Kellogg | Mr. Class President
GRE 319.5, GPA 3.76
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Man
GRE 330, GPA 3.25
Harvard | Mr. Data & Strategy
GMAT 710 (estimate), GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Financial Controller
GRE Yet to Take, Target is ~330, GPA 2.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. S.N. Bose Scholar
GMAT 770, GPA 3.84
MIT Sloan | Mr. Surgery to MBB
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Foster School of Business | Mr. Tesla Gigafactory
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. PM to FinTech
GMAT 740, GPA 6/10
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Emporio Armani
GMAT 780, GPA 3.03
MIT Sloan | Mr. Generic Nerd
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Columbia | Mr. Alien
GMAT 700, GPA 3.83
Harvard | Ms. Media Entertainment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Jill Of All Trades
GRE 314, GPA 3.36
Ross | Mr. NCAA to MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Finance in Tech
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Global Energy
GMAT 760, GPA 7.9/10
Chicago Booth | Mr. Indian O&G EPC
GMAT 730, GPA 3.75
Tuck | Ms. Green Biz
GRE 326, GPA 3.15
Wharton | Ms. Female Engineer
GRE 323, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Global Innovator
GMAT 720, GPA 3.99
London Business School | Mr. CFA Charterholder
GMAT 770, GPA 3.94
Tuck | Mr. Federal Civilian
GMAT 780, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. Texan Adventurer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
London Business School | Mr. Impact Financier
GMAT 750, GPA 7.35/10
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Upward Trend
GMAT 730, GPA 2.85
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Contractor
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Work & Family
GMAT No GMAT Yet, GPA 4

Do’s & Don’ts For Parents Of MBAs

parents

If you’re applying to a business school, you might want to give some advice to your Mom and Dad, especially if they have shown a tendency to coddle you.

And if you’re the parent of a son or daughter whose aspiration is to attend a top-flight MBA program, you might want to heed some valuable counsel on what you should or shouldn’t do to help your adult child get an acceptance.

We asked Dan Bauer, founder and CEO of The MBA Exchange, a leading MBA admissions consulting firm, what do’s and don’ts he would give potentially hovering helicopter parents. He swears that his own parents had nothing to do with his acceptance to the Harvard Business School years ago. Here’s what Bauer suggests:

DO

 

Remind yourself, early and often, that this is not YOUR candidacy or

application.

Remember that the MBA admissions process is very different than

undergraduate admissions in which parents are expected and encouraged to

participate.

Express sincere encouragement to the applicant during the stressful

application process.

Help the applicant recall meaningful experiences, role models,

accomplishments and lessons learned earlier in life.

Offer introductions to your friends and colleagues who attended the

targeted b-schools as information resources.

Volunteer to proofread the final application for spelling or grammar

errors only, not for content.

Watch for subtle signs that your involvement is adding stress and, if so,

back off immediately.

Encourage the applicant to reapply if rejected.  Unlike undergraduate

applications, there are “do-overs.”

DON’T

 

Push your son or daughter to apply before he or she is ready, committed

and eager to do so.

Put pressure on the applicant to pursue only elite schools that are out of

reach.

Suggest recommenders — however prestigious — whose only connection to

the applicant is “family friend.”

Accompany the applicant to information sessions, campus visits, alumni

events, or class observations.

Ghost write essays or recommendations.

Contact the admissions office — for any reason, at any time.

Pretend to be your son or daughter in email or telephone communications.

(Yes, it happens).

Insert yourself between the applicant and his or her admissions

consultant. Trust the expert.

DON’T MISS: HELICOPTER PARENTS HOVER OVER GRADUATE BUSINESS SCHOOL, TOO

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.