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Wharton Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2011-2012

Wharton Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2011-2012

Wharton has released its MBA application deadlines and admissions essays for the coming year. Last year Wharton really stirred the pot by introducing radically different essays. Let’s dig into this year’s application and see how much things have changed this year.

Here are Wharton’s deadlines and essays for the Class of 2014, followed by our comments in italics:

Tuck Is a Good Fit for You If...

Tuck Is a Good Fit for You If...

We love to work with applicants who want to apply to the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. The school’s close-knit culture and rigorous curriculum make it a school that everyone should look at closely, particularly those who are interested in pursuing careers in the Northeast. But, besides knowing that it’s a top-ranked school with a strong community, how well do you really know Tuck? How do you know if it’s a good fit for you? And, perhaps more importantly, how do you know if the admissions committee will decide you’re a good fit for Tuck?

Five Things That Make Haas Different

Five Things That Make Haas Different

UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business needs no introduction. In fact, only Stanford GSB and Harvard Business School had lower acceptance rates than Haas did last year. Given the school’s intimate learning environment and strong ties to Silicon Valley, it’s no surprise that so many applicants apply to Haas every year. What does surprise us, though, is that so few of those applicants really know the school beyond its obvious strengths. We always urge these applicants to go back and do their homework a bit more before they start crafting their Haas applications.

MIT Sloan Is a Good Fit for You If...

MIT Sloan Is a Good Fit for You If...

We get no shortage if inquiries about MIT Sloan, and for good reason. Its rigorous curriculum and terrific faculty make it one of the first schools that many MBA applicants consider, particularly those who are interested in pursuing careers in operations or supply chain management. If you’re gunning for a top-tier MBA, chances are that MIT Sloan is on your radar. But, besides knowing that it’s a top-ranked school with an analytical bent and a brand new campus, how well do you really know Sloan? How do you know if it’s a good fit for you? And, perhaps more importantly, how do you know if the admissions committee will decide you’re a good fit for Sloan?

Six Common Myths and Misconceptions About INSEAD

Six Common Myths and Misconceptions About INSEAD

Every year countless applicants ask us about INSEAD. Given the school’s high profile around the globe, it’s not surprising that so many applicants think about spending time in Fontainebleau and Singapore. What does surprise us, though, is how common some misconceptions are among even those applicants who have extensively studied the school. We always urge these applicants to go back and do their homework a bit more before they start working on their INSEAD applications.

NYU Stern Is a Good Fit for You If...

NYU Stern Is a Good Fit for You If...

NYU Stern is one of the premier MBA programs in the country, and for good reason. Its innovative curriculum and terrific location make it one of the first schools that many MBA applicants consider, particularly those who are interested in pursuing careers on Wall Street. If you’re gunning for a top-tier MBA, chances are that you’ve at least considered sending an application to Stern. But, besides knowing that it’s a top-ranked school with strong ties to the banking sector, how well do you really know Stern? How do you know if it’s a good fit for you? And, perhaps more importantly, how do you know if the admissions committee will decide you’re a good fit for Stern?

Four Things That Make Fuqua Different

Four Things That Make Fuqua Different

Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business gets its fair share if applicants every year. In fact, not a week goes by when we don’t see Fuqua on an applicant’s short list of MBA programs to consider. Given the school’s tight-knit community and knack for producing good grads, it’s not surprising that so many applicants think about spending two years there. What does surprise us, though, is that so few of those applicants really know the school beyond its obvious strengths. We always urge these applicants to go back and do their homework a bit more before they start crafting their Fuqua applications.

Stanford GSB Is a Good Fit for You If...

Stanford GSB Is a Good Fit for You If...

Stanford GSB sits at the top or right near the top of most major publications’ business school rankings. If you’re gunning for a top-tier MBA, chances are that you’ve at least considered sending an application to Stanford. But, besides knowing that it’s a small, top-ranked school with strong ties to Silicon Valley, how well do you really know Stanford? How do you know if it’s a good fit for you? And, perhaps more importantly, how do you know if the admissions committee will decide you’re a good fit for Stanford?

Four Things That Make Chicago Booth Different

Four Things That Make Chicago Booth Different

Every week we hear from applicants who are considering Chicago Booth. Given its reputation in finance and as an overall program that turns out analytically superior grads, it’s no wonder. What does surprise us, though, is that so few of those applicants really know the school beyond its strong rankings and location in Chicago. We always urge these applicants to go back and do their homework a bit more before they start crafting their Booth applications.

Yale SOM Is a Good Fit for You If...

Yale SOM Is a Good Fit for You If...

