Why the MBA Admissions Committee Said No

When I was the Associate Director of Admissions for Tuck, I was often really excited about candidates who I would meet on the road or at events. We would have great conversations, and I would start to envision them as part of the Tuck community. Unfortunately, when I finally reviewed their applications there were often avoidable but fatal mistakes that precluded the MBA admissions committee … [ Read more ]

What MBA Admissions Really Want: Tips From Top Schools

The 2017 CentreCourt MBA Festival was a three-city tour that featured panel discussions with Deans and Admissions Directors from the world’s top business schools, including Stanford GSB, Chicago Booth, INSEAD, Kellogg, Berkeley Haas and others. I had the privilege of moderating these panels in New York, London and San Francisco, probing Admissions Directors for insights and industry trends that would support MBA candidates in the … [ Read more ]

Sample MBA Application Essays: A Really Bad Idea

I firmly believe that reading other people’s essays before writing your own is a huge, detrimental mistake. Here are three reasons why I never give my clients templates or sample application essays.

How To Ask For Business School Recommendations

It’s an honor to be asked to write business school recommendations, and also a big responsibility. Taking these steps will help you get great results, and also shows your recommenders that you appreciate their support.

Should Women Apply for the MBA Differently than Men?

What did we observe when we ran the admissions offices at Wharton and INSEAD? Without falling into clumsy stereotypes, we often perceived a difference in how men and women told their personal stories. We’ve summarized a few reflections and insights for women who want to secure their place at a top business school.

What Business Schools Really Think When You Ask For A Deferral

For some of you, despite having been admitted to one or more schools, you may not feel sure that are ready to matriculate – at least not to those programs. If this sounds familiar, you might be considering asking for a deferral. Here is insight into what business schools really think when you ask for a deferral.

Should You Apply To Business School In the First Round?

Every year I am asked whether or not it’s strategic to apply to business school in the first round. In the vast majority of cases, the answer is clearly yes.

How Many Schools Should You Apply To?

How many schools should you apply to? The answer will depend on your unique situation and needs, and is a key element in your application strategy. Having a clear idea of how many schools you’re targeting before you start the application process will help you plan ahead and stay organized.

The Top Mistakes Women Make When Applying to Business School

As the former lead diversity recruiter at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Karen Marks interacted with thousands of women who were applying to graduate school.  As the President of North Star Admissions Consulting she has gotten to know even more. In both of these roles, she have seen women make these common errors that severely limit their opportunities.

7 Factors to Consider When Deciding Where to Apply to Business School

After you’ve assessed your profile and have a sense of how competitive you are as an applicant, it’s time to start thinking in broad terms about what you’re looking for in an MBA program. Consider what you need, and what you want. What is important to you – academically, professionally, and personally? What type of environment are you looking for in an MBA program? Here … [ Read more ]

6 Steps to Assessing Your MBA Admissions Profile

It’s best to start the MBA application process clear-eyed, and that means knowing exactly what makes your profile competitive (and where you may have weaknesses). This honest assessment will enable you to identify the right schools for you to apply to – schools that are a perfect match for your goals, and where your skills and experience make you a great fit.

Bankers, Consultants & Engineers: Six Tips To Stand Out In A Sea of Excellence

Caroline Diarte Edwards (former INSEAD Director of Admissions), Judith Silverman Hodara (former Wharton Director of Admissions) and Cassandra Pittman (former Admissions Officer at LBS and Columbia Business School alumna) offer six tips to stand out when the best isn’t the barometer.

Want To Know Why You Were Really Wait Listed?

Of all the possible admissions decisions, being placed on the wait list is one of the most frustrating. For tips about how to get yourself moved off of the wait list and into the business school of your dreams, please read this post. For insight into why you were wait listed in the first place, please read on.

How to Finance Your MBA: Top Tips

The best time to start planning your financing is before you apply to business school. After all, you’re committing to one of the biggest financial investments you’re likely to make at the same time you forego an annual salary. If cost is one of your key considerations, the good news is that there’s a vast array of financing options to make it all possible. But … [ Read more ]

How to Articulate Your Career Vision in the MBA Application

Developing and articulating a career vision is an essential element of your MBA application. It’s about conveying a clear picture of where you have come from, where you are going, and why an MBA is critical for getting there. B-schools want students who will get the utmost value from their program by achieving great things in the future.

Think of this as a two-fold approach: A … [ Read more ]

What To Tell Your MBA Recommenders

A friend of mine who graduated from Tuck a few years ago is now writing a business school recommendation for one of his associates. He asked me how to really convey his genuine support for the candidate, which is an excellent question. Here are my suggestions, which may help you figure out what to tell your MBA recommenders.