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Harvard Business School 2015-2016 Application Deadlines

Harvard Business School has announced the following deadlines for the MBA Class of 2018. Round 1 Application Due: September 9, 2015 Notification: December 2015 (date TBA) Round 2 Application Due: January 6, 2016 Notification: March …

Harvard Business School has announced the following deadlines for the MBA Class of 2018.

Round 1

Application Due: September 9, 2015

Notification: December 2015 (date TBA)

Round 2

Application Due: January 6, 2016

Notification: March 2016 (date TBA)

Round 3

Application Due: April 4, 2016

Notification: May 2016 (date TBA)

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Application materials are at 12 noon EST on submission deadline dates. To avoid overwhelming server traffic generated by the high volume of applications, candidates are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible prior to the deadline of each round. HBS encourages applicants to apply in the first or second round, as space in the class may be limited by the third round.

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HBS Introduces New Class of 2018 MBA Essay Question

Harvard Business School has decided to switch things up this season and will forgo the optional essay prompt of the previous two years. According to the admissions website, there is one question for the Class …

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Harvard Business School has decided to switch things up this season and will forgo the optional essay prompt of the previous two years. According to the admissions website, there is one question for the Class of 2018:

It’s the first day of class at HBS. You are in Aldrich Hall meeting your “section.” This is the group of 90 classmates who will become your close companions in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case method participant-based learning model ensures that you will get to know each other very well. The bonds you collectively create throughout this shared experience will be lasting.

Introduce yourself.

Note: Should you enroll at HBS, there will be an opportunity for you to share this with them.

Harvard Business School admissions suggests you watch this video about the Case Method before beginning to write. Note that there is no word limit for this question, but as always, the team stresses that the goal is not to overthink, overcraft, and overwrite. Just answer the question in clear language that anyone outside of your industry would understand.

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UCLA Anderson Receives $100M Gift from Namesake’s Widow

The UCLA Anderson School of Management has announced the largest gift in its history: $100 million from longtime supporter Marion Anderson to position the school for continued excellence and honor the legacy of her late …

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The UCLA Anderson School of Management has announced the largest gift in its history: $100 million from longtime supporter Marion Anderson to position the school for continued excellence and honor the legacy of her late husband John, for whom the school is named.

Anderson says her gift is motivated by her appreciation of the role and impact of UCLA Anderson as a global innovator in management education, and that it is a tribute to her husband’s passion for education and community priorities.

Sixty million dollars will be used to establish an endowment to support priorities such as student financial aid and fellowships, faculty and research funding, and program innovations to prepare future graduates for leadership positions in the 21st century global economy.

Forty million dollars will provide seed funding for a new building that will advance students’ learning and development experiences by adding technology-enhanced classrooms and spaces that connect students with faculty and alumni. The new building also will house research centers and faculty.

The school was named the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management in 1987 in recognition of the first gift from John and Marion Anderson. John Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at UCLA in 1940 and later founded Topa Equities, which owns and operates numerous businesses involved in agriculture, insurance, real estate, beverage distribution and automotive dealerships. He died in 2011 at the age of 93.

Marion Anderson is chair of Topa Equities. A Los Angeles resident, she also is a member of the UCLA Anderson Board of Visitors executive committee and the Centennial Campaign for UCLA executive committee.  She also is a member of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles board of trustees. An endowed professorship and a courtyard at UCLA Anderson are named in her honor. With the most recent gift, the couple has donated $142 million to UCLA Anderson.

The $100 million donation formally launches Into the Next: The Campaign for UCLA Anderson, which is part of the Centennial Campaign for UCLA, a $4.2 billion fundraising drive scheduled to conclude in 2019, the university’s 100th anniversary. UCLA Anderson has already received gifts or pledges of more than $183 million toward its revised goal of $300 million for Into the Next.

Judy Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson, says she feels humbled by the generous gift. “From student fellowships to faculty recruitment and retention, to innovative research programs and the state-of-the-art facilities that will house them, Marion Anderson has enabled our future and empowered us with her confidence in the path we are taking.”

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Michigan Ross Winds Down 2014-2015 Application Season

The Michigan Ross School of Business plans to make its admit calls to successful Round 3 candidates today, but MBA Admissions Director Soojin Kwon says that the admissions committee’s work to shape the Class of …

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The Michigan Ross School of Business plans to make its admit calls to successful Round 3 candidates today, but MBA Admissions Director Soojin Kwon says that the admissions committee’s work to shape the Class of 2017 is far from over.

In fact, Kwon explains in a recent blog post that at this point in the game, the team reviews the waitlist daily, and will make offers on a rolling basis as they determine how many spots are available and what backgrounds and goals Ross wants to add to the class.

Although there are always those very last-minute admit offers made in August, Kwon predicts the class will largely come together by  early June. Also, Michigan Ross will host an admitted student weekend in June for those Round 3 and waitlisted admits.

As the admissions committee prepares to gear up for the next application cycle, the director says that they are currently finalizing the Fall 2016 application, essay, recommender and interview questions and aims to post them next week, so stay tuned for that information.

For more on what is keeping the Michigan Ross admissions team busy in the coming weeks, read Kwon’s blog post, We’re Not “Done” Yet.

