U.S. News 2018 Business School Rankings – Wharton ties with HBS for # 1 Spot

Last week, US News & World report released the 2018 Best Graduate Schools rankings. US News rankings are designed to help prospective students research programs across six disciplines (business, education, engineering, law, medicine, and nursing) and evaluate the potential return on their investment.  Harvard Business School has retained its #1 position for the third consecutive year.  Wharton climbs three spots to tie with HBS in this year’s business school rankings. Here’s a look at the top ten full time MBA programs 2018 as ranked by U.S. News #1.    Harvard Business School (tie) #1.    The Wharton School of the University of … Continue reading

Round 3 or Round 1- That is the Question

At this time of the year applicants reach out to us with the perennial question “Shall I apply in Round 3 or should I wait for R 1 in the next application season?”  Well, I tell them that there is no ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer to this question.  The answer depends on their personal situation, profile, level of preparation, preferences, and a bunch of other factors. Without doubt, Round 3 is the last round and the most competitive round, especially for M7 schools (Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Booth, Kellogg, MIT Sloan, and Columbia).  The schools beyond the top 10 also receive … Continue reading

10 Key Steps You can Take to Get off the ‘Waitlist’

This happens every year.  You have invested significant amount of time and effort into your MBA applications, have done well at your interview, and are now waiting eagerly to get that coveted admit offer.  Instead, you receive that discouraging letter that you have been ‘waitlisted’.  Being on the waitlist is understandably a tricky situation that is good news as well as bad news.  The bad news is that you will have to wait a bit longer to get in, and the good news is that the ‘waitlist’ is not the end of your MBA dreams.  There is a bright side … Continue reading

H-1B Visa changes – A Potential Boon for MBA Applicants

Are you worried about the proposed changes to the H-1B Visa reform and its impact on your chances of employment after your MBA in the USA. If yes, you must read e-GMAT’s well-researched , extremely detailed, and highly informative article which shows that the proposed changes, if implemented, can actually be beneficial  for most MBA candidates. Here is how e-GMAT has summarized the findings: Proposed changes may lead to higher chances of securing H-1B Visa: The H-1B visa program is severely abused and hence oversubscribed. Even with a sponsor, an MBA currently has a 33% chance of securing the H1B visa. … Continue reading

Financial Times Global Rankings – 2017

Financial times published its Business schools rankings recently. This year’s global ranking saw European business schools perform much better than US B schools by claiming 5 out of 10 spots in the top 10 global schools. FT’s ranking is based on surveys of business schools and their 2013 graduates. MBA programs are assessed according to the career progression of their alumni, the school’s idea generation, and the diversity of students and faculty. Here are the key highlights: INSEAD took first place for the second year in a row. INSEAD receives high marks for its strong international culture and extensive and … Continue reading

Last Minute Tips for Round 2 MBA Applicants

As we welcome the year 2017 with hope, optimism, dreams, and new resolutions, we also know that it’s almost time to submit Round 2 applications.  ( Ross and CMU applications have already been submitted) With that in mind,  myEssayReview  would like to share some helpful blog posts on composing compelling and persuasive essays, crafting effective résumé, and obtaining strong letters of recommendations that will help you secure interview invitation from your dream school.      Useful Tips to Craft an Effective MBA Résumé        10 Key Tips for Creating Compelling Business School Essays        Creativity and Business School Essays     Helpful … Continue reading

‘Creativity’ and Business School Essays

 Having worked with MBA applicants on their application essays in the past five years, I have observed that every year the application essay writing is getting more and more challenging for the applicants. In this highly competitive admissions process,  admissions essays  distinguish them from the sea of equally qualified applicants they are competing with. One of the greatest challenges that stares business school applicants in the face is that every year, business schools come up with essay prompts that challenge them to use their imagination and creativity. These questions are thoughtfully composed by the Admission Committee to get illuminating glimpses … Continue reading

The Common Letter of Recommendation

In order to simplify the letter of recommendation writing process, a few top schools with the cooperation of GMAC, have released the new common letter of recommendation. The Common LOR will provide a single set of questions for recommenders whose answers will be sent to participating schools. It will help ease the burden of recommenders because they will not have to write multiple letters for multiple schools for multiple students. The applicants will also benefit  because they will now  be more comfortable requesting letters from their busy mentors, professors, or employers. Participating schools (per the Ross admissions blog)  include Michigan … Continue reading

School Representatives Share their Insights at AIGAC Conference at MIT- Part 1

The  AIGAC  conference was held at Cambridge/Boston from June 14-16 Admissions consultants from around the world met with admissions directors from most of the top schools at the MIT. The MIT Panel discussions on the first day (June 14)  provided valuable insights into various offerings by the school. On the second day ( June 15), representatives from more than 20 business schools attended the conference  and shared their insights on admission trends, challenges,  and client expectations/questions. The topics of panel discussed included career services, common Questions from applicants, applicant  expectations’,  and executive programs. Below are highlights of the panel discussion … Continue reading

Tuck’s Views on the Use of Admissions Consultants

Admissions consultants from around the world met with admissions directors from most of the top schools at the AIGAC conference this month.  The Tuck admissions team had invited AIGAC members (Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants)  and and had offered them valuable insights on  Tuck’s offerings and resources . It was an extremely engaging and rewarding conference. In the following blog, Tuck made it very clear that its OK to take admission consultants’ assistance. In their words, “Reputable consultants have experience in MBA programs and a broad understanding of the variety of schools out there……… Consultants can also assist on the … Continue reading