A number of business schools have announced significant changes to their MBA admissions essays. Schools that published new essay questions for class of 2015 MBA applicants include Harvard Business School, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business (NYU Stern) and Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.
“The common thread among the changes in essay prompts appears to be that schools are looking for more introspection from candidates,” said Mandee Heller Adler, president and CEO of International College Counselors.
Harvard asks applicants to its full-time MBA program for two separate essays. The two questions are more direct than the four questions asked previously. The new questions are:
1. Tell us something you’ve done well.
2. Tell us something you wish you had done better.
Wharton’s new essay set asks for introspection with a focus on an applicant’s knowledge of Wharton. On the website, the essay questions open with the encouragement to be “introspective, candid, and succinct.” They also suggest for the applicant to “be yourself.”
Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management changed its questions to get a better understanding of an applicant’s career choices and “who you are,” according to Christine Sneva, Director of Admissions. MBA applicants are given three required essay questions. The last question has a menu of three options.
At NYU Stern the first two essay questions changed in content and wording with more emphasis placed on the applicant’s decision to pursue an MBA at Stern specifically, as well as the applicant’s long-term career view.
Expert college advisors at International College Counselors suggest that candidates read the questions carefully and choose answers that have room to put forth outstanding personal qualities, personal activities and/or demonstrate achievements at work.
“Always answer the question asked. If the essay asks you to focus on the future and what you are planning to pursue with your MBA degree, answer the question. But, there is certainly room to show off your best by using personal information that is relevant to the answers. The admissions committee is looking for evidence that you have a history of success and can be an asset to the school,” said Adler, who has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Expert college counselors at International College Counselors also strongly recommend that applicants do their homework on the school, especially if the essay prompt mentions the school’s name in it.
“Knowing about the school and MBA program will also help greatly during the interview phase,” said International College Counselors college advisor Adler, a graduate of Harvard Business School and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. “There’s a lot to consider and this is why many MBA applicants seek help from a college advisor who can help him or her attack the often stressful B-School admissions process.”A college advisor can also help with transcripts, interviews, scholarships, and more. Students may also want help when it comes to deciding where to study. As college advisors at International College Counselors know, finding an MBA program that fits the student is important.In 2012, the college advisors at International College Counselors helped more than 200 students find, apply to and gain acceptance into the college of their dreams. The expert college advisors at International College Counselors are dedicated to helping individuals with the often daunting and complex college application process.
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