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BSchool Lingo - how not to sound like a dud

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Learn the BSchool Lingo so You Don't Sound Like a Dud



This is a list I am finally compiling after years of cringing. Some of these will be obvious, perhaps mean, and some really hilarious. Whatever works for you - please make sure you follow the lingo properly - it does cut people's ears, including Adcom, Alums, and current students who immediately think you did not do your research. This list is somewhat of a US-centric perspective, but I welcome you to correct me for other regions, since I am clearly doing this to you 8-)

The top List of Wrong Usage on GMAT Club:

  1. Maths - it is Math, not Maths. Just remember it, and no, there is no Quants either
  2. Colleges - you never refer to an MBA program as a college. You just don't. It is either a Business School (gasp! but I graduated from school already. How is that possible, these crazy amerikans call a higher institution a school? Are they really as crazy as the movies show them?). I don't know about crazy but MBA is a Master's Program - Master of Business Administration and you either attend a University or a Business School. Business School or BSchool is the most common usage, followed by MBA program, and that's the only 2 you should use
  3. Kellogg's is a Cereal many people in the US grew up eating for breakfast. It is a good source of vitamins, corn syrup, and a variety of odd ingredients. Kellogg is a business school at the Northwestern University in Chicago. If you are telling someone you applied to Kellogg's, you probably have better chances getting into a cereal box than the business school
  4. Howard or Howard's is another place I have heard people mention applying. It is Harvard, unless you were applying for a bar tender job
  5. Topper - Love the world but I have no idea what it means. A christmas tree topper? or in Kentucky it would be a pick up truck bed cover
  6. Senior - in the US seniors can mean 3 things - 1) A senior citizen, someone older than 65 usually 2) Senior at High school, a student the year before graduation 3)Senior at college, someone at the last year of their degree studies.
  7. Giving GMAT - you can take the GMAT. You will not be giving anything to anyone, rather you will be taking a test. It is the opposite :cool:


More to come :-)
Here is a list of the official GMAT Club Acronyms by the way: http://gmatclub.com/forum/official-list ... 14126.html

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Originally posted by bb on 14 Jan 2017, 15:26.
Last edited by bb on 04 Aug 2019, 21:32, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: BSchool Lingo - how not to sound like a dud  [#permalink]

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Learn the BSchool Lingo so You Don't Sound Like a Dud



This is a list I am finally compiling after years of cringing. Some of these will be obvious, perhaps mean, and some really hilarious. Whatever works for you - please make sure you follow the lingo properly - it does cut people's ears, including Adcom, Alums, and current students who immediately think you did not do your research. This list is somewhat of a US-centric perspective, but I welcome you to correct me for other regions, since I am clearly doing this to you 8-)

The top List of Wrong Usage on GMAT Club:

  1. Maths - it is Math, not Maths. Just remember it, and no, there is no Quants either
  2. Colleges - you never refer to an MBA program as a college. You just don't. It is either a Business School (gasp! but I graduated from school already. How is that possible, these crazy amerikans call a higher institution a school? Are they really as crazy as the movies show them?). I don't know about crazy but MBA is a Master's Program - Master of Business Administration and you either attend a University or a Business School. Business School or BSchool is the most common usage, followed by MBA program, and that's the only 2 you should use
  3. Kellogg's is a Cereal many people in the US grew up eating for breakfast. It is a good source of vitamins, corn syrup, and a variety of odd ingredients. Kellogg is a business school at the Northwestern University in Chicago. If you are telling someone you applied to Kellogg's, you probably have better chances getting into a cereal box than the business school
  4. Howard or Howard's is another place I have heard people mention applying. It is Harvard, unless you were applying for a bar tender job
  5. Topper - Love the world but I have no idea what it means. A christmas tree topper? or in Kentucky it would be a pick up truck bed cover
  6. Senior - in the US seniors can mean 3 things - 1) A senior citizen, someone older than 65 usually 2) Senior at High school, a student the year before graduation 3)Senior at college, someone at the last year of their degree studies.
  7. To Pass Out - this means to lose conciseness or become incapacitated due to having too much to drink. Don't bring up passing out during your MBA interview such as "I will pass out from your program with a great experience". It will definitely not be taken the way you may intend.


More to come :-)
Here is a list of the official GMAT Club Acronyms by the way: official-list-of-gmat-club-acronyms-and-abbreviations-14126.html

Have a great weekend!


Great list bb .

Another thing I can think of:

In India, we call bachelors as Graduation and MBA/MTech as post graduation.

But while submitting the applications, I came to know in US/UK B Schools call bachelors as Under-graduation and MBA/MTech as graduation.

I think we can add this also in the above list. :)
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Originally posted by abhimahna on 15 Jan 2017, 20:20.
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Great list bb .

Another thing I can think of:

In India, we call bachelors as Graduation and MBA/MTech as post graduation.

But while submitting the applications, I came to know in US/UK B Schools call bachelors as Under-graduation and MBA/MTech as graduation.

I think we can add this also in the above list. :)


I would clarify that in the US, it's "undergraduate" and "graduate."

E.g.:
"I attended Dartmouth College as an undergraduate."
"I did my undergrad at Dartmouth College." (Informal)

"I'm exploring attending graduate school, ideally at Tuck or Kellogg."
"Grad school will let me take the next step in my career." (Informal, but somewhat more acceptable orally than "undergrad.")
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Re: BSchool Lingo - how not to sound like a dud   [#permalink] 16 Jan 2017, 15:44

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