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Find Out Why Right Now is the Best Time for You to Apply to Business School

Find Out Why Right Now is the Best Time for You to Apply to Business School

We get lots of questions from applicants about the best time to return to business school.  While this is certainly an individual assessment, and one size does not fit all, from an admissions perspective, there are good seasons and bad seasons to maximize your odds of acceptance.

Six years ago, during a time none of us will soon forget, the air was let out of the economy.  A similar rushing sound was also heard in the country’s top business schools, but it was the sound of people rushing in.  Applications peaked the next year as everyone ran to hide from old man recession for two years in hopes the job market would come back while they were getting smarter and checking the graduate school box.

3 Ways to Get Into the Stanford GSB MSx Program

3 Ways to Get Into the Stanford GSB MSx Program

The Stanford MSx program, previously known as the Stanford Sloan Master’s Program, is the one-year, full time Masters of Science program for experienced professionals.  Ok, so the program is not really new, but is experiencing a huge uptick in interest from business school applicants.

Stanford’s traditional MBA program is the only one in the world with an acceptance rate and average work experience both in the single digits; so experienced applicants have started flocking to this alternative option in droves.  Make no mistake, though, “alternative” does not mean “easy!”

Do You Need More Work Experience before Submitting a Strong Business School Application?

Do You Need More Work Experience before Submitting a Strong Business School Application?

Often clients are confused when trying to determine if they have gathered enough work experience to return to business school.  Certainly it takes a few laps around the proverbial block to gather enough real world knowledge to be valuable in a classroom discussion—this is why B-schools require you to come with work experience.

Can I Get Accepted into Harvard, Stanford, or Wharton with a 650 GMAT Score?

Can I Get Accepted into Harvard, Stanford, or Wharton with a 650 GMAT Score?

Yes you can.

But it becomes statistically less and less likely every year.  One thing is certain:  there are a lot of folks out there who have cracked the code on the formidable GMAT exam and scores continue to rise to stratospheric levels, pushing the average up of course.  Most schools publish the percentages of each level of the GMAT who gain admission every year, but these three schools, often considered the “holy grail” of b-schools, are exceptions.

How to Write the Best Essay for Your MBA Applications

How to Write the Best Essay for Your MBA Applications

Having graduated from a top MBA program as a non-native English speaker, I still remember being quite worried about the MBA application, fearing that my English was not sophisticated enough. So I focused on improving my writing skills by doing just that – writing.

Now as a Veritas Prep School Specialist, I have found working with my clients that there are a few common essay-writing pitfalls.

When Should I Go Back to Business School?

When Should I Go Back to Business School?

Business school is perhaps the most unique of all graduate education opportunities, in part because it is the only one which requires substantial work experience to qualify.  Think about it—law school, medical school, and every Master’s degree you can pursue, all take students directly out of their undergraduate experience, essentially offering a chance to continue your education without ever working in the “real world.”  Business schools on the other hand, rarely (if ever anymore) take students directly out of undergrad, and look instead for applicants who have taken a lap or two around the proverbial block.

Filed in: Business School
U.S. News MBA Rankings for 2015

U.S. News MBA Rankings for 2015

U.S. News & World Report, which maintains arguably the most influential graduate school rankings in the world, has just released its new business school rankings for 2015. It’s far too easy for applicants to get caught up in the rankings, and to obsess over the fact that a school dropped three spots from one year to the next, but reality is that MBA rankings matter. They influence how recruiters look at schools, they serve as a signal to applicants and affect what caliber of applicants each school receives, and they give you an idea of where you stand relative to your target schools. You should never end your business school selection process with the rankings, but the reality is that you will probably start the process by seeing where schools sit in the MBA rankings.

Filed in: MBA Rankings
How to Navigate the Waitlist for MBA Admission

How to Navigate the Waitlist for MBA Admission

Earlier this week, we talked about what it means to be on the waitlist. Today, we’ll go into more detail on what you can do if you’re on the waitlist. Despite the name “waitlist,” there are several things you can do besides simply wait for your dream school to call.  From a strategic standpoint, sitting in a state of limbo gives you the opportunity to improve your profile or status as a candidate, and such improvements can and should be communicated to the admissions committees.

What It Means to Be on the Waitlist for MBA Admission

What It Means to Be on the Waitlist for MBA Admission

This time of year, many applicants find themselves stuck in the waitlist process at one or more schools, which can be a very slow and painful waiting period.   Not only are you competing for fewer and fewer seats, you are doing so against everyone on the waitlist all the way back from round one as well as any fresh, new applicants from the final rounds.

