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FROM Accepted.com Blog: Your Holiday Gift is Ready and Waiting for You to Open!
Happy holidays! Your $75 off coupon (to be used towards our Resume Package) is ready! It comes all wrapped up with a copy of Leadership in Admissions, a guide that will help you answer the questions that trip up the most applicants, the ones that ask you about your leadership experience.

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What Applicants Should Not Do in 2016: A Poem  [#permalink]

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FROM Accepted.com Blog: What Applicants Should Not Do in 2016: A Poem
‘Twas the night before deadlines, and all through the world,

Our consultants sat cramming, coffee brewing, brows furled;

Though the essays were written with effort and care,

There were still a few things that were cause for despair!

The clichés! Oh, forsake! Terrible, were they –

That all our consultants could think was “oy vey!”

The bloopers! The follies! The overused phrases –

Oh what would the adcom say? Imagine the look on their faces!

So we cleaned and we scrubbed and we checked all the words;

We made sure that nothing sounded clichéd or absurd.

Then swift as a mouse looking for plum pie crumbs,

We sent those essays back with the click of our thumbs.

What joy was beholden to the writers indeed,

To find original essays – a new creed!

Then with boundless cheer and some joy and some tears;

The writers sent out their essays! Phew – they were in the clear!

Moral of the story: phrases and idioms come and go in waves. While it’s okay to use some popular phrasing, you want to make sure that your essay is original and not chock full of clichés. The first time someone used “take it to the next level” in their essay, the reader probably stopped and thought – wow, that’s a great way to put it. They probably thought the same thing the second and third and even tenth time they heard it. But the hundredth time? The thousandth? It’s just not as impressive. In fact, after original phrases get used to death, they become boring, even silly, and lose their meaning.

In any case, earlier this month we polled Accepted’s consultants and asked “What are the most abused and misused clichés among applicants?” When we dug out from under the flood of responses, these were the ultimate winners/losers.

Once smart, the following clichés/words/phrases are best to be avoided:

• Take it to the next level

• Lend a helping hand

• Been there for me

• Want to give back

• Outside my comfort zone

• Making a difference

• Disruptive-anything

• Global-anything

• Diverse-anything

• Onboarding

• Thinking outside the box

• Synergy

• Touch base

• Circle back

When writing your essays, try to move outside your comfort zone and take your writing to the next level. You want to really make a difference and get onboard with this global thinking and diverse wordification.

Yeah, I thought that would help make my point. ☺

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FROM Accepted.com Blog: In Memoriam: Accepted’s Consultant Todd King
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The entire staff of Accepted mourns the loss of our outstanding consultant Todd King, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly a few days before Christmas. We are all shocked and deeply saddened.

Todd joined our team in 2011 after several years of work in MBA admissions consulting, and his clients gained acceptance to the most prestigious and competitive programs in the country, including Harvard, MIT, Wharton, Duke, Stanford, and others.  Todd’s friendly, enthusiastic, blunt yet professional manner made him an asset to Accepted and helped him build a grateful fan base among the hundreds of applicants he worked with.

Todd brought to his work a varied career that added value and insight to his advising. He served in US Army Military Intelligence and as a computer graphics technologist for movies produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, including “The Lion King” and “Mulan.” After earning his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, he worked in strategy consulting for an international investment group based in China, and split his time between China and the U.S. ever since his days at Sloan.

Todd’s no-nonsense assessments of applicants’ essays helped him guide clients from sometimes fuzzy drafts to crisp and focused, winning essays. As one client said, “Words cannot describe how talented Todd is at this. I was honestly blown away. He was able to get me to write about how I truly felt with the questions he asked and the way he probed. . . . Essay editing and guidance is one thing, but to have the ability to pull out your subconscious – the thoughts jammed way in the back of your head, those “true” learnings, is an exceptional skill.”

We at Accepted are grateful to have had Todd has part of our team for the past four and a half years.  He will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences go out to his family members: parents, siblings, wife and daughter.

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Be confident, give a strong handshake and ace that MBA interview!

