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I invite all GMAT Club Members to write questions to me about business schools, the GMAT, and the application process in general.
One of the main reasons that I wanted to start "Ask Hjort" was to help club members locate information within the individual school reviews and collected materials. Despite my efforts to maintain order, I realize that members often have trouble finding the right information (e.g. rankings of marketing programs, which schools have produced the most CEOs). Accordingly, I hope that club members ask their questions here so I can point them in the appropriate direction.
"I've noticed that you usually use the name of the university instead of the "benefactor name" for the business school-Why?"
As virtually everyone knows, many business schools have benefactor names (Wharton, Kellogg, Tuck, Stern etc.). In addition, as some people have noticed, I use these names rather infrequently. In part this is out of consistency- many business schools do not have benefactor names so it is more logical (and easier) to identify them on the basis of the characteristic that each school possesses: the university name. I do use the benefactor name in cases when there are a number of similar sounding university names (e.g. many universities contain the word "Washington" in them, thus I often add "Olin" for easier identification). In some cases, the benefactor name is not particularly helpful since there are many programs or schools with similar names (consider Sloan or Anderson).
At one point in advising MBA candidates, I used the benefactor names much more frequently. I soon discovered that this was needlessly confusing to many candidates, especially at the start of the search process (someone finally presented the obvious question: why should one learn two sets of names for one set of schools?)
Another reason I use the university names is that they are far less subject to change. For data tracking purposes I strongly prefer to use a name that is unlikely to change. These names carry over when I discuss candidate portfolios. In addition, I must confess that these new names still sound odd to me (Ross, Tepper, etc.). I am glad these schools received their large gifts but it will take some time before these names sound natural to me.
As an aside, note that a slight majority of ultra elite schools include the university name as an integral part of the business school name (Harvard, Chicago, Columbia, and Stanford). It is tempting to read some branding implications into the use of benefactor names. For instance, only one Elite cluster school has retained its integral name (Yale) and it is almost certainly the strongest institutional brand new in the Elite Cluster. In the Trans Elite and Near Elite clusters every school has a benefactor name. Benefactor names risk obscuring an MBA program's connection to its parent university. For instance, note that despite the fact that it is been a benefactor-named school for such a long time, UC Berkeley/Haas still sees it necessary to remind us that it is "The Berkeley MBA."
Of course, I encourage candidates to use whatever name they are most comfortable with when communicating with me. I readily acknowledge that simply because I prefer a particular naming system this does not make it the "right" system in any grand sense.
"Why havenâ€™t you published your own book on MBA Admissions?"
Iâ€™ve certainly considered this route but I have rejected it for the following reasons:
1) Bookshelves are already full of books on this topic- and some are actually pretty good. The last time I examined writing a book, I decided that the size of the MBA applicant market did not justify adding yet another book to this copious list. After reading what was already out on the market, I felt that the general MBA applicant is reasonably well served by the existing offerings.
2) An internet based forum allows me to reach far more people, especially those outside of the North America, than I could by selling books. Further, the time I took writing a book would take me away from what I really enjoy doing- helping individuals select portfolios and submit applications that maximize their chance of admission.
3) An interactive forum allows me to provide far more targeted advice than what I could do with a book that becomes outdated quickly
Hi! There are a number of colleges in the US that offer AACSB accredited MBA programs. This implies that the MBA programs are standardized. Rankings provide relative information about the schools. I am looking for an MBA that provides good knowledge (theory and practical) and exposure (exposure interms of internships/co-ops, placements, conferences/seminars - national/international, interaction with alumnis and the corporate world at large). Afterall, everything boils down to what I can make out of the MBA.
I have got through Suffolk and Pace. I know they are nowhere ranked. I am caught up b/w taking the gmat again or accepting one of these schools. Your suggestions are most welcome.
Though I have registered only today, I have been following this forum very closely over the last 6-months and have been specially interested in your posts. Being new to posting messages, I am not very sure if this is the right section for my querries. I have benefitted immensely from the various advices and suggestions of the experienced members of this forum. I had actually short listed my study material purely based on the various suggestions in this forum.
After juggling a lot with those study materials & my hectic office schedule, I finally managed to appear for my GMAT ,G-day on 21st OCT in a Pearson centre in NY.I scored 770. I would attribute this score primarily to the inspiration and effective advice I received from this forum.
So here is my profile in short :-
1) GMAT (taken on 21st oct 2006) -- 770(99%) (Quant-50:95%,verbal-44,97%)
2)AWA -- only a poor 4 out of 6 (34%) this is my area of greatest concern.
3) Experience -> 4 + years in IT. I have been with the same Indian based IT company and have been working for over 1.5yrs as onsite coordinator in USA.
4) Nationality - Indian.
5) Age -28 yrs
6) Graduation - Bsc Engineering (4 year course in civil engg) , grand total marks - 73%(percentage and not percentile)
7) Post grad - MCA (3-yr Masters in Computer Application), grand total marks - 76%(percentage and not percentile)
Target schools - I would like to continue in the Information systems field or as a second choice go for a general management degree. To be truthful I am open to suggestions about other specialisation as well.
Colleges i dream of :--
1) MIT Sloan
2) INSEAD - one yr MBA
3) Columbia university
I have not really explored much about the colleges but given the huge financial expenses , I would go for an MBA only if I can get into atleast the top 10 colleges in USA.
My concerns :-
1) I have a good GMAT score but a very poor AWA score , with this drawback do I stand a chance to get into any of the top 10 US MBA programs ?
2) I would like to enrol in the fall 2007 batch for MBA courses and given the time and my monetory constraints , reappearing for GMAT would be quite difficult. Given my poor AWA score and very average backgrounds do you advice me to reappear for GMAT ?
Any advice to fulfill my long standing dream of studying in top tier US business college would be greatly appreciated.
I would once again like to express my whole hearted gratitude to all the forum members whose advice and honest evaluation of the whole MBA admission process has brought me atleast to a point where I can see a chance, albeit a half chance to fulfill my dream.
I wanted to know about the admission procedure.
I have my GMAT due on 14th Dec 07,would like to go for Aug 08 session.
I wanted to know the prerequisites like :
1)What should i do after getting my scores?
2)Ask for applications,Fill them up,Attach my testiminials(essays,Reco,GMAT score,work exp) and send them the details by mail?
sir, i m an engg grad with a CGPA of 8.4 on a scale of 10. i took GMAT n scored 680 wid a 50 in quant section. though my chances of getting into a good MS finance course are great,but this recent recession thing has caused me to rethink about d course. my friend doing d same course in imperial didnt get any call from d 30 companies he applied to,is d situation that bad?? i m planning to do this course from next fall. or i should go for masters in engg from canada? pls guide me
Re: Welcome to Ask Hjort!
17 Nov 2008, 23:37