Should I Apply for My MBA in Round 3 or Wait Until Round 1?

Should I Apply for My MBA in Round 3 or Wait Until Round 1?

Round three is commonly thought of as the most competitive round, where applicants vie for the few remaining seats in coveted programs along with some of the most highly qualified candidates of the season.  Because these well qualified candidates know they will be desirable to the adcoms, they often wait until the last possible minute, since there appears to be a correlation between highly successful business achievers and the lack of free time on their schedules to complete applications.

3 Reasons to Wait Until Round 1 to Apply for Your MBA

3 Reasons to Wait Until Round 1 to Apply for Your MBA

Most of the top U.S. business schools accept students in two or three rounds. Applicants are not always sure in which round to apply, and when they make a decision, they usually underestimate the time it takes to put together a solid application.

Applying for an MBA is not like applying for a job. A well-rounded application not only needs quantitative data such as undergraduate grades and test scores, but also needs an accurate depiction of your qualitative traits, which are usually shown through your essays, letters of recommendation, CV and extracurricular activities.

The Symbiosis Between Education and Income

The Symbiosis Between Education and Income

It’s no secret that earning a college degree or a graduate degree can lead to a higher-paying job. But do you realize just how big the difference can be? We’ve broken it down to show you what kinds of jobs — and how much pay — you can expect when you earn a degree. You should never choose a major or a line of work solely for the pay, but keep these stats in mind if you’re wondering whether or not you should go back to school.

How to Overcome the Disadvantages of Applying to Business School in Round 3

How to Overcome the Disadvantages of Applying to Business School in Round 3

If you have decided you will take the plunge and apply to school in Round three, there are a few things you need to know.  First and foremost, you must realize the odds of admission go dramatically down in round three because of the relatively few number of slots that remain.  This is simple mathematics—the lower the seat count, the more competitive it is to get one of them—think of it as musical chairs with way more people than chairs.

Take the 2014 MBA Applicant Survey and Win $500!

Take the 2014 MBA Applicant Survey and Win $500!

It’s that time of year again! The Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) has launched the 2014 edition of its business school applicant survey. If you are applying to business school now, or have recently been admitted and plan on starting an MBA program in 2014, you could win $500 just for spending 5 minutes completing this survey!

Applying for Your MBA in the 3rd Round? Check out Our Round 3 Application Guarantee!

Applying for Your MBA in the 3rd Round? Check out Our Round 3 Application Guarantee!

We find that many applicants consider applying for top MBA programs in the 3rd or final round, but hesitate because they feel there is absolutely no chance for them to be admitted. It’s true that 90% or more of the spots in an MBA class are already taken, but Veritas Prep has a proven track record of success for successful Round 3 applications.

How to Select the Right MBA Program for You

How to Select the Right MBA Program for You

Just as the quality of a stage production or musical performance depends on all of the work that went into months and months of rehearsal before the performance, how successful you are in your business school applications depends a great deal on all of the work you do before you ever start drafting an essay. Remember that your application is a mere snapshot of who you are (and how well you can present yourself) at one point in time. How well that message will be received will partly depend on whether you’re targeting the right schools, and how well MBA admissions officers at those schools see a good fit between you and their institution. And this comes down to knowing how to select the right MBA program for you.

Is Applying to Business School in Round 3 a Good Idea?

Is Applying to Business School in Round 3 a Good Idea?

The final round of the business school application process is often referred to as “no-man’s land,” with scarce slots still left for b-school hopefuls and time literally running out.  Still, there are many who end up applying in round three, some who simply put off the process because they were busy in the fall, or perhaps others who were rejected in round one and are trying one last time.   But is it a good idea?

Average GMAT Scores for the Top 30 MBA Programs

Average GMAT Scores for the Top 30 MBA Programs

There are a number of criteria by which you can rank MBA programs: Average starting salary after graduation, average undergrad GPA of incoming students, acceptance rate, student satisfaction, and academic reputation among peer schools are all measures that publications use to try to sort the schools and create a definitive ranking.

Filed in: GMAT, MBA Rankings
How Much Time Should You Spend on Your MBA Applications?

How Much Time Should You Spend on Your MBA Applications?

