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13 Sep 2009, 23:02
You might want to double check this. I clearly remember posting my original transcripts while submitting my apps. But this was in 2007, things might have changed since then.
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14 Sep 2009, 01:56
Thanks bsd_lover.
I will check with the school itself

By the way this is what http://www.london.edu/programmes/mba/applying.html says:

You must send us transcripts of grades from all colleges, universities and professional schools you have attended. Copies are sufficient at the application stage and can be attached to the online application form. Originals will be required at the point of offer and should be sent to Full-time MBA Admissions, London Business School, Regent's Park, London NW1 4SA, United Kingdom.
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14 Sep 2009, 04:56
Regarding transcripts: i took a financial accounting course at a local university last semester ... do i need to send LBS a copy of my mark in that course as well ? How will they ever know that I took that course anyways, if i didnt send in a transcript ?
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14 Sep 2009, 08:13
Send it if you think it will supplement your overall application - otherwise as you said "How will they ever know ?"

TheDream wrote:
Regarding transcripts: i took a financial accounting course at a local university last semester ... do i need to send LBS a copy of my mark in that course as well ? How will they ever know that I took that course anyways, if i didnt send in a transcript ?
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14 Sep 2009, 11:07
So I MIGHT be one of the applicants .. too tight for R1 so am thinking R2.

bsd_lover - Can you please comment more on your study group. I read this entire thread but just curious to know how the individual dynamics play out in a group. It is very easy to have a group of similar minded people and take on an assignment. However, if innovative ideas have to come out of a group, there has to be differing opinions that can be vetted out/debated in the group. Have you experienced this sort of 'friendly' disagreement in the group ?

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14 Sep 2009, 12:59
alpha_plus_gamma wrote:
Thanks bsd_lover.
I will check with the school itself

By the way this is what http://www.london.edu/programmes/mba/applying.html says:

You must send us transcripts of grades from all colleges, universities and professional schools you have attended. Copies are sufficient at the application stage and can be attached to the online application form. Originals will be required at the point of offer and should be sent to Full-time MBA Admissions, London Business School, Regent's Park, London NW1 4SA, United Kingdom.

Pretty sure this is what I did last year. Online PDF attachment at the time of application, and brought my transcripts in person when visiting campus (they ask you to mail them within the offer details email that comes a few days after the admissions decision).
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14 Sep 2009, 13:11
pleonasm wrote:
bsd_lover - Can you please comment more on your study group. I read this entire thread but just curious to know how the individual dynamics play out in a group. It is very easy to have a group of similar minded people and take on an assignment. However, if innovative ideas have to come out of a group, there has to be differing opinions that can be vetted out/debated in the group. Have you experienced this sort of 'friendly' disagreement in the group ?

The groups can vary somewhat, but as bsd_lover mentioned, they are generally social engineered to contain differing opinions or backgrounds. Also, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to "divorce" your study group in case of issues, so you are effectively tied together for the first year.

Study groups are assigned based on a number of criteria, but the two most important are nationality and pre-MBA background. In most cases, you will not be in the same group with someone else of similar nationality or function, but given some of the demographics (large nationality or job pools like Americans/Indians or consultants/bankers), there may be some overlap. Still, the school does engineer this a bit as well. For example, my group's professions are all vastly different, but there is another American in my group. However, her background was living/working in Europe, while I'm a Southern California native whose main international experiences have been in Asia-Pacific. Additionally, there are also a few other factors that influence the group creation, such as countries/regions lived in, and even GMAT score (!).

That said, much of the dynamics can be driven by personality and work style, which is likely a bit harder for the school to gauge from only the essays/interviews. I've heard of some groups where there are already conflicts for scheduling arrangements (workaholics versus laidback types, etc.) or micromanagement, so this will depend on your individual group. In terms of work schedules, group roles, etc., each group is free to create their own rules. In my group for example, we've decided to rotate leadership roles based on subject or expertise. And we're all lazy, so we've also already pledged not to work weekends.
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14 Sep 2009, 13:17
TheDream wrote:
Regarding transcripts: i took a financial accounting course at a local university last semester ... do i need to send LBS a copy of my mark in that course as well ? How will they ever know that I took that course anyways, if i didnt send in a transcript ?

Agreed with bsd_lover -- send it in only if you think it will strengthen your application (i.e. the marks are good). Taking the class previously will not opt you out of the same course at LBS anyway (IIRC, you have to be a certified accountant to get a waiver of that core course).
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14 Sep 2009, 14:42
Thanks guys. Yeah, in that case, Im definitely not sending that transcript in ... not proud of my B in Intro to Financial Accounting :D

One more (silly) question ... the R1 deadline is October 7th. Does that mean that my recommenders have to have submitted their recommendations by then as well ?
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14 Sep 2009, 14:55
Yes, the recommenders have to submit before the deadline as well, so you may have to push them. I don't think LBS gives leniency to recommendations/transcripts/etc. being one or two days late, unlike INSEAD.
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14 Sep 2009, 15:39
I'm not sure if I understand the question correctly. There are bound to be disagreements within a group. That is the whole point of the experience. How you manage conflict or disagreement within your study group is entirely up to you and your personal style. Perhaps you can talk about your style in your essays.

