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New post 12 Nov 2008, 19:54
Here is an update after my conversation with the alumna. An interview may not help, but can definitely hurt. No real surprises in terms of what the school is looking for during the interview: intellectual capacity, community (and passion towards what you do outside of work), and finally career track record of success and realistic expectations what the MBA can do for one's career.

She mentioned there are three main reasons why she hasn't recommended someone in the past: No outside interests, not enough experience, or no clear reason of why they need an MBA

And one more thing she said I thought was helpful. She said that alumni interviews are sometimes so conversational, you may not even get asked the standard questions of why mba, why U chicago. However, you will be judged on that. So it is important to work those into the conversation.

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New post 12 Nov 2008, 20:53
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Scott Meadow and Steve Kaplan are by far some of the most impressive professors for PE/VC/Entrepeneurial Finance in the country (go look at their profiles on the website - absolutely amazing). Additionally, James Schrager's New Venture Strategy class is phenomenal and he is often nominated as one of the best professors at Chicago.


Indeed. I'm thinking about taking a class called Commercializing innovation next quarter with Meadow.

Well I'm into economics and finance so I'm like a "kid inside a Candy Shop". :lol: Today I had an incredible Microeconomics class, discussing the Marginal Value of education and how it improves an economy: Awesome. Those who are taking the "turbo micro" with Murphy are having the hardest time (they usually spend from 15 to 20 hours peer week just on this class) but they are really enjoying.
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C. Innovation eh? You know that class is a world of work right? :)

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Do any of you know when the admits are sent out ? Are all admits going to be sent out on Dec 18, or are they also sent out sequentially like the invites as they complete each file ?

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New post 13 Nov 2008, 11:56
Thanks kwam and agold.

I am going to do a bit more research on entrepreneurship at Chicago. Definitely looks pretty good. I am not really looking to work for a VC or PE. I am looking for exposure to VCs for pitching purposes and an atmosphere where I can bounce my ideas off other entrepreneurs. Also, I am still looking for one or two potential partners for my current startup and just wondering if Chicago draws students who would work on a startup during/right after grad school.

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Do any of you know when the admits are sent out ? Are all admits going to be sent out on Dec 18, or are they also sent out sequentially like the invites as they complete each file ?


I'd enjoy knowing this information as well.
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Decisions are not rolling. The calls typically start 2-3 days prior to the actual decision deadline. Generally, with very few exceptions, if you don't hear by the day prior to the "official date" you are denied / waitlisted.

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Decisions are not rolling. The calls typically start 2-3 days prior to the actual decision deadline. Generally, with very few exceptions, if you don't hear by the day prior to the "official date" you are denied / waitlisted.



Amazing... I am looking forward to stressfull days from Dec 15th. :roll:

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Decisions are not rolling. The calls typically start 2-3 days prior to the actual decision deadline. Generally, with very few exceptions, if you don't hear by the day prior to the "official date" you are denied / waitlisted.


I can attest to this, as I was waitlisted twice. If you don't hear in the days before via phone, things aren't going to go your way.

Last year signaled a change from a WL standpoint. As far as I know, there was only one person that was accepted off of the waitlist. Rose mentioned a few times that they were oversubscribed in terms of class size. I would expect that this year, there will be far less WLers than in the past. Which means that if you really don't hear by the 18th, your admission chances are slim.

That being said, b-school has proven to be an enigma so far...

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I can attest to this, as I was waitlisted twice. If you don't hear in the days before via phone, things aren't going to go your way.



You're scaring us, man.
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BOOOOOOOTH!
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BOOOOOOOTH!


Indeed :)
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BOOOOOOOTH!


Kids at your school are definitely smart with pimping your school so hard...Congrats. Better BSB than HBS haha.
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kwam wrote:
BOOOOOOOTH!


Kids at your school are definitely smart with pimping your school so hard...Congrats. Better BSB than HBS haha.


I was at the student lounge studying when people started to gather to see the rankings.

Well, from the data, anyone can see the impact that last BW ranking made. Either people like it or not, rankings affect somehow the application decision. BTW, Chicago Booth, or The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, we won't call ourselves BSB :wink: :lol: .
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yeah BSB could be an abbrev for Back Street Boys and we do not want that!

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Are we required to send official transcripts before the admission offer?

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yes, they said they will not make a final offer of admission before the official transcripts are sent.

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Has anybody who sent their official transcript gotten it posted to their online account (status updated as received) yet?

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Has anybody who sent their official transcript gotten it posted to their online account (status updated as received) yet?



I have - when I received my invite to interview the status of my transcripts was updated to 'Received' as well.

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yes mine's been updated as well...took about a couple weeks after i mailed in my transcript

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