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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: B-Schools Looking for More Than Just ‘Quant Jocks’
Many business school applicants worry that they don’t have a strong enough quantitative background to be accepted into a top program. If your entire career has been spent in marketing, for example, how can you convince an admissions committee that you’ll be able to handle core classes like Finance and Accounting?

The good news is that business schools have no intention of putting together a graduating class made up of only bankers and accountants. They are well aware that a private equity analyst can learn a lot from a brand manager, and vice versa. So rest assured that adcoms are looking for qualified candidates from allindustries and functions in order to make up a diverse classroom.

That being said, adcoms do not want to admit someone who gives them reason to believe they may struggle with an intense MBA curriculum. Thankfully, even if your day-to-day responsibilities don’t include building financial models or “running the numbers,” there are still several other ways an adcom member can assess your analytical skills.

We’d suggest asking your recommenders to highlight any analytical work you’ve done — they might even be willing to review your career to date and help you remember quantitative aspects of past projects you may have overlooked. Along those same lines, you should consider rewriting your resume so that quantifiable results of your work are included wherever possible.

Adcoms will also be paying attention to your undergraduate grades (specifically in courses like Statistics or Calculus) and your quantitative GMAT score. Clearly there’s nothing you can do about your college grades at this point, but you can (and should) take the GMAT a few times if you don’t do well initially. Invest a lot of time (we’re talking 100+ hours) in preparing and studying, as your score can help prove that you can handle the toughest MBA courses.

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Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management is a close-knit community that values a diverse community and philanthropy. As Melissa Rapp, Kellogg’s Director of MBA Admissions, explains with a blog post on Kellogg’s Inside Perspective “Kellogg believes deeply in diversity and inclusion and we want to build classes that reflect a wide variety of backgrounds, industries, functions, geographies, and beliefs.

The more variety we can put in a class the better the experience is for you. The diversity of perspectives and opinions allow you to broaden your viewpoint and practice the essential skill of learning to collaborate with others who don’t think like you do. You, your experiences and your passions all make you unique and we want to learn about it all. Have the confidence and bravery to tell your story.”

To make sure you are perfect for Kellogg and can explain that in this set of essays, do your research on the programs, activities, clubs, classes and professors you are most excited about. While you are reading and conversing with students and alumni, keep looking for ways in which you will contribute to the community.

Kellogg now has a video essay as part of the application process, something that Director Rapp is extremely excited about. As she explains, the video essay allows the admissions committee to see the full three-dimensional view of the candidate. Relax and be yourself. You can always practice with the SBC video interview prep to make sure you are absolutely ready for the video essay.

REQUIRED ESSAYS

Essay One: Kellogg’s purpose is to educate, equip & inspire brave leaders who create lasting value. Tell us about a time you have demonstrated leadership and created lasting value. What challenges did you face, and what did you learn? (450 words)

This essay focuses on leadership using a behavioral essay framework (the clue is “tell us about a time…”). The details about exactly what you did, said and learned in your leadership story communicate valuable information about how you approach issues and learn from experience. Director Rapp also says that “creating lasting value” is a key to this essay and you should think about what you have done that endures.

As you structure the essay, spend some limited time to set up the background of the story, and then use the majority of the space to describe specifically what you did, thought, felt and how you behaved. Use details to entice the reader and set yourself apart. A few well-placed specifics will add color without adding length to the essay.

You have wide latitude in your topic selection, as long as you demonstrated leadership and enduring value. It might be a time that everything went perfectly smoothly and you learned how to work with a group or inspire people to action. On the other hand, it could be a challenging situation where you learned what not to do! Don’t be nervous about showing weakness here, as long as the outcome demonstrates that you have left your mark on the organization.

If you choose a challenging situation the learning part of the essay will be crucial. Show you can and do learn from experience. Every leader has to learn and develop, and willingness to be open to feedback and improve will be an asset to your application.

Do not neglect mentioning teamwork, which is a core value of Kellogg’s culture. Your leadership experience is likely part of a team at work or in an extracurricular activity, and sensitivity to teamwork and collaboration in any leadership story demonstrates maturity and social skills.

Essay Two: Pursuing an MBA is a catalyst for personal and professional growth. How have you grown in the past? How do you intend to grow at Kellogg? (450 words)

This essay question is a hybrid of a classic career goals essay and a personal essay. Kellogg is interested in candidates who are able to integrate their personal and professional goals and show how a Kellogg MBA will serve both sides of life.

