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($) “How much should recommenders material overlap with the stories I relate in my essay?”
($) When you’re asked to identify a weakness
($) Another warning about tone.
($) “Halp! What do I do with all these stories?” aka how to identify your theme – especially for HBS!
The proof versus the promise.
($) What are “Awards and Honors” in an MBA app?
($) What your HBS essay should not be.
($) Writing essays for complex environments: When is a deep dive beneficial?
($) Stanford GSB: Optional (not optional!) stories of impact
($) More on that HBS MBA essay
($) The challenge with any “contribution” essay
Super Secret SnarkStrategy: How to write a multidimensional essay
We were gonna talk about getting into Columbia today but
($) “Lessons learned” in MBA essays
($) Columbia’s MBA essay 3 – “team failure”
($) How not to confuse your adcom reader
($) Look back over your life
($) Lessons learned in essays: “This experience taught me…”
($) Darden’s “most important professional feedback” essay
($) essay critique/recommendations: The most important piece of constructive feedback…
($) A common mistake when writing essays for Stanford.
($) Essays about passion
($) UCLA essay on “recent events”
($) “Should I write about this horrible personal experience in my essays for business school?”
($) “Should I write about my ADHD in my essays for business school?”
($) essay critique: Booth “who you are” essay
($) A question to explore before starting to understand why you want an MBA
($) essay critique! Yale “biggest commitment” essay
($) Here’s a test for Stanford “What matters most?”
($) The most important technique you need to learn to write a good MBA admissions essay
We really just need to be reminding y’all: SHOW, DON’T TELL
($) When do you need to provide proof for what you are saying in your essays and apps?
($) Stories of change and personal transformation in MBA essays
($) Here’s a vivid (we hope!) explanation of the critical essay-writing technique of show don’t tell
($) Identifying stellar stories of leadership and impact for MBA apps
($) Are you arrogant?
($) The importance of explicit “why MBA” content
Interested in moving from engineering to business?
($) Already have a Master’s degree? Why do you also need an MBA now?
($) What you’re optimizing for
($) Backup plans and next steps: What if it’s looking like you might not get in?!??
($) WRITING WEEK! Day 4: The problem of the parrot.
($) essay critique: Wharton “What do you hope to gain professionally?”
($) Citation needed.
($) In your career goals / why MBA essay, everything needs to line up just so.
Tales from the Trenches! A belated Success Story, with important advice to BSers who are headed to school this Fall.
($) Stanford Admissions gives older BSer the best option in the world.
What if you work for a no-name company? Can you still get in to bschool?
Success Story! The roundabout route – the finale!
($) The CFA could give you a headstart.
($) “Is a 2-year MBA better than 1-year for someone from IT?”
($) If Kellogg said ‘no’ to you…
One big thing you miss out on with a 1-year MBA
Pros and cons of a 1-year MBA
One-year MBA options
Limited Holiday Availability
Heads-up on availability here in Snarkville for the holidays
It’s not too late to join The Countdown!
Happy Independence Day!
2022 MBA Application Guides available!
The Countdown has launched – the admissions season is here
Mental health break
The 2022 Round 1 Countdown starts in 2 weeks!
2022 HBS MBA application guide is ready
($) The submit-then-retest strategy for your GMAT or GRE
“What do you do for fun?”
($) More guidance on random puzzling aspects of the MBA app datset
($) The MBA app dataset: A real opportunity
($) “Why do I have to say that in the essay when I’m already telling them that in the app?”
($) “I don’t want to have my personal information shared within the school” (plus a strategy tip about other programs at your target school)
($) Planning to try for the Class of 2025? Here’s a good first step.
($) Not-so-great examples of Honors and Awards on the app
The clock is ticking!!
($) Interpreting instructions from the adcom
($) You can have 2 of these 3.
If you’re just joining us: Why applying to Columbia now is not the best idea… But if you’re going to do it, do it NOW!
