Harvard Business School Application Essay & Deadlines for 2019-2020

Several of the top U.S. business schools have already released their application essays and admissions deadlines. It’s that time of year when we start digging into them for you. Today, we’re looking at the business school with the biggest name and the earliest Round 1 deadline: Harvard Business School.

Without further ado, here are Harvard’s deadlines and essay, followed by our comments:

Harvard Business School Admissions Deadlines

Round 1: September 4, 2019

Round 2: January 6, 2020

2+2 Round: April 2, 2020

Harvard Business School Admissions Essay

There is one question for the Class of 2022:

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?

There is no word limit for this question. We think you know what guidance we’re going to give here. Don’t overthink, overcraft and overwrite. Just answer the question in clear language that those of us who don’t know your world can understand.

HBS kept the exact same essay prompt. When a school carries over an essay from one year to the next, that means admissions officers like what they’re seeing in the essays they receive. Based on what we’ve learned from our clients over the past several years (many of whom were admitted!), we feel very good about the advice we’ve been giving on this essay, so our advice mostly remains the same.

A familiar essay prompt. Take a look at this HBS essay prompt from 2014-2015:

“You’re applying to Harvard Business School. We can see your résumé, school transcripts, extra-curricular activities, awards, post-MBA career goals, test scores and what your recommenders have to say about you. What else would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy? (No word limit)

Notice anything similar? While the school chose not to list out the other application elements this year, the prompts are essentially the same. Regardless, it’s important to take some guidance from the way HBS once chose to phrase the essay question. Keep in mind that they do have your résumé, they do have your test scores, and they do have your transcripts. In other words, Harvard’s admissions committee isn’t looking for an essay answer that merely rehashes everything already noted on your application. If one or two of your accomplishments listed elsewhere organically find their way into your answer, that’s fine, but avoid the temptation to merely remind them of what they already know.

Your overall goal. We always tell every applicant that they need to do two things to get into HBS or any other top MBA program: 1) Stand out from other applicants (especially those with similar profiles), and 2) show how you fit with the school. If you come from a very common background (think management consultant, investment banker, or IT consultant from Asia), then you need to stand out even more, and this essay is your chance to do it. If your background already makes you unusual compared to the typical HBS class profile (perhaps you have more than the typical amount of work experience or have zero quantitative abilities to point to), then you need to use this essay to demonstrate that you will fit in and thrive at Harvard. Resist the urge to go for a gimmick, but don’t be afraid to let your hair down a bit. What brought you to this point in your life? What will you uniquely contribute to your MBA class? What do you want to do after HBS? What do you like to do outside of school and work? What gets you up in the morning?

Choose a theme. One approach we would recommend is to think of a key theme or differentiator that defines you. Recognizing that this kind of self-reflection can be a challenge for many applicants, Veritas Prep entered into a yearlong collaboration with the publishers of the Myers-Briggs personality type assessments to develop our Personalized MBA Game Plan™ assessment tool, available free to all GMAT Prep and Admissions Consulting customers. Using your Myers-Briggs personality type, this assessment helps you analyze your own strengths and weaknesses to determine the unique ways that you may stand out from the crowd. Whether or not you utilize this resource, be very mindful of the key takeaway that you want the admissions board member to remember about you.

Read more of our thoughts on the HBS essay here.

Every year we help dozens of applicants apply to Harvard Business School. Want to see if you have what it takes to get into HBS? You can get a free profile evaluation from a Veritas Prep MBA admissions expert or give us a call at (800) 962-2069. And, as always, be sure to find us on Facebook and YouTube, and follow us on Twitter!

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Northwestern Kellogg 2019-2020 MBA Application Essay Tips

If you’re applying to Northwestern Kellogg’s MBA program and looking for advice on the essays you’ve come to the right place. Applicants to Northwestern Kellogg must answer two essay questions and complete a video essay.

Essay 1: Kellogg’s purpose is to educate, equip & inspire brave leaders who create lasting value. Provide a recent example where you have demonstrated leadership and created value. What challenges did you face and what did you learn? (450 words)

Use the SAR method to tell stories. This essay is a classic candidate for the SAR (Situation–Action–Result) outline that we recommend our clients use. The situation will likely be an opportunity or challenge where you needed to demonstrate leadership in order to get something done. The action will be how you exercised your leadership. Perhaps you influenced a team to see things your way and convinced them to take up your cause. Finally, the result will be the outcome—the lasting value you created–not just of that particular situation, but also the positive impact that it had on you as a young leader. Pay particular attention to the last few words of this essay prompt; what you learned may be what the admissions committee pays attention to the most.

