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Yale SOM 2015-2016 MBA Application Deadlines [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Yale SOM 2015-2016 MBA Application Deadlines
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While the online application won’t go live until early July, Yale School of Management‘s Director of Admissions Bruce DelMonico has previewed the upcoming application deadlines for the MBA Class of 2018.

Round 1
Application Deadline: September 16, 2015

Decision Release: December 7, 2015

Enrollment Deadline: February 12, 2016

Round 2
Application Deadline: January 7, 2016

Decision Release: March 25, 2016

Enrollment Deadline: May 6, 2016

Round 3
Application Deadline: April 21, 2016

Decision Release: May 20, 2016

Enrollment Deadline: May 31, 2016

DelMonico also notes the SOM will again have a single essay prompt this season, which the school will share in early June to allow Round 1 candidates to get a head start on their applications.

For more information, visit the Yale SOM admissions website.

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Tuesday Tips: 2015 Harvard Business School MBA Application Essay Tips [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tuesday Tips: 2015 Harvard Business School MBA Application Essay Tips
This year Harvard Business School has decided to continue with one open-ended essay. The question has changed slightly and focused emphasis on the case method and your interaction with classmates. The HBS admissions director blog notes that the “optional” element was dropped because: “this season, every applicant submitted a response. We get it. You want to tell us things.”

The most challenging part of this essay is remaining disciplined. With unlimited space to make your case, you may be tempted to compose a laundry list of everything interesting or impressive you have ever done. That urge could backfire, as the essay is used to determine who isn’t a fit for HBS as much as those who deserve the chance to move into the interview round. Maturity, accomplishment, and leadership are highly valued qualities and this essay is your chance to display those qualities through the stories you choose and the voice coming through your writing.

There is one question for the Class of 2018 application essay:

It’s the first day of class at HBS. You are in Aldrich Hall meeting your “section.” This is the group of 90 classmates who will become your close companions in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case method participant-based learning model ensures that you will get to know each other very well. The bonds you collectively create throughout this shared experience will be lasting.

Introduce yourself.

Note: Should you enroll at HBS, there will be an opportunity for you to share this with them.

A note on word count: HBS values brevity in essays. Do not be tempted to go overboard with a 2,000 word essay, rather focus on concise and clear writing and consider keeping this essay to 1,200 words or less. Our clients have successfully composed essays anywhere from 500-1,300 words, though you should take a pass through your essay to cut any unnecessary words if you find yourself on the upper end of that range.

The goal of this essay is to know yourself, know HBS, and know how to match the two to demonstrate your fit for the school as you introduce yourself to your classmates. Your first task should be to evaluate all of the other aspects of your candidacy – what is the story your resume tells? What do you think recommenders will say? How does your transcript communicate your skills, accomplishments and interests? Then you need to evaluate how to fill the gaps with the essay.

When you view the recommended video on the case method you can see that diverse perspectives are valuable to the case method experience. Think about what diverse experience you bring. We have found that both personal and career oriented topics can work, and most candidates tell more than one story in the essay. Consider that from your classmates’ perspective the most interesting information will be both personal and professional. You will be studying together and socializing together. Later, you will be professional contacts in your classmates’ career network. In the past we have observed that successful HBS essays also demonstrate of a core driving passion.

As you consider possible stories to tell in this essay keep in mind that HBS has always been highly focused on leadership and wants to accept candidates who have a track record of leadership impact and a success trajectory that indicates upper management potential. Accomplishments have traditionally been a strong focus of HBS essays, and using at least one accomplishment story in this essay may be a good strategy, particularly if your accomplishments are not obvious when reading your resume or transcripts.

A note on what not to do: We see many applicants tempted to include “why HBS” type information in HBS essays. Explaining why the case method specifically is a good fit for you and your learning style is absolutely appropriate, but more detailed “why HBS” content has never been asked for in an HBS application essay question. HBS admissions is quite clear on the value of an HBS degree, and they would rather see you use the space to provide more information about yourself and your candidacy.

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HBS Admissions to Launch New ‘MBA Voices’ Blog [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: HBS Admissions to Launch New ‘MBA Voices’ Blog
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HBS Admissions Director, Dee Leopold

Dee Leopold, director of MBA admissions at Harvard Business School, made a couple of interesting announcements on her blog last week. For one, the space has been renamed “Direct from the Director,” and will continue to focus solely on updates and information related to the MBA admissions process in an attempt to make the experience as transparent as possible.