($) Just In Time MBA App Prep: What if you JUST decided to apply to bschool? Like, NOW?
($) “Should I even try this year?”
($) Positives about lower-ranked programs
Trading up rarely works.
($) “How many apps should I be doing?” – Round 2 Edition
($) “I did 4 schools in Rd 1. Should I really be thinking about Rd 2?”
Is it time for Round 2??!???
($) Most competitive season ever?
($) How to show your authenticity: Storytelling
($) Identifying the purpose and function of each part of your pitch
($) What are “extracurriculars”?
($) Which school is innovating with its application requirements (and why should you care)
($) Figuring out what the schools want.
($) Developing your application theme
The problem with the idea of “branding” in your MBA application
($) “I have so much stuff, I can’t fit it on a one-page resume.”
($) All those “humble” BSers.
($) Canceling your GMAT score is a bad idea (plus, how many schools should you apply to?)
Positive changes to GMAT score cancellation policies
Now there’s no risk to taking the GMAT lots of times. (Or is there?)
($) “Beware of GMAT Score Cancellations” and the optional essay
($) If you cancel your GMAT score, should you reinstate it?
($) GMAT test strategies: Should you cancel your score? (Part 3)
($) Canceling a GMAT score: Impact and how the schools will perceive it (Part 2)
GMAT strategies: Should you cancel your score?
GMAT score preview and canceling your scores
($) Are you proposing too big of a change?
($) “Is 30 too old…?”
($) Why pre-MBA experience is so important
($) Reviewing a BSer’s long-term goal
($) “Do I need to have experience in my target industry in order to pitch it in my MBA essays?”
($) Career changer: Anything else into finance
($) Career goals ideas, if you honestly don’t know what you want to do with the MBA
Are you ready to change the world?
($) Changing careers? Think through how you’re ready, even if you think that you’re not
($) Yet another “be specific!” post
“If I knew what I wanted to do with my life, I wouldn’t need an MBA”
($) “Impact on the world”
($) Beware the buzzword.
($) Is that entrepreneurial experience you had a job? Or an extracurricular activity?
($) What do consulting firms look for in their candidates?
($) WRITING WEEK! Day 2: Reduce the Fluff Factor
($) Want to go into consulting? Here’s a tip to increase the chances of a successful pitch.
($) essay critique! NYU Stern MBA “short and long-term career goals”
($) “I’m just gonna say ‘consulting’ as my MBA goals.”
($) Why do people end up in consulting?
($) Post-MBA career trends at Kellogg
($) The need for specifics
($) “I want to work in edtech”
We’re in a tough time right now.
($) The importance of volunteering in an MBA application (coronavirus edition)
($) Impact on covid for international students ready for bschool right now
It’s April 21, 2021 and here’s what we know.
($) Columbia extending their application deadline this year: What does it mean, and should you apply?
Should you be planning for pre-MBA travels?
C’mon you guys.
Wherein EssaySnark gets schooled in statistics.
PSA: Even after you’re vaccinated, you still need to mask and socially distance.
There will never be another moment in time like this one.
($) How do you write about diversity on your MBA application?
($) MIT Sloan MBA’s interview-invite essay on the “mission” and creating a welcoming environment
What leadership is (not).
($) Wharton essay 2: What will you contribute?
What is culture?
($) The simple way to answer Booth’s essay question this year.
($) essay critique: Any essay, really.
“Culture” questions (INSEAD, LBS, etc.)
($) Deciding on a school: Qualitative factors
($) The BSer’s Dilemma: Deciding between two top MBA programs — what to do, what to do?
($) Deciding on a school: Two good schools, both offering $$
($) The BSer’s Dilemma: Deciding between two highly-ranked MBA programs
Choosing between bschools
($) How to ask an MBA admissions officer for a deferral
($) “I’ve been admitted to bschool! Now can I get a deferral?”