Our blog series, 12 Terrific Tips, offers specialized advice for MBA applicants in a range of situations – from deciding between an MBA and EMBA program, to applying as a member of an overpopulated sub-group, to acing your interviews…and loads more! Here’s the next post:

So many articles focus on how to prepare for your business school interview (and you should read those articles!), but here I’m going to talk about things you should do DURING the actual interview. Not what you should say, but how you should say it. How should you answer the interview questions? How should you act towards the interviewer? How can you make the best impression?

These 3 tips will help you tackle the how aspects of your b-school interview successfully:

[b]1. Visualize an outline when structuring your answers. You want to answer the questions as clearly as possible, providing all necessary information in an engaging fashion without rambling or boring the interviewer. Being prepared with key stories and experiences will certainly help reduce your “ers” and “ums,” but staying focused and organized during the interview itself will really help you answer the interview questions in full without veering off topic. Visualize an outline as your formulate your answer to ensure that you go from point to point. If asked “What are your post-MBA goals?” don’t begin your answer with “I was born on an army base in Guatemala,” but with “I have three short-term goals and one long-term goal.” Then proceed to elaborate on each of those goals. [/b]

[b]2. Be confident. Confidence is essential for b-school and real-world business success, and your interviewer will want to know that you possess the confidence necessary to excel in both. Plus, if you’re confident, you’ll most likely do a better job saying what needs to be said in the most effective manner possible. Nerves are often responsible for tripping you up or causing temporary interview answer amnesia. It’s hard to fake confidence – note how I said “Be Confident” rather than “Act Confidently.” Easier said than done? Yes. But it’s not impossible to convince yourself that you’re confident.[/b]

A few tricks:

• Breathe. Take some deep breaths while waiting for your interview and remember to continue breathing once your interview begins.

• Begin and end your interview with a firm handshake.

• Smile.

• Dress the part of a professional business person, and you’ll have an easier time falling into that role.

Use positive imagery. Thinking happy, confident thoughts and visualizing yourself in a comfortable place or accomplishing or experiencing impressive achievements will help your body relax, enabling you to convey a true confidence.

Remember, if you believe you’re confident, so will your interviewer.

3. Follow your interviewer’s cues. If your interviewer is talkative and bubbly, then he or she will probably appreciate if you work up your chattiness and humor. If, on the other hand, you end up with a slow-talking, no-nonsense interviewer, then you may want to skip the small talk and jump right into a focused no-frills interview.

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Related Resources:

• Twelve Terrific Tips for MBA Applicants [free guide]

• MBA Interviews – Preparing for Behavioral and General Questions [short video]

• 6 Secrets to a Successful MBA Interview

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How to Study Like the Highest-Scoring GMAT Test Takers  [#permalink]

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FROM Accepted.com Blog: How to Study Like the Highest-Scoring GMAT Test Takers
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At Magoosh, we recently completed a study of the top test takers, and have some cool tips to share with you to help you get that top score. We surveyed more than 400 Magoosh students who scored in the top 10% in the GRE, GMAT, SAT and ACT, and found the study habits that correlate with high test scores. I took the GMAT earlier this year, and got a 740, using many of the study habits that were uncovered in this survey. I actually wish this survey was published when I was studying because it took me a long time to find my groove. Hopefully you are reading this in time so you can incorporate these habits into your study routine!

Take a look at our findings…

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Top takeaways:

• Study solo and study in silence. 98% of survey respondents studied alone instead of in a group, and 63% studied in complete silence instead of listening to music.  I juggled my GMAT studying with a full-time job and a poor semblance of a social life. You may also be juggling a family or classes or other responsibilities. Because time is so limited, it’s really important to find make the most of the time that you do have. I found that studying in a quiet place without any distractions helped me to focus on the material in front of me, optimizing my time.

• Study for at least a month. 84% studied for a month or longer. While the actual amount of time you spend studying will vary depending on how well you already know the material, you definitely want to leave enough time to get a full grasp of the material and test format without last-minute cramming.

