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I am brainstorming my essay for the Booth application, and am considering going a bit of a different route than most of my other applications. I plan to say that my b-school goal is to become an entrepreneur and start a company (story for rest of applications is advancing within my current industry).

I do have a very clear business idea that I am considering pursuing. No matter where I go, I intend to explore the idea further, and pursue it if it seems viable. I think this might resonate well at Booth, given their emphasis on entrepreneurship through the Polsky center, and I also think my current industry is less interesting to the Booth adcom than it will be at most of my other schools. I plan to use the essay to explain my idea, and how Booth's resources will allow me to make it a reality.

As I consider doing so, a few key questions come to mind and I would value and input/advice. If my goal is to start a company, how should I frame my post-mba goals? Short term seems simple (start the company), but what about long term? Do still tie the long term goal to my business idea? Given the high chance of failure for any new company, is it cocky/arrogant to assume a long term future for my idea? Do I look too uncertain if I talk about a backup plan (maybe consulting, I have prior consulting experience)?

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Chicago Booth School of Business is consistently rated in the top echelon of MBA programs in the United States and is known for a strong intellectual community. This application is designed to evaluate candidates on their ability to handle the Chicago curriculum, contribute to the community, and grow in their careers. This year Chicago has asked an entirely new essay question, focused specifically on the Chicago Booth community and your fit within it.

Academic ability will largely be communicated through your GPA/GMAT, transcripts and other fixed data points, though intellectual curiosity can be demonstrated in the essays and the interview. Along with academics, Chicago will be looking for demonstrated leadership, team building skills and community involvement, as well as your fit with Chicago Booth and the perspective you will share with your classmates.

Consider how to work in leadership and work accomplishments into your application. Certainly you can use the essay to discuss both in the context of community, or you may be able to use your resume and certainly the interview.

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Chicago Booth values individuality because of what we can learn from the diverse experiences and perspectives of others. This mutual respect creates an open-minded community that supports curiosity, inspires us to think more broadly, take risks, and challenge assumptions. At Booth, community is about collaborative thinking and tapping into each other’s different viewpoints to cultivate new ideas and realize breakthrough moments every day.

Using one of the photos below, tell us how it resonates with your own viewpoint on why the Booth community is the right fit for you.

Essay Guidelines
Choose the format that works for you. Feel free to submit a traditional essay, slide presentation or any format that you feel best captures your response. Please use the format you feel most comfortable with, the Admissions Committee has no preference.

Determine your own length. There is no prescribed minimum or maximum length. We trust that you will use your best judgment in determining how long your submission should be, but we recommend that you think strategically about how to best allocate the space.

The new Chicago Booth essay question gives you a set of photos depicting a range of student activities at Booth – from the classroom to experiencing the city of Chicago – and asks you to choose one that illustrates why Chicago Booth is the right community for you.

Your first step is to do as much school research as possible on Chicago. Visit campus. Attend events. Speak to alumni. Read the admissions blog. Whatever you are capable of doing to experience the community for yourself before starting your application will be invaluable as you set pen to paper.

Chicago Booth’s open-ended essay format may be daunting. Whether you choose to write an essay or prepare a presentation, take a step back from the unique format and think about the question strategically. The format’s agnostic setup simply gives you the freedom to express who you are in words, images, graphics or some combination.

The best essays will be simple, evocative and expressive. Remember, content is far more important than visual drama of presentation. Stacy Blackman Consulting has significant experience coaching applicants through the Chicago creative essay. Contact us to learn more about our strategic approach.

As your one opportunity to showcase why Chicago Booth is the right place for you to pursue an MBA, consider the photo that resonates most specifically with you. If it’s a classroom photo, make sure you cover additional elements that may not be obvious at first like the interaction between students depicted, along with the professor and learning aspects.

Keep in mind what Chicago Booth represents in whatever option you choose. Booth is a school with a tradition of intellectual rigor, non-conformity, and innovation. When you introduce yourself to Chicago Booth you can share anything from any context, from work to home to extracurricular activities.

