Many MBA applicants take a “nerdy” approach to evaluate the business schools they target, both before and after getting admits and dings. The most common way to do it? A spreadsheet, of course.
In the above video, Soojin Kwon, managing director of full-time MBA admissions and program at Ross, takes prospective students through the process of creating a spreadsheet to evaluate MBA programs to help applicants narrow down their choices. She starts with careers and whether the companies or industries you might be interested in working recruit at the school and quickly goes to a school’s offerings in such areas as social impact and entrepreneurship.
Another key metric is a school’s teaching approach. Does the school mainly teach by lecture, case study or experiential learning and how does that fit into what a student might prefer.
Kwon even includes a copy of a spreadsheet to start your analysis:
Michigan Ross provides a copy of a spreadsheet you can alter for what’s most important to you
Here’s easy access to stats you might want to include in a spreadsheet:
Average GMAT Scores At The Top 50 MBA Programs
Average GRE Scores At The Top 50 MBA Programs
Acceptance Rates At The Top 50 Leading MBA Programs
Yield Rates At The Top 50 Leading MBA Programs
The Academic Experience:
B-Schools With The Best MBA Teaching Faculty
How The World’s Top Business Schools Teach Their MBAs
MBA Programs With The Best Cultures & Classmates
MBA Programs That Students Most Love
What MBA Graduates Make At All The Top Business Schools
Job Placement Rates At The Leading MBA Programs
Consulting Industry’s Top Feeder Business Schools
Top MBAs For Careers In Finance
Where High Tech Gets Its MBAs From
Poets&Quants’ 2017 Composite Ranking Of U.S. Business Schools
Poets&Quants’ 2017 Composite Ranking of International Business Schools
From Finance To Supply Chain Logistics: How Business School Rank By Specialization
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