About a year ago, we talked about how certain schools are putting even more emphasis on GMAT score than ever before. That was based on our experience last season (Class of 2018 admissions). We saw how that affected the Class of 2018 profiles – Wharton’s average GMAT score is now up to 724, but perhaps…
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We got this question from a military candidate recently:
I noticed Stanford has a comparatively lower percentage of Veterans in its class than many of the other top schools (3% or so versus 5%). Any theories on why that is?
Well yes! In fact, we do have theories!
Today we’re going to share them with you – if you’re in that contingent of military MBA candidates.
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Military MBA types interested in Stanford, read on.
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As a wrap-up comment:
Trying to interpret or extrapolate anything from the Stanford dataset and class profile is not usually a very fruitful effort. Stanford admits PEOPLE not numbers. The numbers can help point you in the direction of the standards of excellence that they tend to select on – but they don’t tell the whole story.
Good luck to all who are trying for Stanford this year! From the military or any other background.
If you’re a military MBA, check out our resources and hit us up if we can help!
Now that most Round 2 deadlines are behind us and the frenzy of another MBA admissions season is winding down, we wanted to step back and catch our breath and acknowledge some of those hard working admissions teams out there. We’ve done this before, with a few posts in the “adcoms that we love” series that we started five years ago, where we talked about sometimes overlooked schools like IESE and INSEAD. In 2014, we posted our Five Faves which at the time were Darden, Tuck, Yale, Columbia and our #1 favorite, NYU Stern.
This year we’re christening The Radcom Award which we’re going to bestow on the adcom that’s the raddest.
In the ‘Snark’s opinion, of course.
So, who will it be???
We wanted to give it to Ross because they’ve got the coolest videos!! But then they went and put their Round 2 deadline on January 2. C’mon guys! That’s not playing nice! Yeah yeah yeah, that early deadline meant that they’ve already started issuing interview invitations way ahead of most everyone else, which is definitely exciting. But sorry, that doesn’t make up for the pain inflicted on so many a few weeks ago and it’s also, from our perspective, shortsighted.
We simply can’t give it to Haas based on how mean they are with international applicants over the TOEFL. It seems that they’re more and more restrictive on this policy every single year (you can see evidence of that in the comments from BSers on that post).
Coincidentally or not, the adcom that we’ve chosen for our 2016 Radcom Award has policies on the exact opposite side of both of those issues:
- Their Round 2 deadline is the latest of all the top schools
- They don’t even require the TOEFL at all – not for nobody
Yep, you guessed it, we’re giving the Radcom Award to MIT Sloan!
Those aren’t the only reasons for why we like MIT right now.
While their cover letter requirement has proven difficult for many BSers, they are remarkably open and flexible in allowing you to submit almost anything else in support of your candidacy, through their Optional Essay (which is totally different from any other school’s optional essay, just FYI). For MIT, you have free rein on what you want to tell them about or how you want to present the best of your bad self to them. You can cover the traditional “optional essay” topics of low GPA or why you’ve chosen the recommenders that you did, and you can do that in a written essay. OR — or hopefully, AND — you can choose to share something about who you are as a person, through a PowerPoint or a video or anything else you can transmit through the Internet.
They’re not the first school to have such an opportunity (NYU and Booth have both done so for ages) but we like the combination of one very structured yet still fairly free-form submission with the cover letter, plus the do-what-you-will-with-it additional submission alongside.
That’s not the reason we’re giving them this honor of the Radcom Award, though.
It’s also because of how accessible they are to their applicants. It seems like practically every other week there’s been a chat with the Sloan adcom where they’ll let you people hit them up with questions. Other schools do these chats too so again, it’s not like Sloan is blazing a new trail or anything. It’s just that they’re offering them often, and they’re also longer (last one was 1.5 hours; some schools cut you off at half an hour) which is a significant investment of time from the admissions folks. Good stuff.
There’s one more reason why MIT has gotten the highest honor in Snarkville, which we will present along with its significance to all of you
For now, you can learn all about Sloan on our dedicated MIT Sloan MBA info page or check out all our previous posts about MIT’s business school.
