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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: GMAC 2024 Prospective Students Survey
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AI, Inclusion, and Sustainability Matter to Prospective MBA Students
In the aftermath of a tumultuous year marked by global conflicts, economic instability, and technological disruptions, there’s a noticeable uptick in interest in graduate management education. A [url=https://www.gmac.com/news-center/gmac-press-releases/ai-inclusion-and-sustainability-must-haves]recent GMAC survey[/url] of prospective students found that people increasingly recognize the value of enhancing their skills and infusing purpose into their academic pursuits, professional endeavors, and personal lives.

The survey underscores a growing emphasis among prospective MBA students on principles of fairness, inclusivity, and environmental sustainability in their educational experience. Moreover, there’s a great concern for socio-economic issues such as poverty alleviation, access to clean water, and job opportunities, with many indicating a strong preference for institutions that prioritize these values.

One striking trend highlighted in the survey is the heightened demand for education in emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), particularly among certain demographic groups and geographic regions. This underscores a broader shift towards [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/stem-designation-international-students/]STEM-certified programs[/url], with significant growth observed in Asia.

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[b]Prospective Students Lean Into Hybrid Delivery[/b]
“Interest in hybrid learning has grown across regions and demographic types as hybrid workplaces have also increasingly become available and expected by prospective employees,” notes Andrew Walker, the director of research analysis and communications at GMAC and the author of the report.

“While in-person learning remains the most preferred delivery format among most candidates, its dominance among candidates is diminishing.”

When it comes to study destinations, the United States continues to attract a significant number of business school candidates. Nonetheless, there’s a noticeable trend towards domestic institutions, particularly in regions such as Asia and Latin America. This shift is attributed to the perceived quality and affordability of local educational offerings.

Overall, the survey findings suggest a shifting landscape in graduate management education. “The 2024 survey of prospective students reveals that candidates expect graduate business education to help equip them to advance social impact as a component of their professional and personal goals,” said Joy Jones, CEO of GMAC.

“Their strong desire to build evergreen skills like leadership in an uncertain world, data-driven problem-solving, and effective technology and human capital management persists, even though their preferences for delivery formats and study destinations may shift.”

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41509] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-08-23-at-10.02.38-AM.png[/img] Ashley HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33615] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/andrea_k.jpg[/img] Andrea Director HBS Admissionsat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36122] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Jennifer-Foster.jpeg[/img] Jennifer Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33613] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin-k.jpg[/img] Erin K. Asst Director MBA Admissionsat Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Director MBA Admissionsat Berkeley’s Haas School of Business [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-42822] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Susie-Burrus-photo.jpeg[/img] Susie Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-35390] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2021-02-08-at-9.08.05-AM.png[/img] Dione MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Minority Admissions, the GSBDiversity Programs, the GSB [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-34284] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/anthony.jpeg[/img] Anthony Associate Director MBA Admissionsat the Wharton Schoolat the University of Pennsylvania [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33611] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/meghan_e.jpg[/img] Meghan Associate Director MBA Admissions and Marketingat the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36612] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Amy-Hazen.jpeg[/img] Amy Director, the Wharton Schoolat the University of PennsylvaniaProfessional Writer [/url]

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33607] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin_B-v2.jpg[/img] Erin B. Assistant Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS)M.S.Ed, Higher Education, U of Pennsylvania [/url]

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Ashley
Ashley is a former MBA Admissions Board Member for Harvard Business School (HBS), where she interviewed and evaluated thousands of business school applicants for over a six year tenure. Ashley holds an MBA from HBS.

During her HBS years, Ashley was the Sports Editor for the Harbus and a member of the B-School Blades Ice Hockey Team. After HBS, she worked in Marketing at the Gillette Company on Male and Female shaving ...

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Kerry is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

During her 5+ year tenure at HBS, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a wide range of backgrounds across the globe. She also led marketing and outreach efforts focused on increasing diversity and inclusion, ran the Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP), and launched the 2+2 Program during her time in Admissions.

Kerry holds a B.A. from Bates College and  ...

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Pauline
A former associate director of admissions at Harvard Business School, Pauline served on the HBS MBA Admissions Board full-time for four years. She evaluated and interviewed HBS applicants, both on-campus and globally.

Pauline's career has included sales and marketing management roles with Coca-Cola, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, and IBM.  For over 10 years, Pauline has expertly guided MBA applicants, and her clients h ...

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Geri is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

In her 7 year tenure in HBS Admissions, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a diverse set of academic, geographic, and employment backgrounds.  Geri also traveled globally representing the school at outreach events in order to raise awareness for women and international students.  In additio ...

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Laura comes from the MBA Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS) and is an HBS MBA alumnus. In her HBS Admissions role, she evaluated and interviewed hundreds of business school candidates, including internationals, women, military and other applicant pools, for five years.

Prior to her time as a student at HBS, Laura began her career in advertising and marketing in Chicago at Leo Burnett where she worked on th ...

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Andrea
Andrea served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at Harvard Business School (HBS) for over five years.  In this role, she provided strategic direction for student yield-management activities and also served as a full member of the admissions committee.

In 2007, Andrea launched the new 2+2 Program at Harvard Business School – a program targeted at college junior applicants to Harvard Business School.  Andrea has also served as a Career Coach for Harvard Business School for both cu ...

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Jennifer
Jennifer served as Admissions Officer at the Stanford (GSB) for five years. She holds an MBA from Stanford (GSB) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Jennifer has over 15 years experience in guiding applicants through the increasingly competitive admissions process into top MBA programs. Having read thousands and thousands of essays and applications while at Stanford (GSB) Admiss ...

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Erin K.
Erin served in key roles in MBA Admissions--as Director at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Assistant Director at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Erin served on the admissions committee at each school and has read thousands of applications in her career. At Haas, she served for seven years in roles that encompassed evaluation, outreach, and diversity and inclusion. During her tenure in Admissions at GSB, she was responsible for candidate evaluation, applicant outreach, ...

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Susie
Susie comes from the Admissions Office of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she reviewed and evaluated hundreds of prospective students’ applications.  She holds an MBA from Stanford’s GSB and a BA from Stanford in Economics.

Prior to advising MBA applicants, Susie held a variety of roles over a 15-year period in capital markets, finance, and real estate, including as partner in one of the nation’s most innovative finance and real estate investment organizations. In that r ...

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Dione
Dione holds an MBA degree from Stanford Business School (GSB) and a BA degree from Stanford University, where she double majored in Economics and Communication with concentrations in journalism and sociology. Dione has served as an Admissions reader and member of the Minority Admissions Advisory Committee at Stanford. 

Dione is an accomplished and respected advocate and thought leader on education and diversity. She is ...

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Anthony
Anthony served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he dedicated over 10 years of expertise.

During his time as a Wharton Admissions Officer, he read and reviewed thousands of applications and helped bring in a class of 800+ students a year.  Anthony has traveled both domestically and internationally to recruit a ...

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Meghan
Meghan served as the Associate Director of Admissions and Marketing at the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute, a joint degree program combining the Wharton MBA with an MA in International Studies.

In her role on the Wharton MBA admissions committee, Meghan advised domestic and international applicants; conducted interviews and information sessions domestically and overseas in Asia, Central and South America, and Europe; and evaluated applicants for admission to the program. Meghan also managed ...

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Amy
Amy comes from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she was Associate Director. Amy devoted 12 years at the Wharton School, working closely with MBA students and supporting the admissions team.

During her tenure at Wharton, Amy served as a trusted adviser to prospective applicants as well as admitted and matriculated students.  She conducted admissions chats with applicants early in the admissions ...

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Ally
Ally brings six years of admissions experience to the SBC team, most recently as an Assistant Director of Admission for the full-time MBA program at Columbia Business School (CBS).

During her time at Columbia, Ally was responsible for reviewing applications, planning recruitment events, and interviewing candidates for both the full-time MBA program and the Executive MBA program. She traveled both internationally and dome ...

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Erin B.
Erin has over seven years of experience working across major institutions, including University of Pennsylvania, Columbia Business School, and NYU's Stern School of Business.

At Columbia Business School, Erin was an Assistant Director of Admissions where she evaluated applications for both the full time and executive MBA programs, sat on the admissions and merit scholarship committees and advised applicants on which program might be the best fit for them based on their work experience and pro ...

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Emma comes from the MBA Admissions Office at Columbia Business School (CBS), where she was Associate Director.

Emma conducted dozens of interviews each cycle for the MBA and EMBA programs, as well as coordinating the alumni ambassador interview program. She read and evaluated hundreds of applications each cycle, delivered information sessions to audiences across the globe, and advised countless waitlisted applicants.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: How to Ace Your Deferred MBA Interview
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Embarking on the journey towards a deferred MBA program like [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/hbs-2-2-deferred-mba-get-accepted/]Harvard 2+2[/url], [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/deferred-admission-chicago-booth/]Chicago Booth Scholars[/url], or [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/future-year-scholars-program?_ga=2.158181746.956302488.1714072072-491103834.1706647307&_gl=1*x9oxgs*_ga*NDkxMTAzODM0LjE3MDY2NDczMDc.*_ga_SLY12CWTWF*MTcxNDE3MDcwOS4xOS4xLjE3MTQxNzA3MzQuMzUuMC4w]UVA Darden’s Future Year Scholars Program[/url] is an exciting yet challenging endeavor for college seniors. These prestigious programs offer a unique opportunity to secure a spot in a top-tier business school before gaining professional experience. However, the application process, especially the interview phase, can be daunting. With that in mind, we’ve prepared some timely tips to help college seniors get ready for their deferred MBA interview.

Did you know that SBC offers a la carte interview prep services? Reach out today to learn more about [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-interview-prep-coaching/]All-In Interview Prep[/url].

[b]Understand the Program and School Culture[/b]
Before your interview, thoroughly research the deferred MBA program you’re applying to and the business school itself. Understand their mission, values, and unique offerings. Familiarize yourself with recent developments, faculty members, and alumni achievements.

Choosing a school with a culture that resonates with your values ensures you’ll be better equipped to navigate the intricate nuances of the modern business landscape. A little research and a hefty dose of self-reflection will help you find which MBA program fits you best.

Demonstrating your knowledge and enthusiasm for the program during the interview will leave a lasting impression on the admissions committee.

Listen to [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/b-schooled-podcast-episode-186-communicating-mba-program-knowledge-fit/]B-Schooled Podcast #186[/url]: Communicating MBA Program Knowledge and Fit

[b]Articulate Your Career Goals[/b]
One key aspect of your interview will be discussing your career aspirations. Clearly articulate your short-term and long-term goals, demonstrating how the deferred MBA program fits into your overall career trajectory. Be specific about the industries and roles you’re interested in and how the program will help you achieve your objectives. Admissions committees want to see that you have a clear vision for your future and that the program aligns with your ambitions.

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[b]Highlight Leadership and Extracurricular Activities[/b]
Deferred MBA programs seek candidates who have demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to extracurricular activities. Don’t worry about coming up with wildly impressive situations, even if you’re applying to the most elite MBA program in the world. You can solve more minor problems and still show leadership potential.

During the interview, highlight your leadership roles in student organizations, community service projects, or internships. Discuss challenges you’ve faced and how you’ve overcome them, showcasing your resilience and adaptability.

[b]Prepare for Behavioral Questions[/b]
Expect to encounter behavioral questions during your interview, which require you to provide examples from your past experiences. Practice responding to questions that assess your teamwork skills, ability to handle conflicts, and leadership capabilities. Use the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to structure your responses effectively, ensuring clarity and coherence.

The [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/compelling-stories-for-mba-interviews/]STAR technique[/url] works well for “situational” questions, such as: “Tell me about a time you failed;” “Tell me about a time you came up with an innovative solution;” or “Tell me about a time you managed a difficult project;” and “Tell me about a time you led a team.”

The power of the STAR method is that it allows you to formulate a very complete answer, but it keeps your answer organized and prevents you from rambling on and on—a common occurrence in interviews.

Listen to [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/b-schooled-podcast-episode-94-a-deep-dive-on-behavioral-interviews/]B-Schooled Podcast #94[/url]: A Deep Dive on Behavioral Interviews

[b]Showcase Your Intellectual Curiosity[/b]
Business schools value candidates who are intellectually curious and eager to learn. Demonstrate your passion for learning by discussing books, articles, or academic projects that have influenced your thinking. Be prepared to engage in thoughtful discussions about current events, industry trends, or business challenges. This will showcase your analytical skills and critical thinking abilities.

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The [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2024/04/24/future-year-scholars-program-interview-advice/]UVA Darden School of Business[/url] recently shared deferred MBA interview advice culled from current FYSP students.  Jack Ratterree (Class of 2025) says applicants should “Have 3-5 key things that you want your interviewer to remember about you, and make sure those things are mentioned. Also, make sure these things demonstrate a breadth of different experiences and knowledge you have, as Darden is looking for well-rounded individuals and not necessarily those that already have great business knowledge.”

[b]Be Authentic and Genuine[/b]
Finally, be yourself during the interview. Admissions committees evaluate your qualifications and personality and fit with the program. Authenticity is key, so don’t try to be someone you’re not. Share genuine stories and insights that reflect your true self, allowing the committee to get to know you beyond your resume.

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Preparing for a deferred MBA program interview requires thorough research, thoughtful reflection, and effective communication. By understanding the program, articulating your goals, showcasing your leadership, preparing for behavioral questions, demonstrating intellectual curiosity, and being authentic, you’ll be well-equipped to ace your interview and secure a spot in your dream business school.

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41509] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-08-23-at-10.02.38-AM.png[/img] Ashley HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36146] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/laura.jpeg[/img] Laura HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36122] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Jennifer-Foster.jpeg[/img] Jennifer Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33613] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin-k.jpg[/img] Erin K. Asst Director MBA Admissionsat Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Director MBA Admissionsat Berkeley’s Haas School of Business [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-42822] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Susie-Burrus-photo.jpeg[/img] Susie Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-35390] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2021-02-08-at-9.08.05-AM.png[/img] Dione MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Minority Admissions, the GSBDiversity Programs, the GSB [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-34284] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/anthony.jpeg[/img] Anthony Associate Director MBA Admissionsat the Wharton Schoolat the University of Pennsylvania [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33611] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/meghan_e.jpg[/img] Meghan Associate Director MBA Admissions and Marketingat the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36612] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Amy-Hazen.jpeg[/img] Amy Director, the Wharton Schoolat the University of PennsylvaniaProfessional Writer [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-37475] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2021-03-09-at-1.53.23-PM.png[/img] Ally Assistant Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS)NYU Admissions [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33607] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin_B-v2.jpg[/img] Erin B. Assistant Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS)M.S.Ed, Higher Education, U of Pennsylvania [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41568] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-09-14-at-12.38.38-PM.png[/img] Emma Associate Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS) [/url]

Ashley
Ashley is a former MBA Admissions Board Member for Harvard Business School (HBS), where she interviewed and evaluated thousands of business school applicants for over a six year tenure. Ashley holds an MBA from HBS.

During her HBS years, Ashley was the Sports Editor for the Harbus and a member of the B-School Blades Ice Hockey Team. After HBS, she worked in Marketing at the Gillette Company on Male and Female shaving ...

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Kerry
Kerry is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

During her 5+ year tenure at HBS, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a wide range of backgrounds across the globe. She also led marketing and outreach efforts focused on increasing diversity and inclusion, ran the Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP), and launched the 2+2 Program during her time in Admissions.

Kerry holds a B.A. from Bates College and  ...

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Pauline
A former associate director of admissions at Harvard Business School, Pauline served on the HBS MBA Admissions Board full-time for four years. She evaluated and interviewed HBS applicants, both on-campus and globally.

Pauline's career has included sales and marketing management roles with Coca-Cola, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, and IBM.  For over 10 years, Pauline has expertly guided MBA applicants, and her clients h ...

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Geri
Geri is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

In her 7 year tenure in HBS Admissions, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a diverse set of academic, geographic, and employment backgrounds.  Geri also traveled globally representing the school at outreach events in order to raise awareness for women and international students.  In additio ...

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Laura
Laura comes from the MBA Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS) and is an HBS MBA alumnus. In her HBS Admissions role, she evaluated and interviewed hundreds of business school candidates, including internationals, women, military and other applicant pools, for five years.

Prior to her time as a student at HBS, Laura began her career in advertising and marketing in Chicago at Leo Burnett where she worked on th ...

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Andrea
Andrea served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at Harvard Business School (HBS) for over five years.  In this role, she provided strategic direction for student yield-management activities and also served as a full member of the admissions committee.

In 2007, Andrea launched the new 2+2 Program at Harvard Business School – a program targeted at college junior applicants to Harvard Business School.  Andrea has also served as a Career Coach for Harvard Business School for both cu ...

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Jennifer
Jennifer served as Admissions Officer at the Stanford (GSB) for five years. She holds an MBA from Stanford (GSB) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Jennifer has over 15 years experience in guiding applicants through the increasingly competitive admissions process into top MBA programs. Having read thousands and thousands of essays and applications while at Stanford (GSB) Admiss ...

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Erin K.
Erin served in key roles in MBA Admissions--as Director at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Assistant Director at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Erin served on the admissions committee at each school and has read thousands of applications in her career. At Haas, she served for seven years in roles that encompassed evaluation, outreach, and diversity and inclusion. During her tenure in Admissions at GSB, she was responsible for candidate evaluation, applicant outreach, ...

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Susie
Susie comes from the Admissions Office of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she reviewed and evaluated hundreds of prospective students’ applications.  She holds an MBA from Stanford’s GSB and a BA from Stanford in Economics.

Prior to advising MBA applicants, Susie held a variety of roles over a 15-year period in capital markets, finance, and real estate, including as partner in one of the nation’s most innovative finance and real estate investment organizations. In that r ...

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Dione
Dione holds an MBA degree from Stanford Business School (GSB) and a BA degree from Stanford University, where she double majored in Economics and Communication with concentrations in journalism and sociology. Dione has served as an Admissions reader and member of the Minority Admissions Advisory Committee at Stanford. 

Dione is an accomplished and respected advocate and thought leader on education and diversity. She is ...

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Anthony
Anthony served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he dedicated over 10 years of expertise.

During his time as a Wharton Admissions Officer, he read and reviewed thousands of applications and helped bring in a class of 800+ students a year.  Anthony has traveled both domestically and internationally to recruit a ...

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Meghan
Meghan served as the Associate Director of Admissions and Marketing at the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute, a joint degree program combining the Wharton MBA with an MA in International Studies.

In her role on the Wharton MBA admissions committee, Meghan advised domestic and international applicants; conducted interviews and information sessions domestically and overseas in Asia, Central and South America, and Europe; and evaluated applicants for admission to the program. Meghan also managed ...

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Amy
Amy comes from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she was Associate Director. Amy devoted 12 years at the Wharton School, working closely with MBA students and supporting the admissions team.

During her tenure at Wharton, Amy served as a trusted adviser to prospective applicants as well as admitted and matriculated students.  She conducted admissions chats with applicants early in the admissions ...

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Ally brings six years of admissions experience to the SBC team, most recently as an Assistant Director of Admission for the full-time MBA program at Columbia Business School (CBS).

During her time at Columbia, Ally was responsible for reviewing applications, planning recruitment events, and interviewing candidates for both the full-time MBA program and the Executive MBA program. She traveled both internationally and dome ...

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Erin has over seven years of experience working across major institutions, including University of Pennsylvania, Columbia Business School, and NYU's Stern School of Business.

At Columbia Business School, Erin was an Assistant Director of Admissions where she evaluated applications for both the full time and executive MBA programs, sat on the admissions and merit scholarship committees and advised applicants on which program might be the best fit for them based on their work experience and pro ...

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Emma comes from the MBA Admissions Office at Columbia Business School (CBS), where she was Associate Director.

Emma conducted dozens of interviews each cycle for the MBA and EMBA programs, as well as coordinating the alumni ambassador interview program. She read and evaluated hundreds of applications each cycle, delivered information sessions to audiences across the globe, and advised countless waitlisted applicants.

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Spring is in the air, and that means SBC is experiencing the usual annual surge of B-school aspirants looking to get matched with an MBA consultant and start their months-long application journeys. Some may wonder why people sign up with SBC now when applications come out in the summer. Savvy applicants realize they can lay the groundwork for their applications long before the forms are released. Plus, a seasoned MBA consultant can guide you toward improving your candidacy before you get down to business for round one deadlines.

While not every applicant needs to work with an MBA consultant to succeed, partnering with us can significantly strengthen any applicant’s materials. In our [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/b-schooled-podcast-episode-51-who-should-work-with-an-mba-admissions-consultant/]B-Schooled podcast episode #51[/url], we delve into where we add the most significant value.  Over our more than two decades in business, we’ve identified nine types of MBA candidates who can benefit the most from our services. Let’s explore them:

The Procrastinator
If you’re applying for an MBA, it’s time to get honest about your strengths and weaknesses. Even if you’re someone who thrives off last-minute stress, know it’s a rare candidate who can pull off a winning MBA application package at the eleventh hour. The sad truth is that your procrastinating tendencies will likely do you in.

Huge problems can arise for those who are overconfident in their test-taking ability. Such people often don’t leave enough time to [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/retake-gmat/]retake the GMAT or GRE[/url] before submission if they score lower than they hoped on practice tests. Other procrastinators stumble by dragging their feet getting their recommendation letters in order. Or they fail to [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/sell-yourself-with-an-mba-resume/]reformat their resume[/url] in time to make it MBA-ready. They may keep putting off their essay writing and underperform on this crucial application component.