pleonasm wrote:
bsd_lover - Can you please comment more on your study group. I read this entire thread but just curious to know how the individual dynamics play out in a group. It is very easy to have a group of similar minded people and take on an assignment. However, if innovative ideas have to come out of a group, there has to be differing opinions that can be vetted out/debated in the group. Have you experienced this sort of 'friendly' disagreement in the group ?
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14 Sep 2009, 17:43
bsd_lover wrote:
I'm not sure if I understand the question correctly. There are bound to be disagreements within a group. That is the whole point of the experience. How you manage conflict or disagreement within your study group is entirely up to you and your personal style. Perhaps you can talk about your style in your essays.

pleonasm wrote:
bsd_lover - Can you please comment more on your study group. I read this entire thread but just curious to know how the individual dynamics play out in a group. It is very easy to have a group of similar minded people and take on an assignment. However, if innovative ideas have to come out of a group, there has to be differing opinions that can be vetted out/debated in the group. Have you experienced this sort of 'friendly' disagreement in the group ?
Thanks

I'm not sure if I framed the question correctly . I think you answered my question though.

Thanks again.
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15 Sep 2009, 12:22
Hey everyone I just bought my plane tickets and will be visiting LBS in October ... around the 8th or 9th. Probably the 9th because I can "drop in." Anyone else out there visiting at that time?
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15 Sep 2009, 13:23
Good stuff, Franklin. Where are you flying out from ? Did you manage to get a good deal ? I myself was thinking about November.

I notice that the online application form is quite thorough, and asks for a LOT of information. Any idea what the school asks things like 'where else are you applying to' and what your salary/bonus was ??
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16 Sep 2009, 02:00
LBS receives 2.5 million donation by Sir Donald Gordon:
http://www.sys-con.com/node/1108272

Profile of Sir Donald Gordon :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Gor ... nessman%29

I don't think he is an alumni (I couldn't find him in the directory). Its not 300 million but these endowments build up slowly.
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16 Sep 2009, 04:16
TheDream wrote:
Good stuff, Franklin. Where are you flying out from ? Did you manage to get a good deal ? I myself was thinking about November.

I notice that the online application form is quite thorough, and asks for a LOT of information. Any idea what the school asks things like 'where else are you applying to' and what your salary/bonus was ??

Hey TheDream, I'm flying out of Syracuse, NY. I currently live in Ithaca and attend Cornell. Last time I took a flight out of Ithaca I nearly lost my breakfast and the previous night's dinner! The reason: Ithaca's airport only has propeller airplanes flying out of here. Not even regional jets! With the unpredictable weather changes here in upstate NY, my flight to New York City was incredibly bad. That plane was thrown around like a rag doll. I said "Never again!" Thankfully, I got a good deal out of Syracuse at $502 round trip. Taxes put the ticket in the low$600's.

Where would you be flying from?
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16 Sep 2009, 09:48
TheDream wrote:
I notice that the online application form is quite thorough, and asks for a LOT of information. Any idea what the school asks things like 'where else are you applying to' and what your salary/bonus was ??

Pre-MBA salary/bonus is probably for the ROI figures they will publish in marketing materials, versus your post-MBA salary.

The question about other schools is likely for competitive/marketing research, but also possibly for yield management. For example, a couple of us got waitlisted for interviews at Cambridge last year, and the conspiracy theory was that we had listed LBS, INSEAD etc. as other schools we've applied to. So we thought that Cambridge put us on waitlist to hedge against us likely getting into one of those schools, which we would have matriculated at over Cambridge anyway. At least, that's the best story we came up with for our egos.
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16 Sep 2009, 10:41
Franklin: thats not bad. I'd be flying out of Toronto, and believe it or not, its about 300 bucks more than flying out of New York. Our airport here is one of the most expensive to fly out to, because of all the who-knows-what-they-are-for taxes

Prashok: thats good news .... I thought LBS was spying on me for a second !! They do ask some interesting other questions, such as 'who have you discussed your MBA plans with', 'reasons for leaving each job'.
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16 Sep 2009, 13:46
The certainly didnt work for them. I have a person in my study group who had an admit from Judge.

prashok wrote:
For example, a couple of us got waitlisted for interviews at Cambridge last year, and the conspiracy theory was that we had listed LBS, INSEAD etc. as other schools we've applied to. So we thought that Cambridge put us on waitlist to hedge against us likely getting into one of those schools, which we would have matriculated at over Cambridge anyway. At least, that's the best story we came up with for our egos.
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16 Sep 2009, 13:49
TheDream wrote:
Prashok: thats good news .... I thought LBS was spying on me for a second !! They do ask some interesting other questions, such as 'who have you discussed your MBA plans with', 'reasons for leaving each job'.

Were some of the questions at the end of the application or on a separate section? I seem to remember last year's application having an optional "for use by the Marketing team" section with a bunch of similar questions...

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