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Given that everyone on here has different strengths and weaknesses to their profile and as each school applies differing weights to the various criteria, I thought it might be useful to put together a thread discussing people's perceptions of what is most important to the top schools. For example one school might look at advancement in an applicants career as most important, another the GMAT score or the industry worked in prior to the application.
So I would be interested to know what people think each of the "top" schools look for in an applicant. It might help people identify which schools their profile is a good fit for and which they might be less competitive in.
So to start with does anyone have any insights on what the Top 10 (from BusinessWeek) look for? Currently that is: Chicago (Booth) Harvard Wharton Northwestern (Kellogg) Stanford Duke Michigan (Ross) Berkley (Haas) Columbia MIT
Quoting Harvard's website on this, they want people who have a habit of leadership, demonstrate capacity for intellectual growth and are engaged in community citizenship. So Izvos's summary seems pretty accurate.
Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).
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Final decisions are in: Berkeley: Denied with interview Tepper: Waitlisted with interview Rotman: Admitted with scholarship (withdrawn) Random French School: Admitted to MSc in Management with scholarship (...