But how they’ve stayed the same.
This post is in the Hmm how interesting! category. There won’t be much of practical value to all you BSers today. But we couldn’t help but blahg about it.
John Nash, the brilliant Princeton mathematician and Nobel prize winner, passed away recently. Princeton has released his academic records. These records include his application.
It’s handwritten. On a three-page form, where the bulk of the second page comprises instructions, and the third page asks about marital status, and whether you know Latin. How is Latin necessary for a doctorate in mathematics?
The GRE was optional. The GMAT didn’t even exist yet.
They needed a health exam. Yes, from a doctor.
So how have things changed?
That statement at the top of page 2:
Admissions are limited to male students.
Wow. That was in 1948. It wasn’t that long ago.
And how have things NOT changed?
The schools asked nearly the same questions:
What are your career goals?
They wanted to know that then, and they want to know it now.
They asked for a list of other schools. And BSer Nash didn’t really know where he wanted to apply. “Chicago, Michigan, Harvard, perhaps M.I.T.”
Sounds familiar. 😛
The one way that this is relevant to all of you and the MBA? You’ll learn about game theory in your first term of bschool. That’s John Nash. Not exclusively, but his contributions earned him the Nobel prize.