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The Kenan-Flagler MBA – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Kenan-Flagler School was established in 1919 as a part of the University of North Carolina, the first public university in the country and one of the most known ones. Kenan-Flagler offers a two-year MBA program, which is dominantly strong in marketing, entrepreneurship, leadership and real estate.

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Class size – 276
Avg. GMAT – 710
Avg. GPA – 3.4
Avg. age – 27
International students – 32%
Avg. work experience- 5 years
Marketing, (Corporate Social Responsibility)
  • Top 20 nationwide (with one exception, when it was ranked 6th by WSJ.) Top ten in marketing and entrepreneurship.
  • Heavy emphasis on case method
  • Relatively high percentage of students go into marketing
  • Not in large city
  • Important to show a well-developed sense of self-knowledge, to show that you have asked yourself questions like ‘who am I’ and ‘what do I want to accomplish.
  • Require at least two-years of ft work experience, five is more common
  • Important to have prior knowledge of financial accounting, statistics, microeconomics and calculus when entering the program.
  • Like to see involvement with community
  • Can meet with admissions counselor for informational meeting to discuss if you have appropriate credential’s for admission.
  • Work experience during college – “While we are aware that many international applicants work full time while attending university, we prefer that they also present a minimum of two years of work experience after completing the first degree. If have less than two years not likely to be competitive.”
The program is considered medium in size and is known for its social and supportive atmosphere as well as for encouraging teamwork and collaboration. The Kenan-Flagler School was the first program to use the idea of study groups, a main method in which most courses and projects are implemented. The program is consistently rated as one of the top twenty MBA programs in the US.

Different styles of teaching such as analysis of cases and theories in study groups and through practical learning are encouraged at the program. Most students are integrated in marketing and strategic projects with domestic and international companies. The students are also encouraged to actively participate in managing CDs, real estate funds, and venture capital funds. As a way to prepare for different managing situations, the program focuses on teaching strategies for team leading, leadership development, administrative couching and skills for speaking in front of an audience.

The University of North Carolina is located in Chapel Hill, a small yet lively college town with beautiful weather and a considerably low cost of living.

The school’s alumni include the following prominent individuals, with current or past positions in parentheses: Brent Callinicos (Vice President and Treasurer at Google), Dwight Smith (Vice President at Procter & Gamble), Jorge Goldsmit (President for Eat, Inc.), and Charles Sullivan (COO at ProLogis).

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