Last week's Consortium Q&A was a huge success and tons of important issues were addressed by Rebecca Dockery, the Consortium's Recruiting Director, and a panel of representatives from top MBA programs, including Dartmouth Tuck, Emory Goizueta, Michigan Ross, NYU Stern, Rochester, UCLA, UNC, USC, UT Austin,.
To review the entire dicussion, please read the full transcript or download the MP3.
Here is an excerpt from the Q&A that we found particularly illuminating:
Linda Abraham: The next question is, "How important is it that I rank my schools on the Consortium application?"
Karen Marks DARTMOUTH: It makes no difference; it's not a factor in admissions decisions. It comes into play during the fellowship component, but in terms of your admissions decision, it doesn't play in at all.
Jon Fuller MICHIGAN: When the Admissions Committee gets an application, the rank list is electronically blacked out, and that is not actually released until we've already made our admissions decisions. That is just our own internal process for that. So just as it was mentioned, the ranking plays no factor in admissions decision or in membership; it really only comes up from a fellowship perspective.
Shana Basnight EMORY: I would just advise that you do your due diligence before you lock in your ratings because once you do, they are set in stone and you can't change them. So whether you get a chance to visit different campuses or talk to different alums that have attended different schools, do as much research as you can before you completely drop the Consortium application and put in your rankings because you only have one chance to do them.
Jon Fuller MICHIGAN: I think candidates spend some time thinking about whether there is a way to increase the likelihood of them getting a fellowship by how they rank a school, and there is a lot of agony that goes into that. The advice I give to candidates is that if Ross is your first choice, then you should rank us first. If another school is your first choice and we're your second choice, then you should put us second and you should put that other school first. Because just as it was mentioned, it's an individual decision based on the school; it just goes down the rank order of the process that is explained relatively well through the
Consortium documentation that is available on their website. But don't try to over-think because it just doesn't work. So rank the order in terms of your enthusiasm of how much you want to attend that particular program.
Rebecca Dockery CONSORTIUM: I'm going to give you an Amen!
Jon Fuller MICHIGAN: Thank you!
Kellee Scott USC: Just to add a little more relief hopefully to this effort with the rankings, the process is that you are only allowed to hold one fellowship that you can call Consortium, but that doesn't stop other schools from offering you school based scholarships if you qualify for them. So the rankings may say that you are only allowed to get one scholarship that is called Consortium, but if school #3 and #4 really want you, that doesn't stop them from offering you aid outside of the Consortium scholarship, or offering you any kind of merit based money outside of the Consortium scholarship. So you are not limited in this process; the rankings do not limit you in any way.
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