Advice from Admissions Directors: Researching B-Schools

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Posted by The MBA Tour on 03 December 2015 / 0 Comments

Did you know that there are over 700 accredited business schools worldwide? That's a lot of informational brochures! No wonder prospective MBA applicants feel overwhelmed when they begin investigating schools and programs.
During our recent Twitter Chat, we asked Admissions Directors from top b-schools to give advice on how best to research schools.

Make a list of what you want and need

You wouldn't buy a one bedroom city apartment if you had a 5 person family and large dog, nor would you buy a convertible if you lived in Alaska. So why would you choose a business school without considering what factors you want in a program as well as those that you absolutely need. Just like buying a house or a car, getting your MBA is a big investment, one that you should decide to make after carefully evaluating your goals. This self-reflection is a crucial piece of the application process and will allow you to build a concrete list of the top things you need and want from a school. Once you have this list, you can begin finding schools and programs that match your criteria.

Use online resources

Schools publish tons of valuable information on their websites, ranging from basic application requirements to alumni video interviews and 360 degree campus tours. Many schools also host informational webinars and Twitter chats that will allow you to ask your questions and learn more about the institution. Utilize these resources to learn about the programs the school offers, the application process, tuition costs, scholarships, and much more.

Connect with current students and alumni


There is no better person to talk to than a current student or an alumni of the business school you're interested in attending. Admissions Officers are usually happy to connect you with someone from the community. Make sure to ask questions that you can't find answers to online. For example, don't ask what they got on the GMAT. Ask them what they're favorite classroom experience was or about the types of clubs they joined.

Visit Campus

It's important to visit the place that you might call home for the next few years! Campus visits not only allow you to take in the school's campus culture, but also will give you the opportunity to speak with current students, faculty, and admissions officers. Sit in on a class, shadow a student, or attend a preview day.

Attend an MBA Conference

Of course, attend an MBA Conference in a city near you! The MBA Tour travels to over 70 places worldwide every year. The events are free for prospective students and provide you with the opportunity to meet top schools, attend admissions panels, network with admissions directors, and learn more about Business Schools firsthand.

Click here to find an event near you! For more application advice and updates, follow us on Twitter @TheMBATour!

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