Essay 2: Values are what guide you in your life and work. What values are important to you and how have they influenced you? (450 words)

Provide insight on what motivates you. The values you choose are important, but the reasons why you chose those values are even more important. The best answers will include specific examples or stories that demonstrate how or why these values have significance in your life. We can’t really say it better than Kate Smith, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Kellogg. “We hope to hear how these values have influenced you. Last year, this question focused on how an applicant has grown in the past, and how he or she intends to grow at Kellogg. Our change comes from wanting to understand what drives you when you get up every morning. How will this make you meaningful members of our community at Kellogg? How will these values shape the kind of leader you will become one day?” It’s a lot to pack in to 450 words, but try to be as specific as possible and providing examples with concrete details will help bring your answer to life and be an engaging read.

We’ve got a couple more tips for Essay 2. To read them check out the full version of our advice.  

The Video Essay

Video essay 1: Please introduce yourself to the admissions committee.

Video essay 2: What path are you interested in pursuing, how will you get there, and why is this program right for you?

Video essay 3: Each of you will receive a randomly selected prompt, all of which have the same objective. We want you to show us how you handled a challenging situation in your career or personal life. For example, we might ask you to tell us about a time you failed to achieve a goal you had set for yourself.

Tips for success

First, practice, practice, practice. Get comfortable with the format and the technology using the sample questions provided in the application.  

The questions for the video essay aren’t intended to be difficult. For the first question, with just one minute to respond, you may want to pick one or two aspects of your background to share that you may not have been able to bring to life in other parts of your application. For the second question, show enthusiasm and thoughtfulness. You have a plan. If you’re excited about it, it’s more likely that the viewer will be excited about it and you, too. For the third question, be prepared to think somewhat on your feet. You may not think of a brilliant answer for all of these questions, and you might even stumble a little bit. That’s actually fine. Simply do your best and let them see a glimmer of your personality.

These are just a few quick thoughts on the 2019-2020 application essays for Kellogg. For more about Kellogg check out the Essential Guide to Kellogg. To learn more about 12 of the top MBA programs check out the Veritas Prep Essential Guide to Top Business Schools.

Veritas Prep has helped people just like you discover their story and produce top-notch applications, gaining them admission to the most selective MBA programs in the world. Contact us today to find out how we can help you. Give us a call at (800) 962-2069 or fill out this quick form to schedule a free MBA consultation, where we’ll review your applicant profile and give you actionable advice for your unique situation.

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Columbia Business School 2019-2020 MBA Application Essay Tips

If you’re applying to Columbia Business School and looking for advice on the essays you’ve come to the right place. Applicants to Columbia Business School must complete one short answer question and three essays. Read on for a taste of the advice you can find in the Veritas Prep Essential Guide to Top Business Schools. You can also skip straight to the full version of our advice, if you’d like a more in-depth analysis of this year’s essay prompts from Columbia.

Short Answer Question:

What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters maximum)

50 characters is not a lot, so get to the point! A straightforward question deserves a very straightforward answer, so don’t beat around the bush in answering this. Be specific. Note that the examples Columbia provides all start with a verb.  

Essay 1:

Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job? (500 words)

Here’s your chance to expand on the answer you provided to the short answer question. Two very important things to keep in mind with this essay: 1) Make sure your goals are researched, realistic and real, and 2) show that you have the vision and ambition to really make a positive impact.

We go into depth about how to ensure that your goals are researched, realistic, and real in the full essay advice section of our Essential Guide. For example, in researching your goals, ask yourself have you done “human research”? Have you actually talked to someone who has your target position and do you truly know what it entails? Will an MBA from Columbia help you achieve that goal? These are questions you should be asking yourself as you tackle this essay prompt.

Essay 2:

Why do you feel Columbia Business School is a good fit for you? (250 words)

In your essay response, show how you’ll take advantage of the unique opportunities Columbia offers. What specifically does Columbia offer you that is perhaps not available at the other top business schools (especially other schools in New York) that you might be interested in? Go beyond just the obvious professional opportunities, and consider also writing about the social benefits of immersing yourself in the Columbia culture and going to business school in New York City.

Essay 3:

Who is a leader you admire, and why? (250 words)

Why you admire the leader is more important than who you choose. An important part of a strong answer to this question is showing what leadership means to you and tying in ways you’ve exemplified those qualities.

Those are just a few quick thoughts on the 2019-2020 application essays for Columbia. For more free expert advice on getting into top MBA programs like the one at Columbia Business School, check out the Veritas Prep Essential Guide to Top Business Schools.

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How to Get Into Harvard Business School (Part 2)

Harvard Business School

In Part 1 of our “How to Get Into Harvard Business School” series, we talk about about what the admissions team at HBS is looking for. Now let’s talk about how to demonstrate what HBS is looking for in your application. Before you continue reading, take a look at “How to Get Into Harvard Business School (Part 1)”

Two things an applicant needs to do to get into HBS or any other top MBA program are:

1) Stand out from other applicants (especially those with similar profiles), and
2) Show how you fit with the school.

