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05 Aug 2008, 21:50
What is MBA tour like? Do you get the same meat out of it? (compared to info session @ school)

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06 Aug 2008, 03:35
The MBA tour is just a discussion panel that discusses the overall admissions process. There really isn't much school specific information provided, just an overview.

School info sessions are much more specific and informative.
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06 Aug 2008, 05:25
Also info sessions at the schools themselves can have smaller attendance, meaning greater opportunity to ask questions
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06 Aug 2008, 06:57
The schools info sessions are filled with people who want facetime and the information on the front page of their website turned into a powerpoint...and they all are very similar. Every adcom will talk about what they like in applicants but remind you its a holistic approach and even if you have a 550 gmat and worked at McDonalds your shot is as good as everyone elses. There will be alums (occasionally a student or two), they are typically into the school or they wouldnt show up...so you are getting a look at the school through very rose colored glasses. Basically its a propaganda hour or two.

Then people rush to talk to alums and the adcom. Almost everyone asks the same questions. Try to get business cards they will never use to contact alums with...some will try to push their cards onto the alums. A line will form near the adcom to ask a question they probably covered during their presentation...everyone is just hoping to be remembered.

All that aside, you should go. You probably wont gain very much by going but many applications ask what events you went to, did you visit, etc...and its much better to have as many of those things checked yes as possible.
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06 Aug 2008, 07:26
I just went to Penn Club NYC yesterday....
Pretty much a waste of time and I doubt if adcom will remember anyone given the crowd of 900+
Anyways, if for nothing it's good to get a few names of the adcoms you can throw in somewhere in your application.
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09 Aug 2008, 22:06
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The schools info sessions are filled with people who want facetime and the information on the front page of their website turned into a powerpoint...and they all are very similar. Every adcom will talk about what they like in applicants but remind you its a holistic approach and even if you have a 550 gmat and worked at McDonalds your shot is as good as everyone elses. There will be alums (occasionally a student or two), they are typically into the school or they wouldnt show up...so you are getting a look at the school through very rose colored glasses. Basically its a propaganda hour or two.

Then people rush to talk to alums and the adcom. Almost everyone asks the same questions. Try to get business cards they will never use to contact alums with...some will try to push their cards onto the alums. A line will form near the adcom to ask a question they probably covered during their presentation...everyone is just hoping to be remembered.

All that aside, you should go. You probably wont gain very much by going but many applications ask what events you went to, did you visit, etc...and its much better to have as many of those things checked yes as possible.

Thanks. Maybe I should really ask whether my chance of getting into a school as a burger flipper is just as good as someone with a meaningful work experience and see if Adcom responds with the vanilla message.
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