What Should You Do If You Can’t Visit B-Schools in Person? [A COVID-19 Special]
A desirable part of the application process to b-schools is the on-campus visit. The visit usually has two purposes: (1) help prospects clarify their own impressions of the school and either build enthusiasm or, conversely, help rule certain programs out; and (2) demonstrate interest in the school by meeting with current students, administrators, etc.
But what happens when COVID-19 hits, or geography, time, and finances conspire to make a visit impossible? Below, we give you all the tools to communicate the same enthusiasm and first-hand knowledge in your b-school application even when an in-person visit wasn’t possible.
COVID or no COVID and regardless of money, location, or circumstances, applicants and prospective students should contact schools to learn about virtual tours and online admissions events, which are increasingly being offered in the wake of the global pandemic.
How can you make the most out of the virtual opportunities? Peter von Loesecke, CEO and Managing Director of The MBA Tour LLC, which organizes information sessions between MBA admissions representatives and prospective students, offers these tips:
Questions not to ask include:
If you still can’t get to a school or visit a school fair, you can amass a wealth of information without even leaving your chair or couch thanks to the internet. Blogs, articles, podcasts, webinars, chat transcripts, and other information are available through individual school websites, Accepted’s website, and others such as Bloomberg Businessweek, MBA Podcaster, QS World MBA Tour, Poets & Quants, and The MBA Tour. These resources provide valuable insights and help you learn in-depth about the programs you are interested in, enabling you to narrow down your search. Don’t let the current coronavirus prevent you from pursuing your MBA dreams!
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“What Should You Do If You Can’t Visit B-Schools in Person?” is adapted from MBA Admissions for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools, by Linda Abraham and Judy Gruen.
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