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Columbia Business School MBA Essays for 2022-2023: Tips & Strategy

May. 30th, 2022 | by: Karen Hamou

Columbia Business School just posted its deadlines for the 2022/2023 season, along with a new essay question.   Unlike its M7 rivals, Columbia operates on a rolling admissions process – both for early and regular decisions – and applications are reviewed in the order that they are received. The new Early Decision deadline is September […]

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HBS Essay for 2022-2023: New word count + tips

May. 25th, 2022 | by: Karla Cohen

Today, Harvard Business School released its MBA Application Guide for 2022-2023, confirming that its singular essay question remains intact: “As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA Program?” However, there’s a noteworthy change: The Harvard MBA essay now has […]

5 Strategies for MBA Admissions Success

May. 18th, 2022 | by: Matt Symonds

Applying for the MBA represents more than the next step in your career, but the opportunity to pause amid the velocity of your fast-paced life and enter a meaningful process of self-discovery. It’s an invitation to really think about where you want to see yourself five to 10 years, what matters most to you, and […]

How to Choose a Business School: 8 Key Factors

May. 17th, 2022 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

Getting an MBA from one of the world’s top business schools will provide you with a coveted distinction. Honing your target list of MBA programs demands self-awareness and introspection from the outset — a practice that continues throughout the application process. It also takes smart strategy. To make the most of your time and energy (not […]

How To Research MBA Programs: 4 Key Tips

May. 3rd, 2022 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

Most MBA admission committees are obsessed with fit, and you should be too. That’s why you’ll want to adopt a fit-centric mindset to optimize your time and effort when narrowing down your short list of target schools. Why? Too often, candidates assume that if they get into a top MBA program, they are destined for a […]

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Should I Go to Grad School?

Apr. 30th, 2022 | by: Fortuna Admissions

“Should I go to grad school?” As seasoned admissions coaches, our answer invariably is: It depends. A graduate degree is a coveted distinction, especially from a top program. And while the best graduate degrees promise to enhance your job and financial prospects, not all degrees are created equal. When asking, “what should I go to grad […]

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Understanding the Different Types of MBA Programs

Apr. 28th, 2022 | by: Fortuna Admissions

Committing to pursuing the Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a life-changing endeavor. People that are drawn to risks and rewards associated with entrepreneurship, management, or corporations can duly benefit from business school. And, business school isn’t just about creating decision-makers — it’s about creating leaders. The most important qualities for catalyzing meaningful change across […]

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How To Negotiate An MBA Scholarship + Example Letter

Apr. 25th, 2022 | by: Catherine Tuttle

You’ve won an MBA scholarship, but not from your dream school. Should you take it? It’s a fortunate dilemma to have, but one that ties many of our clients in knots around this time of year. The scenario typically goes like this: You’ve been offered a good scholarship at one school – but not your […]

Positioning Extracurriculars on Your MBA Application: Mistakes to Avoid

Apr. 22nd, 2022 | by: Heidi Hillis

As an MBA candidate, how you articulate your extracurricular involvement contributes to your overall story. Ideally, well-positioned extracurriculars will clarify and reinforce your passions, involvement in community, and commitment to pursuits outside of work. As mentioned in part one of this series on how to position extracurriculars on your business school application, what you share with the admissions committee sends […]

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How to Position Extracurriculars On Your MBA Application

Apr. 21st, 2022 | by: Heidi Hillis

When the admissions committee starts to review a new candidate, they often go straight 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 for students who will do more than excel in class. They are looking […]

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