Are you a natural-born test taker? No? Then you and I are birds of a feather. There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth when I took the LSAT, and I'm glad I don't have to take that sucker ever again. I leave LSAT prep in the capable hands of Blueprint, with whom I'm teaming up to provide law school application workshops throughout August (three in California, one in New York, and one in DC).
This week marks the official launch of the college application year because the Common Application (Common App) goes live on August 1. Thanks to the work you’ve done over the last four weeks, you are ready to go. Congratulations! This week, you’ll get started on the Common App, while continuing to make progress on other application related tasks.
Week 5 To-Dos
This Week and Every Week
- Check your email, voicemail, texts, and snail mail for any communications that relate to applying to college.
Anyone who’s familiar with the MBA application process knows that August moves forward at an accelerated pace, and come September, entire weeks seem to disappear. To help this year’s Round One applicants avoid the classic time crunch, today’s blog post offers some basic advice on how to approach the Round One deadlines at a reasonable pace.
Let’s start by taking a quick look some of at the published Round One deadlines for the top MBA programs:
September 9: Harvard
September 15: Oxford Stage 1, ISB
September 17: Duke/Fuqua Early Action
September 19: Cambridge/Judge
September 23: MIT Sloan
September 24: INSEAD
September 25: Chicago/Booth
October 1: Wharton, Cornell/Johnson, Stanford, UC Berkeley/Haas
October 5: CMU/Tepper
October 6: Ross
October 7: IESE
October 8: Columbia Early Decision & J-Term, Tuck Early Action
October 10: Georgetown/McDonough, UVA/Darden
October 14: NYU Stern, UT Austin/McCombs
October 17: UNC/Kenan-Flagler Early Action
October 22: UCLA Anderson
Though some schools have yet to announce their deadlines (such as London Business School and USC/Marshall), one can still get a general sense of the lineup of R1 deadlines.
Here’s a basic question for you. If you are planning on applying to 10 colleges and 9 of them accept the Common Application and 1 has its own application, how many applications do you have to complete? Many, if not most, applicants would answer "2" — the Common Application and the other application.
It’s a reasonable answer, but it’s the wrong answer.
There are numerous sources that can knowledgeably rank the “top” MBA programs. However, because business schools receive different rankings depending on the sources’ criteria, it can be difficult to understand which are the “best” schools.
Please say hello to David Jewett, a new addition to our college admissions team. David most recently served as an admissions officer at Tufts and has also taught in the Boston Public Schools. He majored in Earth and Planetary Sciences as an undergrad at Harvard (smartypants, I mean really), and outside of work loves theater, carpentry, and sailing. Welcome, David!
Learn more about David here.
Most applicants assume that the best strategy for getting their college applications done is just to dive in and start writing essays. After all, the essays are the hardest, most time-consuming part, so if you get those knocked out, you'll be well ahead of the curve, right?
Not exactly. It is true that the essays are the hardest, most time-consuming part, but it isn't true that the "dive in and write" strategy is the best strategy.
Applying to college requires you to make some big decisions. This week you need to make some of the biggest of the big decisions. You need to decide where you are applying to college, and where, if anywhere, you are going to apply early. Read on for your full list of to-dos for the week, along with tips and tricks for getting it all done.
<!--break-->Week 2 To-Dos
This Week and Every Week
Check your email, voicemail, texts, and snail mail for any communications that relate to applying to college.
As the summer progresses and applicants begin researching their target schools in more depth, we would like to highlight a valuable research tool: school-hosted blogs.
Given the emphasis that schools place on a candidate’s work experience, it is important to be proactive in addressing gaps in employment. When applying to business school, many candidates worry about how the adcom might perceive gaps in employment. We would like to take some time to discuss strategies for addressing this issue.
It’s not unheard of for an MBA candidate to have a gap in employment, and this will not necessarily make a negative impact on someone’s candidacy.
Applying to college is a complex and difficult project. You know that. Your parents know that. Your teachers and college counselors know that. Admissions officers know that. In other words, everyone involved in the process knows that.
In fact, knowing that is exactly what might make you feel a bit overwhelmed.
As many applicants are finding out at this time of year, conducting thorough research on MBA programs is an essential step in formulating a list of target schools and crafting convincing essays.
I am writing an addendum for a disciplinary probation proceeding. The infraction was described by the judicial proceeding as: “used outside sources on an assignment without proper attribution.” The assignment was to “imagine myself as a curator for an art exhibit,” and to record myself giving a tour in which I should discuss certain paintings – their form, style, origins, etc.
The intent was not to deceive, but rather I was careless in completing an unfamiliar assignment.
Your résumé is not only an important component of your MBA application, it’s also a great place to start when crafting your overall positioning strategy. This document forces one to distill a candidacy into a concise summary, focusing on key aspects and themes. With that in mind, here are a few simple tips to get you started:
1) First things first. Because you’re applying to graduate school, it makes sense to lead this document with a section detailing your academic history.
With several of the leading schools having already released their essay questions for this admissions season, we’re sure that quite a number of early birds are eager to get a jump on the process in order to complete as many applications as possible by Round 1.
Since many of our readers are just beginning the business school application process, we wanted to offer some basic tips on a critical variable in the MBA admissions equation: recommender selection.
When choosing your recommenders, remember that it can be seen as a test of judgment – selecting a recommender whose letter is ineffective or who appears dubious about your qualifications may raise doubts about your ability to judge your interactions with others or to select the right person for a job.
At the beginning of April, we discussed the importance of signing up for a feedback session when one is planning to reapply to a program that provides this opportunity. Today we’d like to follow up on that post by offering a few thoughts on feedback session etiquette.
While on one hand a feedback session marks the close of this year’s process, it’s crucial that you realize that the impression you make on the adcom member conducting the session may be added to your file and come to bear on your candidacy next year.
In keeping with the recent Admissions Tips we have posted for the new crop of applicants to the Class of 2017, today we want to offer some tips on engaging the community of one’s target programs. Communicating with b-school insiders can be beneficial for a number of reasons: In addition to learning about a given school and your potential fit, you’ll also generate material for your essays, demonstrate your interest in the program, and perhaps even make an ally or two.