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FROM Grant Me Admission: TheEngineerMBA: My experience interviewing at HBS, and briefly visiting MIT
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FROM TopDogMBA - A Reapplicant's Tail: I want to tell you …MIT Sloan interview invite!
I got this baby in my inbox today! :)

3 out of 3 of my target b schools want to interview me! There is no Plan B anymore. Additional school research just officially ended. I need to focus on bringing these babies home!

Thank you to all of you who have supported me through the anguish of this re-application process.

Anything is possible!

More details of my tough interview prep for INSEAD, MIT Sloan and Wharton to follow soon.

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FROM John Thunder MBA: Denied at Stanford
I am not surprised at all getting denied at Stanford. I did have time to apply so I wanted to just give it a shot. Here are the key reasons I believe I got denied:

  • I did not work at a name-brand private equity firm with former Stanford alumni. Let’s think about the numbers: ~400 students x 10% from buy-side = ~40 students. Narrow it down to Asian-american males maybe 10 total students. Of those 10, most if not all always come from a name-brand private equity firm.
  • What matters most to you essay? My story was about grit but had nothing to do with changing the world and others around me. I do recommend for those applying in a year from now to really dig deep and either become a founder of a non-profit or take a year to work internationally. Each week at GSB they have a story-telling session, and each person is unique in nature with these experiences.
  • GMAT – 730. For an Asian-American male, I know this is not high enough at all. I think just based on my GMAT I did not want to apply.
  • Stanford GSB was not my dream school. There are a group of candidates who can target just HBS / GSB, and I was not in that boat. For those that did target only those two schools, I know they went all out with campus visits and speaking with alumni. I never visited the campus.
Those same reasons above I believe I may have gotten rejected at HBS. However, I tailored my essay towards my background in investment management. Yet, not many come from IM background at HBS. My GPA/GMAT also were not up-to-par for both schools.

I would be much more heart-broken if I only targeted those two schools, which I was realistic with my background and expectations. Everything has played out as I expected, and that is why I applied to six schools in the first round. One thing I did not like about the Stanford GSB information session was that no one wanted to talk to us about their what matters most essay. It seemed like the majority that got in fabricated their essay or exaggerated it. There was only one person out of like 20 who told us about her passion for international development. The competition is fierce, but if I had to do it all over again, I would write my essay about equality and justice. Seriously. Focus on stereotypes and etc. I would check out Sandy the HBS Guru advice on poetsandquants, as he lays out how to write those “powerful” essays for GSB. Again, not everyone needs these type of essays. But if you look at this whole process as a call option, you have to take the risk and just gamble with the most powerful essay that you could stand up in a crowd and give a speech and everyone rises for an encore. And that is what happens at GSB each week when a student gives their story.

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FROM TopDogMBA - A Reapplicant's Tail: Do you want to know a secret …INSEAD offer!
Yes! I got the call in the last 24 hours …admitted to INSEAD!

I’m feeling pretty special right now, so excuse the silly grin and jumping for joy. Speaking of which, Beatrice (my dog, THE dog!) was also jumping for joy when she heard the news. She is one step closer to being the belle of campus!

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Thank you all for your support dear friends and readers, and know that I’m right behind you on your own MBA journey.

I’ve been neglectful of my blog lately but am right now typing up my interview reports – the first of which appears below and the rest will follow one day at a time.

I’m still waiting eagerly to hear from MIT Sloan and Wharton, but it feels great to know that I’m doing my MBA next year, no matter what!

 

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FROM My Journey to Business School: Interview Report – UCLA Anderson
I just finished my Skype interview with a 2nd year student at UCLA Anderson. It was super friendly and the interviewer really put me at ease before we started. I think the interview went well. Keeping my fingers crossed. I have a good feeling about Anderson – I hope Anderson feels the same way about me. :D

As for interview questions, they were pretty standard:

1) Walk me through your resume.

2) Tell me about a time you led a team. [I probably could have used a better example here - he asked me multiple follow-up questions on how I did what I did.]

3) Why MBA? Why now?

