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Calling Haas(Berkeley) Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017

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Got an invite yesterday!

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FROM Haas Admissions Blog: HSA Voices: 7 Top Reasons to Love the Berkeley MBA's Bay Area Location
Guest Blogger: Greg Guglielmo, MBA 15

Location was an important factor as I considered where to go to business school. Haas’s place as a Bay Area MBA Program – a half hour from San Francisco and an hour from Silicon Valley – offers an ideal combination of academic excellence and professional opportunities with city life and the outdoors.

Here are my 7 top reasons to love the Berkeley MBA's Bay Area location:

1. The spirit of Berkeley
From a world-class university that is home to the Free Speech Movement, the discovery of four elements in the periodic table, and the third tallest bell and clock tower in the world to the city’s charming coffee shops, international cuisine, and vibrant history.

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2. Natural beauty all around
Haas is nestled at the foot of the Berkeley Hills and surrounded by eucalyptus trees, hiking trails, and parks. Sometimes when I walk to campus, I look past the Berkeley Marina to the San Francisco Bay, San Francisco Skyline, and Golden Gate Bridge. And yes, I tend to walk (or bike) almost everywhere!

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3. Easy access to SF
A short subway ride away, making it easy to pop in for a networking event, a fun night out with friends, even a Berkeley MBA conference. Recently, I attended >PLAY there, a conference organized entirely by my classmates and the largest student-run digital media, technology, and entertainment conference in the country.

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4. Go, Giants!
Though a Mets fan at heart, I can’t argue with a team that has made it to (and won!) the World Series three out of the last five seasons.

5. Career treks at top companies
Such as Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn as well as to design and innovation firms like Frog Design and IDEO, and sports management or marketing entities like the San Francisco 49ers and The North Face. A couple of my friends even turned conversations that started on those treks into summer internships.

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6. Business leaders on campus
They keynote the Dean’s Speaker Series, and bring case studies to life in the classroom. This semester, one of my professors has brought in prominent figures from Twitter, Nest, Cloudera, Hitachi, Sequoia Capital, and various startups, with the chance to chat about opportunities at their companies. Last year, the CEO of Virgin America, David Cush, came to speak at orientation, surprising our class as we were debating a case study on his company and the airline industry.

7. All the best ways to unwind
Tilden Regional Park (with its hiking trails, lakes, and golf course) is a couple of miles away, Napa is an hour, and Lake Tahoe is a popular destination for a weekend trip with classmates (if you don’t want to make the hour-and-a-half flight to Vegas, of course). Some of my classmates have even made a long weekend trip to Hawaii! Student-led clubs like the Wine Club, Culinary Club, Redwoods Club, and Partners Club (among others) give us the opportunity to experience everything the region has to offer. This year, I went camping for the very first time in Yosemite National Park and tried kayaking on Tomales Bay.



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Consistently Ranked as one of the Top Places to Live and Work

And along with all of this, the weather is great all year round – our average high temperature is nearly 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) and the sun shines almost every day!

It’s no surprise that the Bay Area is consistently ranked as one of the top places to live and work in the United States. I couldn’t agree more! At Berkeley-Haas, I can feel the constant buzz of the Bay Area’s unique energy and optimism.

Find out how more Berkeley MBA students make the most of life in the Bay Area—and at Haas—check out a few of our student profiles.



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Got an invite today!!!


Hey Lex, congratulations! Could you share a bit more about the invite? Was it sent by email? When did you turn your application in? Did your online application status change? Thank you!
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Got an invite today!!!


Hey Lex, congratulations! Could you share a bit more about the invite? Was it sent by email? When did you turn your application in? Did your online application status change? Thank you!


The invite was sent by email. I turned my application in during the 3rd week of september. My application status changed to Interview and Review :)
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New post 03 Nov 2014, 17:15
Just got an invite! So ecstatic!

