Cornell Johnson | Mr. FinTech Startup
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Stanford GSB | Ms. Future Tech Exec
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Stanford GSB | Mr. Sustainable Business
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Stanford GSB | Mr. FinTech
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UCLA Anderson | Mr. Analytics Man
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Harvard | Mr. Hopeful Philanthropist
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Harvard | Mr. MacGruber
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Darden | Ms. Teaching-To-Tech
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Wharton | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
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Yale | Mr. Ukrainian Biz Man
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Chicago Booth | Mr. Future Angel Investor
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Wharton | Ms. Software Engineer
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Harvard | Mr. PE Strategist
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Harvard | Mr. FBI To MBB
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Harvard | Mr. MBB Consultant
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Yale | Ms. Impact Investing
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Chicago Booth | Mr. Cal Poly
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Darden | Ms. Business Reporter
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Darden | Mr. Former Scientist
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Harvard | Ms. IB Deferred
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Harvard | Mr. Amazon Manager
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Kellogg | Mr. Military In Silicon Valley
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Harvard | Mr. E-Sports Coach
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Wharton | Ms. PMP To MBA
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Columbia | Mr. CPA
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Harvard | Mr. Health Clinic Founder
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Live Updates: COVID-19 Impact On B-Schools

Live Updates:

How COVID-19 Is Impacting B-Schools

Here’s what you need to know:

The New COVID-19 MBA Admissions Round

Schools that have stretched the admissions cycle by two months or more have effectively created a COVID-19 round for candidates who had no intention of applying now

The global pandemic has upended nearly every assumption admission officials have long held about the admit, reject and waitlist cycle. Forget about the notion of a traditional Round 2 (R2) or Round 3 (R3). As more schools extend their existing deadlines and add new admission rounds, what is quickly emerging is what you might call the COVID-19 Admissions Round.

What makes it dramatically different, a sort of in-between post-2019-2020 admissions cycle and pre-2020-2021 cycle, is that several more forward-looking schools are seeking to attract candidates who originally had no intention of applying this year or even next year. Suddenly, with the economy falling into what will be a deep recession. they find themselves either unemployed or with substantially different career prospects than assumed only a month or two ago.

The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Dean Scott Beardsley this week extended the school’s R3 deadline by more than three months to July 15th from April 6th with the explicit reason to enlarge this year’s MBA applicant pool. “We have just come off one of the most robust job markets of the post-World War II era and now there is a greater degree of uncertainty for some people,” he says. “Maybe now is a good time to go back to school. I think an MBA will be a very strong option for many people who are unsure of what will happen in the next few years. For some people, the opportunity costs of attending school have just dropped. So we want to be able to be here for some of those outstanding people.”

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  • March 31: Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business officially announces it will accept applications on a rolling basis after its April 15 deadline up until June 1. Poets&Quants had previously reported the change. Kelley will also accept applications without standardized test scores but those scores must be submitted before a final decision is made.
  • March 31: Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management will now include a Round 3 application extension. The R3 deadline remains April 8, but after that, the school will move to a rolling admissions cycle until June 1, according to Senior Director of Admissions Renee Cherubin. Kellogg will also accept GMAT and GRE scores submitted through virtual testing.
  • Dean Andrew Ainslie of the University of Rochester’s Simon School.

  • March 30: Making The Case for Business School, Right Now. Andrew Ainslie, dean of the Simon School at the University of Rochester, argues that there has never been a better time to apply to a top-ranked MBA program. “Apply NOW, and apply to schools that a year ago you couldn’t dream of getting into. This is the opportunity of a lifetime to get an extraordinary education.”
  • March 30: A Third Of Fall 2020 Admits May Defer; Nearly Half Want Tuition Reduction. A Poets& Quants survey of nearly 800 registered users found that a third of prospective students already admitted to top business schools say they may want to defer their admission this year if classes fail to return to campus in the fall. Even more worrisome for B-schools, 43% believe tuition fees should be cutback by an average of 37.5% if the first part of their MBA program is shifted online due to the pandemic.-
  • March 30: Duke University Fuqua School of Business has pushed back the start date for its full-time MBA program to Aug. 31st from July 28th when orientation was set to begin. The school also postponed graduation ceremonies for a year. The change to start dates was made “because of the combination of delays in visa processing along with appropriate social distancing practices,” the school announced. The school’s graduation ceremonies will now occur a few weeks after Duke-wide ceremonies take place in early May 2021.
  • March 27: The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business extended its R3 deadline by more than three months to July 15th from April 6th with the explicit reason to enlarge this year’s MBA applicant pool. “We have just come off one of the most robust job markets of the post-World War II era and now there is a greater degree of uncertainty for some people,” Dean Scott Beardsley says. “Maybe now is a good time to go back to school. I think an MBA will be a very strong option for many people who are unsure of what will happen in the next few years. For some people, the opportunity costs of attending school have just dropped. So we want to be able to be here for some of those outstanding people.”