4) Why UCLA Anderson? [When I mentioned interacting with current students/alumni, the interviewer asked for specific names of students I connected with. It turned out that one of the students I talked to was a close friend of the interviewer!]

5) Plan B if my current goals do not materialize

6) Leadership Style

7) What do you do outside of work?

That was pretty much the crux of the conversation we had. He asked follow-up questions to some of my answers, especially about my interests outside of work. :) I asked him a few questions at the end of the interview and he shared his email ID with me so that I can reach out to him in the future with any questions I might have. It was a positive experience overall, and to those applicants with interviews coming up, I have just one piece of advice – just relax and be yourself. It’s a really laid back interview – treat this as you would any interaction with a current student – an opportunity to get to know more about Anderson and to showcase your enthusiasm for the school.

If any of you would like to talk more about Anderson or have any specific questions about my interview experience, do let me know!

EDIT: People preparing for the interview or waiting for an invite should read this blog by the UCLA Anderson Admissions team. I think it’ll put some people’s mind at ease.

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FROM MBA Data Guru: Stern Acceptance Rate Analysis
Stern Acceptance Rate Analysis

I just finished building the Stern acceptance rate prediction model. I will post the admissions calculator as soon as I have time to finish learning PHP and then build that portion of the website. I’ll probably have time to work on it over Christmas break, but right now I am too busy applying for interviews for summer internships. In the mean time I will share some of the insights I got from building the model.

Stern Acceptance Rate by GMAT
The first thing that jumped out at me was that the acceptance rates I came up with are noticeably higher than the published acceptance rate of 15%. I believe that this is because the average candidate who applies and posts their data on GMAT Club, where I get my data, is more competitive than the average candidate. The average GMAT Club applicant to Stern has a GPA or 3.45 and GMAT of 709, which is not too far from the scores listed on the class profile for Sterns class of 2016 of 3.52 and 721.

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If you are applying to Stern, it is pretty obvious that having a higher GMAT is important and will significantly raise your chances of being admitted. To create the graph above, I used my model with the average GPA of 3.45.

Stern Acceptance Rate by GPA
Next I looked at how GPA affects Stern acceptance rate. Once again there is a clear relationship between GPA and admission rate for NYU. In the graph below I used the average GPA score of 709 in my admissions model.Image

Stern Acceptance Rate by Round
Many candidates want to know if it matters in which round you apply. I took a look at the raw acceptance rate by round for NYU. As you can see the acceptance rate for round 2 is slightly lower and for round 3 it is noticeably lower.

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The acceptance rates above are raw numbers, not the predicted values from my admissions model. Why you ask? Because when I took into account all of the other factors, the round you apply in is not statistically significant. The reason the acceptance rate is lower in round 2 and 3 is not because the schools are more selective but because on average lower quality candidates apply in those rounds. If you are a qualified candidate, do not worry about applying to Stern in round 3, you still have a good chance of getting in.

Stern Prefers GMAT over GPA
In the past I tried to figure out if Stern prefers a high GMAT or GPA and didn’t come up with anything conclusive. Now that I have built the Stern admissions model I can see how a similar change in GMAT or GPA impact acceptance rate at Stern. In the graph below I compare how much the admissions rate changes if I alter the GMAT or GPA by a standard deviation. If you are applying to business school then you should probably know what a standard deviation is, however if you don’t it is a standard measure of variance in a population or sample. Since I can’t compare and absolute variance because GMAT and GPA are on different scales, I compare how the shift of one standard deviation impacts the Stern acceptance rate.

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In the graph above, you can see that increasing the GPA by one standard deviation (.28) increase acceptance rate by 29%, but raising the GMAT score by one standard deviation (39) leads to a 45% higher chance of admissions. It is clear that Stern prefers candidates with high GMAT score over ones with a high GPA. This is good news for candidates with a low GPA because with enough hard work, you can increase your odds significantly by raising your GMAT.

Other NYU Admissions Insights
I also found that NYU prefers candidates with an average age of 27 to 28, the further you are from this average age, the lower your chance of getting in. Stern really likes candidates that come from consulting. Applicants from consulting had a acceptance rate of 42% vs. 21% for non-consultants. Having more work experience also increased your odds of admissions. Acceptance rate increased by about 2% for each year of work experience. However, once you pass 28, the age deviation factor is significantly stronger than the work experience factor so you shouldn’t wait until after 28 to apply.

