Thursday, July 28, 2005

Easing my Financial Aid Pain? Or giving me one?

It is this attitude of Tepper tht prevents me from applying to this school, whose position, course content and placements are so ideal for me.

(...from a Business Week chat with Bonnie Lack, associate director of financial aid at Tepper...)
Q: Is it common for students to finane 100% of tuition themselves?
Actually, this is very common. I always encourage people to borrow as little as possible, because the debt is waiting for you when you're done.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Tepper deadlines are in, Essays later

Application submitted and complete by: *

Notification of decision mailed to applicant by:

November 14, 2005

January 16, 2006

January 9, 2006

March 13, 2006

March 20, 2006

May 1, 2006

May 1, 2006*

June 5, 2006

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Blogs, blogs and more blogs

Some Blogs that are maintained by applicants and current students, and one by the Adcom too (source of all mba-related blogs) (right hand nav. has the five most recent posts of applicants and students from a list compiled by hella and wharton) (applicants:expanded list) (students: expanded list)

bloglines allows you to control the content that is 'pushed' to you. You would need to visit mbaleague to find blogs to subscribe.

The latter resources would require you to visit regularly to see what is going on. If you have a blog, you can actually imbed that content into your blog template.

Admissions Tip: Columbia Essays

This is a copy-paste from Alex Kelley's post on BusinessWeek Forums. The link to this post is here

Admissions Tip: Columbia Essays

With a number of diligent applicants already beginning work on their application essays, we wanted to offer some guidance on how to handle Columbia's essay questions.

1. What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals? How will Columbia Business School help you achieve these goals?

The general advice we offered in our blog last week on how to tackle this sort of question applies here. Because Columbia is very sensitive to the fact that it is often treated as a backup for Wharton, it's especially important to convince the adcom of your interest in the program by packing your essay full of school-specific details about classes and clubs.

2. What has been the greatest challenge to your value system that you've faced and how did you handle it?

Questions of this sort are designed to gauge an applicant's ability to see two sides of a situation and appreciate the merits of both - and ultimately choose the best possible solution. First and foremost, you should make sure that the example you present represents a true dilemma. It's not enough to simply discuss a situation where you chose to do the right thing; you need to be able to show that there was a compelling reason for you to have acted otherwise. The question lends itself to personal experiences as easily as professional ones, but it's nice to give an example of how you view and handle ethical complexity in the workplace. For instance, there are often instances of conflicts between people and profit that work well in this context.

After setting the scene in your essay, you should explore the dilemma in depth, analyzing each of your options and explaining the potential positive and negative consequences of each. Once you've acknowledged the difficulty of the situation, you should lead the reader through your decision-making process, explaining the reasons behind your ultimate decision. Ideally, your strong grasp of leadership and of problem-solving will be displayed by this analysis. Finally, you should present the results of your decision. Even if there were ultimately some negative consequences, it is important to stand by the decision you made and to be proud that you stood behind your values in this situation.

3. In discussing Columbia Business School, Dean R. Glenn Hubbard remarked, "We have established the mind-set that entrepreneurship is about everything you do." Please discuss a time in your own life when you have identified and captured an opportunity.

This question is not only looking for resourcefulness in seeing something that others missed, but is also interested in the process by which you garnered support for your idea. See our thoughts from an earlier blog entry on Columbia's fascination with entrepreneurship for further advice.

4. Please select and answer one of the following essay questions.

a. Please tell us what you feel most passionate about in life.

b. If you were given a free day and could spend it anywhere, in any way you choose, what would you do?

While it's important to write about something that you truly enjoy, it's also important to approach this essay from a strategic standpoint and write about something that is relevant to your business school candidacy. While your hobbies and interests are certainly of interest to the adcom, it's important to avoid getting too personal. For instance, writing about one's family can make an applicant sound immature, and it's difficult to predict how a reader will react to comments on potenially sensitive topics like politics or religion.

The best topics for this essay are activities and interests that you can connect to some contribution you would make to the school community, ideally those in which you are currently active and to which you have a long-standing commitment. Although it is good to keep in mind that more unusual activities are advantageous, you don't need to have something that is really rare for this essay to succeed. It is more important to discuss what you do in a compelling and personal manner that conveys the depth of your enthusiasm for your topic by exploring your individual experiences. Finally, remember that specific anecdotes will make a greater impression on your reader than a broad discussion.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Kellogg Fall 2006 essays are in

Here are Kellogg's essays for the application for 2006. They are not much different from last year's questions and are rather straight forward.

