There’s all sorts of information and advice out thar on them interwebs about applying to bschool. We’re sure you’ve already found gobs and gobs of the stuff, and you’ve bookmarked your favorites and made a habit out of returning to those sites on a regular basis. Today we wanted to point you towards some specific ones that may have gone overlooked.
Specifically, we’re talking about blogs from the bschools themselves.
Even if you’re not planning to apply to these schools, you might want to check out what they have in their social media and what they post as advice to their applicants, and even consider subscribing to their blog feeds. While our caution that all admissions advice issued by a school is specific to their school always applies, there’s still good info to be had from these resources, and they’ve proven themselves to be consistent over time. These are some of the schools that we trust, and refer to, as we go about our jobs, and they’re blogs that you might find value in, too.
In no particular order:
- Michigan Ross Admissions Blog. Soojin Kwon, Admissions Director at Michigan Ross, maintains probably the most transparent policy of all MBA adcoms. Her blog is awesome, and it helps with insights into how admissions works overall at any school, in terms of explaining the holistic review that admissions professionals conduct, and sometimes with warning you about not being a pest when you’re on the waitlist. That sort of thing. Lots of the info is specific to Ross but this one is worth reading for any BSer.
- Tuck360 MBA Blog. Lots of admissions-specific stuff, including an excellent series of posts for Indian applicants especially. Other incredible articles are about career services and recruiting at bschool. This blog also has posts from students and sometimes from partners. Worth subscribing for anyone.
- The MBA Insider Blog from UCLA Anderson. Practical and helpful tips that are applicable to many, many schools. Anderson is also working to be transparent in the admissions process and we’ve noticed the changes in their approach to the applicant marketplace. Anderson also sometimes does alumni profiles and other community-centered posts that can be interesting and inspiring. Good stuff coming out of this school.
Why is HBS not on this list? It’s not because they don’t have a blog; they do . It’s just that they don’t really give you anything useful in applying to HBS or other schools. It’s still worth tracking them because it’s where they publish important dates in their process (when will interview invites go out, for example). But HBS does things differently, and they’re probably one of the most opaque of all schools (them and Stanford) in terms of providing information that will actually affect your chances of admission.
Two additional schools have maintained a more lackluster blogging presence in recent years – Chicago Booth and Wharton . If you’re going to be applying to these schools then certainly subscribe to their blogs but if not, we don’t see too much value in what they tend to publish these days, both because posts go up infrequently and because what they tend to talk about seems quite narrow in both cases.
How about you, BSer? What school resources have you found useful? Any bschool or adcom blog that we’ve missed? Tell us in the comments!
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