So, what does that mean for your application? We’ll break it down into two easy tips:

Do Some Soul Searching

In order to stand out from other applicants you need to convey to the admissions board what makes you uniquely you. The admissions team is deeply interested in getting to know you and wants to get a sense for what you will bring to the classroom and broader community. Ask yourself: “What is it that makes me a candidate they absolutely can’t live without?” You may want to share examples that show what drives you, the experiences that have led you to where you are today, the influences that have contributed to who you are. Try to focus on key takeaways or themes that you want the admissions board to remember about you.

Use Past Performance as an Indicator of Future Success

Harvard Business School is looking to build a class of 900+ students where every member will offer a different perspective to the classroom, contribute richly to the campus community, and make a distinct impact on the world as an alum, so give concrete examples of how you’ve done that in the past. Show that you have a track record of being all that they’re looking for.  

Veritas Prep consultant Kevin Richardson says, “ Perhaps more than any other school, HBS sees past performance as an indicator of future success. If you think about hitting the ‘checkboxes’ to apply to business school – good GPA, good GMAT, got a promotion, led a project/team, quantifiable success – it is SUPER important to have those for HBS.”

You may have heard this all before, but the truth bears repeating: be yourself and tell the truth. Don’t get caught up in trying to spin some story that doesn’t reflect your experience or where you see yourself going accurately. As long as you have your bases covered, if you do your research, invest in the HBS community, and demonstrate how you’ll be a phenomenal addition to the class, you’ll be in a good position for admission. You need to know “why you” out of thousands and be able to explain it. If you can’t answer that question, the admissions committee won’t be able to either.

For more helpful Harvard advice, watch the webinar we hosted, “How to Get Into Harvard Business School”, and check out the Veritas Prep Essential Guide to Harvard Business School. You can also give us a call at 1-800-925-7737 to speak with an MBA admissions expert about your chances of getting into business school and what you can do to increase them!

Expert Essay Advice for the 2018-2019 Columbia Business School MBA Application

Columbia UniversityWe are excited to share with you our advice on Columbia’s 2018-2019 MBA admissions essay prompts. Read on for a taste of the advice you can find in the Veritas Prep Essential Guide to Top Business Schools. You can also skip straight to the full version of our advice, if you’d like a more in-depth analysis of this year’s essay prompts from Columbia.  This year, applicants to Columbia Business School must complete one short answer question and three essays. 

Short Answer Question:

What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters maximum) 50 characters is not a lot, so get to the point! What do you want to do after you graduate business school, in a nutshell? A straightforward question deserves a very straightforward answer, so don’t beat around the bush in answering this.

Essay 1:

Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job? (500 words) Here’s your chance to expand on the answer you provided to the short answer question. Two very important things to keep in mind with this essay: 1) Make sure your goals are researched, realistic and real, and 2) show that you have the vision and ambition to really make a positive impact. We go into depth about how to ensure that your goals are researched, realistic, and real in the full essay advice section of our Essential Guide. For example, in researching your goals, ask yourself have you done “human research”? Have you actually talked to someone who has your target position and do you truly know what it entails? Will an MBA from Columbia help you achieve that goal? These are questions you should be asking yourself as you tackle this essay prompt.

Essay 2:

How will you take advantage of being “at the very center of business”? Click photo. (250 words) Be sure to actually watch the video that launches when you click on the photo. In your essay response, show how you’ll take advantage of the unique opportunities Columbia offers. What specifically does Columbia offer you that is perhaps not available at the other top business schools (especially other schools in New York) that you might be interested in? Go beyond just the obvious professional opportunities, and consider also writing about the social benefits of immersing yourself in the Columbia culture and going to business school in New York City.

Essay 3:

Please provide an example of a team failure of which you have been a part. If given a second chance, what would you do differently? (250 words) Note that they specifically ask you to write about a team failure here. An important part of teamwork is being accountable, and an important part of a strong answer to this question is showing what you learned and how you grew (became a better leader, teammate or team member) because of this experience.

Those are just a few quick thoughts on the 2018-2019 application essays from Columbia. For more free expert advice on getting into top MBA programs like the one at Columbia, check out the Veritas Prep Essential Guide to Top Business Schools. You can also  give us a call at 1-800-925-7737 to speak with an MBA expert about how you can best increase your odds of admission to business school! 

