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  • in reply to: GSB admissions wall of shame – hilarious! :-) #26165

    After reading this post, I asked some of our consultants about some of their favorite (or not so favorite) applications from their admissions committee experiences.

    Naming the wrong school in the application (e.g. mentioning why you really want to attend Kellogg in the Chicago application) and vain self promotion (read: being perceived as vain instead of healthily aggressive) are fairly commonplace.

    Here are some of the responses I received:

    A letter of reference that cited the applicant’s experiences organizing office birthday parties and showers as evidence of leadership.

    “When I was a child, all I could dream about was killing my little sister.”

    “I always knew that I wanted to go to business school after watching the movie BABY BOOM.”

    “I would literally kill to get into your school.”

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
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    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #26164

    Dear Preeti,

    While we appreciate your questions, we are unable to answer them here. This is a medical school admissions thread. We answer brief questions to help admissionsboards.com’s members, display our expertise, and provide members with an idea of our capabilities should they be interested in securing our comprehensive services to maximize their admissions chances.

    Your questions are about dental school admissions and they are outside Dr. Workman’s area of expertise.

    Best regards,

    David Petersam

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    in reply to: Engineering Admissions #26138

    Hi Simon and thanks for your inquiry.

    Hi, I have question regarding the use of GRE score for Engineering Graduate admissions. Do they mostly look at just the Quantitative sections? how much do they weigh the verbal? I just finished my Gre and I got 800 for Quantitative and 550 for Verbal, haven’t received my AWA marks just yet. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

    All graduate programs want to see strong scores in all test sections of course. However, the engineering programs will be far more lenient towards a lower verbal GRE than, say, a school of journalism.

    SImon

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
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    in reply to: Re-applying #26135

    Hi and thanks for your follow-up inquiry.

    I prepared to apply to many schools in 2002, but in the end, I have applied to one school only in 2002 and was rejected. Now, I am having some delimma…..

    1. If I had send my GMAT scores over to schools in 2002, will they retain my record until I apply in 2004? (Btw, I sent scores to schools everytime I write the test, and it showed improving trend untiol I screwed up my 3rd time!)

    Generally, schools archive applications for 1 year. However, they will see all your GMAT scores when you apply.

    Schools normally aren’t concerned with how many times you take the GMAT. There are different opinions amongst admissions officers at the various schools though and some really do not like to see applicants who have taken the GMAT multiple times. They interpret the multiple tests as a sign the applicant certainly tried to “game” the exam and they will expect a higher score from you than they may have otherwise accepted. This is an additional reason why it is so important to adequately study for the GMAT and try to do well the first time you take the test. There are plenty of practice tests out there that contain questions actually used on previous GMATs. Feel free to visit our book review for more information about these GMAT prep books.

    2. If I had phone interviewed with a school in 2002, but I decide to apply in 2004, will the old record be retained and cross – compared with the new interview results?

    Once again, the applications are normally only retained for one year. The fact you are a reapplicant shouldn’t be a concern though if:
    1. You identify the specific reasons why you were dinged in your previous application and
    2. You correct those items in your current application (essays, letters of reference, resume, interview, etc.)

    Depending on how far you live from campus, your phone interview may have been held against you as they may have doubted your sincere interest in their b-school. (If you live on another continent, this not a relevant point to your particular situation.)

    3. If I had requested the transcript from my school’s registar and they signed it in 2002, can those filled transcript forms be used in my 2004 application?

    Resubmit the transcript again each time you apply.

    4. Will re-applying to schools (with slightly better qualification and career enhancement) be viewed as positive in admission committee’s view?

    With few exceptions, re-applicants are admitted on a fairly regular basis at the top b-schools. See my list of the two items you need to thoroughly address.

    In general, re-applying seems to complicate things -> not only you have to provide extra recommendation letter, but you also have to show tremendous progress (in terms of career progression and gmat stats), or do you hold a different view on re-applying?