The director also revealed that the team at Dillon House will debut a brand-new blog later this month called “MBA Voices,” which will have the following purpose:

“We want to tell you compelling stories from around HBS. We want you to get to know our students, alums and faculty. We want to help you get a better understanding of our clubs, initiatives and the student experience. We want you to gain insight into the career choices our students make and the myriad activities that make our campus come to life.”

MBA hopefuls will no doubt welcome having this insider view of the top-ranked business school, which may help the undecided take the plunge and apply. We’ll keep you updated here on the launch of this new online space, and make sure to bring to your attention all of the most relevant, interesting stories to come from Harvard Business School’s “MBA Voices” blog. Stay tuned!

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2015 Survey Results of Prospective MBA Applicants [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: 2015 Survey Results of Prospective MBA Applicants
More than 34% of business school applicants believe that the admissions process is less rigorous for women, the annual survey by Stacy Blackman Consulting reveals. The poll also indicated that 63.46% feel that the lower number of women in business school is a significant issue.

“The issue of women in business school is in the spotlight, and the good news is that it may encourage more women to apply and more schools to improve the environment for women,” says Stacy Blackman, President of Stacy Blackman Consulting. “We have seen that women are very successful in the admissions process, as well as in business school and throughout recruiting.”

The survey also reported that 44.92% of respondents plan to apply to five or more business schools, with 17.1% planning to apply to six schools, and 23.34% planning to apply to five schools. Last year, only 22.86% planned to apply to five schools, and 10.57% to six schools.

In fact, reduced application requirements (fewer essays and shorter essays), prompted 60.49% to apply to more programs, according to the survey. However, with many b-school programs adding video as part of the application process, 29.3% of respondents cited limitations in revealing their true selves, ideas and goals via video essays or video interviews.

Other survey results include:

*Interest in consulting careers post business school continued with a slight increase from 37.72% last year to 39.21% this year, while job interest in finance decreased from 24.4% last year to 18.37% this year. Interest in Entrepreneurship was steady, capturing 24% of career plans this year and 24.72% last year.

*48.91% indicated reputation is the most important factor influencing the decision to attend a particular business school, followed by 17.44% for strength of job placement, and 12.67% for strength of alumni network. Last year, 50.87% cited reputation and 21.87% cited strength of job placement.

*Career advancement ranked as the top reason to attend business school at 44.95% (43.7% ranking it as most important last year), followed by career change at 34.02% (compared to 38.17% of respondents last year).

*Interest in the GRE grew from 7.65% last year to 10.91% this year, while 89.09% plan to take the GMAT this year, compared to 92.37% last year.

The survey was conducted between April 21, 2015 and May 6, 2015, with 739 respondents.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Harvard Business School Launches Gender Initiative
In an effort to accelerate the progress of women leaders, Harvard Business School announced this week it will launch the Gender Initiative to to support research, teaching, and knowledge dissemination that promotes gender equity in business and society. Inspiration for the Gender Initiative emerged during the 2013 commemoration of the School’s 50th anniversary of admitting women to its two-year MBA program.

“So much of what people think they know about gender is simply not substantiated by empirical evidence but instead is based on gender stereotypes,” says Robin Ely, Harvard Business School’s Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community.

“We want to develop the Initiative so that Harvard Business School becomes the ‘go-to place’ on gender issues, where both researchers and practitioners can come together to find ways to advance gender equity in the workplace and help both women and men lead whole, fulfilled, and sustainable lives.”

The news comes just as we release the results of Stacy Blackman Consulting’s annual survey of prospective business school applicants, in which more than 34% of respondents believe that the admissions process is less rigorous for women.  Our survey also revealed that 63.46% feel that the lower number of women in business school is a significant issue.

“We have seen that women are very successful in the admissions process, as well as in business school and throughout recruiting,” says Stacy Blackman, President of Stacy Blackman Consulting.  “The issue of women in business school is in the spotlight, and the good news is that it may encourage more women to apply and more schools to improve the environment for women.”

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Targeted Tips for Women MBA Applicants

Gender Balance Scorecard at B-Schools Worldwide

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Michigan Ross Dean to Step Down in 2016 [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Michigan Ross Dean to Step Down in 2016
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Alison Davis-Blake has announced she will resign as dean of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business when her five-year term ends in June 2016, according to an e-mail sent to Ross School students and staff Monday.

