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Dartmouth (Tuck) Admissions Essays for 2011-2012

Dartmouth (Tuck) Admissions Essays for 2011-2012

Darmouth’s Tuck School of Business recently published its application deadlines and admissions essay topics for the Class of 2014. You may notice that Tuck’s questions have changed very little since last year, suggesting that the school’s current batch of essay topics works well for the admissions committee. By “works well,” we mean that the essays help admissions officers get to know applicants better, and helps them separate out the great candidates from the merely good ones.

Also, note that Tuck does not have hard word limits for its essays, but the school does provide some rough guidance: “Although there is no formal restriction on the length of your response, most applicants use, on average, 500 words for each essay and you should work hard to try to keep your answers around that length.”

MIT Sloan Application Essays and Deadlines for 2011-2012

MIT Sloan Application Essays and Deadlines for 2011-2012

MIT Sloan has released its admissions essays and deadlines for the Class of 2014. (You can view the essays once you create an online account to access Sloan’s application.) There are some small changes to the essays this year, although not many, and Sloan’s famous cover letter returns. This cover letter is still unique among other top MBA programs’ application essays; apparently its still works well enough that Sloan wants to keep it around.

Here are MIT Sloan’s deadlines and essays for the coming year, followed by our comments in italics:

Chicago Booth Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2011-2012

Chicago Booth Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2011-2012

Chicago Booth has released its admissions essays and deadlines for the 2011-2012 applications season. Last year the Booth admissions office made a lot of changes to the school’s application. While the change look less dramatic this year, there’s still plenty to dig our teeth into, so let’s begin.

Here are Chicago Booth’s MBA admissions deadlines and essays, followed by our comments in italics:

UC Berkeley (Haas) Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2011-2012

UC Berkeley (Haas) Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2011-2012

UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business has released its MBA application essays and deadlines for the Class of 2014. Haas made some big changes to its essays (lots of short ones!) this year’s so let’s dig in. Here are the school’s application deadlines and essays, followed by our comments in italics:

Berkeley (Haas) Application Deadlines
Round 1: October 12, 2011
Round 2: December 1, 2011
Round 3: January 18, 2012
Round 4: March 7, 2012

Columbia Business School Application Deadlines for 2011-2012

Columbia Business School Application Deadlines for 2011-2012

Continuing the trickle of new essays and deadlines coming from top schools for the 2011-2012 admissions season, Columbia Business School has released its deadlines for the new application season. Remember that Columbia is somewhat unique in that it not only has a September intake, but also a January one. This “J-Term” is really a 16-month program most suitable for someone who doesn’t need the benefit of an MBA summer internship. Columbia is also different in that it has a rolling admissions process without three discrete rounds, as is typical at most MBA programs.

Harvard Business School Essays and Deadlines for 2011-2012

Harvard Business School Essays and Deadlines for 2011-2012

It must be spring, because Harvard Business School has just released its application essays and deadlines for the 2011-2012 admissions season. Note that these are for Harvard’s traditional MBA program; we covered the HBS 2+2 Program application a couple of weeks ago, although the two applications have become very similar to one another.

Here are the new essays and deadlines, taken from Harvard’s site. Our comments follow in italics:

Admissions 101: Three Reasons to Wait Until Round 2

Admissions 101: Three Reasons to Wait Until Round 2

Continuing our “Admissions 101″ series, today we explore the question of whether you should apply to business school in Round 1 or Round 2, and whether this decision really matters at all. Every year we get a lot of questions from applicants in late September and early October along the lines of, “Here’s where my application stands today. Does it make sense to apply now, or [insert some way of improving one's application here] and apply in Round 2 instead?”

London Business School Admissions Deadlines for 2010-2011

London Business School Admissions Deadlines for 2010-2011

Today we look at London Business School’s deadlines for the 2010-2011 admissions season.