Expert Essay Advice for the 2018-2019 Wharton MBA Application

Wharton AdmissionsWe are excited to share with you our advice on Wharton’s 2018-2019 MBA admissions essays! Read on for a taste of the advice you can find in the Veritas Prep Essential Guide to Top Business Schools. To skip straight to the full version of our advice, click here

Wharton requires only two essays this year…

Essay 1:

What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? (500 words)

A strong essay will describe your career goals and then make a clear connection between your goals and what the Wharton MBA program offers. It’s important that your goals are researched, realistic, and real.  You also want to make sure you demonstrate a strong understanding of the wide array of professional opportunities available to you through Wharton and back up your story with concrete examples. Finally, Wharton wants to know why you’re a fit for their specific program, and vice versa. So do your homework and ask yourself: “What is it about a Wharton MBA in particular that will help me achieve my career aspirations?”

Essay 2:

Describe an impactful experience or accomplishment that is not reflected elsewhere in your application. How will you use what you learned through that experience to contribute to the Wharton community? (400 words)

We strongly recommend using the SAR (Situation–Action–Result) essay framework. This will help you avoid the pitfall of spending too much time describing the situation.  You want to make sure to include what you learned and dedicate significant time to connecting your experience and what you learned with how you specifically plan to contribute at Wharton. What’s going to make the difference between a good essay and a great essay is your ability to give the reader a glimpse into who you are and how you will contribute. Again, be sure to use concrete examples.

Those are just a few quick thoughts on the essays for Wharton. For more free expert advice, read the Veritas Prep Essential Guide to Top Business Schools or call us at 1-800-925-7737! As always, be sure to find us on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

Early Thoughts on Berkeley Haas’ 2016-2017 Application Essay Questions

UC BerkeleyApplication season at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business is officially underway with the release of the school’s 2016-2017 essay questions. Let’s discuss from a high level some early thoughts on how best to approach the essay prompts, which are essentially the same as the prompts from last year. There are three full essay questions for Haas, with Essay 2 providing the applicant multiple options to choose from.

Essay 1:
If you could choose one song that expresses who you are, what is it and why? (250 words)

The most important thing about what song you choose here is that the song you choose does not matter. The fact that the school does not care what language, culture, or even what the lyrics are should signal this to you. It is all about “why” this song is so important to you, so when selecting a song think long and hard about a song that provides some insight into who you are. The more authentic the better, so use this as an opportunity to really let the Admissions Committee in so you can stand out from other candidates.

Essay 2:
Choose one:

  • Describe an experience that has fundamentally changed the way you see the world and how it transformed you
  • Describe a time when you were challenged by perspectives different from your own and how you responded
  • Describe a difficult decision you have made and why it was challenging

(250 words)
There is a common theme between these three potential essay prompts, so it can be difficult for applicants to decide on which one to pick. Overall, with all three of these prompts, Haas is looking to understand how you have handled uncomfortable situations in the past. Again, which prompt you choose does not really matter for this essay – what is most important is to dive deep and be vulnerable and reflective on the experience you choose to share.

Essay 3:
Tell us about your career plans. How have your past experiences prepared you to achieve these goals? How will Berkeley-Haas help you? (500 words)

Essay 3 is the longest of the three essays and is by far the most traditional. This is your opportunity to really connect the dots for the Admissions Committee and help them understand how a Haas MBA will uniquely position you for success in your future career path. Spare the generalities here and get specific – highlight how your past, present, and future all link together with the Haas MBA. Hint: Haas’ “Defining Principles” are a great place to start!

Just a few thoughts on the new batch of essays from the Haas School of Business – hopefully this will help you get started. For more thoughts on Berkeley and its application essays, check out our free Essential Guide to Top Business Schools.

Applying to Berkeley Haas or other business schools? Call us at 1-800-925-7737 and speak with an MBA admissions expert today, or take our free MBA Admissions Profile Evaluation for personalized advice for your unique application situation! As always, be sure to find us on FacebookYouTubeGoogle+ and Twitter.

Dozie A. is a Veritas Prep Head Consultant for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His specialties include consulting, marketing, and low GPA/GMAT applicants. You can read more articles by him here.

Free MBA Guide: Everything You Need to Research Business Schools and Create Compelling Applications

Columbia UniversityIt’s no secret that pursuing an MBA is a challenging and time consuming process. There are thousands of MBA programs around the world, and it’s your job to find the program best fit for you. It’s easy to identify programs where your GPA and GMAT score fall within the range of accepted candidates, but what about personal fit? Which school or schools will offer you the best environment for your unique personality and future goals?

The Veritas Prep Essential Guide to Top Business Schools is a must-have resource for every elite MBA applicant. Now available for free through the Veritas Prep website, this comprehensive, interactive guide cuts through the marketing jargon and basic statistics found on any school’s website to offer in-depth analysis and expert advice to gain admission to the world’s most selective graduate business programs.