Ross Dean Scott DeRue

Admission Changes At Leading U.S. B-Schools

Last updated: Thursday, March 19 at 1:45 p.m. Pacific Time

P&Q MBA RankSchool NameTimelineNotesLocation
1Stanford Graduate School of BusinessMarch 6 – Further noticeAll courses moved onlinePalo Alto, California
2Chicago Booth School of BusinessMarch 10 – April 15 & Further noticeAll spring quarter classes moved online, study abroad programs canceled, events postponed till after April 15, and international and domestic travel suspended to April 15Chicago, Illinois
3Harvard Business SchoolMarch 23 – Further noticeAll courses moved online, events of 25+ and travel suspendedBoston, Massachusetts
4Wharton at University of PennsylvaniaMarch 10 – April 17Prohibiting university travel and events of 100+, prepping for potential move to online classes; launch of new 6-week coursePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
5Northwestern Kellogg School of ManagementMarch 10 – April 15Extending spring break by one week, moving classes online for three weeks after that, study abroad and events with 25+ canceledEvanston, Illinois
6MIT Sloan School of ManagementMarch 16 – End of semesterClasses canceled week of March 16 then moving online for the rest of semester, suspending all travel and eventsBoston, Massachusetts
7Columbia Business SchoolMarch 11 – Further noticeClasses moved online, travel and events of 25+ canceled or restrictedNew York City, New York
8UC Berkeley Haas School of BusinessMarch 10 – March 30Classes moved online, events of 150+ canceled or postponedBerkeley, California
9Dartmouth Tuck School of BusinessMarch 10 – April 17Classes move online beginning March 23 for at least two weeks, events of 100+ canceled, postponed, or made virtual, travel restrictedHanover, New Hampshire
10Yale School of ManagementMarch 10 – April 5Classes moved online, limit travel and cancel or postpone events through April 15New Haven, Connecticut
11Virginia Darden School of BusinessMarch 8 – Further noticeInternational travel limitedCharlottesville, Virginia
12Michigan Ross School of BusinessMarch 16 – April 21Classes moved online beginning March 16 to April 21, events of 100+ canceled, postponed, or move virtually, study abroad and international travel canceled or postponed through at least April 21Ann Arbor, Michigan
13Cornell SC Johnson School of ManagementMarch 10 – End of semesterClasses transitioning to be fully online by April 6, events of 100+ canceled or postponed, discouraging domestic, international travelIthaca, New York
14Duke Fuqua Business SchoolMarch 10 – Further noticeClasses canceled and then online beginning March 23, domestic and international travel prohibited, events of 50+ canceled for rest of semesterDurham, North Carolina
15UC Los Angeles Anderson School of ManagementMarch 11 – April 10Classes moved online, events of 100+ canceled or postponed, travel restrictedLos Angeles, California
16New York University Stern School of BusinessMarch 9 – March 27Classes moved online, large events discouraged, non-essential travel canceledNew York City, New York
17Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of BusinessMarch 10 – Further noticeClasses moved online, events canceled, postponed, or virtual, international travel suspeneded for all campusesPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
18UT Austin McCombs School of BusinessMarch 10 – Further noticeRestricted international travelAustin, Texas
19Southern California Marshall School of BusinessMarch 11 – March 29Classes moved online, all campus events canceled, all university-related travel canceledLos Angeles, California
20North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business SchoolMarch 11 – Further noticeDomestic, international travel restrictedChapel Hill, North Carolina
21Washington Foster School of BusinessMarch 9 – March 30Classes moved online, travel restricted through April 3Seattle, Washington
22Emory Goizueta Business SchoolMarch 6 – Further noticeRestricted international travelAtlanta, Georgia
23Indiana Kelley Business SchoolMarch 10 – April 6Classes moved online, international and domestic travel prohibited, no new events allowed and those scheduled are strongly recommended to cancel or postponeBloomington, Indiana