Davis-Blake, who is one of only nine female deans heading a top-50 business school in the United States, says she is hoping to take up a broader university role, such as provost or president, to focus on the problems and opportunities facing universities.

The dean counts numerous successes during her tenure at Ross, including launching a successful capital campaign that has already raised more than $213 million; hiring 25 percent of all current tenure-track faculty; and tripling the number of undergraduate students who have a global experience as part of their education.

Before her deanship at the Ross School began in 2011, Davis-Blake had served as dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota since 2006. Previously, she was a management professor and associate dean at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. Prior to that, she was a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business.

“Beyond the business school realm, there are significant challenges that face all universities, in both professional and liberal education,” she tells Michigan news outlet MLive. “I find myself eager to contribute solutions to these larger challenges during what will surely be a time of significant change in higher education.”

With more than a year left in her term, Davis-Blake has allowed time for a smooth transition as university Provost Martha Pollack and President Mark Schlissel begin to recruit for her replacement.

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Michigan Ross 2015-2016 MBA Essay Questions [#permalink]

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The University of Michigan Ross School of Business has posted the following MBA essay questions for the 2015-2016 application cycle. While the first essay also appeared last year, the second is a revamped essay prompt.

  • What are you most proud of and why? How does it shape who you are today? (up to 400 words)
  • What is your desired career path and why? (up to 400 words)
The Michigan Ross admissions blog states that:

The first question is intentionally broad. We want to give you the option to pick something from either your personal or professional life. The context (personal or professional) is less important than your reason for being proud of something. We want to understand what makes something important to you. It gives us a glimpse into how you think about and process things, and what your priorities and values are.

This is how we assess fit – through alignment of your values with the values of our community – not whether you pick a personal or professional example.

The main purpose of the career path question is so we can evaluate whether business school makes sense.  A “good” answer isn’t about saying you want to go into a traditional business field. In fact, many of our students pursue a wide range of careers outside of traditional business fields (e.g., education, nonprofit, emerging markets). A good answer will describe your rationale for being interested in a particular path.

For both questions, there isn’t an answer that we “want to hear” other than a response that demonstrates that you’ve done some self-reflection and gives us a sense of you as a person.

A note about writing style: we like clear and succinct. “Up to 400 words” means it can be less than 400 words. It’s not a word count test, nor is it a creative writing test. Don’t write two paragraphs of introduction before stating what you’re most proud of. You can even start with, “I am most proud of….” Write as you would speak. To a real person. We, who read the essays, are real people.

For more information, please visit the Michigan Ross MBA admissions page.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Michigan Ross 2015-2016 MBA Application Deadlines
The University of Michigan Ross School of Business has announced the following MBA application deadlines for the 2015-2016 admissions cycle.

Round 1
Application due: October 5, 2015

Decision released: December 18, 2015

Round 2
Application due: January 4, 2016

Decision released: March 18, 2016

Round 3
Application due: March 21, 2016

Decision released: May 13, 2016

All applications are due by 11:59 EST on the day of the deadline in order to be considered within that round. Michigan Ross also encourages international students apply in Round 1 or Round 2 because of visa requirements and to ensure consideration for scholarships.

For more information, please visit the Michigan Ross MBA admissions website.

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INSEAD Deadlines, Essays for September 2016 Intake [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: INSEAD Deadlines, Essays for September 2016 Intake
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Here are the application deadlines for the INSEAD MBA Program’s Class of July 2017.

Round 1
Application due: September 16, 2015

Decision notification: November 27, 2015

Round 2
Application due: October 14, 2015

Decision notification: December 18, 2015

Round 3
Application due: January 13, 2016

Decision notification: March 18, 2016

Round 4
Application due: February 24, 2016

Decision notification: April 29, 2016

Essay Questions
Essay 1: Give a candid description of yourself (who are you as a person), stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses and the main factors which have influenced your personal development, giving examples when necessary. (600 words max.)

Essay 2: Describe the achievement of which you are most proud and explain why. In addition, describe a situation where you failed. How did these experiences impact your relationships with others? Comment on what you learned. (400 words max.)

Essay 3: Tell us about an experience where you were significantly impacted by cultural diversity, in a positive or negative way. (300 words max.)

Essay 4: Describe all types of extra-professional activities in which you have been or are still involved for a significant amount of time (clubs, sports, music, arts, politics, etc). How are you enriched by these activities? (300 words max.)