($) School X or School Y?!?? More advice for navigating decisions between competing MBA offers
($) “Will I be canceled if I change my mind after accepting a school’s offer?”
($) School X or School Y: What if they truly are comparable???
($) Explaining Early Action, Early Decision, Early Admissions, and all these confusing options
($) essay critique! Yale Silver Scholars – graduating college senior MBA application
Are you hurting your chances later if you try for an MBA now?
Where can you apply for an MBA straight out of college?
($) “If all my other Rd 1 apps are crap shouldn’t I go ahead with Columbia ED anyway?”
Our annual reminder: Ethics matter. (aka: Early Decision at Columbia and Duke are binding)
($) Should you apply Early Action / Early Decision?
Columbia MBA early decision deadline & acceptance rate
We were bummed to have discovered this.
($) Renegging on an Early Decision offer
Ethics and Early Decision
Ethics and your MBA application
($) Columbia MBA: Early Decision, rolling admissions, when to apply
($) essay critique! Columbia essay 1 and an edtech career
($) The profiles that got hit the hardest in this competitive admissions season.
($) Short term goal, long term goal, dream job – OH MY!
($) Pitching venture capital as your post-MBA goal
($) “I started this thing….” aka When is a startup you’ve created actually a startup
($) Do you still want to be an entrepreneur?
($) Coronavirus and the MBA: What if you’re graduating this Spring?
($) The simplest guide to MBA career goals. Courtesy of Berkeley Haas.
($) MBA career goals are goals for your career (“Well duh EssaySnark”)
($) Using the MBA to start a company
($) There’s really only a few places we’d consider going to learn entrepreneurship.
($) essay critique! Stanford “What matters most?” with pointers of what’s not helpful
($) essay review: Harvard’s “What more do you want us to know?” essay (apologies in advance for the snark)
($) essay critique! Meaningful leadership experiences…
($) essay critique! Northwestern Kellogg MBA essay on “values”
($) essay critique! Harvard’s “What else should we know?” essay
($) The very best messaging for handling an issue with low GPA
Mental health and top universities
($) One bad grade: Dealing with a D or an F on your transcript.
Weekend availability and Speedy Review!
The Round 1 Countdown is coming!
How to start working on your apps now (even though the apps aren’t out yet)
Our most useful services and how to best take advantage of them
Explaining the Essay Ideas App Accelerator
Starting on Monday: The MBA App Countdown!
EssaySnark’s pro bono initiatives in support of BIPOC MBA candidates
Which service should I use for which schools?
Some cool schools give feedback
($) International applicants: Should you even be focusing on USA for your MBA?
($) What MBA programs are still viable for Round 3?
What do you do if you missed Round 2 AND YOU STILL WANT TO APPLY SOMEWHERE NOW?
($) essay critique! LSE Personal Statement
($) essay critique! LBS post-MBA goals
($) “Is a European MBA the kiss of death?”
Oh wait! Two more schools!
Do YOUR OWN research
($) Should you take the Executive Assessment if you’re trying for a top MBA program?
($) GMAT or GRE – or Executive Assessment???
Our quasi-annual predictions on the coming MBA application season
There’s a new test in town: Should you take the Executive Assessment?
($) Can you make too much money to get into an MBA program?
Education is changing – especially the MBA
($) Are you too old to get into business school?
Getting input from admissions BEFORE you apply
Since we’ve been talking about the Executive MBA…
Success Story! A post-MBA retrospective (part 2)
($) Older applicant? Why you may not WANT to go to a full-time program.
($) Who / what situations are greenlit for an MBA app in Round 3?
($) “I saw my [friend/mother/grandfather] go through this experience and now my ambition is to…”
Who’s a good fit for the Columbia J-Term?
The importance of career goals
A bschool that seems to be upping its game.
($) Getting an MBA to go back to the family business
($) essay critique! Kellogg career goals
($) The challenge of a “family business” goal
($) Applying where the scholarships are (wherein we talk up Ross, Cornell, Darden, and others)
($) How does venture capital actually work? (Or, how much do you know?)
