Harvard | Ms. Female Sales Leader
GMAT 740 (target), GPA 3.45
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Finance
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0
MIT Sloan | Ms. Rocket Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Maximum Impact
GMAT Waiver, GPA 3.77
Kellogg | Mr. Concrete Angel
GRE 318, GPA 3.33
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
INSEAD | Mr. Product Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 63%
Kellogg | Ms. Sustainable Development
GRE N/A, GPA 3.4
UCLA Anderson | Mr. SME Consulting
GMAT 740, GPA 3.55 (as per WES paid service)
Wharton | Mr. Future Non-Profit
GMAT 720, GPA 8/10
Harvard | Mr. Military Quant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare PE
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
Kellogg | Ms. Big4 M&A
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Army Aviator
GRE 314, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Gay Techie
GRE 332, GPA 3.88
INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Aspirant
GRE 322, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.89
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
Tuck | Mr. Liberal Arts Military
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Columbia | Mr. Energy Italian
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Quality Assurance
GMAT 770, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. African Energy
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
NYU Stern | Ms. Luxury Retail
GMAT 730, GPA 2.5

Applying To Business School This Year?

What you should be doing if you're applying to business school this year

Here are five things that you should be doing right now if you’re applying to business school this year:

1. Get your testing under control.

GMAT and GRE scores continue to rise. Although both are absolutely coachable exams, it may take longer than you think to reach your goals. Furthermore, it’s difficult to make strategic decisions about school lists, additional coursework and recommendations without a viable test score. You might also want to switch exams (more about this next week), which requires time. In my experience, the most common reason for missing the early deadlines is an inadequate test score – don’t let a low score push you into the January round.

2. Clarify your professional goals.

Let’s face it, many people who are applying to business school don’t really know what they want to do afterwards. Nevertheless, in order to get in you need to articulate and sell cogent short and long-term goals. This often requires thought, research and practice. Also, your goals are another foundational element that needs to be solid before you can shape your school list, choose recommenders and create a calendar.

3. Check out schools.

Applying to business school is a process, and creating the right school list is an evolutionary part of the process. Right now, sign up for email notifications from a wide variety of schools. You will be notified about events in your area (which you should go to) and can also learn more about each school through their marketing blasts. You should also consider visiting campuses this Spring, while classes are still in session, so that you can make informed decisions about where to apply in the Fall.

4. Mitigate academic and extracurricular issues.

Need to take extra classes to shore up your transcript? Haven’t had any community involvement since 5th grade? Work on those issues now.

5. Create a calendar and a budget.

There are so many advantages to applying in the early rounds, and some of the first deadlines are only five months away. Map out your time between now and then, and be sure to get your finances in order. 

 

Finally, if you are going to work with a consultant, this is the perfect time to start collaborating. With the right plan and guidance, you can maximize your time and submit outstanding applications.

 


 

Karen Marks has more than 12 years of experience evaluating candidates for admission to Dartmouth College and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Since founding North Star Admissions Consulting in 2012, she has helped applicants gain admission to the nation’s top schools, including Stanford, Harvard, Wharton, Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, Columbia, MIT, Duke, Georgetown, Northwestern, Booth, NYU, Ross, UVA and more. Clients have been awarded more than $10.2 million in scholarships, and more than 95% have gotten into at least one of their top-choice schools.