When you describe professional and personal growth in the past, make sure it is relevant to your plans to pursue an MBA at Kellogg. The story you tell in this essay should provide insight into your decision to pursue an MBA and allude to your future goals. Because this isn’t a question about your entire career and personal life thus far, you should choose only one or two main experiences to share.

The topic of this essay should also be an experience that demonstrated growth over time. Perhaps you started in an entry-level position at work and progressed into a management role. Or maybe you learned more about yourself by switching jobs and careers, showing progression in your understanding of your goals and aspirations.

For the personal angle of the essay you could focus on a passion outside of work that has developed over time and led to personal growth. It’s also possible to have both personal and professional growth in your career. Many people mature significantly in the time period between college and graduate school and typically work and life both contribute to that growth.

VIDEO ESSAY

The Video Essay is another component of the application and provides you with an additional opportunity to demonstrate what you will bring to our vibrant Kellogg community – in an interactive way. You will respond to several short video essay questions. The questions are designed to bring to life the person we have learned about on paper.

One question will be a “get to know you” icebreaker type of question. The second question will be ““What path are you interested in pursuing? How will you get there? Why is this program right for you?”

The other question will be a randomly generated question that will be similar to interview questions. Overall the video essay is an opportunity for the admissions committee to get a sense of who you are and your personality beyond your skill with the written word.

After you submit your application you will receive your actual video essay questions. Prepare as if you would for an interview, drafting the topics you want to cover and practicing your presentation. Writing some bullet points down in advance will help you remember and focus as you answer the questions.

The video should accurately portray your personality and demeanor. Extensive preparation will help you be comfortable and be yourself when you are recording the video, but should not create a feeling that you scripted and are “acting.”

Kellogg allows you to practice with the video format a few times before you submit your official video, and it would be useful to do some additional rounds of practice in front of the camera.

Dual-degree applicants: For applicants to the MMM or JD-MBA dual degree programs, please explain why that program is right for you. (250 words)

Doing your research on Kellogg MBA’s academics and resources will help you answer the question about why you need a dual degree to achieve your goals. If you are applying to the MMM program, you’ll have to show how the degree will prepare you more effectively for your career goals than the MBA alone.

Be able to articulate what is different about the Kellogg MMM program as compared to the MBA and other joint degrees. Know the classes you want to take, the professors you hope to work for, and how the MMM experience will be an asset in your future career.

Similarly, the JD-MBA at Kellogg is a highly competitive admissions process and will require a very clear explanation of what you will do with both degrees after school. Consider the unique attributes of the Kellogg JD-MBA program as compared to others, and also why you specifically need both a JD and an MBA to achieve your career goals.

Re-applicants: Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250 word limit)

In answering this question make sure you provide tangible evidence that you have improved the overall package you are submitting this year. Some of the most tangible improvements are a stronger GMAT score or grades from new quantitative classes you attended since the last time you applied.

Other steps that you can describe include a promotion at work, new volunteer activities, or increased responsibility at work or in your activities. If you don’t have something tangible and external to report, it’s reasonable to discuss how your career goals have changed or your personal aspirations have been refined as you revamped your applications.

Additional Information (Optional)

If needed, use this section to briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.) (no word count)

If there are any areas of concern, this is the correct place to address them. Strike an upbeat tone here and avoid excuses. Explain your issue clearly and focus most of the essay on the correction for the issue. For example, if you had a disciplinary issue in college, spend most of the essay demonstrating that you learned from the experience and have been an ideal citizen ever since.

Low GPA issues should be explained here, and if there is a grade of C or below on your transcript the admissions committee will want to know why and feel comfortable it is an outlier in your overall academic record. For academic questions make sure you emphasize your improved performance either later in your college career or in subsequent work or classes since college.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tuesday Tips: Yale School of Management Fall 2019 MBA Essay Tips

The Yale School of Management has published the application essay for the 2018-2019 admissions season, and it is the same question as in last year’s application.

In his blog post, Assistant Dean of admissions Bruce DelMonico explains: “This application essay question evolved from a conversation with Professor of Organizational Behavior Amy Wrzesniewski about how to get a better sense for what our applicants care about in the world.

She notes, ‘Reading about future plans is helpful, but actions speak louder than words. What big commitments have applicants already made in their lives to date, how did they follow through on them, and what does this tell us about who they are? That is what is at the heart of this question’.”

