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Calling all Rotman(Toronto) MBA Applicants(2019 Intake)-Class of 2021

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New post 22 Feb 2019, 11:02
Got a mail. Rejected without interview. Good luck to everyone.
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Applied on January 4th - got my invitation for interview today. Politely declined, having accepted an offer from Ivey as they were on top of my application from the get go. Rotman never gave me the personal touch or seemed interested in my application at all.

Having said that, I'm sure they're a wonderful school, but their recruitment process does need a lot of work.


Got accepted in Ivey last year. Since I am not being able to start this March due to personal reasons, the adcom asked me to re-apply for next year's session. I can tell you that you made the right choice. Ivey highly cares about all prospective students. This shows how much they will care about your post-mba placement. On the other hand, Rotman was, sorry to say, the worst I have experienced so far. Last year they couldn't manage to go through the high volume of application in Round 2, so they wait-listed a lot of candidates and said they would revert by round 3 deadline which again they failed to do. A week after the round 3 deadline I had to ask them about any update. I was stupid enough to shoot them an email this year regarding re-application. Guess what, there's not even a reply. From my experience, schools like Columbia, LBS are more responsive than Rotman. I don't think my profile was so bad to even solicit a response. My GMAT is 750 and i have been working at the world's biggest CPG company for 6 years with multiple promotions.
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Applied on January 4th - got my invitation for interview today. Politely declined, having accepted an offer from Ivey as they were on top of my application from the get go. Rotman never gave me the personal touch or seemed interested in my application at all.

Having said that, I'm sure they're a wonderful school, but their recruitment process does need a lot of work.


Got accepted in Ivey last year. Since I am not being able to start this March due to personal reasons, the adcom asked me to re-apply for next year's session. I can tell you that you made the right choice. Ivey highly cares about all prospective students. This shows how much they will care about your post-mba placement. On the other hand, Rotman was, sorry to say, the worst I have experienced so far. Last year they couldn't manage to go through the high volume of application in Round 2, so they wait-listed a lot of candidates and said they would revert by round 3 deadline which again they failed to do. A week after the round 3 deadline I had to ask them about any update. I was stupid enough to shoot them an email this year regarding re-application. Guess what, there's not even a reply. From my experience, schools like Columbia, LBS are more responsive than Rotman. I don't think my profile was so bad to even solicit a response. My GMAT is 750 and i have been working at the world's biggest CPG company for 6 years with multiple promotions.

I think Rotman or generally Canadian schools get more applications these two years since Trump administration in the US. A lot of potential students applied to Canadian schools than US schools compared before, especially from India, where there are a lot of high GMAT achievers. So I think it takes them really a lot of time to process all these highly qualified applications. My experience for this year is that Ivey is definitely very fast to approach you. After I just started on line application forms, Ivey immediately reached out to me from email and LinkedIn. And I got rejection response only two weeks after I submitted application to Ivey, that was way faster than I thought. Rotman also reached out to me after I started on line application, and they scheduled interview in 4 weeks, I got the offer 3 days after interview, also pretty fast. I think both schools are very good, but they have very different program structure, it really depends on how to want to experience your program. Either should be good.
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New post 26 Feb 2019, 07:56
Got a mail rejected without interview. Only hope for year lost. looks like gmat score of 730 is also not enough for Rotman due to high competition.
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New post 26 Feb 2019, 10:33
Unceremoniously rejected. I was expecting an interview invite! GRE 321, IIT Delhi graduate, 3 years R&D exp.
All the best to those still waiting!
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New post 27 Feb 2019, 21:57
Not sure if it has been brought up before, but this year may also be more competitive because (I've been told) they are looking to shrink the incoming class to ~300, down from 330-350 in years past. Additionally, total fees have been cut to C$93,000 for domestic students, down over C$10k from last year.

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Not sure if it has been brought up before, but this year may also be more competitive because (I've been told) they are looking to shrink the incoming class to ~300, down from 330-350 in years past. Additionally, total fees have been cut to C$93,000 for domestic students, down over C$10k from last year.

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I can confirm that I have heard the ~300 class size from multiple sources.
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At least they could let all the rejected people know that their application has been dinged. I have received no notifications so far and it is so stressful!
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New post 28 Feb 2019, 00:06
anoncanstudent wrote:
Not sure if it has been brought up before, but this year may also be more competitive because (I've been told) they are looking to shrink the incoming class to ~300, down from 330-350 in years past. Additionally, total fees have been cut to C$93,000 for domestic students, down over C$10k from last year.

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Can confirm this. When I spoke to Chris he said that they are bringing down the class size to 300. The Ontario government has mandated a 10% reduction in fees for domestic students so domestic fees across all programs in Ontario, including Rotman, Ivey and Schulich have come down. Not sure if this really had an impact on the number of applicants though (10k fee reduction on a 100k program is not much tbh)
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New post 28 Feb 2019, 09:36
Hello everyone, I'm finishing my application and have a doubt about one of my spike factor photos. So.. it basically shows that I have a tattoo on my shoulder and biceps. Here in my country, at least, some people have prejudies for tattoos and I don't want to be dinged by adcoms because of that. Could someone give me advice on the matter?
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Hello everyone, I'm finishing my application and have a doubt about one of my spike factor photos. So.. it basically shows that I have a tattoo on my shoulder and biceps. Here in my country, at least, some people have prejudies for tattoos and I don't want to be dinged by adcoms because of that. Could someone give me advice on the matter?


