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Oxbridge 2009 applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2008, 12:59
[Edited by Buffdaddy to include application statistics]
How many Gmatclubbers are applying to Oxbridge this year. The application deadline is already out.

http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/MBA/How+to+apply.htm
http://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/mba/apply/sending.html#tosend

I did not find the essays question. Did somebody find the essays for 2009 application?

How many people from US are applying to these schools?

Good luck with the application!

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Oxford home at gmatclub (thanks to buffdaddy) : sajid-business-school-university-of-oxford-78371.html
Gmatclubbers in Class of 2009-2010:
aceone
arjtryarjtry
bolso
buffdaddy
devil420
greenoak
namah
ryanj
sumidi

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R1
Application deadline 24 October 2008
Interview decision by 14 November 2008
Final decision by 09 January 2009

Tally - Admits:? Dings:? Waitlist:?
prashok aka teutonic9 - Admit! -> has withdrawn for LBS!
greenoak - Admit!
raabenb - Ding
zenda1907 - submitted, fate unknown
devil420 - Admit!
namah - Admit!
arjtryarjtry - Admit!

R2
Application deadline 16 January 2009
Interview decision by 06 February 2009
Final decision by 27 March 2009

Tally - Admits:? Dings:? Waitlist:?
buffdaddy - Admit!
sumidi - Admit!
fugo - invited to interview, Ding
dagrobo - submitted, fate unknown
vbalex - invited to interview, Ding
abhaypratapsingh - invited to interview, Ding
Roomba - invited to interview, fate unknown
jobywan - invited to interview, Ding

R3
Application deadline 03 April 2009
Interview decision by 01 May 2009
Final decision by 29 May 2009

Gati - Ding
Prasun84 - Ding
Bokke - Admit!
Bolso - Admit!
Ryanj - Admit!

R4
Application deadline 05 June 2009
Interview decision by 26 June 2009
Final decision by 24 July 2009

S138884 - Ding
Mujimania - invited to interview, Ding

Cambridge Judge:
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Gmatclubbers in Class of 2009-2010:
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R1
Application Deadline 1 Oct 2008
Interview Decision by 7 Nov 2008
Interview on 24 Nov or 1 Dec
Final Decision by 10 Dec 2008

Tally - Admits:? Dings:? Waitlist:?
buffdaddy - Waitlisted for interview
greenoak - Invited to interview, put on the waitlist-> has withdrawn for Oxford!
namah - submitted, fate unknown
Pathfinder77 - Admit! (with 5000 GBP) -> has withdrawn for Wharton!
raabenb - Ding
zenda1907 - Invited to interview, fate unknown

R1.5
Application Deadline 19 Nov 2008
Interview Decision by 18 Dec 2008
Interview on 19 Jan 2009
Final Decision by 30 Jan 2009

Tally - Admits:? Dings:? Waitlist:?
lumone - Ding
prashok aka teutonic9 - Waitlisted for interview -> has withdrawn for LBS!
dagrobo - Waitlisted for interview

R2
Application Deadline 7 Jan 2009
Interview Decision by 13 Feb 2009
Interview on 27 Feb or 2 Mar or 9 Mar
Final Decision by 11 Mar 2009

Amit05 - Ding
sumidi - Ding
abhaypratapsingh - Invited to interview Ding
Devil420 - Invited to interview -> has withdrawn for Oxford!

R3
Application Deadline 4 Mar 2009
Interview Decision by 9 Apr 2009
Interview on 24 Apr or 27 Apr
Final Decision by 29 Apr 2009

None reported...

R4
Application Deadline 15 Apr 2009
Interview Decision by 8 May 2009
Interview on 18 May or 1 Jun
Final Decision by 3 Jun 2009

Bokke - Invited to interview
Gati - submitted
Marcodonzelli - Admit!

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Re: Oxbridge 2009 applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2008, 03:47
Good luck to all the applicants.
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Re: Oxbridge 2009 applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2008, 08:05
dagrobo wrote:
I did not find the essays question. Did somebody find the essays for 2009 application?


JBS essay questions come out some time in August.

SBS essay questions haven't changed from last years. (i emailed them to confirm)

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Re: Oxbridge 2009 applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2008, 15:51
Does anybody know how important is school visits in overall admission process? I am living in US and I cannot visit these schools unless I am sure that I am getting an admit.
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Re: Oxbridge 2009 applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2008, 09:38
When i Visited SBS earlier this year, i met a couple of American's visiting for the first time. They were both being interviewed. So you do not need to visit before being interviewed. I on the other hand live in London, so its inexcusible for me. FYI, My visit just happened to be on an on-campus interview day.
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Re: Oxbridge 2009 applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2008, 11:43
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SBS essay questions haven't changed from last years.

Hi, Buffdaddy,

Could you provide me with those last year's topics? Because it seems that the schools haven't released their new application packages yet...

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Oxbridge 2009 applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2008, 13:50
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Hi GreenOak,

the topics from last year are:

Essay 1: Explain why you chose your current job. How do you hope to see your career developing over the next five years? How will an MBA assist you in the development of these ambitions? (1000 word maximum)

Essay 2: Which recent development, world event or book has most influenced your thinking and why? (2000 word maximum)


(that second one is a HARD question for me)
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Re: Oxbridge 2009 applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2008, 07:03
Thanks, Buffdaddy!