While writing this essay keep in mind the Yale SOM’s mission, as explained by Dean Edward A. Snyder: “Yale SOM is persistent and disciplined in our efforts to connect to big issues, to integrate with Yale, to be distinctively global, and to work across all sectors. All of our efforts are guided by a strategy that accounts for how the world has changed over the last several decades and the implications for leadership. The success of our efforts depends entirely on extraordinary alignment and superior teamwork—internally and externally.”

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Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words maximum)

As the Assistant Dean mentions, this question is about your past actions, not what you plan to do. Behavioral questions like this one (the tip off is “describe”) seek to understand how you actually operate in various situations. Think about what a commitment is to you. Was it a job or an organization that you were involved in?

Maybe your commitment was to a value or a person. Try to be as specific as possible about your commitment and why it qualifies as the biggest commitment you have ever made. What did you think or say when you were determining what to do? What did you actually do? How did you feel about the result?

You may decide to focus on a solo commitment, and that may be entirely appropriate since most MBA applicants are individual contributors. However, ideally you can demonstrate how you work with others as a leader and team member.

Yale is a program focused on making a difference in the world and the subject of this question will tell the admissions committee what you value, ideally something that impacts the greater community or world. Regardless of whether you choose an individual or team commitment, try to show how you have made a significant positive impact.

Because this is the only essay question in the application and should be used to highlight your personal qualities and leadership ability, make sure your resume and recommendations can answer any questions about your career and accomplishments.

The 500-word limit may be daunting. Instead of censoring yourself on the first draft and limiting what you write, start by describing each step in of your accomplishment in detail in terms of what you did, the reaction of others and your own reaction.

From there you can cut out anything that is too detailed or too superfluous to the story to maintain the 500-word maximum. Using an outside reader to help you determine what is most important to the story may help you streamline your essay.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Cornell Johnson Fall 2019 MBA Application Deadlines

The Johnson School of Management at Cornell University has posted the following MBA application deadlines for the 2018-19 admissions season.

Two Year MBA Program
October Round

Application due: October 10, 2018

Final Decision released: December 20, 2018

November Round

Application due: November 15, 2018

Final Decision released: February 20, 2019

January Round

Application due: January 3, 2019

Final Decision released: April 10, 2019

April Round

Application due: April 10, 2019

Final Decision released: May 30, 2019

Following your interview, final decisions, including invitations to join the waitlist, will be released on a rolling basis and posted no later than the date noted for the round in which you submitted your application.

One Year MBA Program
Early Action Round

Application due: September 10, 2018

Final Decision released: November 20, 2018

October Round

Application due: October 10, 2018

Final Decision released: December 20, 2018

November Round

Application due: November 15, 2018

Final Decision released: February 20, 2019

January Round

Application due: January 3, 2019

Final Decision released: March 20, 2019

Rolling

March 15, 2019*

*After January 3rd, applications will be received and reviewed on a space available basis with a final submission deadline of March 15, 2019. International students requiring F-1 visa sponsorship must apply by the January 3rd deadline.

Applications should be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

For more information, please visit the Johnson School MBA admissions website.

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The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business has decided to switch up the essay requirements for the 2018-2019 admissions season. The new application no longer features the photo prompt of the previous two cycles and instead asks two questions of MBA applicants.

As Admissions Officer Donna Swinford explains on the Full-Time MBA Admissions Blog, “At Booth, passions and ambitions serve as a compass in navigating our choice-rich environment. This year, you will find we want to get right at those motivations—to the things that inspire you and your post-MBA future.”

Required MBA Essays
Essay One: How will the Booth MBA help you achieve your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals? (250 word minimum)

Essay Two: Chicago Booth immerses you in a choice-rich environment. How have your interests, leadership experiences, and other passions influenced the choices in your life? (250 word minimum)

Response Guidelines:

      • Length: There is no maximum length, only a 250 word minimum. 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.
      • File Size: Maximum file size is 16 MB.
      • Acceptable Formats: Acceptable formats are PDF or Word. We strongly recommend converting your piece to a PDF file prior to submitting.
      • Restrictions: We will be viewing your submission electronically and in full color, but all submissions will be converted to PDF files, so animation, multimedia, hyperlinks, etc. will not translate over.
Optional Question
Is there any unclear information in your application that needs further explanation? (300 word maximum)

Re-applicant Question
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 word maximum)

For more information about applying to the Chicago Booth School of Business, please visit the admissions website.