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$10M Gift Honors Tuck School Dean Paul Danos

When Paul Danos announced in March 2014 that he would step down from his position as dean at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business after 19 years, the news was met with considerable emotion. After all, …

Tuck Dean Paul DanosWhen Paul Danos announced in March 2014 that he would step down from his position as dean at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business after 19 years, the news was met with considerable emotion. After all, his deanship has been the longest in the school’s history, and is one of the longest in management education. By the end of his fifth term, nearly half of Tuck’s 10,000-plus living alumni will have graduated under his deanship.

This week, the school announced it has received a $10 million endowment from more than 50 alumni and friends of Tuck to name the business school’s deanship in honor of Paul Danos. The endowment, announced May 8th at an event in Danos’ honor, will support future deans in perpetuity, thereby freeing up funds for other priorities at the school, a news release confirms.

In addition to the endowment gifts, another 100 alumni and faculty have recognized Danos by establishing a fund to provide Tuck with resources for curricular innovation and faculty excellence. This innovation fund will support the type of leading-edge initiatives that have been a hallmark of Danos’ tenure.

“Paul has really transformed Tuck,” says David Southwell, Tuck ’88, a member of the Tuck Board of Overseers. “He’s changed the curriculum, built new buildings, and raised a huge amount of money. What’s unique is that he’s been able to expand the school while keeping the culture the way it is. One of the things that we Tuckies love about the school is its intimate feel. Paul has kept that while offering a world-class set of programs.”

Danos will step down at the end of June, but the school says he won’t be leaving Tuck or Dartmouth. The retired dean will advise President Phil Hanlon on several projects and teach a course at the business school.

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Tuesday Tips: 2015 Stanford MBA Essay Tips

Stanford Graduate School of Business continues to ask applicants to delve deep into their personality, values and motivations for this set of MBA essays. The classic “what matters most” essay should be your primary focus, …

Stanford Graduate School of Business continues to ask applicants to delve deep into their personality, values and motivations for this set of MBA essays. The classic “what matters most” essay should be your primary focus, and secondly you will answer why Stanford is the next step in your journey.

Total word count for the essays must not exceed 1,150 words, so be judicious in deciding how much or little to write for each prompt. As a general guideline, Stanford GSB suggests 750 words for essay one and 400 words for essay two. Check your deadlines before you get started to make sure you are maximizing the time on your essays.

Essay A: What matters most to you, and why? (suggested 750 word limit)
– Focus on the “why” rather than the “what.”
– Do some deep self-examination, so you can genuinely illustrate who you are and how you came to be the person you are.
– Share the insights, experiences, and lessons that shaped your perspectives, rather than focusing merely on what you’ve done or accomplished.
– Write from the heart, and illustrate how a person, situation, or event has influenced you.

This classic Stanford GSB MBA essay is your opportunity to demonstrate who you are, what motivates you, and why. Topics can range from personal history to grand visions of the future. While this topic should not be explicitly career related (and the strongest essays are likely not career oriented at all) it is possible that some of your themes will continue in your career essay.

Your accomplishments and achievements are part of why you have developed into the person you are today, however it’s far more important to explain your influences, lessons learned and motivations. Introspection and honesty should persist through the entire set of essays.

To generate ideas, try brainstorming over a period of a few days. Ask friends and family what values they see you demonstrating in your life and choices. Keep a notebook by your bed so you can record your first thoughts upon waking up, and mine your personal history for ideas. What keeps you awake at night? When you look back at your life what will you admire and regret about your choices? These are the kind of questions to ask yourself as you approach topics for this essay.

Though the essay question may seem open-ended, answering the question with vivid and specific examples will provide solid evidence that you have demonstrated or experienced “what matters most” throughout your life. Keep in mind as you select examples that Stanford GSB specifically advises focusing on people and experiences that have influenced you, rather than accomplishments or achievements.

Essay B: Why Stanford?
Enlighten us on how earning your MBA at Stanford will enable you to realize your ambitions. (suggested 400 word limit)
– Explain your decision to pursue graduate education in management.
– Explain the distinctive opportunities you will pursue at Stanford.

After you have explained what is most important to you in life you need to explain why your next step is a Stanford MBA. The sub questions for this essay cover both why you are interested in pursuing an MBA at all, and why you specifically want to attend Stanford GSB. Stanford GSB wants to know your aspirations will be uniquely satisfied by the program at Stanford GSB, and research will help you determine what aspects of the academic program, community and students are crucial to your aspirations.

Be as specific as possible in your response to provide evidence that you have done your research. You should know everything about the aspects of the program that most appeal to you. Have you met current students and alumni? Who are the professors you are excited about? What are the unique programs?

When you discuss how Stanford will help you achieve your ambitions consider that Stanford likes to see applicants who dream big, and have the credibility to achieve their goals. Be bold with your aspirations. Don’t focus on what your parents or partner want you to do. Don’t think about the next job on the corporate ladder. What do you, with your own unique background and values, want for your life?

If the question seems too vast, take a few minutes to close your eyes and reflect. Envision your life in twenty years. Where do you live? How do you spend your days? What is your favorite activity? How does this vision fit into your career aspirations? Don’t be shy about your ambitions. Once you have identified your dream career, you also need to make sure an MBA is an important part of achieving your plans and explain that part in your essay.

Though you should think big, don’t make the mistake of acting as if you are already perfect with no development needed. Remember that MBA programs want to help promising candidates reach their goals and be a step on an ambitious career trajectory.

Finding the Stanford essays challenging? Contact Stacy Blackman Consulting for personalized guidance through the application process.

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