Inside the Yale SOM Admissions Process

The latest admissions newsletter from Yale School of Management includes an explainer on the admissions process which is helpful whether you’ve already applied, or are planning to do so in March.

Interviews
Invitations to interview can happen at any time during the admissions process. The Yale SOM has already extended a small number of invitations for the second round, and more will go out in the coming weeks. An interview invitation is definitely a positive sign, though not a definitive one, as roughly 35% of the applicant pool is interviewed.

What the Yale SOM is Looking For
The admission process is a holistic one, and no one aspect of an application alone is determinative, the school says. Candidates should have a strong academic background, as well as leadership and professional experience that will add to the Yale SOM community. The goal is a cohort of 220 students from diverse backgrounds and industries.

Decisions, Decisions
R2 candidates will hear from the Yale SOM by April 2, 2010 (May 7, 2010 for third round). Decisions may come before the response date, but you’ll definitely hear by the end of the round. Applications are reviewed in random order so the timing of an interview invitation or decision isn’t indicative of the strength of an application, the school explains.

Show Me the Money
Business school is an expensive investment, so don’t wait until you’re admitted to begin getting your finances in order. Be proactive, research scholarships and industry-specific programs, as well as federal and private loan options. That way, you’ll have time to enjoy the few months before beginning your MBA studies.

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