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The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has posted the following MBA application deadlines for the 2017-18 admissions season.

Round 1
Application due: September 27, 2018

Decision released: December 6, 2018

Round 2
Application due: January 3, 2019

Decision released: March 21, 2019

Round 3
Application due: April 4, 2019

Decision released: May 16, 2019

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Central Time. For more information about applying to Chicago Booth, please visit the Booth admissions website.

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Guest post from our friends at CommonBond
 Congratulations! You got into business school. The GMAT, video essays, and admissions interviews are (thankfully) behind you. In front of you are new friends, new skills and opportunities, and maybe even new stamps in your passport.

Before you start packing, though, you’ll need a game plan for funding your MBA journey. CommonBond was started by MBAs, so we’ve been there before. Below are some tips to help you figure out how to pay for business school and everything it entails.

Cost of Attendance (COA)
The first thing to figure out when deciding how to pay for b-school is your school’s cost of attendance. The COA includes tuition, room and board, and certain fees and is the legal maximum amount you can borrow in student loans. Check out CommonBond’s MBA Loan Calculator to figure out your school’s COA. In addition to the COA, you’ll also want to factor in other expenses and cushions like b-school travel, commuting, and relocation.

Funding Options
 There are a number of options to consider when figuring out how to fund your MBA. These include personal savings, scholarships/fellowships, company sponsorship, federal loans (e.g. Stafford, Direct Grad PLUS), private loans, and family loans, among others. Funding options carry different benefits and tradeoffs.

Some loans offer benefits like deferment, forbearance, employment protections, or no pre-payment penalties. Additionally, you’ll want to assess different loan provider features like interest rates, customer service, ease of process, reputation, and network/community.

At the end of the day, how you fund your MBA is highly specific to your personal situation. Here are just some additional considerations as you evaluate options:

  • Safety net retained: How much of your savings/emergency fund should you spend?
  • Expected future income: Does your debt load and type make sense given your expected post-MBA income? Can your estimated post-MBA salary support your monthly loan payments?
  • Future plans: Are you planning to start a business, or buy a home?
Federal Loans
There are two types of federal loans available to MBAs:

  • Direct unsubsidized loans: For graduate loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2018, this loan carries a 6.64% APR fixed rate.1 You can borrow up to $20,500 annually in direct unsubsidized loans.
  • Direct PLUS Program: For graduate loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2018, this loan carries a 8.07% APR fixed rate.2 You can borrow up to the cost of attendance minus other financial aid received.
Federal loans carry with them certain government protections such as income-based repayment. If you’re planning to work for the U.S. government or a non-profit after b-school, you may also qualify for the government’s public service loan forgiveness plan.

Private Loans
Private loans are another type of funding available to MBA students and may carry lower rates compared to federal loans. They also feature some of their own unique benefits. Most private lenders offer both fixed and variable rate options.

With a fixed rate, your interest rate and monthly payments are fixed over the life of the loan; with a variable rate, your interest rate and subsequent monthly payments may fluctuate over time based on market dynamics. At CommonBond, our MBA Student Loan starts at 6.07% APR and is available without a cosigner.3 [i]

Private loans may also offer benefits beyond lower rates. For example, all CommonBond members get access to our award-winning customer care team and if borrowers run into financial difficulties, the CommonBridge protection program lets them temporarily postpone payments.

When to Apply
 If you’re taking out loans for b-school, you’ll want to lock down your funding at least a month before classes start. If you want to get started today with CommonBond and knock one more thing off your pre-MBA “to-do” list, apply for an MBA loan here.

If you have any questions throughout the process, feel free to reach out to our Care Team.

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1. The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is based off a rate of 6.595%, and assumes a one-time capitalization of interest at the end of a deferment period, a 1.07% origination fee, a single disbursement, and full deferment (in which there is a 21-month in-school deferment and a six-month grace period).
2. The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is based off a rate of 7.595%, and assumes a one-time capitalization of interest at the end of a deferment period, a 4.26% origination fee, a single disbursement, and full deferment (in which there is a 21-month in-school deferment and a six-month grace period).
 3. The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is based off a rate of 6.04%, a one-time capitalization of interest at the end of a deferment period, a 2% origination fee, one single disbursement, and the full deferment payment plan option (in which there is a 21-month in-school deferment and a six-month grace period). All loans are eligible for a 0.25% reduction in interest rate by agreeing to automatic payment withdrawals once in repayment, which is reflected in the CB APR shown. Variable rates may increase after consummation and the variable rate includes the 1-month LIBOR of 1.98% as of May 25, 2018.