Essay 5 (Optional): Is there anything else that was not covered in your application that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee? (300 words max.)

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Competition for each round is equal regardless of the intake or round you apply for, INSEAD notes. The program has added a fourth round of admissions to better manage the influx of incoming applications and to provide additional flexibility to applicants.

To be included in a specific round, applications must be complete and submitted by 23:59pm Central European Time on the day of the deadline.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Don’t Be “Joe MBA”
As you begin to work on your Round 1 MBA materials, we have some advice for you: don’t try to be “Joe MBA.”

One of the biggest mistakes we see applicants make is assuming that the surest route to business school admission is playing it safe and doing what “everyone else” does. We hear things like, “Well my friend went to Stanford and he wrote about how he wanted to launch a start-up, so I’m going to say that, too.” Or, “My co-worker who got into Kellogg last year isn’t that different from me, so if she says my materials are fine then I should probably shouldn’t change anything.”

Remember: no two people are the same, and that’s a good thing! The key to a successful MBA application is showing exactly what you—and nobody else but you—can bring to the program. So please don’t be afraid to let your originality and your true personality come through in your materials.

On that same note, if you honestly spew out multiple three- and four-syllable words in a normal conversation, then it’s fine to do so in your essays. But if you have a trusted friend review what you’ve written and they remark that it sounds nothing like you, that’s a red flag. Did you include a bunch of “big words”—or worse, buzzwords and industry jargon—because you thought it would make you sound like a dream candidate? We’d suggest making your responses less formal and having your friend review them again to ensure your unique voice is represented.

Here’s an easy way to judge whether or not you’re on the right track: read over your materials and ask if you’d honestly want to be in class with yourself. Are you coming across as someone who’s interesting, has a lot to share with others, and would be a great addition to any MBA program? Or do you sound like Joe MBA—accomplished, sure . . . but also pretty darn boring.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tuesday Tips: 2015 Michigan Ross MBA Essay Tips
Michigan Ross is a program that emphasizes learning both inside and outside the classroom, and is seeking candidates that are intellectually curious and able to accomplish their goals. Ross is also a close-knit community and fit with the program is important to demonstrate in the application process. Visiting Ross or learning about the program through current students, alumni or faculty would be helpful before starting this set of essays.

The Ross admissions blog states that concise, clear and simple language is prized in the essay portion of the application. Make sure you are using the limited space to explain specifics about you and your experiences and goals rather than generic statements.

Essay One: What are you most proud of and why? How does it shape who you are today? (up to 400 words)



Last year Ross separated the professional and personal in this question, asking candidates to explain what they were most proud of in both realms. This year you have the flexibility to pull from any area of your life to discuss what you are most proud of and why.

If you choose a professional topic remember that intellectual ability, professional achievements and teamwork are all among the qualities the Ross admissions committee is looking for in applicants. As you consider topics for this essay focus on the ones that will demonstrate you are a strong leader and that you can learn from experience.

The personal attributes the admissions committee are looking for in applicants include community engagement and interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills.

When you consider topics for this essay you may want to write about an important extracurricular accomplishment, a challenge you overcame, or an event in your life that highlights something unique about your background. For example, if you have a track record of club leadership through college and afterwards that can be compelling evidence of your community engagement and leadership skills. On the other end of the spectrum perhaps you have spent time outside your home country for school or work and that has shaped your teamwork, interpersonal and communication skills.

In some cases you may be most proud of an accomplishment because of what you learned and how it shaped your career. In other cases the follow up questions are two separate components of the essay. Either way the why behind your pride in accomplishment will reveal what you value most – whether prestige, credit, or the motivation to achieve your goals. Make sure that your values are aligned with how you want to be perceived by the admissions committee.

Whatever you are most proud of, make sure you are addressing why it is important to you. What you learned and how you have used what you learned since in your life can offer invaluable insight as well.

Essay Two: What is your desired career path and why? (up to 400 words)

Michigan Ross is interested to hear what you plan to do after your MBA and what is motivating that decision. The Ross admissions blogis clear that the question is meant to understand your motivation and interests, and that no specific “correct” career is expected. Both traditional and non-traditional MBA goals are welcomed as long as you are sincere about the path you plan to take.

