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

MBA Application Essays- 10 Common Mistakes You Should Avoid

Essays are the most critical part of the application package for business schools that showcase those aspects of the  applicants’ profile which other parts of their application package do not reveal. B-schools use essays as tools to know their prospective candidates outside of the typical academic and professional environment. When working with the B-school applicants on their application essays in the past five years, I have come across the following common mistakes which, I believe, can be easily avoided with careful thought and preparation. 1.  Insufficient Time: Year after year, I have noticed that some applicants do not give themselves … Continue reading

UT Austin McCombs MBA Essay Questions Analysis – 2016-17

There is no major change in the essay prompts of this year. Like last year, McCombs business school asks its applicants to write two required essays and one optional essay. However, both the essays have been tweaked a little bit.  Also, one of the communication methods (about.me option) for the first question has been dropped. MBA application deadlines Round 1: Application deadline: October 11, 2016 at 11:59pm CT,   Decision date: December 20, 2016 Round 2: Application deadline: January 10, 2017 at 11:59pm CT,  Decision date: March 29, 2017 Round 3: Final application deadline: April 4, 2017 at 11:59pm CT, Decision … Continue reading

Emory / Goizueta MBA Essay Questions Tips 2016-17

The essay prompts for this year’s application remain unchanged from the prior year. Like last year, applicants are asked to respond to four brief required prompts. They can also write an optional essay. However, re-applicants are asked to answer three additional essay prompts (one more than last year). Emory Goizueta 2016-17  MBA Application Deadlines: Application Deadline  Decision Notification  Round 1 October 14, 2016 December 1, 2016 Round 2* November 11, 2016 January 26, 2017 Round 3** January 4, 2017 March 3, 2017 (Domestic and One-Year Int’l) March 10, 2017 (2 Year International) Round 4 March 10, 2017 Rolling (One-Year) April … Continue reading

An Indian Female Candidate’s Journey to Booth

   Poonam, founder and president of myEssayReview, is publishing interviews of her most successful students of 2015-16 application season.  This is the latest in the series. Here is a chat with Ritika, now a first year student of the weekend MBA program at the prestigious Booth. Poonam: Can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad? What do you do now? Ritika: Of course! I am from the capital of India, Delhi. I would describe myself as a kind of traveler who is always on the move. I … Continue reading

School Selection- Choosing the Right B schools

At this time of  the year, some B school applicants have already selected their target schools after thorough research, while some are still trying to figure out which schools will best meet their requirements. Indeed, one of the most time consuming parts of the grueling MBA admission process is researching schools and selecting the ones that are the right ‘fit’.  There are hundreds of amazing programs, and there is plenty of information about each one of them.  Therefore, selecting the ones that will best match your credentials is indeed a daunting task.  However, with proper planning, research, and initiative, you … Continue reading

School Representatives Share their Insights at AIGAC Conference at MIT-Part 2

Admissions consultants from around the world met with admissions directors from most of the top schools at the 9th AIGAC  conference at MIT.  Held at MIT (June 14-15) with visits to Tuck (June 13), HBS (June 16), and Babson and Fletcher  (June 17), the conference was an enriching experience.  The MIT Panel discussions on the first day provided valuable insights into various offerings by the school. On the second day, representatives from more than 20 business schools attended the conference and shared their insights on admission trends, challenges, and client expectations/ questions. Below are highlights of the panel discussions on … 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

The Importance of Extracurricular Activities in B- School Applications

It is true that business schools evaluate candidates for their academic excellence, professional experience, leadership roles, and career progression. But they also give significant weight to their extracurricular and community service activities because they want candidates who are not just focused on work but are well- rounded and have other interests as well. Often, the applicants are so deeply involved in GMAT prep and professional commitments/accomplishments that they tend to ignore the importance of extra-curricular activities. Some candidates candidly confess that they do not have time for extracurricular activities, e.g. hobbies, sports, arts, and volunteering or community service. Please note … Continue reading