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The University of Virginia Darden School of Business has announced it will forgo its traditional single long essay question this year, and instead will ask applicants to answer multiple short essays for the 2018-2019 admissions cycle.

“We want to get to know all of the various facets of your background and personality,” the Darden admissions team explains.

Required Essay Questions
“Tell us what you would want your learning team to know about you – personal, professional or both.”

(100 words)

“Each year, Darden connects with over 80 countries. If you could choose any location in the world, where would you want to go with Darden? And why?”

(50 words)

“Darden strives to identify and cultivate leaders who follow their purpose. At this stage, how would you describe your evolving leadership style and please provide an example.”

(200 words)

“Please provide an example of a situation in which you have made a meaningful impact.”

(200 words)

“What is your short-term, post-MBA career goal and why?”

(150 words)

For more information about the program, please visit the Darden MBA admissions website.

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The University of Virginia Darden School of Business has announced the following MBA application deadlines for the 2018-2019 admissions season, and will now offer an Early Action deadline.

Early Action is for candidates who believe that Darden School is their first-choice school. These applicants have the opportunity to schedule their own interview and do not have to wait for an invitation.

Early Action candidates can interview beginning in mid-July through the end of September. Interview slots will be available online in early July and filled on a first come, first served basis.

Applicants living in the U.S. are required to interview on the Darden Grounds if they apply in the Early Action round. Candidates living outside of the U.S. and who apply in the Early Action round will have the option to interview via Skype during the open interview period.

Early Action
Application due: September 7, 2018

Decision released: October 17, 2018

Round 1
Application due: October 4, 2018

Decision released: December 12, 2018

Round 2
Application due: January 10, 2019

Decision released: March 20, 2019

Round 3
Application due: April 3, 2019

Decision released: May 8, 2019

All applications for the full-time MBA are due by 12:00 p.m. EST (noon) on the deadline day. For more information on applying to UV Darden School of Business, please visit the Darden admissions website.

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UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School has announced the following MBA application deadlines for the 2018-19 admissions season.

Round 1 (Early Action)
Application due: October 15, 2018

Decision released: December 7, 2018

Round 2
Application due: December 10, 2018

Decision released: February 1, 2019

Round 3
Application due: January 14, 2019

Decision released: March 15, 2019

Round 4*
Application due: March 11, 2019

Decision released: April 19, 2019

*If space is still available in the class, we will accept applications after the Round 4 deadline. Decisions on applications submitted after the Round 4 deadline will be released on a rolling basis.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the application date. For more information, please visit the UNC Kenan-Flagler admissionswebsite.

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The 2018 MBA Applicant Survey, released this week by the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC), confirms the great expectations candidates bring to the business school admissions process.

On one hand, they continue to expect a lot from business schools:

  • They are eager for status updates throughout the application process – “The application process is stressful enough already.”
  • They seek greater transparency around waitlist decisions – “I feel like they have forgotten about me.”
  • They desire feedback following an unsuccessful application – “I just want to know if I came close, or if I shouldn’t bother applying again.”
Likewise, candidates also have high expectations of admissions consultants:

  • A consultant is often a candidate’s first source of information and plays a role in setting expectations for the admissions process.
  • Candidates value consultant advice on preparing the best application.
  • They look to consultants to gain a sense of satisfaction and achievement.
The annual AIGAC survey elicited nearly 2,000 responses from applicants applying to more than two dozen top business schools. The results were announced at the AIGAC  annual conference, which took place last week at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

It’s apparent that candidate expectations continue to be shaped by many sources, beginning online. More than 80% of surveyed applicants turn to school websites for information. They are the most valuable school-related resources, followed by online information sessions, current student referrals and alumni referrals.

The admissions officer/director/team rounds out the top five most valuable school-specific resources. LinkedIn is the most cited social media channel for candidates, followed by YouTube and Facebook. Of particular interest, Quora is more popular than Instagram or Twitter.

The most valuable independent resources for applicants are online communities/forums, followed by MBA rankings and family/friends/work colleagues. Admissions consultants and their websites/blogs are also included in the top five.

The seven schools ranked highest in getting to know applicants well include, in order:
Over 50 admissions consultants from more than a dozen countries, as well as admissions directors and deans from leading business schools around the world, attended this year’s conference.