($) How to break out of the pack
($) What if you never took the GMAT? Are you at a disadvantage if you go to bschool with a GRE score instead?
($) “bonkers” Part 2 (can an Engineer really switch over to Finance?)
Guest Post! What Kind of Life Do You Want?
($) essay critique: Columbia essay 1 (background and goals) for finance candidate
The problem with being a yes-man.
“School rankings are stupid” post #28529
($) How MBA admissions works at lower-ranked bschools (aka, the advantages of a higher GMAT score)
($) What about an online MBA?
($) We know YOU won’t make these basic interview mistakes.
($) Should you get a graduate certificate?
It’s Juneteenth and this is important.
Interesting clues to getting more out of life (and essays)
Rankings aren’t real (2022 edition)
What impact will the Great Resignation have on MBA hiring?
Do you work best under deadline?
Maybe it really is all in your head
Tools for self-improvement
Want to go to work in Big Tech? The FANG story is evolving. (Or devolving.)
($) Are you a foreign student coming to study in the U.S.? GREAT! Now be careful.
($) Explaining gaps in the resume on your MBA apps
Nobody sets out to be a bad person.
($) “I’ll just explain this situation about my background in the interview.”
Answers to random BSers’ MBA application questions
If you applied in Round 2…
What if you don’t get in? Planning your Plan B.
There is ALWAYS a spot for you somewhere.
Rd 1 decisions are starting to come out and IT IS SO EXCITING!
This post is for everyone who INTENDED to do Round 1…
What do you do?
Black History Month
This might be where that sucky situation starts to materialize for some of you… :-(
Another quick authenticity post
If you tell the adcom you’re going to do something…
Unintentionally blurring things
($) What does authenticity mean: For Stanford?
($) “Do the adcoms *really* look at the whole package?”
Applying to Bschool: The Strategy of Authenticity
That pang of loss.
Don’t forget the thank-yous!
Public Service Message: Please decline the schools you won’t be attending.
First Impressions and Ongoing Professionalism: Email Etiquette
($) Maximize opportunities, and optimize your time. Be intentional.
($) Start now but don’t finish yet
($) Brainstorming essay topics
Your cat litter box will be very clean this summer.
($) Authenticity: What it means, why it matters
($) Updating the admissions office on changes to your profile post-submit: GMAT/GRE/classes
($) How to get off the waitlist
($) What if a high GMAT score is a liability?
($) Why you can’t really rely on class profile data in understanding your own chances
($) Can you take the GMAT or GRE too many times?
($) Do the schools look at all your scores?
($) Is it possible to take the GMAT or GRE too many times?
($) More tactics on the optional essay: What to say and how to say it (and how much to say) for issues like low GPA
Transcripts, transcripts, transcripts
International applicant? Plan ahead for your MBA application requirements
($) How do you evaluate GRE scores? Is “GRE combined” a thing?
($) Demystifying the differences between the GRE and the GMAT in MBA admissions
($) What GRE score is considered competitive this year?
($) GMAT? or GRE? 2019 edition
($) Explaining a low GMAT or GRE score in your MBA apps
($) What’s a good GRE score?
($) “I took the GMAT. If I take the GRE now, do I still have to submit the GMAT score in my MBA app?”
($) GMAT vs GRE strategy questions: Which to take for an MBA?
Just because the schools ACCEPT the GRE does not mean it’s THE SAME.
So you want to change the world.
($) The healthcare MBA: Which business schools are best?
($) The MBA and a healthcare career
($) essay critique! Tuck career goals
($) “Should I apply to Wharton’s Health Care Management track?”
If you want to go where the MBA jobs are, go into healthcare.
You are being brainwashed and used.
($) The pre-MBA internship: Pros and Cons (Part 2)
($) Offers and on-campus recruiting
What salary can you expect if you want to go work at a startup?
