School Fit

MBA Snapshot: Haas School of Business

MBA Snapshot: Haas School of Business

Young and cutting edge, this West-Coast school truly embodies the California culture.  Rolling out their “Defining Principles” in 2010, it’s hard to find a fresher approach to b-school than Haas in the top tier.  They’re not located quite as close to Silicon Valley as Stanford, but Haas continues to attract high-level, entrepreneurially-minded applicants who dream of changing the world.  Perhaps these attributes will highlight why.

MBA Snapshot: Yale SOM

MBA Snapshot: Yale SOM

If MIT Sloan is at the intersection of Business and Technology, then Yale is at the intersection of Business and Society.  With a strong commitment to the triple bottom line, Yale prepares its students to make a meaningful impact in the world beyond the balance sheet.  Here’s a snapshot of what Yale is most known for…

MBA Snapshot: Stern School of Business

MBA Snapshot: Stern School of Business

New York University is one of the most elite colleges in the country, so it’s not a surprise that its business school is no different.  Stern’s diversely populated, highly energetic and hands-on students fit perfectly within its ideal location in the heart of Manhattan, the world’s business center.  While it’s no secret the school consistently falls in the top group of great b-schools, there are a few important reasons why they remain there.

MBA Snapshot: Sloan School of Management

MBA Snapshot: Sloan School of Management

MIT’s Sloan School of Management benefits from the world-class reputation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but don’t think Sloan lives in the shadow of MIT’s engineering achievements.  Sitting securely at the intersection of business and technology, Sloan has established a unique reputation as a respected business school in its own right.  Here are three main reasons…

MBA Snapshot: Columbia Business School

MBA Snapshot: Columbia Business School

Columbia Business School is located in the energetic business capital of the universe, but that’s not the only reason why this ivy league business school remains consistently in the top ten.  Here’s a snapshot of the three things Columbia is most known for…

MBA Snapshot: The Wharton School

MBA Snapshot: The Wharton School

The Wharton School is considered by many to be the best business school in the world.  Unlike many of its competitors in the top then, however, Wharton is one of the few business schools which has both an undergraduate and a graduate business program, essentially doubling its resources.  Here are three other reasons why Wharton is so well respected…

Up and Coming MBA Programs

Up and Coming MBA Programs

It’s hard to ignore the top ten business schools in America.  Of all the applications that are submitted to b-schools each year, the top ten schools receive 75% of them.  No wonder the process is so competitive!  While it’s a great idea to apply to schools in the top ten if you feel you are competitive and a good fit, there are dozens of other great programs out there which you might want to consider as part of your broader application strategy.  Here’s a list of pick-six programs you might want to investigate…

How Good is Your Target School's MBA Network?

How Good is Your Target School's MBA Network?

A business school’s network is usually one of the top reasons someone chooses an MBA program.  Leveraging both the b-school and also other alumni from a particular school can pay dividends when advancing your post-MBA career, so wisely considering which school will meet your needs in that area is a critical component of the b-school selection process. 

Keeping a Journal for MBA Applicants

Keeping a Journal for MBA Applicants

We can all likely remember our high school days when our English or Lit teacher required us to keep a journal.  The painstaking process of writing down what you did every day typically found everyone frantically making up journal entries the night before it was due, since most had bypassed the daily ritual in favor of the other distractions of youth.  Your English teacher was on to something, however, and for those who are disciplined enough to keep a daily log of your thoughts and adventures can find it easier to lay the introspective groundwork that is required for a good MBA application.  Why?

Personalizing Your Interest in an MBA Program

Time for a quick blog post that comes from what I'm seeing each day, which is really rigid, hard-to-read Why School X sections.  I give the same note to every single client so now I'm giving it to everybody: the simplest and most important thing you can do to improve your Why School X portion of career goals essay is to personalize any and all content.  

What do I mean by "personalize?"  Simple: make anything you write about the school specific to you, your experience, your desires, or what you require from a program.  Never just state absolutes, generalities, or even known truths and facts - always make them personally-held viewpoints.  Examples are the best way to understand this (after the jump):