I took about 3-4 months to study for the GMAT. I used the first month as a trial run. Being a good few years out of undergrad, I had not studied for a standardized test for a long time, and so it took some time to re-familiarize myself with the actual practice of studying. After the first month, I found a 3-month study plan and stuck to it. It’s really important to give yourself enough time to really grasp the material and format of the test. Need help with a study plan? Choose the one that best suits your needs here!

• Give yourself a break the day before the exam. 71% gave themselves a break the day before exam day. Your mind will work best if it hasn’t been crammed with new information immediately before the test day. When planning out your study schedule, make sure you incorporate some free time to let yourself relax.

Cramming for the GMAT is likely not going to work. It’s not a test that requires regurgitation so trying to squeeze in as much information last minute as possible will provide minimal returns. The GMAT is much more strategic in testing your ability to apply the material you’re expected to know, and having a clear and calm mind is necessary to get through test day. Sticking to a detailed study plan will help you pace your studying and should mitigate the need to cram.

• Don’t forget to exercise! 68% exercised at least 1-2 times a week while studying.

Because you have such limited free time, it may seem counterintuitive to focus some of that time away from studying. However, exercising will be extremely beneficial to your studying and I’d highly recommend incorporating it into your schedule. Not only does it give you a chance to release tension in your body, but light-intensity exercise also stimulates physiological arousal, which helps the brain take in and retain more information. I know it may be difficult to drag yourself to the gym after a long day of meetings and a few hours of GMAT practice problems, but even just a short walk or a few yoga poses in your living room will go a long way!

Check out the survey results for more details and more study tips!

What are some study habits that work for you? Please share them with us below!

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Jen Nguyen writes for theMagoosh GMAT blog and she is here to do everything in her power to help you ace the GMAT.  She is a graduate from the University of Virginia, with a major in Economics and a minor in UVA Men’s Basketball.  She is a certified yoga teacher, the world’s laziest runner, and likes to experiment with vegan cooking (it’s really not as gross as it sounds).

Related Resources:

• Get Accepted To Top B-Schools With Low Stats [Free on-demand webinar]

• The GMAT and the Law of Diminishing Returns

Studying For the GMAT: Start Before You Start

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What Applicants Should Not Do in 2016: A Poem  [#permalink]

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‘Twas the night before deadlines, and all through the world,

Our consultants sat cramming, coffee brewing, brows furled;

Though the essays were written with effort and care,

There were still a few things that were cause for despair!

The clichés! Oh, forsake! Terrible, were they –

That all our consultants could think was “oy vey!”

The bloopers! The follies! The overused phrases –

Oh what would the adcom say? Imagine the look on their faces!

So we cleaned and we scrubbed and we checked all the words;

We made sure that nothing sounded clichéd or absurd.

Then swift as a mouse looking for plum pie crumbs,

We sent those essays back with the click of our thumbs.

And oh, the good cheer and ah, the delight,

To see a perfect essay with no clichés in sight!

Then with boundless cheer and some joy and some tears;

The applicants submitted their essays! Phew – they were in the clear!

Moral of the story: phrases and idioms come and go in waves. While it’s okay to use some popular phrasing, you want to make sure that your essay is original and not chock full of clichés. The first time someone used “take it to the next level” in their essay, the reader probably stopped and thought – wow, that’s a great way to put it. They probably thought the same thing the second and third and even tenth time they heard it. But the hundredth time? The thousandth? It’s just not as impressive. In fact, after original phrases get used to death, they become boring, even silly, and lose their meaning.

Earlier this month we polled Accepted’s consultants and asked “What are the most abused and misused clichés used by applicants?” When we dug out from under the flood of responses, we found the following to be the ultimate winners/losers:

• Take it to the next level

• Lend a helping hand

• Been there for me

• Want to give back

• Outside my comfort zone

• Making a difference

• Disruptive-anything

• Global-anything

• Diverse-anything

• Onboarding

• Thinking outside the box

• Synergy

• Touch base

• Circle back

When writing your essays, try to move outside your comfort zone and take your writing to the next level. You want to really make a difference and get onboard with this global thinking and diverse wordification.

