Comprehensive Guide for Business School Admission
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When people discover our profession, they either love us or hate us. As part of our academic careers, we serve as admissions officers at Ivy League business schools. Everyone has strong thoughts on the subject and specific questions for us. How do we choose candidates? Do we give an edge to minority students? Is the deck stacked against a low-income white applicant?
We're amazed at the many myths and misconceptions that surround the Ivy League admission mystique. Despite a strong public relations campaign to encourage applications, we repeatedly see qualified students hold back, while other less talented candidates feel entitled to admission for irrelevant reasons. We have the challenging job of assembling a talented, diverse class from an overwhelming number of candidates. Due to space limitations, we must reject 80-95% of all applicants, including many with perfect test scores and grade point averages. How do we do it? What gives an applicant an edge?
We have published comprehensive guides to enable potential students (undergraduate, medical school, business school and law school) to better approach the Ivy League admissions process. Our mission:
2. To discourage non-competitive applicants whose needs are better served by less selective schools or alternative career paths
3. To dispel common myths about the relevance of minority status, socioeconomic background, GPA and employment history
4. To describe the relevance of GMAT scores, including the mathematical formula used to determine admission "cutoffs"
5. To enable applicants to better prepare their curricula and outside activities to maximize their chances for Ivy League admission
6. To prepare candidates for their admissions interview
7. To help applicants solicit references that best support their application
8. To ultimately improve the quality and diversity of the applicant pool by disseminating useful, relevant inside information about the admissions process
publication, Ivy League Admission Guide: Business School (ISBN:
978-1-933819-67-9) discusses the following topics:
Chapter 1. The Business School (MBA) Admissions Process
School Admission: What are the Odds?
Chapter 2. Business School Essays
of Your Essays in the Admissions Decision
a Great Letter?
Chapter 4. The Interview: Questions & Strategies to Gain Admission
of Successful Applicants
Chapter 5. Conclusion: Our Best Tips to Gain Admission
1: A Terrific Business School Essay
Few applicants realize the power (and responsibility) they have to project a polished, professional image. From our experience, few candidates are accepted by accident: their success is a culmination of hard work, initiative and strategic planning.
Optimize your chances of Ivy League admission with advice from actual committee members. Learn how you will be evaluated. Know your chances. At each step in the admissions process, convey exactly the attributes you want the committee to see. Our selection criteria and inside advice will probably surprise you!
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League Admission Guide: Business School
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Even if you don't order our guide, we would like to leave you with a quick, at-a-glance summary of our best tips for gaining admission:
1.Attend the best college that accepts you and excel in your classes
2.Take the most challenging courses, including honors classes
3.Do whatever is necessary to obtain top scores on the GMAT
4.Maintain a love of reading throughout your life, which will enhance your vocabulary and reading comprehension skills
5.Do independent research in your major
6.Compete for national and local academic awards and titles
7.Choose one or two favorite outside activities and advance to a leadership position in them
8.Demonstrate excellence, risk-taking and commitment in an area outside academia (such as a hobby, entrepreneurial venture, tutoring or volunteer work)
9.Cultivate strong relationships with your professors
10. Devote at least three hours per week to a favorite cause or charity
11.Master a foreign language and travel for enrichment whenever possible
12.Keep abreast of current events on the national and international level
13.Develop your written and oral communication skills through writing and debate
14.Write strong and compelling essays that show your unique personality
15.Use a proactive approach to obtain the best references possible
to state schools that give preferences to their own residents
18.Apply to a number of schools that differ in selectivity
19.Prepare extensively for your business school interview