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Oxbridge 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2009, 14:01
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Hello to all this year Oxbridge applicants!

Even though Oxford has not finalised the decisions for R4, the stages for 2010 admissions are already up. They seem to eliminate R4 and also moved the deadlines almost a month earlier – interesting. Cambridge have not changed their major admission schedule - they will have five rounds this year as well - but there is mentioning of introducing an online application system (similar to the Oxford one, I guess). Also, note that Cambridge did not give the deadlines for interview decisions - only the dates of the interview events.

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Oxford – Said Business School
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Requirements:
GMAT - average given for reference is 680
TOEFL 109 or IELTS 7.5 (note – this is compulsory, not reference!)
Experience: usually 3+ years
GPA: usually equivalent of no less than good UK 2.1 degree or 3.5 GPA


2009 Rankings: Financial Times – 20, Business Week non-US MBA - 10
Application cost: 125 GBP

Official site: http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/mba/
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Admissions on Twitter
Our Oxford Said information thread



R1
Application deadline 9 October 2009
Interview decision by 30 October 2009
Final decision by 11 December 2009

R2
Application deadline 15 January 2010
Interview decision by 5 February 2010
Final decision by 12 March 2010

R3
Application deadline 2 April 2010
Interview decision by 30 April 2010
Final decision by 28 May 2010

Cambridge – Judge Business School
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Requirements:
GMAT – average given for reference is 690 (balanced score is required)
TOEFL 100 with min 25 in writing or IELTS 7.0 (don’t know if they will change this)
Experience: usually 3+ years
GPA: usually equivalent of no less than UK 2.1 degree or 3.3 GPA


2009 Rankings: Financial Times – 17
Application cost: 100 GBP

Official site: http://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/mba/index.html
Unofficial, but not uninteresting pages by their MBA Coordinator: Twitter, Blog. Note that the blog is mainly not about admissions, but about life in Cambridge.



R1
Application deadline 12 Oct 2009
Interview day 23 or 30 Nov 2009
Decision 27 Nov or 4 Dec

R2
Application deadline 23 Nov 2009
Interview day 18 or 25 Jan 2010
Decision 22 or 29 Jan 2010

R3
Application deadline 11 Jan 2010
Interview day 26 Feb or 1 or 8 Mar 2010
Decision 5 Mar or 12 Mar 2010

R4
Application deadline 8 Mar 2010
Interview day 23 or 26 Apr 2010
Decision 30 Apr 2010

R5
Application deadline 26 Apr 2010
Interview day 24 May 2010
Decision 28 May 2010
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Re: Oxbridge 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2009, 08:27
Thanks for starting this thread, greenoak! I am planning on applying to Oxbridge in R1.

Congratulations on starting the program at Said, I hope you will be around to give us applicants some pointers in the application process.

Anyway back to GMAT prep :-D
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Re: Oxbridge 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2009, 04:14
Thanks for the post!

Does anybody know when the Essay Questions will be released? I'm assuming there is not much difference between last year's questions? Does anyone have a last year's questions that they can send me?

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Re: Oxbridge 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2009, 05:40
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Hi Boston2009 and Danswer,

It’s nice to see this thread to come alive! :)

Application will be available from the beginning of September – maybe a bit earlier for Cambridge. Also, Cambridge usually changes their question from year to year (they had three essays of 400 words and also some mini-essays questions in the app itself) – so I think there’s no point in preparing them in advance. If you are interested, their old app can still be downloaded here.

Oxford, on the contrary, is known to keep its essay topics – so, here they are:

Oxford Essay Topics:

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? Maximum 1,000 words.

Essay 2. Which recent development, world event or book has most influenced your thinking and why? Maximum 2,000 words.


Cambridge will probably have some version of ‘goals’ and ‘career path’ essays too, so I’d say Oxford Essay 1 could be re-used (at least partially) for their app as well.

If you have any more questions - feel free to ask!
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Re: Oxbridge 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2009, 21:08
Hi Greenoak,

Thanks for your useful post. :-D

I understand from your post that Cambridge is known for changing essays from year to year. Are you aware whether Cambridge changes its short question from year to year? If not then it might be worthwhile to start with those from previous year application.

