Preparing to Apply
Reading this Essential Guide is a great first step in your preparation. Hopefully, this insider’s glimpse has been helpful in understanding the most important aspects of the school. However, nothing can replace gaining firsthand knowledge and experience of Yale School of Management yourself.
Reach out to current students. Even if you don’t have any personal connections to SOM, you can reach out to current students and get their insight and advice. On the school’s Student Clubs & Groups page, you’ll find a list of all campus clubs. Find a few clubs that fit your interests and reach out to the officers. Remember: These are very busy MBA students so you don’t want to intrude too much on their time, but you could ask for a 10- to 15-minute conversation or elicit some advice via e-mail. If you’re planning to visit campus, perhaps you might even arrange a coffee chat or lunch, if they are available.
Visit campus. If you have the means, we highly recommend you visit the Yale campus along with a handful of others to understand the significant differences in culture, teaching style, student body, recruiting opportunities, facilities, and so forth. A campus visit does not directly impact your admissions chances in any way, but you will be surprised by just how different each school can be.
We encourage you to take advantage of the formal campus visit program, including a class visit, campus tour, information session, and student lunch, as available. However, we also encourage you to go to the cafe, grab a bite to eat, and talk to a few current students. The formal program gives a good surface-level experience of SOM, but impromptu conversations can be incredibly enlightening. Ask students about items that pique your interest in this Guide and get their unique perspective on the SOM experience.
Other events. We know that many applicants will not be able to travel to New Haven to visit campus, but you should take advantage of other admissions events, such as information sessions, webinars, and specific-audience events. Get to know the school and its culture as well as you can, because your familiarity can shine through your application and essay to help you stand out.