Creating a standout application requires time and introspection that can’t be rushed. If you anticipate needing assistance to meet your targeted round deadlines, an MBA consultant can play a crucial role. They can guide you through the process, ensuring you stay on track and meet all the necessary requirements.

Curious about your chances of getting into a top B-school? Contact us to talk strategy with a [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/contact/]free 15-minute advising session[/url] with an SBC Principal Consultant.

The Overwhelmed
The second type of MBA applicant that admissions consultants can help are those who feel overwhelmed by the process. These people aren’t necessarily procrastinators—they might be OK with deadlines and stay on top of things—but they have a lot on their plates. Perhaps they travel a lot for work or are in the middle of a big and demanding project or deal. These applicants need someone to light a fire under them, keep them on track, or break down the process into manageable tasks. An MBA consultant can be that guiding light, providing a sense of relief and reassurance in the midst of a hectic application process.

Even if you’re not particularly busy, you may still feel stressed by all the different moving parts, timelines, and requirements of the process. If you get a sinking feeling about how you will pull it all off, that’s a sign that an MBA consultant can help.

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Your admissions consultant can help you get everything done promptly and less stressfully. They can also help distinguish you from the pack and help you enjoy the process.

The Ultra-Determined
The third type of applicant who should strongly consider working with an MBA admissions consultant is one who is absolutely determined to join the next admitted class. Most applicants want to be admitted in the year they are applying. We’re talking about when it’s imperative to someone that they go back that fall. For these ultra-determined applicants, early preparation is key. An MBA consultant can help them stay motivated and driven, ensuring they make the most of their application process.

It is so vital that it may mean attending a school that isn’t their dream program or one they initially weren’t excited about. It may also mean casting a wider net of where they apply, even if they must move somewhere that hadn’t been on their radar.

We’ve worked with candidates in this situation who were downright miserable in their jobs or careers. They knew that an MBA was the most strategic way to pivot out. It could be an older candidate who knows they will soon age out of the running and wants to start their degree as quickly as possible. Or it could be someone who knows they want to start a family in a few years and is committed to earning their degree first.

There are many reasons why someone might have this heightened sense of urgency.  If you know you’re in that boat, then now is the time to pull out all the stops and position yourself as best you can for success. That way, you don’t have any regrets at the end of the process.

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The Non-Writer
The fourth type of applicant that MBA consultants can help is those who feel they are not strong writers. Folks in this bucket can range from applicants for whom English is not their first language to those who have only ever spoken English but don’t feel like they communicate well through writing.

It could also include people who are confident in spelling and grammar but whose careers, hobbies, and activities outside of work have not provided them with opportunities to write anything beyond bullet points, short emails, or PowerPoint slides.

So, when it comes to [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/mba-essay-mistakes/]pulling together a narrative[/url] that grabs the reader from the admissions committee, they want some help.

The Overrepresented Demographic
The fifth group of applicants that MBA admissions consultants can help are people from [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/mba-applicants-overrepresented-demographic/]the most competitive buckets[/url]. That typically means applicants coming from consulting or financial services. However, male Indian applicants with engineering degrees are another demographic bucket with fierce competition.

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MBA consultants are objective experts who can help you determine what differentiates your candidacy most. That way, you can distinguish yourself from the enormous pack of candidates you’re up against who have seemingly similar profiles.

The “Unremarkable”
Next, we have applicants who feel like their profile lacks something that really stands out. Either they haven’t done anything awe-inspiring at work, or they’ve been so wrapped up in their work that they don’t have much to point to as an achievement outside of the office. However, an MBA consultant can help these applicants see the potential in their experiences and guide them in highlighting their unique qualities, instilling a sense of hope and optimism in their application journey.

When MBA consultants work with any candidate, they thoroughly investigate that person’s life, background, education, and career to ensure they fully understand how to best position the applicant. This process is even more essential for candidates who feel like they have nothing special that differentiates them.

“This is one of my favorite parts of the job,” says B-Schooled host Erika. “I just love helping people connect those dots that maybe they haven’t really been able to think about before.”

You don’t have to have done something extraordinary in your life or your career to get into a top business school. But you do have to figure out what makes you tick and what you bring to the table and then tell your story in a compelling way.

The Un- or Ill-Informed
The next type of MBA applicant that admissions consultants can help are those who feel like they don’t have any objective people around them to bounce their ideas off. If you know (or strongly suspect) that your parents, siblings, friends, or coworkers aren’t going to be straight with you about your essay ideas, you might lack confidence about how you’re positioning yourself.

Everybody needs to have someone who’s a straight shooter in their life. But beyond that, there’s huge value in having someone in your corner with a high-level view of the MBA application process. Ideally, that person knows what does and doesn’t work in essays, short-answer responses, and career goal statements.

The fact is, some themes and essay stories are way overdone. If we’ve seen it too much, then the admissions committee member reading your application will glaze over if you’re the 900th essay they’ve read about that topic.

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For example, one excessively overplayed narrative is about parents or grandparents who immigrated to the US and struggled to provide for their family. We’re not saying that these types of stories can’t ever work. However, many applicants have no idea how commonplace some of these narratives are. If you want to figure out what is unique and differentiating about you, guidance from that objective MBA consultant with a higher-level overarching view is the way to go.

Career Goals Blind Spots
Another example is something like saying you want to go into private equity after you’re getting your MBA when you haven’t been in the industry before. Now, we’re not blanketly saying that that’s an automatic no-no. However, it can make the admissions committee concerned that you won’t get an offer at graduation.

If that happens, their employment statistics will suffer because private equity is notoriously hard to break into if you don’t have prior experience—even with an MBA.  So, just having an objective person who can help steer you away from overused narratives and risky career goals can help people who don’t have anybody else to turn to for that kind of insight.

The Over-Confident
The issue with this eighth type of applicant is that they will likely never realize they need help.  Being overconfident can lead to having sky-high, unrealistic expectations about how the MBA process might play out. For example, it’s exceedingly rare for someone to get into Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton.

Yet many MBA hopefuls set those expectations for themselves at the beginning of this process. If they get into one of those programs—a huge accomplishment—they’re still upset because they didn’t get into all of them. It’s mind-boggling!

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One thing overconfident applicants have in common is that they think their stats alone will get them into their chosen programs. They believe having a high GMAT, having gone to an Ivy League or otherwise highly respected university, and having a high GPA are all it takes. They also put too much weight on their connections from years ago. Admissions committees are sensitive about being perceived as playing favorites based on connections.

Applicants also base expectations about their own MBA fates on what happened to other people they know who they assume had similar profiles. Maybe they went to school with them or worked with them.  Another problematic theme with overconfident candidates is that because they’re banking on their pedigrees and stats and connections, they tend to be lacking in the community service, extracurricular, and volunteer activities front. But those elements of candidacy are critically important.

The M7 Aspirants
The final type of applicant an MBA consultant can help is those applying to an M7 or “Magnificent Seven” school. The schools in that exclusive club are:

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[*]Harvard Business School[/*]
[*]Stanford GSB [/*]
[*]Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania [/*]
[*]Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University[/*]
[*]Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago[/*]
[*]Columbia Business School[/*]
[*]MIT’s Sloan School of Management[/*]
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Now, M7 has become a mythical term in MBA circles. Yet some schools, like UC Berkeley Haas, are more challenging to get into than others on that list. We encourage everyone to understand the acceptance rates and yields at any school they’re applying to before starting the application process.

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Do you have your heart set on getting into one of the world’s most prestigious and competitive business schools? In that case, you need to be realistic about the fact that up to 10,000 other Type-A overachievers from across the globe will be vying against you for a spot. Now may not be the time to go at it alone.

The Real Value of Working with an MBA Consultant
Hiring an MBA consultant for business school applications can be invaluable. When you work with an expert, that person will dig deep into your candidacy and background to help you create the strategy required to position yourself best. If you’re working with an established and respected admissions consulting firm, there is no situation they haven’t seen before and helped applicants through.

Plus, at Stacy Blackman Consulting, we offer unique services like the [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/flight-test/]SBC Flight Test[/url], where we take an applicant’s nearly final set of materials for a specific school and then run them through a simulated admissions committee review by someone on our staff who used to be an admissions officer at a top program.

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These professionals offer insider knowledge, strategic guidance, and personalized support throughout the rigorous admissions process. Their expertise can help applicants craft compelling essays, refine resumes, and ace interviews, effectively showcasing their unique strengths and experiences.

Additionally, MBA consultants provide:
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[*]Valuable insights into selecting target schools.[/*]
[*]Help to navigate complex application requirements.[/*]
[*]Guidance to understand the nuances of each institution’s culture and values.[/*]
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With their assistance, applicants can maximize their chances of acceptance to their dream MBA programs.

“Obviously I feel strongly about a job I’ve been doing for over a decade,” says B-Schooled host Erika. “But it’s because every single round I see the first drafts of essays and data forms and resumes that applicant sent to me before we really got to work, and then I can compare them to what they finally submitted to schools. And I know that I’ve really helped them put together their personal best set of materials.”

Without a doubt, that’s how everybody on the Stacy Blackman Consulting team feels.

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Stacy Blackman Consulting offers multiple services to meet your MBA application needs, from our [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/comprehensive-services/]All-In Partnership[/url] and [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-interview-prep-coaching/]Interview Prep[/url] to [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/hourly/]hourly help[/url] with essay editing, resume review, and much more! Contact us today for a [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/contact/]free 15-minute advising session[/url] to talk strategy with a Principal SBC consultant.

Here’s a snapshot of the caliber of expertise on our [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/about/mba-admissions-consulting-team/]SBC team[/url].

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41509] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-08-23-at-10.02.38-AM.png[/img] Ashley HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-37267] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2021-02-04-at-7.30.19-AM.png[/img] Kerry HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolKellogg MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41714] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-11-12-at-7.14.19-AM.png[/img] Pauline Director HBS Admissionsat Harvard Business SchoolMBA, the Wharton School [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41781] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Geri-pic.jpeg[/img] Geri HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business School [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36146] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/laura.jpeg[/img] Laura HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33615] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/andrea_k.jpg[/img] Andrea Director HBS Admissionsat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36122] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Jennifer-Foster.jpeg[/img] Jennifer Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33613] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin-k.jpg[/img] Erin K. Asst Director MBA Admissionsat Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Director MBA Admissionsat Berkeley’s Haas School of Business [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-42822] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Susie-Burrus-photo.jpeg[/img] Susie Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-35390] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2021-02-08-at-9.08.05-AM.png[/img] Dione MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Minority Admissions, the GSBDiversity Programs, the GSB [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-34284] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/anthony.jpeg[/img] Anthony Associate Director MBA Admissionsat the Wharton Schoolat the University of Pennsylvania [/url]

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Ashley
Ashley is a former MBA Admissions Board Member for Harvard Business School (HBS), where she interviewed and evaluated thousands of business school applicants for over a six year tenure. Ashley holds an MBA from HBS.

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Kerry is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

During her 5+ year tenure at HBS, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a wide range of backgrounds across the globe. She also led marketing and outreach efforts focused on increasing diversity and inclusion, ran the Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP), and launched the 2+2 Program during her time in Admissions.

Kerry holds a B.A. from Bates College and  ...

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Pauline
A former associate director of admissions at Harvard Business School, Pauline served on the HBS MBA Admissions Board full-time for four years. She evaluated and interviewed HBS applicants, both on-campus and globally.

Pauline's career has included sales and marketing management roles with Coca-Cola, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, and IBM.  For over 10 years, Pauline has expertly guided MBA applicants, and her clients h ...

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Geri
Geri is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

In her 7 year tenure in HBS Admissions, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a diverse set of academic, geographic, and employment backgrounds.  Geri also traveled globally representing the school at outreach events in order to raise awareness for women and international students.  In additio ...

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Laura
Laura comes from the MBA Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS) and is an HBS MBA alumnus. In her HBS Admissions role, she evaluated and interviewed hundreds of business school candidates, including internationals, women, military and other applicant pools, for five years.

Prior to her time as a student at HBS, Laura began her career in advertising and marketing in Chicago at Leo Burnett where she worked on th ...

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Andrea
Andrea served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at Harvard Business School (HBS) for over five years.  In this role, she provided strategic direction for student yield-management activities and also served as a full member of the admissions committee.

In 2007, Andrea launched the new 2+2 Program at Harvard Business School – a program targeted at college junior applicants to Harvard Business School.  Andrea has also served as a Career Coach for Harvard Business School for both cu ...

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Jennifer
Jennifer served as Admissions Officer at the Stanford (GSB) for five years. She holds an MBA from Stanford (GSB) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Jennifer has over 15 years experience in guiding applicants through the increasingly competitive admissions process into top MBA programs. Having read thousands and thousands of essays and applications while at Stanford (GSB) Admiss ...

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Erin K.
Erin served in key roles in MBA Admissions--as Director at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Assistant Director at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Erin served on the admissions committee at each school and has read thousands of applications in her career. At Haas, she served for seven years in roles that encompassed evaluation, outreach, and diversity and inclusion. During her tenure in Admissions at GSB, she was responsible for candidate evaluation, applicant outreach, ...

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Susie
Susie comes from the Admissions Office of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she reviewed and evaluated hundreds of prospective students’ applications.  She holds an MBA from Stanford’s GSB and a BA from Stanford in Economics.

Prior to advising MBA applicants, Susie held a variety of roles over a 15-year period in capital markets, finance, and real estate, including as partner in one of the nation’s most innovative finance and real estate investment organizations. In that r ...

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Dione
Dione holds an MBA degree from Stanford Business School (GSB) and a BA degree from Stanford University, where she double majored in Economics and Communication with concentrations in journalism and sociology. Dione has served as an Admissions reader and member of the Minority Admissions Advisory Committee at Stanford. 

Dione is an accomplished and respected advocate and thought leader on education and diversity. She is ...

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Anthony
Anthony served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he dedicated over 10 years of expertise.

During his time as a Wharton Admissions Officer, he read and reviewed thousands of applications and helped bring in a class of 800+ students a year.  Anthony has traveled both domestically and internationally to recruit a ...

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Meghan
Meghan served as the Associate Director of Admissions and Marketing at the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute, a joint degree program combining the Wharton MBA with an MA in International Studies.

In her role on the Wharton MBA admissions committee, Meghan advised domestic and international applicants; conducted interviews and information sessions domestically and overseas in Asia, Central and South America, and Europe; and evaluated applicants for admission to the program. Meghan also managed ...

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Amy
Amy comes from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she was Associate Director. Amy devoted 12 years at the Wharton School, working closely with MBA students and supporting the admissions team.

During her tenure at Wharton, Amy served as a trusted adviser to prospective applicants as well as admitted and matriculated students.  She conducted admissions chats with applicants early in the admissions ...

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Ally brings six years of admissions experience to the SBC team, most recently as an Assistant Director of Admission for the full-time MBA program at Columbia Business School (CBS).

During her time at Columbia, Ally was responsible for reviewing applications, planning recruitment events, and interviewing candidates for both the full-time MBA program and the Executive MBA program. She traveled both internationally and dome ...

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Erin has over seven years of experience working across major institutions, including University of Pennsylvania, Columbia Business School, and NYU's Stern School of Business.

At Columbia Business School, Erin was an Assistant Director of Admissions where she evaluated applications for both the full time and executive MBA programs, sat on the admissions and merit scholarship committees and advised applicants on which program might be the best fit for them based on their work experience and pro ...

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Emma comes from the MBA Admissions Office at Columbia Business School (CBS), where she was Associate Director.

Emma conducted dozens of interviews each cycle for the MBA and EMBA programs, as well as coordinating the alumni ambassador interview program. She read and evaluated hundreds of applications each cycle, delivered information sessions to audiences across the globe, and advised countless waitlisted applicants.

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Nobody likes drawing attention to their past mistakes, academic or otherwise. But when applying for a seat at a competitive business school, not addressing an apparent red flag does more harm than good. Being upfront about your foibles can go a long way toward minimizing the damage. In fact, it can actually boost your chances of admission. Below, you’ll find three common red flags in the MBA application. See how business school applicants can deal with them successfully.

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Explaining a Layoff
Many people assume that a [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/advice-mba-applicant-employment-gaps/]significant gap[/url] in their employment history will raise a red flag in the MBA application. Yes, the admissions committee will notice the time out of the workforce. However, they care more about how you spent that time. The goal is to show how you used that break in your career productively.

Admission committees [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/b-schooled-podcast-episode-103-the-power-of-authenticity-in-mba-applications/]appreciate authenticity[/url] and understand when applicants have encountered roadblocks in the past. For example, in the wake of the tech layoffs last winter, many schools [url=https://www.entrepreneur.com/business-news/mba-programs-are-making-a-grab-for-laid-off-tech-workers/447177]actively courted unemployed workers[/url] with application fee and test waivers. So, there’s no need to concoct elaborate tales or hide behind vague explanations. If you were unemployed, just say it, and then follow up with a description of how you utilized that time.

Briefly explain the layoff, and then draw attention to how you bounced back from the experience. We’ve had several clients in this situation, and we advised each to approach the challenge differently.

Some may have used the time away to hike solo through Tibet. Others dove into volunteer work that allowed them to hone their business skills while giving something back. Still others used the time to flesh out their entrepreneurial dreams, unencumbered by the 9-to-5 grind.

Handling a Low GPA
After a few years in the workforce, most MBA applicants would say they’ve matured significantly from their college days. They’re ready to dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to the academic rigors of a top-tier business school. The trouble is that a ho-hum GPA—meaning anything below a 3.5—will follow them to every admissions office and is seldom well-received.

When MBA programs look at academic records such as GMAT scores and GPAs, there’s a question of aptitude (“Can this applicant do the work?”) and a question of application (“Will this applicant work hard?”). A low GPA might signal that the applicant would have trouble dedicating themselves to the MBA coursework.

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Addressing this red flag in the MBA application may require a two-pronged approach, depending on the individual circumstances. Some clients have chosen to take pre-MBA courses to boost their quantitative profile and alleviate any concerns about their ability to handle MBA-level coursework. We also typically advise such applicants to use the optional essay to address the matter directly.

We can sympathize with not wanting to draw attention to poor academic performance. But if you don’t provide all of the details, the AdCom might make negative assumptions. Isn’t it better to supply the admissions committee with the facts and tell them your story rather than have the committee jump to the wrong conclusions?

One client made no excuses but freely admitted that he lacked the maturity to see the big picture during undergrad. He had only worked hard in classes that he considered intellectually engaging. By coupling his career trajectory with various extracurricular involvements, his essay demonstrated clear evidence that he had since developed that maturity and was prepared to dedicate himself to his MBA studies.

Addressing the Ultimate Red Flag: A Criminal Record
This red flag in the MBA application may seem insurmountable, but we have helped more than one client explain an embarrassing episode from their past. In one such case, the applicant had been arrested for underage drinking and a DUI during his sophomore year at a well-regarded liberal arts college. Having to disclose this information on his MBA applications mortified him.  He feared no top business school would accept him due to his criminal record.

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In this case, honesty is the only policy to assure that the [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-background-checks/]background check[/url] yields no surprises. We turned this setback into an opportunity and decided to actively address the arrest in one of his essays for each school. Because the incident sparked a period of considerable self-reflection and change, his story was ultimately inspiring.

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Many MBA programs ask you to explain a mistake you have made or discuss a challenge you overcame. The most compelling candidates have faced difficulty and learned from it, preferably changing their behavior for the better. We took a youthful mistake and showcased a person determined to improve his life.

Senior SBC consultant [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/consultant/caryn/]Caryn Altman[/url] joins B-Schooled podcast host Chandler for a [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/b-schooled-podcast-episode-125-things-youre-scared-to-talk-about-and-why-you-really-should-part-1/]two-episode series[/url] called “[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/b-schooled-podcast-episode-126-things-youre-scared-to-talk-about-and-why-you-really-should-part-2/]Things You’re Scared to Talk About (and Why You Really Should)[/url].”

Admissions officers look for applicants who will succeed in their particular program and the world after graduation. Showing who you are, your potential, and even how you have overcome blemishes to your otherwise perfect record gives the school insight into your potential as a student and as a future business leader.

We all fail sometimes. The trick is to look at our failures through a fresh lens and see the good that comes from them.

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41509] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-08-23-at-10.02.38-AM.png[/img] Ashley HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41781] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Geri-pic.jpeg[/img] Geri HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business School [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36146] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/laura.jpeg[/img] Laura HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33615] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/andrea_k.jpg[/img] Andrea Director HBS Admissionsat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36122] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Jennifer-Foster.jpeg[/img] Jennifer Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33613] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin-k.jpg[/img] Erin K. Asst Director MBA Admissionsat Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Director MBA Admissionsat Berkeley’s Haas School of Business [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-42822] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Susie-Burrus-photo.jpeg[/img] Susie Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-35390] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2021-02-08-at-9.08.05-AM.png[/img] Dione MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Minority Admissions, the GSBDiversity Programs, the GSB [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-34284] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/anthony.jpeg[/img] Anthony Associate Director MBA Admissionsat the Wharton Schoolat the University of Pennsylvania [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33611] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/meghan_e.jpg[/img] Meghan Associate Director MBA Admissions and Marketingat the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36612] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Amy-Hazen.jpeg[/img] Amy Director, the Wharton Schoolat the University of PennsylvaniaProfessional Writer [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-37475] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2021-03-09-at-1.53.23-PM.png[/img] Ally Assistant Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS)NYU Admissions [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33607] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin_B-v2.jpg[/img] Erin B. Assistant Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS)M.S.Ed, Higher Education, U of Pennsylvania [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41568] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-09-14-at-12.38.38-PM.png[/img] Emma Associate Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS) [/url]

Ashley
Ashley is a former MBA Admissions Board Member for Harvard Business School (HBS), where she interviewed and evaluated thousands of business school applicants for over a six year tenure. Ashley holds an MBA from HBS.