Use this guide to help determine which business school is the best fit for you based on your unique needs. The Essential Guide to Top Business School includes detailed information about the world’s most competitive business schools, including class statistics, academic structure, campus culture, post-MBA employment trends, as well as actionable advice to create compelling applications.

What are you waiting for? Bring yourself one step closer to getting an MBA, and check out the Veritas Prep Essential Guide to Business School for free now!

Getting ready to apply to business school? Call us at 1-800-925-7737 and speak with an MBA admissions expert today, or take our free MBA Admissions Profile Evaluation for personalized advice for your unique application situation! And as always, be sure to find us on Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and Twitter.

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.

In reality, nonprofits are influential, competitive, high-stake organizations with an important mission and a need to hire top talent leaders.  Business schools are responding by offering additional curriculum and monetary resources to MBA candidates interested in making a positive impact on society through nonprofit work and leadership.

If you’re interested in the nonprofit sector here are a few top-tier MBA programs to definitely consider:

Yale School of Management

Yale SOM is known for its nonprofit expertise and is consistently ranked as the top MBA program for nonprofit.  SOM offers a nonprofit management concentration as well as several joint degrees like JD/MBA and MBA/MA in International Relations that are quite popular for candidates intending to have leadership careers in nonprofit organizations.

Additionally, The Yale School of Management Loan Forgiveness Program is available for students interested in working in nonprofit or government positions.  This program served as a model for loan forgiveness programs at other business schools.  Programs like these can be quite enticing since nonprofit salaries can be 30% less than those in private industry.

Harvard Business School

Is there a top-anything MBA list that HBS is not on?  Probably not.  So if you plan on changing the world then why not learn how to at the best business school in the world.  HBS exposes all MBA candidates to The Social Enterprise Initiative by incorporating social enterprise cases and topics into the first year Required Curriculum.

For those do-gooders needing funds, the Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship awards $10,000 to 7-10 first year students who have demonstrated leadership and proven commitment to the nonprofit sector.  There are also dozens of nonprofit-geared campus activities, clubs and events that provide opportunities for networking, career development and community engagement.

UC Berkeley – Haas School of Business

Haas combines its entrepreneurial prowess with Berkeley’s deed-seated call to action agenda to create a uniqe and effective MBA experience for those interested in improving and advancing society through nonprofit work.  Haas’ Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership provides MBA students with an opportunity to learn the skills necessary to make significant social impacts through innovation and collaboration.  Specifically designed courses include Social entrepreneurship and social impact, Nonprofit consulting and Strategic management of nonprofits.

Haas also provides ways to make a positive impact during the MBA program including The Education Leadership Case Competition and The Global Social Venture Competition, founded by Haas MBA students, that includes a $50,000 funding prize.

Of course the highlight of any nonprofit career is being able to understand and contribute to the “When You Work at a Nonprofit” Tumblr: http://workingatanonprofit.tumblr.com/

For more information on Yale, Harvard, and other top b-schools, download our Essential Guides, 14 different guides to the world’s top business schools. If you’re ready to start building your own application, call us at 1-800-925-7737 and speak with an MBA admissions expert today. And, as always, be sure to find us on Facebook and Google+, and follow us on Twitter!

Four Things That Make Yale SOM Different

Yale MBA Admissions GuideWe work with dozens of Yale School of Management applicants every year. Given the school’s tight-knit culture and its strong reputation in progressive fields of study, it’s no wonder that Yale is popular among our admissions consulting clients. What does surprise us, though, is how many Yale applicants don’t really know whether the school is good fit for them. We always urge these applicants to go back and do their homework a bit more before they start crafting their applications.

Are you thinking about applying to Yale SOM this year? If so, why? How do you know if it’s really is a good fit for you? More importantly, how do you know the Yale admissions team will think you’re a good fit for the school? Today we present four things that make the Yale SOM experience unique:
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INSEAD Is a Good Fit for You If…

We talk to dozens of applicants about INSEAD every year. Our European clients almost always are interested in the program, and among U.S.-based applicants, INSEAD is almost always their first or second choice if they’re interested in earning an MBA abroad. This makes sense given the terrific international exposure that INSEAD students get at the school’s two campuses. What frequently surprises us, though, is how little applicants really know about the school, beyond that fact that it’s a highly-ranked program with a high profile around the world.

Are you thinking about applying to INSEAD? How do you know if it really is a good fit for you? And how do you know if the INSEAD admissions committee will think you’re a good fit for the program? Today we present six reasons why INSEAD may be the perfect school for you to target for your MBA experience. While not all six of these need to describe you, the more these descriptions sound like you, the more likely you are to thrive at INSEAD:
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Five Things That Makes Stanford GSB Different

We get no shortage of inquiries from clients about the Stanford Graduate School of Business, which isn’t surprising given that it sits at or near the top of any significant ranking of MBA programs. What’s not to love about an elite, cozy MBA program in the heart of Silicon Valley? Still, we’re often disappointed by how little these applicants actually know about Stanford before they apply. We always urge these applicants to go back and do their homework a bit more before they begin the application process.

