being on the waitlist is not a bad thing. We want you to take some time to re-evaluate your application and think of ways to strengthen it. It could be your test scores, re-evaluating goals, etc. - Eddie Asbie (Associate Director - Admissions and Financial Aid, Johnson)
Date: October 10, 2014. FridaySDA Bocconi School of Management
Our admissions process is based on a series of factors that help us select the best candidates to our program: Academic excellence, Professional experience, Ability to contribute to the SDA Bocconi MBA experience, Solid motivation, and International outlook. All these elements will eventually determine your admission to the course. - Francesca Roveda (Director - Recruiting and Admissions Service, SDA Bocconi)
Date: September 30, 2014. TuesdayThe University of Virginia : Darden School of Business Administration
"We have a very strong global community here at Darden and are looking for applicants who are excited to join our global network. Having international experience is not a requirement, but you should be able to demonstrate an interest in working with diverse teams." - Kristen Egan (Assistant Director of Admissions - UVA Darden School of Business)
Date: September 29, 2014. MondayThe University of California at Irvine: Paul Merage School of Business
"We actually don't have an ideal candidate. During the review process, we are looking to create a diverse class in terms of professional & personal backgrounds. We want to know that someone would succeed academically, socially and professionally within the program." - Ashley Ramirez (Associate Director of Recruitment and Admissions - Paul Merage School of Business)
Date: September 23, 2014. Tuesday (in US), September 24, 2014. Wednesday (in China) Hong Kong University of Science and Technology : School of Business (HKUST)
"In making the admissions decision, the admissions committee will consider a bundle of factors including your undergraduate performance, the quality and amount of your work experience, your global exposure, work references, GMAT score, IELTS/TOFEL result (if applicable), etc. There is no single factor that dominates the admissions decision" - Crystal Wong (Director Admissions and Marketing - HKUST Business School)
Date: August 20, 2014. WednesdayCambridge University: Judge Business School
Event: Admissions chat with Mr. James Barker - MBA Admissions Co-ordinator at Judge(Cambridge)
"Essays provide an opportunity to 'colour' your application with your personality and experiences. So write well and show a good sense of self-reflection and thought about this MBA application process" - James Barker (MBA Coordinator - Judge(Cambridge) Business School)
Date: August 13, 2014. WednesdayColumbia University: Graduate School of Business
Event: Admissions chat with representative of Columbia Business School
"Admissions isn’t a formula! We really are looking at the entire application package when we are reviewing applications. All of our students have something unique to offer to the program and to their classmates. Unfortunately I can’t give you a 'top five' things to place your focus. I suggest that you do your research." - Matthew Moll (Associate Director - Columbia Business School)
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