During her HBS years, Ashley was the Sports Editor for the Harbus and a member of the B-School Blades Ice Hockey Team. After HBS, she worked in Marketing at the Gillette Company on Male and Female shaving ...

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Kerry
Kerry is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

During her 5+ year tenure at HBS, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a wide range of backgrounds across the globe. She also led marketing and outreach efforts focused on increasing diversity and inclusion, ran the Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP), and launched the 2+2 Program during her time in Admissions.

Kerry holds a B.A. from Bates College and  ...

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Pauline
A former associate director of admissions at Harvard Business School, Pauline served on the HBS MBA Admissions Board full-time for four years. She evaluated and interviewed HBS applicants, both on-campus and globally.

Pauline's career has included sales and marketing management roles with Coca-Cola, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, and IBM.  For over 10 years, Pauline has expertly guided MBA applicants, and her clients h ...

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Geri
Geri is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

In her 7 year tenure in HBS Admissions, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a diverse set of academic, geographic, and employment backgrounds.  Geri also traveled globally representing the school at outreach events in order to raise awareness for women and international students.  In additio ...

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Laura
Laura comes from the MBA Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS) and is an HBS MBA alumnus. In her HBS Admissions role, she evaluated and interviewed hundreds of business school candidates, including internationals, women, military and other applicant pools, for five years.

Prior to her time as a student at HBS, Laura began her career in advertising and marketing in Chicago at Leo Burnett where she worked on th ...

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Andrea
Andrea served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at Harvard Business School (HBS) for over five years.  In this role, she provided strategic direction for student yield-management activities and also served as a full member of the admissions committee.

In 2007, Andrea launched the new 2+2 Program at Harvard Business School – a program targeted at college junior applicants to Harvard Business School.  Andrea has also served as a Career Coach for Harvard Business School for both cu ...

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Jennifer
Jennifer served as Admissions Officer at the Stanford (GSB) for five years. She holds an MBA from Stanford (GSB) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Jennifer has over 15 years experience in guiding applicants through the increasingly competitive admissions process into top MBA programs. Having read thousands and thousands of essays and applications while at Stanford (GSB) Admiss ...

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Erin K.
Erin served in key roles in MBA Admissions--as Director at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Assistant Director at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Erin served on the admissions committee at each school and has read thousands of applications in her career. At Haas, she served for seven years in roles that encompassed evaluation, outreach, and diversity and inclusion. During her tenure in Admissions at GSB, she was responsible for candidate evaluation, applicant outreach, ...

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Susie
Susie comes from the Admissions Office of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she reviewed and evaluated hundreds of prospective students’ applications.  She holds an MBA from Stanford’s GSB and a BA from Stanford in Economics.

Prior to advising MBA applicants, Susie held a variety of roles over a 15-year period in capital markets, finance, and real estate, including as partner in one of the nation’s most innovative finance and real estate investment organizations. In that r ...

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Dione
Dione holds an MBA degree from Stanford Business School (GSB) and a BA degree from Stanford University, where she double majored in Economics and Communication with concentrations in journalism and sociology. Dione has served as an Admissions reader and member of the Minority Admissions Advisory Committee at Stanford. 

Dione is an accomplished and respected advocate and thought leader on education and diversity. She is ...

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Anthony
Anthony served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he dedicated over 10 years of expertise.

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Meghan served as the Associate Director of Admissions and Marketing at the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute, a joint degree program combining the Wharton MBA with an MA in International Studies.

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[b]International MBA Applicants: Avoid These Common Blunders[/b]
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[*]Choosing business schools solely by their rankings[/*]
[*]Omitting unique personal experiences in essays[/*]
[*]Focusing too much on MBA message boards[/*]
[*]Failing to correctly translate/explain GPA and undergrad transcript[/*]
[*]Appearing uncomfortable with a new culture and language[/*]
[*]Failing to manage recommenders, especially nonnative English speakers[/*]
[*]Applying in round 3[/*]
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Creating a robust and dynamic classroom experience through diversity is a primary focus of the top business schools in the United States. These schools offer students the chance to interact with peers from an array of countries and professional backgrounds.

For instance, international admits made up a significant percentage of the 2023 incoming class: 39% at[url=https://www.hbs.edu/mba/admissions/class-profile/Pages/default.aspx] Harvard Business School[/url], 36% at the [url=https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/programs/mba/admission/class-profile]Stanford Graduate School of Business[/url], and a whopping 47% at [url=https://academics.business.columbia.edu/mba/admissions/class-profile]Columbia Business School[/url].

Yet, sometimes, a lack of awareness regarding what a strong MBA application should include derails even the most stellar international candidates. With that in mind, international MBA applicants should avoid these seven common hurdles when targeting top-ranked U.S. business schools.

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[b]Mistake #1: Choosing business schools based solely on rankings.[/b]
International MBA applicants usually can’t visit every school in person due to financial or time constraints. Therefore, poring over [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-rankings-how-to-use/]published rankings[/url] is an obvious way to create a shortlist of target schools.

But don’t let this be your only method. While brand and cache carry a lot of weight worldwide, you need to look beyond rankings to find the programs that best serve your individual needs. Every business school has its own unique culture, teaching style, and network.

It’s essential for applicants to consider whether they will thrive in a particular environment and whether the school aligns with their long-term career goals. This aspect is often overlooked when solely relying on rankings.

[b]Mistake #2: Omitting unique personal experiences in essays.[/b]
In many cultures, sharing personal stories with strangers is taboo. International MBA applicants may feel strongly tempted to keep the focus solely on previous education and professional experience. That is a serious mistake. To stand out from the masses of similarly qualified applicants, you must focus your essays on aspects other than your quantitative or technical background.

Sharing personal stories in MBA essays is not about divulging deeply private information. Rather, it’s about demonstrating self-awareness, resilience, leadership potential, and the ability to overcome challenges. It’s about showcasing your unique experiences and perspectives that contribute to your candidacy.

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The key to a successful MBA application is showing what you—and nobody else but you—bring to the program. Don’t be afraid to let your originality and true personality come through in your application materials. This [url=https://www.ets.org/gre/consider/admissions_advice/dont_make_these_five_mistakes_your_mba_essays]article[/url] by Stacy will help guide you further on the essay mistakes to avoid.

[b]Mistake #3: Focusing too much on MBA message boards.[/b]
It’s unsettling to be so far away geographically when you’re applying to business school. Naturally, the instinct is to seek out all possible news and information about your dream U.S. programs.

However, MBA websites and message boards can be rife with rumors and inaccurate information that can steer you in the wrong direction as you consider application strategies. Users on message boards may only share their positive experiences or grievances, leading to a skewed portrayal of a school. Remember, only the AdCom truly knows about interview invites, acceptance rates, waitlists, or anything else of importance for prospective students.

While MBA message boards can be a valuable resource for gathering insights and perspectives from current and prospective students, it’s essential for international MBA applicants to approach this information with a critical mindset and supplement it with information from official sources.

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[b]Mistake #4: Failing to correctly translate or explain GPA and undergrad transcript.[/b]
This is a common yet complicated issue since there’s no universal standard to convert an international GPA to the American 4.0 system. Once you’ve translated your home country’s GPA using an online grade conversion calculator, assess whether it accurately reflects the rigor of your undergrad institution.

Variations in course difficulty can also lead to confusion. For some transcripts, a 75% would be equivalent to an American A-plus. At other, more difficult programs, a percentage as low as 60 would translate to an A grade.

If you feel there’s some ambiguity in this metric of your transcript, briefly explain any relevant information that would clarify the AdCom’s understanding of your academic performance.

[b]Mistake #5: Appearing uncomfortable with a new culture and language.[/b]
Feeling comfortable working across cultures is crucial in today’s global business landscape. Highlight any previous study or work abroad experiences and include examples of times when you have worked with people from other cultural or language backgrounds.

The ability to communicate effectively and fluently in English is also non-negotiable at top MBA programs. For this reason, several schools include a video interview question in their applications to verify candidates’ comfort with the language.

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Enroll in conversation courses if needed and read business publications in English to bolster your vocabulary and increase fluency. Many universities also offer cultural orientation programs or workshops specifically designed for international students.

These programs provide insights into US culture, social norms, academic expectations, and campus resources. Participating in such programs can help applicants navigate the cultural nuances of studying and living in the US.

Did you know? Stacy Blackman Consulting offers an a la carte [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/interview-prep/]video interview/essay prep service[/url] that includes a professional review and written feedback.

[b]Mistake #6: Failing to manage recommenders, especially non-native English speakers.[/b]
You need to convey to your recommenders the criteria for a [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/mba-recommendation-letter/]successful letter of recommendation[/url] to a top business school. Otherwise, you’re left with well-intentioned but generic platitudes. These provide little insight into exactly what makes you a strong leader, team player, and an asset to the program.

Help the recommender understand the purpose of the letter and the expectations of business schools. Explain the qualities and characteristics that admissions committees typically look for in strong candidates, such as leadership, teamwork, analytical skills, and ethical integrity.

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Determine exactly what your recommenders should highlight and guide them by providing anecdotes or themes you’d like them to mention. If your recommenders are not native English speakers, make sure the letter is well-written or, if needed, translated into English.

[b]Mistake #7: Applying in round three.[/b]
Round three is difficult for any applicant to pull off successfully. However, international candidates should avoid this application cycle for a few practical reasons. Applying in one of the earlier rounds reduces the stress of managing this process once you’ve already received an offer of admission and can apply for a student visa.

Also, the earlier you apply, the more time you have to secure and provide proof of funding, whether through work, loans, family, or other means. At some schools, scholarship offers go out at the same time as admissions offers. In these cases, more award funding is generally available the earlier you apply.

Planning, planning, and more planning are key to a smooth application process, no matter where you are applying. However, the logistics are even more critical for international students. Reach out to us today and learn how Stacy Blackman Consulting has helped countless international MBA applicants gain admission to their dream U.S. schools.

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Ashley
Ashley is a former MBA Admissions Board Member for Harvard Business School (HBS), where she interviewed and evaluated thousands of business school applicants for over a six year tenure. Ashley holds an MBA from HBS.

During her HBS years, Ashley was the Sports Editor for the Harbus and a member of the B-School Blades Ice Hockey Team. After HBS, she worked in Marketing at the Gillette Company on Male and Female shaving ...

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Kerry
Kerry is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

During her 5+ year tenure at HBS, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a wide range of backgrounds across the globe. She also led marketing and outreach efforts focused on increasing diversity and inclusion, ran the Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP), and launched the 2+2 Program during her time in Admissions.

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Pauline
A former associate director of admissions at Harvard Business School, Pauline served on the HBS MBA Admissions Board full-time for four years. She evaluated and interviewed HBS applicants, both on-campus and globally.

Pauline's career has included sales and marketing management roles with Coca-Cola, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, and IBM.  For over 10 years, Pauline has expertly guided MBA applicants, and her clients h ...

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Geri is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

In her 7 year tenure in HBS Admissions, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a diverse set of academic, geographic, and employment backgrounds.  Geri also traveled globally representing the school at outreach events in order to raise awareness for women and international students.  In additio ...

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Laura comes from the MBA Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS) and is an HBS MBA alumnus. In her HBS Admissions role, she evaluated and interviewed hundreds of business school candidates, including internationals, women, military and other applicant pools, for five years.

Prior to her time as a student at HBS, Laura began her career in advertising and marketing in Chicago at Leo Burnett where she worked on th ...

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Andrea
Andrea served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at Harvard Business School (HBS) for over five years.  In this role, she provided strategic direction for student yield-management activities and also served as a full member of the admissions committee.

In 2007, Andrea launched the new 2+2 Program at Harvard Business School – a program targeted at college junior applicants to Harvard Business School.  Andrea has also served as a Career Coach for Harvard Business School for both cu ...

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Jennifer
Jennifer served as Admissions Officer at the Stanford (GSB) for five years. She holds an MBA from Stanford (GSB) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Jennifer has over 15 years experience in guiding applicants through the increasingly competitive admissions process into top MBA programs. Having read thousands and thousands of essays and applications while at Stanford (GSB) Admiss ...

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Erin K.
Erin served in key roles in MBA Admissions--as Director at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Assistant Director at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Erin served on the admissions committee at each school and has read thousands of applications in her career. At Haas, she served for seven years in roles that encompassed evaluation, outreach, and diversity and inclusion. During her tenure in Admissions at GSB, she was responsible for candidate evaluation, applicant outreach, ...

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Susie comes from the Admissions Office of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she reviewed and evaluated hundreds of prospective students’ applications.  She holds an MBA from Stanford’s GSB and a BA from Stanford in Economics.

Prior to advising MBA applicants, Susie held a variety of roles over a 15-year period in capital markets, finance, and real estate, including as partner in one of the nation’s most innovative finance and real estate investment organizations. In that r ...

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Dione holds an MBA degree from Stanford Business School (GSB) and a BA degree from Stanford University, where she double majored in Economics and Communication with concentrations in journalism and sociology. Dione has served as an Admissions reader and member of the Minority Admissions Advisory Committee at Stanford. 

Dione is an accomplished and respected advocate and thought leader on education and diversity. She is ...

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Anthony
Anthony served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he dedicated over 10 years of expertise.

During his time as a Wharton Admissions Officer, he read and reviewed thousands of applications and helped bring in a class of 800+ students a year.  Anthony has traveled both domestically and internationally to recruit a ...

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Meghan
Meghan served as the Associate Director of Admissions and Marketing at the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute, a joint degree program combining the Wharton MBA with an MA in International Studies.

In her role on the Wharton MBA admissions committee, Meghan advised domestic and international applicants; conducted interviews and information sessions domestically and overseas in Asia, Central and South America, and Europe; and evaluated applicants for admission to the program. Meghan also managed ...

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Amy
Amy comes from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she was Associate Director. Amy devoted 12 years at the Wharton School, working closely with MBA students and supporting the admissions team.

During her tenure at Wharton, Amy served as a trusted adviser to prospective applicants as well as admitted and matriculated students.  She conducted admissions chats with applicants early in the admissions ...

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Ally brings six years of admissions experience to the SBC team, most recently as an Assistant Director of Admission for the full-time MBA program at Columbia Business School (CBS).

During her time at Columbia, Ally was responsible for reviewing applications, planning recruitment events, and interviewing candidates for both the full-time MBA program and the Executive MBA program. She traveled both internationally and dome ...

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Erin B.
Erin has over seven years of experience working across major institutions, including University of Pennsylvania, Columbia Business School, and NYU's Stern School of Business.

At Columbia Business School, Erin was an Assistant Director of Admissions where she evaluated applications for both the full time and executive MBA programs, sat on the admissions and merit scholarship committees and advised applicants on which program might be the best fit for them based on their work experience and pro ...

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Emma
Emma comes from the MBA Admissions Office at Columbia Business School (CBS), where she was Associate Director.

Emma conducted dozens of interviews each cycle for the MBA and EMBA programs, as well as coordinating the alumni ambassador interview program. She read and evaluated hundreds of applications each cycle, delivered information sessions to audiences across the globe, and advised countless waitlisted applicants.

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In the competitive landscape of business school admissions, standing out from the crowd can be daunting. Yet, for first-generation MBA applicants, their unique backgrounds are not just a compelling narrative that sets them apart but a source of empowerment and value that can boost their confidence in the application process.

Though they may be often overlooked as a group, first-generation students comprise a notable percentage of the B-school classroom. In fact, 31% of global respondents from [url=https://www.gmac.com/market-intelligence-and-research/research-library/diversity-enrollment/2023-first-generation-students-in-the-graduate-management-education-pipeline]GMAC’s Prospective Students Survey[/url] identified as first-generation MBA students.

“While being first generation builds skills and characteristics that can serve you well (think resilience, problem-solving, and ability to connect with diverse audiences), anyone will tell you that going to a top-tier MBA program is not without its challenges and feelings of imposter syndrome,” [url=https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/managing-imposter-syndrome-incoming-mba-student-nd-1st-gen-mba-club-9nhjc/?trackingId=IA7DIN93A9bb8MyQZ%2BCBVQ%3D%3D]explains Mitch Morecraft[/url], a first-year MBA student at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and the founding president of the school’s First Generation MBA Club.

Morecraft says, “The good news is: (1) the admissions committee has reviewed thousands of applications over the years and saw that you can in fact succeed; and (2) there are first generation second years and alumni who want to walk with you through the process.”

As you navigate the complexities of the MBA application process, arm yourself with the right strategies and resources to maximize your chances of success. Below are ten tips to help you tell your first-generation MBA applicant story authentically and effectively.

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To-Do List for First-Generation MBA Applicants
[b]Tip #1: Know Your Story[/b]

Before you start writing your MBA application essays, take some time to reflect on your journey. What challenges have you overcome as a first-generation student? What experiences have shaped your aspirations and goals? Understanding your story and the key moments that have defined it will provide a solid foundation for your application.

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[b]Tip #2: Highlight Your Accomplishments[/b]

As a first-generation student, you have likely achieved significant milestones that show determination. Whether it’s academic accomplishments, leadership roles, or extracurricular activities, don’t hesitate to [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/accomplishments-in-mba-applications/]showcase your achievements[/url] in your application. Admissions committees love candidates who have demonstrated the ability to excel despite adversity.

[b]Tip#3: Be Authentic[/b]

Authenticity is crucial when telling your first-gen story. Avoid exaggerating your experiences in an attempt to impress the admissions committee. Instead, focus on being genuine and sincere in your writing. Admissions officers can spot insincerity from a mile away. So, it’s essential to stay true to yourself and your experiences.

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[b]Tip #4: Connect Your Story to Your Goals[/b]

When sharing your journey, [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/your-mba-career-goals-essay/]connect it to your career goals[/url]. How have your experiences as a first-generation student shaped your professional ambitions? Whether you want to make a difference in your community or pursue a career in a particular industry, connecting the dots between your background and your goals will strengthen your narrative.

[b]Tip #5: Embrace Your Unique Perspective[/b]

As a first-generation MBA candidate, you bring a fresh perspective to the classroom. Be bold in highlighting how your background has influenced your worldview and approach to problem-solving. Your unique worldview can enrich class discussions and create a more vibrant learning environment.

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[b]Tip #6: Seek Feedback[/b]

Before finalizing your application, it’s highly beneficial to [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/beware-friendly-mba-advice/]seek feedback[/url] from trusted mentors, advisors, or peers. Their insights can be invaluable in identifying areas for improvement in your essays. Additionally, reach out to current MBA students or alumni with similar backgrounds to gain their perspective on navigating the application process.

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“As a first generation student, it can be easy to think that asking for feedback is a burden,” [url=https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/six-things-consider-when-telling-your-first-gen-story-rtwec/]Morecraft notes[/url]. “You may also not have a ton of people to provide feedback, especially people who have done this before. However, feedback as you are discerning which stories to tell and the points you want to make is extraordinarily helpful.”

[b]Tip #7: Address Challenges Head-On[/b]

All applicants should highlight their achievements. But don’t shy away from discussing the challenges you’ve faced as a first-generation MBA applicant. Admissions committees value candidates who display resilience in the face of adversity. Be honest about the [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/mba-applicants-perfection-not-required/]obstacles you’ve encountered[/url] and how you’ve overcome them, highlighting the lessons you’ve learned along the way.

[b]Tip #8: Show Your Growth[/b]

Reflect on how you’ve grown and evolved due to your experiences as a first-generation student. The AdCom appreciates candidates who are self-aware and willing to learn and grow. Share examples of how you’ve developed as a leader, problem-solver, and team player, illustrating your capacity for personal and professional growth.

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[b]Tip #9: Be Positive and Forward-Thinking[/b]

While it’s important to acknowledge your challenges, focus on maintaining a positive and forward-thinking tone in your essays. Emphasize your optimism and determination to succeed despite any obstacles you’ve encountered. Admissions committees seek candidates with a can-do attitude and a strong sense of purpose.

[b]Tip #10: Stay True to Yourself[/b]

Above all, remember to stay true to yourself and your story throughout the application process. Don’t try to [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/b-schooled-episode-3-joe-jane-mba/]fit into a mold or conform[/url] to what you think admissions committees want to hear. Your unique perspective is not just a strength; it’s your greatest asset. So, embrace it as you share your first-gen journey in your MBA applications.

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From Dreamers to Doers
“As you are piecing together your application, you should absolutely reach out to the admissions team and current students at the schools of interest to you,” Mendoza MBA student Morecraft advises. “If there is a first-generation club or if student ambassadors are first-generation, ask them for their thoughts or guidance. People want to see you succeed and they want talented students to come to their program.”