Are you thinking about applying to Stanford? If so, why? How do you know if it’s really is a good fit for you? More importantly, how do you know the Stanford admissions team will think you’re a good fit for the school? Today we present five things that make Stanford GSB unique among top-ranked MBA programs:
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The Haas School of Business Is a Good Fit for You If…

UC Berkeley (Haas)We are big fans of the UC Berkeley MBA program here at Veritas Prep. The school’s “Confidence Without Attitude” thrust is one we can really get behind, and it’s that ethos (among others) that makes Haas grads so popular among hiring companies. Haas is also popular among Veritas Prep clients, which is no surprise given the school’s location in the Bay Area and progressive reputation. We know other applicants agree — Haas actually has one of the lowest acceptance rates among all MBA programs in the United States.

Are you thinking about applying to Haas? How do you know if the school really is a good fit for you? Today we present six reasons why UC Berkeley may be the perfect school for you to target for your MBA experience:
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Four Things That Make NYU Stern Different

When clients we ask our admissions consulting clients which MBA programs they’re targeting, NYU’s Stern School of Business is often on the list. Given the school’s New York location, impressive faculty, and strong ties to the finance sector, it’s no wonder that so many people apply to Stern each year.

If NYU Stern isn’t on your list, then perhaps you should take a step back and research the school more closely. It’s a personal favorite of many of us here at Veritas Prep headquarters, and it’s one that we frequently recommend that our clients research in more depth. Today we dig into four things that make NYU Stern unique among top business schools:
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Four Things That Make Tuck Different

Every year we get countless inquiries from applicants about Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. Given the school’s tight-knit community and its successful track record in placing grads in high-paying careers, it’s no wonder that so many applicants are drawn to Tuck every year. What does surprise us, though, is how many Tuck applicants don’t really know whether the school is good fit for them. We always urge these applicants to go back and do their homework a bit more before they begin the application process.

Are you thinking about applying to Tuck? If so, why? How do you know if it’s really is a good fit for you? More importantly, how do you know the Tuck admissions team will think you’re a good fit for the school? Today we present four things that make the Tuck School of Business unique among top-ranked MBA programs:
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UCLA Anderson Is a Good Fit for You If…

UCLA Anderson We work with dozens of UCLA Anderson applicants every year. Given the school’s strong community and its strength in a number of academy departments, it’s no wonder that so many applicants aim for Anderson every year. What does surprise us, though, is how many UCLA applicants don’t really know whether the school is good fit for them. We always urge these applicants to go back and do their homework a bit more before they start crafting their Anderson applications.

Are you thinking about applying to UCLA Anderson? If so, why? How do you know if it’s really is a good fit for you? More importantly, how do you know the Anderson admissions team will think you’re a good fit for the school? Today we present a few reasons why Anderson might be a good fit for you:
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Five Things That Make Kellogg Different

At Veritas Prep, we work with dozens if not hundreds of Kellogg applicants every year. Given the school’s sterling reputation in marketing, its ability to turn out well-rounded general managers, its enviable lakefront location in Chicagoland, and its high-energy culture, it’s no wonder that so many applicants aim for Kellogg every year. What does surprise us, though, is how many Kellogg applicants don’t really know whether the school is a good fit for them. We always urge these applicants to go back and do their homework a bit more before they start crafting their Kellogg applications. Answering “Why Kellogg?” is the key to your essays, interviews, and decision!

Are you thinking about applying to Kellogg this year? If so, why? How do you know if it’s really is a good fit for you? More importantly, how do you know the Kellogg admissions team will think you’re a good fit for the school? Today we present five things that make the Kellogg academic experience unique:

Blended Teaching
The Kellogg curriculum offers perhaps the most blended teaching approach of any of the top business schools, dividing its course styles into three nearly equal parts: case method, lectures, and team projects — all bolstered by the school’s commitment to the Kellogg experiential learning. The classroom approach at Kellogg can often mirror the probing, theoretical approach of a top law school, as distinguished professors push MBA students to go beyond the rules of business by testing theories and assumptions. Classroom participation is one thing that all of Kellogg’s class formats have in common. The Kellogg curriculum is constantly evolving with the times and the hot topics of the day.