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Related Resources:

• From Example to Exemplary [free guide]

• How to Use Good Grammar to Create Essays That Flow

• The Biggest Application Essay Mistake [short video]

Tags: Law School Admissions, MBA Admissions, College Admissions, Medical School Admissions, Grad School Admissions, Admissions Consulting

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FROM Accepted.com Blog: Happy New Year! Love, Linda
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FROM Accepted.com Blog: Favorites in 2015 at Accepted!
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What admissions issues were keeping you up at night?

Here are the five articles and posts that you were most interested in this past year. Let’s take a look:

1. Boost Your GPA For Medical School Acceptance

2. MBA Admissions A-Z: U is for Undergrad Grades

3. How to Write Waitlist Update Letters

4. Approaching the Diversity Essay Question

5. Harvard Business School 2016 MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines

Conclusion: You’re aiming for Harvard (and other top schools), but worried about that GPA. Lesson to undergrads: pay attention to your grades and classes now so you don’t have to worry about your GPA later.

However, Accepted’s most visited pages aren’t even current blog posts. They are sample essays.

Those Sweet Sample Essays:

1. Most popular medical school AMCAS essay: The Story

2. Most popular sample college personal statement: While the World Sleeps

3. Most popular sample grad statement of purpose: MPH Essay

4. Most popular sample law school personal statement: Change

5. Most popular sample MBA essay: Goals Essay

Speaking of goals, in 2015 I wanted to grow our podcast, Admissions Straight Talk. Thanks to you, my listeners, and to the wonderful guests whom I’ve been privileged to talk to, it has busted through every goal I had for it. We doubled our downloads in 2015, and I had been pretty pleased with 2014’s progress! (Plus, I got to write an amazing alliterative sentence!)

Thank you for listening! And thanks to the remarkable guests who did most of the talking.

Can you help me double the downloads again in 2016? Browse our podcast library and subscribe here. And of course share the news with your friends.

The Most Popular Podcasts of 2015:

1. Medical School Admissions 2015-2016: A Dean’s Perspective: A talk with Jennifer Welch, the Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

2. Elliptical, Meet Med School:  An interview with Andrea Tooley, an ophthalmology resident at the Mayo Clinic.

3. An HBS Student Helping HBS Applicants: Alula Esehte shares his top tips for getting into Harvard Business School.

4. Overcoming the Odds: A Story of Med School Inspiration: Student Dr. Diva reveals how resilience, grit, and determination can overcome a low MCAT.

5. Tuck Talk: Tuck’s Dean of Admissions discusses how to get into Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.

The Greatest Free Admissions Guides of 2015:

1. The Quick Guide to Admissions Resumes

2. Why MBA?

3. Applying to Medical School with Low Stats: What You Need to Know

4. From Example to Exemplary

5. Ace the EMBA: Expert Advice for the Rising Executive

Now that I’ve revealed your favorites, I’ll tell you a few of mine as I look back at 2015 and start to prepare for 2016 (after the early January deadlines):

1. The increasing dialogue taking place on this blog. I’m particularly appreciative that the conversation is civil, cordial, and collaborative.

2. The guests who have contributed to this blog, Admissions Straight Talk, and our webinars. I’ve talked to and learned about absolutely fascinating individuals with amazing stories who’ve taken the time to share their insights and experience with you and me. How lucky can you get?!

3. The people behind the scenes who make this site and this company work: Rachel, Sara, Michal, Yael, Sarah, Becky, and Rosie.

4. Accepted’s consultants who generously share their admissions savvy on this site and devotedly and expertly mentor Accepted’s clients.

5. You – our clients, readers, fans, listeners, video viewers, participants, questioners, and commenters. In short, the Accepted community.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016.

A year filled with “Yes! I’m in!”

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By Linda Abraham, president and founder of Accepted.com and co-author of the definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business SchoolsLaw School Admissions, MBA Admissions, College Admissions, Medical School Admissions, Grad School Admissions, Admissions Consulting

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Think strategically, play it smart and safe.

Many applicants who are targeting top ranked programs wonder if they should consider adding a lower-ranked school to their list as a “safety school.” Should you? And is there such a thing?

What is a safety school?

