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New York 2006 Rank: 10 Tuition and Fees: $94,104 Applicants Accepted: 15% Pre-MBA/Post-MBA Pay in $ Thousands: 75.0/110.0 In Brief: Finance focus and access to Wall Street are pluses—or used to be before the investment banking industry collapsed. Columbia Profile Columbia on Business ExchangeThe Columbia GSB application dates for the 2015-2016 application cycle are out. Here are the facts of Columbia GSB you need to know:

All applications must be submitted by…

Stanford CampusThe Stanford Graduate School of Business application deadlines for the 2015-2016 application cycle are out. Here’s what you need to know.

There are three rounds. All materials must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

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The school will notify applicants of decisions by 5:00 p.m. Pacific on the date listed below for the three rounds.

Application Deadline Notification Date

HBSThe HBS MBA application dates for the 2015-2016 application cycle are out. Here are the facts you need to know: There are three rounds. All application materials have to be submitted online by noon EST.

ROUND 1 09 SEP 2015 DEC 2015
ROUND 2 06 JAN 2016 MAR 2016
ROUND 3 04 APR 2016 MAY 2016

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Columbia Graduate School of Business ProfileColumbia Business School’s Morningside Campus sits at the heart of New York City, in one of the greatest centers for business in the world. If you’re a person who likes to jump right in and be surrounded by all the action, Columbia may be a great fit for you.

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The MBA program at Columbia has a strong career focus, with several career-focused…

Executive MBAs are on the rise.

And choosing the one perfect for you can be a daunting task.

It’s an investment you are making in your education and career so you need to find the program that addresses most (if not all) of your needs.

There are many factors you will be considering when creating a shortlist, and a lot of advice will be thrown at you on how to make the right choice.

It can get very confusing.

So if you’re stuck with a long list of programs and have no way to shortlist…

Looking for tips on how to make your MBA application unique and compelling?

Wondering how you can use your MBA personal brand to stand out? And become the clear choice in the MBA applicant pool?

One thing is pretty clear to all MBA applicants:

Getting into an MBA program is not easy.

To say the least.

Even if you have impressive numbers on your resume, the right work experience, and an

Chioma discusses a prevalent technique in MBA interviews: behavioral interviewing.

You can expect at least a few behavioral questions at each of the top MBA programs.

Watch this video to learn more about how to tackle the behavioral interview.

You’ll find out how to prepare for this style of MBA interview and how to best convey your personal brand and increase your chances of MBA admissions.

Behavioral Interview

Prepare your resume for your MBA applicationIs your resume working as hard as it could be?

If you’re applying to business school then you almost certainly have a resume, and have some idea of how it should look.

But did you know that your resume will usually be the first thing the admissions committee see and will form their first impression of you? And we all know that first impressions count.

You might have a great resume in practice but if that isn’t communicated on…

Are you wondering how much time to spend on your MBA application?

Do you know how much time you should dedicate to your


With the recent changes to the admissions process at HBS and Wharton, it’s important to plan ahead and give yourself enough time to develop your best MBA application.

In this video, we give you a few tips on how much time you’ll want to spend preparing and developing your MBA application.

So, click here to watch the video now.

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MBA recommendation letterSo who’s writing your MBA recommendation letters?

Are they so busy that they’ve asked you to write the letter yourself?

Do your recommenders like you and support your reasons for going to b-school?

MBA recommendations  are important in the application evaluation process.

So I’ve put together a video that’ill help you get the best MBA recommendation letter.

But before we get to the video….

Why Are MBA Recommendation Letters So Important?

MBA recommendation letters  allow the MBA admissions board to get a first hand…

“Is it worth the time and resources to visit MBA programs before I apply?”

“Does it really matter if I visit my target schools?”

“Will it make a difference in my application if I attend an on-campus admissions seminar?”

These are some of the questions I’m often asked by applicants regarding campus visits.

The simple answer to these questions is yes.

But simply visiting a school is not enough.

You need to maximize your visit to make sure that you extract the right information about the program so you can decide whether it is indeed a good fit for you.

Are you struggling to decide whether to apply in a late round or postpone your application to the first round in the fall? 

There are so many opinions for and against applying to business school in a late round. The right answer depends on your particular situation.

In this post, I’ll outline the 3 evaluation criteria that MBA admissions boards use to evaluate MBA applications in late rounds.

I’ll also give you 4 questions to ask yourself to determine which…

Have your applications been denied? If so, it’s time to step back and gain new perspective on your brand, how this is conveyed throughout your application package and how well it fits with the programs to which you are applying, in order to re-craft your application for a successful MBA reapplication.

First, a fresh perspective begins with an unemotional look back. Start with honest self-reflection.

Become aware of how you projected yourself through your application.   Ask yourself these questions to evaluate if you made any common mistakes:

 – Your attitude: Did your attitude come across as forward looking and positive, projecting…

When you don’t get accepted to your MBA program of choice, it hits hard emotionally.

Candidates who are reeling from an MBA rejection are full of questions: “Why didn’t I get in?” and  “What did I do wrong?”

The emotional reasons for asking aside, your questioning is great because in asking these questions you are uncovering what needs to change when you reapply.

The truth is that there are three possible answers to your question:

1. You failed to make a clear case for being accepted.  Most applicants are rejected because they fail to make a clear case why they and the program are…

I don’t know a single person who enjoys rejection.  Rejection wasn’t the decision you’d hoped for and it can feel demotivating.  But, this isn’t the time to wallow.

Free yourself from the disappointment and regroup quickly!  It’s time to come up with a Plan B and to tackle that in such a way as to ensure success in the next time around!

Start by understanding why you didn’t get in the first time around. I wrote a piece for Poets and Quants on exactly this subject and encourage you to read it and consider which reason(s) may have…

Do your dreams include obtaining a MBA from a top school?  If so, you know that admission competition is fierce.

More applications are being submitted now than ever before and the candidate pool is highly qualified.  This means that achieving your dream will require advanced preparation on your part.

Specifically, there are four areas on which you can focus today to better your chances when you do apply to business school.

1)  Power-Up Your Profile.

Business schools admit candidates who have previously shown leadership skills, entrepreneurial interest, quantitative ability, civic-mindedness, and global awareness.

Keeping these qualities in mind, what have your existing experiences been?  In…

Over and over, clients ask me the same question, “should I apply in round one or round two?”  Each time, I offer the same answer.

I know that the answer is frustrating, but it is completely honest.  I tell them, “it depends.”  It is the truth: determining the best time to apply to business school depends on how prepared you are.

To evaluate your own readiness for round one MBA applications, ask yourself the following five key questions:

1. Are all of my essays in tip-top shape?

Do they tell a compelling story about who I am, the experiences that have shaped me…

Three Mistakes that Can Derail Your MBA Application

Mistake Three: Under-Valuing Your Recommendation Letter

The entire MBA application process was designed so that admissions boards can come to know the candidates who are
applying, so that they can understand what drives the candidate and what the candidate values.

For many, this is a straight-forward enough concept when it comes to writing about oneself in essays or submitting resume-type information.

Yet I often see clients struggle with this idea when it comes to requesting and obtaining quality recommendations.

Too often, I observe candidates who look upon the recommendation letter as simply a double-check that what they…

Are you a college junior or senior looking to apply for an MBA right out of college?

Are you a recent college grad with less than three years

of work experience, looking to apply for an MBA?

Applying for an MBA as an early career applicant is gaining in popularity.

For many early career applicants, the decision to apply early is based on cost.

(Read my blog post How Much Work Experience Do You Need to learn what happens when you make your decision to apply for an MBA based on the cost.)

Whether you are applying to business school in a few months or you are still a few years away from applying, it is important to consider how you can engage in a socially-driven project to make a meaningful difference that you can feel proud of, and strengthen your profile for your MBA application.

I came across a great organization, Catchafire, that matches volunteers with nonprofits in search of practical business skills.

This eharmony.com-like organization is not your standard volunteer opportunity; you do not have to build a house for Habit for Humanity and neither do you have to move to Latin…

Three Mistakes that Can Derail Your MBA Application

Mistake One: Too Little Preparatory Research

Between the excitement of confronting a new challenge and the crazy schedule of trying to balance work, activities and the application process, I’ve seen more than one MBA candidate jump too quickly into their application writing only to flounder later when they realized that their target school isn’t a good fit for their background and expertise or that they are unprepared to tackle the essays and interviews successfully.

Not doing enough research at the onset will backfire on you, causing you to undo and rework, and…

Three Mistakes That Can Derail Your MBA Application

Mistake Two: Skipping Over Self-Reflection

reflectionIf you are applying to top MBA programs, schools know you write well.  Evaluating writing ability is NOT why they require essays as part of your MBA application.

Rather, schools pose their questions out of a genuine interest in getting to know candidates on a personal level: they seek to understand who a candidate is, what they value, how they learn, and how self-aware they are.

They want to understand your personal brand.  Your personal brand is your life story, tied together by various themes to…

Many applicants underestimate how influential the MBA recommendation letters are during the admissions process.

Know that an admission board views a poor recommendation letter as indication that you have bad judgment.

Beyond that, they may also infer that your performance and impact are likely worse than the recommender implies, because the expectation is that a recommender will be polite at a minimum.  My advice . . . choose wisely!

Find out if your recommender is a true brand champion and an avid fan of yours.

If he/she is not, look to your other acceptable options, such as former supervisors, clients, or other employees…

It is important to get the MBA application timing right. If you apply too soon, such as when you don’t have enough materials to showcase your strengths, you could be denied admission.

Conversely, leaving it until too late in the game can also result in a denial.

You also want to be sure that you don’t apply with the attitude of “if it doesn’t work out now then I’ll just reapply next year” since the chances of gaining admission as a re-applicant are significantly less.

How Old Should I Be When I Apply to Business School?

The application timing should not simply be…

There are many things you can do with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod: listen to music, call your mother, check your email, tweet, play games, read books, and, thanks to a newly released app, study for the GMAT.

No longer does your studying have to be confined to a book or a desktop computer.

Launched May 25th, the official GMAT iPhone, iPad, and iPod app allows users to study, practice, and prepare for the test with more mobility than ever.

Here, we highlight some of the apps most helpful features.

GMAT to-go

The GMAT app allows you to maximize your free time and to…

A friend and I were talking about the importance of networking and how it often can yield great results…think that new job, a potential deal, even a new dynamic friendship.

I was reminded of the fact that this friend was able to start his hedge fund based on having gone to a dinner and meeting with a business woman who would later become a friend and mentor.

Long story short, she would eventually become his first investor in his fund.

But the value of networking extends also to applying to business school. What do I mean by that?

I’m not suggesting that candidates…

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is undergoing its biggest overhaul in years and applicants need to consider the implications that the change will have on their preparation.

Slated to launch June 2012, the GMAT will remove the second essay and a new section titled “Integrated Reasoning” will be added.

This section will require test takers to analyze and draw conclusions based on data presented in the form of charts, spreadsheets and graphs.

The idea is to assess the analytical skills of test takers to provide insight into the problem solving and critical reasoning skills that business schools value.

To learn more about…

With more business schools accepting the GRE, should applicants jump on this bandwagon and register for the GRE instead of the GMAT?

No. I continue to recommend taking the GMAT over the GRE, especially if you are from the more traditional backgrounds, such as private equity, banking, or consulting.

My first reason for taking this stand is that there is a lack of comparable data over long periods about the correlation between the GRE and performance in business school.

The second is that I am not convinced that when it comes to the admissions evaluation that the GRE is viewed with the…

Today, top business programs are seeing the highest GMAT scores ever.

Because of this, competition is greater for today’s applicants and applicants must make the GMAT a priority if they intend to give themselves a real shot at admission to a selective business school.

Assess Your Preparation Needs

As a first step you should determine your base score by taking a practice exam on MBA.com.

If you score 700 or above, you may find that personal study is enough to prepare you for the exam.

For those who are struggling to meet this threshold, a formal GMAT class or personal…

GSB and HBS have announced their MBA application deadlines. You can find their deadlines below.

Regarding which round applicants should target, the answer is “when you think you will have the strongest application”.

Ideally, you should target round one. It is still early enough in the process that if your dream is round one admission to your top schools you should be able to achieve it if you plan accordingly and avoid any major missteps.

As far as Stanford…