Author Archive - Admissionado

Stanford (GSB) Essay Analysis 2019-2020

By - Jun 28, 09:11 AM   Comments [0]

Stanford has had the same two questions–“What matters most to you, and why?” and “Why Stanford?”–for years, and they remain two of the most challenging questions in the MBA application world. This year they’ve improved the clarifying instructions below each prompt, in ways that frankly...

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The University of Chicago (Booth) Essay Analysis 2019-2020

By - Jun 26, 09:11 AM   Comments [0]

Booth used to be a very interesting application. This adcom was an early proponent of “picture essays” and PowerPoint presentations–but all that came to a screeching halt last year. The adcom replaced their open-ended submissions with two traditional MBA essays, and they haven’t reversed that decisions this...

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Northwestern (Kellogg) Essay Analysis 2019-2020

By - Jun 24, 01:41 AM   Comments [0]

We’re back on the essay analysis beat with Northwestern Kellogg’s 2019-20 prompts. Kellogg’s video essay, once an experimental side project, is increasingly becoming the centerpiece of their application. Therefore, this year, we’ve included both specific insights on Kellogg’s process and general tips about video essay preparation and...

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Dartmouth (Tuck) Essay Analysis 2019-2020

By - Jun 21, 01:41 AM   Comments [0]

Dartmouth Tuck’s essay prompts got a little harder this year. Bucking the larger trend in MBA admissions towards shorter piecemeal prompts, Tuck has concatenated last year’s batch of goals-related short answer questions into one larger goals essay. The overall topic is essentially the same, but...

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The University of Michigan (Ross) Essay Analyses 2019-2020

By - Jun 19, 02:09 AM   Comments [0]

The University of Michigan Ross School of Business is back for 2019-20 with a very similar set of essay topics. The adcom says they evaluate their prompts each year based on “(1) the quality of the insights we were able to glean from responses; and...

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University of Virginia (Darden) Essay Analysis 2019-2020

By - Jun 17, 01:41 AM   Comments [0]

The University of Virginia-Darden is back this season with a slightly tweaked lineup of essays. They’ve changed the order and added a couple of lines of preamble here and there, but the only entirely new essay is number two, a diversity statement. With their short...

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Three Unique Advantages of Being a Chinese Applicant

By - Jun 10, 07:20 AM   Comments [0]

As a Chinese applicant to American universities, you’ve no doubt heard all about the many challenges you’ll face in the admissions process. You are also probably all too familiar with the many pitfalls you need to avoid: cookie-cutter applications, perfect test scores with no outside...

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Columbia (CBS) Essay Analysis 2019-2020

By - Jun 5, 06:10 AM   Comments [0]

Coming in second in our essay analysis series, Columbia Business School recently announced their deadlines and new topics for two of their three essays. The CBS adcom has always been focused on the traditional MBA applicant themes: career goals, why our school, etc. In prior years,...

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Harvard (HBS) Essay Analysis 2019-2020

By - Jun 3, 05:26 AM   Comments [0]

Harvard Business School kicked off the 2019-20 application season with their essay topic release this month, which means it’s time for us to kick off our annual essay analysis series. In these posts, we’ll give in-depth advice on how to write a compelling response to each...

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Convincing the Adcom of Your Post-MBA Plans

By - May 31, 00:39 AM   Comments [0]

Every MBA application season seems to have its trending buzzwords. A couple of years ago every other applicant we worked with at Admissionado wanted to become an entrepreneur. This past year, “technology management” seemed to be the skill that everyone applying to MBA programs was...

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