Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management has released its MBA admissions essays and deadlines for the Class of 2017. While most top MBA programs have mostly been making nips and tucks to their admissions essays this year, Kellogg has made a lot of changes. And, like other business schools, Kellogg has dropped a required essay, going from three to two required essays for applicants to its traditional MBA program. The video response, which Kellogg introduced last year, remains.
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Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management recently released its application essays and deadlines for the coming admissions season. Continuing the theme we have seen across top MBA programs, Kellogg has made some significant changes this year. In fact, Kellogg has perhaps gone further than any other school this year, completely replacing its essay set and making the total word count much lower in the process.
Why the dramatic changes? Earlier this year Kellogg introduced Kate Smith as its new Director of Admissions. (Smith was a surprising hire since she actually came from outside of academia.) When a new admissions director takes over, it’s not uncommon for that leader to put her stamp on the admissions process by making big changes to the school’s application. That’s surely, at least partly, what we’re seeing here.
Yesterday the Kellogg School of Management unveiled its new strategic vision for the coming decade, called Envision Kellogg. The plan, announced by Kellogg Dean Sally Blount, contains many moving pieces, including an expanding global footprint and a complete overhaul of the school’s MBA curriculum. Most notably, Kellogg plans to shrink its two-year MBA program class size by as much as 25%, and double or even triple the size of its one-year MBA program.
There are few, if any, American one-year MBA programs as prominent the one Kellogg offers. (Among top-ranked schools, Columbia’s accelerated January-intake class is the most similar.) Recognizing this unique asset and the apparent growing popularity of accelerated MBA programs around the world, Blount is doubling down on the one-year program in an effort to further stand out vs. its U.S. competition. Its two-year full-time enrollment, which currently stands at about 1,115, may drop as low as 850. Meanwhile, the school’s one-year program class size could grow from approximately 80 students to as many as 250.
We work with dozens of Kellogg applicants every year. Given the school’s sterling reputation in marketing, its ability to turn out well-rounded general managers, 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 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.
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:
Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management recently released its admissions essays and application deadlines for the Class of 2014. We dig into them below.
Note that Kellogg has an unusual two-part application process: Part I includes your data sheets, resume, self-reported GMAT and TOEFL scores, and stated preference for whether you would like an on-campus or off-campus interview. (They also ask for your $250 application fee in Part I!) Part II includes your letters of recommendation, your essays, and your official GMAT and TOEFL scores. For each admissions round, be sure that you hit both deadlines!
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.
While it sounds like she’s treading somewhat carefully, it also is clear that Blount is not afraid to shake things up. When asked about Kellogg’s current way of expanding its footprint in new markets, which relies heavily on partnerships with institutions in those countries, Blount described the approach as “a great late 20th century strategy.” But, now things have changed, and she is considering all sorts of new options for how to expand Kellogg’s global footprint, including possibly building Kellogg-run schools in other parts of the world.
On Friday the Financial Times reported that INSEAD is expected to announce that Dipak Jain, former Dean of Northwestern University’s School of Management, will replace Frank Brown as Dean of INSEAD. While it’s not yet official since INSEAD’s board and faculty need to approve the appointment, Jain is widely expected to get the nod later this month.
Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management recently released its admissions essays for the coming year. While Kellogg’s application won’t be live until early August, now is a great time to start mapping out your essays for a Round 1 application to Kellogg.
According to a news release put out by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management early this morning, Sally Blount, the dean of the undergraduate college and vice dean of the Stern School of Business at New York University, has just been named dean of the school, effective this coming July. (The Wall Street Journal picked up the story, and quoted Veritas Prep in its article today.)
Earlier this week Beth Flye, assistant dean and director of admissions at the Kellogg School of Management, and Carla Edelston, senior associate director of the school’s Career Management Center, fielded questions from applicants during a live online chat on BusinessWeek. In the chat Flye and Edelston offered up some good nuggets for applicants who are in the thick of the MBA admissions process.
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.)
Last week BusinessWeek ran an article titled “MBAs Confront a Savage Job Market,” which painted a pretty rough picture for many grads of top MBA programs. At some top business schools, as many as 20% of grads were still unemployed three months after graduation. Furthermore, according to BusinessWeek, 16.5% of job-seeking students from the top 30 MBA programs did not get even one offer within three months of graduation (compared to 5% for the Class of 2008).
Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management has just released its admissions essays for the coming year. While the school has not yet released its application deadlines, Kellogg applicants can start digging into these essays now.
After serving as the Kellogg School of Management’s dean for the past eight years, Dipak Jain will step down from his post on September 1, and will return to the Kellogg faculty following a year
We wouldn’t wish this twist of fortune on anyone: This week about 50 applicants to the Kellogg School of Management received an acceptance letter from the school, only to find out later that it was the result of a computer glitch, and that they in fact had been rejected.
While Kellogg released its application essays back in June, the admissions office has put out its application deadlines for the 2008-2009 season.
If you look at the Kellogg page, you’ll notice that it’s fairly confusing. For each round, what you should pay attention to most is the date by which you need to contact the office for your interview and submit Part 1 of your application.
The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern has announced plans to open a global and social affairs research facility in Bangkok. Kellogg currently helps operate the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Management, and is looking to further their involvement in Asia with what dean Dipak Jain calls “a global centre for ‘thought’ leadership.” They also have larger scale plans to open other international centers in the coming years.