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What is your Business School Social Scene?

January 30, 2015 by

You’ve heard a lot about taking the GMAT, applying to MBA programs, and structuring your business school education, but maybe you haven’t heard—or even thought—so much about the business school social scene.

This depends, of course, on the kind of social animal you are, as well as the kind of social scenes out there in the business school culture. Do you work hard and play hard, living every day to its fullest and every night to its dawn, attending (or throwing!) outrageous theme parties?

Or do you enjoy a subtler existence, your idea of a good time going out to dinner with a handful of close friends who can simultaneously challenge and support one another? Maybe you’re the networking type, or maybe you just want to bunker down, focus hard on earning your MBA, and possibly find time for a sweetheart?

Whatever your social lifestyle preference, there’s a … Read full post

The Truth Behind MBA Application Essays, and Tips to Improve Yours

January 29, 2015 by

Kaplan annual survey of admissions officers from business schools, graduate schools, law schools, medical schools, and colleges across the nation is in, and we’ve got the newly released findings about the trends and practices that will help you navigate business school admissions and get into those elite MBA programs. The hot topic of 2014’s survey, reflecting trends that will continue into 2015? Business schools slashing the number of application essays they require, or the word count therein.

While it’s true that some of the most competitive programs like Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and Wharton have instituted some version of the application essay slash, Kaplan’s research has found that the practice might not live up to the popularity its high-profile frontrunners have bestowed upon it. Only 13% of the more than 200 business schools that participated in our survey say they have cut the number of essays or words … Read full post

MBA News: Third-Round Applicants Get a Second Look

January 23, 2015 by

From a possible silver lining for third-round MBA applicants, to how Chinese proverbs may identify problems in U.S. MBA education, to bragging rights about startups, here’s the latest in MBA news from media outlets around the world.

Third-round may no longer mean third-rate

The conventional wisdom about applying to business school has long been that the early bird catches the worm, but is it time to rethink that idea? Applying third round used to send a not-so-subtle message that you may be, well, a procrastinator, and it’s also been said that third-round applicants are at a distinct disadvantage to those who apply earlier since most spots—and scholarships—are already gone by that point. (Poets & Quants) However, some business school admissions officers are saying that third-round applicants these days are unconventional but appealing. (The Wall Street Journal)

There’s a new ranking category in town

It’s no secret … Read full post

Sticking with Your GMAT Test Prep New Year’s Resolutions

January 21, 2015 by

If you’re anything like us, you probably started out 2015 with a long list of New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you wanted to:

  • get a better job
  • earn more money
  • learn a new skill
  • better yourself 

Sound familiar? Perhaps you even scrapped one or two of these resolutions, thinking that your passing ambitions were too high for your daily commitment. However, there’s one way that you can tackle all of these resolutions at once in 2015: by applying to business school.

Think about it—whether you’re realizing a lifelong dream of finally taking the plunge to earn your MBA from a top business school or simply making a responsible move for your professional and financial future, getting your MBA can have countless benefits in the years to come.

Now that you’re a month or so into 2015, those resolutions may already seem far away and irrelevant. However, this is … Read full post

Top MBA Programs in Europe

January 15, 2015 by

When it comes to choosing a business school, the majority of people (56.4%) cite ranking and reputation as the most important factors in selecting their MBA program or specialized masters. While you may be familiar with the top MBA programs in America, at schools like Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Wharton, and MIT, you shouldn’t discount some of the high-ranking schools that Europe has to offer.

Why choose a European MBA program?

There are many reasons you might opt to study in Europe over the US. Not only would you get the opportunity to experience a whole new culture, but 29 of the top 100 MBA universities are located in Europe, according to The Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2014 List. Also, with state-of-the-art technology and facilities and great scholarship and funding opportunities, European universities tend to offer a good value for your money—and therefore a good ROI, or … Read full post

MBA News: A Return to Wall Street, Top MBA Programs in Europe

January 6, 2015 by

From a possible comeback for an MBA-starved Wall Street to the vocal disapproval of one Harvard Business School student, as well as the announcement of the top MBA program in Europe, let’s dig in to recent MBA news!

