Wondering which blog posts this year’s crop of MBA applicants visits the most on the Stacy Blackman Consulting site? We were, too! Thanks to modern technology—AKA Google analytics—you now have the news you need right at your fingertips. Without further ado… SBC’s top ten most-visited blog posts for the first half of 2021.
Application Strategies Worth Noting
Have you heard of the term “double admits”? That’s what we call those singular applicants who receive admissions offers from both Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
We’ve worked with many top applicants this MBA admissions season who achieved this impressive feat—some with scholarships to boot. Here we analyze eight cases—and we have eight specific takeaways to share.
When it comes to the MBA personal statement, you need to think beyond your obvious achievements. Tell a compelling story if you hope to stand out amid the thousands of essays read by the admissions team each year.
The recommendation letter forms an integral part of your MBA application package and can make—or break—your chances of admission. Ideally, the MBA recommendation letter provides the admissions committee with a fresh perspective on your skill sets. Above all, your recommenders should enhance your application by offering new and valuable insights into you as a person.
Blog Posts with Program-Specific Intel
Harvard Business School is using the same essay question as last year. According to MBA Admissions Director Chad Losee, “Amidst all the uncertainty globally, we plan to minimize changes in our application process this year.” The admissions committee understands that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted plans, employment, and personal lives.
At SBC, our team includes the former HBS Associate Director of MBA Admissions who helped launch the 2+2 Program targeting college seniors. She explains that the program is all about getting the word out regarding what a graduate business degree can offer.
In SBC’s blog series Face-Off, we tease out the strengths and differences between two similarly ranked, or located, b-schools. Plus, we’ll highlight the unique elements of their admissions processes. Let’s start by looking at the differences between the Oxford MBA application versus that of the University of Cambridge Judge School of Business.
These Columbia MBA essay questions have been updated since last year and include a new optional question. As one of SBC’s former CBS Admissions Officers shared, “With CBS, it really is a holistic approach, but the fit is VERY important. They want to know why CBS- that is a big part of their culture. They want to know you’re going to fit in.”
MBA News You Can Use
Business school is an expensive investment, and it’s never too early to start figuring out how you will pay for it. We have witnessed a substantial increase in financial incentives offered to admitted applicants we’ve worked with this past admissions season.
Many professionals with their eyes on an investment banking MBA career path know that a degree from an elite business school can help them achieve that goal. Because the investment banking MBA career path is so popular, we’re sharing a Q&A with SBC consultant Puja, whose professional trajectory followed a similar route.
MBA ranking reports in aggregate can help an applicant to see trends around MBA program brand and prioritize their reach versus reasonable program options. We recently produced our own ranking hierarchy based on aggregate ranking reports and client demand.
We hope this roundup of blog posts serves as a helpful jumping-off point as you get started on your Round 1 applications or begin to prepare for your MBA application journey in 2022 and beyond.