Quick & Dirty Tips for Maximizing your Business School Visits

Here are some quick tips for maximizing your business school visit:

  • Make sure you schedule a classroom visit through the admissions office. A student will lead you around and make introductions for you.

  • Plan them before the fall, if you can and if tours are available this late in the school year.

  • Make sure you stop by the admissions office to introduce yourself.

  • Have a couple of canned questions ready to ask members of the admissions committee, current MBA students or alumni. Also, have a working definition of your post-MBA goals as this is likely to come up in conversation. 

  • Make sure you have the name(s) of the person(s) you want to speak to.  Most likely there is a receptionist in the office directing traffic.

  • Make the convo brief (as you just dropped by), just make sure they put your face with your app.

  • It does not have to be JFK speech.  Keep it simple - something like "just wanted to stop by and tell you how much I have enjoyed my class visit with Joe Blow and in Prof. Bobby Sue's Organizational Behavior class" or "I am actively following your posts on the Bweek forums (for example)".

  • Tell them that you are applying R1/R2/R3 and that you applying because of X, Y and Z.  This is your chance to drop some in-depth knowledge about their program in order to impress them while briefly stating how it pertains to your experiences.

  • You are basically setting up a 2nd encounter if they come out to your home city for a tour event.  Then you go to the tour event again and reintroduce yourself and say you met them before in their respective admissions office.

  • Do not try and plan 2 school visits in one day. You'll never make it across town. 

  • Wear business casual (dark pants and a blue or white shirt for males), no excessive jewelry or old spice perfume.

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