I heard somewhere (i forgot where) that it might be a bad idea to be showing more skin than appropriate in a business setting. not sure if shoulder would be more than advisable
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Hi! I know some of my classmates have some tattoo. Nothing to be feared of. However, if I were you, I will use a photo that covers it - just a personal choice.

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Hello everyone, I'm finishing my application and have a doubt about one of my spike factor photos. So.. it basically shows that I have a tattoo on my shoulder and biceps. Here in my country, at least, some people have prejudies for tattoos and I don't want to be dinged by adcoms because of that. Could someone give me advice on the matter?
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Hello everyone, I'm finishing my application and have a doubt about one of my spike factor photos. So.. it basically shows that I have a tattoo on my shoulder and biceps. Here in my country, at least, some people have prejudies for tattoos and I don't want to be dinged by adcoms because of that. Could someone give me advice on the matter?


Here is my two-cents on this as someone who has worked in communications/pr in Canada and is also going through the application process.
If the photo shows you doing something else and the spike factor has nothing to do with the tattoo, don’t think twice about it, use the photo, you are fine! If it does relate to the tattoo (couldn’t quite tell what you meant) I would run it through the following filter:
1) is your tattoo your spike factor, or is it what the tattoo represents
2a) if the tattoo itself is the spike factor, do you have a different one? Or how can you spin this so that having a tattoo showcases your strengths and personality that will help you excel as a student. Without knowing the backstory or the meaning, this seems like a hard sell. Would advise to be really careful if this is the case.
2b) if the spike factor is the story the tattoo represents, all the more power to you! I think absolutely use it, just ensure the photo is tasteful, taken by someone else and clear. Ensure you really bring the story to life of why the tattoo represents your spike factor, and why using any other image wouldn’t have conveyed this as well because the tattoo is a part of you and you want to carry that memory/why it shaped you into who you are today with you forever.

If you’re still unsure, go with your gut feeling on it! I hope this was helpful.

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Hello everyone, I'm finishing my application and have a doubt about one of my spike factor photos. So.. it basically shows that I have a tattoo on my shoulder and biceps. Here in my country, at least, some people have prejudies for tattoos and I don't want to be dinged by adcoms because of that. Could someone give me advice on the matter?



There's one thing I will tell you about the spike factor essay is, that "you don't necessarily have to be in every picture. The picture can be related to the context." These are not my words but said by Leigh Gauthier herself in one of the webinars Rotman had on the 20th December, 2018 I guess. If you are worried about it, then there is no point in putting that picture in. Pick another one if you have one available. They will care more about what you have written in your essay over the picture.

As far as prejudices are concerned I don't think you'll find anything like that here in Canada unless your tattoo has something offensive on it. Also as per the person above me wrote, if your tattoo is something say UNICEF and you work as a volunteer for them, for sure use that and make it your spike factor.

I hope it helped. Good luck on your application!
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A new Rotman Interview Debrief has just been posted: https://gmatclub.com/forum/rotman-toronto-218/interview_debrief.html#debrief-935
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I was asked by GMATClub to make an article: A Day (Or Days!) in a Life of a Second-Year Rotman Student.
If my blog/articles helped you by any means, I would really appreciate it if you can give me some kudos on this article: https://gmatclub.com/forum/life-of-a-ro ... uI-Cbmk_gA

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mikellaverde wrote:
Hello everyone, I'm finishing my application and have a doubt about one of my spike factor photos. So.. it basically shows that I have a tattoo on my shoulder and biceps. Here in my country, at least, some people have prejudies for tattoos and I don't want to be dinged by adcoms because of that. Could someone give me advice on the matter?


Here is my two-cents on this as someone who has worked in communications/pr in Canada and is also going through the application process.
If the photo shows you doing something else and the spike factor has nothing to do with the tattoo, don’t think twice about it, use the photo, you are fine! If it does relate to the tattoo (couldn’t quite tell what you meant) I would run it through the following filter:
1) is your tattoo your spike factor, or is it what the tattoo represents
2a) if the tattoo itself is the spike factor, do you have a different one? Or how can you spin this so that having a tattoo showcases your strengths and personality that will help you excel as a student. Without knowing the backstory or the meaning, this seems like a hard sell. Would advise to be really careful if this is the case.
2b) if the spike factor is the story the tattoo represents, all the more power to you! I think absolutely use it, just ensure the photo is tasteful, taken by someone else and clear. Ensure you really bring the story to life of why the tattoo represents your spike factor, and why using any other image wouldn’t have conveyed this as well because the tattoo is a part of you and you want to carry that memory/why it shaped you into who you are today with you forever.

If you’re still unsure, go with your gut feeling on it! I hope this was helpful.

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Hey! I want to thank you. I hadn't had the time to respond before, but your post was very useful to decide which photos to use. The tattoo is'nt one of my spike factors itself, although it may be related. It is visible in the pictures because I was wearing a t-shirt... Anyway, given your post, I decided to integrate it a bit in my essay an apparently that was a good idea. I got an interview invitation today!
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New post 07 Mar 2019, 14:31
Hi, could someone please post the WhatsApp link for admitted students? All the links in the previous posts don't work.
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New post 07 Mar 2019, 23:26
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Hi, could someone please post the WhatsApp link for admitted students? All the links in the previous posts don't work.
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https://chat.whatsapp.com/JxGxax5vCon2AvyogKlq5C

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