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GMAT, GRE, or Even EA—Which Test Should I Take?

For the last few years, MBA applicants have debated the merits of taking the GMAT versus the GRE. One big lesson we all learned in 2020 is that things are more complicated than they may seem. COVID-19’s impact has stretched into this testing debate; we saw even more options introduced last year including the Executive…

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What Does a “Best Effort” MBA Application Look Like?

We at Stratus Admissions Counseling are frequently asked what it takes to get into one of the top-ranked MBA programs. Of course, you need a strong GPA, GMAT, or GRE score, along with work experience, essays, etc. But gaining acceptance also requires your best effort—meaning that you have done all that you can to create…

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The Top Seven Things to Do While on an MBA Waitlist

The Top Seven Things to Do While on an MBA Waitlist

Round 1 decisions are out, and you are not in. Although this is disappointing, the good news is that you were not denied! Here are seven tips for what you can do while you are on an MBA waiting list. 1. Breathe. Relax. Seriously, you are still in play. Celebrate! There is something—actually, probably a…

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October Tips to Get You Ready for Round 2

October Tips to Get You Ready for Round 2

As many aspiring MBA students are wrapping up Round 1 applications or anxiously awaiting a coveted interview invite, perhaps you are wondering where to begin! Do not worry. If you use your time wisely, you can have several applications complete and ready to submit before January deadlines. Here is what you need to be doing in October to ensure you get there. 

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What Are My Chances at Harvard Business School?

Harvard Business School, Stanford GSB, Wharton and other top business schools have become so competitive that none can be called a target anymore, even if you have a 3.9 from Stanford, a high GMAT score and stellar work experience. As an MBA applicant, you may have heard that you should apply to some stretch schools,…

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Asian MBAs to European Business School

Tips for Sponsored Asian MBA Candidates Applying to European MBA Programs

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]European MBA programs have been increasingly a top choice for employer-sponsored Asian MBA candidates, given their shorter duration (hence higher ROI for the employer), more flexible curriculum and more internationally diversified student body than their North American counterparts. INSEAD typically receives 15% sponsored students in a year, while this figure drops to below 5% at…

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How to Overcome a Low GMAT Score

If the GMAT is just not your thing — as in your score is 30 or more points below the average GMAT for your desired MBA program — is there ANY hope of being accepted with a low GMAT score? It makes you an expensive admit because if you have a 600 GMAT and the…

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Tips for Indian Candidates Applying to European MBA Programs

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]According to a 2016 application trends survey by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), India is the top country of origin among international candidates for both one-year and two-year MBA programs in the world. Compared to their American or Asian counterparts, European full-time MBA programs have been gaining momentum in a relatively stagnant global MBA…

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MBAnalysis Blog: What Does a “Best Effort” Application Look Like?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are frequently asked what it takes to get into one of the top programs. Of course, you need a strong GPA, GMAT, work experience, essays, etc. But it also needs your best effort, meaning that you have done all that you need to create a killer MBA application. In real terms, this means the…

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MBAnalysis Blog: GMAT or GRE, Which Should I Take?

(Today’s MBAnalysis blog post is guest-written by Donna Bauman) Ahh… the great debate- GMAT vs GRE. Which test do you take if you are applying to MBA programs? This is a fairly recent dilemma as it has just been in the past five or so years when most MBA programs started to accept GRE scores…

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6 Things to Do in May While You Wait for MBA Essay Prompts

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] As the weather gets nicer and you continue to adjust to working from home and social distancing it may be harder to focus on your applications. There’s so much you can be doing in May to make it easier on yourself in the coming months. Here are some things you can be focused on…

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MBA Preparation Spring Clean Up – Seven Tips for April

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Now that spring is here, time to do some cleaning up! Take a moment in-between dusting and vacuuming to organize your MBA applications as well. 1. Articulate Why MBA? And Why Now? Earning an MBA should be a transformational experience. For two years, you grow your skills, knowledge and relationships to take your career…

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