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Happy New Year!

A new year full of promise, and full of so many resolutions that could get you closer to your business school dreams.

Unfortunately, as we all know, starting the year off with multiple New Year’s resolutions often just means that most of those resolutions will fall by the wayside as the year progresses.

So, when it comes to making New Year’s resolutions as an MBA applicant, why not find one area where you can concentrate your energy to make the biggest difference?

A good way to do this is by starting with a mind map. Get out…

So you’re waitlisted at your dream school. It might feel like you’ve won the prize that no one really wanted: an indefinite extension of the MBA admissions season.

But the good news is that you’ve still got a real shot at admissions, even if the odds are stacked against you. Here are 10 steps to maximize your chances of moving off the waitlist and into next year’s MBA class. 

1. Understand the process

Every top B-school likes to think of themselves as unique, right down to how they manage the waitlist. Be sure to read the details of the waitlist process…

If you’re planning on making business school a part of your career path, it can be challenging to decide when to start the actual application process. How much time do you need to prepare for the GMAT? When should you ask people if they will write a recommendation letter for you? How long does it take to write a good MBA application essay?

Here’s the reality: if you know you want to go to business school, whether you’re planning on applying in the fall or just some time down the road, start working on your application now.

Don’t underestimate how…

It’s a great time to be a woman in business. According to a report by the Forté Foundation, the percentage of women enrolled in full-time MBA programs has been steadily increasing over the past few years. In 2011, women represented only one-third of all MBA students. Now, at top MBA programs across the country, such as Tuck, Booth, Haas, HBS, Kellogg and Yale, the percentage of women enrolled as MBA students is 40% or higher. 

With research reports and investigation stories on the issues of gender parity in the workplace, and the underlying factors behind traditionally male-dominated…

Personal branding, to those who don’t understand it, can often seem like whistles and bells with little substance. In fact, I have heard it described as such.

Yet, at EXPARTUS, we know firsthand the power branding has on MBA applicants’ overall application and the exceptional results it yields when applicants utilize this powerful process.

It is why, in the nearly 16 years I have run EXPARTUS, we have not deviated from the tried and tested Personal Branding System I created after working on the admissions board at Harvard Business School.

So, I wanted to share with our readers why it…

Wharton School of Business is known for its top-notch MBA curriculum, promising post-graduate employment opportunities, and hefty price tag.

The cost of attendance for a Wharton MBA will likely set you back at least $218,900 for the two-year program.

While many students opt to take out public and private loans to finance their MBA, there are other options available for the debt-averse. 

If you desire to attend Wharton, but are dismayed by the cost of the MBA, continue reading for more information about Wharton’s fellowships, and how you can craft an application that stands out for consideration. Be sure to…

For students who are finishing business school and considering a job in Africa, Harvard Business School is providing a little extra incentive: $150,000.

Recently, the school announced the launch of its Global Opportunity Fellowship, “GO: Africa” for short. The main requirement is to be an HBS alum who is going to work in Africa after graduation.

GO: Africa is intended to cover the difference between alums’ annual salaries and $100,000. The maximum award offered is $50,000 annually and $150,000 total. Starting with the Class of 2018, HBS students will be eligible for the award during the five…

There are a lot of ways you can rank MBA programs. Rankings like the ones from Financial Times and U.S. News use complex methodologies that combine factors ranging from alum earnings to admissions selectivity.

A simpler way of analyzing programs is just to look at which schools boast the highest average GMAT scores. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that top business schools tend to have impressive average GMATs. But what are the exact numbers in terms of how schools line up by GMAT score?

According to data from U.S. News, the top ten MBA programs with…

I’m often asked questions by MBA applicants regarding career choices and what they should do to prepare for their application. These questions can run the gamut, from whether to remain at a job or take on a different position, so when is the optimal time to apply for their MBA.

I’m going to address a question that I hear often from applicants that can be a tricky one to navigate.

Should I work at a top name firm versus a lesser known firm?

Answering this question thoroughly will depend on many factors including what the profile of the candidate looks…

MBA candidates typically approach admissions tests in one of two ways: either they determine their target schools first and then take and retake the GMAT (or GRE) until they have a competitive score; or they take the test first in order to determine which schools are realistic options for them to target.

There are pros and cons to both approaches. If you’ve planned your application strategy around a particular set of schools, only to discover that your GMAT and the totality of your application package doesn’t make you a good fit, it can be incredibly difficult to switch…

Cornell Business has a new Masters in Management, or MiM, program in the works, Business Because has revealed. Plans are currently underway for Cornell to become the latest United States school with an MiM offering in 2017.

With the launch of the program, Cornell will become part of a larger trend. The MiM, a general management degree popular in Europe, has been on the rise in the United States the last few years.

A few top U.S. schools like Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business have launched MiM…

Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business offers 2016-2017 MBA applicants four application rounds, beginning in early October. Those deadlines are:

– Early Action Round: October 5

– November Round: November 2

– January Round: January 4

– April Round: April 5

Tuck asks MBA applicants to complete two required essays, each focused on specific values that Tuck officials see as cornerstones of their program.

Tuck 2016-2017 Essay Tips and Application Deadlines

The 2016-2017 Tuck MBA admissions essays are:

– Tuck educates wise leaders who better the world of business. What are your short- and long-term goals? How will a Tuck…

For the 2016-2017 MBA application season, Yale School of Management is doing something a little differently. The school has released a new essay question for the first time since 2014.

This year’s essay continues the Yale SOM trend of paring down their essays to the bare minimum, from  four separate questions for the 2012-2013 to a single, two-sentence question in 2014, to this year’s sparse eight-word question:

Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made.

Admissions director Bruce DelMonico used the essay question announcement to mention one other piece of news, that the school would be retaining their sliding-scale application fee,…

Unlike many other American MBA programs, Columbia Business School has only two admissions deadlines – early and regular decision. Those deadlines are:

– Early Decision: October 5

– Regular Decision: April 12

The later deadline gives you a bit more time to focus on their three essay questions, which total a maximum of 1,500 words. Columbia Business School’s 2016 MBA essays are:

– Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals going forward, and how will the Columbia MBA help you achieve them? (100-750 words)

– Columbia Business School’s students participate…

There’s some luck involved in MBA admissions, but that doesn’t mean you have to just throw the dice and wait to see how things turn out. There are a lot of things in your control you can do to make sure the odds are more in your favor.

Here are 6 ways you can improve your MBA admissions chances starting right now.

1. Do something you’re passionate about

The truth is that many applicants turn in MBA applications devoid of any genuine passion or enthusiasm. So adcoms read these applications and immediately forget them – you can’t bore your way into B-school.

If you got off to a rocky start in college or hit a rough patch in your studies, it doesn’t necessarily have to derail your B-school plans – even if it puts a dent in your GPA.

In fact, business schools love a good turnaround story. Pulling yourself back up from academic failure can demonstrate other qualities like being able to recover from adversity. If you change your trajectory after getting off to a bad start in college, that can become a compelling narrative in your application.

Not convinced? Let me tell you about someone who’s an extreme example of this.


Round 1 B-School deadlines are coming up this fall, and now is the time to get yourself poised to submit an application that stands out. Join us for a free one-hour admissions webinar on April 28 at 12:00 PM EST!

At the webinar, I’ll be answering whatever admissions questions you want to bring. Based on my experience reviewing applications as a Harvard Business School adcom member and helping people get into top business schools with EXPARTUS, I’ll be giving an inside view of B-school admissions.

We’ll also cover several topics that will give you practical ideas on how to take…

People sometimes ask me if it’s worth visiting a school they’re interested in. This is an easy one: yes, absolutely!

While visiting the MBA schools you’re interested in might not be practical if you’re an international applicant, you should make a visit to campus a priority if at all possible.

Passing up an opportunity to visit a school you’re interested in can come back to bite you later on. I know of one waitlisted applicant who received feedback that not visiting factored into his admission decision.

In his case, he’d thought a visit wasn’t necessary since he already knew the school well…

Deciding between multiple MBA programs you’ve been admitted to is the best kind of dilemma to have, but it’s still a dilemma. It’s easy to feel torn.

We had an applicant we worked with at EXPRTUS who ended up with a good result at the end of the application process: she was accepted to both Kellogg and Yale.

But this success forced her to make a decision she struggled with: on one hand, Kellogg had more cachet as an MBA program. On the other hand, Yale had more recognition as a university brand than Northwestern. So, go with the higher-ranked MBA…

After going through the MBA application process, getting a rejection at the end can be a shock. Like any kind of bad news, different people have different reactions, but there are a few common emotions that tend to surface.

The first is anger. It can be incredibly frustrating to go through all the  the work of applying and then get rejected in the end. “How could this happen after I put so much into my application?” you might wonder.

Anger can cloud your judgment and make you lose patience, both of which will work against you if you decide to reapply…

Getting waitlisted for business school might be the most nerve-wracking admissions decision you can get. Just when you thought you were finally going to get a “yes” or a “no,” you get a “maybe…we’ll see what happens.”

Despite the name, being on the “waitlist” doesn’t mean you should just wait around crossing your fingers for something good to happen. Rather, getting waitlisted opens up a new phase in your application, and you can be proactive about forming a plan of what to do next.

The first thing to do when you find out you’ve been waitlisted is absorb this information. It’s…

If you’ve been admitted to business school, the first thing to do is celebrate! You made it, and all your hard work paid off.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t work still to be done!

Before committing, you want to research the school you’ve been admitted to in depth to make sure you know exactly what you’re buying. If you haven’t visited yet, visit now so you can meet students and faculty, sit in on classes and see what things are like on campus.

Even if you have already visited, take advantage of admitted students events. They’ll give you a chance to…

Get Admitted to B-SchoolIt isn’t easy to get into a top business school.
Not when most MBA programs reject over 80% of applicants.
So what can you do to gain admission to your target school?

You need to understand what successful applicants do right that gets them into their target MBA schools.

Admitted applicants are able to define and communicate a compelling personal brand.

Dream B-School

Admission to your target business school requires effective marketing

To find out how you too can differentiate yourself and secure admission to your target school, you need…

harvard-business-schoolThere are several reasons that Harvard Business School is one of the top-ranked and most commonly recognized business schools in the world.One of these is simply longevity.

The HBS MBA program was the first of its kind in the world when it debuted in 1908. Another reason is the real-world applicability of its curriculum.

Harvard Business School

Students at HBS work closely together on more than 500 case studies throughout their time in the program, developing innovative strategies to deal with problems as…