Yale SOM Answers Applicants’ Questions
In an article posted yesterday, Bruce DelMonico, director of admissions at Yale School of Management, answers 10 questions from prospective students about the admissions process, leadership at Yale SOM, and the impact of the economy on career opportunities, among other issues.
Here’s a sampling of the Q&As in the article:
How does the admissions committee determine whether a candidate “fits” at SOM?
“Fit” is a difficult thing to describe… at SOM, because one of the strengths of the SOM community is its diversity…I do think that the type of people who gravitate to SOM and do well here are those who enjoy the small, close-knit community; who are cooperative and collegial by nature (and who, as one student put it to me, are “constructively competitive” rather than “destructively competitive”); who are intellectually curious; and for whom the mission of the school holds meaning.
How has the current economy impacted the career prospects of international students?
Our placement efforts have actually not been affected as much by the economy as many people assume. Internship placement remains at 100%, and the three-month full-time offer figure for the most recent graduating class is 92%, which is a little off from last year but we think quite strong given the current economic climate…
…we have found that international students at Yale SOM are as successful as their American peers in garnering job offers, and whereas they may not be able to pursue every U.S. domestic opportunity, they often have an edge when applying to overseas offices of major firms.
Will my chances of admissions be lower if I apply in the second round, instead of the first? What about scholarships?
We calibrate our process so the same application has the same chance of being admitted regardless of whether it was submitted in the first or second round. In fact, the second round is traditionally our heaviest application round. So there is no penalty to applying in the second round, either from an admissions or a scholarship perspective.
To read more of DelMonico’s advice and comments on the admissions process, click here.
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