Telling your first-gen story in MBA applications is a powerful way to differentiate yourself. You can showcase the resilience, dedication, and unique perspective you bring to the table. By following these tips and staying true to yourself, you can craft a compelling narrative that resonates with admissions committees and helps you stand out in the competitive MBA admissions process.

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Ashley
Ashley is a former MBA Admissions Board Member for Harvard Business School (HBS), where she interviewed and evaluated thousands of business school applicants for over a six year tenure. Ashley holds an MBA from HBS.

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Kerry is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

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A former associate director of admissions at Harvard Business School, Pauline served on the HBS MBA Admissions Board full-time for four years. She evaluated and interviewed HBS applicants, both on-campus and globally.

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Geri is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

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Andrea served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at Harvard Business School (HBS) for over five years.  In this role, she provided strategic direction for student yield-management activities and also served as a full member of the admissions committee.

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Jennifer served as Admissions Officer at the Stanford (GSB) for five years. She holds an MBA from Stanford (GSB) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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Not everyone considering an MBA degree wants to work in consulting, marketing, or investment banking. If you’re thinking about going to business school but aren’t keen on the traditional corporate route, that’s okay! The versatility of an MBA extends far beyond these boundaries. Today, we’re identifying several alternative MBA career paths you can pursue that offer both fulfillment and impact. These paths are about making a living and making a difference. Let’s explore some of these less conventional avenues.

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Most Popular Alternative MBA Career Paths
[b]Social Impact Entrepreneurship[/b]
Social impact entrepreneurship offers a compelling alternative MBA career path for applicants who are passionate about making a difference in their communities and beyond. By founding ventures that address pressing societal issues, such as poverty or environmental sustainability, MBA graduates can combine profit with purpose to drive meaningful change.

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[b]Check out [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/stanford-graduate-school-of-business/]Stanford Graduate School of Business[/url] and [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/uc-berkeley-haas-school-of-business/]UC Berkeley Haas School of Business[/url] for this career path. [/b]

Stanford’s [url=https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/experience/about/centers-institutes/csi]Center for Social Innovation[/url] and its [url=https://impact.stanford.edu/]Impact Labs[/url] provide ample opportunities for students interested in social entrepreneurship. The school offers courses, workshops, and resources specifically tailored to this area.

Berkeley Haas is known for its emphasis on social responsibility and sustainability. The [url=https://haas.berkeley.edu/cssl/]Center for Social Sector Leadership[/url] and the [url=https://haas.berkeley.edu/ibsi/]Institute for Business & Social Impact[/url] offer numerous programs, fellowships, and resources for students interested in social impact entrepreneurship.

[b]Nonprofit Management [/b]
MBA holders interested in the nonprofit sector can leverage their skills to manage charitable organizations effectively. From fundraising to strategic planning, these professionals play a crucial role in maximizing the impact of philanthropic initiatives.

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[b]For this career path, check out [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/michigan-ross-school-of-business/]Michigan Ross School of Business[/url] and [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/northwestern-kellogg/]Kellogg School of Management[/url].[/b]

Ross offers a Nonprofit Management Program [url=https://michiganross.umich.edu/graduate/full-time-mba/careers/social-impact]within its MBA curriculum[/url]. This program gives students a deep understanding of the nonprofit sector and the skills needed to lead nonprofit organizations effectively.

Kellogg offers a [url=https://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/executive-education/nonprofit-management.aspx]Nonprofit Management Certificate Program[/url], which provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to lead and manage non-profit organizations effectively. The program covers topics such as fundraising, strategic planning, and governance.

Stacy Blackman Consulting offers a [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-social-impact-accelerator-package/]Social Impact Accelerator package[/url] specially created for social-impact-focused applicants applying to top MBA programs. Contact us today to learn more about this exciting onramp to a social impact career.

[b]Sustainability Consulting[/b]
As businesses increasingly prioritize sustainability, there is a growing demand for consultants who can help companies integrate environmentally responsible practices into their operations. MBA graduates focusing on sustainability consulting guide organizations toward more sustainable business models and practices.

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[b]For this career path, check out the[/b] [b][url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/mit-sloan/]MIT Sloan School of Managemen[/url]t [/b][b]and [/b][b][url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/insead/]INSEAD[/url].[/b]

MIT Sloan offers a [url=https://mitsloan.mit.edu/sustainability-initiative/sustainability-certificate]Sustainability Certificate Program[/url], which allows students to explore sustainability issues and solutions through coursework, projects, and experiential learning opportunities. The school’s Sustainability Initiative provides additional resources and support for students interested in sustainability consulting.

INSEAD offers a certificate program in [url=https://forceforgood.insead.edu/article/insead-social-entrepreneurship-programme-developing-leaders-who-will-shape-business-force#:~:text=The%20INSEAD%20Social%20Entrepreneurship%20Programme%20(ISEP)%2C%20the%20flagship%20programme,serving%20society%20through%20for-%20and-]Social Entrepreneurship and Social Business[/url], including coursework and sustainability consulting activities. The school’s Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society provides additional resources and support for students interested in sustainability-focused careers.

[b]Technology Management[/b]
The intersection of business and technology offers exciting opportunities for B-school graduates as an alternative MBA career path. By leading initiatives in product development, digital transformation, and IT strategy, these professionals drive innovation and strategic growth within technology-driven organizations.

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[b]For this career path, check out[/b] [b][url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/carnegie-mellon-tepper/]CMU Tepper School of Business[/url][/b][b] and [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/northwestern-kellogg/]Kellogg School of Management[/url].[/b]

Tepper offers a [url=https://www.cmu.edu/tepper/programs/mba/curriculum/tracks/technology-leadership.html]Technology Leadership Track[/url] within its MBA program. This track gives students the skills and knowledge to lead in technology-driven organizations. The program includes technology strategy, product management, and innovation management coursework.

Kellogg offers a [url=https://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/programs/full-time-mba/academics/majors-pathways/technology-management-pathway.aspx]Technology Industry Management (TIM) pathway[/url] within its MBA program. This pathway focuses on the management challenges and opportunities unique to the technology sector. The program includes specialized coursework, experiential learning opportunities, and access to a strong network of alums in the technology industry.

[b]Healthcare Administration[/b]
MBA holders in healthcare administration play a vital role in managing the business aspects of healthcare delivery. From overseeing hospital operations to navigating healthcare policy, these professionals contribute to improving patient outcomes and organizational efficiency.

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[b]Check out the [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/upenn-wharton/]University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School[/url] and [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/duke-fuqua/]Duke’s Fuqua School of Business[/url] for this career path.[/b]

Wharton offers a [url=https://hcmg.wharton.upenn.edu/programs/mba/]Healthcare Management Program[/url] within its MBA curriculum, providing students with opportunities to explore the business side of healthcare through coursework, experiential learning opportunities, and access to a network of healthcare industry professionals.

Fuqua offers a [url=https://centers.fuqua.duke.edu/hsm/home/about/]Health Sector Management Program[/url] within its MBA curriculum, focusing on the business aspects of healthcare delivery, financing, and innovation. The program includes coursework, experiential learning opportunities, and access to a network of healthcare industry professionals.

Don’t miss [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/mba-in-healthcare/]Why an MBA in Healthcare is Your Winning Combo[/url]

[b]Government and Public Policy[/b]
 Those interested in public service and policy-making can pursue rewarding government and public administration careers as an alternative MBA career path. Graduates bring valuable strategic planning and financial management skills to inform policy decisions and drive economic growth.

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[b]For this career path, check out [/b][b][url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/harvard-business-school/]Harvard Business School[/url] [/b][b]and [/b][b]Georgetown’s [url=https://msb.georgetown.edu/]McDonough School of Business[/url]. [/b]

Harvard Kennedy School offers a master’s in public administration (MPA) program focusing on government and public policy. The school provides rigorous policy analysis, leadership, and management training for students interested in public sector careers.

By participating in the [url=https://www.hbs.edu/mba/academic-experience/joint-degree-programs/Pages/harvard-kennedy-school.aspx]HBS/HKS joint degree programs[/url], structured to be completed in three years, candidates will have demonstrated exceptional aptitude in the complementary areas of policy expertise and cross-disciplinary management.

Georgetown McDonough’s [url=https://cbpp.georgetown.edu/?_gl=1%2A1bhe85u%2A_ga%2AMTExNTUwNzg0MC4xNzE0Njg2MzU3%2A_ga_BJ59XJGFKH%2AMTcxNTI4NjE0NS4yLjEuMTcxNTI4NjE2Mi40My4wLjA.%2A_ga_NJT54L19TN%2AMTcxNTI4NjE0NS4yLjEuMTcxNTI4NjE2Mi4wLjAuMA..#_ga=2.36170784.1050762725.1715286146-1115507840.1714686357]Center for Business and Policy[/url] allows students to explore the intersection of business and government through coursework, experiential learning opportunities, and access to a network of government and nonprofit leaders.

[b]Education Management [/b]
MBA professionals in education management contribute to creating more effective and equitable learning environments. Whether leading educational institutions or shaping education policy, these individuals play a crucial role in fostering innovation and excellence in education.

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[b]Check out [/b][url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/columbia-business-school/][b]Columbia Business School[/b][/url][b] and the [/b][b][url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/upenn-wharton/]University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School[/url] [/b][b]for this career path[/b][b].[/b]

Columbia offers a Program in [url=https://business.columbia.edu/socialenterprise/about/social-enterprise-areas]Social-Enterprise and Education Management (SEE)[/url] within its MBA curriculum. The program provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to lead educational organizations effectively.

The [url=https://www.gse.upenn.edu/academics/programs/education-entrepreneurship-masters]M.S.Ed. in Education Entrepreneurship dual degree[/url] is an exciting opportunity for Wharton MBA students who recognize new challenges and opportunities due to the tectonic shifts underway in society, business, and education. Combining a master’s in Education Entrepreneurship with an MBA from Wharton creates a unique, highly marketable degree.

These programs provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to lead educational organizations and drive innovation in education.

[b]Arts and Entertainment Management[/b]
Creative individuals can leverage their MBA to excel in arts and entertainment management. From managing cultural institutions to producing multimedia content, MBA graduates bring business acumen to the creative industries, driving success and sustainability.

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[b]For this career path, check out[/b][b][url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/nyu-stern/] NYU Stern School of Business[/url] [/b][b]and [/b][b][url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/ucla-anderson/]UCLA Anderson School of Management[/url].[/b]

NYU Stern offers a specialization in [url=https://www.stern.nyu.edu/experience-stern/about/departments-centers-initiatives/interdisciplinary-initiatives/entertainment-media-and-technology-program]Entertainment, Media, and Technology (EMT)[/url] within its MBA program. The EMT specialization covers entertainment strategy, marketing, finance, and digital media. This provides students with a strong foundation for careers in the art and entertainment industries.

UCLA Anderson offers an MBA specialization in [url=https://www.anderson.ucla.edu/degrees/full-time-mba/career-impact/entertainment-career-path]Entertainment Management[/url]. The specialization covers topics such as entertainment marketing, distribution, finance, and talent management, preparing students for leadership roles in the entertainment industry.

[b]Anything But Ordinary[/b]
With a little imagination and a lot of hustle, you can turn your MBA into a ticket to an exciting, fulfilling career that’s anything but ordinary.  The diverse alternative MBA career paths highlighted above merely hint at the breadth of opportunities available to graduates beyond the conventional corporate sphere.

Whether driving social change, leading sustainable initiatives, or shaping policy and innovation, an MBA degree equips professionals of all stripes with the skills and knowledge to make a meaningful impact across various sectors.

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Here’s a snapshot of the caliber of expertise on our [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/about/mba-admissions-consulting-team/]SBC team[/url].

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41509] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-08-23-at-10.02.38-AM.png[/img] Ashley HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36146] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/laura.jpeg[/img] Laura HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33615] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/andrea_k.jpg[/img] Andrea Director HBS Admissionsat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36122] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Jennifer-Foster.jpeg[/img] Jennifer Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33613] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin-k.jpg[/img] Erin K. Asst Director MBA Admissionsat Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Director MBA Admissionsat Berkeley’s Haas School of Business [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-42822] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Susie-Burrus-photo.jpeg[/img] Susie Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-34284] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/anthony.jpeg[/img] Anthony Associate Director MBA Admissionsat the Wharton Schoolat the University of Pennsylvania [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33611] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/meghan_e.jpg[/img] Meghan Associate Director MBA Admissions and Marketingat the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36612] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Amy-Hazen.jpeg[/img] Amy Director, the Wharton Schoolat the University of PennsylvaniaProfessional Writer [/url]

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33607] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin_B-v2.jpg[/img] Erin B. Assistant Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS)M.S.Ed, Higher Education, U of Pennsylvania [/url]

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Ashley
Ashley is a former MBA Admissions Board Member for Harvard Business School (HBS), where she interviewed and evaluated thousands of business school applicants for over a six year tenure. Ashley holds an MBA from HBS.

During her HBS years, Ashley was the Sports Editor for the Harbus and a member of the B-School Blades Ice Hockey Team. After HBS, she worked in Marketing at the Gillette Company on Male and Female shaving ...

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Kerry
Kerry is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

During her 5+ year tenure at HBS, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a wide range of backgrounds across the globe. She also led marketing and outreach efforts focused on increasing diversity and inclusion, ran the Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP), and launched the 2+2 Program during her time in Admissions.

Kerry holds a B.A. from Bates College and  ...

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Pauline
A former associate director of admissions at Harvard Business School, Pauline served on the HBS MBA Admissions Board full-time for four years. She evaluated and interviewed HBS applicants, both on-campus and globally.

Pauline's career has included sales and marketing management roles with Coca-Cola, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, and IBM.  For over 10 years, Pauline has expertly guided MBA applicants, and her clients h ...

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Geri
Geri is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

In her 7 year tenure in HBS Admissions, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a diverse set of academic, geographic, and employment backgrounds.  Geri also traveled globally representing the school at outreach events in order to raise awareness for women and international students.  In additio ...

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Laura
Laura comes from the MBA Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS) and is an HBS MBA alumnus. In her HBS Admissions role, she evaluated and interviewed hundreds of business school candidates, including internationals, women, military and other applicant pools, for five years.

Prior to her time as a student at HBS, Laura began her career in advertising and marketing in Chicago at Leo Burnett where she worked on th ...

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Andrea
Andrea served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at Harvard Business School (HBS) for over five years.  In this role, she provided strategic direction for student yield-management activities and also served as a full member of the admissions committee.

In 2007, Andrea launched the new 2+2 Program at Harvard Business School – a program targeted at college junior applicants to Harvard Business School.  Andrea has also served as a Career Coach for Harvard Business School for both cu ...

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Jennifer
Jennifer served as Admissions Officer at the Stanford (GSB) for five years. She holds an MBA from Stanford (GSB) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Jennifer has over 15 years experience in guiding applicants through the increasingly competitive admissions process into top MBA programs. Having read thousands and thousands of essays and applications while at Stanford (GSB) Admiss ...

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Erin K.
Erin served in key roles in MBA Admissions--as Director at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Assistant Director at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Erin served on the admissions committee at each school and has read thousands of applications in her career. At Haas, she served for seven years in roles that encompassed evaluation, outreach, and diversity and inclusion. During her tenure in Admissions at GSB, she was responsible for candidate evaluation, applicant outreach, ...

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Susie
Susie comes from the Admissions Office of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she reviewed and evaluated hundreds of prospective students’ applications.  She holds an MBA from Stanford’s GSB and a BA from Stanford in Economics.

Prior to advising MBA applicants, Susie held a variety of roles over a 15-year period in capital markets, finance, and real estate, including as partner in one of the nation’s most innovative finance and real estate investment organizations. In that r ...

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Dione
Dione holds an MBA degree from Stanford Business School (GSB) and a BA degree from Stanford University, where she double majored in Economics and Communication with concentrations in journalism and sociology. Dione has served as an Admissions reader and member of the Minority Admissions Advisory Committee at Stanford. 

Dione is an accomplished and respected advocate and thought leader on education and diversity. She is ...

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Anthony
Anthony served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he dedicated over 10 years of expertise.

During his time as a Wharton Admissions Officer, he read and reviewed thousands of applications and helped bring in a class of 800+ students a year.  Anthony has traveled both domestically and internationally to recruit a ...

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Meghan
Meghan served as the Associate Director of Admissions and Marketing at the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute, a joint degree program combining the Wharton MBA with an MA in International Studies.

In her role on the Wharton MBA admissions committee, Meghan advised domestic and international applicants; conducted interviews and information sessions domestically and overseas in Asia, Central and South America, and Europe; and evaluated applicants for admission to the program. Meghan also managed ...

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Amy
Amy comes from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she was Associate Director. Amy devoted 12 years at the Wharton School, working closely with MBA students and supporting the admissions team.

During her tenure at Wharton, Amy served as a trusted adviser to prospective applicants as well as admitted and matriculated students.  She conducted admissions chats with applicants early in the admissions ...

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Ally
Ally brings six years of admissions experience to the SBC team, most recently as an Assistant Director of Admission for the full-time MBA program at Columbia Business School (CBS).

During her time at Columbia, Ally was responsible for reviewing applications, planning recruitment events, and interviewing candidates for both the full-time MBA program and the Executive MBA program. She traveled both internationally and dome ...

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Erin B.
Erin has over seven years of experience working across major institutions, including University of Pennsylvania, Columbia Business School, and NYU's Stern School of Business.

At Columbia Business School, Erin was an Assistant Director of Admissions where she evaluated applications for both the full time and executive MBA programs, sat on the admissions and merit scholarship committees and advised applicants on which program might be the best fit for them based on their work experience and pro ...

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Emma
Emma comes from the MBA Admissions Office at Columbia Business School (CBS), where she was Associate Director.

Emma conducted dozens of interviews each cycle for the MBA and EMBA programs, as well as coordinating the alumni ambassador interview program. She read and evaluated hundreds of applications each cycle, delivered information sessions to audiences across the globe, and advised countless waitlisted applicants.

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Are you interested in the full-time MBA program at the [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/uc-berkeley-haas-school-of-business/]UC Berkeley Haas School of Business[/url]? Then get out your calendar because we’ve got the Berkeley Haas MBA deadlines for the 2024-2025 admissions cycle.

Berkeley Haas MBA Deadlines
[b]Round 1[/b]
Application due: September 12, 2024

Decision released: December 12, 2024

[b]Round 2[/b]
Application due: January 9, 2025

Decision released: March 27, 2025

[b]Round 3[/b]
Application due: April 3, 2025

Decision released: May 8, 2025

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For more information on applying, please visit the [url=https://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/admissions]Berkeley Haas MBA admissions[/url] website. If you need guidance on your Haas MBA application or wish to discuss your business school plans, reach out for a [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/contact/]complimentary analysis[/url] of your candidacy. We’re here to help!

Here’s a snapshot of the caliber of expertise on our [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/about/mba-admissions-consulting-team/]SBC team[/url].

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41509] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-08-23-at-10.02.38-AM.png[/img] Ashley HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41781] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Geri-pic.jpeg[/img] Geri HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business School [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36146] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/laura.jpeg[/img] Laura HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33615] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/andrea_k.jpg[/img] Andrea Director HBS Admissionsat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36122] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Jennifer-Foster.jpeg[/img] Jennifer Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33613] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin-k.jpg[/img] Erin K. Asst Director MBA Admissionsat Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Director MBA Admissionsat Berkeley’s Haas School of Business [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-42822] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Susie-Burrus-photo.jpeg[/img] Susie Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-35390] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2021-02-08-at-9.08.05-AM.png[/img] Dione MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Minority Admissions, the GSBDiversity Programs, the GSB [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-34284] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/anthony.jpeg[/img] Anthony Associate Director MBA Admissionsat the Wharton Schoolat the University of Pennsylvania [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33611] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/meghan_e.jpg[/img] Meghan Associate Director MBA Admissions and Marketingat the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36612] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Amy-Hazen.jpeg[/img] Amy Director, the Wharton Schoolat the University of PennsylvaniaProfessional Writer [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-37475] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2021-03-09-at-1.53.23-PM.png[/img] Ally Assistant Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS)NYU Admissions [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33607] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin_B-v2.jpg[/img] Erin B. Assistant Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS)M.S.Ed, Higher Education, U of Pennsylvania [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41568] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-09-14-at-12.38.38-PM.png[/img] Emma Associate Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS) [/url]

Ashley
Ashley is a former MBA Admissions Board Member for Harvard Business School (HBS), where she interviewed and evaluated thousands of business school applicants for over a six year tenure. Ashley holds an MBA from HBS.

During her HBS years, Ashley was the Sports Editor for the Harbus and a member of the B-School Blades Ice Hockey Team. After HBS, she worked in Marketing at the Gillette Company on Male and Female shaving ...

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Kerry
Kerry is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

During her 5+ year tenure at HBS, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a wide range of backgrounds across the globe. She also led marketing and outreach efforts focused on increasing diversity and inclusion, ran the Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP), and launched the 2+2 Program during her time in Admissions.

Kerry holds a B.A. from Bates College and  ...

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Pauline
A former associate director of admissions at Harvard Business School, Pauline served on the HBS MBA Admissions Board full-time for four years. She evaluated and interviewed HBS applicants, both on-campus and globally.

Pauline's career has included sales and marketing management roles with Coca-Cola, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, and IBM.  For over 10 years, Pauline has expertly guided MBA applicants, and her clients h ...