Here are the deadlines, followed by our comments in italics:

INSEAD Admissions Deadlines for 2010-2011

INSEAD Admissions Deadlines for 2010-2011

While we most often write about U.S.-based business schools in this space, INSEAD is one of the more popular programs among our clients. That’s why it’s one of the MBA programs we cover in our Annual Reports, our free guides to 15 of the world’s top MBA programs.

UC Berkeley (Haas) MBA Admissions Deadlines for 2010-2011

UC Berkeley (Haas) MBA Admissions Deadlines for 2010-2011

UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business has published its MBA admissions deadlines for the coming year. We’ll dig into the school’s admissions essays shortly, but first, here are the Haas deadlines, followed by our comments in italics:

NYU (Stern) Application Deadlines for 2010-2011

NYU (Stern) Application Deadlines for 2010-2011

NYU’s Stern School of Business has published its MBA admissions deadlines for the coming year. Here they are, followed by our comments in italics:

UVA (Darden) MBA Admissions Deadlines for 2010-2011

UVA (Darden) MBA Admissions Deadlines for 2010-2011

The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business recently published its application deadlines for the coming admissions season. Here they are, followed by our comments in italics:

Chicago Booth Admissions Deadlines for 2010-2011

Chicago Booth Admissions Deadlines for 2010-2011

Chicago Booth’s online application is now available for the 2010-2011 season. In a few days we’ll dig into the school’s significantly revamped essays for the coming year, but first we wanted to share Booth’s admissions deadlines for the Class of 2013.

Duke (Fuqua) Admissions Deadlines for 2010-2011

Duke (Fuqua) Admissions Deadlines for 2010-2011


A few weeks after announcing its admissions essays for the coming year, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business has announced its application deadlines for 2010-2011 (click on the “When to Apply” tab on the Fuqua site). Here they are, followed by our comments in italics:

UCLA Anderson Admissions Deadlines for 2010-2011

UCLA Anderson Admissions Deadlines for 2010-2011

Continuing the wave of new deadlines and questions from top business schools, UCLA’s Anderson School of Management recently released its application deadlines for the coming admissions season. Here they are, followed by our comments:

UCLA Anderson Application Deadlines
Round 1: October 20, 2010
Round 2: January 5, 2011
Round 3: April 13, 2011

UNC (Kenan-Flagler) MBA Admissions Deadlines for 2010-2011

UNC (Kenan-Flagler) MBA Admissions Deadlines for 2010-2011

The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School recently released its application deadlines for the coming admissions season. Here they are, followed by our comments in italics:

Dartmouth (Tuck) Application Deadlines for 2010-2011

Dartmouth (Tuck) Application Deadlines for 2010-2011

Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business recently released its application deadlines for the coming admissions season. Here they are, followed by our comments in italics:

Tuck MBA Admissions Deadlines
Early Action Round: 10/13/10
November Round: 11/10/10
January Round: 1/3/11
April Round: 4/1/11


Not many changes here vs. the 2009-2010 season. In fact, none of Tuck’s deadlines changed by more than three days since last year. Note that Tuck is one of the few top business schools to offer an Early Action admissions option. “Early Action” means that the decision is non-binding, although if you are admitted you will need to send in a $4,000 deposit by January 12, or else you will give up your seat. If Tuck is your top choice, or at least a very strong 2nd or 3rd choice, Early Action is a great way to signal your enthusiasm for the school.
Michigan (Ross) Application Deadlines for 2010-2011

Michigan (Ross) Application Deadlines for 2010-2011

Attention all Ross applicants! The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business has released its application deadlines for the coming year.

Kellogg Application Deadlines for 2010-2011

Kellogg Application Deadlines for 2010-2011

Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management recently released its application deadlines for the 2010-2011 admissions season. This year there are just some subtle changes, which we’ll cover below.