($) The Lemming Effect
($) Pre-MBA Internships
($) Big-picture thinking.
($) What should you wear to a Zoom interview?
($) “When should I start practicing for my interview, and how?”
More advice for interviewing — and any other high-stakes professional interaction
($) “Tell me about yourself.”
($) The downsides of alumni interviewing
($) You’re invited to interview at Harvard. Huzzah!! Now, what questions are you going to ask your interviewer?
($) Where can you get help prepping for your MBA interview?
What Harvard says to you on Thursday is near-meaningless
($) “What about an accelerated MBA like Columbia?”
Which schools release MBA essay questions when?
Considering Columbia? Some quick facts
($) The joint MBA/Master’s app including JD/MBA: How do the schools decide?
($) The joint-degree “MBA+” application strategy
($) If you thought you’d go to law school and now…
Are all the wanna-be lawyers trying for bschool instead?
($) Joint-degree MBA options.
Considering law school instead?
Today is Labor Day! And that means…
A fun exercise to be intentional
Merry Merry! Enjoy your day off!
($) Pro Tip: How to pronounce (and spell!) business school names
How to completely impress your MBA interviewer
Quote of the Day
Is this unethical? Part 2
($) OH NO! Bschools in trouble! (aka, Are MBA applications REALLY tanking?)
Making meaning out of a great leader
($) If there is a secret to getting into a top MBA program, this is it.
($) What does it mean to be “differentiated” in the context of your MBA applications?
How to receive feedback
Being a leader: Tending to language.
($) Kellogg essay 1: Leadership and creating value
Not sick? Wear a mask.
($) Embroider it on a pillow.
A BSer’s Journey: Round 1 Update!
essay critique: HBS essay 2 “done better”
($) “If I’m really really really really really excited about a school do you think they will let me in???”
($) All schools do a “holistic review.” But…
($) “My test score is not reflective of my abilities.”
($) One easy way to tell how bad you want this
($) Which future career paths are not going to care if your GMAT is lower?
($) Low GMAT Round 2 application tactics: Remediation
($) “My GMAT (or GRE) score is not what I wanted. What do I do now, since Rd 2 is happening?”
The shame of a low GMAT score
($) If you don’t think you can do better on the GMAT
($) Optional essay for low GPA: “I have proven myself since then by excelling at my job.”
($) MBA app strategies: Making excuses for low GPA in college
($) Got a glitch with your grades? TAKE ACTION NOW!
($) What’s a good undergrad GPA?
($) Low GMAT? Low GPA? Please don’t say these things in your essays.
Plea for Help! “Maybe I’m not as qualified as I thought…”
By request: Our thoughts on Arizona State
The value of a lower-ranked bschool.
($) “Why don’t you ever talk about my school?”
($) Well-known schools with MBA programs you can actually get into (even with your shaky GMAT)
($) If your GMAT was over 730 and you didn’t make it into a school like Emory…
Applying to Grad School: Personal Statement vs Statement of Purpose
($) The joint MBA/Master’s app: Is it easier to get in?
Success Story! With a different ending than you might expect!
($) If the main reason for getting the MBA is financial…
If you really want to go to Harvard…
Off-the-beaten-path programs, and the school in your backyard
($) A comparison of NYU and Ross from one BSer’s perspective
($) The BSer’s Dilemma: Deciding between Michigan Ross and NYU Stern MBA (international student)
Quick application dos and don’ts
($) What is the visa situation for potential international MBA students in 2021?
What changes are you making due to coronavirus?
What you control in life
Why you may want to keep coming back to the EssaySnark blahg even though all your apps are in.
Make Your Essays Great Again
From the ‘Snarchives
From the ‘Snarchives: The Importance of Accomplishments
From the ‘Snarchives: Safety Schools
From the ‘Snarchives: Reasons People Don’t Get In
Round 2 Crunch Mode: How many apps should you do?
