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MBA Admissions Panel Event [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2009, 10:17
Is anyone going to any of these "MBA Admissions Panel" events? Has anyone gone in previous years?

http://www.alumni.upenn.edu/club/bsap/


Hear a panel of admissions officers from Harvard Business School, Kellogg, MIT Sloan, Stanford and Wharton discuss what admissions committees seek in a B-school candidate. Topics will include academic standing, professional experience, interviews, letters of recommendations and essays.

Join us at one of the four locations where the panels will be held:
Washington, DC

Monday, August 3
Philadelphia, PA

Tuesday, August 4
New York City, NY

Wednesday, August 5
Boston, MA

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Re: MBA Admissions Panel Event [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2009, 16:53
I went to the boston event a few years ago. There were like 500 people, the schools dont go beyond the typical sound bites. Honestly probably not worth the time unless you are in the area and dont have plans.
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Re: MBA Admissions Panel Event [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2009, 05:18
I also went to one in Atlanta last year. Honestly, it was about what riverripper mentioned; lots of sound bytes, not much else. Although they do give you an opportunity to ask questions of the admissions officers after the panel, so there is a possibility you could grab their ear for a few. If you have the time, I would go, but don't break your back trying to get there.

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Re: MBA Admissions Panel Event [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2009, 05:24
I think I'll hit up the DC one, since it's only a 10 minute walk from my office. I suppose I'll have to rock a suit for this thing.
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Re: MBA Admissions Panel Event [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2009, 09:01
I disagree a bit with the prior assessments. I went to the Boston one last year and found it fairly useful as another barometer for what a school is all about. I came out of it with more insight on how to approach the MIT essays in particular (considering I got rejected, maybe this was a counterproductive discovery :lol:).

I think it will be more beneficial for some schools than others, depending on the frankness of the admissions representative in attendance.

Oh, and many of the audience questions are hilariously inane, so you can at least get a good laugh out of it.
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Re: MBA Admissions Panel Event [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2009, 09:02
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I think I'll hit up the DC one, since it's only a 10 minute walk from my office. I suppose I'll have to rock a suit for this thing.

I think business casual would be appropriate. There was a huge variety of dress choices at the one I attended, from suits to shorts/flip-flops/baseball hats.
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Re: MBA Admissions Panel Event [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2009, 15:11
I attended one last year as it was in my office building in Chicago. I think it was slightly useful in a couple of ways:
1. Meet some people who applying / share thoughts
2. each panel member answers common questions...so, its a little bit of a comparison for you. not something that you can't make with your own research/judgment

Most importantly, talk to program directors / representatives and get your answers. you "may" get a chance to talk in length and potentially they "may" remember you (they claim so :P)...

but, I would say attending an event organized by current students is much more worth than this...
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Re: MBA Admissions Panel Event [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2009, 08:07
Does anyone know if u need to register in advance or buy a ticket for this event?
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Re: MBA Admissions Panel Event [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2009, 08:19
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Does anyone know if u need to register in advance or buy a ticket for this event?


It doesn't look like you have to register in advance, since registration is a part of the event agenda. I'm guessing that maybe an advantage of registering early is that your submitted question to the panel may be answered.
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Re: MBA Admissions Panel Event [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2009, 14:37
Are we supposed to bring resumes to this thing?
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Re: MBA Admissions Panel Event [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2009, 17:57
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Are we supposed to bring resumes to this thing?

i went last year. it's definitely not the forum for passing out resumes, but there is the opportunity to talk to the admissions reps individually (for about 90 seconds) and get their business card.

edit: just noticed your target schools and the area you're in, looks like we have the same train of thought and i'll also be at the dc event
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Re: MBA Admissions Panel Event [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2009, 18:36
Damn East Coat bias! :evil:
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Re: MBA Admissions Panel Event [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2009, 04:13
I thought the [DC] event was ok - nothing amazing, and certainly much more crowded than I had expected, but worth going to IMO. For the most part, the admissions panel touched on familiar topics, but there were some comments and info here and there that I think will help me out down the road.

* One of my favorite moments of the night was when the panelist from MIT was asking the audience to raise their hands if they were in consulting, then finance, then non-profit, etc. etc. ... but he stopped and said "I guess that's it, did I miss anything?" A few in the audience yelled "ENGINEERING!" and he realized his massive faux pas, being from MIT.
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Re: MBA Admissions Panel Event [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2009, 04:21
Anybody in NYC going to the one today?
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Re: MBA Admissions Panel Event [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2009, 06:40
I will be there, but isn't it tomorrow?

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Anybody in NYC going to the one today?
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Re: MBA Admissions Panel Event [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2009, 07:03
You are right. It has the wrong date on the thread. See you tomorrow praz.
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Re: MBA Admissions Panel Event [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2009, 07:34
i went to the DC event last night. i was actually very underwhelmed. for some reason, i just found the discussion and questions a lot more lively and pertinent last year. there was a lot of ducking a dodging of the touchy questions (such as brand prestige of w/e and undergrad institution), but i guess that's to be expected. they also didn't bring much printed material.

i didn't bother to stay after and ask questions, but i think the individual school sessions serve as a better forum to get informative information.
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Re: MBA Admissions Panel Event [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2009, 12:41
I was the DC event as well last night, nothing earth shattering. If you've done any amount of research on the schools present, you pretty much knew everything they told you.
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Re: MBA Admissions Panel Event [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2009, 16:11
I would definitely agree. I'd say go to the individualized events if you can. I did laugh at the MIT panelist's mistake as well :)

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Re: MBA Admissions Panel Event [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2009, 04:52
Hmmm...would you guys say that it's at least worth the networking?
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