Carnegie Mellon Tepper Essay Tips & Strategy
One of the smallest among the top 20 business schools, Carnegie Mellon Tepper boasts a close-knit culture and pioneering approach to management curriculum (a “management science” model over the case method, that’s now integrated within all the leading business schools).
As such, the admissions team is looking for evidence of self-reflection and your ability to appreciate differences as a profound asset to a culture of innovation. These values are woven into Tepper’s singular MBA essay question.
As mentioned in my related blog, Applying to Carnegie Mellon Tepper: 3 Essential MBA Tips, the admissions committee seeks students who define community in the broadest sense of the word and have a desire to effect positive change. In replacing it’s previous essay question, “What difference will you make as a member of the MBA class at the Tepper School?” Tepper invites you to get more personal.
How to Tackle Tepper’s New Essay Question
Required Tepper Essay: The Tepper community is dynamic and unique. Each community member’s individual journey has shaped them into classmates who are collaborative, supportive, and inclusive. Describe how you have overcome adversity during your journey. What did you learn about yourself and how has that shaped who you are? (Maximum 350-500 words.)
With a small class size of 200, Tepper MBA Admissions, along with Tepper students, faculty, and staff place a high value on creating an inclusive and tight-knit community – a community committed to making a positive impact on each other, business, and the world. And as the country grapples with the deaths of unarmed Black Americans, the school has committed to change and supporting systematic change on a local and national level. That said, this essay is an opportunity to explain who you are and how you would add value to the community.
We all face adversity in our lives. In asking this question, Tepper seeks to uncover the less visible forces that shape your decisions, opportunities, and character. While some may have overcome challenges such as poverty or homelessness, others may have struggled with their mental health, academics, loss of a loved one, or family dynamics. This essay requires that you reflect on your life so far, and dare to be vulnerable. The specificity of the essay question’s wording signals that you should connect the dots for the admissions committee between where you are coming from and where you are heading.
To get started, consider the following questions:
You only have 350-500 words to deliver a response that’s memorable, meaningful, and articulate. A compelling tactic is to elaborate on one, specific experience that reveals an important part dimension of who you are. Share specifics with your reader that go deeper into who you are, what makes you unique, and what you stand to offer. The admissions committee wants both substance and specificity.
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