($) Pro Tip: Applying to just one school (or claiming that you are)
($) Be prepared for this to take awhile
($) MIT and NYU are not safety schools
($) Please don’t paper the country with apps
($) How many apps is enough?
($) So you got that application in. What happens next?
($) It’s not a numbers game. (aka “How many apps should I submit?”)
Most folks don’t want an online-only degree. But if you did…
($) Which schools were already online?
($) Ahead of the curve: What might set specific business schools apart as near-term leaders in delivering the online learning experience?
How valuable is that MBA?
($) Commuting to a part-time or Executive MBA
No GMAT required part 2
($) When informing the adcom about a new GMAT score (waitlist, optional essay)
($) Pros and cons of a part-time MBA
If the full-time option hasn’t panned out, what about a part-time MBA?
($) Working during your MBA
No cross-referencing, and some comments on applying for a part-time MBA
More questions from BSers!
Success Story! “One admit is all you need”
($) “Is a regular text essay OK for Booth?”
($) If you’re doing a PowerPoint for Stern, Booth, or MIT
NYU didn’t change its essays. But they did.
Columbia’s new essay question
essay critique: NYU Stern essay 3
($) School research idea: What about talking to professors?
($) Applying to The Kennedy School MPP/MBA
($) “What can I do to increase my chances after submitting?”
($) “I know people who lied and got in…”
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
($) A smattering of random ideas that relate to post-MBA careers and recruiting
($) “Good” post-MBA career goals for your business school application
($) “I want to work at Google” aka career goals and interviewing
By Request: Design Thinking & the MBA
($) How do you know if you’re “Harvard material”?
($) “No really. What are my chances???”
($) Can you be too old to get into an MBA program?
($) Our annual “But what REALLY does it take to get into Harvard Business School??” post
Trying for H/S/W? Why “Is my GMAT good enough?” is not the right question.
($) “I got this incredible new job offer. If I take it, what impact will it have on my future MBA apps?”
($) Can you be *too* diverse?
($) A Stanford applicant case study: Avoidable mistakes
Another “Oh crap. Round 2” post
($) The first place to look at your reapplicant strategy
If you’re starting to feel like uh-oh…
($) More thoughts on the possibilities and problems with a Round 3 application.
($) Critical advice for reapplicants
($) Can you get blacklisted by a bschool?
($) Reapp advice Part 2
($) What if your recommender still hasn’t submitted the rec yet?
($) Sophisticated application strategies: Who says what?
($) Title-chasing and your Letters of Recommendation
($) Sponsored MBA applicant and recommendations
($) “My job title doesn’t reflect my actual job.”
($) What to do if your MBA recommendations aren’t in
($) How to switch out recommenders
($) Which bschool you go to matters FOR YOUR FIRST JOB ONLY
($) If you’re hoping to be a Class of 2022 graduate, please read this.
($) International MBA Wanna-Be? Darden has given you a goldmine.
($) International MBA students and post-MBA employment in the U.S.
($) Trends in recruiting international MBA graduates
($) What REALLY matters in MBA admissions?
Why it hurts so much to get rejected from bschool
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: All MBA decisions are independent events.
($) How to interpret feedback from the adcom
Remember that some schools offer feedback to unsuccessful applicants!
($) One of the most under-recognized challenges in the entire process of applying to business school
($) Be sure to update your recommenders on outcomes – even if you don’t get in.
($) What does being rejected really MEAN and how can you process it?
($) Job titles can be their own form of jargon!
($) The difference between a resume and a CV and which is best for an MBA application
($) HOW you present is in some ways as important as WHAT you present
($) How far back is too far back, and are there exceptions?
($) Pro tips for constructing incredible soundbites on your MBA resume
($) “I can’t fit it all in so I’m just gonna leave this college internship off the resume”
($) “How do I show teamwork on the resume?”