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Geri
Geri is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

In her 7 year tenure in HBS Admissions, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a diverse set of academic, geographic, and employment backgrounds.  Geri also traveled globally representing the school at outreach events in order to raise awareness for women and international students.  In additio ...

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Are you interested in the full-time MBA program at [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/uc-berkeley-haas-school-of-business/]UC Berkeley Haas School of Business[/url]? Then let the brainstorming begin! Here are the updated Haas MBA essays and [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/berkeley-haas-mba-deadlines/]deadlines[/url] for the 2024-2025 application cycle.

UC Berkeley Haas MBA Essays
[b]Required Essay #1[/b]
What makes you feel alive when you are doing it, and why? (300 words maximum)

[b]Required Essay #2[/b]
What are your short-term and long-term career goals, and how will an MBA from Haas help you achieve those goals?

Short-term career goals should be achievable within 3-5 years post-MBA, whereas long-term goals may span a decade or more and encompass broader professional aspirations.

(300 words maximum)

[b]Required Essay #3[/b]
One of our goals at Berkeley Haas is to develop leaders who value diversity and to create an inclusive environment in which people from different ethnicities, genders, lived experiences, and national origins feel welcomed and supported.

Describe any experience or exposure you have in the area of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging whether through community organizations, personal, or in the workplace?

Candidates seeking consideration for [url=https://haas.berkeley.edu/financial-aid/full-time-mba/haas-scholarships/entering-students/]mission-aligned fellowships[/url] may use this space to reflect on their commitment to the mission of those fellowships. (300 words max)

[b]Video Essay[/b]
The Berkeley MBA program develops leaders who embody our four [url=https://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/defining-principles]Defining Leadership Principles[/url]. Briefly introduce yourself to the admissions committee, explain which Defining Leadership Principle resonates most with you, and tell us how you have exemplified the principle in your personal or professional life.

Please review the Defining Leadership Principles in advance and take time to prepare your answer before recording. You will be able to test your audio-visual connection before recording. Video essays should last 1-2 minutes and may not exceed 2 minutes.

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Optional Essays
The admissions team takes a holistic approach to application review and seeks to understand all aspects of a candidate’s character, qualifications, and experiences. We will consider achievements in the context of the opportunities available to a candidate. Some applicants may have faced hardships or unusual life circumstances, and we will consider the maturity, perseverance, and thoughtfulness with which they have responded to and/or overcome them.

[b]Optional Information #1[/b]

We invite you to help us better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements.

[b]Optional Information #2 [/b]

This section should only be used to convey relevant information not addressed elsewhere in your application. This may include explanation of employment gaps, academic aberrations, supplemental coursework, etc. You are encouraged to use bullet points where appropriate.

[b]Supplemental Information[/b]
If you have not provided a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, please explain. If not applicable, enter N/A.

List, in order of importance, significant community and professional organizations and extracurricular activities in which you have been involved during or after university studies. Include the following information for each using the format below:

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[*]Name of organization or activity[/*]
[*]Nature of organization or activity[/*]
[*]Size of organization[/*]
[*]Dates of involvement[/*]
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List full-time and part-time jobs held during undergraduate or graduate studies indicating the employer, job title, employment dates, location, and the number of hours worked per week for each position held prior to the completion of your degree.

If you have ever been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation, suspended, or required to withdraw from any college or university, please explain. If not, please enter N/A (An affirmative response to this question does not automatically disqualify you from admission.

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Ashley
Ashley is a former MBA Admissions Board Member for Harvard Business School (HBS), where she interviewed and evaluated thousands of business school applicants for over a six year tenure. Ashley holds an MBA from HBS.

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A former associate director of admissions at Harvard Business School, Pauline served on the HBS MBA Admissions Board full-time for four years. She evaluated and interviewed HBS applicants, both on-campus and globally.

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Dione holds an MBA degree from Stanford Business School (GSB) and a BA degree from Stanford University, where she double majored in Economics and Communication with concentrations in journalism and sociology. Dione has served as an Admissions reader and member of the Minority Admissions Advisory Committee at Stanford. 

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Anthony served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he dedicated over 10 years of expertise.

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Meghan served as the Associate Director of Admissions and Marketing at the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute, a joint degree program combining the Wharton MBA with an MA in International Studies.

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Amy comes from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she was Associate Director. Amy devoted 12 years at the Wharton School, working closely with MBA students and supporting the admissions team.

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During her time at Columbia, Ally was responsible for reviewing applications, planning recruitment events, and interviewing candidates for both the full-time MBA program and the Executive MBA program. She traveled both internationally and dome ...

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The [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/uc-berkeley-haas-school-of-business/]Haas School of Business[/url] at the University of California Berkeley is a highly selective school with a small class to fill. Therefore, it’s crucial to stand out from the crowd and show how you will benefit the Haas MBA class. These tips for the Berkeley Haas application essays will help you create that positive impression.

According to one of the former Haas admissions officers on the SBC team, “Haas is really focused on its experiential learning and its [url=https://haas.berkeley.edu/about/the-haas-difference/our-culture/]four Defining Leadership Principles[/url]. Candidates need to know the principles (almost with the ability to recite them by heart) and talk about why at least one of the principles resonates with the candidate.”

The new video essay specifically asks about the principles, and you should also consider them as you answer the other essays in this set. Likewise, keep these principles in mind when you interview with Haas and interact with students and faculty.

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The Berkeley Haas Application Essays
[b]Required Essay #1: [/b][b]What makes you feel alive when you are doing it, and why? (300 words maximum)[/b]
The Haas MBA admissions team has asked creative, open-ended questions for many years. Essay one exemplifies that style. As a first step, think about activities you find completely fascinating—for example, hobbies, sports, or artistic pursuits. Or, maybe there’s an activity at work that absorbs you. Above all, it should reveal something personal and go deeper than your resume.

After you have identified a meaningful activity, then you need to describe why. The “why” is more important than the “what” because it reveals who you are. For example, maybe you enjoy research projects. You like to solve problems at work and have the freedom to pursue the question wherever it takes you.

In that case, consider whether you enjoy research because it allows you to be creative or solve problems. Delve into your motivations to see what is driving you—being specific about the “why” will help you with all of your essays.

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[b]Required Essay #2: [/b][b]What are your short-term and long-term career goals, and how will an MBA from Haas help you achieve those goals? Short-term career goals should be achievable within 3-5 years post-MBA, whereas long-term goals may span a decade or more and encompass broader professional aspirations. (300 words maximum)[/b]
This is a traditional essay asking about your career goals and how an MBA from Haas will get you from here to there. While this question does not ask specifically “why Haas?” think about the attributes of the program that will enhance your career goals.

According to SBC’s Haas experts, “Haas can get a lot of entrepreneurs, engineers, and people with really untraditional paths because they think Haas is an untraditional program. Folks who want to transition to a start-up or do their own venture really need to have a clear idea why Haas and why now. Their path needs to be very specific and why their career trajectory is either right for a transition or continuing down the same path, but taking a breath for the MBA.”

This advice is great for any candidate. Be specific about your path and very clear about why an MBA is necessary. Some reasons might include the coursework, the network you will build, and the practical experiences you will have.

Make sure you have researched Haas thoroughly and know what is available through the program and how you will take advantage of it. In addition to online resources, you can reach out to your personal and professional network. Talking to current and former students is always useful!

Note that Haas asks for both short-term and long-term career goals, and specifies what is meant by both. When you consider your career trajectory make sure you identify the timing of your career moves.

For example, if your long-term goal is to be a CEO, your short-term goal will be a role in the industry you are targeting that may focus on strategy or operations to prepare you to run a company as a general manager in the long term. Always think about your long-term goal as a combination of past experience, your MBA, and your short-term goals.

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[b]Required Essay #3: One of our goals at Berkeley Haas is to develop leaders who value diversity and to create an inclusive environment in which people from different ethnicities, genders, lived experiences, and national origins feel welcomed and supported.[/b]
[b]Describe any experience or exposure you have in the area of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging whether through community organizations, personal, or in the workplace?[/b]
[b]Candidates seeking consideration for [url=https://haas.berkeley.edu/financial-aid/full-time-mba/haas-scholarships/entering-students/]mission-aligned fellowships[/url] may use this space to reflect on their commitment to the mission of those fellowships. (300 words max)[/b]
Diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging are important aspects of business culture and MBA admissions. Aside from formal programs that many companies sponsor, being an inclusive leader is crucial for business results.

Whether you are personally experienced in being part of an underrepresented community or not, you can be a champion for belonging. This essay is best answered with a short example or two that you can pull from any aspect of your life. There is a wide scope of experiences you can draw upon for this essay, including personal stories.

Think about when you have participated or led formal efforts to drive diversity or when you have supported justice at school, work, or in your community. For more resources to answer this question, don’t miss this [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/diversity-essay-for-the-mba-tips-samples/]blog post[/url] on how to address diversity essays and sample essays.

Check out [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/b-schooled-podcast-episode-116-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-dei-and-the-mba/]B-Schooled Podcast #116:[/url] Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and the MBA

[b]Video Essay: [/b][b]The Berkeley MBA program develops leaders who embody our four Defining Leadership Principles. Briefly introduce yourself to the admissions committee, explain which Defining Leadership Principle resonates most with you, and tell us how you have exemplified the principle in your personal or professional life.[/b]
[b]Please review the [url=https://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/defining-principles]Defining Leadership Principles[/url] in advance and take time to prepare your answer before recording. You will be able to test your audio-visual connection before recording. Video essays should last 1-2 minutes and may not exceed 2 minutes.[/b]
Begin preparation for this video by researching how Haas views leadership by reviewing its set of principles. The fundamental principles are: Question the Status Quo, Confidence without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. For Haas, leadership is both inclusive and bold. Also, Haas prioritizes innovation, community, and collaboration.

Next, think about your personal definition of leadership. If you had to define your leadership principles, what would they look like? For example, perhaps helping is a core part of your identity. And, for you, leadership means driving the development of your team. Therefore, you aspire to be a leader who develops others.

Then, think about an example you can share in this video that illustrates the leadership principle. If you are focused on developing others, think about a story when you managed a team or project. Or even a mentoring experience either at work or through your network.

Once you have figured out what you will say in the video, rehearse a few times before recording. Make sure you are still coming across as conversational and expressing your personality. The reason to use a video instead of a written essay is to understand a bit more about your personality, style, and expression. finally, make sure to show enthusiasm for leadership and your future at Haas.

[b]Did you know SBC offers [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-interview-prep-coaching/]video essay and video interview prep[/url] services? Leverage our video platform for unlimited practice, self-assessment, and a professional review with written feedback. This platform is identical to the one used by several schools for video essays.[/b]

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Optional Essays
[b]The admissions team takes a holistic approach to application review and seeks to understand all aspects of a candidate’s character, qualifications, and experiences. We will consider achievements in the context of the opportunities available to a candidate. Some applicants may have faced hardships or unusual life circumstances, and we will consider the maturity, perseverance, and thoughtfulness with which they have responded to and/or overcome them.[/b]
[b]Optional Information #1[/b]

[b]We invite you to help us better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements.[/b]

Berkeley Haas is committed to understanding applicants completely. Therefore, this question provides a chance to go deeper into your family background and your life circumstances. In addition, the admissions committee can understand your accomplishments in context.

For example, you might have a highly educated family, and your parents are professionals. But, you moved to another country for college or a job. An experience like that is essential to explain how you learned a new culture or language.

Or, maybe your parents are fully employed now. However, a period of unemployment in your family impacted you. Therefore, that information shows how you handle challenges at home.

Finally, think about times you changed course because of your circumstances. And, think about the areas of your life that asked the most of your resilience. As a result, how have you used those experiences to continue to achieve?

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[b]Optional Information #2

This section should only be used to convey relevant information not addressed elsewhere in your application. This may include explanation of employment gaps, academic aberrations, supplemental coursework, etc. You are encouraged to use bullet points where appropriate.[/b]
Applicants should note there is a specific place to indicate that they won’t have a recommendation from their current supervisor in the supplemental information section. Therefore, you do not need to explain that here in the optional essay.

Haas recommends using this space to address any information you could not adequately cover elsewhere. Specifically, any employment gaps or academic issues.

Otherwise, you can use one or two examples to demonstrate that you have an analytical mind. Use examples to show you take a quantitative approach to problem-solving and evaluating data. Alternatively, explain any supplemental coursework to improve your quantitative profile.

Any unexplained gap of several months between two jobs needs addressing. Therefore, if your resume has significant employment gaps, you should describe what you did between jobs. For instance, you can point to additional education, training, volunteering, or traveling during this gap.

In addition, re-applicants can describe hard improvements to their candidacy. For example, these could be an improved GMAT score, new grades from quantitative classes, or a promotion. Also, other improvements might include refined career goals and additional leadership opportunities.

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Ashley
Ashley is a former MBA Admissions Board Member for Harvard Business School (HBS), where she interviewed and evaluated thousands of business school applicants for over a six year tenure. Ashley holds an MBA from HBS.

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Kerry
Kerry is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

During her 5+ year tenure at HBS, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a wide range of backgrounds across the globe. She also led marketing and outreach efforts focused on increasing diversity and inclusion, ran the Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP), and launched the 2+2 Program during her time in Admissions.

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Pauline
A former associate director of admissions at Harvard Business School, Pauline served on the HBS MBA Admissions Board full-time for four years. She evaluated and interviewed HBS applicants, both on-campus and globally.

Pauline's career has included sales and marketing management roles with Coca-Cola, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, and IBM.  For over 10 years, Pauline has expertly guided MBA applicants, and her clients h ...

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Geri
Geri is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

In her 7 year tenure in HBS Admissions, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a diverse set of academic, geographic, and employment backgrounds.  Geri also traveled globally representing the school at outreach events in order to raise awareness for women and international students.  In additio ...

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Laura
Laura comes from the MBA Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS) and is an HBS MBA alumnus. In her HBS Admissions role, she evaluated and interviewed hundreds of business school candidates, including internationals, women, military and other applicant pools, for five years.

Prior to her time as a student at HBS, Laura began her career in advertising and marketing in Chicago at Leo Burnett where she worked on th ...

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Andrea
Andrea served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at Harvard Business School (HBS) for over five years.  In this role, she provided strategic direction for student yield-management activities and also served as a full member of the admissions committee.

In 2007, Andrea launched the new 2+2 Program at Harvard Business School – a program targeted at college junior applicants to Harvard Business School.  Andrea has also served as a Career Coach for Harvard Business School for both cu ...

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Jennifer
Jennifer served as Admissions Officer at the Stanford (GSB) for five years. She holds an MBA from Stanford (GSB) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Jennifer has over 15 years experience in guiding applicants through the increasingly competitive admissions process into top MBA programs. Having read thousands and thousands of essays and applications while at Stanford (GSB) Admiss ...

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Erin K.
Erin served in key roles in MBA Admissions--as Director at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Assistant Director at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Erin served on the admissions committee at each school and has read thousands of applications in her career. At Haas, she served for seven years in roles that encompassed evaluation, outreach, and diversity and inclusion. During her tenure in Admissions at GSB, she was responsible for candidate evaluation, applicant outreach, ...

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Susie
Susie comes from the Admissions Office of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she reviewed and evaluated hundreds of prospective students’ applications.  She holds an MBA from Stanford’s GSB and a BA from Stanford in Economics.

Prior to advising MBA applicants, Susie held a variety of roles over a 15-year period in capital markets, finance, and real estate, including as partner in one of the nation’s most innovative finance and real estate investment organizations. In that r ...

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Dione
Dione holds an MBA degree from Stanford Business School (GSB) and a BA degree from Stanford University, where she double majored in Economics and Communication with concentrations in journalism and sociology. Dione has served as an Admissions reader and member of the Minority Admissions Advisory Committee at Stanford. 

Dione is an accomplished and respected advocate and thought leader on education and diversity. She is ...

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Anthony
Anthony served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he dedicated over 10 years of expertise.

During his time as a Wharton Admissions Officer, he read and reviewed thousands of applications and helped bring in a class of 800+ students a year.  Anthony has traveled both domestically and internationally to recruit a ...

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Meghan
Meghan served as the Associate Director of Admissions and Marketing at the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute, a joint degree program combining the Wharton MBA with an MA in International Studies.

In her role on the Wharton MBA admissions committee, Meghan advised domestic and international applicants; conducted interviews and information sessions domestically and overseas in Asia, Central and South America, and Europe; and evaluated applicants for admission to the program. Meghan also managed ...

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Amy
Amy comes from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she was Associate Director. Amy devoted 12 years at the Wharton School, working closely with MBA students and supporting the admissions team.

During her tenure at Wharton, Amy served as a trusted adviser to prospective applicants as well as admitted and matriculated students.  She conducted admissions chats with applicants early in the admissions ...

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Ally
Ally brings six years of admissions experience to the SBC team, most recently as an Assistant Director of Admission for the full-time MBA program at Columbia Business School (CBS).

During her time at Columbia, Ally was responsible for reviewing applications, planning recruitment events, and interviewing candidates for both the full-time MBA program and the Executive MBA program. She traveled both internationally and dome ...

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Erin B.
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At Columbia Business School, Erin was an Assistant Director of Admissions where she evaluated applications for both the full time and executive MBA programs, sat on the admissions and merit scholarship committees and advised applicants on which program might be the best fit for them based on their work experience and pro ...

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Emma
Emma comes from the MBA Admissions Office at Columbia Business School (CBS), where she was Associate Director.

Emma conducted dozens of interviews each cycle for the MBA and EMBA programs, as well as coordinating the alumni ambassador interview program. She read and evaluated hundreds of applications each cycle, delivered information sessions to audiences across the globe, and advised countless waitlisted applicants.

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The journey to get an MBA is an exciting step in your professional and personal development. One of the best ways to gather insights about a business school is to speak with current students or alums. They can provide a unique perspective you won’t find in brochures or official websites. To make the most out of these conversations, asking the right questions is crucial. Here are the ten best questions to ask an MBA student or alum to get a well-rounded understanding of a business school.

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[b]Question 1: Why did you choose this business school?[/b]
This question can help you understand the main factors influencing their decision. Their answer might highlight the school’s reputation, specific programs, faculty, culture, or location. These responses will reveal what sets this school apart and whether those factors align with your priorities and career goals.

[b]Question 2: What was your experience like during the admissions process?[/b]
The admissions process can vary from one school to another. Learning about their experience can provide valuable tips on navigating the application, preparing for interviews, and managing deadlines. It can also highlight any unique aspects of the school’s admissions process you should know.

[b]Question 3: How would you describe the academic environment? [/b]
Understanding the academic rigor and support systems in place is crucial. Ask an MBA student or alum about the quality of the faculty, class sizes, the level of collaboration versus competition among students, and the availability of academic resources. That will help you assess if the educational environment suits your learning style and goals.

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[b]Question 4: Can you share insights on the campus culture? [/b]
Campus culture plays a significant role in your MBA experience. Ask about the social atmosphere, diversity, inclusion, student organizations, and extracurricular activities. Understanding the culture will help determine if you feel comfortable and engaged in the community.

[b]Question 5: What opportunities are available for networking and career development? [/b]
Networking and career development are vital components of an MBA program. Ask an MBA student or alum about the strength of the alumni network, the availability of career services, internship opportunities, and on-campus recruiting. These factors can significantly influence your post-MBA career prospects.

[b]Question 6: How has the MBA program impacted your career? [/b]
This question allows you to gauge the [url=https://mba.wharton.upenn.edu/why-get-an-mba/#:~:text=How%20does%20an%20MBA%20help,well%20as%20a%20professional%20network.]tangible benefits of the MBA program[/url]. Alums can share their career progression, job placements, salary increases, and how they have applied the skills and knowledge gained from the program. This information is critical in understanding the return on investment for the MBA.

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[b]Question 7: What are some challenges you faced during the program? [/b]
Every MBA program has its academic, social, or logistical challenges. By asking about these, you can get a realistic picture of what to expect and consider if you are ready to handle similar challenges. Additionally, you can learn how the school supports students in overcoming these obstacles.

[b]Question 8: How accessible are the faculty and administration? [/b]
Faculty and administrative support can greatly enhance your MBA experience. Ask an MBA student about their accessibility, responsiveness, and willingness to mentor students. A supportive faculty and administration can provide valuable guidance and foster a positive learning environment.

[b]Question 9: What has been the ROI of this MBA program for you?[/b]
While financial gain is not the only reason to pursue an MBA, understanding the program’s [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/roi-mba-one-year-vs-two-year-program/]return on investment (ROI)[/url] is essential. Inquire about the cost of the program, availability of scholarships, average starting salaries of graduates, and long-term career advancement. This will help you evaluate if the financial and time investment is worth it.

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[b]Question 10: Would you recommend this MBA program to others? Why or why not? [/b]
This is a straightforward question that can yield honest and insightful answers. Alums and current students can provide a holistic view of their satisfaction with the program and highlight its strengths and weaknesses. Their recommendation (or lack thereof) can foreshadow the program’s quality and fit for you.

Asking the right questions can enhance your understanding of a business school and help you decide where to pursue your MBA. Remember to approach these conversations with an open mind and respect the time and insights students and alums share. Their experiences can provide invaluable guidance as you navigate your MBA journey. Happy networking, and best of luck with your applications.

