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Posted on July 11, 2014 | Filed in Admissions, MBA

MBA - Why work experience matters to business schools.

Why work experience matters to business schools.

Your academic record is one of the most important indicators of your future ability to succeed, which is why admissions committees consider your undergraduate GPA. It is also the reason why the GMAT is given so much weight – it is a test that is a very accurate predictor of your ability to succeed in a graduate business management program. Admissions Committees rely on the GMAT.

Almost as important as those factors, though, is your prior work experience. Unlike law school or medical school where the graduate program itself can be …

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Posted on March 28, 2014 | Filed in Admissions, MBA

Five strategies for addressing a lower GPA.

Five strategies for addressing a lower GPA.

Business school admissions is becoming more competitive every year, and many potential applicants are daunted by the fact that they have a less than stellar undergraduate GPA (Grade Point Average). While in some cases a small difference in GPA may make a difference, most business schools consider the applicant as a whole, especially if you have significant work experience. The more work experience you have, the less relevant your undergraduate GPA becomes, especially if you have a stellar work record.

It’s important to remember that your undergraduate GPA is a reflection of how …

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Posted on February 11, 2014 | Filed in Admissions, MBA

How to deal with business school rejection and take time off before re-applying to cast a critical eye on what might have caused the rejection.

How to deal with business school rejection and take time off before re-applying to cast a critical eye on what might have caused the rejection.

Being admitted to a top MBA program is quite a challenge. One of the questions we get most frequently at Manhattan Admissions is: “What are my chances of being admitted to a program after I’ve been rejected the first time?” The answer is: probably better than you think. There is a lot of data that suggests that re-applicants are actually admitted at a higher rate than first-time applicants. This makes sense – after all, people …

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Posted on November 8, 2013 | Filed in Admissions, MBA

Discover if you have what it takes to get into an elite b-school.

Discover if you have what it takes to get into an elite b-school.

Out of the more than 20,000 combined applications received each year at Harvard Business School (HBS), Stanford, and Wharton, approximately 1 in 10 applicants are chosen. What distinguishes the one chosen candidate from the 9 others who were not?

Manhattan Admissions takes part in on-going conversations with many MBA admission members. From these talks, we’ve gathered important information we offer candidates seeking to get into an elite business school. To that end, here’s our theory. If there is a single most important trait …

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Posted on June 13, 2013 | Filed in Admissions, MBA

Get 5 valuable tips on how to get off being waitlisted.

Get 5 valuable tips on how to get off being waitlisted.

So here you are, you’ve taken the exam, and you log on to check your application status. Obviously, you’ve spent the last 6 months preparing to go to business school. You’re ready to find out the status of your application and when you log on, you’re hit with the strangest of three outcomes: you were neither accepted nor rejected, but waitlisted. This is, by far, the place where all good candidates go to await further judgment.

You’ve just entered ‘admissions limbo’ because you don’t know if you should pack …

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Posted on May 10, 2013 | Filed in Admissions, GMAT

Why do admissions committees rely heavily on the GMAT?

Why do admissions committees rely heavily on the GMAT?

There are decades of research that confirm the GMAT score is a reliable predictor of an applicant’s academic performance in today’s management programs. The exam, used by learning institutions around the world, is backed by more than 50 years of convincing research including hundreds of validity studies in just the last 10 years.

The exam is computer adaptive, which means it, selects each question for the test taker based on his or her level of ability. This makes the total score an extremely precise measure of one’s ability, more so than a paper …

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Posted on December 13, 2012 | Filed in Admissions, Career, MBA

Now more than ever, students are opting to pursue a specialized MS degree as opposed to a traditional MBA. Many universities are responding to this demand by offering programs in finance, supply chain management, management, accounting, marketing analytics and others. Why the rise? A Bloomberg Businessweek (http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-11-21/the-booming-market-for-specialized-masters-degrees) article cites the boom in these specialized degrees as a direct result of the high cost, time, and work experience needed to complete a tradition MBA program. Schools such as Maryland’s Smith and Michigan’s Broad are working on their fifth and seventh MS program, respectively. Which program would you choose? And why?

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Posted on December 12, 2012 | Filed in Admissions, Career, MBA

Doing the appropriate research prior to your MBA Admissions Interview is of utmost importance.Here are three solid keys to ace your face-to-face!
  • Know how you fit the program
Chances are you have already demonstrated your interest in the particular program in your application and essay – so go over those again. Refresh your memory on why your professional and educational background matches the school’s methodology, strengths and career opportunities. Dig out your old essays and re-read them from beginning to end. This solid written document will remind you of why you were interested in the school in the first place.

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Posted on December 11, 2012 | Filed in Admissions, Career, MBA

Applying for a business school is quite daunting and it is hard to know what the admissions committee of a prospective business program wants from you as an applicant. This is an obvious statement but one that has been tackled by Melissa Korn of The Wall Street Journal. Last year, she interviewed Derrick Bolton, Assistant Dean and MBA Admissions Director at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and asked a lot of questions about what he and his colleagues look for in an applicant. We included parts of the interview below as well as highlight some important points to keep

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Posted on December 10, 2012 | Filed in Admissions, Career, GMAT, MBA

Manhattan Review provides its students with topnotch prep courses that will allow students to tackle the challenges found in the GMAT. For young and aspiring entrepreneurs, entry into a top business school is vital to their future success. You have us on your side and quite frankly, our courses are more than capable of pushing you over the top. Assistance like that is valuable and necessary if you want to enter one of the ten toughest business schools in the country:
School name (state) Full-time applicants Full-time acceptances Full-time acceptance rate U.S. News rank
Stanford University (CA) 6,618 466 7.0%

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