Does anyone know if they give preference to on campus interviews vs. off campus? I know they claim there's no difference, but I'm wondering whether or not that is true. Anyone know if on campus interviews are conducted by adcom or second year students and off by alumni?
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Just got an invite! So ecstatic!

Does anyone know if they give preference to on campus interviews vs. off campus? I know they claim there's no difference, but I'm wondering whether or not that is true. Anyone know if on campus interviews are conducted by adcom or second year students and off by alumni?


Got one as well. same questions here. thanks
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Anyone from India got an invite yet? :?
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Come on

Originally posted by lzjsun1985 on 04 Nov 2014, 13:50.
Last edited by lzjsun1985 on 19 Nov 2014, 16:09, edited 1 time in total.
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Just got an invite! Very excited!
Does anyone know if they make decisions before the final deadline or do we need to wait 'til January anyway?
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Just got an invite! Very excited!
Does anyone know if they make decisions before the final deadline or do we need to wait 'til January anyway?


Congrats! Good luck on the interview. Unfortunately you will have to wait until January for the final decision if it's like last year.
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Just got an invite! So ecstatic!

Does anyone know if they give preference to on campus interviews vs. off campus? I know they claim there's no difference, but I'm wondering whether or not that is true. Anyone know if on campus interviews are conducted by adcom or second year students and off by alumni?


Got one as well. same questions here. thanks


To your first question--it truly doesn't matter. On or off, it's about the quality of your application including your interview wherever that might take place. That said, if you appear to be a random applicant without much demonstrated interest (e.g., you've never attended any off-campus events, contacted Haas or student ambassadors, don't appear to be knowledgeable in your essays, etc.), then not coming on campus may appear to confirm the narrative that you lack serious interest.

As for the other question, at least in my case, I interviewed with a 2nd year student on campus. However, you may interview with a recent alum or an adcom I believe, so that's just luck of the draw.
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Just got an invite! So ecstatic!

Does anyone know if they give preference to on campus interviews vs. off campus? I know they claim there's no difference, but I'm wondering whether or not that is true. Anyone know if on campus interviews are conducted by adcom or second year students and off by alumni?


Got one as well. same questions here. thanks


To your first question--it truly doesn't matter. On or off, it's about the quality of your application including your interview wherever that might take place. That said, if you appear to be a random applicant without much demonstrated interest (e.g., you've never attended any off-campus events, contacted Haas or student ambassadors, don't appear to be knowledgeable in your essays, etc.), then not coming on campus may appear to confirm the narrative that you lack serious interest.

As for the other question, at least in my case, I interviewed with a 2nd year student on campus. However, you may interview with a recent alum or an adcom I believe, so that's just luck of the draw.


Thank you for answering my questions! I actually chose to interview on campus just to further demonstrate my interest in the school as you mentioned. Good to know that I should prepare questions for all potential types of interviewers. Thanks again.
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rolyat421 wrote:
Just got an invite! So ecstatic!

Does anyone know if they give preference to on campus interviews vs. off campus? I know they claim there's no difference, but I'm wondering whether or not that is true. Anyone know if on campus interviews are conducted by adcom or second year students and off by alumni?


During my campus visit, the student ambassador actually pointed out that all the interviews are done by alums or current students because the adcom did a survey a few years ago and found out that prospects tend to feel more nervous when interviewing with adcom people compared with interviewing with students or alumni. Also all the applications are read by adcoms, so they believe interviews with alums and students will give a balanced view.

So the short answer is, you won't be interviewing with adcom people for Haas.
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FROM Haas Admissions Blog: What I've Learned in my First 10 Weeks as an EWMBA Student
When I started business school, I had a lot of goals -- learn new skills, grow my network, advance my career and much more. Now, I'm ten weeks into this 3-year adventure, and I've already learned a lot -- not just from classes, but from several parts of the experience. 

