2017-2018 MBA Admissions Events: A School-By-School Listing

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Poets&Quants Editor-in-Chief John Byrne (left) leads a panel discussion of deans from leading business schools. Pictured from left to right are Scott DeRue (Michigan Ross), Matthew Slaughter (Dartmouth Tuck), Rohit Verma (Cornell Johnson), Doug Shackelford (North Carolina Kenan-Flagler), and Rich Lyons (Berkeley-Haas) at Poets&Quants’ Centre Court MBA Festival in June. Photo by Nathan Allen

You can learn plenty from a business school website. Most programs aren’t shy about framing their distinctive philosophies and features, cramming data points and testimonials onto every web page. If you have any doubts, admissions is happy to highlight how they execute on their promises by phone or email. Still, there is something about meeting an adcom face-to-face. Seeing is believing, as the cliché goes. In the booth, it’s easy to see who truly buys into the mission and personifies the culture.

Just visit campus, you say? That works when you’re ready to commit — and possess a surplus of cash and free time. Early on, you have questions — and doubts too. You’ve drilled deep and searched wide. Chances are, you’re overwhelmed by conflicting communiqués and near similar offerings. That’s where off campus events come into play. From information sessions to road shows, this is your time to explore the nuances, to ask questions and make connections.

Think of these events as reconnaissance. You’re a spy. Your job is to discretely assess the pitches and gather intel. You’re listening for clues and watching for cues, sifting through the courtesies and hyperbole for the elusive truth. In the end, you want identify which schools stir your imagination. If you’re successful, you’ll uncover a nugget of inside information for your essay. Best case scenario: you make a compelling case to an adcom who can serve as your advocate.

AN EXERCISE IN SALESMANSHIP

Indeed, MBA events are an exercise in salesmanship. Exposure alone doesn’t boost your odds. You need to seize the opportunity, positioning your background and aspirations to show you’re a well-prepared and serious candidate. Your goal is simple: You want the adcom to remember you. When they look back at the event, you should stick out as the candidate who matches the culture and projects as a star in the classroom and beyond.

Hoping to hobnob with Harvard? Confab with Kellogg? Mingle with MIT? The roadshows are in full swing. To find out when your favorite schools will be in your area, click on the “Upcoming Events” link below.

U.S. MBA Programs: Admissions Events

Rank and SchoolSchool Recruitment Events
  Harvard Business School Upcoming Events
  Stanford GSB Upcoming Events
  Chicago (Booth) Upcoming Events
  University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) Upcoming Events
  Northwestern University (Kellogg) Upcoming Events
  Columbia Business School Upcoming Events
  MIT (Sloan) Upcoming Events
  UC-Berkeley (Haas) Upcoming Events
  Dartmouth College (Tuck) Upcoming Events
  Yale School of Management Upcoming Events
  Duke University (Fuqua) Upcoming Events
  University of Virginia (Darden) Upcoming Events
  University of Michigan (Ross) Upcoming Events
  Cornell (Johnson) Upcoming Events
  UCLA (Anderson) Upcoming Events
  New York (Stern) Upcoming Events
  North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler) Upcoming Events
  University of Texas (McCombs) Upcoming Events
  Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) Upcoming Events
  Emory University (Goizueta) Upcoming Events
  Indiana University (Kelley) Upcoming Events
  University of Washington (Foster) Upcoming Events
  Washington University (Olin) Upcoming Events
  Georgetown (McDonough) Upcoming Events
  Notre Dame (Mendoza) Upcoming Events
  Michigan State (Broad) Upcoming Events
  USC (Marshall) Upcoming Events
  Rice (Jones) Upcoming Events
  Vanderbilt University (Owen) Upcoming Events
  Minnesota (Carlson) Upcoming Events
  Ohio State (Fisher) Upcoming Events
  University of Wisconsin Upcoming Events
  Penn State (Smeal) Upcoming Events
  Georgia Tech (Scheller) Upcoming Events
  University of Maryland (Smith) Upcoming Events

International MBA Programs: Admissions Events

Rank and SchoolSchool Recruitment Events
  INSEAD Upcoming Events
  London Business School Upcoming Events
  IESE Business School Upcoming Events
  IE Business School Upcoming Events
  HEC Paris Upcoming Events
  IMD Upcoming Events
  Cambridge Judge Business School Upcoming Events
  ESADE Upcoming Events
  SDA Bocconi Upcoming Events
  Oxford Saïd Upcoming Events

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