Inevitably there are applicants each season who decide rather late in the game to apply to business school.  While it’s hard to believe for those who spend months or even years preparing themselves specifically for a run at top schools, due to career focus or simple procrastination, some applicants find themselves with a short window before due dates pass.

5 Predictions for 2014 in the MBA and College Spaces

5 Predictions for 2014 in the MBA and College Spaces

One thing that we love to do around Veritas Prep HQ is declare our opinions. Whether it’s about football, health food, traffic etiquette, dancing, or stand-up comedy, everyone here has an opinion. Even more fun is when we stick our necks out and make some predictions about where we see test preparation and admissions going in the coming year. We’re often right, and we’re always entertaining.

Our 2013 Predictions: How Did We Do?

Our 2013 Predictions: How Did We Do?

And just like that, a whole year has flown by again! Last January, we posted four predictions for the world of test prep and admissions. As fun as it is to make predictions, and it’s even more rewarding to look back at some point and see how we did. (“Oh my… We predicted THAT would happen?”) If you predict enough things, some of them will eventually happen, right?

Test Prep and Admissions: The Best of 2013

Test Prep and Admissions: The Best of 2013

There goes another year. Faster than you can say “99th-percentile instructors,” 2013 has come and gone, leaving in its wake a trail of excellent Veritas Prep blog articles. As we start to wrap up the year here at Veritas Prep HQ, wrap our Secret Santa gifts, and prepare to break in the new hires at our annual holiday party, we thought this would be a good time to share some of our biggest news and most popular articles from the past year.

Biggest Discounts of the Year on GMAT & SAT Prep and MBA & College Admissions Consulting Services!

Biggest Discounts of the Year on GMAT & SAT Prep and MBA & College Admissions Consulting Services!

Here at Veritas Prep, we have a long list of reasons to be thankful this year!  From our students, to our incredible teachers and admissions consultants, it’s truly been an amazing year.

We are excited to announce that starting today through Monday, December 2nd we are making available our biggest discounts of the year on all of our services (discounts on MBA admissions consulting services will be available through  Wednesday, December 4)! Whether you are trying to hit Round 2 business school deadlines or are planning on taking the SAT next year, make sure to take a look at our discounts and register before these prices are no longer available.

What to Know About the Off Campus MBA Interview

What to Know About the Off Campus MBA Interview

Having just completed an extensive overview of MBA interviewing, it occurred to me I forgot to address an area which affects a large portion of applicants:  the off-campus interview.  While it’s always preferable to do the interview on campus, due to travel and scheduling complications, most schools will make alternatives available, the most common of which being the off-campus alumni interview or the dreaded phone or Skype interview (you can probably tell which is my least recommended option!).

The Importance of Self Reflection Before your MBA Admissions Interview

The Importance of Self Reflection Before your MBA Admissions Interview

As we wrap up our dissection of the business school interview, we cannot over-emphasize the importance of self reflection.  Make sure you are spending time not only recalling your work history and personal experiences, but how they have shaped you and why you have made decisions in the past.  Getting to the why is the most revealing part of the questions which may include:

6 Unexpected Questions You May Get Asked in Your MBA Admissions Interview

6 Unexpected Questions You May Get Asked in Your MBA Admissions Interview

We continue today with another post in our MBA interview series. When interviewing, applicants are generally prepared for the obvious questions, but what about the tougher questions?  It would behoove you to ponder some of the following questions, which have been known to trip up even the most prepared applicants:

Prepare for Your MBA Interview: 5 Important Questions

Prepare for Your MBA Interview: 5 Important Questions

In this continuing series on the all-important interview, we discuss more questions which are typically heard during business school admissions interviews including:

11 Questions You Might Hear in Your MBA Admissions Interview

11 Questions You Might Hear in Your MBA Admissions Interview

We always get asked what kinds of questions to expect from interviewers, so I have compiled an introductory list of eleven which you might hear as you sit in various b-school interview sessions as well as what they are “really” asking:

1.   Walk me through your resume

How to Prepare for a Business School Admissions Interview

How to Prepare for a Business School Admissions Interview

Business School admissions interviewing can be nerve-wracking to say the least.  Everything you have worked your entire career for is on the line as you sit and sweat, waiting in your target school’s office for the one shot you will have to make a case in person for a seat in business school.