24Georgetown McDonough School of BusinessMarch 16 – Further noticeClasses moved online, all travel suspended, events canceled, postponed, or moved virtualWashington, D.C.
25Rice Jones Graduate School of ManagementMarch 9 – 23Classes canceled and potentially moved online, all events and international travel prohibited through April 30Houston, Texas
26Georgia Tech Scheller College of BusinessMarch 9 – Further noticeInternational travel limitedAtlanta, Georgia
27Notre Dame Mendoza School of BusinessMarch 23 – April 13Classes moved online, university-imbursed travel is prohibited, events encouraged to cancel or postponeNotre Dame, Indiana
28Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of ManagementMarch 9 – March 30Classes canceled then moved online, international travel and events suspended through April 30Nashville, Tennessee
29Washington University in St. Louis Olin Business SchoolMarch 9 – April 30International and domestic travel suspendedSt. Louis, Missouri
30Brigham Young Marriott School of BusinessMarch 9 – Further noticeInternational travel limitedProvo, Utah
31Pennsylvania State Smeal College of BusinessMarch 16 – April 3Classes moved online, events with 10+ attendees postponed, canceled, or held virtually, domestic and international travel suspendedState College, Pennsylvania
32University of Minnesota Carlson School of ManagementMarch 16 – April 30Classes canceled March 16-17 and then move online March 18 to at least April 1, International and domestic travel suspendedMinneapolis, Minnesota
33Michigan State Broad College of BusinessMarch 11 – April 20Classes moved online, domestic and international travel suspended, large events postponedEast Lansing, Michigan
34Arizona State W. P. Carey School of BusinessMarch 6 – Further noticeInternational travel limitedTempe, Arizona
35Wisconsin School of BusinessMarch 23 – April 10Classes moved online, university-imbursed travel is prohibited, events larger than 50+ also canceledMadison, Wisconsin
36Ohio State Fisher College of BusinessMarch 9 – March 30Classes moved online, no new events scheduled, international travel suspended, and domestic travel limited till April 20Columbus, Ohio
37University of Rochester Simon Business SchoolMarch 16 – Further noticeClasses moved online, all student activities are virtual, and international and domestic travel are suspendedRochester, New York
38UC Irvine Merage School of BusinessMarch 11 – Further noticeClasses moved onlineIrvine, California
39Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of BusinessMarch 16Spring break extended one week, classes move online March 23, all spring study abroad canceledPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
40Southern Methodist Cox School of BusinessMarch 10Study abroad, other university-sanctioned international travel is canceled until further noticeDallas, Texas
41Florida Hough Graduate School of BusinessMarch 16 – Further noticeClasses moved online, students and faculty advised not to travelGainesville, Florida
42Boston University Questrom School of BusinessMarch 16 – April 13Classes moved online, all events and travel suspendedBoston, Massachusetts
43Maryland Smith School of BusinessMarch 23 – April 10Classes canceled and then moved online, all university travel suspended, events are strongly discouragedCollege Park, Maryland
44Texas-Dallas Jindal School of ManagementMarch 10International travel limitedRichardson, Texas
45Texas A&M Mays College of BusinessMarch 10 – March 18Classes canceled till March 18 then resume as normalCollege Station, Texas
46Georgia Terry College of BusinessMarch 16 – March 29Classes canceledAthens, Georgia
47UC Davis Graduate School of BusinessMarch 12 – March 31Final exams moved online, events of 150+ canceled or postponed, international travel restrictionsDavis, California
48Purdue Krannert School of ManagementMarch 16 – May 2Classes moved online, domesting and international travel suspended, events of 50+ canceled or postponedWest Lafayette, Indiana
49Tennessee-Knoxville Haslam College of BusinessMarch 10All domestic and international travel restrictedKnoxville, Tennessee
50Fordham Gabelli School of BusinessMarch 9 – March 20Classes moved online, all campus events canceled, all university-related travel canceledNew York City, New York

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.