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# Washington University (Olin)

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Updated on: 03 Feb 2005, 10:54
A strong Near Elite program to consider is Washington University in St. Louis. Washington University is one of the most selective undergraduate schools in the United States and a well-established research university.

This is a small program with only about 150 entrants per year.

Academic Calendar: 4 semesters (semesters divided into 2 mini-terms)
Required Courses: Management and Strategy, Statistics, Fin Accounting, Managerial Economics, Financial Mgmt, Marketing Mgmt, Operations Mgmt, Cost Analysis, Strategic Management
Electives begin in the Second Semester of the First Year

Business Week reports a tremendous level of student satisfaction - it is for the reader to determine if this is an accurate representation of the true views of students.

FT 2005 places Washington U near Babson, UC Irvine, and Arizona State.
FT 2004 ranked Washington U #49 worldwide- near Notre Dame and Purdue.

EIU 2004 places Washington University between Emory and UNC.
EIU 2003 ranked Washington U #31 worldwide and #20 in the US - above all of the transelites except Emory.

Employment stats

http://www.olin.wustl.edu/wcrc/stats.cfm

Originally posted by Hjort on 14 Nov 2004, 20:54.
Last edited by Hjort on 03 Feb 2005, 10:54, edited 3 times in total.
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15 Nov 2004, 01:43
Hjort wrote:
A strong Near Elite program to consider is Washington University in St. Louis. Washington University is one of the most selective undergraduate schools in the United States and a well-established research university.

This is a small program with only about 150 entrants per year.

Academic Calendar: 4 semesters (semesters divided into 2 mini-terms)
Required Courses: Management and Strategy, Statistics, Fin Accounting, Managerial Economics, Financial Mgmt, Marketing Mgmt, Operations Mgmt, Cost Analysis, Strategic Management
Electives begin in the Second Semester of the First Year

Business Week reports a tremendous level of student satisfaction - it is for the reader to determine if this is an accurate representation of the true views of students.

As a matter of fact, I AM thinking of applying to this University. Could you tell me what are the entry requirements like? What type of GMAT score would they expect?
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15 Nov 2004, 01:45
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15 Nov 2004, 13:03
The middle of the GMAT distribution is near 650. Washington University takes the highest GMAT score.

Olin requires a TOEFL of 243 (Computer).

Students with a three year degree are required to have at least one additional year of education but are not required to receive a master's degree prior to admission to Olin.

Olin also has a relatively high acceptance rate compared to some other Near Elite schools such as Maryland, Purdue, and Rochester. However, the yield is similar to that of other Near Elite schools.

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15 Nov 2004, 14:09
Hjort wrote:
The middle of the GMAT distribution is near 650. Washington University takes the highest GMAT score.

Olin requires a TOEFL of 243 (Computer).

Students with a three year degree are required to have at least one additional year of education but are not required to receive a master's degree prior to admission to Olin.

Olin also has a relatively high acceptance rate compared to some other Near Elite schools such as Maryland, Purdue, and Rochester. However, the yield is similar to that of other Near Elite schools.

Hjort

Thanks Hjort. That was pretty helpful. Well Im yet to take my GMAT on 10th of Dec. Well I have a three year bachelors. Maybe I could go for some foundation course or something? I have tried to correspond with them. But havent got any reply till now.
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17 Nov 2004, 02:23
You need atleast 2-3 years of quality work experience too. Do you have it?
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17 Nov 2004, 12:52
Guest has a point, but I suppose "need" is a relative term when it comes to admissions. Clearly Washington University has some familiarity with students with little work experience since it has traditionally accepted about five students per year through its 3+2 submatriculation program.

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17 Nov 2004, 13:31
Hjort wrote:
Guest has a point, but I suppose "need" is a relative term when it comes to admissions. Clearly Washington University has some familiarity with students with little work experience since it has traditionally accepted about five students per year through its 3+2 submatriculation program.

Hjort

Hi Hjort,

I must say thats pretty encouraging. I think I will apply then. There is no harm in simply applying. If they reject me, thats fine.
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17 Nov 2004, 18:06
Yes, getting in a top 30 school without a work expereince is possible but then you have to have an exemplary profile. For instance, apart from very good gpa and GMAT, you should have done some value adding part time work during your studies and decent community/extra curricular work. Part time work should be something which was a learning and growing experience. Contributing significantly in your family business is one example. It should not be trivial part time jobs which every kid does during his/her studies. The point is that B schools want that even if you are 22-23,your mental maturity is not less than those who have worked 3-4 years in the industry.
I know somebody who got into georgetown ( a top 30 school like olin), straight after her undergrad from califronian berkley. But then she had 780 GMAT and worked quite a bit during her undergrad.
To have an idea on kind of indian profiles who got into olin in recent years, my one friend's friend got into olin in 2003 with 670 GMAT and 4 years of work exp in hughes software..he was from IIT kanpur. Also, he got 50% scholarship.
Applying to a school requires lot of effort and resources in terms of putting together the application, the application fees and time. So, it's better to apply after honestly evaluating your profile.
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17 Nov 2004, 21:52
Crackgmat also makes some good points. To make the implicit explicit, I urge all readers to make a careful CBA before applying to any school. However, there are alternative interpretations of Crackgmat's examples. For instance, information regarding a student with a 680 and 4 years of nominal experience being accepted is interesting but it is unclear how this impacts a student with little work experience (now if the applicant had been rejected and had been informed that the but-for cause of the rejection was having less than 5 years of experience then we would have something to think about).

I strongly agree that an applicant with little work experience must have extraordinary compensating credentials.

Washington Univ:
"There is no minimum amount of work experience required; however, the middle 80% have between 3-8 years. At Olin we look at the entire package presented by the applicant--test results and work experience are both a part of the package. Every year we admit a handful of students who have little or no work experience, but who excel in all other areas of their application."
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18 Nov 2004, 12:31
Another interesting aspect of Washington University is that it is located in a relatively inexpensive city. St. Louis has an estimated cost of living that is just below the national average and is thus far less expensive than many other major American cities such as Boston and New York.
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25 Nov 2004, 10:03
Hi guys,

Kudos to Hjort for starting this b-school review forum it is very helpful. I am currently researching tier 1 and 2 schools and I saw that you mentioned Wash U . My main concern is that I am only 23 and by next fall when i am planning on applying i would have only 1 yr post-undgrad experience, but overall i have about 2-3 during my soph -senior yrs. I want to get into a top 20 school but i am afraid they will say i am too young and inexperienced. i am targeting UVA, UCh - GSB, UNC, Carnegie... thinking about OLin, OhioState, Emory, BostonUni. Do you guys have any schools in mind where I will have a chance. I haven't take the GMAT yet wll do in April. Any advice would be appreciated. thanx
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FT2005 Value For Money: #99, the lowest of all the Near Elites
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15 Jun 2010, 07:38
i love this school
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