    This is sometimes the case. Other times, applicants just put together a very poor story, i.e. reasons why they want an MBA, attend XYZ b-school, etc. Most rejected applicants have very similar grades, GMAT scores, and career progressions as admitted applicants.

    5. If I have dual citizenship ( ie, Taiwan and Canada), how should I classify myself as in order to get better chances of getting in?

    This is something with which we do help our clients. I don’t have enough information about you or the schools you are targeting to give you a definitive answer here.

    Thank you !! Appreciate your advise!

    No problem. We do ask though that future questions that you want us to answer be posted on the Ask AdmissionsConsultants thread. This helps us save valuable time as we help moderate this website.

    Don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you would like professional assistance with your b-school applications and don’t reapply if you don’t believe you have very good answers to the 2 points I made above. Otherwise, you will be wasting a lot of time and money and possibly stalling your career for at least another year.

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

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    in reply to: Admission Consultants: Mission Impossible? #26123

    Hi and thanks for your inquiry.

    If you would like a law school admissions consultant to answer your query, kindly post it on the Ask AdmissionsConsultants thread. When all these new threads get created, it becomes very time intensive for our consultants.

    Best of luck with your future law school applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #26117

    I am ‘bumping’ this thread and I kindly ask you to post any questions for Renee here. This will help her quickly identify when her expertise is being requested and save her from reading through the many other topics in this section.

    Thanks,

    David Petersam

    AdmissionsConsultants
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    in reply to: Texas Admission #26107

    Hi and thanks for your inquiry.

    I have a few questions about admission to University of Texas’ MBA program, and I would appreciate some insight. I went to undergrad at UT and had a modest GPA 2.95, not great I realize. By time I matriculate, I will have 6 years of consulting experience at Big 4. Strong extracurricular and leadership experiences, GMAT to be taken next week. I have been scoring in the mid to upper 600’s and was curious to know what you think the minimum I would need to get so as not to take the test again. UT has rolling admissions, so I want to get my application in ASAP, but want to have the best possible application. Also, I am from Texas, but now live in New York, which classifies me as an out of stater. Any suggestions on how to get around that? Any and all advice is greatly appreciated, as the stress of the test is starting to freak me out a bit.

    You will need a slightly higher GMAT than most other applicants to help mitigate your GPA. If you have good work experience and extracurriculars and you submit a well-prepared application (good reasons for why you want an MBA, highlight some good ‘wow’ factors, etc.), you should be competitive with a 700 GMAT.

    If you have any more questions about MBA admissions, kindly post them in the MBA section of this site. This will ensure the most prompt response.

    We have some GMAT prep tips at http://www.admissionsconsultants.com/gmat/ that you are free to peruse.

    Best of luck with your GMAT and applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #26105

    This may be old news to some of you, but I was just informed by one of our full-time MBA admissions consultants that Chicago added a new optional essay yesterday:

    Essay E (Optional) If there is further information that you believe would be helpful to the admissions committee, please feel free to provide it.

    Chicago’s first-round application deadline is November 7.

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

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    in reply to: please advice #26102

    Hi N and thanks for your inquiry. Since your inquiry is MBA admissions related, I’ll be glad to answer it.

    julie,
    hi , i am a masters in computers. i would like to persue an MBA. because my masters and my bachelors is through distance learning, what is my best choice of colleges?
    N

    I wouldn’t let the fact you earned your degrees through distance learning become the main determinant in selecting a business school. Instead, I’d encourage you to consider factors like your future career goals, the strength of your candidacy, and personal preferences for items such as geography (assuming you are considering non DL programs), campus culture, and teaching methods.

    If you have any more questions about MBA admissions, kindly post them in the MBA section of this site. This will ensure the most prompt response.

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

    AdmissionsConsultants
    703.242.5885

    in reply to: Too Old for Regular MBA at Top 10 SChools #26085

    Hi Mike and thanks for your inquiry.

