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New York Business Journal: How to Navigate the Columbia Business School MBA Application

by Jeff Thomas, Stratus Admissions Counseling CEO

Columbia Business School (CBS) describes itself as the only top Ivy League business school immersed in the global business hub that is New York City.

When applying to CBS, understanding the following nuances will help you prepare an impactful application.

1. Timing

CBS has rolling admissions, and understanding how this process works may strengthen your chances of acceptance. If CBS is your first choice, apply Early Decision (ED). CBS ED is binding, meaning you are obligated to withdraw all other applications if you are admitted.

If you are applying for either Early Decision (ED) or to begin in January 2018 (J-term), your application is due October 4. You will likely have a final decision in four to six weeks.

If CBS isn’t your clear first choice, apply rolling admissions. CBS reviews non-ED applications in the order they are received, so the sooner you submit the better. This will place you at the front of the line when applicants are invited to interview. At the same time, quality is key, so don’t rush your application and compromise its effect on your candidacy. Read More

Chief Learning Officer: ​Build Leadership Skills Through Nontraditional MBA Programs

by Salma Qarnain, Stratus Admissions Counseling

Give executives greater flexibility to build global learning into their busy schedules.

LA Business Journal: ​5 MBA Application Strategies for UCLA Anderson and USC Marshall

 by Jeff Thomas, Stratus Admissions Counseling CEO

Los Angeles boasts two of the nation’s Top 25 MBA programs: The UCLA Anderson School of Management (Anderson) and the USC Marshall School of Business (Marshall).

The City of Angels offers a myriad of alternatives that enable you to identify a great fit, including:

UCLA Anderson’s Fully Employed MBA for working professionals who anticipate increased levels of responsibility and expanded management

UCLA-NUS Executive MBA Program for top executives who want a dual-degree Executive MBA. This is in partnership with National University of Singapore Business School.

No matter which program meets your needs, consider the following application strategies for admission to these business schools.  Read more Harvard Law School’s Moneyball Moment


Neill Seltzer and Jeff Thomas

Neill Seltzer is the CEO of Noodle Pros. Jeff Thomas is the CEO of Stratus Admissions Counseling.

Why would Harvard Law School, one of the most elite law schools in the country, decide to change the admissions criteria that it has used for the past 60 years? One would be tempted to assume that it’s a response to the plummeting number of applicants at law schools around the country: even Harvard’s number of applicants is down 18% since 2011, though it still has far fewer spots than applicants. So why Harvard, why the change and why now?

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Financial Times: Amazon’s Shopping Spree at Business Schools

How the retailer has become one of the biggest recruiters of MBA graduates

Stratus Director of MBA Admissions Susan Cera is sourced in this article by Jonathan Moules.

From the article:

“Amazon is constantly entering new markets, which provides opportunities for a newly minted MBA to learn about being an entrepreneur in a low-risk environment with established infrastructure and support systems in place,” Ms Cera says.

“Most MBAs we counsel don’t view Amazon as a pure tech company because much of Amazon’s success is due to smart financial management.”

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Chicago Business Journal: 5 MBA Application Strategies for Booth and Kellogg

by Jeff Thomas, Stratus Admissions Counseling CEO

Chicago is home to two of the nation’s top 20 MBA programs, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business (Booth) and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (Kellogg).

The Booth and Kellogg classes of 2018 have low admit rates of 23 percent and approximately 20 percent, respectively, and average GMAT scores of 727 and 728.

Booth and Kellogg want applicants who will thrive in their focused curriculum. Consider the following strategies when applying to these elite Chicago-area b-schools. Read more

AIGAC Blog: 5 Business School Application Hacks to Improve Admissions Potential to Top Schools

by Harold Simansky, Stratus Admissions Counseling

The business school applications process is a rigorous and intimidating triathlon of sorts, a multi-stage event requiring endurance, speed, and keen strategy. Moreover, it requires a tri-athlete’s ability to separate oneself from the herd of sharp-elbowed competitors.

Last year, only 1 in 10 applicants were accepted to the top-ranked business schools in the United States – Harvard Business School, The Wharton School and Stanford Graduate School of Business. The Yale School of Management rejected 89 of every 100 candidates while MIT’s Sloan School of Management passed on 91 out of 100.  Read more

Financial Times: Flexibility of online MBAs Opens Door for the Time-Poor

Students tell how they juggle study with work and family commitments

Stratus Director of MBA Admissions Susan Cera is sourced in this article by Jonathan Moules, which is part of a Special Report on Online Learning.

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New York Business Journal: 5 MBA Application Strategies for Columbia and Stern

by Jeff Thomas, Stratus Admissions Counseling CEO

New York City is home to two of the nation’s top 20 MBA programs, Columbia Business School (CBS) and the New York University Stern School of Business (Stern). CBS and Stern have low admit rates, 17 percent and 23 percent, and average GMAT scores of 717 and 710, respectively.

Consider the following application strategies for these elite NY-based b-schools. 1. Fortify your power triangle Read more

New York Business Journal: 5 Ways to Finance Your MBA

by Jeff Thomas, Stratus Admissions Counseling CEO

While well worth it, the dollars and cents journey to earning an MBA is costly. Here are five considerations when evaluating how to finance your MBA. 1. Look to your employer. 2. Talk to diversity organizations Read more

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