Participating schools include Haas School of Business, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, Columbia Business School, Booth School of Business , Ross School of Business, UT McCombs School of Business, Yale School of Management, London Business School, and many other top-ranked MBA programs in the United States and around the world.

As noted above, nearly 2,000 applicants completed the survey, which includes 1,377 respondents who applied to at least one school. The majority are male (62%) and 42% live in the U.S.

There’s tons of interesting information in this year’s survey, so follow the link above to learn more about the mindsets of your fellow MBA applicants.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: MIT Sloan Announces Fall 2019 MBA Application Deadlines

The MIT Sloan School of Management has posted the following application deadlines for the 2018-19 admissions cycle.

Round 1
Application due: September 25, 2018

Decision released: December 19, 2018

Round 2
Application due: January 22, 2019

Decision released: April 2, 2019

Round 3
Application due: April 8, 2019

Decision released: May 8, 2019

Applications must be submitted by 3 p.m. EST. For more information, please visit the MIT Sloan admissions website.

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The UT McCombs School of Business has posted the following MBA application deadlines for the 2018-19 admissions cycle.

Round 1 
Application due: October 9, 2018

Decision released: December 18, 2018

Round 2
Application due: January 8, 2019

Decision released: March 28, 2019

Round 3
Application due: April 2, 2019

Decision released: May 9, 2019

Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. CST on the day of the deadline. Applicants should note that Round 1 is the priority deadline for scholarships and fellowships at the Texas MBA program. For additional information on applying, please visit the Texas MBA admissions website.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Turn a Critical Eye to Your Social Media Profile
Do you have a profile on any of the major social media platforms? Do you frequently tweet, upload pictures to Instagram or Flickr, or post updates on Facebook? If so, you might want to make sure your online presence won’t derail your MBA application efforts.

If an admissions team is leaning toward admitting you to their program, it’s possible that they could do a quick Google search on your name before making their final decision. If you’ve demonstrated bad judgment by posting pictures of yourself doing not-so-upstanding things or making crude or otherwise politically incorrect comments, you’ve given them a reason to move your application to the ding pile.

You may have heard that last year, Harvard College rescinded admissions offers to ten students who had posted offensive memes in a private Facebook group. A few years earlier, The New York Times reported on a high school senior who caused a stir at Bowdoin College after posting disparaging tweets about other attendees at the school’s information session.

If some undergraduate admissions committees are using teenagers’ social media behavior against them, it’s possible that business schools won’t be any more forgiving with adults who should know better.

It doesn’t end with the admissions committee, either. Let’s say you are invited to interview with a local alum; that person might try to find out as much information about you as possible before your chat. Once you’re at school, potential internship and full-time employers could perform an even more extensive online background check. Your fellow classmates might do some digging, too!

So while you may believe it’s funny and harmless to post that selfie after you’ve tipped back one too many, think again. There’s a chance you could compromise your MBA candidacy because of a fleeting moment of indiscretion. If an admissions committee member comes across something that raises a red flag, they’ll likely move on to the next candidate.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: MIT Sloan School Announces Fall 2019 MBA Essay, Video Statement

The MIT Sloan School of Management has posted its application requirements for the 2018-19 admissions season. The cover letter as essay is still in play, and Sloan also asks applicants to provide a brief video statement.

Here’s how each component is explained on the MIT Sloan admissions site:

Cover Letter
MIT Sloan seeks students whose personal characteristics demonstrate that they will make the most of the incredible opportunities at MIT, both academic and non-academic. We are on a quest to find those whose presence will enhance the experience of other students. We seek thoughtful leaders with exceptional intellectual abilities and the drive and determination to put their stamp on the world. We welcome people who are independent, authentic, and fearlessly creative — true doers. We want people who can redefine solutions to conventional problems, and strive to preempt unconventional dilemmas with cutting-edge ideas. We demand integrity and respect passion.

Taking the above into consideration, please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program. Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence, include one or more examples that illustrate why you meet the desired criteria above, and be addressed to Mr. Rod Garcia, Senior Director of Admissions (300 words or fewer, excluding address and salutation).

Video Statement
Please introduce yourself to your future classmates via abrief video statement.

This video will be used for application purposes only and will not be shared. You will need to use an internet-connected computer, with a webcam and microphone.  As part of the application review, the Admission Committee will evaluate your response to see how you express yourself and to assess fit with the MIT Sloan culture. The simple, open-ended question is designed to help us get to know you better.