None! Hahahaha that’s just a little EssaySnark humor. Of course you can reuse your essays from one school to another. . . . Or can you??? As you’ve discovered as you’ve dug into the essay questions, the schools are really asking different things. Even for some that are kinda sorta similar,…
EssaySnark shudders that we’re even thinking of writing such a post. This is NOT the way to choose a bschool to apply to. However, reality being what it is, and EssaySnark being a fervent subscriber to reality — yes there is such a thing as truth, and we believe that truth belongs in news stories,…
That headline could be misinterpreted. We’re not saying the Stanford GSB is not great. We happen to like the place, too. But before you apply somewhere for your MBA, you should know WHY you are applying there. This post is not about telling you why you should apply. It’s about questioning the lauded position that…
Several years ago, an academic book on the state of graduate business education called Disrupt or Be Disrupted quoted a researcher on the impact of a student going to business school:
“Partners, children, and intimate friends are often confused, angered, or envious in the face of an intrusive and elusive ‘crazy’ program that has stolen their dear one away … It can be a depressing experience to realize that changes in one’s own lifestyle create powerful waves in the systems of which one is a part.” (Seashore, 1975, p2)
If your own support system is not fully supportive of your efforts in education, then you’re going to have a very challenging time during your two years of business school.
Accordingly, the top MBA programs have gotten better about including students’ partners and families into their communities. It can be seriously alienating for trailing spouses to go through the two years of your bschool experience on the side. If you have a significant other in your life, you need to walk into this adventure of business school with proper planning and attention, or else you’re going to set yourself up for problems on the home front. We hear about couples breaking up during bschool all the time, and even when your relationship survives, bschool can be a very stressful experience for everyone – including and most especially your husband or wife.
Determining which schools are a match to you and your personal situation is an important part of the process of selecting your targets. Some schools are known for having excellent partner programs. These include:
Plenty of other schools also are strong with their partner programs but those are the ones that stand out the most. Tuck even publishes the statistic of how many students come to campus with a partner (currently 31%). Its remote location is both a boon and sometimes a challenge for students with partners. If you have small kids and a stay-at-home spouse then Tuck is an excellent choice. If there’s no kids and your significant other will need to find a job in the Hanover area, then it can be somewhat more complicated, based on the small-town economy — and Tuck knows that, and they’re often able to offer employment for partners on campus. Pretty cool, and definitely welcoming.
A few years ago, Georgetown McDonough piloted a program to offer career services for the trailing partner, which is equally cool. They don’t leave your significant other on their own to tackle the job search in a new city. They’ll help your partner land a job when you both are relocating. MIT (the university, not specific to Sloan) has a Spouses and Partners office that can also assist in this way.
Some schools let partners accompany their students on certain international experiences. For example, Darden partner Agnes Filipowski joined her husband Michal (Darden Class of 2015) on a global study trip to the UK . A Kellogg partner Hanna Michelsen describes how welcomed she felt on her boyfriend’s KWEST experience .
Just based on societal norms – which do seem to be changing, but slowly! – most of the “partners” you will encounter within a bschool community will be women. That is, the wife/girlfriend tends to be the one who uproots her life to follow her husband/boyfriend (or nowadays, maybe her wife!) to bschool. You don’t see as many men who quit their jobs to relocate when their girlfriend is accepted to grad school. However, it does happen, and if this Wharton partner Alejandro Rojas’s report (husband to Aivi de Rojas, W’16) is any guide , it’s a pretty good deal!
Here’s a post from Richard Sandrok, a Kellogg JV, about how he audited classes and got his own Kellogg education right alongside his girlfriend, who was the one who was officially part of the Class of 2015. We heard on an MIT adcom chat recently that at Sloan, partners can’t enroll in courses as a non degree student but they do have access to most other resources – clubs, conferences, hackathons, etc.
As you can tell from the past few days’ posts here on the blahg, there are resources out there, and lots of people have gone before you in tackling the big challenge of the MBA along with their personal goals of marriage and/or children. You can do it, too! We wish you luck in all your big growth projects, Brave Supplicant.