Answering “why” you chose your career path is crucial. As you describe your career path make sure you explain what has led you to pursue it, and why it resonates with you. The answer doesn’t need to be elaborate or dramatic, but it should be convincing and real. The question doesn’t ask “Why MBA?” or “Why Ross?” but you may want to address both questions. Particularly if Ross has unique resources that will help you achieve your goal, it may help your case to explain why Ross.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tuesday Tips: 2015 Michigan Ross MBA Essay Tips
Michigan Ross is a program that emphasizes learning both inside and outside the classroom, and is seeking candidates that are intellectually curious and able to accomplish their goals. Ross is also a close-knit community and fit with the program is important to demonstrate in the application process. Visiting Ross or learning about the program through current students, alumni or faculty would be helpful before starting this set of essays.

The Ross admissions blog states that concise, clear and simple language is prized in the essay portion of the application. Make sure you are using the limited space to explain specifics about you and your experiences and goals rather than generic statements.

Essay One: What are you most proud of and why? How does it shape who you are today? (up to 400 words)



Last year Ross separated the professional and personal in this question, asking candidates to explain what they were most proud of in both realms. This year you have the flexibility to pull from any area of your life to discuss what you are most proud of and why.

If you choose a professional topic remember that intellectual ability, professional achievements and teamwork are all among the qualities the Ross admissions committee is looking for in applicants. As you consider topics for this essay focus on the ones that will demonstrate you are a strong leader and that you can learn from experience.

The personal attributes the admissions committee are looking for in applicants include community engagement and interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills.

When you consider topics for this essay you may want to write about an important extracurricular accomplishment, a challenge you overcame, or an event in your life that highlights something unique about your background. For example, if you have a track record of club leadership through college and afterwards that can be compelling evidence of your community engagement and leadership skills. On the other end of the spectrum perhaps you have spent time outside your home country for school or work and that has shaped your teamwork, interpersonal and communication skills.

In some cases you may be most proud of an accomplishment because of what you learned and how it shaped your career. In other cases the follow up questions are two separate components of the essay. Either way the why behind your pride in accomplishment will reveal what you value most – whether prestige, credit, or the motivation to achieve your goals. Make sure that your values are aligned with how you want to be perceived by the admissions committee.

Whatever you are most proud of, make sure you are addressing why it is important to you. What you learned and how you have used what you learned since in your life can offer invaluable insight as well.

Essay Two: What is your desired career path and why? (up to 400 words)

Michigan Ross is interested to hear what you plan to do after your MBA and what is motivating that decision. The Ross admissions blogis clear that the question is meant to understand your motivation and interests, and that no specific “correct” career is expected. Both traditional and non-traditional MBA goals are welcomed as long as you are sincere about the path you plan to take.

Answering “why” you chose your career path is crucial. As you describe your career path make sure you explain what has led you to pursue it, and why it resonates with you. The answer doesn’t need to be elaborate or dramatic, but it should be convincing and real. The question doesn’t ask “Why MBA?” or “Why Ross?” but you may want to address both questions. Particularly if Ross has unique resources that will help you achieve your goal, it may help your case to explain why Ross.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Research U.S. MBA Programs Without Visiting Campus
This post originally appeared on Stacy’s “Strictly Business” MBA Blog on U.S.News.com
Many would agree that visiting campus is the single best way to get a feel for the business schools you are considering. You can sit in on a class, meet current students and really envision yourself as a part of that community.

Often, the campus visit will fuel your excitement about the program, and other times, the in-person experience isn’t quite what you imagined and you’ll know right away that the culture just isn’t a good fit for you.

However, for many MBA hopefuls, particularly those targeting multiple programs and coming from abroad, a campus visit can be a real challenge during the application phase. Whether the problem is the prohibitive expense of air travel and lodging or the time off from work required, these candidates must turn to other sources to fill in the blanks as they decide on which programs to target.

A great starting point for any applicant is connecting with students and alumni at the schools you are considering. Top MBA programs host numerous events around the world each year, so plan on attending the event nearest you in order to meet admissions officers, alumni and current students, and to gain valuable application advice.

These individuals can offer the inside scoop on student life and what makes their school unique. Participating in online information sessions and virtual webinars is another valuable way for candidates to get a better sense of the school’s culture.

Business schools often have programs that connect applicants via email or Skype with current and former students of similar backgrounds and profiles, and this is a great introduction to the program that can help you narrow down which schools to focus on for your MBA. Even if there’s no such formal program in place, most admissions officers will happily put candidates in touch with an alum or current student if asked.