Videos should be a single take (no editing) lasting no more than one minute and consisting of you speaking directly to the camera. We recommend using an application such as QuickTime or iMovie to record yourself.

Should you experience difficulties uploading your file, please ensure that you’re using a modern web browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) on the fastest wired Internet connection available. An intermittent or slow Internet connection can cause uploads to timeout.

Optional Essay
Please provide any additional information you would like the Admissions Committee to know that may be helpful in evaluating your candidacy (i.e. choice of recommenders, areas of concern in your academic record, other extenuating circumstances, etc.). This information should be provided in a written format (200 words or less).

Visit the MIT Sloan admissions website for more information on the technical requirements for the video statement. The application for the MIT Sloan MBA program will go live in mid to late July.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tuesday Tips: Chicago Booth Fall 2019 MBA Essay Tips

The University of 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.

For the first time in many years, Chicago has abandoned the creative and open-ended essay question. Rather than agonizing over visual presentations, this year’s applicants can answer straightforward essay questions. The one interesting thing to note about this set of questions is that while most schools ask for word limits on their essays, Chicago is setting a word minimum for the required essay responses.

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.

Reviewing the Chicago Booth admissions criteria will be useful as you approach these questions. Booth is a school with a tradition of intellectual rigor, non-conformity, and innovation. Along with academics, Chicago will be looking for demonstrated leadership, team building skills and community involvement, as well as your fit with Chicago Booth.

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. Personal qualities, leadership, and career direction are all aspects that you can communicate through this set of admissions essays.

ESSAY QUESTIONS

Essay One: How will the Booth MBA help you achieve your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals? (250 word minimum)

This career goals essay is the ideal way to describe your track record of success and sense of personal direction. You can also demonstrate that you have realistic expectations for your Booth MBA. While career goals should be aspirational, they should also be achievable given your background and the education you will gain at Booth. Think about what you have done thus far in your career. What have you learned? How can you use your past experience to inform your future goals?

This question asks for both immediate and long-term goals, as well as asking why Booth is the right place for you to pursue your MBA. Thorough research into your career path and the options for its development at Booth will allow you to answer this question fully and with conviction.

Essay Two: Chicago Booth immerses you in a choice-rich environment. How have your interests, leadership experiences, and other passions influenced the choices in your life? (250 word minimum)

Chicago Booth is looking for self-aware leaders with a sense of purpose. If you are immersed in an environment that offers many choices, how do you find your own sense of direction? This is an opportunity to provide context for the choices that you have made and to tell the admissions committee about your leadership experiences.

This essay should communicate who you are and what motivates you. It’s useful to provide concrete stories about your interests, leadership experiences and other passions, but also important to describe why those experiences impacted your life choices.

This essay is an opportunity to describe personal and extracurricular examples as well as work accomplishments to present a full picture of who you are. Perhaps you chose your career path out of intellectual curiosity for the field, but you chose to work outside your home country because of a passion for travel and new experiences.

Describing both the personal and professional thought process and decision making structure will add more detail to give the admissions committee a holistic sense of you and your potential.

Optional Essay:

Is there any unclear information in your application that needs further explanation? (300 word maximum)

This optional essay is a flexible question, allowing you to provide the information you need to put forward the best possible application. If you have any areas that need to be explained in your profile, such as academic issues or gaps in work experience, this is the ideal place to add more detail.

Because the essay is open-ended you can also use it to add any additional information you wanted to inform the admissions committee about. Anything from an interesting personal background to meaningful extracurricular could be relevant context to add to a successful application.

Re-applicant Question:

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 word maximum)

This is an interesting re-applicant question, because rather than asking how your candidacy has improved, Booth asks how your perspective has changed. If you have improved your test scores, taken relevant classes, earned a promotion or changed jobs that will still be useful information to communicate, but you should use the space to talk about how you have reflected on yourself and your goals since the last time you applied to Booth.

You may have learned more about your career path, formed new relationships, or changed your future direction. This is an ideal essay to demonstrate self-awareness, leadership qualities and a realistic sense of how the Booth MBA fits into your future plans.

Contact Stacy Blackman Consulting to learn more about how we can help you approach your Booth application.

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The Darden School of Business is a top-tier MBA program at University of Virginia. Due to the strength of its academic community, UVA has significant entrepreneurial activity and is interested in fostering innovation within the MBA program.