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Re: Oxbridge 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2009, 03:30
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Hi Kaushik,

As I, unfortunately, don’t have intimate connections with Cambridge MBA admissions, it’s hard for me to predict to which extent they will change their questions this year.

All I can do is to give some analysis of changes between 2008 and 2009 applications, so that we can estimate what we may expect this year:

Here are essays from 2008 application:

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

2. How would you like to be remembered?

3. Why is the Cambridge MBA right for you?


Note that only the third question has remained relatively the same in 2009 application, while the other two have changed to ‘describe yourself’ and ‘leadership style’.

And this is an essay-type question in Career Objectives of 2008 application:

What is your immediate post-MBA career objective? What will you be doing ten years after graduation? What skills/experience do you already have that will help achieve your aims? How will the Cambridge MBA help you? (400 words in total)

In 2009 application, this question has become more detailed and was divided into three parts: a) career progression to date (300 words) b) immediate post MBA goals (300 words) c) long term goals (150 words).

So, as you can see, it indeed might be a good idea to start working on some questions from the past application, if you don’t mind later editing.
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Re: Oxbridge 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2009, 21:02
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Dear all,

This is my first post in gmatclub. I wish good luck to all of you. Here is a note from JBS website.

Applications for entry in September 2010 will open on 1 September 2009. Deadlines and their corresponding decision dates and proposed interview days are listed below. The essay questions will appear on this page within the next few weeks.
The following are the main essay questions on the Cambridge MBA application:

* Describe yourself. What are your strengths and how do you utilise them? What attributes would you like to improve upon and why? (up to 400 words)
* Describe the worst team experience you have ever had. What did you do? (up to 400 words)
* Either: In which place have you felt most inspired and why?
Or: If you only had twenty-four hours to live, how would you spend them? (up to 300 words)
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Re: Oxbridge 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2009, 02:21
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Welcome to Gmatclub, Arisra -

And kudos for posting the essay questions. This last one ('24 hours to live') is one of the favourites at various semi-professional, semi-psychological trainings we had at my previous job :)

I've updated the first post with the Cambridge MBA admission deadlines.
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Re: Oxbridge 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2009, 04:18
Great thanks, Greenoak,

I found this website really very useful. I'm also planning to apply to Oxbridge for 2010. I'm working on my GMAT actually now. I'll do my best to apply in 1st round , but not fully sure about that. All the best to all applicants.
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Re: Oxbridge 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2009, 16:56
Greenoak, you truly are doing a Yeoman1s service.(have written a PM 2 u as well). it will be a true honour to be your batchmate at Said and meet u personally in another 2 months. pls continue the good work u are truly an outstanding brand ambassador that any B school can gream to get. 5 kudos. by the way any inside news on 2008 placement report for said? the website is dangerously silent.
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Re: Oxbridge 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2009, 17:10
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Greenoak, you truly are doing a Yeoman1s service.(have written a PM 2 u as well). it will be a true honour to be your batchmate at Said and meet u personally in another 2 months. pls continue the good work u are truly an outstanding brand ambassador that any B school can gream to get. 5 kudos. by the way any inside news on 2008 placement report for said? the website is dangerously silent.

Yes, I would've been honored myself to be Greenoak's classmate. I just don't understand what have they those... people from Cambridge Judge thinking?!
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Re: Oxbridge 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2009, 08:11
For the second Oxford question - Essay 2. Which recent development, world event or book has most influenced your thinking and why? Maximum 2,000 words.

I was thinking of writing about a personal story for the recent development - but I am unsure if that would successfully answer the question. Or are they looking for a recent development on a larger scale - like the financial crisis or something of that nature?
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Re: Oxbridge 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2009, 09:10
Hi Hhh,

Writing about ‘global things’, if they are not connected to you, is in fact not a good idea at all.