    Hi: I am 39 years old with about 17 years experience in the work force. I have exceptional leadership and work experiences all around the world, including military experiences in war time. I recently decided I would like to return to school and get an MBA (full time program) from a top 10 b-school. I have been told I have too much experience and am outside the age window for most reg. MBA programs. I have been encouraged to pursue and E-MBA. I was even told 26 years old is pushing it for Harvard.

    The EMBA is a great degree for applicants who have progressed further in their careers. The analogy I like to use (and I’m sure our consultants have their own analogies) is that the campus, full-time MBA teaches you things at the 20,000 foot level. The EMBA, on the other hand, teaches you things at the 50,000 foot level. While age tends to dictate EMBA students are older than campus, full-time MBA students, there are certainly many exceptions to the rule. We have helped many applicants in their 20s gain admission to top EMBA programs and applicants into their 40s gain admission to top 10 full-time programs.

    Most applicants to HBS this past year fell within the 3 to 7 year range. This holds true with the many clients we worked with this past year who gained admission to HBS, and perhaps more importantly, it also comes from notes I have from an interview one of our consultants did with a HBS admission officer over the summer. Whoever told you 26 was pushing it has bad information.

    Is this true? Would I be wasting time to even apply? I think my experience would add greatly to the classroom discussions, especially in a case study situation like HBS.

    The reason age can become a factor is because the b-schools want applicants with senior management potential and normally if you are still working at a junior-level position at some point, you will be deemed not to have senior management capabilities. As I mentioned above, there are some older applicants who get admitted to top schools. In fact, we have a consultant who was 39 when he matriculated into MIT/Sloan. Hopefully, your military experience can be used to help explain why you are still relatively “young” in your business career.

    Any advise would be great!

    THanks

    Mike

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

    AdmissionsConsultants
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    in reply to: Recommendation letter for LBS #26076

    Hi PR and thanks for your inquiry.

    Hi,
    I’m planning to apply for London Business School. As part of my references I had collated common questions and sent it to my referees. I had sent them a list of guidelines mentioning that wherever possible give instances. However, when I sent the LBS reference letter they claim the space is too little for them to write what they have prepared. On looking at the reference letter for LBS I did notice that they give very little space to write recommendation. However, places like INSEAD, IMD etc say that a separate sheet is to be used.

    Should I ask my referees to cut down the length of the recommendations for LBS?

    You can always call LBS if you think it will be an issue to cut down the length of the recommendation. LBS has certainly shown some flexibility over the years. However, they do want the recommendation confined to the space they provided. I talked to some of our consultants before applying to this thread (they know more about admissions than I do) and they indicated none of their clients have encountered difficulties with adhering to the space requirements. Before calling LBS, you may want to re-examine your letters of reference for any extraneous verbiage.

    Another question that is bogging me down is that I had originally asked a Partner from a Big 5 consulting firm where I used to work to be my referee. However, he had to go overseas on an urgent assignment and will not be able to do it. I have now asked a manager to do the same for me. Both of them know me equally well. Do you think it matters who is writing.

    If both of these recommenders know you equally well and they are equally favorable about your candidacy, then it won’t matter which one writes the recommendation.

    Would greatly appreciate your response.

    No problem! [:)]

    -PR

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

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    703.242.5885

    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #26074

    Hi Jason and thanks for your follow-up inquiry.

    Thanks for the help David. Your insightful responses are extremely valuable. I do have another question regarding the Duke application. I have my application ready to submit, but I won’t be able to travel to Duke for the interview before their cut-off period. Should I wait and apply in the second round when I can interview, or would I be better off applying in round 1? Do you think I will be penalized without an interview? It appears that the interview is a major part of their application.

    You are correct to state the interview is a major part of the application at Duke. The same is true of most other b-schools as well. Regarding Duke, if you are in the U.S. and do not live on the West Coast, you must now interview on their campus by that deadline. You can feel free to call Duke and explain your situation, but I don’t want to give you false hope about your chances of receiving a waiver. My gut says you will need to be a very solid applicant and have a very good reason for why you can’t visit Fuqua. (I’m thinking something along the lines of you are in the military and about to get shipped off to Iraq.)

