Good times & a great education in Austin! UT Austin Essay Analysis: 2013 – 2014

Don’t mess with Texas McCombs!  McCombs is a unique MBA program combining a small, tight-knit group of MBA students in a young, vibrant city (Austin, TX) with a program focused on building the next set of global leaders.  McCombs is built on four key pillars:  1) Knowledge and understanding; 2) Responsibility and integrity; 3) Communication […]

A Midwestern Dream! Kellogg Essay Analysis: 2013 – 2014

Kellogg is probably best known for its marketing program, but nearly equally publicized is its focus on teamwork and leadership.  The Kellogg MBA essays reflect this focus as the topics inquire about your leadership experiences, how others perceive you, and your differentiating factors.  Map out a plan for what you want to focus on and […]

Battling for Bay Area Supremacy – Haas Essay Analysis 2013-2014

University of California Berkeley (Haas) – 2013-2014 Essay Analysis While Haas’ MBA neighbor across the bay certainly gets a lot of the attention in the Bay area, Haas is one of the unquestionable leaders in the global MBA world and considered to be a top 10 global business school in the eyes of many.  The […]

Stanford Graduate School of Business – 2013-2014 Essay Analysis

Stanford GSB is generally somewhat unique in its essay questions.  They genuinely attempt to get to know your personality and interests to see what makes you tick.  In essay 1, almost like a law school personal statement, they want to know what matters most to you and why.  In essay 2, they want to dig […]

The “New York Advantage” – We’ve got Columbia Business School Covered

Columbia Business School’s essays have been modified a bit from last year, but the information they are trying to elicit remains the same: Why is CBS a good fit for you?  What are your career plans? How can you differentiate yourself from other candidates?  The short answer question asks you to articulate your career goals, […]

HBS releases their application and we analyze

That’s right– Harvard Business School’s 2013-2014 essays are out, and it’s not even time to put on shorts, at least where I live (stop bragging, SoCal/Florida).  Thus the trend continues: the season continues to start earlier and earlier.  Soon enough, we’ll be starting essay questions around Valentine’s Day!  Enough admissions banter…on to business. HBS continues […]

Choosing the Right MBA Program – It’s All About Fit

When I was applying to business school, I wanted to make sure I got in somewhere. I applied to 7 schools ranging from the selective to the very selective, and I hoped one of them would come through. When the decisions came in, I found that I had gained admission to the two highest ranked […]

Candidate Q&A: A trade-off between experience & GMAT score

A question from a prospective MBA candidate: I’m concerned about my GMAT score.  I know there is a trade-off between work experience and GMAT and I’m trying to find the balance.  What would be the ideal experience in years that B-schools would consider for lower GMAT scores? Please let me know. Admit Advantage: I think […]

Demonstrate how you will contribute to the school

Today, we found ourselves chatting with multiple clients who were focused so intently on everything they were going to take from their MBA programs (including roommates’ jewelry – kidding…) that they weren’t paying attention to what admissions officers are obsessed with:  How will this person enhance or contribute to the school? Every program, and certainly […]

An alum is going to get me in!

As MBA admissions consultants we frequently talk to MBA candidates that are confident that someone they know can get them into the business school of their choice.  Their manager is an alum, their best friend is a 2nd year student, or their uncle has his name on one of the bricks in the courtyard of […]