If you’re researching top MBA programs, chances are that the Yale School of Management is on your radar. We get countless inquires about the school every year. But, besides knowing that it’s a top-ranked school that is especially known for attracting civic-minded applicants, how well do you really know Yale? How do you know if Yale really is a good fit for you? And, perhaps more importantly, how do you know if the Yale admissions committee will decide that you’re a good fit for the school?

Five Things that Make UCLA Anderson Different

Five Things that Make UCLA Anderson Different

Veritas Prep has a special affinity for UCLA Anderson, given that the school is near our headquarters and we have had a number of Anderson alumni as employees (and friends) through the years. In our years of offering GMAT prep and MBA admissions consulting, we are frequently surprised by the degree to which candidates underestimate Anderson. For some reason — perhaps because it is “just” a state school — many of our clients consider UCLA Anderson their second or third choice — and that they don’t need to put much effort into an application if their GMAT score is high enough.

Ross Is a Good Fit for You If...

Ross Is a Good Fit for You If...

If you’re researching top MBA programs, chances are that the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business is on your radar. Besides knowing that it’s a top-ranked school, though, how well do you really know Ross? How do you know if Ross really is a good fit for you? More to the point, how do you know if the Ross admissions committee will decide that you’re a good fit for the school?

Five Things That Make Columbia Business School Different

Five Things That Make Columbia Business School Different

We get no shortage of inquiries about Columbia Business School from applicants. It’s no wonder, given the school’s strong ties to the banking sector and its Ivy League heritage. You would be surprised, however, by how many applicants don’t really know the school before they apply. We always urge these applicants to go back and do their homework a bit more before they start crafting their Columbia applications.

Kellogg Is a Good Fit for You If…

Kellogg Is a Good Fit for You If…

Every year we get countless inquiries from applicants who are certain they want to go to Kellogg. Once we dig a little deeper to get at their reasons, though, many of them realize they still have a lot more homework to do. Kellogg is one of the most highly regarded MBA programs in the world, and for good reason: Its reputation in marketing is virtually unmatched, and its ability to produce strong grads of all types makes it a popular place for blue-chip firms such as McKinsey and Goldman Sachs.

Know These 4 Things Before You Apply to HBS

Know These 4 Things Before You Apply to HBS

Harvard Business School doesn’t need to do much to market itself to applicants. Outside of the extensive work the HBS admissions team has done in recent years to spread the word about its relatively new HBS 2+2 Program, Harvard is more concerned with identifying which applicants fit the school best than with encouraging applicants to apply.

Here at Veritas Prep, we have no shortage of inquiries from clients who are certain they want to go to HBS. Once we dig a little deeper to get at their reasons, though, many of them realize they still have a lot more homework to do. Without a doubt, it doesn’t get more prestigious than HBS. But, before you apply, you really need to understand a few important things about the HBS experience.

Wharton Is a Good Fit for You If…

Wharton Is a Good Fit for You If…

Every year we get countless inquiries from applicants who are certain they want to go to Wharton. Once we dig a little deeper to get at their reasons, though, many of them realize they still have a lot more homework to do. Without a doubt, Wharton is one of the top business schools in the world, and for good reason: Very few schools can match its reputation in finance, and in recent years Wharton’s pace of curriculum innovation actually seems to be accelerating.

But how do you know if Wharton really is a good fit for you? More to the point, how do you know if Wharton’s admissions committee will decide that you’re a good fit for Wharton? Today we look at five things that might make Wharton you’re first choice among MBA programs:

Four Things that Make the Yale MBA Program Unique

Four Things that Make the Yale MBA Program Unique

Continuing our series of admissions insights clipped from Veritas Prep’s Annual Reports, our in-depth insider’s guides to 15 of the world’s top business schools, this week we look at four traits that make the Yale School of Management unique among top business schools. (Our Annual reports are absolutely free with registration, but we thought we’d share some snippets here to help get you started in your Yale SOM research.)

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Six Terrific Professors at Michigan (Ross)

Six Terrific Professors at Michigan (Ross)

Continuing our series of admissions insights clipped from Veritas Prep’s Annual Reports, our in-depth insider’s guides to 15 of the world’s top business schools, this week we look at six of the Ross School of Business’ most popular professors. (Our Annual reports are absolutely free with registration, but we thought we’d share some snippets here to help get you started in your Ross research.)

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Chicago Booth to Eliminate PowerPoint Essay Question

Chicago Booth to Eliminate PowerPoint Essay Question

A new BusinessWeek article titled Business Schools Revamp the Application investigates how some schools are breaking with tradition and exploring new approaches to the MBA admissions process. In some cases it’s a matter of moving deadlines earlier or accepting the GRE in addition to the GMAT, while in others cases some schools are replacing traditional written essays with audio and video responses.