If you decide to write an essay response, you have enough space to tell a story that describes something new about yourself. If you decide to prepare a PowerPoint in response to this essay question, refine your story to its key elements. To keep a visual essay interesting and high-impact, consider how you will format. Can you use photos? Drawings? If you use words, keep them clear and focused. Take every point up a level, so you are communicating a vision rather than a thesis.

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There are some pictures all you guys familiar with Booth, but there are some pics you didn't know which stands for. So, let's do your homework and identify these pics:

In the photo #16, you should know that he is Eugene F. Fama, 2013 Nobel laureate in economic sciences. For more information, just read: http://www.uchicago.edu/features/nobel_ ... nd_hansen/

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Is it worth to apply at Booth with 690 GMAT in R1 for a person like me who has
i) 6 years of consulting exp
ii) consulting job goal post MBA
iii) IIT graduation (7.8/10 GPA)
iv) Good reco
v) good essay story
vi) international work exp

Or is it better to try gmat again, for which improvement scope is to 720 or 730 and later apply in R2?
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Is it worth to apply at Booth with 690 GMAT in R1 for a person like me who has
i) 6 years of consulting exp
ii) consulting job goal post MBA
iii) IIT graduation (7.8/10 GPA)
iv) Good reco
v) good essay story
vi) international work exp

Or is it better to try gmat again, for which improvement scope is to 720 or 730 and later apply in R2?


I think your 6 years of exp in consulting is enough for your application. Why don't you think apply in R1 first and then retake GMAT after submitting application?
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U Chicago / Booth 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Following up on the release of the University of Chicago / Booth MBA essay topics for 2015-2016 last week — and our interview with Associate Dean of Student Recruitment and Admissions Kurt Ahlm — we wanted to offer some guidance to applicants as they prepare to tackle this potentially challenging new prompt.

Booth has sidelined its personal expression prompt, which had appeared on the Chicago MBA application for seven consecutive years, and has introduced a task that differs from the previous format in an important way. Rather than simply having applicants to introduce themselves to the admissions committee, the program now presents candidates with 16 images that capture life at Booth; applicants are asked to choose one and explain why it resonates with their fit with the MBA program. This is a bit of a marketing exercise on the part of the program, similar to other schools like CBS and HBS, which ask applicants to view a video as part of the essay task. It’s also a bit of a projective test (think “inkblots”), as an applicant’s choice of image may in itself lead the adcom to draw some conclusions before even reading the candidate’s response.

As was the case last season, applicants have the option of writing an essay or developing a PowerPoint and PDF response. And, as was the case last season, there is no word, page, or PPT slide limit listed, meaning that the length of the response is left to the applicant’s judgment (and the 16MB maximum file size). These format options allow both verbally and visually oriented applicants to draw on their strengths in answering the prompt, and offers a bit more breathing room than the program’s original 4-slide PPT-only formulation of the personal expression essay.

Let’s take a closer look at the Chicago / Booth MBA essay for 2015-2016:
Required Essay: Chicago Booth values individuality because of what we can learn from the diverse experiences and perspectives of others. This mutual respect creates an open-minded community that supports curiosity, inspires us to think more broadly, take risks, and challenge assumptions. At Booth, community is about collaborative thinking and tapping into each other’s different viewpoints to cultivate new ideas and realize breakthrough moments every day.


Using one of the photos provided, tell us how it resonates with your own viewpoint on why the Booth community is the right fit for you.

Booth presents applicants with quite a range of images, depicting everything from solo study to social celebration, from community service to icy adventure, from a famous Chicago landmark to a study abroad scene, from classroom conversation to a outdoor collaborative. As Associate Dean Alhm mentioned in our interview, the adcom is looking for applicants’ authentic reactions to the photographic stimuli, so we recommend that candidates begin by reviewing the photos and identifying the 4-6 to which they are most drawn on a gut level. It might also be worth making some notes about why each one resonates with you and seeing whether there’s overlap in the aspects that draw you to each, as these core points of connection could be valuable to incorporate into your response, no matter which of the photographs you ultimately select.

While a sense of automatic resonance is a good starting point, it’s also important to be strategic and to select the photo that will be the best vehicle to discuss your fit with the Booth MBA program and community. For this reason, we recommend that you set your top 4-6 photos aside and reflect on what you most want to convey about your candidacy, career goals, and fit with the Chicago MBA. This might involve completely pausing the process of developing your response while you learn about the school, as Associate Dean Ahlm hints in our interview that becoming very familiar with the Booth experience is essential to an effective essay.

We therefore recommend that applicants review the program’s website, reach out to students and alumni, digest the Clear Admit Chicago Booth School Guide, and consider attending an information session or visiting the campus before they begin working in earnest on their responses. The admissions committee is looking for students who have really synthesized and internalized the Booth program, and who have a good understanding of their fit with its offerings.
Once you’ve identified the essence of your fit with Booth — in terms of what you would gain, what you would contribute, and how your values are aligned with those of the program — we suggest revisiting your top photo choices with an eye to which one most resonates with your message. You may even choose to review all 16 options again, in case your research on the program has changed your perspective. Attend to what’s happening in the picture, as well as how it makes you feel, as you’re making your selection. And, on a final strategic note, keep in mind Associate Dean Ahlm’s comment that the photos were chosen with an eye to highlighting the collaborative side of what is often perceived as an individualistic program. While there are no wrong choices, some selections — like abstract architecture or a woman studying alone in an (admittedly beautiful) room — might make for more challenging responses than others.

In addition to choosing which photo will inform their responses, applicants will also need to determine the best medium for conveying their fit with Booth. For those whose strong suit is writing, a traditional essay is absolutely acceptable here — though we encourage even essay-writing applicants to include a visual touch point or two, in the spirit of the prompt. A selfie on the Booth campus could do wonders to convey your excitement about the program, and a photo of your own color run/Holi experience or travel abroad scene could underscore your fit with the adventurous student spirit depicted in some of the Booth photos. As for applicants who choose a visual-heavy PowerPoint format, it will still be very important to include some text to accompany any photos you share and to spell out the reasons you feel a fit with Booth based on your chosen photo from the essay prompt.

To summarize, we recommend a balance of text and imagery, with an eye to authentic expression of your sincerely felt connection with the Chicago MBA program. In terms of length, meanwhile, we recommend limiting essay responses to 750 words (plus a few photos, perhaps), and PowerPoint responses to as many slides as an admissions reader could comfortably review in 5 minutes.

As a final note on the content of this response, we encourage applicants to show the adcom who they are and to articulate why they’re a fit with the program. For some, this might involve identifying several themes that are reflected in the stimulus photo and developing a few paragraphs or PowerPoint slides around each. For others, it might involve a verbal or visual narrative of their professional journey and the reasons they see their path intersecting with the scene depicted in their chosen picture. And for others still, their response might include a treatment of their most dearly held value, as reflected in the Booth photo and other experiences with the program. What effective reponses will have in common, however, is a sincere and thoughtful treatment of their fit with the collaborative Booth community, and a genuine enthusiasm about the Chicago MBA program and their ultimate career goals.


Re-Applicant Essay:
Upon reflection, how has your perspective regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (300 words)

This response asks applicants about how their career plans, interest in Booth, and desire to obtain an MBA has evolved since last season’s admissions decision. Applicants should note that this prompt seems to assume that some change and growth has taken place, so it would be prudent to showcase an enhanced appreciation of the merits of the Booth MBA program and its potential to advance the candidate’s progress toward his or her well defined goals.

Clear Admit Resources
Thanks for reading our analysis of this year’s Booth MBA essay topics! As you work on your University of Chicago MBA essays and application, we encourage you to consider all of Clear Admit’s offerings:
U. Chicago / Booth School of Business Profile on the Clear Admit website: up-to-date advice and admissions information
Clear Admit Chicago Booth School Snapshot: overview of key curricular details and application information
Clear Admit Chicago Booth School Guide: in-depth program and campus information and side-by-side school comparisons; everything you need to know for a successful application!

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I attended the Booth Information Session in Bangalore. Few key takeaways from the session:
1. Booth prides itself with the flexible curriculum. Only the LEAD courses are compulsory. There are various tracks one can specialize in and students tend to specialize upto 3 tracks.
2. Booth is big on Finance and Consulting with upto 70 % of the class landing in those two industries.
3. About 10% of the class is sent into Technology- my target industry.Similar numbers are seen for Marketing job function.
4. Even in specializations like marketing the Booth curriculum is highly data driven and quantitative.

India specific :
1. No Co-signor loan is provided upto 25 Lakhs and above that you would need collateral. To clarify this loan is in Indian rupees. Would need to ask the admission committee if there exists a US loan without co-signor.

Was really impressed with the Alumni who appeared on the day as they answered most of the questions put forward to them.
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I attended the Booth Information Session in Bangalore. Few key takeaways from the session:
1. Booth prides itself with the flexible curriculum. Only the LEAD courses are compulsory. There are various tracks one can specialize in and students tend to specialize upto 3 tracks.
2. Booth is big on Finance and Consulting with upto 70 % of the class landing in those two industries.
3. About 10% of the class is sent into Technology- my target industry.Similar numbers are seen for Marketing job function.
4. Even in specializations like marketing the Booth curriculum is highly data driven and quantitative.

India specific :
1. No Co-signor loan is provided upto 25 Lakhs and above that you would need collateral. To clarify this loan is in Indian rupees. Would need to ask the admission committee if there exists a US loan without co-signor.

Was really impressed with the Alumni who appeared on the day as they answered most of the questions put forward to them.


Your note is really helpful. Do you know someone who is international student and can find marketing job after MBA?
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Your note is really helpful. Do you know someone who is international student and can find marketing job after MBA?


You could use Linkedin or contact the Admission committee to put you in touch with Alumni in your target industry. Large tech firms like Google,Microsoft, Apple, Amazon hire International students in Marketing Roles[Product Management/Program Management]. I am not sure if FMCG companies hire International students - Chicago is home to plenty of such companies.
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FROM The Booth Experience: Why are you here and not somewhere else?
From the first day I walked through the doors of Harper Center last summer, I may have heard “why are you here and not somewhere else?” about a thousand times. And if you haven’t heard this Booth mantra yet… you definitely will. In fact, this mantra is even a popular installation of the infamous Chicago … Continue reading Why are you here and not somewhere else? →
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Message from Booth Full-Time MBA Program Admissions team

We know that a thoughtful application takes time and energy. Since we are only one month away from the next admissions deadline, we wanted to reach out with a note of encouragement – you're almost there!

Keep up the momentum and remember there is no advantage to submitting your application before the deadline because we start reading applications after that date. So take the time you need and hit submit when you're ready.

Check out our new student videos for some additional inspiration, and a glimpse inside the Chicago Booth community.
The round one deadline is Thursday, September 17. We look forward to learning more about you.

All the best,
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Hi All,

Having a similar concern on identifying what the photos about. Not easy to figure out the context and background for a few of them.
Is there any place showing us the detail descriptions about the photos?
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Hi guys, the booth web page states the following:

"All applicable tests must be taken prior to the deadline in the round you are applying. Any applicant with a test date after the round deadline will not be considered until the following round. "

TOEFL takes 10 days before results are available, if I take the test before the deadline, but the results are available after will I be still considered for that round?
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Hi guys, the booth web page states the following:

"All applicable tests must be taken prior to the deadline in the round you are applying. Any applicant with a test date after the round deadline will not be considered until the following round. "

TOEFL takes 10 days before results are available, if I take the test before the deadline, but the results are available after will I be still considered for that round?