Hugo Varela conducted most of his school research from Madrid, Spain, and was able to visit only one U.S. school in person due to work and financial constraints. Despite that fact, Varela was accepted at MIT Sloan School of Management, Duke University Fuqua School of Business and Dartmouth University Tuck School of Business.

“I tried to talk to current students and attend events hosted by many schools in my city, before and after applying, in order to get to know as much as I could about every school,” says Varela. “This cannot make up for a campus visit, but is the best you can do from afar, and current students and alumni really have been key for me to decide where to apply and where to attend.”

“Reading student blogs and talking to alumni and current students were invaluable in helping me gauge the right schools to apply to,” agrees Vandana Sathpathy, an applicant based in India who received offers of admission to three elite MBA programs without visiting any of the campuses and heads to the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University this fall.

She says she was especially impressed by current students who went out of their way to spend time answering questions patiently and enthusiastically, and really showed how passionate they were about their schools.

“There is a wealth of information available online if you are motivated enough to find it – and I was,” Sathpathy adds. In addition to scouring every inch of the school websites, she read the official school blogs and followed all of her target schools on every social media network possible – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and particularly YouTube.

By watching everything from guest lectures, Ted Talks events, orientation videos, talks given by professors at her target schools and even Bollywood Bash Night videos, she says, “I knew the pros and cons of each school by the time I applied, and the reasons I really wanted to go there.”

Positive engagement with the admissions committee via social media is another excellent strategy and could help you stand out in a competitive applicant pool. Schools that actively monitor their social media sites can often answer an applicant’s questions in mere hours, whereas an emailed query could take days to receive a reply. Prospective students should also subscribe to the feeds of student and admissions blogs to find out immediately about any news that could influence their interest in the program.

Online research can’t replace the value of the in-person experience, but candidates who simply cannot visit their selected schools before applying should take comfort in knowing that there are many ways to thoroughly get to know a program without a campus visit to guide them. Diligence and motivation are all you really need.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Yale SOM 2015-2016 MBA Essay Question
Yale School of Management has confirmed that the essay question for this upcoming admissions season remains unchanged from last year. The 2015-2016 MBA essay prompt is:

The Yale School of Management educates individuals who will have deep and lasting impact on the organizations they lead. Describe how you have positively influenced an organization as an employee, a member, or an outside constituent.

(500 words maximum)
According to Admissions Director Bruce DelMonico, the admissions committee decided to stick with this question because it, “…really gets to the core of what Yale SOM is about and embodies our founding mission of educating leaders for business and society.”

The online application will go live on July 1, 2015, and DelMonico says the school will continue to offer a sliding scale application fee for applicants whose total annual compensation is less than US $20,000, and a further reduced fee for applicants whose compensation is below US $10,000.

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The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business has announced the following application deadlines for the 2015-2016 MBA admissions season.

Round 1
Application deadline: October 13, 2015

Decision notification: December 17, 2015

Round 2
Application deadline: January 12, 2016

Decision notification: March 29, 2016

Final Round
Application deadline: March 31, 2016

Decision notification: May 12, 2016

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Applicants should note that Round 1 is the priority deadline for admissions scholarships & fellowships.  All materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on the day of the application deadline. The new essays for the fall 2016 application cycle have yet to be announced, and the application will go live in late summer.

For additional information, please visit the UT McCombs MBA admissions website.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Before You Post That Selfie…
Do you have a profile on any of the major social media platforms? Do you frequently tweet, upload pictures to Instagram or Flickr, or post updates on Facebook? If so, you might want to make sure your online presence won’t derail your MBA application efforts.

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

You may remember when The New York Times reported on a high school senior who caused a stir at Bowdoin College after posting disparaging tweets about other attendees at the school’s information session. If some undergraduate admissions committees are using teenagers’ social media behavior against them, it’s possible that business schools won’t be any more forgiving with young adults who should know better.

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

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

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Harvard Business School 2015 Commencement Highlights
Harvard Business School held its 105th Commencement exercises last Thursday, and we wanted to share a video of the event so that it may motivate many of you only just beginning your journey toward business school over these next few months.

In his remarks to graduates (seen in the video below), Dean Nitin Nohria spoke about the three Ps—purpose, perseverance, and perspective—and how these characteristics will play a vital role in the 2015 MBA graduates’ careers and lives after HBS.