MIT Sloan Application Deadlines for 2010-2011

MIT Sloan Application Deadlines for 2010-2011

The MIT Sloan admissions office has just posted its application deadlines for the 2010-2011 season. Here they are, followed by our comments in italics:

MIT Sloan Admissions Deadlines
Round 1: October 26, 2010
Round 2: January 4, 2011

Yale MBA Application Essays and Deadlines for 2010-2011

Yale MBA Application Essays and Deadlines for 2010-2011

The Yale School of Management has released its application deadlines and admissions essays for the coming admissions season. Here they are, followed by our comments in italics.

Columbia MBA Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2010-2011

Columbia MBA Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2010-2011

Last week Columbia Business School released its online application for the 2010-2011 admissions season. Oddly, they seem to make applicants create two accounts on their site: One on their “Inside MBA” site and one on Apply Yourself, which actually hosts Columbia’s online application.

Stanford MBA Application Deadlines for 2010-2011

Stanford MBA Application Deadlines for 2010-2011

And the hits just keep coming this week. Just days after Wharton and Harvard announced their MBA application deadlines for the coming year, Stanford GSB has released its deadlines. Stanford’s essay topics have not yet been released, but we’ll analyze them here as soon as they come out.

HBS Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2010-2011

HBS Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2010-2011

If you were wondering whether the 2010-2011 MBA admissions season could really upon us already after Wharton released its application deadlines last week, then wonder no more. Yesterday Harvard Business School announced its application deadlines and admissions essays for the 2010-2011 season. Here they are, taken from Harvard’s site. Our comments are in italics:

Wharton Application Deadlines for 2010-2011

Wharton Application Deadlines for 2010-2011

University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has not yet released its admissions essays for the coming year, but the school recently released its application deadlines for the coming year:

HBS 2+2 Application Deadline Announced for 2010

HBS 2+2 Application Deadline Announced for 2010

Harvard Business School has just announced this year’s application deadline for the HBS 2+2 Program: June 15, 2010. Note that this is a couple of week’s earlier than last year’s deadline.

Columbia Business School Essays and Deadlines for 2009-2010

Columbia Business School Essays and Deadlines for 2009-2010

As we round out our analysis of the top MBA program’s application essays, here are Columbia Business School’s application essays and deadlines for the September 2010 intake. Everything remains pretty the the same since last year, but we’ve put everything to make sure our readers have everything they need. Our comments follow in italics:

Cool MBA Tool: MBA Essay Map - Online Google Doc with Essay Topics from Top US, Asian and European Business Schools

Cool MBA Tool: MBA Essay Map - Online Google Doc with Essay Topics from Top US, Asian and European Business Schools


MBA Essay Map: View all business school essays, side by side, in one succinct view.


The wealth of online information about the business school application process and programs is staggering.
  • I certainly appreciate the opportunity to gather a number of differing viewpoints on essays topics and school culture, for example.
I also know that as b-school applicants navigate through the application process, they do have the potential to get lost in the weeds.

  • As I have seen with many MBA applicants, they get “analysis paralysis”, innudated by almost too much data.
  • Having worked in management consulting, I come from the school of tell me what I need to know, when I need to know it and how I can use it to get the right result.
  • In finance terms, I want to see a balance sheet. Give me a snapshot of where I stand today.
This is why I created the “MBA Essay Map“.
  • The MBA Essay Map rolls up all essay questions from top US, Asian and European MBA programs.
  • It puts them all in one view, side by side, for comparitive purposes.
  • I also included a side by side comparison of word limits and deadlines. This should help an applicant estimate workload and timing so they can address the writing process in the most efficient manner.
The Map also includes specific formatting requirements for each program and any specific reapplicant stipulations.
  • I can not tell you how many times I have seen essays submitted using the wrong format or reapplicants who neglected to follow the rules. This is a huge red flag for the admissions committee.
View the “MBA Essay Map” here:
-Paul Lanzillotti

UCLA Anderson Application Essays and Deadlines for 2009-2010

UCLA Anderson Application Essays and Deadlines for 2009-2010

The UCLA Anderson School of Management has released its admissions essays and deadlines for the coming application season. Here they are, followed by our comments:

Duke (Fuqua) Application Deadlines for 2009-2010

Duke (Fuqua) Application Deadlines for 2009-2010

Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business hasn’t yet released its application for the coming year, but the school did recently release its application deadlines for 2009-2010 (click on the “When to Apply” tab on the Fuqua site).