I noticed that candidates that majored in business or engineering had a lower chance of admission. Business majors with average scores had a 8% chance of admission compared to 24% for non-business majors. Engineers had a 13% chance of getting in compared to a 26% chance for non-engineers. These differences are statistically significant even after taking into account all other factors. That being said, I majored in engineering and I got into Stern. I also know many other business and engineering majors who are currently attending Stern with me.

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FROM Pro GMAT: Accepted Interview
A quick update for this week. I got interviewed by accepted a few days before and it got published this week. You can read it here. MBA Applicant Interview with ProGMAT http://t.co/JMvZFDMDYI — Linda Abraham (@Accepted) December 3, 2014 I also did some research on the final list of the schools. I published my first list of selected … Continue reading →Image
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FROM MBA Data Guru: Harvard Business School Acceptance Rate Analysis
Harvard Business School Acceptance Rate Analysis

How can anyone ensure that they will be accepted to Harvard Business School? Unfortunately there are no assurances at the number one ranked business school which has anacceptance rate of 12%. This analysis will show you what the Harvard Business school acceptance Rate is based on key stats such as GMAT and GPA.

Harvard Business School Acceptance Rate by GMAT
Similar to all other business schools, Harvard does care about your GMAT score. As you can see in the graph below, a higher GMAT results in a better chance of admission. If you want a double digit chance of admission you had better score a 740 or higher. Even at 800 the HBS acceptance rate is surprisingly only predicted to be 16%.

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Harvard Business School Acceptance Rate by GPA
Next we look at how GPA affects Harvard Business School acceptance rate. Obviously a higher GPA results in a better chance of admission at HBS. Acceptance rate doesn’t break into the double digits until you hit 3.7. This reminds me of why I didn’t even bother applying to Harvard with my 3.33 GPA. Damn you engineering, why did you ruin my grades?Image

Harvard Business School Acceptance: GMAT vs. GPA
The real question is which is more important for raising your Harvard Business School acceptance rate, GPA or GMAT? In the graph below I compare how much the admissions rate changes if I alter the GMAT or GPA by a standard deviation. A standard deviation is a measure of variance in a population or sample. Since I can’t compare the absolute variance because GMAT and GPA are on different scales, I compare how the shift of one standard deviation impacts the Harvard MBA acceptance rate.

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Unlike at Stern and Wharton, Harvard values GPA over GMAT. Harvard acceptance rate increases by 30% when GPA increases by one standard deviation but only by 25% when GMAT increases by a standard deviation. This indicates that GPA is more important than GMAT at HBS, and they are willing to roll the dice on a candidate with low GMAT like the guy who was accepted last year with a 550.

Other HBS Acceptance Rate Insights
The round you apply in does have an impact on your chance of being accepted at HBS. The difference in acceptance rate for round 2 applicants was statistically significant in the predictive model I built and had a negative impact. On the other hand round 3 was not statistically significant despite having an even lower acceptance rate because so few people apply during that round that I don’t have enough data. Perhaps after this recruiting year is over I’ll have enough data and update the model.

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If you want to maximize your chances of getting into Harvard, then be sure to apply during round 1. Additional work experience does increase your odds of getting into Harvard by a small amount, roughly .5% per year. I’m sure a lot of peoples’ next question is what about the 2+2 program? I do know about the 2+2 program Harvard has but I can’t tell which candidates are applying through the 2+2 program vs. not. However I can tell you that of the 59 people in my sample who are 24 years old or younger , none were admitted. So although it is possible to get in if you are younger, it certainly is more challenging.

Next I’ll mention a few factors that are out of your control in the short term but should be known so you can plan accordingly. Similar to Wharton, applicants who are applying from India have a lower chance of admissions, 1.5% vs 9.4%. Applicants who majored in finance have a significantly lower chance of being admitted, 2% vs. 10%. And finally applicants who have worked in venture capital or the military have a much higher admissions rate, 16% and 17% respectively.

Good luck with your Harvard applications!

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FROM MBA Data Guru: Ross Interview Acceptance Rate Analysis
Ross Interview Acceptance Rate Analysis

Earlier today I posted the Ross acceptance rate analysis which shows how GPAand GMAT scores affect your chance of admission at University of Michigan’s MBA program. I received a request to see if GMAT and GPA can still predict acceptance rate out of the applicants who were selected to interview. I would never want to disappoint a reader, so here is my Ross interview acceptance rate analysis. While reading this analysis, keep in mind that around 62% of interviewed applicants are accepted, which is higher than schools like Harvard and Wharton but lower than Stern.

Ross Interview Acceptance Rate by GMAT
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In the graph above you can see that there is a clear relationship between Ross acceptance rate even among the applicants selected to interview. The R-squared is 74% which is fairly high, so GMAT is an accurate predictor of admissions post interview. The slope of the line suggests that for every 10 points higher your GMAT is, you have a 2% higher chance of admissions. Unfortunately for those with a low GMAT score, you are not on an equal playing field even after being selected for an interview at Ross.

Ross Interview Acceptance Rate by GPA
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There is also a relationship between Ross interview acceptance rate and GPA, but the correlation is much weaker. Just from looking at the graph you can see that the data is more spread out from the regression line. The R-squared of 32% is much lower than the R-squared for GMAT of 74%. All else equal, it would help your chance of admission if you have a high GPA, but it does not seem to matter as much as GMAT.

When I analyzed Harvard Business School acceptance rate, I found that GMAT and GPA could not predict acceptance rate from the pool of applicants selected to interview. Which means everyone who was interviewed were on a level playing field once invited to interview. That does not seem to be the case for Ross. In the end, even with a low GMAT or GPA, you still have a 50% of being accepted after your interview. All you can do is prepare for your Ross MBA interview as much as possible and hope for the best.

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FROM Naija MBA Gal: That’s all it really is.
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FROM TopDogMBA - A Reapplicant's Tail: Do you want to know a secret …MIT Sloan offer!
Yes, Yes, YES!! Enough said!

Congratulations to anyone else who got the call today. My call only came a short while ago so there is still hope for y’all!

Off to take the real Top Dog for a long walk to calm myself down.

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FROM My Journey to Business School: And then there was one.
UCLA Anderson was the only other school I was waiting to hear from, and I really wanted to know if I got in before making a decision on where to attend school. I got the call last night- I’M IN!

They were very generous with a scholarship as well! I haven’t received the official update via email yet, so I’ll wait for that before I post anything out here.

But it’s time for me to CELEBRATE!! :D :D

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FROM MBA Data Guru: Booth Admissions Rate Analysis
Booth Admissions Rate Analysis

University of Chicago is a fairly selective business school with an acceptance rate of 22%. Similar to Kellogg, Booth has one of the higher acceptance rates for a top 10 school. While building an MBA admission calculator, I uncovered some insights on how Booth evaluates MBA applicants.

Booth Admissions Rate by GMAT
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The graph above demonstrates that GMAT has a high impact on Booth admissions. Increasing your GMAT from 650 to 750 more than doubles your chance of admission. The average GMAT score for an applicant is 718, but theadmitted applicants have a slightly higher GMAT of 724.

Booth Admissions Rate by GPA
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A high GPA will give you a slightly higher acceptance rate at University of Chicago, but it is easy to see that GPA doesn’t have a very large impact on admission rate. Even with a 3.0 GPA the Booth acceptance rate is 18% which is higher than the acceptance rate at Harvard for an applicant with a 4.0.

Booth Acceptance Rate GMAT vs. GPA
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The graph above compares the importance of GMAT vs. GPA to Booth admissions. Candidates with a high GMAT score had a significantly higher acceptance rate than those who had a high GPA. If you have a high GMAT and a low GPA, University of Chicago is an ideal school at which to apply. For example an applicant with 3.0 GPA and a 760 GMAT has a 25% chance of being admitted.

Booth Admission Rate by Age
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Similar to Duke and Cornell, the Booth admission committee prefers applicants who are around 27. The further a candidate is from the average age, the lower their chance of acceptance is. I believe that this is because candidates with around 5 years of work experience have worked long enough to impress potential employers and contribute to classroom discussion while not being over qualified for on campus recruiting positions.

Booth Admissions Rate by Round
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Which round you apply in does actually affect your chance of admission at University of Chicago. There is a small drop off in acceptance rate between round 1 and 2, but then a large drop in round 3.

Other Factors that Impact Booth Acceptance Rate
Applicants who are living in India have only a 7% chance of being accepted at Booth. Science and Math majors have a slightly higher chance of admission. Liberal Arts and Humanities majors have an exceptionally high chance of being accepted, at 56%, while Engineering majors have lower odds at 17%. I think that it is not that Booth is specifically trying to attract Liberal Arts majors, but that they are trying to bring in more women, who happen to be more likely to major in Liberal Arts. Finally investment bankers have only a 14% acceptance rate at Booth.

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FROM Naija MBA Gal: On being waitlisted
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FROM Scott Duncan: The essay that got me accepted at a Top-10 B-School
Not too long ago, I was staring at a blank page in Google Docs, trying to figure out what I was going to write my b-school essays about. First of all, I was worried about answering the question that was being asked, but there was the added challenge of having to add all of the little details of my background that wouldn’t show up in the rest of my application. How are you supposed to do this in 500 words?

This wasn’t the first time I felt this way. The exact same thing happened earlier that year, when ultimately I got rejected from all of the schools I applied to. Instead of taking the time to do all of the up-front work of figuring out why I truly wanted to go to business school, why I made certain decisions in my life and articulating this message in a coherent application, I was looking up words in the thesaurus and pumping out meaningless paragraphs. What a terrible strategy!

 

This year was different.

 

Last year: My essays need to be PERFECT

This year: My essays need to deliver a simple, clear message and add some color to my application where possible

 

And what was the result? Well, for one, this year I got accepted at MIT Sloan, one of my top choices.

I had this misconception that my essays needed to be works of art, and I was wrong. So, to prove it, I’m going to break down one of the essays that got me into MIT Sloan.

But first, as a bonus you can download the checklist I used on all of my 2014 essays:

 

QUESTION: The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice. Discuss how you will contribute toward advancing the mission based on examples of past work and activities. (500 words or fewer)

 

From the days when Legos littered my parents’ floor to my first years of college, I saw myself as an engineer. That changed after my first product development internship. I was part of a small team developing life-changing cardiovascular products one concept at a time. For the first time, I saw that my work could dramatically improve the quality of life of the doctors and patients using our products. I also believed for the first time that instead of working in engineering for an innovative company like this one, I could lead it as the CEO. This one eight-month experience is why I spent the next seven years in manufacturing and research and development at medical device companies. The most valuable way I can advance the mission of MIT Sloan is to share the real-world insights I have developed over those seven years with my classmates.

(Before we move on, some quick notes)

  • I led with the exciting stuff
  • I’m setting the context for the rest of the essay
  • This is important: I have already answered the question in the intro!
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At CeQur Corporation, I was employee number thirteen and developed a simple insulin infusion device for people with type 2 diabetes. Only months out of school, I was leading projects with multibillion dollar contract manufacturers and beginning to see the common communication issues that arise between product development and manufacturing teams. I had to transition between both functions as I designed something new, persuaded senior management to make the change, and then implemented the change on the manufacturing floor.

I was the tenth employee at Solace Therapeutics, and led a cross-functional team of five through the process of introducing a new urogynecological device to the market – everything from sketching the idea on the proverbial napkin to traveling to Europe and training doctors how to use the finished product. Since I was so far out of the typical realm of an engineer, I realized that the other functions within the company were just as essential to the creation of new products as engineering.[b] [/b]

(More notes)

  • I talk about some of my leadership experiences
  • I talk about some of the unique things I have learned
  • I show what that line on my resume was REALLY like and why it was valuable for me
But the most valuable and rewarding experiences I had were not technical. Scrubbing into the manufacturing cleanroom at 4:00AM to lead a team of assemblers through the production of life-sustaining devices taught me more about leadership and team dynamics than developing a new manufacturing process. Working in the field and watching tears come to the eyes of the users of our product as they described their daily struggle and how our device could change their lives was far more influential and motivating than designing new components or crunching numbers.

