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School visits [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2009, 07:46
Hi,

I'm planning to visit the following schools in June. I know that some schools don't track visits, but some do and weigh them in your application. Would appreciate any insights on the list, and do correct me if i'm wrong on anything.

HBS - they don't really care
Stanford - they don't really care
Wharton
MIT
Kellogg
Chicago Booth
Tuck
Berkeley
Columbia
Stern
UCLA
Yale SOM
Cornell
Duke

Thanks in advance.

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Re: School visits [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2009, 08:03
Aboodoing,

Welcome to Gclub.

However, by my count - you posted this exact/similar question in 12 different threads. (so far)

You don't have to post the same question 12 times.

If you want a question answered, there are much more efficient ways.

We are here to help but you can't post like this.

My advice, start ONE thread in Business Application forum asking: "Which Bschool requires/looks favorably on campus visits on application impact?"
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Re: School visits [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2009, 10:52
School visits can make a difference - but not for the reasons you think.

The visits aren't for the adcom's benefit. They are for YOUR benefit. Regardless of whether adcoms track visits or not, it's not about "oh, Aboo visited our school. That's a plus. Check." They're not doing a Best Buy product comparison grid with applicants or anything when it comes to decision-making.

You visit the school to get a better handle on what the school environment is really like. You sit in on class. You speak to current students outside of class. You spend the entire day on campus. Through that experience, you should be able to develop a better understanding for how the school could be a great fit for your individual needs and circumstances. It helps you personalize the "why school XYZ?" question in the essays. It's not necessary to visit the school, but it certainly helps.

For example, HBS doesn't track visits, but it's still helpful to go visit the school if you're interested in applying there because it'll give you a far better idea of what you're getting into which can help you in crafting your application (even if HBS doesn't even ask the "why MBA?" question) and will help you figure out how you will fit into HBS should you actually get an interview.

Also, if you visit in June you'll be on an empty campus. Remember that school is in session from Sept - Apr (May is final exam/project week and students begin to check out).
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Re: School visits   [#permalink] 05 Feb 2009, 10:52
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