Dartmouth (Tuck) Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2009-2010

Dartmouth (Tuck) Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2009-2010

Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business won’t release its full 2009-2010 application until mid-August, but the school has already announced its application deadlines for the coming year, and has also spread the word that its admissions essays will carry over unchanged from last year.

Chicago Booth Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2009-2010

Chicago Booth Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2009-2010

The Chicago Booth admissions office recently announced its admissions deadlines and application essays for the coming year. These will help you start planning your Chicago Booth application. Our comments follow in italics:

Berkeley (Haas) Application Deadlines for 2009-2010

Berkeley (Haas) Application Deadlines for 2009-2010

The Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley recently released its application deadlines for the 2009-2010 admissions season. Haas has not yet released its essays for the coming year, although you can review the Haas site to see last year’s essays and get a feel for what the school looks for in its applicants. Our comments follow in italics:

Yale SOM Application Essays and Deadlines for 2009-2010

Yale SOM Application Essays and Deadlines for 2009-2010

Yale SOM Director of Admissions Bruce DelMonico was kind enough to reach out recently and let us know that Yale has posted it application essays and deadlines for the coming season. It looks like Yale has significantly overhauled its essays for the coming year, going with shorter essays that will require brevity and focus.

Cool MBA Tool: Get All of the Top MBA Programs' Deadlines and Important Dates in Google Calendar

Cool MBA Tool: Get All of the Top MBA Programs' Deadlines and Important Dates in Google Calendar

This Monday, we will introduce Veritas Prep’s “Top MBA Program Deadlines and Important Dates” calendar! This calendar will serve as an important tools for those navigating the business school application process.
  • Deadlines and notification dates are listed for top US, European and Asian MBA programs.
  • Additionally, dates are listed for full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs for each respective program.
This calendar will be publicly available to anyone logging onto Google Calendar. No log in or special software is required.
  • Additionally, you can add this calendar to your person Google Calendar by simply clicking the “Google Calendar” button located in the bottom right of your browser window.

For those that are increasingly saavy in their technical abilities and wish to sync Veritas Prep’s “Top MBA Program Deadlines and Important Dates” calendar with their MS Outlook or smartphone:

  • Use Google Calendar sync.
  • A primer on how to use this tool is posted here and here.
Thanks,
NYU Stern Application Essays and Deadlines for 2009-2010

NYU Stern Application Essays and Deadlines for 2009-2010

Recently NYU’s Stern School of Business released its application essays for the the 2009-2010 admissions season.

We recently visited NYU Stern and met with the admissions office as part of the second annual AIGAC conference in New York, and we came away impressed with how much the school has innovated with special academic and job-related programs. Take a look at Veritas Prep’s NYU Stern information page to learn more about the school and see if it’s a good fit for you.

Michigan (Ross) Application Deadlines for 2009-2010

Michigan (Ross) Application Deadlines for 2009-2010

Late last month the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business released its application deadlines for the coming year. Regular readers of our blog will notice that the school’s deadlines haven’t changed at all vs. last year.

Kellogg Application Deadlines for 2009-2010

Kellogg Application Deadlines for 2009-2010

A couple of weeks ago Kellogg released its admissions essays for the coming year. Now, the admissions office has published its application deadlines for the 2009-2010 season.

MIT Sloan Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2009-2010

MIT Sloan Admissions Essays and Deadlines for 2009-2010

The MIT Sloan admissions office has just posted its application deadlines and admissions essays for the coming year. Note that, aside from MIT Sloan’s cover letter, all of the essays are new this year. Our comments follow in italics:

Wharton Application Deadlines for 2009-2010

Wharton Application Deadlines for 2009-2010

While the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has not yet released its admissions essays for the coming year, last week the school released its application deadlines for the coming year: