Columbia | Mr. Old Indian Engineer
GRE 333, GPA 67%
Harvard | Mr. Athlete Turned MBB Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Ross | Mr. Civil Rights Lawyer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Chicago Booth | Ms. CS Engineer To Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.31
Chicago Booth | Mr. Private Equity To Ed-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Trucking
GMAT 640, GPA 3.82
Ross | Mr. Low GRE Not-For-Profit
GRE 316, GPA 74.04% First Division (No GPA)
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98
Harvard | Mr. Climate
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seeking Fellow Program
GMAT 760, GPA 3
Harvard | Mr. Army Intelligence Officer
GRE 334, GPA 3.97
Harvard | Ms. Data Analyst In Logistics
GRE 325, GPA 4
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Comeback Story
GRE 313, GPA 2.9
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Green Financing
GRE 325, GPA 3.82
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Bangladeshi Data Scientist
GMAT 760, GPA 3.33
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77
MIT Sloan | Mr. Marine Combat Arms Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Ross | Mr. Automotive Compliance Professional
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Darden | Mr. MBB Aspirant/Tech
GMAT 700, GPA 3.16
Kellogg | Mr. PM To Tech Co.
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Chess Professional
GRE 317, GPA 8.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred Asian Entrepreneur
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Yale | Mr. IB To Strategy
GRE 321, GPA 3.6

Be a Heat-Seeking Missile

SB 0871. FASTER ISN’T BETTER. If your B-School application didn’t take a lot of time, you probably didn’t give it your all.

2. PLAY THE FIELD. Apply to more than one school. Putting all your eggs in one basket only works on Easter.

3. TELL EVERYONE TO ZIP IT.  Ask a few trusted souls for advice and guidance. Everyone else can keep their opinion to themselves.

4. NODOBY’S PEFECT, NOT EVEN YOU.  B-Schools are looking for people, not Teflon.  Admit your failures and show what you’ve learned. Who doesn’t love a comeback kid?

5. DON’T WRITE YOUR OWN RECOMMENDATIONS.  Seriously, you think the Admissions Committee can’t tell? If your recommender really believes in you, he or she will take the time to draft a letter.

6. BE A HEAT-SEEKING MISSILE. Leave playing hard to get to dating.  Show your interest in a few target schools. Somewhere between aloof and stalking is the right balance for your target schools.

7. DON’T BE TRENDY, BE SAVVY.  Pick schools that are right for you, not schools that “So and So” said were good.  “So and So” is friends with “Everybody Says” and neither got in to Business School.

10. HEY, MUM’S THE WORD. Not sure what you want to do with your life? No problem. Telling the Admissions Committee? Problem.

9. WHY, NOT WHAT.  Your application is not a regurgitated resume.  Tell the Admissions Committee stuff they can’t find out from your resume. Hint: Why did you make the choices you did.

10. IF IT WERE EASY, EVERYONE WOULD DO IT.  What to expect when you’re applying? Anxiety.  Hard work. Stress. Doubt.  Brace yourself, the road to a B-school acceptance is paved with a lot of very hard work.

This is the first post in a new series: B-School Admissions Tips You Can’t Live Without

An MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a BS from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Stacy Blackman founded Stacy Blackman Consulting in 2001 and has helped thousands of MBA applicants gain admission to the most selective business schools in the world. The Stacy Blackman team, comprised of MBA graduates, former admissions officers and expert writers, editors and marketers, helps clients develop and implement a winning marketing strategy.