The deadlines for 2006 entry are also on the same page.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Wharton Fall 2006 essays are in

Wharton has released its essays for application to Fall 2006 class. The same may be found on the Wharton AdCom Blog at

The deadlines for the application for Fall 20006 are already there. The link is

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Chicago GSB- What's New in Admissions

Chicago GSB- What's New in Admissions

Important news about our application process:

* Our 2006 application essay questions are posted now. Please visit for the essay questions and deadlines for application.
* We will be conducting interviews by invitation only. Applicants will be invited to interview after the Admissions Committee has evaluated their application. Interviews will be conducted by admissions staff, GSB alumni and students (graduate assistants) in cities around the world and on-campus.
* We have changed our requirements around English language testing.
o International Students will now be able to use the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), in addition to the TOEFL to demonstrate English language proficiency.
o If you have earned an undergraduate degree or post-graduate degree in a country where English is an official language or from an institution in which English is the language of instruction, neither the TOEFL nor IELTS exam is required provided you can document your educational certification.
* In light of the Bologna Accord, Chicago GSB will accept three-year international degrees to fulfill the undergraduate pre-requisite for application to the GSB. For more information about this important change, please visit

Ways to get to know us:

* Plan a summer campus visit. The summer visit program began June 1 and continues through September 23. More details and registration can be found at The regular campus visit program will resume in September, when students return to campus.
* Plan to attend one of our receptions or recruitment events around the World. Beginning August 27, our admissions team will be in a city near you! For a list of locations, visit . More details and registration information will be available in August.
* Jump onto our NEW discussion board. Coming this August, you will be able to connect with other prospective students, current students, faculty, staff, and alumni through this open forum for discussion. Visit in August for more details and to learn about our live chats this Fall!

For more details about the full-time MBA program at Chicago GSB, please visit You are welcome to email us at or call 1-773-702-7369 for more information. We look forward to seeing you during our travels around the world this fall or on campus soon! Enjoy the rest of summer!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Real Wackos : Chicago GSB Essays

Here I saw the essays Chicago GSB wanted people to write, includingchoosinga mascot for its new facility and stepping into a celebrity's shoes. Just read them see see how different they are from the rest of the crowd. And read what Lindsd has to say about these essays here
And get essays for the top 25 US schools here

PS: These wacko questions have been replaced with more sane questions this time. Read them here

Monday, July 04, 2005

U Penn (Wharton) Essays

# Required: Describe your career progress to date and your future short-term and long-term career goals. How do you expect an MBA from Wharton to help you achieve these goals and why now? (1,000 words)

# Required: Describe an impact you’ve had on an individual, group or organization. How has this experience been valuable to you or others? (500 words)

# (Please select two essays from Questions 3, 4 and 5) Describe when you were part of a team where the group process and/or intended outcome failed. What did you learn? (500 words)

# (Please select two essays from Questions 3, 4 and 5) Describe a situation where your values, ethics, or morals were challenged. How did you handle the situation? (500 words)

# (Please select two essays from Questions 3, 4 and 5) Describe a personal characteristic or something in your background that will help the Admissions Committee to know you better. (500 words)

# Essay One For Reapplicants Only (replaces first essay): Please describe your career progress to date and your future short-term and long-term career goals. How do you expect an MBA from Wharton to help you achieve these goals and why now? What steps have you taken to improve your candidacy since the last time you applied? (1,000 words)

# Essay Two For Reapplicants Only: Please select one essay from questions 2, 3, 4, and 5 above. (500 words)

# Optional: If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Committee should be aware, please explain them here (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application).

Embark Apply Online - Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan 2006

Welcome To Embark Apply Online - Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan 2006

Embark has this kool feature "Notify Me by Email". Here you can ask to be notified when your target school's application for the current session begins. You go to the (Embark) site (for that school) and it lets you choose this option.

MIT Sloan MBA Program - Application Instructions

MIT Sloan MBA Program - Application Instructions: "Essays"

Here are the essays of MIT Sloan MBA Essays. The aplication process shall start in August and the first deadline would be Nov 2, 2005

Friday, July 01, 2005

ISB Applications are open

The ISB Application process has started now. I am mentioning the essay questions below.

1. Evaluate your application and provide a critical assessment of it. Outline factors that might differentiate you from others from a similar background (500 words)

2a. Assess your career progress uptodate and elaborate on your future career plans. (300 words)

2b. It is said that successful leaders learn as much from their failures as they do from their successes. Discuss a situation in which you failed and what you learnt. (300 words)

3a. ISB places a lot of emphasis on teamwork. Tell us about your experiences in working as a part of a team. Your essay should talk about the difficulties that you faced and how you overcame them. (300 words)

3b. How do you define leadership ? Take the example of a leader you admire (living or deceased), and indicate the traits (300 words)

I would apply for the second round. Seriously, I am scared when I see these questions. I am a very poor author (my blogs are the proof) and these essays (and the recos) are what stand between me and my B-School. I hopw All Mighty God will help me along the way.

Best of luck to those applying to ISB this year.