In your essays, you may show why Kellogg is a good fit for you by identifying how you have thrived in these learning environments before and how you can contribute to the learning experience of your peers. In sharing your weaknesses and areas for development, you may also refer to how a component of the Kellogg curriculum and teaching method is the best approach to address these gaps in your toolkit. Doing so would help the admissions committee see how knowledgeable you are about the Kellogg MBA program, how you would contribute to the school community, and why Kellogg makes perfect sense to be your first choice if offered a slot. In your interviews, present yourself with confidence and articulate well, this well help show your interviewer that you will be able to participate and add substance to classroom discussions, enriching the experiences of your peers. You want to come off as engaging and someone people would want to listen to.

Experiential Learning
Many elite business schools offer their students the chance to study in the field and to get real world experience, but few incorporate the mantra of “learning by doing” to the extent that Kellogg does. From the number of students who participate in business plan competitions, to the wide range of unique opportunities to create and test new technologies offered, Kellogg allows every student to find a way to put his or her theoretical learning to the real world test. The school offers a nearly unparalleled variety of courses and labs that focus almost entirely on learning by doing.

Research on these opportunities, identify the specific courses and labs, then elaborate why they interest you the most. Do they remind you of previous experiences which you want to build on at Kellogg? Or how well will they prepare you for the next steps in your personal development? Share why these unique offerings in the Kellogg curriculum will help you towards your goals and your passions. Highlighting your fit with the Kellogg experiential learning experience could also be a good way to clearly show your preference for a Kellogg MBA. As MBA admissions consultants often advise: “Better to show than tell”. In this case, rather than saying Kellogg is my number one choice, share stories of how the right mix of experiences, knowledge gaps, and motivations that would be best addressed by the unique mix of the Kellogg curriculum. This would show that Kellogg is indeed the best fit for your MBA journey.

Aside from reading Kellogg’s official materials on these, you engage external sources online, and better yet talk to Kellogg students and alumni who have participated in the Kellogg experiential learning opportunities. Consider a campus visit, as well, to better visualize how your school life at Kellogg would be like. Doing all these extra steps would be worth your while if it would help inform your choices, prove your genuine interest, and convincingly make your case for admission.

Social Responsibility
The school has a range of opportunities for students to both get involved in their local communities while also building strong skills for a future career in a social venture or nonprofit. The Kellogg Board Fellows program is an opportunity for students to serve on the board of a nonprofit. Social Enterprise at Kellogg (SEEK) supports those interested in bringing social benefits to the world through business, and the annual Innovating Social Change conference, which reinforces the longstanding commitment to the community and social good that is apparent at the Kellogg School. Kellogg’s socially-focused culture is also highlighted by the fact that they have a faculty Director of Diversity and Inclusion (Angela Edwards-Campbell), and these values are emphasized throughout the curriculum.

Applicants with long-running involvement and substantial accomplishments to social enterprises would do well to share their active engagement and why Kellogg is the perfect fit for them given this strength in the Kellogg curriculum.

As applicants prepare their application files and CV, a common question is on how to demonstrate engagement with social causes if they don’t have a formal long-term commitment to a social enterprise or organization. This is particularly challenging to applicants from roles that require extensive work hours, travel, and even relocations.

Would volunteering (typically a few months before the application deadline) in the community help? Or which activities done in the past should be shared? The answer lies in identifying and articulating the common thread that ties in these activities. This will be the most helpful way to demonstrate commitment to a social cause given the realities.

Global Perspective
A typical Kellogg class is composed of students from 40 different countries. And, another 100 international exchange students come to campus each year, taking the place of the 100 Kellogg students who travel to foreign universities for study abroad opportunities. Beyond this diverse mix of nationality and culture among the student body, Kellogg has focused coursework and experiential learning opportunities specific to the global landscape, such as the Global Lab, Global Initiatives in Management, and a requirement that every student take at least one course with a global focus.

Applicants with extensive multicultural exposure in their personal and professional lives can point to this strength of the Kellogg curriculum in articulating why Kellogg is the right one for them. They can share how this aspect of the learning experience enriches them, how they can contribute to this environment, and even act as a bridge for their peers. Identifying specific exchange programs and what makes the particular program or city interesting to them can come in handy whether in the essays, interview, or informal conversations.

Leadership
As all other top schools do, Kellogg puts a great deal of focus on leadership. The school attempts to elevate good leaders to great ones. One required component in the Kellogg curriculum is the Leadership Core Series, which is a central part of the first semester and involves a community service project. Specific leadership courses (Leadership in Organizations and Values and Crisis Decision Making) bring this approach to the curriculum, while a residence series brings in high-level executives as part of a speaking program to discuss leadership issues and concepts surrounding social responsibility. The Business Leadership Club and the Kellogg Student Association rank among the most popular and important student groups at the school.

