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Review of 2013 HAAS Fall Diversity Workshop (Sep 28, 2013)

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Review of 2013 HAAS Fall Diversity Workshop (Sep 28, 2013) [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2013, 19:20
I went to HAAS diversity workshop and I wanted to share my experience with others.

What to expect?
It was a great opportunity to meet the admission officers, diversity officers, HAAS students as well as other prospective students considering HAAS full-time and part-time programs.

How is it structured?
The event officially started on Saturday morning (though there was a reception on Friday that I did not go to), and it was attended by ~200 students.

Presentations: There are presentations by HAAS admissions directors, career directors, HAAS alumni, the HAAS dean and even a problem solving class by a professor. The class was really interesting as it gave a glimpse of group work component of MBA classes. The presentation all had a question/answer component as well.

Panels: There are also several student run panels, and and the HAAS folks were encouraging people to ask really tough questions. I think having students run the panel made sure people asked. I went to the Minorities in Management and the Social Impact panel (social impact panel was PACKED!) and the students. Overall, it was a great way to see how various people in HAAS work together.

Networking: There were LOTS of opportunities to meet one-on-one with HAAS students, as well as any administrator. Usually, after the presentation ended, the presenter stayed on the stage for 10-15 minutes to answer questions of students one-on-one.

Official http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/community/2013DiversityWorkshopAgenda.pdfAgenda (also attached as PDF)

HAAS is clearly big on its core principles - Student Always, Beyond Yourself, Confidence without attitude. I met prospective students from China, India, and all over United States.

If you have any specific questions, please feel free to ping me - I would highly encourage anyone who has the time to go to the diversity workshop.
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Re: Review of 2013 HAAS Fall Diversity Workshop (Sep 28, 2013) [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2013, 21:53
I had wondered what was going on in the courtyard. Serves me right for not reading my email.

Let me know if anyone has questions about the program. I'm always happy to answer what I can.
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Re: Review of 2013 HAAS Fall Diversity Workshop (Sep 28, 2013) [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2013, 19:22
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I had wondered what was going on in the courtyard. Serves me right for not reading my email.

Let me know if anyone has questions about the program. I'm always happy to answer what I can.


I am assuming based on your reply you are a current student at Haas.

I have a specific question about GMAT score vs Haas EWMBA program: Can an under grad GPA of 3.7, grad school GPA of 3.33 offset the somewhat low GMAT score (660)? How about a 7 year work experience or the fact that you have been out of school for a while now? If you are just not a good standardized test taker and don't do well in timed exams like the GMAT, how can you prove to the adcom that you have what it takes to succeed in the program?

Also, what other additional tips can you give a prospective applicant to the Haas EWMBA program?
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Re: Review of 2013 HAAS Fall Diversity Workshop (Sep 28, 2013) [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2013, 07:55
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I am assuming based on your reply you are a current student at Haas.

I have a specific question about GMAT score vs Haas EWMBA program: Can an under grad GPA of 3.7, grad school GPA of 3.33 offset the somewhat low GMAT score (660)? How about a 7 year work experience or the fact that you have been out of school for a while now? If you are just not a good standardized test taker and don't do well in timed exams like the GMAT, how can you prove to the adcom that you have what it takes to succeed in the program?

Also, what other additional tips can you give a prospective applicant to the Haas EWMBA program?


Yeah, I'm in my first year at Haas.

Here's the thing with MBA admissions. They'll overlook one weak point in your profile, but not two. If a low GMAT score is the only weak part of your application, you can get by with a slightly lower score. However, if you have time left before the application is due, you may want to consider retaking the test primarily because it is one of the few parts of your profile that you still have control over. If you're an Indian engineer, you'll definitely want to retake it. Software Engineers from India are the largest group of applicants and thus the competition is highest between them.

Haas will only consider your highest score in any case. So, there's no pressure if you retake it. The lowest your score will ever be at that point is 660. Also, if you have the ability to get a 660, you can get a 700. It just takes some more studying and relaxing a bit during the exam.

Outside of that, Haas is all about fit. The adcom does an amazing job making sure those that get through the screening process truly reflect the four principles. They will ask you about them multiple times during the admissions process for a reason. The best advice I can give you is to sit in on a class and talk to a couple current students. The vast majority of us are all more than happy to tell you what the school is like.
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