A safety school is one where you are highly competitive, that is strong in your area of interest, and where you will probably be accepted if you present your case well, but is not as competitive as higher ranked schools. The school supports your particular goals, but doesn’t have the overall brand value of some of the more competitive schools.

It’s important not to fixate on a “star” name. If a school offers the type of program you’re looking for and you are a good fit in other ways, you should genuinely think about going there. Your application to a safety school needs to be taken as seriously as one to a more competitive school. Slacking off and submitting an incomplete or sloppy application will lead to your rejection even from a school in this category.

How do you decide if a school supports your goals?

First separate out professional and educational goals by asking yourself the following questions:

1. For professional goals:

What you want to do after you receive your degree?

Are graduates hired in high numbers for the positions you would like to obtain?

Do the companies that you would like to work for recruit on campus?

Is the alumni network strong in your field?

2. For educational goals:

Does the curriculum teach you what you want to learn in the way you want to learn it?

What do you need to learn to pursue your chosen professional path?

Are professors at the school prominent in your area of interest?

What if you know you only want to go to a top ranked program?

First of all, rankings aren’t everything. But if you know that your top choice schools are the only ones for you (for any reason – academic, professional, geographical, etc), then your decision is made for you.

Are you guaranteed admission at a lower ranked school in every field?

In some disciplines and degree programs, it is hard to talk about “safety schools” at all – if you’re applying to PhD programs, your “safety” strategy might be adding a couple of master’s programs to your list, or making a plan to get additional research experience before reapplying if your first applications don’t pan out.

So what should you do?

If you conclude that no safety schools meet the above criteria, then you shouldn’t bother applying to any. If you have a top-school-or-bust attitude, then that’s fine – just know that your chances of getting in will be lower and you may need to reapply next year (and if none of the less competitive schools are for you, then this is the right move for you).

However, many of you will find programs where you are much more competitive and that do support your goals. They will be your insurance policy if you are applying with a less-than-perfect profile to programs with cut-throat competition. They may also prove to be more generous with financial aid. If you’d be thrilled to attend any of the safety schools on your list, then you should certainly apply to them. (In general, if you wouldn’t be happy to attend a program on your list, then you should immediately cross it off your list!)

Whether or not to apply to a safety school, like so much in admissions, is determined individually. There are no across-the-board rules. Use the above criteria to guide you as you decide where to apply.

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Did you miss last week’s webinar, 3 Hacks to Transform Your MBA Application? Bummed that your essay will suffer a slow death without these reviving editing secrets?

Don’t be glum! You can now catch this important webinar on our website any time you want!

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Some of the topics Linda addresses during the webinar include:

• How to evaluate your MBA essays from top to bottom, from context to particulars.

• The secret to professional-grade proofing.

• The ingredients of a really good edit.

 …and more!

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Passionate about international business? Then this episode is going to make your day.

Dr. Marcy Bevan and Kara Keenan Sweeney, Directors of Admission at the Lauder Institute joined us for the first Admissions Straight Talk conversation of the new year to share the scoop on this unique, rigorous, and exciting program.

An Overview of the Program (1:26)

The Lauder Institute is a 30-year-old joint degree program where a student earns an MBA from the Wharton School or a JD from Penn Law as well as an MA in International Studies from the Penn School of Arts and Sciences. The 24-month program begins in May of each year with one month on campus followed by a two-month immersion program in a region abroad.

What’s New at Lauder (2:45)

The class starting in May 2016 will be the first to have programs of concentration. Students apply to join one of 5 regional programs of concentration or a global option. This change is driven by the desire to produce students who are not just linguistic experts, but experts in issues that impact specific regions.

Language Matters  – one of the requirements for admissions… (5:00)

Language is still an important component of the program and there is an oral proficiency requirement for admission. For the global program, applicants need a “superior” command of a foreign language, and for the regional programs, applicants need “advanced” command of a language specific to the region. Students in the regional programs will continue studying language during their time at Lauder and superior command of a langue is a requirement for graduation.

More Changes (10:27)

Intercultural Ventures, 7-10 day immersion programs, which were previously optional, will now be required. There is a new core leadership course as well. From a student’s point of view, however, the program won’t feel much different than it has in the past.