Aside from demonstrating leadership ability through sharing team-based accomplishments throughout your application files, you need to show ability to learn from others, and ability to bring others together. Kellogg prides itself in developing leaders with command across a wide range of areas including collaboration, negotiation, finance, strategy, and data analytics. Thus, demonstrating a wide range of interests, as opposed to a very narrow perspective, is a safer way to go in presenting yourself.

Today’s article was clipped from our Essential Guide to Kellogg, one of 15 guides to the world’s top MBA programs, available for purchase on our site. Take a look if you are ready to prepare you Kellogg application. And, as always, be sure to find us on Facebook and Google+, and follow us on Twitter! Call us to learn which Veritas Prep package suits you best. Our top caliber consultants will guide you throughout the entire process, saving you time and stress, while boosting your chances through personalized attention. Engage with alumni of top MBA programs, including from Kellogg, who have successfully guided candidates just like you into their dream MBA programs.

Fuqua Is a Good Fit for You If…

Every year we work with dozens and dozens of clients who target Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Given its tight-knit culture, growing global footprint, and strength in academic areas such as marketing, it’s no surprise that Fuqua is on many applicants’ short lists. We are often surprised, however, by how many applicants apply to Fuqua without really knowing whether or not it’s a good fit for them. We always urge these applicants to go back and do their homework a bit more before they start crafting their Duke applications.

Are you thinking about applying to Fuqua this year? If so, why? How do you know if Fuqua really is a good fit for you? Today we present five reasons why Duke may be a great place for you to spend two years as an MBA student:
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Five Reasons Why You Should Consider Ross

Michigan Ross MBA Admissions GuideWhen clients talk to us and list the handful of MBA programs to which they’re applying, the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business is often on the list. Given the school’s strong academics, impressive alumni reach, and strength in multiple academic disciplines, it’s no wonder that so many people apply to Ross each year.

If Ross isn’t on your list, then perhaps you should take a step back and research the school more closely. It’s a personal favorite of many of us here at Veritas Prep headquarters (and not just among those who went to school in Ann Arbor), and it’s one that we frequently recommend that our clients research in more depth. If any of these descriptions below apply to you, then Ross should also be on your MBA radar:
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Columbia Business School Is a Good Fit for You If…

Columbia MBA Admissions GuideAmong Veritas Prep admissions consulting clients, Columbia Business School attracts more applications than all but several other schools. It’s no surprise, given how many grads Columbia places into high-paying Wall Street jobs every year. What may surprise you, though, is how many applicants apply to Columbia without really knowing whether or not it’s a good fit for them. We always urge these applicants to go back and do their homework a bit more before they start crafting their Columbia applications.

Are you thinking about applying to Columbia Business School? How do you know if Columbia really is a good fit for you? Today we present five reasons why Columbia may be the perfect school for you to target for your MBA experience:
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Six Things That Make MIT Sloan Different

Among top MBA programs, MIT Sloan stands apart for its reputation for producing grads with strong quantitative skills. But there’s a lot more to Sloan than spreadsheets and operations models. If you’re aiming for the top business schools, you will want to take a long, hard look at Sloan. But how do you know if Sloan is a good fit for you? Today we dig into six things that make MIT Sloan different than other top business schools. If you like the way these sound, then Sloan should probably be on your short list of MBA programs:

Technology
Given the strength of MIT and engineering, it’s no surprise that Sloan has a superior offering in the area of tech ventures and IT. Innovation is a buzzword at many top business schools, but Sloan embodies it, particularly in the area of high tech. Support for an entrepreneur in launching a new venture at business school is stronger at MIT than almost anywhere else (schools like Berkeley Haas and Stanford also have extensive resources and are good choices for those wanting to pursue a technology career).
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Chicago Booth Is a Good Fit for You If…

Chicago Booth Admissions GuideIn terms of reputation, Chicago Booth is one of the fastest-rising MBA programs in the world. More and more top-tier candidates now consider applying to Booth than ever before, making getting in to Booth tougher. Over the past several years, we have probably seen inquires about Booth increase more than those for any other school. Booth is hot, and people want to go there. If you’re reading this, then odds are that you’re considering Booth, too.

But how do you know Chicago Booth is a good fit for you? Today we dig into five things that might make Booth an especially good fit for you. Not all of these need to apply to you, but the more these things sound like you, the more likely you are to fit in at Booth and excel in its rigorous learning environment:
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Three Things That Make Wharton Different

Without a doubt, a Wharton MBA is one of the most sought after graduate degrees in the world. And every year we at Veritas Prep certainly get our share of applicants who want to spend two years in Philadelphia. It’s no wonder — 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 well do you really know Wharton? Today we dig into three things that contribute to Wharton’s unique, high-energy learning environment. If reading about these attributes make you even more excited Wharton, then the school might be a good fit for you:
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