I think not because ETS will not let school know which time you take test until you have offcial score. You should take test 2 weeks prior the deadline :)
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The photo-related question is pretty interesting - I'm actually in 2 of the pictures. Perhaps the adcom expects you to properly identify one of the pictures based on your research on the school, which should set off a flurry of ideas.

I would personally write about the Fama pic (I'm a finance guy) and tie in other specific examples of the world-class professors at the school - who are the instructors you're looking forward to learning from? IMO, that's a great way to show the school why you want to go to Booth and that it's the only school to provide those specific instructors. I wouldn't write the whole essay about that, but use it as one of my points. In the time it took to type this, 3-5 more ideas spawned from looking at the pic and thinking about Fama's contributions/Booth in general.

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In case you haven't seen it already, we have posted here a compilation of important posts from Chicago-Booth class of 2017 discussion. collection-of-valuable-content-from-booth-class-of-2017-discussion-204768.html. In the article you will get a handle on application experiences of past applicants, important information about Booth derived from their research, interview debriefs, school visit reports, and many other great things.
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Chicago Booth 2015-16 essay brings on a new challenge. The single essay is unique, interesting, difficult as well as capable of eliciting good responses from candidates that will help Booth cherry pick the right class of 2018.

Chicago Booth MBA Essay 1

Using one of the photos provided, tell us how it resonates with your own viewpoint on why the Booth community is the right fit for you. Here is the link to photos: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/~/media/7FF ... 14C998.pdf

Interpreting a picture is a very subjective process. What you see in a snapshot and what aspect resonates with you is very personal and expresses your viewpoints and attitude. Having said that, as former MBA student, let's try to give you some guidelines on what each picture could represent in the context of a student experience at B-schools. '9Note that these are simply few pointers and not at all exhaustive directions.)

Photo 1. Booth students engaged in teamwork outside of the classroom. At nearly every B-school, you will have numerous opportunities to interact with your classmates in rather informal settings. The school creates such activities to foster bonds and help your leadership development (hint: the caption on the Tshirts!)

Photo 2. The site of Chicago skyline and the majestic awe inspiring Cloud Gate or The Bean as referred fondly by the locals. So what does pursuing your MBA from a big city like Chicago means to you? Is it important for you? Why?

Photo 3. Do you enjoy reflecting in solitude and coming up with creative solutions? What kind of opportunities at Booth will be given to you in this regard and how will you utilize them?

Photo 4. An enormous part of your MBA coursework will involve teamwork and frequent presentation in front of your class/ batch. Are you comfortable and eager about this aspect of Booth's learning environment?

Photo 5. It is graduation! There is glitter of hope and bright future in your eyes and the air! You are on the way to embark on an exciting career. How does this image inspire you?

Photo 6. The Booth brand will stay with you for a lifetime. Wherever you go, whenever you accomplish something, whatever your path will be- the brand will stay with you. Will you be proud to carry Booth's name with you?

Photo 7. Like many top schools, Booth also values diversity and celebrates its expression in various forms. How does that make you feel? Do you value that kind of community? How important is it for you?

Photo 8. A business school that encourages freedom of expression and ability to question and argue could be an excellent environment to groom you for your career as a leader. Would this be the most important element for you?
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Submitted my Round 1 application yesterday. Going to be a long wait till October. Fingers crossed!
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Just a heads-up for all applicants.

New to Booth's application this year is the "Post MBA" section, which asks for ST career goals and LT career goals (250 words EACH)

I wanted to call this out because this is a material deviation from last year where ST and LT career goals had a word limit closer to 100 words. Looking back at my application last year, I had at most 4 sentences for each question.

Plan accordingly and best of luck, Class of 2018 :-D
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