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How to Get Into a Top MBA Program

Tips on Getting Into Top MBA Programs

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Top MBA programs are tough to get into, but in most cases the hard work will be well worth the effort. If you are wondering how to get into a top MBA program, the tips below will help you do just that.

How to Get Into a Top MBA Program- Tip #1
Christina Mabley, the Director of MBA Admissions at McCombs School of Business, offers this advice to applicants who want to get into a top MBA program—specifically, the McCombs MBA program:

"Applications that stand out are ones that complete a good story. Everything in the application should provide a consistent story about why an MBA, why now and why specifically an MBA from McCombs. The application should tell us what you want to get out of the program and conversely, what you feel you will bring to the program."

How to Get Into a Top MBA Program- Tip #2

Admission reps from Columbia Business School say your interview is your chance to stand out:

''The interview is an opportunity for applicants to demonstrate how they present themselves. Applicants should be prepared to discuss their goals, their accomplishments, and their reason for seeking an MBA.''

How to Get Into a Top MBA Program- Tip #3
The Associate Director of Admissions at Ross School of Business offers this advice for getting into their top MBA program:

"Show us through the application, resume, and especially the essays, what is unique about yourself and why you're a good fit for our school. Be professional, know yourself, and research the school to which you're applying."

How to Get Into a Top MBA Program- Tip #4
Isser Gallogly, the Executive Director of MBA Admissions at NYU Stern School of Business, had this to say about getting into NYU Stern's top-ranked MBA program:

"At NYU Stern School of Business, our MBA admissions process is holistic and individualistic. Our Admissions Committee is focused on three key areas: 1) academic ability 2) professional potential and 3) personal characteristics, as well as "fit" with NYU Stern. Throughout the process we provide our applicants with continual communication and personalized attention. Ultimately, we want to ensure that each student who enrolls believes that Stern is the right fit for his or her personal and professional aspirations.

Many applicants think the Admissions Committee wants to hear what we write on our website, which is not what we are looking for. Ultimately, what makes candidates stand out is when they are self-aware, know what they want and speak from their heart in their application. Each person's story is unique and compelling, and each applicant should tell his or her story. When you read over 6,000 essays in an admissions season, the personalized stories are the ones that make you sit up in your chair."

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