London Business School | Ms. Private Equity Angel
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
Yale | Ms. Biotech
GMAT 740, GPA 3.29
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Marine Executive Officer
GRE 322, GPA 3.28
Kellogg | Mr. Engineer Volunteer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Ms. Global Empowerment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.66
Chicago Booth | Mr. Bank AVP
GRE 322, GPA 3.22
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
Stanford GSB | Mr. Infantry Officer
GRE 320, GPA 3.7
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Apparel Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Ernst & Young
GMAT 600 (hopeful estimate), GPA 3.86
Harvard | Mr. Armenian Geneticist
GRE 331, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 1st Gen Grad
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Ross | Mr. Travelpreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 2.68
Harvard | Ms. Developing Markets
GMAT 780, GPA 3.63
London Business School | Ms. Numbers
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. Innovator
GRE 300, GPA 3.75
IU Kelley | Mr. Fortune 500
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.2
N U Singapore | Mr. Naval Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
NYU Stern | Ms. Entertainment Strategist
GMAT Have not taken, GPA 2.92
INSEAD | Ms. Spaniard Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 8.5/10.00
NYU Stern | Mr. Army Prop Trader
GRE 313, GPA 2.31
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthtech Venture
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. Senior Research Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.58
Stanford GSB | Mr. Doctor Who
GRE 322, GPA 4.0
Rice Jones | Mr. Carbon-Free Future
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0

Quick Fixes To Improve Your MBA App

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Here are five quick fixes that could every easily move your application from a ‘maybe’ to a ‘yes.’

1) THIS IS NOT THE TIME FOR HO-HUM.  Applying to b-school is not the time to “blend.” The goal is to stand out, for all the things that are interesting and unique about you as a person and as a professional.   Your application package should showcase your personality, your accomplishments, your challenges and your uniqueness.  You are a unique individual and your application package should reflect that. Infuse it with vivid details and go from being a ho-hum candidate to someone they want to get to know better.

2) TWO TIMES’ THE CHARM.  Everything about the b-school application is time consuming. But remember, it will be over within the year. So don’t cut corners on your process because you don’t have the time. So add a buffer to your schedule and MAKE THE TIME to take the GMAT one more time.  Candidates usually do better their second go around so leave yourself time. It may be the difference between a yes and a no.

3) ENLIST A PRO. Some people work with trusted consultants, others rely on a colleague who knows their way around a b-school application, but every applicant should have some knowledgeable review of their application one last time.  It’s far easier to look at an application with an objective eye when you’re actually objective. So get a pro in your corner and give them your application with enough time so you can fix any glitches they find.

4) PASSIVE = MAYBE.  Sure, a maybe is better than a no, but what you want to hear is a “yes.”  That means filling your application package with active anecdotes that are interesting to the reader, not a passive delivery of information that makes you seem generic and bland. So instead of saying you were given a promotion, say you earned one and then tell us how.  Make yourself an active part of your own story and you’ll stand out no matter what.

5) NOBODY’S PERFECT. If business schools only wanted perfect candidates, they’d go by resumes and GMAT scores alone and accept only those with top scores.  The perfect student doesn’t always mean a perfect candidate. So don’t miss the opportunity to show that you are human. That means revealing the true and imperfect you.  See, now telling your story just got a whole lot easier (and more interesting!)

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

Week One: Be a Heat-Seeking Missile

Week Two: Top Application Mistakes 

Week Three: Don’t Be A Delusional MBA Candidate

Week Four: Overused MBA Essay Topics To Avoid

Week Five: No Mute Button In An MBA Interview

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.