(Notice how I explain how the most important parts of my job were the lessons I learned outside of my discipline and allude to how these experiences are what are leading me to getting an MBA)

My past experiences are only the first part of how I will advance the mission of MIT Sloan – everything I intend to do after attending Sloan is the second part. My experience in product development and manufacturing has built part of the foundation I will need to realize my goals, however, what my experience does not include is the skill set in business fundamentals and leadership development I will need to be successful. An MBA from MIT Sloan is the next logical step and will provide the transformative experience I will need to broaden my perspective and successfully start and lead early-stage medical device companies.

(BOOM CLOSE IT OUT! I re-answer the question and explain why getting an MBA is the perfect transition for me)

 

So, there’s nothing groundbreaking here. It’s all pretty straightforward. Did I answer the question? Yes. Did I add some more background and give the reader a more clear picture of who I am and why I want this? Yes. What else does it need?

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FROM MBA Data Guru: Columbia MBA Acceptance Rate Analysis
Columbia MBA Acceptance Rate Analysis

The Columbia MBA acceptance rate is on the higher side for a top 10 school, at around 18%. Despite the deceptively high acceptance rate, Columbia is still a tough school to gain admission. I built a predictive model which can give you some insight into what the Columbia Business School admissions committee is looking for in applicants.

Columbia MBA Acceptance Rate by GMAT
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As expected, Columbia MBA acceptance rate increases as GMAT rises. The average GMAT score is an impressive 719. Increasing GMAT score by 100 points from 650 to 750 increases odds of acceptance by 140%, which is a bigger benefit than MIT.

Columbia MBA Acceptance Rate by GPA
Surprisingly GPA has little to no affect on acceptance rate at Columbia. The average GPA of Columbia applicants is 3.49 while the GPA for those admitted is almost unchanged at 3.51. Stanford is the only other school where GPA doesn’t matter. For those of you out there with a low GPA and high GMAT, Columbia is a great school to apply.

Columbia MBA Acceptance Rate by Round
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The round you apply in impacts Columbia MBA acceptance rate. At CBS, if you apply during Early Decision then you are forced to enroll if accepted. Columbia seems to be worried about yield for accepted students if they are forcing applicants to choose them. If you are serious about Columbia then consider applying Early Decision because you have a slight edge otherwise you might as well wait for regular decision. Columbia is actually rolling admissions, so the sooner you submit your app the faster you get your decision.

Columbia MBA Acceptance Rate by Age
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The age at which you apply has a strong impact on your chance of admission. The best time to apply is when you are 27 or 28. The further a candidate is from the average age, the lower their chance of acceptance is. I believe that this is because candidates with around 5 years of work experience have worked long enough to impress potential employers and contribute to classroom discussion while not being over qualified for on campus recruiting positions. Duke, Cornell and Boothall have a similar age effect.

Other Admissions Factors
Liberal arts majors have roughly twice the acceptance rate as others. I don’t have gender in my data set but my hypothesis is that Columbia is trying to attract women which is why the acceptance rate is so high for liberal arts majors. Acceptance rate is higher for economics majors but lower for finance majors. Consultants also have a major advantage, with an impressive 30% acceptance rate.

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FROM MBA Data Guru: MBA Interview Acceptance Rate Rankings
MBA Interview Acceptance Rate Rankings

So you have just been invited to interview at the MBA school of your dreams. Obviously this raises your chance of getting in, but by how much? In general, top ten schools have lower MBA interview acceptance rates while schools ranked 11 to 20 have a higher acceptance rate for applicants who were interviewed.