Story of personal development, on the contrary, could be fine – but whether it will successfully answer the question, depends on the content of the story. Even if it’s personal, it is still connected with some ideas, observations, concepts that made you think and inspired you to change – you changed, and it means that you perceive the world differently now. So, even in the story of your personal life, there could be a definite link to the more global and general issues – you could create a very strong essay if you develop this story in a right way.

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Re: Oxbridge 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2009, 17:53
Thanks, Greenoak for starting the thread....yup I'm aiming for R1 Oxbridge. GMAT out...now on to the essays :)
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Re: Oxbridge 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2009, 00:32
Hi All,

After a long time away from gmatclub, I am back.

Good luck to all 2010/11 Oxbridge applicants, i'll try to help greenoak in answering questions here.

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Re: Oxbridge 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2009, 00:24
the second essay expects to know these ( on a very broad level)

how the person thinks, what he thinks about and how much he is influenced by these thoughts.

It is actually a beautiful essay topic, as it would be difficult to write about something in 2000 words if you dont whole heartedly feel about the topic.

some of my friends suggested had told me : write about things like 'my birth' and some similar topics.

see ,the issue here is that , you have to realise that this essay will portray a virtual picture abt the kind of person you are viz, are you a visionary, are you altrusitic, responsible, open to others feelings and inputs, potential to show leadership,team player, how well informed about reality, etc etc...
So as soon as the adcom finish reading this essay, they will have constructed a picture that reflects their opinion of you as a prospective Oxford mgmt student.

so if i were to write about 'my birth' , then i'm sure i would not have been able to show the adcom the above mentioned qualities in myself... so i suggest to prospective applicants.. write something that involves more than yourself .

btw.. 'my birth' ... well there was nothing great for anybody and sometimes if i think , not even for myself... prob my family could have written 2000 words on this topic, but not me..

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Re: Oxbridge 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2009, 12:03
This is a question about interviews for both Oxford and Cambridge.

I live in the US (west coast) and will not be able to attend the interviews personally in UK. My question is do you know if these schools schedule interviews in US (in my case, DC or SFO would be ideal).

If so, does this vary round by round depending on if they are visiting US.

If you were interviewed in the US, which round and where were you interviewed.

I was really hoping to get a personal interview (if I am selected, that is)
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Re: Oxbridge 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2009, 03:24
humblewinner wrote:
This is a question about interviews for both Oxford and Cambridge.

I live in the US (west coast) and will not be able to attend the interviews personally in UK. My question is do you know if these schools schedule interviews in US (in my case, DC or SFO would be ideal).

If so, does this vary round by round depending on if they are visiting US.

If you were interviewed in the US, which round and where were you interviewed.

I was really hoping to get a personal interview (if I am selected, that is)


Hi humblewinner,

I know for a fact that Oxford schedules interviews in the USA on both coasts. Alternatively you can also opt for a telephonic interview, although inperson is always a better experience in my opinion.
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Calling all Judge MBA 2009/2010 Applicants!!! [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2009, 09:10
Guys,

I am applying to Judge soon. The R1 starts in a few weeks time and I have read the essay questions.

Nationality: Malaysia

My GMAT score: 630 (on the border line for Judge).

Work Experience: 3+ currently, but would be 4+ if I get admitted for 2010 intake

Background: Undergrad in Chemical Engineering but been working as a Service Executive (recently promoted) taking care of mechanics and being in charge of Sales

Anyone applying to Judge this year? Let's pool our resources.

P.S: I am also applying to Imperial College (got a place to stay there)... Imperial seems a bit easier on the deadlines, requirements, etc... (cos its not as good a school as Judge or Said, but hey it's decent enough)..

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Re: Oxbridge 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2009, 13:02
To Humblewinner:
I concur with Buffdaddy redarding Said Interviews.

As for Judge - AFAIK, it is possible to be interviewed during one of the MBA Fairs in which they participate, but it seems they do not schedule special overseas interviews. Phone interviews are also possible in some cases - but they strongly prefer candidates to visit the School for the Interview day, if invited.

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Welcome to the forums! Feel free to ask any specific questions about Judge/Said - and good luck!
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