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Four Important Characteristics of the Duke MBA Program

Four Important Characteristics of the Duke MBA Program


Continuing our series of admissions insights clipped from Veritas Prep’s Annual Reports, our in-depth insider’s guides to 15 of the world’s top MBA programs, this week we investigate a few things that make Duke’s approach to graduate management education unique. (Our Annual reports are absolutely free with registration, but we thought we’d share some snippets here to help get you started in your Fuqua School of Business research.)

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INSEAD's Two-Campus Approach to Business Education

INSEAD's Two-Campus Approach to Business Education


The final deadline for INSEAD’s September, 2010, intake is still is still a month away, and there’s still plenty of time for you to craft a successful INSEAD application. Continuing our series of admissions insights clipped from Veritas Prep’s Annual Reports, our in-depth guides to 15 of the world’s top business schools, this week we take a closer look at life on each of INSEAD’s two main campuses. (Our Annual reports are absolutely free — all you have to do is register to access all of them — but we thought we’d share some snippets here to help get you started in your INSEAD research.)

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Six Must-Have Professors at Chicago Booth

Six Must-Have Professors at Chicago Booth

Continuing our series of admissions insights clipped from Veritas Prep’s Annual Reports, our in-depth insider’s guides to 15 of the world’s top business schools, this week we take a look at six professors who have earned Chicago Booth students’ love. (Our Annual reports are absolutely free with registration, but we thought we’d share some snippets here to help get you started in your Booth research.)

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Five Things That Make UCLA Anderson Unique

Five Things That Make UCLA Anderson Unique

Continuing our series of admissions insights clipped from Veritas Prep’s Annual Reports, our in-depth insider’s guides to 15 of the world’s top MBA programs, this week we investigate a few things that make UCLA Anderson’s approach to graduate management education unique. (Our Annual reports are absolutely free with registration, but we thought we’d share some snippets here to help get you started in your Anderson research.)

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A Closer Look at Tuck's Academics

A Closer Look at Tuck's Academics

Continuing our series of admissions insights clipped from Veritas Prep’s Annual Reports, our in-depth insider’s guides to 15 of the world’s top business schools, this week we look at a few of the distinguishing characteristics of academic life at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. (Our Annual reports are absolutely free with registration, but we thought we’d share some snippets here to help get you started in your Tuck research.)

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Six Must-Have Classes at Stanford GSB

Six Must-Have Classes at Stanford GSB

Continuing our series of admissions insights clipped from Veritas Prep’s Annual Reports, our in-depth insider’s guides to 15 of the world’s top business schools, this week we take a look at six classes that are universally popular among Stanford GSB students. (Our Annual reports are absolutely free with registration, but we thought we’d share some snippets here to help get you started in your Stanford research.)

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Four Things That Set MIT Sloan Apart

Four Things That Set MIT Sloan Apart

Continuing our series of admissions insights clipped from Veritas Prep’s Annual Reports, our in-depth insider’s guides to 15 of the world’s top business schools, this week we look at four things that make MIT Sloan’s MBA program unique among top business schools. (Our Annual reports are absolutely free with registration, but we thought we’d share some snippets here to help get you started in your MIT Sloan research.)

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Five Things that Make Haas Unique

Five Things that Make Haas Unique

The third round deadline for UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business is still a few weeks away, but there’s still plenty of time for you to craft a winning application. Continuing our series of admissions insights clipped from Veritas Prep’s Annual Reports, our in-depth guides to 15 of the world’s top business schools, this week we look at a few of Haas’s distinguishing characteristics. (Our Annual reports are absolutely free — all you have to do is register to access all of them — but we thought we’d share some snippets here to help get you started in your Haas research.)