An Intense Program for the Intellectually Curious (12:55)

The Wharton Lauder students are a self-selecting group of individuals who are dedicated to global interests and feel right at home among a group of hard working, global-minded students. Prior to acceptance, Lauder applicants also go through a rigorous application process.

The 8-Week Immersions (14:43)

In early June, the new Lauder students depart to their destinations throughout the world. The objective is for students to visit 3-4 countries during the program. Students can expect to spend about five weeks in a country that speaks the language they are studying at Lauder. During the immersions, students are exposed to variety of cultural, political, educational, and business experiences.

What do Lauder Grads Do? (20:32)

The traditional b-school favorites are popular at Lauder as well, with a recent increase in entrepreneurship. Here are what some cool alumni are working on: UN peacekeeping, making outdoor gear while supporting international charitable causes, and working for Conde Nast in Beijing.

The Lauder Application  (25:26)

In addition to the Wharton MBA application, Wharton/Lauder applicants need to address their international experience and language background. There is also an additional essay.

Penn Law School students apply after the first year of law school (there have never been more than 5 per class) and have the same requirements as Wharton/Lauder applicants.

The Journey of a Wharton Lauder Application (26:59)

A Lauder application is read by a second year student who is a trained reader and then by a Lauder staff member. An applicant who Wharton and Lauder agree to interview will join a Wharton Team-Based Discussion and a Lauder one-on-one interview with a current student or alum. Once Lauder decides which students they want to accept, the Lauder crew meets with Wharton to see if they agree.

The Lauder Interview (28:07)

The Lauder is a traditional, one-on-one, blind interview. The goal of the interview is to clarify what the applicant feels Lauder can bring to his or her educational and professional experiences, what the applicant can bring to Lauder and to provide evidence of international experience and interest. This is also an opportunity to show that you’ve really researched Lauder and are interested in the program for the right reasons.

What Makes You Excited About an Application (30:47)

Marcy loves the applicants who are excited to have found a program that seems to be designed just for them. Applicants who have traveled, worked outside the country, learned another language and have interests that go beyond business.

Final Words of Advice for Applicants (35:31)

Think about what you are going to school for before you apply. Do lots of research about the program. Know why you want the Lauder Institute education and what you’ll do with it. Come visit and attend information sessions!

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Is getting that out-of-state MBA really worth it?

Staying local is the general trend for budget-conscious MBA students, and there’s a good reason for this. According to the stats over at U.S. News, out-of-state students could pay close to $60,000 a year above average local tuition fees at some public universities.

Here are a few highlights from the research that uncovered these astronomical numbers:

Michigan Ross charged the out-of-state students $59,778 in tuition fees (about $5,000 more than in-state fees), the highest of any of the 50 public business schools associated with the study.

• Out-of-state MBA students who attended Maryland Smith racked up a $49,413 tuition bill. This school is new to the pricey policy shift in public education.

• California hosts several institutions that have made the list for traveling students’ swollen tuition fees, including UC business schools like Haas, Rady, Davis, UCLA Anderson, and Riverside-Anderson.

Armed with this information, the question begs asking if students will begin to reconsider the trek to out-of-state business school worth their while, or their student loans.

Here are the top ten b-schools with inflated tuition fees that students are paying an arm and a leg to attend:

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Don’t just copy and paste (no matter how similar the questions are)!

You’re applying to six different schools and each one requires 2-7 essays/personal statements which equals…a whole lot of writing.

PROBLEM: How can you draft so many essays and still maintain a fresh and original voice in each?

SOLUTION: Adapt one essay from one application to another essay on another application, given that you follow these 4 guidelines:

1.  Give Each Essay a Unique Theme and Focus on Different Experiences.  If you present two essays on the same experience in a single application, you’ll probably end up with duplicate material, and at least one of the essays will be boring. Within a single application, you want to present varied experiences. Minimize repetition.

2. Chart Yourself.  If you have multiple essays/personal statements to manage, consider making a chart and attributing certain experiences, accomplishments, and skills to certain questions so you don’t end up using the same experience, accomplishment, or skill for more than one question at a given school.