Darden has changed the one required essay question of prior years into a set of very short essays that cover a variety of topics. Darden is looking for leadership, international focus, and a sense of passion and purpose.

In all of these essays you will want to communicate who you are and what motivates you both in your career pursuits and your personal life. The restrictive word counts will make it challenging to elaborate in your responses, so be focused and precise in your communication.

When considering which personal qualities to highlight in this set of essays, consider that leadership is crucial to future Darden MBAs. Your ability to work well within a team of peers is also important to Darden, a school with a small, tight-knit community.

The case method is the primary teaching method at Darden, similar to Harvard Business School, and engaging with the case method requires the ability to communicate clearly and bring your perspective to the conversation.

Talking to a current student is a great way to learn more about Darden, and the admissions committee makes it easy for you to reach out to students directly on the admissions website.

ESSAY QUESTIONS

Tell us what you would want your learning team to know about you – personal, professional or both. (100 words)

Darden is a community, and the learning team is the smallest unit of that community. You will be assigned a team of diverse classmates to meet before class and discuss your case assignments. The purpose of these discussions is to ensure that all of you are prepared to participate in the class discussion. Ideally the learning team is a supportive environment and allows everyone to learn and express their own point of view.

This essay allows you to introduce yourself to the Darden community while imagining that you are speaking only to a small group of your peers. What should your learning team know about your background? What diverse perspective will you bring to the learning environment? Perhaps you have a unique professional background that will be new to your teammates.

You may be from an underrepresented region of the world, or you have an interesting personal background. In just a few words, describe what you think will set you apart from your peers and be interesting for the team to know about you. To learn more about your potential classmates, talk to a student ambassador or review Darden’s MBA Student Stories.

Each year, Darden connects with over 80 countries. If you could choose any location in the world, where would you want to go with Darden? And why? (50 words)

To learn more about Darden’s international programs, visit the Darden website. You can connect with an international location by participating in short visits through a Global Immersion Course or Global Topic Course, spend a semester abroad with an Exchange Program, or work directly with an international business as part of the Global Client Courses.

While Darden describes the current programs and countries on the website, this question asks for your ideal location and why you are interested in it. Your interest in a particular region could be personal or professional and should have an academic basis. The focus of these international programs is to learn more about the world of business beyond the United States, with that context what would you like to know and where would you like to learn it?

Darden strives to identify and cultivate leaders who follow their purpose. At this stage, how would you describe your evolving leadership style and please provide an example. (200 words)

This set of essays provides a holistic view of your background, motivations and goals – and in some ways this question is a close companion to the career goals question at the end. When you examine your past leadership opportunities, what is the connecting thread? Are you a consensus builder or a director of projects? Do you keep the project running on time, or do you question the premise? What has been your style when dealing with difficult peers or bosses?

You should consider all of those questions and then choose a short example that illustrates your style and purpose. At this stage in your life your aspirations may not match reality yet, and you can discuss a bit of your desired evolution as a leader.

Please provide an example of a situation in which you have made a meaningful impact. (200 words)

This example could be professional or extracurricular, but ideally describes a significant accomplishment that made an impact. That impact could be big or small as long as it was meaningful to you and those around you. Ideally this example is illustrative of your larger interests and passions.

For example, if you are devoted to diversity, perhaps you started a mentoring program or funded internships for underrepresented employees. While the impact of that action may have been limited to your department or company, it shows your values and allows you to discuss how you would make a greater impact on the world when you have the ability and platform to do so.

What is your short-term, post-MBA career goal and why? (150 words)

This question focuses specifically on your short-term career goal, but since you are likely taking that next step in order to set the groundwork for your larger career goals it is entirely appropriate to describe your overall career aspirations. In the previous questions in this set of essays you have described your personality, motivations, impact and accomplishments, and your career goals should fit seamlessly into that story.

Do not be intimidated by career goals questions if you are still exploring what you want to do with your life. Darden offers intensive career counseling and you will have an opportunity to explore many career paths in school. The essay question seeks to understand why you are pursuing this path and what you hope to get out of it.

The goal is to understand how you think and plan, and what motivates your career decisions. If you are inspired by what you have experienced as a leader and as someone who has a positive impact on others, that inspiration should be part of your career aspirations as well. Darden will help you refine your goals and learn the skills you need.

Looking for perspective in your approach to your Darden MBA application? Contact us to discuss how Stacy Blackman Consulting can help.

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