It’s easy to sustain energy and enthusiasm for your work, says Nohria, when you have a powerful belief in the good that you’re doing, and the knowledge that your work has a greater purpose. Business can be a powerful force for good in society, and you’ll always learn something by standing in another place with another view.

“We encourage you to continue to pursue work with a purpose, to draw on perseverance in the face of challenges, and to seek perspective when making and reflecting on the decisions that lie ahead,” Nohria said in closing his address. “Be assured that the faculty will be rooting for you to become leaders who will make a difference in the world and in the lives of all you touch.”



Harvard Business School’s 2015 graduates say their MBA experience has taught them to think bigger, lead through their values, and have a better sense of self. We hope this brief glimpse has inspired our readers to strive for those same life lessons, wherever your MBA plans lead you.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tuck School of Business 2015-2016 Application Deadlines
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The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth has posted the following application deadlines for the upcoming MBA admissions season.

Early Action Round

Application deadline: October 7, 2015

Decision notification: December 17, 2015

November Round

Application deadline: November 4, 2015

Decision notification: February 12, 2016

January Round

Application deadline: January 6, 2016

Decision notification: March 11, 2016

April Round

Application deadline: April 4, 2016

Decision notification: May 13, 2016

First Round Consortium Application Due: October 15, 2015
Second Round Consortium Application Due: January 5, 2016
For more information, please visit the Dartmouth Tuck School of Business admissions website.

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The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business has announced the updated MBA essay questions for the 2015-2016 admissions cycle. The two required prompts and one optional one are:

Essay One: At The University of Texas at Austin, what starts here changes the world.  You are at the Texas MBA Orientation for the Class of 2018, meeting your cohort for the first time. Please introduce yourself to your new classmates, including relevant information about your personal and professional life.

Select only one communication method that you would like to use for your response.

    • Write an essay (250 words)
    • Share a video introduction (one minute)
    • Share your about.me profile
Essay Two: The McCombs School of Business is where leadership is earned.  We have an inclusive environment where our dynamic and driven students take an active role in the Texas MBA community.  Please discuss why the Texas MBA is the ideal program for you, what you hope to achieve, and how you will contribute to your classmates’ experience.  (500 words)

Optional Essay:

Please provide any additional information you believe is important and/or address any areas of concern that will be beneficial to the Admissions Committee in considering your application (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application, or extenuating personal circumstances). (250 words)

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Whelan to Lead NYU Stern’s New Center for Sustainable Business
New York University Stern School of Business will launch a new Center for Sustainable Business in January 2016, and has announced that Tensie Whelan, currently the president of the Rainforest Alliance and a key leader in the realm of environmental activism and stewardship, will join the Stern faculty to establish and lead it. The Center will assist future and current business leaders in tackling the environmental and human challenges confronting business and society today.

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Whelan, an alumna of NYU (BA ’80), brings to Stern 25 years of experience working on local, national and international environmental and sustainability issues. As president of the Rainforest Alliance, Whelan built the organization from a $4.5 million budget to $50 million, transforming the engagement of business with sustainability and recruiting 5,000 companies in more than 60 countries to work with the organization. She partnered closely with sustainability leaders from multinationals, CEOs from around the world, key NGO and United Nations leaders, as well as funders.

“Stern puts a premium on value creation for business as well as society, a philosophy that matches my own,” noted Whelan. “Coupled with its prime location in New York, home to the financial sector, Silicon Alley, the UN and NGOs, Stern has an unprecedented opportunity to drive this conversation. I’m honored to have the chance to pursue this mission with my colleagues at Stern,” she added.

“What’s remarkable about Tensie is not only her courage and conviction to imagine a world in which profit and principle can co-exist, but also her skill and will to transform that vision into action,” said Peter Henry, dean of NYU Stern. “We encourage our students to embrace the tools of business when it comes to tackling some of the world’s most intractable problems. Tensie is the ideal role model to lead by example on issues that are critical to long-term prosperity and economic growth.”

As director of the Center, Whelan will partner with faculty at Stern and across New York University, as well as with leading practitioners from business and civil society, to create new undergraduate, graduate and executive education courses that emphasize real-world experiential learning.

In addition to research and teaching activities, each year the Center will convene groups of companies from different sectors and parts of the world with stakeholders and experts to explore solutions for a major environment and development challenge in the business sector. Whelan will begin teaching in January 2016.

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