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How to Answer Stanford GSB’s Essay: What Matters Most To You and Why?

Sep. 9th, 2021 | by: Matt Symonds

In opening its application for the 2020-2021 cycle, Stanford GSB demonstrated that its iconic essay question persists for well over a decade. Stanford’s “What matters most to you, and why?” query embodies the sentiment ‘simple but not easy.’ It demands a level of profound self-awareness and unapologetic authenticity that can overwhelm the most excellence-driven applicant in […]

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How to Position Extracurriculars On Your Business School Application

Sep. 8th, 2021 | by: Heidi Hillis

When the MBA admissions committee starts reviewing a new applicant, they often scan ahead to the ‘Other Info/Extracurricular’ section of the resume. Why? That’s where they can gain real insight into the type of person they are considering. Business schools are looking active contributors to the community, not just candidates who will excel in class. […]

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Top MBA Programs Offering GMAT Test Waivers (Should You Ask For One?)

Sep. 3rd, 2021 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

An increasing number of MBA programs offer the option to submit your application without a GMAT or GRE score. Should you apply in round one without a GMAT score? Or should you take the GMAT and see how you do, and apply in round two? It’s a question we field a lot, especially in the […]

GMAT Prep Strategies: How to Study While Working

Aug. 23rd, 2021 | by: Scott Woodbury-Stewart

So you’re preparing for the GMAT — no easy task by itself — and you’re also working a demanding job that has the uncanny ability to usurp your every waking moment. Do you worry about how to prepare for the GMAT efficiently without going bonkers? There are a few time-tested strategies that you can use […]

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How to Get Into IESE Business School: 5 Top Tips

Aug. 12th, 2021 | by: Lisa Bevill

IESE’s star continues to rise. This year, the Barcelona-based business school ranked #1 in the Economist’s Full-time MBA ranking, where it has maintained the #1 or #2 spot since 2016, and it is rarely out of the top five in the Financial Times. It also boasts an impressive ROI: more than 95% of the graduates […]

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IESE Essays for 2021-2022: Tips & Strategy

Aug. 11th, 2021 | by: Lisa Bevill

IESE opened its application for the 2021-2022 cycle, and in doing so made some changes to its slate of MBA essays. IESE Business School is forward focused and career advancement driven and the application aims to understand your career development and growth, how the MBA aligns and what are your career aspirations. The combination of […]

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Cambridge Judge Essays for 2021-2022: Tips & Strategy

Aug. 9th, 2021 | by: Karen Ponte

Cambridge Judge opened its application for the 2021-2022 season, and in doing so revised its first essay related to post-MBA career goals. Along with INSEAD, Judge continues to evade the business school trend of fewer MBA essays, requiring your thoughtful response to no less than four required questions. Yet its word counts are deceptively slim […]

UCLA Anderson Essay Strategy for 2021-2022

Aug. 6th, 2021 | by: Jessica Chung

Over the last few years, UCLA Anderson has amended its required essays with ever-slimmer word counts, challenging applicants to be as direct and incisive as possible. Last year it makes the bold move by wiping the slate clean and replacing its slate of essays with a singular question, which endures for the 2021-2022 season. Required Essay: […]

How to Secure the Best Letters of Recommendation

Aug. 4th, 2021 | by: Jessica Chung

Ensure your MBA letters of recommendation are poised to tip the balance in your favor – from selecting your recommenders to preparing them to champion your candidacy. The MBA essay questions understandably get a lot of early attention and focused effort. (For insider tips and advice for every top 20 business school, view the Fortuna […]

Duke Fuqua Essays for 2021-2022: Top Tips + ‘25 Random Things About YOU’ Example

Jul. 22nd, 2021 | by: Catherine Tuttle

“Team Fuqua” may seem like a tagline or gimmicky motto, but that’s far from the truth. Duke Fuqua’s mission is to transform its students into leaders who are equipped to inspire organizations in a way that leads to positive impact on the bottom line, but also positive impact on the world. Admissions is looking to […]

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