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41781] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Geri-pic.jpeg[/img] Geri HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business School [/url]

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36122] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Jennifer-Foster.jpeg[/img] Jennifer Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33613] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin-k.jpg[/img] Erin K. Asst Director MBA Admissionsat Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Director MBA Admissionsat Berkeley’s Haas School of Business [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-42822] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Susie-Burrus-photo.jpeg[/img] Susie Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-35390] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2021-02-08-at-9.08.05-AM.png[/img] Dione MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Minority Admissions, the GSBDiversity Programs, the GSB [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-34284] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/anthony.jpeg[/img] Anthony Associate Director MBA Admissionsat the Wharton Schoolat the University of Pennsylvania [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33611] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/meghan_e.jpg[/img] Meghan Associate Director MBA Admissions and Marketingat the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36612] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Amy-Hazen.jpeg[/img] Amy Director, the Wharton Schoolat the University of PennsylvaniaProfessional Writer [/url]

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33607] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin_B-v2.jpg[/img] Erin B. Assistant Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS)M.S.Ed, Higher Education, U of Pennsylvania [/url]

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Ashley
Ashley is a former MBA Admissions Board Member for Harvard Business School (HBS), where she interviewed and evaluated thousands of business school applicants for over a six year tenure. Ashley holds an MBA from HBS.

During her HBS years, Ashley was the Sports Editor for the Harbus and a member of the B-School Blades Ice Hockey Team. After HBS, she worked in Marketing at the Gillette Company on Male and Female shaving ...

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Kerry
Kerry is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

During her 5+ year tenure at HBS, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a wide range of backgrounds across the globe. She also led marketing and outreach efforts focused on increasing diversity and inclusion, ran the Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP), and launched the 2+2 Program during her time in Admissions.

Kerry holds a B.A. from Bates College and  ...

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Pauline
A former associate director of admissions at Harvard Business School, Pauline served on the HBS MBA Admissions Board full-time for four years. She evaluated and interviewed HBS applicants, both on-campus and globally.

Pauline's career has included sales and marketing management roles with Coca-Cola, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, and IBM.  For over 10 years, Pauline has expertly guided MBA applicants, and her clients h ...

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Geri
Geri is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

In her 7 year tenure in HBS Admissions, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a diverse set of academic, geographic, and employment backgrounds.  Geri also traveled globally representing the school at outreach events in order to raise awareness for women and international students.  In additio ...

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Laura
Laura comes from the MBA Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS) and is an HBS MBA alumnus. In her HBS Admissions role, she evaluated and interviewed hundreds of business school candidates, including internationals, women, military and other applicant pools, for five years.

Prior to her time as a student at HBS, Laura began her career in advertising and marketing in Chicago at Leo Burnett where she worked on th ...

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Andrea
Andrea served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at Harvard Business School (HBS) for over five years.  In this role, she provided strategic direction for student yield-management activities and also served as a full member of the admissions committee.

In 2007, Andrea launched the new 2+2 Program at Harvard Business School – a program targeted at college junior applicants to Harvard Business School.  Andrea has also served as a Career Coach for Harvard Business School for both cu ...

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Jennifer
Jennifer served as Admissions Officer at the Stanford (GSB) for five years. She holds an MBA from Stanford (GSB) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Jennifer has over 15 years experience in guiding applicants through the increasingly competitive admissions process into top MBA programs. Having read thousands and thousands of essays and applications while at Stanford (GSB) Admiss ...

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Erin K.
Erin served in key roles in MBA Admissions--as Director at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Assistant Director at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Erin served on the admissions committee at each school and has read thousands of applications in her career. At Haas, she served for seven years in roles that encompassed evaluation, outreach, and diversity and inclusion. During her tenure in Admissions at GSB, she was responsible for candidate evaluation, applicant outreach, ...

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Susie
Susie comes from the Admissions Office of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she reviewed and evaluated hundreds of prospective students’ applications.  She holds an MBA from Stanford’s GSB and a BA from Stanford in Economics.

Prior to advising MBA applicants, Susie held a variety of roles over a 15-year period in capital markets, finance, and real estate, including as partner in one of the nation’s most innovative finance and real estate investment organizations. In that r ...

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Dione
Dione holds an MBA degree from Stanford Business School (GSB) and a BA degree from Stanford University, where she double majored in Economics and Communication with concentrations in journalism and sociology. Dione has served as an Admissions reader and member of the Minority Admissions Advisory Committee at Stanford. 

Dione is an accomplished and respected advocate and thought leader on education and diversity. She is ...

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Anthony
Anthony served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he dedicated over 10 years of expertise.

During his time as a Wharton Admissions Officer, he read and reviewed thousands of applications and helped bring in a class of 800+ students a year.  Anthony has traveled both domestically and internationally to recruit a ...

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Meghan
Meghan served as the Associate Director of Admissions and Marketing at the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute, a joint degree program combining the Wharton MBA with an MA in International Studies.

In her role on the Wharton MBA admissions committee, Meghan advised domestic and international applicants; conducted interviews and information sessions domestically and overseas in Asia, Central and South America, and Europe; and evaluated applicants for admission to the program. Meghan also managed ...

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Amy
Amy comes from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she was Associate Director. Amy devoted 12 years at the Wharton School, working closely with MBA students and supporting the admissions team.

During her tenure at Wharton, Amy served as a trusted adviser to prospective applicants as well as admitted and matriculated students.  She conducted admissions chats with applicants early in the admissions ...

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Ally
Ally brings six years of admissions experience to the SBC team, most recently as an Assistant Director of Admission for the full-time MBA program at Columbia Business School (CBS).

During her time at Columbia, Ally was responsible for reviewing applications, planning recruitment events, and interviewing candidates for both the full-time MBA program and the Executive MBA program. She traveled both internationally and dome ...

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Erin B.
Erin has over seven years of experience working across major institutions, including University of Pennsylvania, Columbia Business School, and NYU's Stern School of Business.

At Columbia Business School, Erin was an Assistant Director of Admissions where she evaluated applications for both the full time and executive MBA programs, sat on the admissions and merit scholarship committees and advised applicants on which program might be the best fit for them based on their work experience and pro ...

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Emma
Emma comes from the MBA Admissions Office at Columbia Business School (CBS), where she was Associate Director.

Emma conducted dozens of interviews each cycle for the MBA and EMBA programs, as well as coordinating the alumni ambassador interview program. She read and evaluated hundreds of applications each cycle, delivered information sessions to audiences across the globe, and advised countless waitlisted applicants.

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Are you interested in earning an MBA at UCLA’s [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/ucla-anderson/]Anderson School of Management[/url]? Then open up your calendar because the UCLA MBA deadlines for the 2024-2025 admissions season have been announced!

UCLA MBA Deadlines
[b]Round 1[/b]
Application due: October 1, 2024

Decision released: December 13, 2024

[b]Round 2[/b]
Application due: January 6, 2025

Decision released: March 27, 2025

[b]Round 3[/b]
Application due: April 14, 2025

Decision released: May 16, 2025

For more information on applying, please visit the UCLA Anderson [url=https://www.anderson.ucla.edu/degrees/full-time-mba]MBA admissions website[/url].

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Here’s a snapshot of the caliber of expertise on our [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/about/mba-admissions-consulting-team/]SBC team[/url].

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41509] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-08-23-at-10.02.38-AM.png[/img] Ashley HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-37267] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2021-02-04-at-7.30.19-AM.png[/img] Kerry HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolKellogg MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41714] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-11-12-at-7.14.19-AM.png[/img] Pauline Director HBS Admissionsat Harvard Business SchoolMBA, the Wharton School [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41781] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Geri-pic.jpeg[/img] Geri HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business School [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36146] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/laura.jpeg[/img] Laura HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33615] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/andrea_k.jpg[/img] Andrea Director HBS Admissionsat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36122] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Jennifer-Foster.jpeg[/img] Jennifer Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33613] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin-k.jpg[/img] Erin K. Asst Director MBA Admissionsat Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Director MBA Admissionsat Berkeley’s Haas School of Business [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-42822] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Susie-Burrus-photo.jpeg[/img] Susie Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-35390] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2021-02-08-at-9.08.05-AM.png[/img] Dione MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Minority Admissions, the GSBDiversity Programs, the GSB [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-34284] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/anthony.jpeg[/img] Anthony Associate Director MBA Admissionsat the Wharton Schoolat the University of Pennsylvania [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33611] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/meghan_e.jpg[/img] Meghan Associate Director MBA Admissions and Marketingat the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36612] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Amy-Hazen.jpeg[/img] Amy Director, the Wharton Schoolat the University of PennsylvaniaProfessional Writer [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-37475] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2021-03-09-at-1.53.23-PM.png[/img] Ally Assistant Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS)NYU Admissions [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33607] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin_B-v2.jpg[/img] Erin B. Assistant Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS)M.S.Ed, Higher Education, U of Pennsylvania [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41568] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-09-14-at-12.38.38-PM.png[/img] Emma Associate Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS) [/url]

Ashley
Ashley is a former MBA Admissions Board Member for Harvard Business School (HBS), where she interviewed and evaluated thousands of business school applicants for over a six year tenure. Ashley holds an MBA from HBS.

During her HBS years, Ashley was the Sports Editor for the Harbus and a member of the B-School Blades Ice Hockey Team. After HBS, she worked in Marketing at the Gillette Company on Male and Female shaving ...

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Kerry
Kerry is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

During her 5+ year tenure at HBS, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a wide range of backgrounds across the globe. She also led marketing and outreach efforts focused on increasing diversity and inclusion, ran the Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP), and launched the 2+2 Program during her time in Admissions.

Kerry holds a B.A. from Bates College and  ...

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Pauline
A former associate director of admissions at Harvard Business School, Pauline served on the HBS MBA Admissions Board full-time for four years. She evaluated and interviewed HBS applicants, both on-campus and globally.

Pauline's career has included sales and marketing management roles with Coca-Cola, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, and IBM.  For over 10 years, Pauline has expertly guided MBA applicants, and her clients h ...

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Geri
Geri is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

In her 7 year tenure in HBS Admissions, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a diverse set of academic, geographic, and employment backgrounds.  Geri also traveled globally representing the school at outreach events in order to raise awareness for women and international students.  In additio ...

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Laura
Laura comes from the MBA Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS) and is an HBS MBA alumnus. In her HBS Admissions role, she evaluated and interviewed hundreds of business school candidates, including internationals, women, military and other applicant pools, for five years.

Prior to her time as a student at HBS, Laura began her career in advertising and marketing in Chicago at Leo Burnett where she worked on th ...

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Andrea
Andrea served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at Harvard Business School (HBS) for over five years.  In this role, she provided strategic direction for student yield-management activities and also served as a full member of the admissions committee.

In 2007, Andrea launched the new 2+2 Program at Harvard Business School – a program targeted at college junior applicants to Harvard Business School.  Andrea has also served as a Career Coach for Harvard Business School for both cu ...

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Jennifer
Jennifer served as Admissions Officer at the Stanford (GSB) for five years. She holds an MBA from Stanford (GSB) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Jennifer has over 15 years experience in guiding applicants through the increasingly competitive admissions process into top MBA programs. Having read thousands and thousands of essays and applications while at Stanford (GSB) Admiss ...

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Erin K.
Erin served in key roles in MBA Admissions--as Director at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Assistant Director at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Erin served on the admissions committee at each school and has read thousands of applications in her career. At Haas, she served for seven years in roles that encompassed evaluation, outreach, and diversity and inclusion. During her tenure in Admissions at GSB, she was responsible for candidate evaluation, applicant outreach, ...

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Susie
Susie comes from the Admissions Office of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she reviewed and evaluated hundreds of prospective students’ applications.  She holds an MBA from Stanford’s GSB and a BA from Stanford in Economics.

Prior to advising MBA applicants, Susie held a variety of roles over a 15-year period in capital markets, finance, and real estate, including as partner in one of the nation’s most innovative finance and real estate investment organizations. In that r ...

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Dione
Dione holds an MBA degree from Stanford Business School (GSB) and a BA degree from Stanford University, where she double majored in Economics and Communication with concentrations in journalism and sociology. Dione has served as an Admissions reader and member of the Minority Admissions Advisory Committee at Stanford. 

Dione is an accomplished and respected advocate and thought leader on education and diversity. She is ...

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Anthony
Anthony served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he dedicated over 10 years of expertise.

During his time as a Wharton Admissions Officer, he read and reviewed thousands of applications and helped bring in a class of 800+ students a year.  Anthony has traveled both domestically and internationally to recruit a ...

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Meghan
Meghan served as the Associate Director of Admissions and Marketing at the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute, a joint degree program combining the Wharton MBA with an MA in International Studies.

In her role on the Wharton MBA admissions committee, Meghan advised domestic and international applicants; conducted interviews and information sessions domestically and overseas in Asia, Central and South America, and Europe; and evaluated applicants for admission to the program. Meghan also managed ...

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Amy
Amy comes from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she was Associate Director. Amy devoted 12 years at the Wharton School, working closely with MBA students and supporting the admissions team.

During her tenure at Wharton, Amy served as a trusted adviser to prospective applicants as well as admitted and matriculated students.  She conducted admissions chats with applicants early in the admissions ...

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Ally
Ally brings six years of admissions experience to the SBC team, most recently as an Assistant Director of Admission for the full-time MBA program at Columbia Business School (CBS).

During her time at Columbia, Ally was responsible for reviewing applications, planning recruitment events, and interviewing candidates for both the full-time MBA program and the Executive MBA program. She traveled both internationally and dome ...

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Erin B.
Erin has over seven years of experience working across major institutions, including University of Pennsylvania, Columbia Business School, and NYU's Stern School of Business.

At Columbia Business School, Erin was an Assistant Director of Admissions where she evaluated applications for both the full time and executive MBA programs, sat on the admissions and merit scholarship committees and advised applicants on which program might be the best fit for them based on their work experience and pro ...

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Emma
Emma comes from the MBA Admissions Office at Columbia Business School (CBS), where she was Associate Director.

Emma conducted dozens of interviews each cycle for the MBA and EMBA programs, as well as coordinating the alumni ambassador interview program. She read and evaluated hundreds of applications each cycle, delivered information sessions to audiences across the globe, and advised countless waitlisted applicants.

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Are you interested in an MBA from the highly-ranked international business school INSEAD? Then check out these INSEAD MBA deadlines for the upcoming August and January intakes.

INSEAD MBA Deadlines: August Intake (Class of July 2026)
Round 1
Application due: September 10, 2024

Decision released: November 15, 2024

Round 2
Application due: November 5, 2024

Decision released: January 10, 2025

Round 3
Application due: January 14, 2025

Decision released: March 21, 2025

Round 4
Application due: March 4, 2025

Decision released: May 2, 2025

INSEAD MBA Deadlines: January Intake (Class of December 2025)
Round 3
Application due: June 18, 2024

Decision released: August 23, 2024

Round 4
Application due: August 6, 2024

Decision released: October 11, 2024

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The new online application form opens approximately two months before each Round 1 application deadline. To be included in a specific round, you must submit your completed application by 23:59 pm Central European Time on the day of the deadline.

To enjoy an optimum application experience and to avoid the peak period, INSEAD strongly encourages you to apply a couple of weeks prior to the application deadline, if possible.

Competition for each round is equal regardless of the intake or round you apply for. INSEAD reviews the pool of applications submitted within each round independently. This keeps the “offer ratio” (percentage of candidates accepted vs. applications received) fairly constant across all rounds.

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If you need guidance on your INSEAD MBA applications or wish to discuss your MBA plans, reach out for a complimentary analysis of your candidacy. We’re here to help! For more information on applying, please visit the INSEAD admissions website. Meanwhile, here’s a snapshot of the AdCom expertise on our consulting team:



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A new MBA admissions season is upon us, meaning it’s time for savvy applicants to get their heads in the game. Business schools have already started releasing their deadlines for the 2024-2025 application cycle. And while most haven’t posted their updated applications yet, you can expect to see those by the end of June.

Round 1 application deadlines hit in September through mid-October. That means you’ve got at least three solid months of application work ahead of you. But we’ve been working with some clients for months for this new MBA admissions season. By starting early, you can take control of your application process, strengthen your profile, and level the playing field. There’s a lot that applicants can do to enhance their chances if they start the process early enough.

Today, we will light a fire under anyone who plans to apply to B-school in the coming months but is unsure how to begin. Even if you’re a master crammer, we hope you don’t take that tack with your MBA application process. Every year, a flood of new clients approaches us at the last minute for a read-through of their materials, confident they have it in the bag.

We must then deliver the painful news that they should hold off until round 2 because their applications are not solid or polished enough. Don’t let that be you! Focus on maximizing this time before the new MBA admissions season.

SBC consultant Erika Olsen, a host of our popular B-Schooled podcast, shared this expert advice to prepare MBA applicants for the [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/b-schooled-podcast-episode-110-round-1-kickoff/]upcoming round 1 kickoff[/url].

To-Do List for the New MBA Admissions Season
[b]Take the GMAT/GRE.[/b]
Your admissions test is at the top of the to-do list for MBA aspirants. If you haven’t taken the GMAT or GRE yet or aren’t happy with your score, this is the first item of business to tackle. That’s especially true if you already know that your dream school’s average range of test scores skews higher than you’ve achieved thus far.

Some aspects of your MBA candidacy are already set in stone. You can’t change where you went to college, your GPA, your career choices to date, or how much extracurricular involvement you’ve had. That’s all in the past. Nonetheless, there are a few things that you can improve over the next few months, and your test score is one of them.

We always encourage people to retake the GRE or GMAT and raise their scores if needed. Remember, there’s almost always room for improvement. Thankfully, the admissions committee is fine with retakes. It’s not about where you start but how far you can go. After all, it shows self-awareness and dedication to improvement.

We have [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/b-schooled-podcast-episode-106-admissions-test-deep-dive/]a terrific B-Schooled episode[/url] with SBC’s Director of Test Prep, [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/consultant/anthony-test-prep/]Anthony Ritz[/url], where he offers valuable insights into all things admission test-related. So, take advantage of that resource if you have a weakness to correct in that area.

Partner with Stacy Blackman’s best-in-class GMAT and GRE experts and increase your score significantly. Check out our [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/testprep/]test prep services here[/url].  Request a free game plan chat with SBC’s lead test prep coach by emailing [email=testprep@stacyblackman.com]testprep@stacyblackman.com[/email].

[b]Beef up your leadership profile. [/b]
Leadership activities offer the most significant opportunity for improvement before the new MBA admissions season. Now is the time to seek out new projects or teams to manage, especially if you’re light in this area.  You might know how to improve or streamline a process in your office or for a client. If so, take the initiative and work on it in your spare time. Remember, leadership is more than a title; it’s a mindset that you can develop and hone.

Three or four months is ample time to get more involved in a cause close to your heart. Taking an active role in a community organization or nonprofit is a great way to differentiate yourself from the competition, especially if you’re in one of the more competitive buckets like consulting or financial services.

If you’ve volunteered for a group before, that’s the ideal place to start. See what else you can do for them that’s higher on their priority list right now. Also, find out if any open leadership roles would be a good fit.

If your manager knows about and supports your plans to return to school, ask what else you could take on to have more leadership examples for your resume. You could mentor a junior employee or organize a company-sponsored volunteer event this summer. These types of activities will likely bulk up your resume. Even if they don’t become resume-worthy, they might become great fodder for interview conversations or MBA essays.

[b]Pro tip[/b]: Don’t stop doing these kinds of endeavors after you submit your application materials. That is a huge mistake. More and more applicants get waitlisted each year, and you’ll be in a much stronger position if you have new achievements to report to the admissions committee in a waitlist update letter.

[b]Identify your recommenders.[/b]
Business schools prefer applicants’ recommendation letters from a current or former supervisor. That’s because these individuals have also overseen the work of many people at your level before. This experience gives them a good idea of how you and your achievements compare to others in your position. You’ll want to consider senior colleagues who know you well and can speak about your professional accomplishments and personal qualities.

While we recommend clients reach out to their potential recommenders in July, now is the time to brainstorm a list of possible people. Consider senior colleagues who know you well and can speak to your professional accomplishments and personal qualities. When you approach them, provide a brief overview of your MBA plans, your reasons for choosing them as a recommender, and any specific achievements or experiences you would like them to highlight in their letter.

[b]Research your target business schools. [/b]
Finding a business school that’s the right fit for you is vital. If you haven’t already, now is the time to do a deep dive into all your target schools’ websites. This research is crucial because it will help you tailor your application to each school’s unique offerings and values. Find out when virtual admissions events will take place and register for them. Next, jot down notes about any exciting courses, professors, conferences, or other unique parts of the curriculum that interest you or are relevant to your career goals.

Search your network for friends (or friends of friends) who went to your target schools and reach out to them. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a conversation about the program that sways or confirms your interest in that school.

[b]Lay the groundwork to “MBA” your resume.[/b]
The MBA resume is a whole other animal from the standard curriculum vitae designed to land you a job. Instead, the resume you tailor specifically for business schools should offer a quick snapshot of your significant work experiences and accomplishments in areas that showcase MBA-relevant skills, such as leadership, communication skills, growth, and innovation.

Begin by starting a rolling document that includes all your accomplishments from college through your career.  Don’t worry about formatting or having more than one page at first. You might be able to pull some content from it for the application data form, which usually has fields required for every role you’ve had.

