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Six Things to Do in March to Prepare for MBA Applications

Six Things to Do in March to Prepare for MBA Applications

Six months may seem like a long lead time for preparing to apply to business school, but there is a LOT more that needs to be done between now and the September submission deadlines than just writing essays. If you weren’t following along last month, check out our February tips for preparing for your MBA applications….

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Is a 2.7 GPA a Showstopper for an MBA?

Is a 2.7 GPA a Showstopper for an MBA?

If your undergraduate performance is dismal (read: a GPA less than 3.0), is there ANY hope of being accepted into an MBA program? Do the math! Stanford’s Class of 2022 has an average GPA of 3.8. If they were to admit you with a 2.7 GPA, they would have to admit SIX applicants with a…

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Business School Career Centers, Part 2: Are They Still Necessary?

Networking with company representatives. Fine dining in fancy restaurants. Are the days of free lunches, coffee chats, and extravagant recruiting dinners over? Given the changing nature of MBAs’ job searches, are MBA career centers now dinosaurs? Yes—and no. They are evolving. What previously was dubbed the “career office” is now called “career services,” the “career…

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Business School Career Centers, Part 1: Thinking Beyond the Numbers

Business School Career Centers, Part 1: Thinking Beyond the Numbers

Looking for an MBA to enhance your career or pivot to a different role or industry? If so, you aren’t alone; the majority of first-year MBAs want or need the degree to make a career change. So, if the majority of a graduating class has a job within three months of graduation, you’d think that…

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How to Create the Best Possible Resume for Your MBA Application

How to Create the Best Possible Resume for Your MBA Application

An excellent resume is an important part of your MBA application because it gives admissions committees (AdComs) a snapshot of your work experience, education, skills, and accomplishments. However, it is more than just an updated version of the resume you used to land your current job. Put in the time to make your resume exceptional….

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Seven Tips for the Wharton Team Based Discussion Interview

While the Wharton Team Based Discussion (TBD) follows a unique format compared to other business schools’ interviews, many Stratus clients have reported that it’s also the interview experience they enjoyed the most. As with any interview, preparation is important—so let’s talk about how you might prep differently for the TBD than a typical interview! 1….

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MBA Application Tips for LGBTQ Candidates

MBA Application Tips for LGBTQ Candidates

Each year, business schools strive to admit groups of students who are diverse among multiple dimensions: demographic backgrounds, work experiences, countries of origin, and even future career plans. Schools want to create a welcoming environment for all, and that has increasingly included their LGBTQ candidates and students.  Some top business schools have even developed specialized…

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Seven Things to Do in February to Prepare for Round 1 MBA Applications

Seven Things to Do in February to Prepare for Round 1 MBA Applications

Although September may seem far away, preparing now for Round 1 applications will enable you to develop a well-thought-out and comprehensive application. Starting early gives you time to put together the strongest application possible. Here are seven things you should be thinking about in February: 1. Reflect on the question “What do you want to…

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Tips for International Candidates Applying to Top U.S. MBA Programs

Tips for International Candidates Applying to Top U.S. MBA Programs

International candidates submit more than half of MBA applications, yet the international student population across the top 20 U.S. MBA programs is roughly 35%. Do the math—it is super competitive. If you are an international candidate, here are nine things to consider as you prepare to submit your MBA applications: 1. Timing Most top MBA…

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Stratus Admissions' Guides

Introducing Stratus Admissions’ Business School Guides!

We at Stratus Admissions are proud to present our latest offering: the Stratus Admissions’ Guides to getting into top-ranked schools! After nearly 15 years as a premier admissions counseling company, we have revamped our look and our publications, but our focus remains unchanged—to offer our clients the most up-to-date information and guidance to help them…

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Part of a Family Business? An MBA Could Be Right for You! (Part 2)

Although you may have the desire—and even the funds—to go to business school, you may be lacking one important thing: the time. The idea of taking a couple of years off to learn business in a different way may be especially appealing, but your commitment to your family enterprise simply may not allow for it….

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Part of a Family Business? An MBA Could Be Right for You! (Part 1)  

An estimated 80% of all businesses are considered to be family businesses to some degree. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of business schools have one or more courses focused on the unique challenges of running a business that means a whole lot more to you than just making money. If you are already working in a…

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