3. Portray Your Multi-Dimensional Self.  While composing multiple essays, keep in mind the different layers and textures of your personality. Try to present these layers in your essays so the adcoms receive a rich, multi-dimensional portrait of you as a human being.

4. Double Check Your Name Dropping.  Check CAREFULLY (and then check again) to make sure that you don’t forget to change an occurrence of “Wharton” to “Ross” when you adapt your essay. Sending a “Why I want to go to Wharton” essay to the Ross adcom doesn’t bode well for you!

Most importantly, make sure you’re not simply cutting and pasting (no matter how similar the questions are) and that you’re not being sloppy!

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Profile -- Male/Indian - Undergrad - Engineering(non IIT) | GPA - 6.3/10

Job profile: Marketing analyst(Digital marketing field) in a product based software company -- 32 months experience till now. I became a team lead. Part of my job is to maintain a marketing campaign with budget in millions/per year for one of our products.

I have planned to apply with my GRE score to the following schools for fall 2016

1. Indian University (Kelley School of Business)
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Give your recommenders time – a rushed product is not a great product.

Your recommenders are doing you a favor, so the least you can do is make their job easier by following proper LOR etiquette. Breaking these important letter of rec rules may result in your recommenders deciding not to dish out the most favorable review. Stay on their good side, help them stay organized, and most importantly, make sure you DO NOT commit any of these LOR mistakes:

1. Do Not Give them short notice. Your recommenders have full-time jobs, lives, and potentially other recommendations to write. If you ask for their recommendation too close to the deadline, you may end up without a recommendation.

2. Do Not Give them an incomplete package of materials. There are a number of must-include documents that you need to submit to your recommender if you want the greatest chance of a) receiving a good recommendation and b) receiving a good recommendation submitted on time. These include:

• A copy of your resume/CV

• Information about the school/program you’re applying to

• A letter detailing your interests and goals related to the degree you’re pursuing

• A clear link with instructions on what they need to do/include in their recommendation letter

• A clear deadline

• An addressed and stamped envelope to the school (if that’s what’s required, though most schools will want an online submission)

3. Do Not Give them attitude. Writing these letters takes time – an irreplaceable, valuable commodity. Be polite and gracious when asking for a recommendation.

Provide all of the above materials in an organized, labeled fashion so that your recommenders can easily review what you’ve given them and then get started writing, without needing to sort through a jumble of messy papers or unclear links or instructions. The better you present yourself and your materials, the easier you’ll make their job, the more impressed with you they’ll be, and – if all goes well – the better your recommendation will turn out.

It’s also a good idea – not to mention, simple good manners – to send your recommender a thank you note.

We have tips for writers of letters of recommendation in each category (med, law, grad, MBA, and college). It may be smart to send one of those links to your recommenders to provide more guidance and inspiration for their writing.

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Update the adcom with new leadership roles.

Our blog series, 12 Terrific Tips, offers specialized advice for MBA applicants in a range of situations – from deciding between an MBA and EMBA program, to applying as a member of an overpopulated sub-group, to acing your interviews…and loads more! Here’s the next post:

As unfair as it seems, not all b-schools provide application feedback to their waitlisted applicants. You can use the following tips to pump up your application and help assure that the next letter you receive from the b-school is a letter of acceptance.

1. Assess your application. Why wasn’t your application accepted immediately? What is making the adcom readers uncertain about your acceptance? A detached review of your application can help you see if any further information can help tip the scales in your favor, and move your application from the waitlisted pile to the accepted pile.

2. Let the school know that you are working hard to improve any areas of weakness. For example, if your abilities as a leader are deficient, show the school that you’ve taken on additional leadership roles in a volunteer organization or at work. If you did poorly in a marketing class, which brought down your GPA, take another marketing class, and let the b-school know about it.

3. Tell the program about new advancements. Let your target school know that you received a promotion at work, had your article printed or received an award from the organization you volunteer with.

4. Be respectful. Assemble all of the above information in a short, courteous letter. Adcom readers will probably just skim over a long, rambling letter. A brief letter, covering all of your points in crisp, concise language will capture their attention, increasing the probability that they’ll read it.