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As I was applying to Haas last year, I wondered what going back to school to get an part-time MBA would really feel like. For anyone who's considering taking the plunge into the Evening & Weekend Berkeley program, here's a little insight into a few things (not related to accounting, marketing, or course content at all) I've learned so far:

1. Group work is even harder (but also more rewarding) than I thought it would be.

Whenever you talk about business school, people immediate say "Wow, I hear business school is a lot of group work…" and so far, they're right. For both of our classes during Fall A we had significant group projects to complete. Wrangling 5 busy professionals to work on a school project is a challenge in itself -- but then you get started working on things and realize it's even harder than just scheduling logistics. My study group is an amazing mix of awesome people, who I've really enjoyed spending time with. But we also all work differently, and it's sometimes challenging to figure out how to navigate a big project. The group work has been as much of a learning experience as our classes this semester -- but I've had a blast working with my study group and I'm really proud of the projects we've produced

2. I can still make time for the things that matter in my life. 

Another thing people always said once I told them I was doing this was "Oh, wow, get ready to never see your friends again!" but it's not really true. I've definitely had to prioritize things in my life between school, work, family, friends, exercise, and sleep. It's only been ten weeks, so I don't think I've nailed this yet. It's challenging to get everything done, but it's getting easier each week. I've made a point to see friends and family as much as I can, and I have a planned date night with my husband every week. One nice thing about the evening program is that I can still plan weekend trips to visit friends, as long as they don't mind me taking a chunk of time to study and do homework while I visit.

3. There are more events and opportunities than one person can possibly attend.

Haas has dozens of awesome events every week. There are lectures, panels, club meetings, case projects, happy hours, mixers, and parties. And it's hard to decide what to do and what to skip. Going hand-in-hand with #2 above, it's all about prioritizing. One of the best pieces of advice we heard at orientation weekend was: "Make a list of what you want to get out of this experience - and whenever you're in doubt about whether you should do something, refer back to that list." It's easier said than done, but focusing on what's important has helped my prioritize what I attend and what I skip -- and sometimes when it's ok to slack on reading for class in order to attend a really great event (just don't tell my professors!).

4. Even in a class of 60+ people, a class can still feel small and personal.

At Haas, EWMBA students are divided into 4 cohorts of about 65 students. We will be with our cohorts for half of our program, before we start choosing elective courses. Coming into the program, I wondered what it would be like to have class discussions with such a large group of people. In the past several weeks, I've realized that once you get to know your classmates a bit, a group of 65 no longer feels that large. Plus, our professors for Fall A have done a great job at making discussions friendly and welcoming. One of the most valuable parts of the experience so far has been hearing perspectives from other classmates' experiences. Whenever someone starts a sentence with "Well, where I work…" I know that the contribution to class discussion is going to be valuable and interesting.

5. There are people who have jobs I didn't even know were jobs.

One of the other benefits of the EWMBA program is really getting to know the other professionals in the cohort. Between us, we probably have about 500 years of work experience, so there's a lot to learn from. One thing I realized is that people have jobs in industries and functions that I never even knew existed! One of my classmates buys and trades dairy for an international food company. Another chooses and plans the clothing inventory at a major national clothing chain. Another is a cardiac anesthesiologist (ok, I knew what that one means, but I never thought I'd get to know one in my MBA program!). I’m looking forward to continuing to learn more about my classmates and all their experiences. 

Overall, the first ten weeks of my MBA experience have been challenging, interesting, and invigorating. There's a lot of work, but a TON of learning -- so much more learning than you just get in the classroom. 

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I'm quite happy for those who have received interviews so far! I'm catching myself checking my inbox more often these days!

I'm also feeling a slight tinge of nervousness/excitement. Haas is the only school I've applied to so far, and I'd jump on the opportunity if I was admitted. Still mulling over if I should apply to Stanford or MIT for Rd 2. MIT's a distant third for me personally though...
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My status hasn't changed since early October. I'm eagerly waiting to hear about next steps!
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