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Networking with Alumni / Members of the Board [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2014, 08:35
How effective of a strategy is it to network with your top choice school's alumni or members of the school's board? Will this help someone's chances with the adcom? Hypothetically, if I were to meet a big time donor to the school how would I go about asking for their help?
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Re: Networking with Alumni / Members of the Board [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2014, 19:59
It depends. Some schools such as Tuck and Duke give significant importance to networking with alumni. Their expectation is generally that you have done enouygh research about their respective alumni commmunities and you understand what it means to be part of that community.

Others don't care too much e.g. Columbia, LBS, HBS, Wharton come to my mind...

In any case, at the minimum, visiting the campus and networking with alumni add some value to your application when you show that you have invested some time to research the program.

Knowing a member of the board or a donor can be great. But then the level of "intimacy" in the relationship should be quite high to convince them to push your profile. Not many people have that privilege.
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Re: Networking with Alumni / Members of the Board [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2014, 06:27
Thank you, Robert.

Say, hypothetically, someone does have the opportunity to be introduced and then land a meeting or phone call with a member of the board / big time donor to the school. How might that person go about asking for their help with the admissions committee?
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Re: Networking with Alumni / Members of the Board [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2014, 20:35
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Thank you, Robert.

Say, hypothetically, someone does have the opportunity to be introduced and then land a meeting or phone call with a member of the board / big time donor to the school. How might that person go about asking for their help with the admissions committee?



It is like dating... In order to take the relationship to the next level, you have to continuously get signals from the other side. When you feel that both sides are comfortable, only then you take it to the next level. (Sorry for being so vague. But really, there is no formula behind it. If your interaction with the big time dude has warm feelings from both sides, then you are in a position to ask him for that kind of a push).
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