MBA Applicants Should Show They’ll Contribute to the Community

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Students at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Business schools attract talented, ambitious individuals who seek to advance their careers and positively impact the world. But, getting accepted into a top MBA program isn’t easy. The admissions committees look for candidates with more than just strong academic and professional backgrounds. Successful admits also fit the school’s mission and values and have the potential to contribute to the community and the learning experience of their peers.

How Will You Contribute to the Community?

As an MBA applicant, it’s essential to show how you can add value to the business school if accepted. Think of concrete ways beyond fulfilling course requirements and getting the degree. Focus on these areas to showcase your strengths and prove your commitment to giving back to the school.

Identify your unique strengths and passions.

Take time to reflect on what makes you stand out as a candidate. How can you leverage your skills, knowledge, and experiences to contribute to the program? Consider your personal and professional goals, values, and interests. Think about how they align with the school’s vision and culture. Highlight achievements demonstrating your leadership, teamwork, creativity, resilience, and other relevant qualities that can benefit the school.

Why It’s Good to Be a Non-Traditional MBA Applicant

Research the school and its programs.

Before applying to a business school, you should do your homework. Find out as much as possible about the institution, its faculty, students, alums, and opportunities.

Some things to research include the school’s:

  • Mission and values
  • Curriculum
  • Specialties and strengths
  • Location and resources
  • Reputation and rankings

Also, check out the school’s website, social media, events, and other resources to get a sense of its culture and community and to see if it is a good fit for you.

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Tailor your application to each specific business school.

When preparing your MBA application, tailor your resume, essays, recommendations, and other materials to the specific business school and its programs. Show how your background and goals align with the school’s mission and values. Also, highlight how you plan to contribute to its community and learning environment.

Avoid using generic or formulaic approaches. Instead, highlight your unique qualities and achievements, and use specific examples and anecdotes to illustrate your points.

Engage with the business school throughout the admissions process.

After submitting your MBA application, don’t just wait for the decision. Instead, take the initiative to engage with the program and signal your interest and fit. Attend events such as information sessions, webinars, or fairs. Ask questions and interact with the AdCom representatives.

Also, reach out to current students and alums to learn more about the school and its programs. Doing so can showcase your curiosity, enthusiasm, and commitment to the school. At the same time, you can also learn more about the program and its expectations.

Show your potential to continue contributing after graduation.

Besides demonstrating your fit and potential to contribute to the business school during the admissions process, you can also show your commitment to giving back to the school and the broader community after graduation. Consider volunteering, mentoring, or joining the alumni association, and share your plans and ideas with the admissions committee.

Doing so can signal your long-term commitment to the MBA program, its mission, and your willingness to contribute to the school’s future success and impact.

Proving that you will contribute to the business school if accepted requires more than just meeting the admission requirements and having a solid resume. It involves showing your love for the program and letting the admissions committee know how you plan to enhance the learning environment for everyone.


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