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Joined: 29 Jun 2011
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Concentration: Finance, Accounting
GMAT 1: 760 Q43 V50
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08 Jul 2011, 08:25
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Given that everyone on here has different strengths and weaknesses to their profile and as each school applies differing weights to the various criteria, I thought it might be useful to put together a thread discussing people's perceptions of what is most important to the top schools. For example one school might look at advancement in an applicants career as most important, another the GMAT score or the industry worked in prior to the application.

So I would be interested to know what people think each of the "top" schools look for in an applicant. It might help people identify which schools their profile is a good fit for and which they might be less competitive in.

So to start with does anyone have any insights on what the Top 10 (from BusinessWeek) look for? Currently that is:
Chicago (Booth)
Harvard
Wharton
Northwestern (Kellogg)
Stanford
Duke
Michigan (Ross)
Berkley (Haas)
Columbia
MIT

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Schools: Harvard Business School - Class of 2013
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08 Jul 2011, 08:59
Interesting question. While all schools look for a complete candidate with many characteristics, I'll take a stab at what the perceived priority is for the schools that I'm familiar with.

Chicago (Booth) - intellectual curiosity
Northwestern (Kellogg) - teamwork
Stanford - impact
MIT - fit
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08 Jul 2011, 09:02
Very useful, thank you. From my research it seems that Wharton and Columbia are more interested in stats than other places but what do others think?

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11 Jul 2011, 01:22
eskimoroll wrote:
Interesting question. While all schools look for a complete candidate with many characteristics, I'll take a stab at what the perceived priority is for the schools that I'm familiar with.

Chicago (Booth) - intellectual curiosity
Northwestern (Kellogg) - teamwork
Stanford - impact
MIT - fit

agree.

+ Harvard - CHANGE

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11 Jul 2011, 04:23
Quoting Harvard's website on this, they want people who have a habit of leadership, demonstrate capacity for intellectual growth and are engaged in community citizenship. So Izvos's summary seems pretty accurate.

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21 Oct 2015, 10:36
Hello from the GMAT Club MBAbot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.

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21 Oct 2015, 10:42
Bump!! Curious what current applicants say on this.
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