Harvard | Mr. Banking & Finance
GMAT 700, GPA 3.8
MIT Sloan | Ms. Canadian Civil Servant
GRE 332, GPA 3.89
INSEAD | Mr. Dreaming Civil Servant
GMAT 700, GPA 3.2
Wharton | Ms. Energy To Healthcare
GMAT 740, GPA 8.4/10
NYU Stern | Mr. NYC Consultant
GRE 327, GPA 3.47
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Air Force Vet
GRE 311, GPA 3.6
Yale | Mr. Yale Hopeful
GMAT 750, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Nuclear Vet
GMAT 770, GPA 3.86
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
MIT Sloan | Mr. MIT Hopeful
GRE 316, GPA 3.77
Wharton | Mr. Do Little
GRE 335, GPA 3.6 (High Distinction)
Harvard | Mr. Infantry Commander
GMAT 730, GPA 3.178
Harvard | Mr. Tech Start-Up
GMAT 720, GPA 3.52
Harvard | Mr. Low GRE
GRE 314, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. MedTech Startup
GMAT 740, GPA 3.80
Stanford GSB | Mr. Tier 2 Consultant
GMAT 770, GPA 3.65
Stanford GSB | Mr. Latin American
GMAT 770, GPA 8 of 10
Columbia | Mr. Brandless
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Ms. Decision Scientist
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Ambivalent Applicant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Mr. Data Dude
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Columbia | Mr. Reinvention
GMAT 780, GPA 2.3
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Green CPA
GMAT 690, GPA 3.96
Tuck | Mr. Mega Bank
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Latin International
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Ms. Indian Deferred
GMAT Will take next month but expecting 750+, GPA 8.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Immigrant Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8

Applying To Business School? Don’t Forget To Network

importance of networking while applying to business school

MBA applicants are often surprised by the unwritten rules surrounding MBA admissions, including the importance of building personal connections when you are applying to business school. Here are some tips that will help you network correctly:

  • Understand Why Networking Matters.

Networking is an important tool for MBA applicants.  Done correctly, conversations with current students, alums and administrators can really enhance your candidacy. As a former Tuck Admissions Officer, North Star Admissions founder, Karen Marks,  can absolutely tell you that the admissions committee considers personal interactions with applicants – both good and bad.

  • Reach Out.

Don’t feel like you need to know people who have gone to your target schools in order to network. It’s really easy to reach out to community members through the schools themselves – many have formal programs that will connect you with people to talk to, and most schools publish the names and contact information of club and affinity group leaders, who expect to hear from prospective students. Don’t be shy, utilize these great resources.

  • Go to Events.

Sign up for information about coffee chats, receptions, and on campus events. Go to as many as you can, and take advantage of the opportunity to build organic relationships, learn more about the school and demonstrate interest.

  • Be Polite.

This might seem obvious, but being polite doesn’t come naturally to everyone. If you are negative, pushy or grossly uninformed it can actually backfire. Also, don’t overstep boundaries – This includes not asking people who you just met to edit your essays or recommend you.

  • Don’t Forget Your Fellow Applicants.

Other candidates can be a wealth of information. Pool your information about applications, logistics, and school cultures. It makes the process more enjoyable, you are likely to learn useful things and also to meet these people again. The business school world is pretty small.

  • Follow Up.

Be sure to thank people who help you. Again, the MBA world is pretty small, and you never know who might end up being on the hiring committee for your summer internship – or a fellow alumni.

 


 Karen has more than 12 years of experience evaluating candidates for admission to Dartmouth College and to 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, Yale, Wharton, MIT, Tuck, Columbia, Kellogg, Booth, Haas, Duke, Johnson, Ross, NYU, UNC, UCLA, Georgetown and more. Over the last three years, clients have been awarded more than 14.6 million dollars in scholarships, and more than 95% have gotten into one of their top choice schools.

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