Businessweek recently reported that MBA applications are down at 21 of the top 30 full-time MBA programs as well as seven of the top 10 business schools. Read the full article. Here's what we think are the most important ideas:
- Stanford saw the biggest dip in application volume of the top 10 schools, with 586 fewer applications this year, an 8 percent decline from 2010.
- The smaller pipeline of MBA applications this year meant that getting into some of the top business schools has become easier.
- Two-thirds of the top 30 business schools admitted a larger percentage of applicants this year, up from one-third the year before.
- Not all business schools saw a decrease. Schools climbing the Financial Times list, such as Tuck and Darden, experienced an increase in applications, probably due to their increased popularities.
Our advice: Stronger candidates with better applications are likely to benefit from this climate. You should submit the best application you possible can. Don't try to use the statistics as an excuse to slack.
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BusinessWeek Online has made MBA sample application essays from the book Great Application Essays for Business School available. The essays cover all the topics for 71 different business schools for this year and/or the most frequently appearing essays. All of the essays have been written by admitted students, so you know they have worked before. Use these essays to help you frame your essay during the brainstorming session before you write the essay or write the essays and then read over these to ensure you nailed the topic. Do NOT copy any ideas or phrases from these essays. Business schools have started integrating sophisticated plagiarism software into their review of b-school application essays.
You can read essays from applicants to USA and international business schools including:
Indian School of Business
London Business School
Manchester Business School
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With more business school applicants and a longer, more complicated application process, many b-school admissions committees are crafting short answer questions that require a focused and succinct answer. Often, they want a simple, clear statement of your goal or goals, not the usual fluff that they read in longer application essays. This sample question from Columbia gets to the heart of the matter, Twitter-style.
Short Answer Question: What is your post-MBA professional goal? (200 characters maximum)
Columbia has conveniently provided a few sample answers as well. Here the aspects we believe you can analysis and reproduce in your own short answers.
“After my MBA I want to build my expertise in the energy sector and learn more about strategy and decision making by joining a consulting firm specializing in renewable energy and power companies.”
Our analysis: Notice that the "After my MBA" introductory phrase refers back to the question and puts the answer in the proper time frame. Adding a comma after MBA is a stylistic preference that is grammatical acceptable. The answer states the specific industry, type of company, and speciality of the company that the applicant wants to join post-MBA as well as what the applicant hopes to learn.
“After my MBA I hope to work in business development for a media company that is expanding its market share in Asia.”
Our analysis: Although this candidate is not sure what she wants to learn, she is specific about the role she will perform, type of company, goals of the company, and geographic region.
“My short term goal is to work with an investment firm that utilizes public private partnerships to invest in community development projects.”
Our analysis: The applicant uses a different, but just as effective transition to begin his response. His answer is specific, yet general: we know the type of company and company mission, but we don't know his role or the company's geographic region.
Your ideal answer will combine all the best elements from the above response, while be a reflection of your true goals.
Here's another question that we are frequently asked:
I'm applying to university. What should I put on an activities resume'?
Think of an activities resume' as a list and description of your extracurricular activities during or outside of school. In general, it should include the following categories and information:
You should put this information into a resume' template like the ones you find in the Microsoft Word templates or on Monster.com. Be sure it's only a page!
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With SAT season upon us, many of our students have been asking whether they should use the new SAT Score Choice. The answer to that question, like those to many questions in life, is...IT DEPENDS. It depends on your profile, your year in high school, your goals, your situation, your colleges and universities. Lots of factors!
To keep it simple, different situations can be grouped into several scenarios. See if you fit one of them:
1. I'm in my last year in high school and this is my first time taking the SAT. I do not intend to take it again. It does not matter if you choose Score Choice because you will only have one set of scores to send to universities.
2. I'm in my last year in high school and this is my first time taking the SAT. I do intend to take it again. I would not recommend sending your scores to schools. If you score well on the SAT this time, you can always have those scores sent to the universities later. If you don't do well, universities will have a copy of your scores, which means if you do better the second time, they will see both scores anyway. You should select Score Choice the second time so that universities will see your best score.
3. I'm in my junior year of high school and I want to see how I would do on the SAT without much preparation. If you're taking the SAT as practice, I do not recommend sending your scores to universities. Once again, if they see these scores and your future scores, they will already know your complete scoring profile.
4. I'm in my junior year of high school and I have been preparing to take the SAT all summer. I have not taken the SAT before.In this scenario, selecting Score Choice does not matter because you only have one set of scores.
5. I'm in my junior year of high school and I have been preparing to take the SAT all summer. I have taken the SAT before and I'm sure I will score higher this time. Bingo! This student should use Score Choice. This new set of scores will be higher than the previous ones and it benefits the student to show only the highest scores.
APPLY ME overall recommendations:
- Don't send scores to any universities until you completely finish the SAT testng process. You're offered four free scores but if you send scores every time, Score Choice won't matter because universities will have all your scores. Wait until you're completely finished taking the SAT, then send scores.
- Send the best scores from each category (Math, Reading, Writing), NOT NECESSARILY the best overall score. Many universities select the best test scores from each category and put them together for your new admissions composite score. If you select to send only one set of test scores, you may be hurting your chances of getting in.
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