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What Are My Chances at Harvard Business School?

Harvard Business School, Stanford GSB, Wharton and other top business schools have become so competitive that none can be called a target anymore, even if you have a 3.9 from Stanford, a high GMAT score and stellar work experience. As an MBA applicant, you may have heard that you should apply to some stretch schools,… View Article

Top MBA Programs Deadlines and Essay Prompts 2018-2019

(*This article will be updated as dates and prompts are updated on school websites.) The schools are listed in the order they appear on US News & World Report’s 2019 Best Business Schools. Harvard Business School Application Deadlines: R1 9/5/18 R2 1/3/19 Decision Dates: R1 12/11/18 R2 3/26/19 Essay Prompt:  As we review your application,… View Article

Chicago Business Journal: 5 Kellogg MBA application tips

by Jeff Thomas, Stratus Admissions Counseling CEO The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (Kellogg) experience is dedicated to transforming students into growth-oriented leaders who inspire growth in people, organizations and markets. Located in the “urban suburb” of Evanston, Illinois, Kellogg’s Global Hub offers stunning views of Chicago’s skyline and Lake Michigan. Familiarizing yourself with… View Article

MBAnalysis Blog: Doppelgänger MBA Programs – If You Liked X, You May Like Y

How do you “fit”? Whether it is about you liking a school or a school liking you (to the point that they accept you), the question of fit is one that should always be top-of-mind for any applicant. Do you like a school’s teaching style? The focus of the curriculum? The location? Are these your… View Article

NY Business Journal: 5 Johnson MBA application tips

by Jeff Thomas, Stratus Admisisons Counseling CEO The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management (Johnson) MBA program emphasizes intense collaboration and prepares leaders for global success. Located in Ithaca, N.Y., four hours from New York City, the campus is surrounded by hiking trails and waterfalls. Ithaca also boasts more restaurants per capita than NYC. Familiarizing yourself with… View Article

How to Write a Compelling Georgetown McDonough Essay

Georgetown is asking a new question this year and giving applicants 500 words to answer: Describe a defining moment when you were challenged and exceeded expectations. The moment can be a professional or personal one. If personal, then please also include how it had an impact on your professional development. With this question, Georgetown University’s… View Article

London Calling! Five Tips for the LBS Essays

What makes the London Business School — the London Business School? In its own words it is continued business impact, global growth, and world-class people. LBS is particularly proud of its global, multi-national student body who hail from a variety of professional backgrounds and of the strong, inclusive community that results: “[w]e nurture our students… View Article

Chicago Business Journal: How to Prepare Your Chicago Booth Application

by Jeff Thomas, Stratus Admissions Counseling CEO The Chicago Booth School of Business (Chicago Booth) features an academically rigorous program, with an emphasis on questioning conventional wisdom, conveniently located in one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. The Chicago metro area is home to more than 30 Fortune 500 companies in the consumer foods, financial,… View Article

The 3 C’s of Kelley – Collaboration, Culture, and Community

Kelley Business School admits a small class of around 200 MBA students each year, which means a sense of community is not simply a nice-to-have, but a distinct feature of its student body. Its location in a small midwestern college town reinforces this aspect. It’s reputation as a traditional Big 10 college town with a… View Article

NYU Stern: Tips to Making it to the Village

While known as a finance-focused school, Stern also places many graduates into consulting and the media & entertainment industry stemming from its location in Greenwich Village in New York City. Character and a sense of self-awareness to realize one’s weakness are very important to Stern, as it searches for the right mix of IQ and… View Article