MBA Interview Acceptance Rate by Rank
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Interview acceptance rate for Stanford, Harvard, Wharton, Booth, MIT, Kellogg, Hass, Columbia, Dartmouth, NYU, Ross, Darden, Yale, Duke, McCombs, Anderson, Cornell, Tepper, Kenan-Flagler, Emory

The acceptance rate ranges from 34% to 75% for schools in the top 20. The average MBA interview acceptance rate for the top 10 is 50% and it is 62% for schools ranked 11 to 20.

MBA Interview Acceptance Rate Rankings from Highest to Lowest
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NYU jumps out as the highest acceptance rate by a wide margin. If you have been selected to interview at Stern then you can prepare to open a bottle of champagne because you are probably going to business school. No other school in the top 10 has an interview acceptance rate above 60%.

On the other end of the spectrum is Kellogg and Tuck with the lowest acceptance rates. These two schools will allow anyone who visits campus to interview, so it is not surprising that they admit significantly fewer applicants who are interviewed. Most of the top 10 schools have an acceptance rate clustered between 46% and 51%.

Duke has the lowest acceptance rate for a school not in the top 10 at 52%. The rest of the schools range from 57% to 68%,

Good luck and don’t forget to prepare for your MBA interviews!

 

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FROM GNPTH: LOVE- NO!!; GMAT- YESSSSS!!
When the whole world celebrated Valentine day and enjoyed with their Love. I was hoping that Cupid will shoot his Arrow of desire/love towards me. But instead I had to stick with my GMAT preparation.

When many MBA applicants are keen in making a decision about “Which school to attend”. I had to stick with OG and Practice for the GMAT with whatever materials I have. Not that I’m Complaining/ whining as I had already made my decision to apply for Class of 2018.

You can ask, then what’s the point in mentioning about this. I mentioning this just shout out “Congratulations” to all my fellow MBA aspirants for getting accepted into their target B-Schools. :). And all best for your decision making process, if you haven’t made it yet. Most of them had hell of ride, I was able to witness from their blogs. It certainly helped me to get ready for the application process which i will be starting this fall. Also their blogs taught me, what to expect and what not to expect once you are done with your applications and you know that you have screwed somewhere of the application.

All I wanted to say is that– “Thanks” to all bloggers who will be matriculating this year in their dream B-schools and in the process helping me/ fellow aspirants with their blog posts :). Hope their MBA/ GMAT blogs will transform into B-school life blogs soon :)

Confession: Before starting my blog I had no idea about the interview process and what questions to expect etc etc. Now I believe, I have full knowledge if not some knowledge about the key elements in a MBA Applications. Obviously, it makes me feel relaxed as I have to concentrate more on my GMAT as of now.

Coming back to GMAT, I almost done with my Preparation and getting ready for the Final countdown and assessing my performance with Mocks. Talking about mocks- i scored 680(Q-48 & V-35) recently. I felt really happy that my efforts are going in right direction. I have analyzed the mocks and noted down my key areas of improvements. I will be working towards those improvements coming weeks and make sure I get them right next time around.

I haven’t decided on the date yet for my GMAT as I lack some confidence. My thinking now is, if i’m able to pull of 710+ score in 3 mocks(I have planned to give one mock test per week(Saturdays) for next 3 weeks) then that will be my booster. And I will right away select the date for the GMAT.

Hoping everything will go according to the plan :).

Again, All the best to all my fellow blogger/MBA applicants- My Life is Bliss- Awesome going girl!! Finally everything is coming your way with interview calls- You will nail it :), Vandana- 4 out of 4? That’s really cool. You are a Star!!!, Importunate MBA, TopDogMBA- Congrats for deciding to attend MIT Sloan, Coffee beans & Tea leaves- All the best for Duke, Naija MBA Gal- Congrats for Booth, Pulling that MBA trigger- All the best for Kellogg, UCLA and Tepper. You will get the interview invite soon :). And if i have missed anyone, please pardon me as the list is getting bigger and bigger :)

Until next time,

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I love this line of thinking. :) You sir, deserve a plenty of kudos for your V-Day commitment. Love is some serious time business! And, what better way to spend that time than with your current love interest. Now, she may not be the prettiest, nor the most interesting; however, she most certainly will be your meal ticket to a better life, someday!
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