  • The Haas Culture: An emphasis on collaboration inside and outside of the classroom is the cornerstone of the Haas experience. Small groups are formed in practically all classes, allowing students to exercise different team roles based on their interests and areas of expertise. Versatility is often a prized attribute of Haas students in the eyes of employers, and is one reason why the school tends to enjoy such success placing graduates into a broad range of industries and functions.
  • Technology: One of Haas’ truly distinctive elements is the school’s focus on technology and its ability to place students into the tech industry. Haas sends 30% of each graduating class into the tech sector, which is not only the highest percentage among elite business schools, but is also twice that of the next closest programs (Ross and MIT Sloan). This emphasis, combined with Berkeley’s tradition for innovation, leads to truly unique programs such as the school’s latest push for the commercialization of clean technology. Student members of the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative have teamed up with scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to create a program called Cleantech to Market (C2M) which sends five student teams out each year to study the commercial opportunities that might arise out of the various clean energy technologies under development at LBNL.
  • Leading Through Innovation: One of the principles that a visiting student is likely to encounter at Haas is the idea of “Leading Through Innovation.” Born out of current dean Rich Lyon’s time as the Chief Learning Officer at Goldman Sachs, the Haas approach to developing leadership is to establish confidence without breeding attitude. The school accomplishes this by providing a combination of theoretical and experiential learning opportunities that develops strong confidence and judgment for real-life situations. The experiential learning offerings at Haas range from the “Haas@Work” program, which puts student groups into actual company projects, to the International Business Development (IBD) program, a global management consulting initiative. Overall, Haas provides students with two overlapping skill sets: an ongoing emphasis on leadership and a toolkit of knowledge and relationships that provide the foundation for effective decision making.
  • Social Responsibility: Haas prides itself on being the preeminent educational institution for research, teaching, experiential learning, and community outreach in areas of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Woven into the core curriculum, Haas offers more than a dozen different programs and initiatives around social responsibility and business sustainability.
  • Global Reach: Nearly every business school currently espouses a “global perspective,” but Haas is one of the few that combines its international focus with its emphasis on experiential learning. IBD places students (the number of spaces in the program is set to double, from 80 to 160 per year) in all corners of the world for a three-week consulting project. This program allows students to confront and solve business challenges in unknown business settings, forcing the students to apply innovative thinking and problem solving skills while developing a global business mindset.

This advice was clipped from our Haas Annual Report, one of 15 guides to the world’s top business schools, available for purchase on our site. If you’re ready to start building your own application for Haas or other top MBA programs, call us at 1-800-925-7737 and speak with an MBA admissions expert today!

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A Closer Look at Wharton's First-Year Core Classes

A Closer Look at Wharton's First-Year Core Classes


Continuing our series of admissions insights clipped from Veritas Prep’s Annual Reports, our in-depth insider’s guides to 15 of the world’s top business schools, this week we take a closer look at Wharton’s first-year core MBA curriculum. (Our Annual reports are absolutely free with registration, but we thought we’d share some snippets here to help get you started in your Wharton research.)

Six Professors You Should Know at Columbia Business School

Six Professors You Should Know at Columbia Business School


Continuing our series of admissions insights clipped from Veritas Prep’s Annual Reports, our in-depth insider’s guides to 15 of the world’s top business schools, this week we look at six of Columbia Business School’s most popular professors. (Our Annual reports are absolutely free with registration, but we thought we’d share some snippets here to help get you started in your Columbia research.)

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Five Things You Should Know When Applying to the Kellogg School of Management

Five Things You Should Know When Applying to the Kellogg School of Management


The Kellogg School of Management’s Round 2 deadline is a little more than a month away, but there’s still plenty of time for you to craft a winning application. Continuing our series of admissions insights clipped from Veritas Prep’s Annual Reports, our in-depth insider’s guides to 15 of the world’s top business schools, this week we look at a few factors that make Kellogg unique among top business schools. (Our Annual reports are absolutely free — all you have to do is register to access all of them — but we thought we’d share some snippets here to help get you started in your Kellogg research.)

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Three Things that Harvard Business School Looks For

Three Things that Harvard Business School Looks For

Harvard Business School’s Round 2 deadline is still almost two months away, but we know that thousands of applicants are already gearing up for their Round 2 HBS applications. We thought this would be a good time to share some snippets from Veritas Prep’s Annual Reports, our in-depth insider’s guides to 15 of the world’s top business schools. Our Annual reports are absolutely free — all you have to do is register to access all of them — but we thought we’d share some snippets here to help get you started in your HBS research.

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HBS Dean Jay Light on Harvard's Class Size

HBS Dean Jay Light on Harvard's Class Size


On Monday The Harbus ran an interview with HBS Dean Jay Light, covering a variety of important topics ranging from the school’s push abroad to Harvard’s reaction to the recent financial crisis. Most interesting for business school applicants, though, was Light’s answer to a question about whether or not HBS plans to increase its class size any time soon.

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Five New Annual Reports Available!

Five New Annual Reports Available!


Two weeks ago we introduced Veritas Prep Annual Reports, in-depth insider’s guides to the world’s most competitive MBA programs. We started out with ten Annual Reports, and at the time we said that there were five more on the way. Those five are now available for free download!

Why We Created Veritas Prep Annual Reports

Why We Created Veritas Prep Annual Reports


This past Friday we announced the launch of the best resource that we’ve ever created for business school applicants: Veritas Prep Annual Reports, in-depth guides to ten of the world’s top business (with five more soon to follow).

Introducing Veritas Prep Annual Reports!

Introducing Veritas Prep Annual Reports!


Today we introduce an important new resource for business school applicants: Veritas Prep Annual Reports, in-depth insider’s guides to the world’s top MBA programs, available for purchase immediately.