5. Follow directions. If your target school asks waitlisted applicants to update them, then take the opportunity to provide them with pertinent information (as recommended above). Conversely, if the school tells you not to contact them at all, you should do as you’re told and not contact the school. Sending in unsolicited material, regardless of the remarkable strides or inventiveness it shows that you’ve made since submitting your application, won’t be viewed positively, and will work against you.

6. Don’t be a stalker. This tip should be obvious. Even if you are encouraged to provide the adcom with additional updates, overwhelming them with discourteous or constant phone calls or emails is never appreciated. Advice for life: No one likes a stalker. It’s as simple as that.

Please see MBA Waitlist 101 for more resources on getting accepted from the waitlist. And if you would like to access the expertise of someone who has helped applicants get accepted from the waitlist, please explore Accepted’sMBA Waitlist Advising Services.

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…and then have anything left to live on?

Unfortunately, when budgeting and planning for b-school, you need to think about more than just that steep tuition price tag. There’s the price of relocating, the time taken off from work, travel expenses (business and pleasure), social activities/entertainment, and room and board, not to mention dozens of other unexpected expenses. Then, since life doesn’t always go as planned, there may be time after b-school ends when you’re still looking for a job while you’re swimming in debt.

The good news is that help is on the way!

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Join us on Wednesday, February 3rd at 10:00 AM PST/1:00 PM EST when Zack Hirschfeld from Prodigy Finance will step up to the podium to discuss everything you need to know about the financial journey of a b-school student – before, during, and after studies.

Even if you’re lucky enough to get scholarships or sponsorships or have a really nice grandma who’s paving your way, you will still learn valuable info about budgeting for b-school and transitioning work-life to student-life and back to work-life again during this webinar. Don’t miss out!

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Registration is required (and free) – save your seat now for Paying for your MBA: Before, During & After!

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Harvard Business School just announced the opening of the HBS Startup Studio, an off-campus center dedicated to supporting HBS entrepreneurial alumni and serving as a gathering place and workspace for New York-based teams (with at least one HBS alumni founder).

According to the Harvard press release, the mission of the Start-Up Studio will be “to help foster connections and collaborations among alumni, whether they are founders, investors, or among those who have joined one of the many high-growth startups for which New York City has become well known.”

Teams applying for Studio access must have more than $500,000 in seed funding and fewer than seven employees.

The Startup Studio is currently located in midtown Manhattan. There are plans to move to Silicon Alley in the spring.

The initial teams in the Startup Studio include Archway Health, Booya Fitness, BringMeThat, Bundle Organics, Local Hero, Show Score, and others (see the press release for the full list and for company descriptions).

Avani Patel, founder of TrendSeeder, will serve as the center’s director. Patel has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a JD from the Northwestern University School of Law.

“Harvard Business School has proved itself to be the leader in the entrepreneurial space,” Patel says. “I am delighted to be able to share my knowledge and experience with HBS alumni who are eager to make a difference in the world by creating and developing new products and services.”

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Still not sure if you should apply to business school Round 3 or next year? We’ll help you make that decision when at our upcoming webinar, Round 3 vs. Next Year: The MBA Admissions Debate.

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When the webinar is over, you’ll have a MUCH clearer idea of which option is best for you and which increases your chances of getting accepted to your top choice business school.

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Registration is required (and free). Reserve your spot for Round 3 vs. Next Year: The MBA Admissions Debate now!

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FROM Accepted.com Blog: B-Schools That Rank for Landing Jobs in Investment Banking
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When looking to fill investment banking positions, top firms tend to direct their searches towards cream of the crop universities. Here are the top b-schools you should be looking at to give yourself the best chance of getting hired after graduation, according to the latest eFinancialCareers findings.

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* For a complete list of the top 35 ranking MBA programs, see this table.

The eFinancialCareers article explains that the table is based on the number MBAs who have gone to work in a “front office” investment banking role upon graduation. (This includes corporate finance, equity research, or sales and trading.)

Thinking about pursuing an MoF? The top 30 Masters of Finance programs for investment banking recruiting look totally different. You can find that list here.

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