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Your favourite b-school application [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2010, 12:54
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Each school I applied to has left a certain impression on me (mostly very good one), which was obviously based on many factors. However, with regards to the application process, my favourite school by far is MIT: great essay questions with reasonable word limits and the minimalist application form. They did not want to know where my mom went to college, what my salary was at each job I ever had, or which other schools I applied to. They didn't even have the EC section. The form was straightforward and easy to complete, the way it should be in my opinion.
In contrast, my least favourite application was Wharton's. I thought that their essay topics encouraged people to be excessively wordy and less to the point. The application form asked for too many details and they even have an additional essay for scholarship. I ended up not applying to Wharton because it was too time consuming and could affect the quality of my other applications.
Harvard was somewhere in the middle: good essays with low word limit, but tiring application form.

What was you most / least favourite school in terms of the essays and application?
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Re: Your favourite b-school application [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2010, 01:15
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Well I enjoyed making my Chicago powerpoint. Any school accepting scanned transcripts instead of asking me to fill out their stupid spreadsheet gets love from me.

By far the worst was Rice - just for the application I had to post official transcripts (from the UK, not Outer Mongolia) to a US translator for conversion to a 4.0 scale. Total cost, since I had undergrad and grad transcripts, was in excess of $600. Then I had to start thinking of which literary question best represents me and which magazine I should advertise myself in for the bizzare essay section of the application!
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Re: Your favourite b-school application [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2010, 08:58
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loved oxford's app - and not just cuz i got in. the 2 essay format, with 2,000 words for the 2nd essay and a very open ended question is pretty awesome. it basically means you can't recycle other essays and have to actually sit down and think about the big picture of your application...there's really nowhere to hide in an essay like this and it gives the adcoms a much better chance to get to know you more as a person beyond your profile (i.e. gmat/gpa/resume).

i really wished the other schools' apps could've been more comprehensive like this.

overall, really hated wharton's app. the essay questions were interesting and engaging, and definitely focused on understanding the applicant as a person, rather than another profile. however, there were just too many essays. between the regular app, the lauder app, and the scholarship essays, i wrote something like 9 essays for this one application...what a nightmare. also i wasn't very fond of the insead application either, mainly because it's just prehistoric since you have to do it in acrobat and the formatting was atrocious. also it was extremely career/work experience centered, which was good for my background, but not necessarily good for others.
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Favourite Overall Essay Question: UCLA's audio blog. I wrote up a pretty fun diatribe on my sense of direction and being supplanted by Google Maps and navigation systems.

Least Favourite Essay: NYU's oh-so-coy eyelash-batting "what do you like about us and New York?" essay question. Jesus, am I dating you, NYU?

Favourite Overall Application: tossup between MIT for not asking me a million background questions and the University of Chicago, for breaking it up with the slide presentation. I gave them an awesome set of slides.

Most Useful Application: Wharton, because their questions and long essays allowed me to creat a core set of arguments that I used in all my applications.
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Re: Your favourite b-school application [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2010, 09:50
lol @ britguy: "Then I had to start thinking of which literary question best represents me and which magazine I should advertise myself in for the bizzare essay section of the application!" :lol:

I was initially dumbstruck with Booth's Slide essay question but later figured it out. Am not the most creative guy the world has seen but I think I cooked up something... :-D
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Re: Your favourite b-school application [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2010, 12:31
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Although I have applied to MSc programs and not an MBA, I still had to complete essays. I enjoyed HEC's essays for the MFE. The questions - about 5 in total - have a limit of 250 characters, including punctuation marks and spaces. I enjoyed the limits not because they allowed me to "get away with" writing short essays, but because it felt like I was carving out a lean machine or sculpture. I really enjoyed making my essay as compact and to the point as possible.

LSE's MSc in Finance pretty much asks two or three general questions and gives you three pages to answer them. I decided to create a self-interview, which, while fun, might not have helped me (I was turned down). I enjoyed the creative aspect of it all.

Vlerick Leuven Gent's essay questions are just lame. There are eight questions, and they're so predictable.
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