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About The School

The Kellogg School of Management is part of Northwestern University, located in Evanston about 12 miles north of downtown Chicago. The beautiful lakeside location in a thriving student town is a big part of the Kellogg culture, with time to cultivate strong ties with classmates that is so much part of the school’s close-knit community. The collaborative learning style of the MBA program reinforces these ties, with a heavy emphasis on teamwork – ‘we’ rather than ‘I’.

Stereo-typed as the school for marketing, Kellogg is in fact so much more. Energized by the arrival of Dean Sally Blount, the school looks for strong quant skills to underpin sharp analytical skills. So why does McKinsey recruit more Kellogg MBAs than any other U.S. school? Because they have humility, great analytical skills, and the people skills that mean they can be client facing from day one.

Strengths And Specializations

Marketing, general management, non-profit/social responsibility, production/operations, strategy, entrepreneurship, healthcare, consumer goods

Incoming Class

Number of Applicants:4,300

MBA Class Size:474


Post-MBA Careers

Sector:Consulting 35%; Technology 15%; Financial Services 19%; Consumer Products 12%

Top Recruiters:McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Deloitte Consulting

Avg Base Salary: $121,516

Salary Increase: 96%

Employment in 3 months: 95%

MBA Rankings 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
BusinessWeek 4 5 7 3 9
Financial Times 22 21 16 15 14 14 11 12
Forbes 7 4 3
The Economist 16 18 20 23 14 7 2
 US News  4 5 4 4 6 6 5


Avg. Age: 28

Avg. GPA: 3.6

Avg. GMAT: 728

Int’l Students: 35%

Female Students: 41%

Deadlines for Sept 2017: R1 – Sept 21, 2016, R2 – Jan 4, 2017, R3 – Apr 5, 2017

Sources: Kellogg, BusinessWeek, Financial Times, US News, MBA50


1. Leadership and teamwork are integral parts of the Kellogg experience. Describe a recent and meaningful time you were a leader. What challenges did you face, and what did you learn? (450 words)

2. Pursuing an MBA is a catalyst for personal and professional growth. How have you grown in the past? How do you intend to grow at Kellogg? (450 words)

Additional Information: If needed, use this section to briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.) (no word count)

After submitting a completed application, each applicant will be asked to complete two Video Essay Questions. One will be about the candidate’s interest in Kellogg and the other will be a “getting to know you” type of question.

There are 10 practice questions which candidates can complete as many times as they like to get comfortable with the format and technology. The practice questions and experience will simulate the actual video essay experience, so this is meant to be a useful tool and help applicants feel prepared.

There is not an opportunity to re-do the answer to the official video essay questions.

Candidates will have 20 seconds to think about their question and up to 1 minute to give their response. It is estimated that the Video Essays will take 30 minutes to complete – which includes time for set-up and answering all the practice questions.


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