There is never a perfect time to visit campus, let alone study for the GMAT or write essays. For busy and ambitious young professionals, there is always another deadline to meet or quota to beat. Thankfully, most prospective candidates don’t need to hit campus to get a taste for the MBA life. Instead, business schools are heading out to see them.
Indeed, August marks the kickoff of the annual off-campus road shows. From Seattle to Shenzhen and Minneapolis to Melbourne, admissions representatives are fanning out across the globe to meet with prospective full-time, executive, and online MBAs. They may be part of large sponsored events like Forté Forums, or more intimate information sessions or meetups. Some can be as simple as webinars or online chats. Many times, they target specific populations like military veterans, minorities, or the LGBT community.
For many applicants, these events, held in everything from Hyatt hotels to McKinsey offices, are a chance to size up a program for fit. They can meet with decision-makers to get a feel for a program’s culture and values — invaluable insights for drafting effective essays. More than starting a dialogue and getting answers, this face time enables attendees to develop relationships and make strong early impressions that can give them a leg up when adcoms meet to decide. Better still, admissions events are a natural spot to grow a network and nurture advocates among school alumni and even students, further increasing odds for admission.
Wondering where and when your target schools will be in your area? Just click the “Upcoming Events” next to the domestic and international MBA programs below for a complete listing of where you’ll find admissions and alumni visiting nearby.
U.S. MBA Programs: Admissions Events
International MBA Programs: Admissions Events
|Rank and School||School Recruitment Events|
|1) INSEAD||Upcoming Events|
|2) London Business School||Upcoming Events|
|3) IESE Business School||Upcoming Events|
|4) IE Business School||Upcoming Events|
|5) HEC Paris||Upcoming Events|
|6) IMD||Upcoming Events|
|7) Cambridge Judge Business School||Upcoming Events|
|7) ESADE||Upcoming Events|
|9) SDA Bocconi||Upcoming Events|
|10) Oxford Saïd||Upcoming Events|