Author Archive - Admissionado

Essay Analysis: UCLA Anderson School of Management

By - Jul 10, 08:29 AM   Comments [0]

UCLA Anderson’s essay questions are out, and they’re pretty straightforward! While the first essay remains the same as last year (goals!), the short answer has changed a bit and now closely resembles Stanford’s “what matters most to you and why.” One interesting angle here is the overlap...

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Essay Analysis: UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

By - Jul 9, 09:32 AM   Comments [0]

We have a number of changes from Haas this year, though the application remains short and fairly traditional. One interesting element of these prompts is their shared focus on what’s “meaningful,” a word that appears in both mandatory prompts. Haas is looking for something more than...

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MBA Program Research and Campus Visits

By - Jul 5, 11:33 AM   Comments [0]

When you’re house-hunting, you know to be pretty thorough. Before signing a lease or mortgage, you scope out the place, check the corners for mold, size up any roommates, and get a feel for the neighborhood. You’d never buy a house sight unseen… after all,...

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How to Juice Your Achievements In Your MBA Essays

By - Jul 3, 17:04 PM   Comments [0]

So, you led a multimillion-dollar project, motivated a large team to finish ahead of the deadline, or earned an exceptionally early promotion… pretty juicy achievements! But you’re having trouble making them stand out in your MBA application essays. You’re Superman, but you come off like...

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Essay Analysis: The University of Chicago Booth School of Business 2018-19

By - Jul 2, 04:52 AM   Comments [0]

Well, former Booth applicants, we did it. We broke Booth. The 2018-19 prompts are out and by sheer teamwork and developing the most KICKASS PowerPoints human beings are capable of, we simply made it IMPOSSIBLE to improve on. So, thanks purely to Admissionado (and I...

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Essay Analysis: University of Texas McCombs School of Management 2018-19

By - Jun 27, 04:39 AM   Comments [0]

Texas McCombs has joined the essay release flood with a resounding “more of the same, please!” The two mandatory prompts are more or less unchanged, and the first (“introduce yourself”) remains one of the more challenging essays on the MBA admissions circuit. The problem is that...

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Essay Analysis: MIT Sloan School of Management 2018-19

By - Jun 26, 10:49 AM   Comments [0]

MIT Sloan has chosen to stick with last year’s prompts, in particular the rather tricky cover letter “essay.” The challenge here is that MIT’s adcom has a very precise notion of what they are looking for–and it’s not what you would normally write for a...

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How to Choose an MBA Recommender That Strikes the Right Balance

By - Jun 22, 10:50 AM   Comments [0]

C. E. O. No doubt a very seductive set of letters. Surely a recommendation bearing that stamp will be a bulletproof addition to your applicant file, right? Maybe not. It’s easy to go wrong when choosing recommenders for your b-school app, and many applicants do. The...

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Essay Analysis: Stanford Graduate School of Business

By - Jun 21, 09:44 AM   Comments [0]

Stanford Graduate School of Business is sticking with their tried-and-true pair of prompts, prompts they’ve been using for years now, and for good reason. Stanford’s questions force applicants to connect their deepest motivations to their desire to attend GSB, getting to a personal level where few...

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Crafting Sharp MBA Goals

By - Jun 20, 03:21 AM   Comments [0]

“I want to join a top-tier management consulting firm and rise to the manager level within five years.” -Applicant A “I plan to join McKinsey in their digital practice and develop a specialty in cybersecurity. After seven years I will open my own practice in...

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