Do you wonder what top business school admissions officers really care about when they consider your application? Which factor do admissions committees really think is the most important part of your application? What is it that gives you an edge over the competition?
We surveyed top business schools, and you can sit in with our panel of business school admissions officers and experts as they discuss—and debate—our findings.
Get the answers to these questions:
- What’s the most important b-school admissions factor?
- What’s the biggest application killer?
- How important is the GMAT Integrated Reasoning score?
The 2nd Annual Business School Admissions Officer Survey Debrief will be free, live, and online on Tuesday, November 12, from 9:00 – 10:00 pm ET. Register now to reserve your seat and join us to hear admissions officers tell all.
In a recent US News article, Get Ready for MBA Application Videos, a burgeoning trend in b-school applications is highlighted: the video interview. Unlike traditional interviews conducted face-to-face or even their more modern counterparts, interviews conducted via video conference software such as Skype or FaceTime, these interviews are recorded by the applicant and viewed during the application review process by admissions committee members.
In a previous Kaplan GMAT blog post, MBA Admissions Decisions: A Fly on the Wall, I linked to an interesting exposé on the admissions process at one of the world’s top b-schools: The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Much to the delight of Rotman, when the PR rain comes, … Read full post
Washington University Olin Business School prides itself with rigorous training for business professionals who want only the best in critical thinking and communication. Located in St. Louis, Washington, this school promotes applied learning through advanced business concepts.
- Olin Business School has 279 full-time students and 357 part-time students enrolled.
- The business school offers students a way to combine business curriculum with other areas of interest including architecture, biomedical engineering and public health studies.
- The cost to attend Washington University’s business school is $47, 800 for each semester with an estimated $104, 600 in total costs for the complete program.
- The average GMAT scores for students accepted is 697, and the average GPA is 3.32.
- Olin Business School has a whopping 96% job offer rate for graduate students.
Student and Campus Culture
Some of you may know, but many don’t, that I am currently in my last year of the MBA Program at Berkeley, Haas. It has been an amazing experience, but that is the subject of another post…or perhaps a whole series of them. For now, let’s just say that that experience has been shaped and informed by at least three main factors: 1) the people I have come to know, 2) the classes and curriculum, and 3) the location and connection of Berkeley with all things Silicon Valley. It’s the intersection of the last two that leads me to the subject of this blog post.
I am currently taking a class called Venture Capital and Private Equity. In this class, we look at the whole innovation ecosystem from the venture capital perspective and learn to evaluate the industry and companies from that side of the table. This is very … Read full post
The Olin Business School is a top business school located at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. The school prides itself on a flexible curriculum that allows students to engage in career experiences each and every semester. Many of these fieldwork opportunities are completed abroad.
Olin by the Numbers
- The Olin Business School enrolls 1,185 graduate students in its MBA, Masters, and PhD programs.
- Olin’s primary strength is in finance in the Midwestern U.S.
- Tuition for the full-time MBA, which is similar to other programs, is $49,700 per year.
- Average salary at graduation is $94,762.
- 96% of students had job offers within 3 months of graduation.
- Financial services is a top industry, with Citibank a top employer.
- The Olin School is selective, with about 34% of students admitted. On average, admitted students in the class of 2014 had a GMAT score of 698.
Student life at the … Read full post
Anyone thinking about going to business school knows the value proposition includes networking. When I was asking around my social circle about what an MBA education was all about one close friend told me that 50% of the value was in the education itself and the other 50% came from the relationships you build while in school. The education-to-network breakdown fluctuates widely for different individuals, but a 50/50 split is a reasonable generalization.
The expectations around network-building likely involve your classmates, other b-schoolers you might meet at business competitions, and perhaps even outside professional relationships founded via an internship. Each expected source is reasonable, valuable, and realistic. However, an oft overlooked and severely under-valued source for enriching relationships the diverse, highly intelligent, experienced, and invested group of individuals that comprise your institution’s teaching faculty.
The Isenberg School of Management is a part of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts, and one thing you’ll notice about the school is that your virtual presence is just as important as your physical presence. Read below and you’ll find out why.
- There are around 65 full-time students enrolled across all years of the MBA program.
- The school has a strong part-time MBA program.
- One year of in-state, full-time tuition comes to $2,620 while out-of-state students pay $9,937 per year, while all part-time students play $667.
- The average base salary is $82,900 for graduates of the MBA program.
- According to U.S. News & World Report, 55% of full-time graduates of the Class of 2012 were employed upon graduation.
- The majority of students went into consulting upon graduation.
- According to U.S. News & World Report, the incoming class of 2012 had an acceptance rate of 24.9%,
Kaplan’s Road to Business School Events are underway! Check the fair schedule, or choose to join one of our live online events. This is a great way to learn about the school’s that you’re interested in.
We have one more school to showcase for you, Boston College Carroll School of Management. Have a read and don’t hesitate to join us for our Road to Business School events!
While Chestnut Hill, MA, near Boston is home to many things, the one the aspiring business enthusiast will be most interested in hearing about is the Boston College Carroll School of Management. It’s a powerful school that puts leadership skills and communal development at the forefront of its curriculum, which is set against the backdrop of golden New England foliage. While that sentence in itself might tantalize, you’ll want to read on to really wet your whistle.
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Our first Road to Business School event happens tomorrow in Chicago with the next one coming up this Saturday in Los Angeles. Still, we have just a few schools left to share with you. This week, University of Iowa Tippie School of Management, their focus creating leaders to make a better world.
Ever wanted to study on the banks of a river? Well, even if you’ve never thought about it, by going to the University of Iowa Tippie School of Management you’ll be doing just that. Located in Iowa City, Iowa along the banks of the Iowa River, this business school successfully combines a small learning community with the resources of one of the largest schools in the country.
- MBA Class of 2014 has 56 students enrolled.
- School specializes in accounting.
- Cost of tuition for Iowa residents is $19,246 per year while out-of-state students pay $35,314 per year.
Kaplan’s Road to Business School events are getting started this week. These events are designed to help you get to know the schools that you are thinking about applying to. Each school has a unique culture and looks for specific things in the people it admits to its program. To learn more about Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, watch the video above and then sign up for an onsite event or the virtual fair.