($) Concerns with pre-MBA work history
($) When to update the adcom after they have your app
Now would be a good time for…
($) Taking the GMAT: How many times is too many? 2019 edition
($) How many times taking the GMAT is too many?
($) Multiple GMAT attempts. All of them low.
($) Taking the GMAT: How many times is too many?
Should you retake the GMAT?
(Re)taking the GMAT? Be as prepared as possible – in every way
($) When should a Columbia Regular Decision MBA app get submitted?
($) One of the downsides of submitting an application too early
What “rolling admissions” means right now
($) Coronavirus and the MBA: International applicants and admits
($) “What’s the latest I can submit to Columbia Regular Decision and still have a shot?”
($) If you’re aiming at Columbia Regular Decision… when to submit?
($) Round 3: Who should really probably unfortunately not be thinking about applying right now sorry *sadface*
($) Thinking about trying in Round 3… Which schools?
($) Admissions teams like to say there’s no harm in applying in Round 3, you can try again next year
($) Are you starting to think maybe Round 3?
($) “I thought I was supposed to talk about the buzzwords.”
($) What do these things have in common?
($) How to ask a school how they’re differentiated
($) How to mention a personal or “convenience factor” reason for choosing a school
More on rankings (Columbia and undergrad)
($) The secret to how to get into HBS
($) Taking a non-traditional approach to Stanford Essay B “Why Stanford?”
Head’s up if you are thinking about Tuck for Round 2
From a BSer of years past, helping you with Harvard in small ways
($) More commentary on our EssaySnark Unranked list
($) EssaySnark Unranked: Our list of top schools based on how hard it is to get in
Tracking the system: How are schools changing in terms of diversity and inclusion?
Are you thinking about trying for an MBA this year? Here’s a useful step to consider.
Duke’s admissions policies in the face of coronavirus are … what? (UPDATED!)
($) So how do you research a bschool?
Success Story! A post-MBA retrospective (part 3)
Handy Guide to How to Ask Questions at an Info Session!
($) You need to get out of your pajamas.
The best thing you can do if you haven’t done it yet.
The reason why MIT’s adcom is rad and a big tip for everyone interested in going to bschool
Success Story! “Did I get in because of the things I did…or in spite of them?”
One Brave Supplicant’s full admissions season recapped
($) “I’m so excited! I got into my safety school!”
($) The main way rankings are useful.
($) Another reason Round 1 can be particularly advantageous: Scholarships
($) When your safety school is actually a stretch school.
($) Talking to current students about their bschool experience
($) Round 2 Crunch Mode: Which schools have the easiest apps?
($) Why the adcom won’t believe your career goals.
Success Story! Why you’re going through all of this stress and upheaval in your life
Success Story: A former BSer shares the experience of applying — and getting in!
More experiences from a Round 1 admit!
Advice from a Success Story! Experiences from a Round 1 admit
Success Story! To round out the year and the decade on the happiest of notes
Success Story! That tells you about the hardest part of the process!
EssaySnark’s admittedly self-serving posting of comments from a former BSer
The value of the Sanity Check
($) If you get fired, do you need to tell the adcom?
($) Ethics & Professionalism: Changing jobs during the MBA app process
($) Updating the adcom on a job change
“I want to quit my job and go to bschool”
($) In the middle of applying to bschool, you get this fabulous new job opportunity…
($) Question from a waitlisted BSer: “I hope the adcom does not take this negatively…”
($) When you can update your MBA app after submission
($) Want to go to work at Amazon?
The other likely driver of increased MBA app volumes
($) Test-optional policies sound great! And…
($) GMAT/GRE waivers: Should you request one?
($) Evaluating MBA admissions consultants: Why “client success rate” is not to be trusted
($) Does it help to go with an MBA admissions consultant who has worked in MBA admissions?
Does your MBA admissions consultant need to have an MBA in order to be any good?
($) What does diversity mean in the context of MBA admissions?
Work doesn’t make you happy. But meaningful work might.