But if you do find yourself in this situation, consider yourself one of the lucky ones, since only about 20% of applicants are invited to interview at top schools. The better news is, about 50% of the interviewees are admitted on average!  While that still puts you in a precarious tie with a coin-flip, it’s still far better than the low double or even single digit percentage of general applicants who are admitted.

3 Ways to Improve Your Work Experience: Part III

3 Ways to Improve Your Work Experience: Part III

Previously, we covered two strategies to improve the perceived quality of your work experience, wherever you are. The first and fastest was asking for budget. The second and slower was finding subordinates.

3 Ways to Improve Your Work Experience: Part II

3 Ways to Improve Your Work Experience: Part II

Previously, we discussed probably the easiest and fastest single factor that you can proactively do to gain impressiveness with your work experience. That was to ask for budget.

3 Ways to Improve Your Work Experience

3 Ways to Improve Your Work Experience

Business schools have a very difficult problem. For most intents and purposes, their applicant pools are junior business acolytes whose days usually consist of menial desk labor at the beck and call of a perhaps marginal superior. The issue is that it is very difficult to separate a good candidate from a bad one among a pool of people doing this type of work.

When Should You Submit Your MBA Applications?

When Should You Submit Your MBA Applications?

With application deadlines upon us, the question sometimes surfaces about whether or not there is any strategy around when to submit your application.  To answer this, you must first determine if your school is accepting applications on a rolling admissions basis or a rounds/deadline basis.  A rolling admissions calendar accepts and considers applications as they are submitted, and then they return a decision to the applicant as soon as that decision is made, most often within a few weeks of submission.

How Students Feel About the GMAT and Why They're Wrong

How Students Feel About the GMAT and Why They're Wrong

It’s the first day of class, and students are volunteering what they think of the GMAT.  The typical sentiment goes something like:  “Tough!” “Tricky stuff, hard to get a grasp on the logic,” or “I like ___ but really have trouble with ___.”  Some just have a knowing smile that says “yeah, it’s a clever exam, but I’ll be glad when it’s over.”

3 Advantages to Applying Through the Consortium

3 Advantages to Applying Through the Consortium

In 1966, a professor at Washington University, Sterling Schoen created The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management in order to give African American men the business skills they needed to secure positions in American corporations.  Just two years after the Civil Rights Movement, this was a bold endeavor, and one whose impact is stronger than ever today.

Top 3 MBA Programs for a Nonprofit Emphasis

Top 3 MBA Programs for a Nonprofit Emphasis

Should there be a heaven and you’re hoping for a way in, a good place to start is to work in the nonprofit sector because you’re doing thankless work, you’re not motivated by salary and everyone hugs and recycles.  No, those are all myths – well, hopefully everyone hugs from time to time.

How to Stand Out in Your MBA Applications

How to Stand Out in Your MBA Applications

It’s getting more and more difficult to stand out these days.    It sometimes seems as if everyone meanders through life with the same or similar routine, all doing the same or similar thing, so when it comes time to differentiate yourself in your b-school application, how do you pull it off?

Getting an MBA vs. an EMBA

Getting an MBA vs. an EMBA

One can get an MBA, and one can get an Executive MBA. From the student’s perspective, the executive MBA could be a good choice for those wanting an MBA but not looking to stop working full-time. As a matter of fact, for those who already have over 10 years of work experience (and especially over 15 years of work experience), an EMBA could very well be the only practical option, because MBA programs do not encourage such seasoned applicants.

Filed in: Business School
When to Use the Optional Essay in MBA Applications

When to Use the Optional Essay in MBA Applications

Many schools have become super restrictive on how many essays they allow you to submit.  The crushing numbers of applicants has forced schools to streamline the evaluation process and they simply do not have the staff or time to read 1000 word essays from everyone.

Harvard, as an extreme example, actually has no required essays as part of this year’s application!  They allow you to submit one essay if you like, but it’s not technically a requirement for consideration as an MBA applicant.  While we don’t recommend you submit to HBS without leveraging the essay, this shift in the process highlights the fact that every word does indeed count.

5 MBA Programs Near the Beach

5 MBA Programs Near the Beach

Harvard Business School may have many things going for it, but stunning weather is not one of those things. And while we don’t suggest you choose an MBA program solely based on physical location, if you just can’t get away from the sun, and want to spend your two years of business school earning an MBA in a warm, ocean-breeze-infused climate, here’s a list of five schools where you can get your MBA within walking distance to sun, surf, and seashells!

Filed in: Business School