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Using Lessons from Greek Life in Your MBA Applications

Using Lessons from Greek Life in Your MBA Applications

Often, I have conversations with clients about whether or not they should use a story from their fraternity or sorority days as part of their business school application. As a former president of my sorority, I understand the leadership experiences available through Greek life, as with most extracurricular experiences. You can use Greek experiences to…

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So, You Think You Want to Go into PE/VC? – Part 1

So, You Think You Want to Go into PE/VC?

Private equity (PE) seems to be the holy grail for many MBA candidates and students—or so they think. Many candidates I talk to are interested in PE or venture capital (VC), but they don’t have a real grasp of what that means. Investing in early-stage companies and making a lot of money, right? Maybe. PE…

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Top MBA Programs’ Fall 2022 Diversity Events for Prospective Students

One of the best ways for prospective business school students to learn about how well they might fit with an MBA program is by interfacing with enrolled students who come from a similar cultural background. To facilitate this research, top business schools are offering diversity events this fall to provide aspiring MBAs an opportunity to…

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Is a Tech MBA for Me?

Is a Tech MBA for Me?

Technology is everywhere these days—and careers revolving around technology are the focus of many MBA programs. Although a general-management MBA will help you build strong management and business skills, if you are looking to pivot specifically into technology, there are programs designed to help you get there. (In addition, all tech MBA programs are STEM…

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What Is DEI, and Why Do Business Schools Care About It?

What Is DEI, and Why Do Business Schools Care About It?

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a collection of policies and programs within an organization designed to encourage representation and participation of people across all racial, ethnic, gender, religious, and ability backgrounds. DEI has become increasingly important to organizations in recent years, and this is reflected in its elevation within MBA programs. In the United…

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Tips for Your Consortium Application Essays

Consortium Application Essay Tips, 2022-2023 The Consortium’s mission is to increase representation of African Americans, Hispanic American, and Native Americans in top MBA programs and throughout the US workforce. For more than 50 years, The Consortium has provided a streamlined application process to now 22 top MBA programs. It is exciting to see Stanford as…

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Tips for Military MBA Applicants

How to Leverage Your Military Experience in MBA Applications

Perhaps you are leaving active military service and hoping an MBA can help provide a smooth transition to civilian life. Or maybe you are pausing your active service to get an MBA with the goal of gaining skills to boost your military career. Will schools view your military service in a positive light? In a…

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So, You Think You Want to Go into PE/VC? – Part 1

Liberal Arts Major to Finance Professional: Four Tips for Leveraging an MBA

Many prospective business school students with nontraditional backgrounds, such as those with liberal arts degrees, plan to leverage an MBA to rebrand themselves and pivot into the financial services industry. An MBA will open many doors for liberal arts majors by providing them with an opportunity to meet prospective employers and build a network within…

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Five Resources for Black MBA Applicants

Black students represent an important talent pipeline for firms across industries. However, enrollment at top MBA programs, which are gateways to access mid- and senior-level opportunities, has stagnated over the past decade. In 2021, Bloomberg reported that Black students make up less than 10% of annual enrollment on average nationally. Admissions experts attribute this to…

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MBA vs MFE: How to Decide

If you aspire to a career in finance, what’s the best program to help you achieve your dream? Two of the most common paths are an MBA (master’s in business administration), with a concentration/specialization/certificate in finance, and an MFE (master’s in financial engineering), which is sometimes called a master’s in financial mathematics. Although there is…

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PR Professional to MBA: Five Secrets to Success

Many people working in public relations (PR) or other communications roles do not realize an MBA could be a helpful step in their professional path because they don’t know anyone who has gotten one. Here are five tips for PR professionals who want to pursue an MBA: 1. Do your research. Find out as much…

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Tips for Nonprofit Professionals Applying to Business School

If you have a nonprofit background, applying to MBA programs can be intimidating. Applicants who come from “traditional” MBA roles such as banking and consulting often have access to MBA alumni who can provide guidance during the admissions process. But if you come from a “nontraditional” role, you might not have easy access to that…

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