Yes, the second question seems a bit unorthodox.
(The first book that came into my mind was Harry Potter… lol…)
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Re: Oxbridge 2009 applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2008, 20:43
I am also keen on applying in both the universities for sept 2009. everyday checking the web for the new applications. when are they expected.
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Re: Oxbridge 2009 applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2008, 01:56
Oxford Rounds and deadlines:

Application deadline Interview decision by Final decision by
Stage 1 24 October 2008 -- 14 November 2008 -- 09 January 2009
Stage 2 16 January 2009 -- 06 February 2009 -- 27 March 2009
Stage 3 03 April 2009 -- 01 May 2009 -- 29 May 2009
Stage 4 05 June 2009 -- 26 June 2009 -- 24 July 2009
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Re: Oxbridge 2009 applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2008, 06:39
buffdaddy wrote:
dagrobo wrote:
I did not find the essays question. Did somebody find the essays for 2009 application?


JBS essay questions come out some time in August.

SBS essay questions haven't changed from last years. (i emailed them to confirm)

goodluck!



Still no essay questions for both Oxford and Cambridge :(

Does anyone have last year's Cambridge questions?

EDIT:

Judge Cambridge Essay 1. Tell us about a work project or task where you did not perform well. What did you learn about yourself?

Judge Cambridge Essay 2. How would you like to be remembered?

Judge Cambridge Essay 3. Why is the Cambridge MBA right for you?

Judge Cambridge Career Objectives Question: What is your immediate post MBA career objective? What will you be doing 10 years after graduation? What skills/experience do you already have that will help achieve your aims? How will the Cambridge MBA help you? (Please do not exceed 400 words in total.)
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Re: Oxbridge 2009 applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2008, 07:19
Still no JBS questions,

however Oxford Adcom has confirmed via email to me that their questions are unchanged (as they have been for at least 4 years now). Please see my earlier post.
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Re: Oxbridge 2009 applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2008, 07:29
How the hell will I write 2,000 words on this question?


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Re: Oxbridge 2009 applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2008, 08:30
i don't know

i am pondering this question for a month now myself.

its THE hardest question of them all.
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Re: Oxbridge 2009 applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2008, 15:34
Well, September is in two days already, and still no questions from JBS. And they have only 1 month for R1 :?
Does anybody know, was the situation the same last year? Perhaps, they just wouldn't like to have too many apps in R1?
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Re: Oxbridge 2009 applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2008, 23:11
Last year i believe JBS deadline was the last day of October (might have even been the first week of November). I don't know when the essays came out last year, but I totally agree that this is not very good.

I have started to write my essays based on last year's questions, I hope they won't change much.
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Re: Oxbridge 2009 applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2008, 13:05
At last!

Cambridge application is out. It became lengthier compared with the previous year’s one.

Essays questions (up to 400 words per each):

1. Describe yourself. What are your strengths and how do you utilise them? What attributes do you like improve upon and why?
2. Describe your leadership style. Tell us about a project, task or experience where you had to motivate and direct individuals or a team. Were you successful, and if so, why? If not, what did you learn about yourself?
3. Why is the Cambridge MBA the right programme for you? Which aspects will contribute the most to your learning experience? What unique experience and/or personal attributes will you contribute to the learning experience of your classmates?

Also, there are Personal Statement paragraph and several mini-essays in the application itself: three of these are in the career objectives section (career progression/short term goals/long term goals) and one is for the description of the most significant extracurricular activity.

Looks like a lot of writing… But at least we can begin now. :)

Good luck to all fellow applicants!
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Re: Oxbridge 2009 applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2008, 13:30
Where else are you applying? They came out a ridiculous 3.5 weeks before the R1 deadline? Are you applying in R1? I have my doubts now whether to apply to R1.
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Re: Oxbridge 2009 applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2008, 15:22
I was planning to apply to Oxford/Cambridge in R1, and to some other UK programmes in R2 (btw, LBS is not in the list). But now I'm not sure. I was hoping that they will move the deadlines for R1 in Cambridge since the app was released late, but this didn't happen :( Probably, they indeed decided to make R1 very short so that only those who _really_ want to get there will apply. Or they are afraid that the apps volume will be very high. I don't know.

I will do my best to still apply in R1. Given the current trends, I'd say that R2 may be very competitive for Oxbridge. But I believe you also have LBS in R1, so I understand why it would be reasonable to postpone/drop JBS - unless it's your dream school.
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Re: Oxbridge 2009 applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2008, 06:18
As someone who likes conspiracy theories, I feel this late release of essay questions could be a deliberate ploy by JBS to improve its yield. Think about it, only those who really really want to go to JBS are going to spend a mere 3.5 weeks getting a real kick ass application for JBS. Those with other schools to worry about may not have enough time to get it right for R1.

This situation may also be a blessing in disguise for some. Now if you were to focus on JBS and get a set of really really good essays out, then you are at a huge advantage over others who haven't had the same time to focus on JBS in R1. Many would say "Ahh stuff it R2 for JBS." And thus the path to Cambridge becomes that much easier if you get a great app in R1.

Note: I'm not a JBS applicant.
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