Harvard | Mr. Aspiring FinTech Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Fill In The Gaps
GRE 330, GPA 3.21
Darden | Mr. Military Communications Officer
GRE Not taken yet, GPA 3.4
INSEAD | Mr. Behavioral Changes
GRE 336, GPA 5.8/10
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Texas Recruiter
GMAT 770, GPA 3.04
USC Marshall | Mr. Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Qualcomm Quality
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
HEC Paris | Mr. Introverted Dancer
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Navy Vet
GRE 310, GPA 2.6
Kellogg | Ms. Retail To Technology
GMAT 670, GPA 3.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Entertainment Agency
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Quant
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Ross | Mr. Top 25 Hopeful
GMAT 680, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Well-Traveled Nonprofit Star
GRE 322, GPA 3.0
Yale | Mr. Gay Social Scientist
GMAT 740, GPA 2.75 undergrad, 3.8 in MS
Wharton | Mr. MBA When Ready
GMAT 700 (expected), GPA 3.3
London Business School | Mr. Low Undergrad GPA
GMAT 760, GPA 65/100 (1.0)
Chicago Booth | Ms. Hotel Real Estate
GMAT 730, GPA 3.75
Chicago Booth | Mr. EduTech
GRE 337, GPA 3.9
Columbia | Mr. Infra-Finance
GMAT 710, GPA 3.68
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Vigor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Comeback Kid
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
London Business School | Mr. Family Investment Fund
GMAT 790, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Ms. Freelancer
GMAT 710, GPA 5.3
MIT Sloan | Mr. Sans-Vertebrae
GMAT 730, GPA 3.78
INSEAD | Mr. Business Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0

Researching MBA Programs During COVID-19

Researching MBA Programs During COVID-19

When deciding which MBA program to attend, many prospective students want to visit campuses to get a feel for the culture and what their schools have to offer.

But with many campuses closed and courses shifting online, how should applicants research their ideal MBA program?

Caroline Diarte Edwards of Fortuna Admissions recently offered a few tips on how applicants should research MBA programs during this time.

SELF-REFLECTION

Experts suggest applicants be the first to take some time to do substantial self-reflection before jumping into research.

“Pause to get introspective about your ambitions, strengths, passions, and personal values,” Diarte Edwards writes. “The time you invest in introspection will directly influence your ability to be discerning throughout the research process.”

FOLLOW A HIERARCHY OF INFORMATION 

Diarte Edwards says applicants should follow the hierarchy of good information when researching MBA programs.

“While you’ll want to digest each school’s website, it’s valuable to start with a look at its MBA Student Profile and Employment Report,” she writes. “Both reflect data about current and graduating students, which gives you a sense of where students are coming from and where they’re headed after graduation.”

Additionally, it can be helpful to check out school-hosted blogs to get timely and accurate updates of what’s going on at b-schools.

“In addition to keeping applicants apprised of news, changes, and opportunities, a blog’s tone and content are revealing about its personality and priorities,” Diarte Edwards writes. “Same for its social media channels, where you can follow the latest and often get the swiftest response to your queries.”

NETWORK DIGITALLY

Since in-person networking will be difficult to do, Diarte Edwards suggests that applicants double down on digital networking efforts.

“Sleuth out students and alumni who share similar interests and initiate frank conversations that help you understand a school’s identity beyond its polished brand,” she writes. “By having those in-depth conversations, you’ll build up an impression over time about whether a program is the right place for you.”

Sources: Fortuna Admissions, Poets & Quants