McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Harvard | Mr. Australian Navy
GMAT 770, GPA 3.74
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. 10 Years In Finance
GMAT Not Required / Waived, GPA 2.65
Harvard | Ms. Social Enterprise/Healthcare
GRE 324, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Supply Chain Photographer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Former SEC Athlete
GMAT 620, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. FMCG Enthusiast Seeking Second MBA
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
NYU Stern | Ms. Civil Servant To Fortune 50
GRE Writing May 31st, GPA Undergrad: 3.0, Graduate: 3.59
MIT Sloan | Ms. Designer Turned Founder
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Strategist
GMAT 750, GPA 73%, top of the class (gold medalist)
Harvard | Mr. Brightside
GMAT 760, GPA 3.93
Berkeley Haas | Mr. All About Impact
GMAT N/A, GPA 63%
Harvard | Mr. Forbes U30 & Big Pharma
GMAT 640, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Asset Manager – Research Associate
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Ross | Mr. FP&A
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Ms. Not-For-Profit
GMAT TBD, GPA 4.0
INSEAD | Mr. Big Chill 770
GMAT 770, GPA 3-3.2
Harvard | Mr. Captain Mishra
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Ross | Mr. Dragon Age
GRE 327, GPA 2.19/4.0
Wharton | Ms. Type-A CPG PM
GMAT 750, GPA 3.42
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 Trader
GMAT 770, GPA 3.9
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Young Software Engineer
GRE 330, GPA 3.60
NYU Stern | Mr. Indian Analytics Consultant
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
Chicago Booth | Ms. Start-Up Entrepreneur
GRE 322, GPA 3.4
Columbia | Mr. RAV4 Chemical Engineer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.62

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 for parents of MBAs 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