We explore this topic in-depth in our blog post, [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/sell-yourself-with-an-mba-resume/]How to Sell Yourself with an MBA Resume[/url], and on B-Schooled podcast episode #67, [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/b-schooled-podcast-episode-67-powerful-resume-writing/]Powerful Resume Writing[/url]. Take advantage of these excellent resources to guide this process.

[b]Reflect on your short and long-term career goals. [/b]
Even if your dream schools haven’t communicated anything about this year’s application yet, it’s a safe bet that you’ll need to discuss what you envision for your career immediately upon graduation and in the long term.  (MIT Sloan School of Management is the only school that has never asked and doesn’t care about this.) So that’s something to start thinking about if you haven’t yet.

Applicants should start jotting down memories and stories from their past, thinking about what differentiates them. Your focus should be on nailing down what makes you tick, what you’re genuinely passionate about, and what you want to do in the future. But more importantly, think about the whys. Why does a particular sector, job, career, or cause speak to you?

How do you know you’d be happiest working in a specific field? If you think you want to start a company in the future or go into impact investing or private equity, or whatever it may be, you will have to communicate a lot more than, “I want to start a company.” Everybody and their brother has that goal. So, what will differentiate you from other applicants with a similar aim is the why.

[b]Get ready. Get set. And…go![/b]
As the curtains rise on the new MBA admissions season, the stage is set for ambitious applicants to embark on their B-School journey. The time to dive into preparation is now, and the roadmap to acceptance begins with strategic planning and proactive steps. From honing your test-taking skills to cultivating impactful leadership experiences, opportunities for enhancement abound.

Remember, the path to a standout application requires diligence, self-awareness, and a commitment to excellence. So, seize the moment, harness your potential, and embark on this transformative journey with confidence. With careful preparation and dedication, the doors to your dream business school await. Let the adventure begin.

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Stacy Blackman Consulting offers multiple services to meet your MBA application needs, from our [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/comprehensive-services/]All-In Partnership[/url] and [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-interview-prep-coaching/]Interview Prep[/url] to [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/hourly/]hourly help[/url] with essay editing, resume review, and much more! Contact us today for a [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/contact/]free 15-minute advising session[/url] to talk strategy with a Principal SBC consultant.

Here’s a snapshot of the caliber of expertise on our [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/about/mba-admissions-consulting-team/]SBC team[/url].

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41509] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-08-23-at-10.02.38-AM.png[/img] Ashley HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41781] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Geri-pic.jpeg[/img] Geri HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business School [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36146] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/laura.jpeg[/img] Laura HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33615] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/andrea_k.jpg[/img] Andrea Director HBS Admissionsat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36122] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Jennifer-Foster.jpeg[/img] Jennifer Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33613] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin-k.jpg[/img] Erin K. Asst Director MBA Admissionsat Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Director MBA Admissionsat Berkeley’s Haas School of Business [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-42822] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Susie-Burrus-photo.jpeg[/img] Susie Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-35390] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2021-02-08-at-9.08.05-AM.png[/img] Dione MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Minority Admissions, the GSBDiversity Programs, the GSB [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-34284] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/anthony.jpeg[/img] Anthony Associate Director MBA Admissionsat the Wharton Schoolat the University of Pennsylvania [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33611] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/meghan_e.jpg[/img] Meghan Associate Director MBA Admissions and Marketingat the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36612] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Amy-Hazen.jpeg[/img] Amy Director, the Wharton Schoolat the University of PennsylvaniaProfessional Writer [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-37475] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2021-03-09-at-1.53.23-PM.png[/img] Ally Assistant Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS)NYU Admissions [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33607] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin_B-v2.jpg[/img] Erin B. Assistant Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS)M.S.Ed, Higher Education, U of Pennsylvania [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41568] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-09-14-at-12.38.38-PM.png[/img] Emma Associate Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS) [/url]

Ashley
Ashley is a former MBA Admissions Board Member for Harvard Business School (HBS), where she interviewed and evaluated thousands of business school applicants for over a six year tenure. Ashley holds an MBA from HBS.

During her HBS years, Ashley was the Sports Editor for the Harbus and a member of the B-School Blades Ice Hockey Team. After HBS, she worked in Marketing at the Gillette Company on Male and Female shaving ...

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Kerry
Kerry is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

During her 5+ year tenure at HBS, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a wide range of backgrounds across the globe. She also led marketing and outreach efforts focused on increasing diversity and inclusion, ran the Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP), and launched the 2+2 Program during her time in Admissions.

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Pauline
A former associate director of admissions at Harvard Business School, Pauline served on the HBS MBA Admissions Board full-time for four years. She evaluated and interviewed HBS applicants, both on-campus and globally.

Pauline's career has included sales and marketing management roles with Coca-Cola, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, and IBM.  For over 10 years, Pauline has expertly guided MBA applicants, and her clients h ...

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Geri
Geri is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

In her 7 year tenure in HBS Admissions, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a diverse set of academic, geographic, and employment backgrounds.  Geri also traveled globally representing the school at outreach events in order to raise awareness for women and international students.  In additio ...

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Laura
Laura comes from the MBA Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS) and is an HBS MBA alumnus. In her HBS Admissions role, she evaluated and interviewed hundreds of business school candidates, including internationals, women, military and other applicant pools, for five years.

Prior to her time as a student at HBS, Laura began her career in advertising and marketing in Chicago at Leo Burnett where she worked on th ...

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Andrea
Andrea served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at Harvard Business School (HBS) for over five years.  In this role, she provided strategic direction for student yield-management activities and also served as a full member of the admissions committee.

In 2007, Andrea launched the new 2+2 Program at Harvard Business School – a program targeted at college junior applicants to Harvard Business School.  Andrea has also served as a Career Coach for Harvard Business School for both cu ...

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Jennifer
Jennifer served as Admissions Officer at the Stanford (GSB) for five years. She holds an MBA from Stanford (GSB) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Jennifer has over 15 years experience in guiding applicants through the increasingly competitive admissions process into top MBA programs. Having read thousands and thousands of essays and applications while at Stanford (GSB) Admiss ...

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Erin K.
Erin served in key roles in MBA Admissions--as Director at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Assistant Director at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Erin served on the admissions committee at each school and has read thousands of applications in her career. At Haas, she served for seven years in roles that encompassed evaluation, outreach, and diversity and inclusion. During her tenure in Admissions at GSB, she was responsible for candidate evaluation, applicant outreach, ...

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Susie
Susie comes from the Admissions Office of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she reviewed and evaluated hundreds of prospective students’ applications.  She holds an MBA from Stanford’s GSB and a BA from Stanford in Economics.

Prior to advising MBA applicants, Susie held a variety of roles over a 15-year period in capital markets, finance, and real estate, including as partner in one of the nation’s most innovative finance and real estate investment organizations. In that r ...

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Dione
Dione holds an MBA degree from Stanford Business School (GSB) and a BA degree from Stanford University, where she double majored in Economics and Communication with concentrations in journalism and sociology. Dione has served as an Admissions reader and member of the Minority Admissions Advisory Committee at Stanford. 

Dione is an accomplished and respected advocate and thought leader on education and diversity. She is ...

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Anthony
Anthony served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he dedicated over 10 years of expertise.

During his time as a Wharton Admissions Officer, he read and reviewed thousands of applications and helped bring in a class of 800+ students a year.  Anthony has traveled both domestically and internationally to recruit a ...

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Meghan
Meghan served as the Associate Director of Admissions and Marketing at the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute, a joint degree program combining the Wharton MBA with an MA in International Studies.

In her role on the Wharton MBA admissions committee, Meghan advised domestic and international applicants; conducted interviews and information sessions domestically and overseas in Asia, Central and South America, and Europe; and evaluated applicants for admission to the program. Meghan also managed ...

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Amy
Amy comes from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she was Associate Director. Amy devoted 12 years at the Wharton School, working closely with MBA students and supporting the admissions team.

During her tenure at Wharton, Amy served as a trusted adviser to prospective applicants as well as admitted and matriculated students.  She conducted admissions chats with applicants early in the admissions ...

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Ally
Ally brings six years of admissions experience to the SBC team, most recently as an Assistant Director of Admission for the full-time MBA program at Columbia Business School (CBS).

During her time at Columbia, Ally was responsible for reviewing applications, planning recruitment events, and interviewing candidates for both the full-time MBA program and the Executive MBA program. She traveled both internationally and dome ...

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Erin B.
Erin has over seven years of experience working across major institutions, including University of Pennsylvania, Columbia Business School, and NYU's Stern School of Business.

At Columbia Business School, Erin was an Assistant Director of Admissions where she evaluated applications for both the full time and executive MBA programs, sat on the admissions and merit scholarship committees and advised applicants on which program might be the best fit for them based on their work experience and pro ...

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Emma
Emma comes from the MBA Admissions Office at Columbia Business School (CBS), where she was Associate Director.

Emma conducted dozens of interviews each cycle for the MBA and EMBA programs, as well as coordinating the alumni ambassador interview program. She read and evaluated hundreds of applications each cycle, delivered information sessions to audiences across the globe, and advised countless waitlisted applicants.

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For anyone planning to apply to business school this fall, we have one piece of overarching advice: Don’t try to be a copycat MBA applicant or the stereotypical Joe or Jane MBA. By that, we mean attempting to replicate the candidacy profile of someone who succeeded in getting into the B-school of your dreams.

With our unique perspective as admissions consultants, backed by over two decades of experience, we have a deep understanding of what works and what doesn’t in the MBA application process. We are intimately familiar with all the top MBA programs, their evolving trends, the AdCom’s preferences, and their turn-offs.

Yet, despite this wealth of knowledge, we often encounter the following sentiment from new clients, who’ll say:

“My friend went to [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/stanford-graduate-school-of-business/]Stanford[/url], and he wrote about how he wanted to launch a startup. Therefore, I’m going to say that, too.” Or “My coworker who got into [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/northwestern-kellogg/]Kellogg[/url] last year isn’t that different from me. So, if she says my materials are fine, then I probably shouldn’t change anything.”

People believe that if they do the same thing a successful friend, coworker, or family member did before them, they’ll also get admitted. However, as an applicant during the 2024-2025 admissions season, you will be up against a new subset of people different from when your friend applied.

“It’s really frustrating if a client wants to work with us but is constantly talking about what worked for their friend,” [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/consultant/erika/]SBC consultant Erika[/url] noted on the [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/b-schooled-episode-3-joe-jane-mba/]B-Schooled podcast[/url]. “We’re trying to help you see a holistic picture of what schools seek in this competitive environment. It comes down to the fact that every round across every year is unique.”

Curious about your chances of getting into a top B-school? Contact us to talk strategy with a [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/contact/]free 15-minute advising session[/url] with an SBC Principal Consultant.

There is No ‘One Size Fits All’ Applicant
You may think that a [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/coworker-also-going-for-mba/]coworker [/url]who used to sit one desk away [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/seemingly-similar-mba-applicants-different-admissions-outcomes/]looks exactly like you on paper[/url].  Perhaps you’ve seen their resume and know yours has nearly identical accomplishments, promotions, timing, and extracurriculars. Maybe you even went so far as to read their essays.

But since that person isn’t applying against the same people you are now, none of that matters. And if you didn’t read their entire application, including the recommendation letters, you have no idea what personal stories they might have shared or what else might have sealed the deal for them.

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When it comes to the [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/m7-business-schools/]M7 MBA programs[/url], applicants often share core attributes such as high GMAT or GRE scores, impressive careers, and strong academic records. However, beyond these commonalities, it’s crucial to highlight what sets you apart.

Your unique voice and personality should be the focus. When they review your materials, the admissions committees look for that spark of individuality that makes them think, “Wow! We’ve got to meet this person.”

Ensuring that you’re [url=https://find-mba.com/articles/beyond-perfection-how-authenticity-is-reshaping-mba-essays]presenting your authentic self[/url] is key. Have a trusted friend review what you’ve written to ensure that your voice is represented and that it sounds like something you would say. If they say it sounds nothing like you, that is a huge red flag that you’re not conveying your true personality.

Remember, the admissions committees are looking for authenticity, and they can sense a copycat MBA applicant from a mile away. So, be confident in who you are and let that shine through in your application.

If you include many big words, or worse, buzzwords, acronyms, and industry jargon, because you think that makes you sound like a better candidate, think again. Dial it back to make your responses sound less formal and more conversational.

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Share Your Passions Honestly
Most top MBA programs—[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/harvard-business-school/]Harvard[/url] and [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/stanford-graduate-school-of-business/]Stanford[/url] in particular—ask open-ended or deeply personal essay questions. AdComs expect candidates to share their passions, what makes them tick, why they’ve made specific career and life decisions, and what has led them to apply to business school at this time. They want you to let down your guard and throw out preconceived expectations of what they seek.

So, when you’re writing about your passions, be honest and let your enthusiasm shine. This is your chance to inspire the admissions committees with your genuine interest and motivation.

“One of my biggest frustrations is when I have clients show their essays to friends or their parents, and people come back and are like, ‘This doesn’t sound like what I think a business school essay should sound like.’ Or ‘Shouldn’t you be bragging about yourself a little bit more?’,” SBC consultant Erika says.

Back in the day, applicants talked in their essays about how great they were because that’s what schools wanted. Now it’s the opposite. Business schools are looking for humble and self-aware people, which should come through in your application materials.

“I need to know what motivates you,” Erika explains. “Tell me about those moments that might have altered your path or made you have an awakening of some sort. Or were there any awful times that changed the trajectory of your life or the way that you think about things, or maybe even inspired your future career goals?”

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Do that introspection upfront and let it come through in your materials so that you’re consistent on paper and when you interview. If those two personas are mismatched, it won’t work out in your favor.

Enlist Your Recommenders Help
Authenticity is key in your application materials, including your recommendation letters. These letters provide a more unbiased assessment of your candidacy and can add depth to your personality. It’s not just about what you’ve achieved professionally, but also about your personal qualities and soft skills. If your application materials and recommendation letters maintain an authentic conversational voice, the admissions committee will feel like they are getting to know the real you.

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Copycat MBA Applicant Vs. Authentic Candidate
The best way to judge if you’re on the right track is to read your materials objectively and see whether you would want to be in a class with yourself. Are you coming across as interesting? Do you seem like someone with much to share with others and would be a great addition to the program? Would you want to hang out and grab a beer with yourself after class?

If the answer is yes, and you sound like someone with a lot to offer that you want to hang out with, congrats!  But if you sound like a copycat MBA applicant or the stereotypical Joe or Jane MBA, that won’t cut it.

Finally, as you spend the next few months working on your applications and essays, remember this throughline: You want the admissions committee evaluating your application to see and accept you for who you really are. So, be bold, trust yourself, and have confidence that your uniqueness will enhance your MBA candidacy.

As the legendary Broadway star Uta Hagen once said, “Overcome the notion that you must be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary.”

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41509] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-08-23-at-10.02.38-AM.png[/img] Ashley HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41781] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Geri-pic.jpeg[/img] Geri HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business School [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36146] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/laura.jpeg[/img] Laura HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33615] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/andrea_k.jpg[/img] Andrea Director HBS Admissionsat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36122] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Jennifer-Foster.jpeg[/img] Jennifer Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33613] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin-k.jpg[/img] Erin K. Asst Director MBA Admissionsat Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Director MBA Admissionsat Berkeley’s Haas School of Business [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-42822] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Susie-Burrus-photo.jpeg[/img] Susie Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-35390] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2021-02-08-at-9.08.05-AM.png[/img] Dione MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Minority Admissions, the GSBDiversity Programs, the GSB [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-34284] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/anthony.jpeg[/img] Anthony Associate Director MBA Admissionsat the Wharton Schoolat the University of Pennsylvania [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33611] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/meghan_e.jpg[/img] Meghan Associate Director MBA Admissions and Marketingat the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36612] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Amy-Hazen.jpeg[/img] Amy Director, the Wharton Schoolat the University of PennsylvaniaProfessional Writer [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-37475] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2021-03-09-at-1.53.23-PM.png[/img] Ally Assistant Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS)NYU Admissions [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33607] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin_B-v2.jpg[/img] Erin B. Assistant Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS)M.S.Ed, Higher Education, U of Pennsylvania [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41568] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-09-14-at-12.38.38-PM.png[/img] Emma Associate Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS) [/url]

Ashley
Ashley is a former MBA Admissions Board Member for Harvard Business School (HBS), where she interviewed and evaluated thousands of business school applicants for over a six year tenure. Ashley holds an MBA from HBS.

During her HBS years, Ashley was the Sports Editor for the Harbus and a member of the B-School Blades Ice Hockey Team. After HBS, she worked in Marketing at the Gillette Company on Male and Female shaving ...

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Kerry is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

During her 5+ year tenure at HBS, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a wide range of backgrounds across the globe. She also led marketing and outreach efforts focused on increasing diversity and inclusion, ran the Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP), and launched the 2+2 Program during her time in Admissions.

Kerry holds a B.A. from Bates College and  ...

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Pauline
A former associate director of admissions at Harvard Business School, Pauline served on the HBS MBA Admissions Board full-time for four years. She evaluated and interviewed HBS applicants, both on-campus and globally.

Pauline's career has included sales and marketing management roles with Coca-Cola, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, and IBM.  For over 10 years, Pauline has expertly guided MBA applicants, and her clients h ...

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Geri
Geri is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

In her 7 year tenure in HBS Admissions, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a diverse set of academic, geographic, and employment backgrounds.  Geri also traveled globally representing the school at outreach events in order to raise awareness for women and international students.  In additio ...

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Laura
Laura comes from the MBA Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS) and is an HBS MBA alumnus. In her HBS Admissions role, she evaluated and interviewed hundreds of business school candidates, including internationals, women, military and other applicant pools, for five years.

Prior to her time as a student at HBS, Laura began her career in advertising and marketing in Chicago at Leo Burnett where she worked on th ...

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Andrea
Andrea served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at Harvard Business School (HBS) for over five years.  In this role, she provided strategic direction for student yield-management activities and also served as a full member of the admissions committee.

In 2007, Andrea launched the new 2+2 Program at Harvard Business School – a program targeted at college junior applicants to Harvard Business School.  Andrea has also served as a Career Coach for Harvard Business School for both cu ...

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Jennifer
Jennifer served as Admissions Officer at the Stanford (GSB) for five years. She holds an MBA from Stanford (GSB) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Jennifer has over 15 years experience in guiding applicants through the increasingly competitive admissions process into top MBA programs. Having read thousands and thousands of essays and applications while at Stanford (GSB) Admiss ...

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Erin K.
Erin served in key roles in MBA Admissions--as Director at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Assistant Director at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Erin served on the admissions committee at each school and has read thousands of applications in her career. At Haas, she served for seven years in roles that encompassed evaluation, outreach, and diversity and inclusion. During her tenure in Admissions at GSB, she was responsible for candidate evaluation, applicant outreach, ...

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Susie
Susie comes from the Admissions Office of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she reviewed and evaluated hundreds of prospective students’ applications.  She holds an MBA from Stanford’s GSB and a BA from Stanford in Economics.

Prior to advising MBA applicants, Susie held a variety of roles over a 15-year period in capital markets, finance, and real estate, including as partner in one of the nation’s most innovative finance and real estate investment organizations. In that r ...

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Dione
Dione holds an MBA degree from Stanford Business School (GSB) and a BA degree from Stanford University, where she double majored in Economics and Communication with concentrations in journalism and sociology. Dione has served as an Admissions reader and member of the Minority Admissions Advisory Committee at Stanford. 

Dione is an accomplished and respected advocate and thought leader on education and diversity. She is ...

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Anthony
Anthony served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he dedicated over 10 years of expertise.

During his time as a Wharton Admissions Officer, he read and reviewed thousands of applications and helped bring in a class of 800+ students a year.  Anthony has traveled both domestically and internationally to recruit a ...

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Meghan
Meghan served as the Associate Director of Admissions and Marketing at the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute, a joint degree program combining the Wharton MBA with an MA in International Studies.

In her role on the Wharton MBA admissions committee, Meghan advised domestic and international applicants; conducted interviews and information sessions domestically and overseas in Asia, Central and South America, and Europe; and evaluated applicants for admission to the program. Meghan also managed ...

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Amy
Amy comes from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she was Associate Director. Amy devoted 12 years at the Wharton School, working closely with MBA students and supporting the admissions team.

During her tenure at Wharton, Amy served as a trusted adviser to prospective applicants as well as admitted and matriculated students.  She conducted admissions chats with applicants early in the admissions ...

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Ally
Ally brings six years of admissions experience to the SBC team, most recently as an Assistant Director of Admission for the full-time MBA program at Columbia Business School (CBS).

During her time at Columbia, Ally was responsible for reviewing applications, planning recruitment events, and interviewing candidates for both the full-time MBA program and the Executive MBA program. She traveled both internationally and dome ...

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Erin B.
Erin has over seven years of experience working across major institutions, including University of Pennsylvania, Columbia Business School, and NYU's Stern School of Business.

At Columbia Business School, Erin was an Assistant Director of Admissions where she evaluated applications for both the full time and executive MBA programs, sat on the admissions and merit scholarship committees and advised applicants on which program might be the best fit for them based on their work experience and pro ...

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Emma comes from the MBA Admissions Office at Columbia Business School (CBS), where she was Associate Director.