    On a related note, Duke is now scheduling Saturday interviews in an attempt to accommodate as many applicants as possible. I don’t know your particular circumstances, but this may allow you to meet their cut-off period.

    In conclusion if your circumstances dictate that you are supposed to interview at Duke before the cut-off date and (1) you can’t travel to Duke and (2) you are not granted a waiver, then we would advise you to submit your application in the second round.

    Thanks again, Jason

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

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    in reply to: Admissions #26067

    Hi and thanks for your inquiry.

    Hi David,

    I have a few questions regarding the application process….

    Regarding filling application forms, I am wondering whether most people handwrite or type? If type, do most people use acrobat editer or typewriter?

    Most b-school applications are online and utilize either the embark or apply yourself formats. You simply type your information directly into the application.

    I heard that it looks more professional if you type. But I can’t figure out how to use acrobat editer and it’s becoming a hazzle for me because I am running out of time writing up other application items…..

    Most schools allow you to download the .pdf version so you can see their forms and essay questions. There should be online forms available.

    Also, some school ask what other schools you apply to on the form. Do they use that info to judge whether to accept you or not? Do they have a way to verify which schools you did apply to? (through GMAT report perhaps?)

    The GMAC reports tell them the other schools you sent your scores to and the FASFA report tells them other schools you sent to whom your financial aid was sent. They expect that you will apply to multiple schools if you really want an MBA. More often than not, applicants who claim they are only applying to one school aren’t taken seriously. This issue is best addressed in the why XYZ b-school essay — or whatever essay you work that into.

    Also wondering, the GMAT report only 3 latest scores, but retain your score on record for 5 years, so what happens if you squeeze your best score off the record when you take GMAT the 4th time?

    There will be concern about why you took the exam so many times and why you were not able to increase your score over the next 3 attempts. Depending on the exact detail of the scores received and the exact nature of your ‘story’, this will likely need to be addressed in your application.

    Does ETS provide an averaged GMAT score at the end of report sent to schools? Do the schools get the same type of report we get from ETS for our GMAT score? –> I have heard lots of different sayings on this and was very confused…..

    They will see all your scores from the past 5 years.

    Thanks a lot & Look forward to seeing your professional opinion!

    No problem. Don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you would like professional assistance with your applications.

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

    AdmissionsConsultants
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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #26062

    Hi Jason and thanks for your inquiry.

    David,

    I have a question about the Stern application. They ask for a resume including educational and professional information, as well as an Employment History which includes responsibilities at each position. Its seems that the Employment History will be redundant with the resume. How should the two items be structured, in your opinion, to avoid this problem? Thanks in advance for your response.

    This is a good question. The employment history allows you to provide more details about specific accomplishments, levels of responsibility and leadership accomplishments. It is also the best place to explain your career progression and why you left one employer for another.

    The resume is more of a one page (most of the time anyway) executive summary of your career with some bullet points.

    Jason

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

    AdmissionsConsultants
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    in reply to: 91% of Harvard Students Graduate with Honors #26045

    Hi and thanks for your inquiry. For future reference, please post your admissions related inquiries to AdmissionsConsultants on the Ask AdmissionsConsultants thread. This will make it easier for me as well as the readers.

    Hello David,

    First of all, having seen your replies across various forums let me convey my appreciation for the honest, to-the-point opinions that you offer to prospective students. I plan to give a real good shot at achieving a position in HBS and Wharton. I would like to know your take on my chances based on my profile.

    Sure. Go right ahead.

    Coming to me, I am 26 years old woman from India. I had an excellent academic background throughout school and passed out as school topper. I was also elected in leadership positions at schools, first the assistant head girl and subsequently, the school head girl. Having a keen interest in fine arts, I won various inter-school art competitions. On the side, I also earned myself a diploma in Art. Throughout school, I took part in sundry extra-curricular activities – singing, essay writing, handwriting competitions, basketball, long distance running etc. In hindsight, it doesn’t sound too focused but at the time, I was too busy enjoying each activity to really care about being focused.

