Back in the Spring, we told you to go visit the schools you’re interested in applying to. Many people did not do this because applying to bschool seemed like such a far-off idea then. It still does now, when we’re safely in July and there’s no threat of any possible deadline looming on the horizon.
But now that more essay questions are released, maybe you’ve started to get the bschool bug, and you realized that you don’t know much about the schools… and that you probably should visit those campuses. Unfortunately you missed your chance, at least for any Rd 1 apps you’re doing.
Yup, you heard us. You won’t be able to get much mileage out of a campus visit if you do it in the summer.
You see, most schools don’t have summer session. Most students are off doing their internships now. So going onto campus is not as useful.
Note that we did not say that school visits are not useful; we said that school visits during the summertime are not as useful.
It can still be worthwhile to visit, since you can check out the place where you’ll hopefully be spending two years of your life! All schools have info sessions during the summer and you often can get a little more time with the admissions people since they’re on summer hours and not as swamped, but still, there’s no students around and no classes available, so it’s not the same.
Most schools open their class visit schedule up in the Fall only after Rd 1 deadlines are past – typically they don’t allow outsiders in the classes until the October timeframe, to allow for the new students to settle in first.
The best opportunity in the summertime is the adcoms often travel around the world doing recruiting and info sessions — they may come to your area. Sign up on their websites so you’ll get notice if they’ll be at any events nearby. These are definitely worthwhile, you should attend them if you can.
Here’s a tip:
If you’ve never been on campus or at any adcom events, then if you happen to be traveling, like on a business trip or something, and there’s a chance to visit a bschool and attend their adcom’s info session… you should do it if you can.
Getting exposed to adcoms is valuable — even if it’s not the adcom of the school you want to attend. So if you, say, live in LA and you don’t want to go to UCLA but it’s convenient to attend their info session, make a point to do it. Hearing the answers that the Anderson people give to questions about the application and the program will be helpful for you in figuring out your own strategy and approach, even if you’re not going to apply there.
Here’s another tip:
The Economist offers a regular Which MBA? online fair every few months – this can be an opportunity for you to learn more about many bschools while surfing the Internet in your pajamas! No, it’s not quite the same as getting on campus but it’s definitely going to be super-useful for your research. EssaySnark is partnering with The Economist to promote the Which MBA? fair because we think it’s so important for all you Brave Supplicants to do this type of research on your target schools. (No, we’re not getting paid for this, but if you register through our link we get some brownie points or good karma or something.) Space is limited, and it’s free so why not sign up now?
You’ll be hearing about this from us again through the summer because we think this stuff is critical and because we know that some of you don’t have the ability to get on an airplane and go out to the schools.