Emma conducted dozens of interviews each cycle for the MBA and EMBA programs, as well as coordinating the alumni ambassador interview program. She read and evaluated hundreds of applications each cycle, delivered information sessions to audiences across the globe, and advised countless waitlisted applicants.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Cambridge MBA Deadlines for 2024-2025

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Are you interested in the University of Cambridge Judge Business School? Get ready to mark your calendar! Here are the Cambridge MBA deadlines for the 2024-2025 admissions cycle.

Cambridge MBA Deadlines and Interview Days
[b]Round 1[/b]
Application due: August 27, 2024

Interview days: September 30—October 14, 2024

[b]Round 2[/b]
Application due: October 7, 2024

Interview days: November 11—25, 2024

[b]Round 3[/b]
Application due: January 6, 2025

Interview days: February 17—March 10, 2025

[b]Round 4[/b]
Application due: March 31, 2025

Interview days: April 28—May 12, 2025

 

For additional information on applying, please visit the [url=https://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/programmes/mba/apply/]Cambridge Judge admissions[/url] website.

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Stacy Blackman Consulting offers multiple services to meet your MBA application needs, from our [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/comprehensive-services/]All-In Partnership[/url] to test prep to hourly help with targeted tasks. Contact us today for a [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/contact/]free 15-minute advising session[/url] to talk strategy with a Principal SBC consultant.

Here’s a snapshot of the caliber of expertise on our [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/about/mba-admissions-consulting-team/]SBC team[/url].

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41509] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-08-23-at-10.02.38-AM.png[/img] Ashley HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-37267] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2021-02-04-at-7.30.19-AM.png[/img] Kerry HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolKellogg MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41714] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-11-12-at-7.14.19-AM.png[/img] Pauline Director HBS Admissionsat Harvard Business SchoolMBA, the Wharton School [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41781] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Geri-pic.jpeg[/img] Geri HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business School [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36146] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/laura.jpeg[/img] Laura HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33615] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/andrea_k.jpg[/img] Andrea Director HBS Admissionsat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36122] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Jennifer-Foster.jpeg[/img] Jennifer Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33613] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin-k.jpg[/img] Erin K. Asst Director MBA Admissionsat Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Director MBA Admissionsat Berkeley’s Haas School of Business [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-42822] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Susie-Burrus-photo.jpeg[/img] Susie Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-35390] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2021-02-08-at-9.08.05-AM.png[/img] Dione MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Minority Admissions, the GSBDiversity Programs, the GSB [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-34284] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/anthony.jpeg[/img] Anthony Associate Director MBA Admissionsat the Wharton Schoolat the University of Pennsylvania [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33611] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/meghan_e.jpg[/img] Meghan Associate Director MBA Admissions and Marketingat the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36612] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Amy-Hazen.jpeg[/img] Amy Director, the Wharton Schoolat the University of PennsylvaniaProfessional Writer [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-37475] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2021-03-09-at-1.53.23-PM.png[/img] Ally Assistant Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS)NYU Admissions [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33607] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin_B-v2.jpg[/img] Erin B. Assistant Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS)M.S.Ed, Higher Education, U of Pennsylvania [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41568] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-09-14-at-12.38.38-PM.png[/img] Emma Associate Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS) [/url]

Ashley
Ashley is a former MBA Admissions Board Member for Harvard Business School (HBS), where she interviewed and evaluated thousands of business school applicants for over a six year tenure. Ashley holds an MBA from HBS.

During her HBS years, Ashley was the Sports Editor for the Harbus and a member of the B-School Blades Ice Hockey Team. After HBS, she worked in Marketing at the Gillette Company on Male and Female shaving ...

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Kerry
Kerry is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

During her 5+ year tenure at HBS, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a wide range of backgrounds across the globe. She also led marketing and outreach efforts focused on increasing diversity and inclusion, ran the Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP), and launched the 2+2 Program during her time in Admissions.

Kerry holds a B.A. from Bates College and  ...

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A former associate director of admissions at Harvard Business School, Pauline served on the HBS MBA Admissions Board full-time for four years. She evaluated and interviewed HBS applicants, both on-campus and globally.

Pauline's career has included sales and marketing management roles with Coca-Cola, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, and IBM.  For over 10 years, Pauline has expertly guided MBA applicants, and her clients h ...

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Geri is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

In her 7 year tenure in HBS Admissions, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a diverse set of academic, geographic, and employment backgrounds.  Geri also traveled globally representing the school at outreach events in order to raise awareness for women and international students.  In additio ...

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Laura comes from the MBA Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS) and is an HBS MBA alumnus. In her HBS Admissions role, she evaluated and interviewed hundreds of business school candidates, including internationals, women, military and other applicant pools, for five years.

Prior to her time as a student at HBS, Laura began her career in advertising and marketing in Chicago at Leo Burnett where she worked on th ...

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Andrea
Andrea served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at Harvard Business School (HBS) for over five years.  In this role, she provided strategic direction for student yield-management activities and also served as a full member of the admissions committee.

In 2007, Andrea launched the new 2+2 Program at Harvard Business School – a program targeted at college junior applicants to Harvard Business School.  Andrea has also served as a Career Coach for Harvard Business School for both cu ...

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Jennifer
Jennifer served as Admissions Officer at the Stanford (GSB) for five years. She holds an MBA from Stanford (GSB) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Jennifer has over 15 years experience in guiding applicants through the increasingly competitive admissions process into top MBA programs. Having read thousands and thousands of essays and applications while at Stanford (GSB) Admiss ...

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Erin K.
Erin served in key roles in MBA Admissions--as Director at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Assistant Director at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Erin served on the admissions committee at each school and has read thousands of applications in her career. At Haas, she served for seven years in roles that encompassed evaluation, outreach, and diversity and inclusion. During her tenure in Admissions at GSB, she was responsible for candidate evaluation, applicant outreach, ...

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Susie
Susie comes from the Admissions Office of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she reviewed and evaluated hundreds of prospective students’ applications.  She holds an MBA from Stanford’s GSB and a BA from Stanford in Economics.

Prior to advising MBA applicants, Susie held a variety of roles over a 15-year period in capital markets, finance, and real estate, including as partner in one of the nation’s most innovative finance and real estate investment organizations. In that r ...

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Dione
Dione holds an MBA degree from Stanford Business School (GSB) and a BA degree from Stanford University, where she double majored in Economics and Communication with concentrations in journalism and sociology. Dione has served as an Admissions reader and member of the Minority Admissions Advisory Committee at Stanford. 

Dione is an accomplished and respected advocate and thought leader on education and diversity. She is ...

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Anthony
Anthony served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he dedicated over 10 years of expertise.

During his time as a Wharton Admissions Officer, he read and reviewed thousands of applications and helped bring in a class of 800+ students a year.  Anthony has traveled both domestically and internationally to recruit a ...

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Meghan
Meghan served as the Associate Director of Admissions and Marketing at the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute, a joint degree program combining the Wharton MBA with an MA in International Studies.

In her role on the Wharton MBA admissions committee, Meghan advised domestic and international applicants; conducted interviews and information sessions domestically and overseas in Asia, Central and South America, and Europe; and evaluated applicants for admission to the program. Meghan also managed ...

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Amy
Amy comes from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she was Associate Director. Amy devoted 12 years at the Wharton School, working closely with MBA students and supporting the admissions team.

During her tenure at Wharton, Amy served as a trusted adviser to prospective applicants as well as admitted and matriculated students.  She conducted admissions chats with applicants early in the admissions ...

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Ally brings six years of admissions experience to the SBC team, most recently as an Assistant Director of Admission for the full-time MBA program at Columbia Business School (CBS).

During her time at Columbia, Ally was responsible for reviewing applications, planning recruitment events, and interviewing candidates for both the full-time MBA program and the Executive MBA program. She traveled both internationally and dome ...

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Erin has over seven years of experience working across major institutions, including University of Pennsylvania, Columbia Business School, and NYU's Stern School of Business.

At Columbia Business School, Erin was an Assistant Director of Admissions where she evaluated applications for both the full time and executive MBA programs, sat on the admissions and merit scholarship committees and advised applicants on which program might be the best fit for them based on their work experience and pro ...

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Emma comes from the MBA Admissions Office at Columbia Business School (CBS), where she was Associate Director.

Emma conducted dozens of interviews each cycle for the MBA and EMBA programs, as well as coordinating the alumni ambassador interview program. She read and evaluated hundreds of applications each cycle, delivered information sessions to audiences across the globe, and advised countless waitlisted applicants.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Top Tips for LGBTQ+ MBA Applicants
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Happy Pride Month! We’re on a mission to help all of the MBA applicants we work with shine their brightest when applying to business school. Bonus points if you’re able to enjoy the application process along the way. A group of LGBTQ+ MBA consultants from the [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/about/mba-admissions-consulting-team/]SBC team[/url] got together to share stories from our own experiences applying to B-school.

We also swapped the lessons we’ve learned from working with clients over the years. Given the upheaval of the past two years, we believe that being bold and authentic is now more critical than ever. Here are nine tips for LGBTQ+ MBA applicants to consider when thinking about business school.

[b]Curious about your chances of getting into a top MBA program? Contact us to talk strategy with a [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/contact/]free 15-minute advising session[/url] with an SBC Principal Consultant. [/b]

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Advice for LGBTQ+ MBA Applicants
[b]1. Connect with the LGBTQ+ student organizations at the schools you’re considering.[/b]
Speaking to LGBTQ+ MBA students at various schools is one of the best ways to learn about the program and the experience of LGBTQ+ students studying there. In addition, most MBA programs include information about the school’s LGBTQ+ student organizations on the school’s website. But if you can’t find this information, contact the admissions office.

We specifically suggest reaching out to one of the student co-presidents of a given school’s LGBTQ+ student organization. In our experience, these club leaders almost always write back to potential students.

This will give you a chance to gain current students’ perspectives and possibly connect with others in the admissions office working with LGBTQ+ MBA applicants. In addition, if there are events or information sessions specifically for LGBTQ+ applicants, you’ll want to be sure to attend these as well.

[b]Listen to [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/b-schooled-podcast-episode-123-tips-for-lgbtq-and-other-underrepresented-applicants/]B-Schooled Podcast Episode #123[/url]: Tips for LGBTQ+ and Other Underrepresented Applicants[/b]

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(Wharton School has the largest LGBTQ MBA club in the U.S. In 2020, the school launched Prism, a full-ride [url=https://news.wharton.upenn.edu/press-releases/2020/06/new-fellowship-from-wharton-school-provides-full-tuition-for-outstanding-lgbtqia-mba-student/]LGBTQ MBA Fellowship[/url].)

[b]2. Don’t be afraid to reach out to alums or individuals working in fields that interest you. [/b]
The LGBTQ+ world may be small, but it is also mighty. So, don’t be afraid to reach out to others in the LGBTQ+ community via LinkedIn and other professional platforms. Working through a friend of a friend is always great—but also try to “cold outreach” to other members of the community who graduated from schools you are interested in or who work in industries about which you are passionate.

Of course, this cold outreach doesn’t always work. Yet we’ve found LGBTQ+ applicants reaching out to others in the community seem to get an answer more often than not. A reminder: always put your best foot forward.

Whenever you contact anyone about your business school journey, ALWAYS be courteous in your approach, proofread your writing, and thank anyone who offers you feedback or guidance.

[b]3. When writing your essays, share your story thoughtfully. [/b]
For many, coming out is a deeply personal experience that requires tremendous self-examination and introspection. Thus, an essay touching on this profoundly revealing vulnerability and self-awareness can be remarkable.

Many of the most compelling essays we’ve read, for example, don’t actually “center” on a coming-out story. Instead, they used this experience as a jumping-off point to explore topics that are deeply meaningful to the applicant.

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Remember that admissions officers want to understand many different aspects of you as an applicant. We suggest that you present this element of your identity as an important facet—but not the totality—of who you are.

[b]4. Don’t be afraid to be different. In fact, standing out can be a very good thing.[/b]
We see many LGBTQ+ MBA applicants who have been in the closet in college or professionally to conform to what society has told them a business person is “supposed” to be.

With all of our clients (not only members of the LGBTQ+ community), we encourage people to be themselves authentically. Embrace your individuality, your quirkiness, and your queerness, along with all the other things that make you unique.

[b]Listen to [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/b-schooled-podcast-episode-103-the-power-of-authenticity-in-mba-applications/]B-Schooled Podcast Episode #103[/url]: The Power of Authenticity in MBA Applications[/b]

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[b]5. Check out the Reaching Out MBA Conference. [/b]
The [url=https://reachingoutmba.org/romba-conference/]Reaching Out MBA Conference[/url] (ROMBA) is the world’s largest gathering of LGBT+ business students and alumni. This event educates, inspires, and connects our community through C-suite panels, workshops, competitions, a host of receptions, and a career fair with 100 corporate partners across industries recruiting LGBTQ+ MBA talent.

The next ROMBA conference will be held September 26-28, 2024, in Los Angeles, California. See the ROMBA website for more details and registration information.

After you’ve been accepted:
[b]6. Check out the Point Foundation (and other scholarship groups).[/b]
The [url=https://pointfoundation.org/]Point Foundation (Point)[/url] is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit. Point promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training. To apply, applicants must be planning to attend a degree-granting undergraduate or graduate/ doctoral program. More information is available via the link above.

[b]7. Consider your multiple identities when choosing the program that is right for you.[/b]
Several members of our team brought up the complexities of navigating the application process when one has multiple identities, such as being trans or non-binary, femme, from a low-income background, or non-white.

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Each of these identity layers can add another degree of nuance when choosing the MBA program that feels right for you. This, of course, means different things for different people. For you, this might mean selecting an MBA program that has:

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[*]Specific Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) policies in place (not just lip service)[/*]
[*]Faculty class rolls that include preferred names/pronouns[/*]
[*]Taken steps to make sure non-white and international students don’t feel isolated and that staff reach out proactively to check in instead of waiting for students to come to them[/*]
[*]A no-tolerance policy for derogatory language/behaviors so that individuals feel safe and know they can come forward[/*]
[*]A robust “ally culture” that supports LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented students[/*]
[*]Resources for pregnant/nursing mothers[/*]
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On the other hand, we also realize that a) the list above is by no means comprehensive and that b) no single program is getting this 100% right. Therefore, we encourage applicants to evaluate these and other factors in light of their decision criteria to find the best fit. And then, once you select the program that is right for you and enroll, work hard to make it even better for those who will follow you.

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[b]8. When you do get to business school, speak up and pay it forward.[/b]
For every out person on a business school campus, there are often several other LGBTQ+ MBA students—especially those with multiple identities—who might not feel comfortable being out on campus yet.

Many of us remember times in our own business school experiences when speaking up or speaking out prompted others who weren’t out yet to approach us privately to thank us for making our voices heard. There is also a multiplier effect: once one person raises a hand to make a statement or acknowledge their identity, others gradually feel more comfortable doing the same.

[b]9. Finally, enjoy yourself and make friends.[/b]
Invite that stranger to coffee. Have those tough conversations. Encourage the LGBTQ+ student organization to co-host a happy hour with a conservative group on campus. Business school can—and should—be a LOT of fun. It is also a powerful opportunity for you to influence the hearts and minds of classmates who will one day run corporations, organizations, and governments around the world.

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-41509] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2022-08-23-at-10.02.38-AM.png[/img] Ashley HBS Admissions Boardat Harvard Business SchoolHBS MBA [/url]

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-36122] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/Jennifer-Foster.jpeg[/img] Jennifer Admissions Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)MBA, Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) [/url]

[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33613] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin-k.jpg[/img] Erin K. Asst Director MBA Admissionsat Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB)Director MBA Admissionsat Berkeley’s Haas School of Business [/url]

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-34284] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/anthony.jpeg[/img] Anthony Associate Director MBA Admissionsat the Wharton Schoolat the University of Pennsylvania [/url]

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[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/#consultant-33607] [img]https://www.stacyblackman.com/wp-content/uploads/erin_B-v2.jpg[/img] Erin B. Assistant Director MBA Admissionsat Columbia Business School (CBS)M.S.Ed, Higher Education, U of Pennsylvania [/url]

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Ashley
Ashley is a former MBA Admissions Board Member for Harvard Business School (HBS), where she interviewed and evaluated thousands of business school applicants for over a six year tenure. Ashley holds an MBA from HBS.

During her HBS years, Ashley was the Sports Editor for the Harbus and a member of the B-School Blades Ice Hockey Team. After HBS, she worked in Marketing at the Gillette Company on Male and Female shaving ...

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Kerry
Kerry is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

During her 5+ year tenure at HBS, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a wide range of backgrounds across the globe. She also led marketing and outreach efforts focused on increasing diversity and inclusion, ran the Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP), and launched the 2+2 Program during her time in Admissions.

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Pauline
A former associate director of admissions at Harvard Business School, Pauline served on the HBS MBA Admissions Board full-time for four years. She evaluated and interviewed HBS applicants, both on-campus and globally.

Pauline's career has included sales and marketing management roles with Coca-Cola, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, and IBM.  For over 10 years, Pauline has expertly guided MBA applicants, and her clients h ...

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Geri
Geri is a former member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS).

In her 7 year tenure in HBS Admissions, she read and evaluated hundreds of applications and interviewed MBA candidates from a diverse set of academic, geographic, and employment backgrounds.  Geri also traveled globally representing the school at outreach events in order to raise awareness for women and international students.  In additio ...

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Laura
Laura comes from the MBA Admissions Board at Harvard Business School (HBS) and is an HBS MBA alumnus. In her HBS Admissions role, she evaluated and interviewed hundreds of business school candidates, including internationals, women, military and other applicant pools, for five years.

Prior to her time as a student at HBS, Laura began her career in advertising and marketing in Chicago at Leo Burnett where she worked on th ...

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Andrea
Andrea served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at Harvard Business School (HBS) for over five years.  In this role, she provided strategic direction for student yield-management activities and also served as a full member of the admissions committee.

In 2007, Andrea launched the new 2+2 Program at Harvard Business School – a program targeted at college junior applicants to Harvard Business School.  Andrea has also served as a Career Coach for Harvard Business School for both cu ...

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Jennifer
Jennifer served as Admissions Officer at the Stanford (GSB) for five years. She holds an MBA from Stanford (GSB) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Jennifer has over 15 years experience in guiding applicants through the increasingly competitive admissions process into top MBA programs. Having read thousands and thousands of essays and applications while at Stanford (GSB) Admiss ...

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Erin K.
Erin served in key roles in MBA Admissions--as Director at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Assistant Director at Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Erin served on the admissions committee at each school and has read thousands of applications in her career. At Haas, she served for seven years in roles that encompassed evaluation, outreach, and diversity and inclusion. During her tenure in Admissions at GSB, she was responsible for candidate evaluation, applicant outreach, ...

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Susie
Susie comes from the Admissions Office of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she reviewed and evaluated hundreds of prospective students’ applications.  She holds an MBA from Stanford’s GSB and a BA from Stanford in Economics.

Prior to advising MBA applicants, Susie held a variety of roles over a 15-year period in capital markets, finance, and real estate, including as partner in one of the nation’s most innovative finance and real estate investment organizations. In that r ...

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Dione
Dione holds an MBA degree from Stanford Business School (GSB) and a BA degree from Stanford University, where she double majored in Economics and Communication with concentrations in journalism and sociology. Dione has served as an Admissions reader and member of the Minority Admissions Advisory Committee at Stanford. 

Dione is an accomplished and respected advocate and thought leader on education and diversity. She is ...

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Anthony
Anthony served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he dedicated over 10 years of expertise.

During his time as a Wharton Admissions Officer, he read and reviewed thousands of applications and helped bring in a class of 800+ students a year.  Anthony has traveled both domestically and internationally to recruit a ...

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Meghan
Meghan served as the Associate Director of Admissions and Marketing at the Wharton MBA’s Lauder Institute, a joint degree program combining the Wharton MBA with an MA in International Studies.

In her role on the Wharton MBA admissions committee, Meghan advised domestic and international applicants; conducted interviews and information sessions domestically and overseas in Asia, Central and South America, and Europe; and evaluated applicants for admission to the program. Meghan also managed ...

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Amy
Amy comes from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she was Associate Director. Amy devoted 12 years at the Wharton School, working closely with MBA students and supporting the admissions team.

During her tenure at Wharton, Amy served as a trusted adviser to prospective applicants as well as admitted and matriculated students.  She conducted admissions chats with applicants early in the admissions ...

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Ally
Ally brings six years of admissions experience to the SBC team, most recently as an Assistant Director of Admission for the full-time MBA program at Columbia Business School (CBS).

During her time at Columbia, Ally was responsible for reviewing applications, planning recruitment events, and interviewing candidates for both the full-time MBA program and the Executive MBA program. She traveled both internationally and dome ...

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Erin B.
Erin has over seven years of experience working across major institutions, including University of Pennsylvania, Columbia Business School, and NYU's Stern School of Business.

At Columbia Business School, Erin was an Assistant Director of Admissions where she evaluated applications for both the full time and executive MBA programs, sat on the admissions and merit scholarship committees and advised applicants on which program might be the best fit for them based on their work experience and pro ...

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Emma
Emma comes from the MBA Admissions Office at Columbia Business School (CBS), where she was Associate Director.

Emma conducted dozens of interviews each cycle for the MBA and EMBA programs, as well as coordinating the alumni ambassador interview program. She read and evaluated hundreds of applications each cycle, delivered information sessions to audiences across the globe, and advised countless waitlisted applicants.

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