For decades, MBA graduates of a certain caliber had only Wall Street in their sights. The idea of starting their post-graduate careers anywhere else was simply anathema. Increasingly, however, the financial district of lower Manhattan is losing its luster—something that probably dates back to the economic crisis of 2008. Even though Wall Street itself has recovered magnificently, it’s no longer attracting young MBA blood in droves—a damaged reputation and flat salaries took care of that. But is a comeback ahead? (Poets & Quants)

One international student at Harvard Business School (HBS) is charging other students from his home country who also attend this top MBA program with prioritizing the party … Read full post

3 Signs a Business Degree Is Right for You

December 26, 2014 by

Thinking about taking the GMAT and applying to business school? Your head is probably spinning with the possibilities of what you might study, which school you might select (and which one might select you), and the steps you will need to take to earn your business degree.

Before you get too deep into the process, however, you should ask yourself: Why business school? Is an MBA right for me? Oh, sure, you should think about this for crafting the personal statement on your business school application, but it’s also important to consider in terms of your own long-term career goals and self-reflection. Being confident in your choices and motivated in your life’s direction can help inform your path to business school success.

Forbes and the Huffington Post have pointed out lots of less-than-ideal reasons why students choose to take the GMAT and go for an MBA. … Read full post

MBA News: What Does an MBA Cost From a Top Business School?

December 22, 2014 by

From bargaining for scholarships and the increasing tuition of MBAs at America’s top business schools, to an inspiring rags-to-riches story and bizarre PayPal policies, there’s a lot to share. Let’s dig into this week’s MBA news!

What you don’t know can cost you

One of the biggest misconceptions about going for your MBA is that there is little scholarship money or financial aid, beyond loans, to be had to help you offset your MBA cost. That’s a VERY expensive misconception. The reality is that, depending on your needs and merits, business schools have plenty of scholarship money to award to high-achieving students. Ever seen their endowment figures?

Our advice to prospective students applying to those top business schools: package yourself the best you can and learn the art of the bargain. Be respectful and proactive when it comes to financial aid. The worst they can say is no. (Poets Read full post

Is an MBA Worth It?

December 15, 2014 by

The price tag of an MBA and the rising debt of newly-minted business school graduates could make anyone stop and second guess their plans to return to business school, leaving them wondering, Is an MBA worth it? It’s important, however, to consider the cost of business school an investment—it’s certainly what the top MBA programs do, emphasizing the “investment” factor over the price of tuition. Frankly, we agree.

While you can’t ignore the $42,000 in debt that the average MBA grad accumulates, you can weigh that initial investment against future earnings and career trajectory to make an informed decision about how the return on investment (ROI) of an MBA figures into your future. Here are some things to consider about the ROI of an MBA that will help you answer the question, Is an MBA worth it?

The ROI of a top-10 MBA program

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MBA Rankings, Record Salaries, and Women MBAs in Business School News

December 12, 2014 by

From Duke and Yale University’s new spots in MBA rankings and which MBA programs have produced the most billionaires, to programs geared toward women MBAs, lucrative compensation packages, and—everybody’s favorite—infographics, let’s dig into the latest in business school news.

Who’s rising in MBA rankings?

While Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business is basking in the glow of capturing top billing in last week’s new Bloomberg BusinessWeek MBA rankings, the biggest winners on the 2014 list are the near-dozen other MBA programs who made big strides.

The most noteworthy improvement belongs to Yale University’s School of Management, which jumped 15 spots to sixth place—its highest spot ever in any of the major (and many) rankings. (Poets & Quants)

Want to be a billionaire?

You’re in good company among the MBA crowd. Check out this list of MBA programs that have produced the most billionaires. None of the contenders will … Read full post

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