Did You Know?

 

  1. In most cases, a recommendation from a professor will not improve your admission chances to top MBA programs.
  2. The term “Admission Driver” was invented in ARINGO in 2004.
  3. Nike’s founder, Phil Knight, is an MBA graduate from Stanford. Stanford’s admission committee made a smart move in 1962: in 2006, Knight donated $105M to the school.
  4. A 2014 research showed that the average scholarship for a Stanford MBA student is $35830, higher than in any other school. The school with the total highest scholarship budget is HBS – $31.5M.
  5. The ‘photocopies‘ tool was developed in ARINGO in 2004 after a candidate who came up with the idea was admitted to HBS.
  6. In addition to reading the application, the admission committee also looks at the candidates’ profiles on social networks to learn more about them. Therefore it is recommended to keep a clean respectful profile.
  7. Each year HBS admits candidates with GMAT score of around 600.
  8. Two of Europe’s leading MBA programs, INSEAD and LBS, will consider accepting a candidate without undergraduate degree, as long as they have and impressive work experience.
  9. Since its inception, ARINGO’s heavy investment in research (over 3,000 man hours and counting) has yielded a collection of invaluable resources for our clients.
  10. Most MBA programs will accept one extra recommendation in addition to the required number of recommendations.
  11. Each year Wharton and INSEAD admits candidates with a GPA of around 2.0.
  12. Some schools run background checks on candidates to verify information they wrote on their applications, including employment and salary data, grades and details of recommenders.
  13. A new feature in the GMAT exam which was introduced in June 2014 allows test takers to see their unofficial score right after finishing the test (before leaving the test center) and decide on the spot if they want to report the score to the school or cancel it. Schools will not be able to see cancelled scores.
  14. MBA programs of MIT Sloan and Yale don’t require an English test score from candidate whose native language is not English.
  15. MBA programs of Olin business school and USC Marshall don’t require letters of recommendations.
  16. Several MBA programs (Kellogg, Yale, Rotman, LBS, INSEAD) added a new component into their admission process in the past few years – video questions: candidates are required to record themselves answering the questions which they are given on the spot without preparation.
  17. The McCombs MBA program allows applicants to use recommendations from their LinkedIn profile in their MBA applications.
  18. The MBA programs of Wharton and Ross conduct group interviews for candidates, in addition to the personal admission interviews.
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