Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Tepper | Ms. Coding Tech Leader
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Impactful Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Engineer
GMAT 720, GPA 7.95/10 (College follows relative grading; Avg. estimate around 7-7.3)
Wharton | Mr. Rates Trader
GMAT 750, GPA 7.6/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Former SEC Athlete
GMAT 620, GPA 3.8
Tuck | Mr. Army To MBB
GMAT 740, GPA 2.97
Columbia | Mr. Forbes 30 Under 30
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB Advanced Analytics
GMAT 750, GPA 3.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Banker To CPG Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 7.36/10
Ross | Mr. Leading-Edge Family Business
GMAT 740, GPA 2.89
Darden | Mr. Logistics Guy
GRE Not taken Yet, GPA 3.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Desi Boy
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Mr. Stylist & Actor
GMAT 760 , GPA 9.5
Columbia | Mr. Ambitious Chemical Salesman
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Irish Biotech Entrepreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Cricketer Turned Engineer
GMAT 770, GPA 7.15/10
Wharton | Mr. Planes And Laws
GRE 328, GPA 3.8
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Refrad
GMAT 700, GPA 3.94
Harvard | Mr. Supply Chain Photographer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Space Launch
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Ms. Product Strategist
GMAT 700, GPA 7.3/10
Columbia | Mr. MBB Consultant
GRE 339, GPA 8.28
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Avocado Farmer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.08
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. International Development Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.9

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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