    In 1995, I enrolled in the Master of Management Studies program ( 4 year integrated baccalaureate degree in Management) at BITS, Pilani in India. It has in its foundation years, mathematics, science, engineering science and several analysis and application oriented courses, followed by management courses in the next 2 years. I graduated top of the class with a CGPA (on a scale of 10) of 8.75 and major GPA of 10. While at college, I also managed a 6 month internship at American Express-TRS at New Delhi. Throughout college years, I was part of the organizing committees for various college and inter-college festivals. I was also actively involved in the students’ Art group.

    I have a passion for travel especially trekking. Over the years, I have been hiking and trekking in the Himalayas and other Indian locations up to altitudes of 13000 feet. While on work assignments in Europe, I squeezed in a backpacking trip through Belgium and Holland and hiking in the Tatra Mountains in Poland.

    I like your extracurriculars and other outside interests. There are a lot of opportunities to present you as an interesting and well-rounded applicant. There are probably also some good ‘wow’ factors in here as well.

    I speak English fluently (TOEFL score: 300) and also, some Spanish (completed Level Basico, Course topper). I plan to pursue a more advanced course in Spanish this year end.

    Coming to my career, I have 4.5 years of experience in total in the BFSI (Banking and Financial Services) sector. In the on-campus recruitment drive of COSL at our college campus in 1999, I was one of their first recruits. COSL (Citicorp Overseas Software Limited) is a 100% subsidiary of Citigroup, specializing in developing and supporting in-house banking software solutions for Citigroup. In 2002, COSL merged with Polaris Software Labs (world’s first SEI CMMi Level 5 Company, listed among “Forbes 200 – Best under a Billion” in the World, leader in the BFSI sector). I started out as a Associate Consultant and over the period of 4 years, have been promoted from Team Member to Team Lead to Project Leader. In 2000 and 2001, I did stints in Poland and London for implementation of Citibank projects. After taking over an existing Data warehousing project from Citibank, I set it up from scratch in the company and it is being run successfully by my team for the past 2 years. I have been awarded ESOPs by my company in recognition. Currently, I am handling the application development and support of a core banking system being used 24×7 across 36 countries in the CEEMA region.

    I definitely like this career progression. Remember though that there will be a lot of Indian IT applicants again this year, which will make it even more important to differentiate your candidacy.

    Also, keep your story focused on you and not on the size or prestige of your employer.

    I hold a GMAT score of 740 with an AWA of 5.5. Receiving good recommendations from my clients and supervisor should not be a problem. However, I am unsure as to what non-work related recommendation I can avail. Due an accidental fall while trekking last year, I was seriously injured with multiple injuries, broken upper jaw and wrist. As a result, I was unable to work for nearly 3 months since I had trouble speaking and my right hand was out of action. During this period, while still on physiotherapy and my right hand in a plaster cast, I joined up a Spanish language course, learnt how to write with my left hand, and despite everything, emerged class topper with the highest ever score for the course. I was contemplating whether it is of any consequence to take a recommendation from my Spanish instructor. Can you advise me on this?

    It sounds like you have many choices for recommendations. Choose the recommenders who know you best and can also best substantiate your story. Chances are you have better choices than the Spanish instructor. Particularly since this class does not likely tie into your future career goals or demonstrate such important traits as commitment to community, etc.

    I know I really need to thank you for your patience in reading my rather long mail. :)

    No problem! :-)

    Since I come from the Indian-techie profile, I know I am in for competition galore! So, would appreciate pointers as to how I could best project my achievements and distinguish them from the usual crowd.

    With well-prepared applications (reasons for wanting an MBA, reasons for attending XYZ b-school, etc.) you should be competitive at the top 10 schools.

    Thanks so much!

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

    AdmissionsConsultants
    703.242.5885

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