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When you consider all the steps involved in applying to business school, from researching schools, to visiting campuses, to studying for those dreaded tests, to telling your boss you are considering going to business school, to deciding on the schools to which you will apply, to settling down to write your application, it can feel very overwhelming. And with good reason.

On top of all that, you are juggling a hectic work schedule and wondering how the heck you will fit everything in.

An important approach to applying successfully to your dream school involves having a strategy in place…

A recent conversation with one of my colleagues about how the right essay topic can be a make or break in getting applicants into their target business school reminded me that this is such an important message for applicants to keep in mind when writing their essays.

I am sharing the key points we discussed here because I realize that this simple step can give MBA applicants a significant boost in their application.

So here are the key things to keep in mind:

– You can be the best writer in the world and your essay can be well-written. However,…

Yesterday was Thanksgiving, an important American holiday that brings friends and families together. I want to remind applicants to stay positive and thankful as they go through the application process regardless of the outcome.

Here are a few reminders of this.


Were you rejected from your round one schools? This is a blow. But it isn’t the end of your B-School dream. If you didn’t get into any of the schools you applied to in the first round, take heart, round two provides another chance. But before you rush off and send out your applications, you should pause and get…

So much has been written about when you should apply to business school. There are tons of articles about the average age for US schools (27-28 years) and international schools (29 years). A lot has been written about when to apply, round one versus round two. And articles abound on the transformative impact of the MBA degree.

All these articles have shaped the topic of applying to business school a bit narrowly. It’s more than whether you are the right age. Without a doubt the degree can be life-changing for many applicants. But that isn’t necessarily the case…

15 minutes! That’s what your business school application gets.

It’s tempting to want to pack your application with as much information as possible. After all, there are so many reasons why you should be accepted!

But the reality is that you have a quarter of an hour to catch adcoms’ attention. As much as you might feel the urge to go over the word limit, don’t!

When you sit down to write your essay, you might think of more and more tiny details that you could include to give adcoms a better sense of who you are. “Hey, maybe I…

Are you thinking of applying for a Wharton MBA? With Round 1 rejections and interview invitations rolling out this week, now is the time for candidates to start seriously preparing for their Round 2 applications.

While the essays questions that Wharton asks have not changed since last year, there are two important parts of the application process that applicants do need to be aware of: the requirements for Letters of Recommendation, and the prompt for the Team-Based Discussion.

Letters of Recommendation

In past years, Wharton has been on board with the growing trend for business schools to simplify and streamline…

In the twenty years I have been in the admissions business I have come across many interesting questions from applicants. I’m sometimes struck by the wrong perception applicants have and I’ll highlight some of the important ones that I believe serious business school applicants should know the answer to before they apply to their dream schools.

The questions include the following:

– Do I really need to know why I want the MBA?

Yes, you do. You may not have all the details figured out but you need to have a general sense of what is missing in your current…

It might feel like your business school application essay can never be good enough. So how do you know when you’ve got an essay that’s ready for showtime?

Every B-school application essay is different, but there are some key requirements an essay has to meet to stand out in the competitive MBA application evaluation process.

Here are some simple questions you should ask yourself to make sure your essay is doing what it’s supposed to – winning over the hearts of the adcom reading it and convincing them that you deserve a spot at their prestigious school.

– Does it…

The trend in MBA admissions recently has been to require fewer – and often shorter – essays from b-school applicants. And while it’s nice not to have to write a short novel for every school you apply to, it also means that the pressure on that single essay is ever greater.

There is a lot of advice out there about how to write an effective application essay, but if you’re short on time, there are two pieces of advice that you absolutely must follow if you want to write an essay that will get you admitted:

Key #1…

What’s the difference between a 2.2 and a 2:2? A lot!

A 2.2 GPA in the United States’ system is essentially a D average. A 2:2 in the British system is a second-class lower, which is a significantly better academic record.

Something as trivial as a period vs. a colon can make or break your application.

If you accidentally misrepresent a 2:2 as a 2.2, there’s no reason to believe adcoms are going to take the time to go through your transcripts and find the mistake. A typo can get your application tossed in the reject pile.

There are many little…

When you think about how important an MBA application is – it’s your shot at gaining admission into a program that will require two years away from your career, which will likely cost you upward of $100,000, and which has the potential to completely change your post-graduation career trajectory and financial outlook – it’s almost amazing just how little information candidates are actually required to pull together.

Realistically, most business schools ask for just a couple of things: an application, undergrad transcripts, a test score (or perhaps two, if English is not your native language), some recommendation letters,…