One of the most important and exciting elements of the MBA application process is selecting your target school list. Before and as you compile your list, you will traditionally conduct research by exploring schools’ websites, getting in touch with connections at the schools and ideally visiting campus. Despite the latter of those being impossible due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still possible for you to gather valuable research about the schools you hope to attend.
It is crucial, even (and especially) at times like these, to actively engage with the schools to which you are applying. When and how to interact with business school students, staff should be top of mind throughout the entire MBA application process. In the best case scenario, you will build a rapport with an admissions representative and directly improve your chances of acceptance. Even if this does not happen, attending online events and interacting with the school you hope to attend will give you valuable material to make your essays stand out. Remember, students are often the most valuable resources since adcom directors may not be as available to chat with you.
Many business schools are holding online admissions events for their prospective MBA students to learn more about their programs and offerings. This guide can serve as a starting point for you to plan out events you may be interested in attending.
The Stanford Graduate School of Business holds MBA Program Online Information Sessions on most Mondays and Fridays. These webinars offer prospective students an opportunity to listen to an overview of the Stanford GSB MBA program, the admission process and financial aid from an admissions officer, as well as an opportunity to ask any questions they may have. For those who would rather skip the overview and get straight to the Q&A, there will be an Online Chat With an Admissions Officer event on May 26. Stanford also has online resources including the virtual tour of living spaces, common areas, and classrooms to give an inside look into what it is like to be a student on campus. You can learn about these opportunities and more on the school’s website.
Wharton has two upcoming events which may interest MBA hopefuls. On May 18, Jake Kohler, Director of the Ken Moelis and Julie Taffet Moelis Advance Access Program, will hold a live Q&A session, giving applicants a chance to learn tips for optimizing their application a week and a half before the deadline. The school will also hold a separate webinar to discuss the two-year curriculum, student life, career information and the admissions process on May 20 with Director of Admissions Marketing and Financial Aid Kara Keenan Sweeney.
The University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business, in addition to Admissions Chat Q&A events held almost daily, offers unique online events including the upcoming Directors’ Panel: Navigating the MBA Journey in Unprecedented Times on May 13 and a virtual online chat with a member of the Berkeley Haas Financial Aid team to discuss questions MBA applicants may have about loan options on May 22.
Yale School of Management also offers a slew of specialized events for communities like veterans and current undergraduate college students. A few upcoming events include the RecruitMilitary Virtual Education Expo and Virtual SACC Washington, D.C for veterans and service members, and an online panel discussion about applying to MBA programs as an undergraduate college student.
Other top 10 business schools have similar offerings, including virtual information sessions, chats with professors, admissions officers and current students, and more. Kellogg even has a bank of prerecorded events available online. Take a look at the schools’ event pages for more information about how you can stay informed about and involved with Chicago Booth, MIT Sloan, Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, and NYU Stern.
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