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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
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Interesting question. While all schools look for a complete candidate with many characteristics, I'll take a stab at what the perceived priority is for the schools that I'm familiar with.

Chicago (Booth) - intellectual curiosity
Harvard - leadership
Northwestern (Kellogg) - teamwork
Stanford - impact
MIT - fit
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Very useful, thank you. From my research it seems that Wharton and Columbia are more interested in stats than other places but what do others think?
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Interesting question. While all schools look for a complete candidate with many characteristics, I'll take a stab at what the perceived priority is for the schools that I'm familiar with.

Chicago (Booth) - intellectual curiosity
Harvard - leadership
Northwestern (Kellogg) - teamwork
Stanford - impact
MIT - fit


agree.

+ Harvard - CHANGE
+ Stanford - Business
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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. :)
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