International candidates: Changes in U.S. student visa policies
What next. It’s up to you.
no post today
Should bschools go test-optional?
You’ve probably read enough about the election by now… But here’s one last post on impact of politics on your aspirations for an MBA
Nobody’s thinking about writing essays right now. Right?
Take care of yourselves today.
($) MBA programs that don’t require the TOEFL for international applicants
EssaySnark’s 2016 Radcom Award
Haas is on our s**t list.
“Taking the woeful.”
($) The best timing for a TOEFL
($) The TOEFL is not the most important part (unless it is).
How are you going to pay for it?
($) If you’re waitlisted and you’ve also been accepted somewhere else…
($) ROI and the MBA
($) One weird trick (no really!) about financing your MBA
Will you be looking more closely at affordability as part of your MBA plans?
Did you know that there may be more essays to write?
($) Columbia’s “Financing Your MBA” application question
This is why tuition at top schools shouldn’t be reduced
($) Should you use ChatGPT to write your MBA admissions essays?
($) How do you talk about “the network” in your MBA essay?
($) Case, case study, and case method
We are in mourning
No, EssaySnark is not on reddit (much).
Radcom of the Year 2021
Gnats, typos, and other pesky things
Black Friday Sale!
($) Identifying your priorities: What matters most to you in an MBA program?
($) Writing tip for authenticity: Handling memories accurately
($) One of the most common answers to Stanford’s “What matters most?” question and why it’s so tricky
($) Authenticity and values: Your most important guideposts.
How to make decisions
($) What is your purpose in going to bschool?
($) One more post on culture
($) Should you include a picture?
($) Video essay/short-answer interview tips
So you’re gonna do a video essay
Stern "personal expression" essay
at risk of completely demotivating you…
Authenticity means sharing who you are.
($) The value of volunteering on an MBA app
Volunteering and MBA applicants from the non-profit world
($) Exploring the BSer’s claim: “I work too much to do any volunteering.”
($) “What can I do to improve my chances?” Volunteering edition
($) “No extracurriculars after college” continued
($) “Request for help: No extracurricular after college”
($) Answering some questions on MBA app strategy!
($) What to do if you landed on the waitlist
“I’m waitlisted, and the adcom wants me to retake the GMAT…”
($) “I’m on the waitlist. Can I ask my interviewer for feedback?”
($) How schools make decisions off the waitlist (and how much hope should you have?)
($) If you were waitlisted in Round 1 2021…
($) Is it OK for your essay to be overlimit?
($) What if your essays are underlimit?
($) Formatting your MBA application essays
($) Reapplicants and the optional essay: What goes where?
($) The big problem with Columbia’s choose-your-own-length essays
($) The other MAJOR problem with Columbia’s essays this year
A guiding principle in essay strategy: Don’t outstay your welcome.
Hyphenating words does not reduce your word count.
Tips on cutting it down to size (overlimit essays)
($) “Will they call my old boss to ask why I was fired?”
($) “We had a reorg after I submitted my app and they changed my job title. How do I handle it on my apps?”
($) In this competitive season… Warnings to the stereotypical finance-guy applicant
No, you don’t need to work for a big company to get into a top school. But there is one advantage.
($) For HBS especially: Essays reveal so much.
Clouds. Marshmallows. Bunnies. Not essays.
($) Stories and your MBA essay
($) How to make your essays more powerful. (With whiskey.)
Essays are not a writing test. They’re a thinking test.
($) A big risk with your MBA essays (that’s a little tough to detect)
Proofread, people. (Like, with your own eyes and brain.)
“I will exploit this opportunity to go on to build greater success.”
($) This may be the most meaningful advice that we can offer for anyone trying to write powerful essays.
($) What happens when you don’t answer the question
Watch for throat-clearers (and apparently wan intensifiers? whatever they are?)
($) Writing tip from the trenches: “When something feels forced…”
Do you really use that word?
Simple writing suggestions to make your essay more readable.