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GMAT Course Review
MGMAT -- Excellent (but you can self prep) December 07 | 2015 1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Improvement:

100 Points

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This review is for: Manhattan Prep GMAT MGMAT Live Online | Location: Online

Part of my debrief includes my feelings on MGMAT:
http://gmatclub.com/forum/second-try-is-the-charm-710-48-q-38-v-79956.html

In a nut shell, learning as a 20+ something is much more difficult than learning as a 8-20 year old. The older you get, the more set you become in your ways (yes all ways), so if you have subconscious tendencies that are wrong educationally (math, grammar, etc.) it will be VERY difficult to get over those obstacles on your own. MGMAT puts a lot of emphasis to help you understand the "why" aspect of getting answers incorrectly. Obviously, a 1:1 is much more helpful, but the program does cater to this. The instructors are top notch, the material is excellent, but you as a student must invest the time to utilize these resources.

The flip side is self prep is possible, but you really need to invest the time to identify these tendencies and overcome them (the importance of the error log). No matter what you decide, the GMAT is a test that can be overcome, but you must invest in what your needs are (there isn't a one size fits all).

The class is well worth the money.

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MBA Program Review
Excellent December 01 | 2015
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This review is for: Ross | Program:

Full Time MBA

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Class of:

2014

Experience during the program

Ross has a strong connection for people in the MBA program. It can be seen in the way the school was built to facilitate human interaction and connections.

I also found the staff to be very inviting (for the most part) and willing to engage the students on a variety of subjects, especially when it came to defending a position during a discussion.

The ranking of the MBA also makes it desirable as you find all forms of on campus recruiting regardless of what a student is interested in.

If I could suggest one thing: think very hard about what you think your interests are and then look to see who the major hiring firms are at a program. The companies with the most presence dictate a lot of the recruiting events and as such, lends to what the students are interested in. You might actually find lower ranked programs are more in line with your career aspirations when compared to higher ranked programs.

About professors, classes and curriculum

The MBA world is in a state of flux, a bubble of sorts. I feel there will be diminishing returns on the MBA program over time as more and more people obtain the MBA.

Ross has a nice niche of cross campus class, with school of public policy, natural resources, law/med school, engineering among others. This really lends a student to branch out and really experience whatever he/she is interested in. I'm very fortunate to have been part of this.

About job placement process

Mentioned above: make sure you think hard about what you want out of the MBA. It's acceptable to change your mind during the MBA program, but go in with a desired path and seek it.

Overall BSchool experience

     (5.0)

Schools contribution

     (5.0)

Classmates rating

     (3.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Best fit at this program:

Operations

Can be improved:

Alumni Network

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

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School Visit Review
Excellent December 02 | 2015
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This review is for: Ross | Program:

Full Time MBA

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Date of visit:

6/2012

Enjoying the fit/feel of a school is very important. I visited Ross, Michigan State, Tuck and Booth.

As much as I wanted to like Booth, I was a little turned off by the visit. I didn't get a good "vibe" from the visit. I enjoyed the interactions, class visit , tour, etc. but just didn't really feel at home there.

When visiting the school, the school is trying to show off all the great aspects of it, basically a pitch or sales promotion. If this doesn't fit with what you want, I'd be highly cautious of selecting that program.

I loved my visits to Tuck and Ross. Felt at home at both, enjoyed the interactions at all levels. Great facilities (Tuck is an old building, but that didn't diminish from anything). Thus, those two were my top choices in the end. I probably would have had similar sentiments at lower ranked programs, but I only visited the four schools (didn't apply to Michigan State after obtaining acceptance at Michigan).

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Admission Interview Review
Excellent December 02 | 2015
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This review is for: Ross | Program:

Full Time MBA

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Date of visit:

1/2012

My interviewer was very distracted and kept watching the time. I couldn't determine if this was part of the interview (how was "testing" me) or simply her mannerisms. We connected well, why the MBA (her story and mine), outlook, future.

While the interview was a little rough, the rest of the school visit was great. One thing to keep in mind is the person on the other side of the interview is still a person, with his/her own mannerism, behaviors, habits, etc. Being aware of this helps manage the interview process (not just for MBA) and can help the applicant focus on the goal at hand.

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School Visit Review
Excellent December 07 | 2015
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This review is for: Tuck | Program:

Full Time MBA

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Date of visit:

11/2010

To put Tuck in one word: Magical. There is something about Tuck (or maybe Dartmouth in general) that's very homey and exciting. Every school visit is enjoyable, you meet with students, staff, attend a class, have lunch, tour, etc. It's the marketing aspect of every school. What I was looking for, was the "fit" and "feel".

Dartmouth really felt like a home. I didn't get that feeling at any other school or visit, regardless of what the interaction was (official visit, alumni interaction, interview, email, phone call, coffee chat, etc.). It's a tiny town, so if you're looking for urban/city life, it might not jive well. The staff are exceedingly accommodating and the self selection for interview, while it doesn't really improve your chances, gets you to the campus and is a great experience. Again, it's hard to put into words, but there's something special about Tuck.

I flew into Boston and drove up to Dartmouth, so needless to say, it was a long visit to go, but well worth it. Full disclosure: I didn't get in, but would still advise people to apply and visit Tuck.

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Admission Interview Review
Average December 07 | 2015
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This review is for: Booth | Program:

Full Time MBA

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Date of visit:

11/2010

Disclaimer: This is a personal experience. Please do not take this to reflect anything about the program.

My Booth interview was one of the most bizarre experiences I've ever had. After each question, the interviewer was, from my perception, trying to one up me at every opportunity on his experiences. After each one of these, I would think to myself "is this about me or him?" I couldn't figure out if that was just his style, but it's still very strange. The interview should be about showcasing the candidate. It the interviewer spends a lot of the time speaking about himself/herself, where does that leave the candidate.

Full disclosure: I was not admitted to Booth. The interview was combined with a campus visit.

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1 Commented by Top10MBACandidate on January 08, 2016
Of course I wasn't there so I can't tell if he was really trying to one up you, but I do know that interviews at Booth are generally more conversational and informative, rather than trying to trick or trap you and fire a laundry list of questions at you. It doesn't surprise me that the interviewer was allowing you to get to know him during the interview. However, I am not saying you are necessarily wrong in your observation, but other candidates shouldn't be surprised by a conversational feel to the interview.
School Visit Review
Excellent December 07 | 2015
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This review is for: Booth | Program:

Full Time MBA

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Date of visit:

11/2010

Visited Booth in Nov 2010 as a part of a campus visit and interview.

Disclaimer: Again, this is my experience. Yours could be very different, so please don't take this as a universal.

Visiting UC is very pristine. You have this old campus nested just south of Chicago, very old and appreciated architecture. Then I came to Booth, which was nice, but reminded me of cold war era buildings. It is a modern structure, but the color and style just remind me of buildings that were made to have bomb shelters in them. The inside is very modern and nice. Lots of open areas, places for students to congregate. The class visit was enjoyable and the hosts were very inviting. I met a handful of people who were there doing the same thing. We were very generally relatable. I lived in Michigan at the time and flew to Chicago, rented a car, spent the night near Booth, walked to Booth and completed my activities flying back that same night.

The fit and feel of a school is very important for a candidate to understand. I know it's difficulty for everyone to travel to visit schools, but if you can, pick a few to visit and realize that rankings only go so far. I know many people who were much happier at lower ranked programs because it catered better to them as individuals as well as their career aspirations.

Disclaimer: I didn't get in at Booth.

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