Accepted is hosting our first-ever Yale School of Management chat with its Director of Admissions, Bruce DelMonico, on Wednesday Oct. 10, 2007 at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET/5:00 PM GMT. Please join us to learn about Yale’s highly innovative curriculum, which has earned high marks from recruiters according to The Wall St. Journal. If you are interested in an integrated approach to management with a strong international component in your MBA education and you have the qualifications for Yale, please join us at this chat.
We also posted the transcript from the recent Columbia chat with Michael Robinson. Here is an excerpt:
mba08 (Sep 26, 2007 1:11:14 PM)
Michael, where in the admissions process does an invitation to interview place you? Does it mean someone has a good chance of making it , if they interview well?
MichaelRobinsonColumbia (Sep 26, 2007 1:13:04 PM)
We interview about 40% of our applicants. Receiving an invitation for an interview is a positive development in your application, but keep in mind we do admit some people without an interview every year.
Briana Pompei (Sep 26, 2007 1:13:54 PM)
Lauren, I assume you diligently researched the "fit" of several MBA programs before you decided to attend CBS. What, if anything, surprised you about the curriculum, your cohort, or the general milieu of the program?
LaurenSicklesColumbia (Sep 26, 2007 1:15:38 PM)
Briana: I was surprised at a couple of things. First the numerous opportunities available in almost every facet of student life- academic, social, extra-curricular, and professional. There is just simply no time to do everything. Second, I was surprised at how diverse, talented, and down to earth my classmates are.
DP (Sep 26, 2007 1:19:54 PM)
Michael: How much weight is put on the extra-curricular activities in the application?
MichaelRobinsonColumbia (Sep 26, 2007 1:21:10 PM)
DP: We admit well rounded and multi-dimensional candidates. Extracurriculars are important because we want students who have interests and passions outside of the workplace and academics.
Linda Abraham (Sep 26, 2007 1:21:49 PM)
Michael, is there any particular aspect of Dean Hubbard’s article that you would like applicants to focus on in responding to the new question, #2?
MichaelRobinsonColumbia (Sep 26, 2007 1:24:16 PM)
No, there is no particular part we would like applicants to focus on. The speech is a communication of Dean Hubbard’s view regarding the value of an MBA education, and we are looking for the applicants’ reactions to that. There is no right or wrong way to approach the essay.
to_be (Sep 26, 2007 1:24:18 PM)
Michael: How does CBS view older applicants? Is there any age criterion and are they required to do some explaining on that count?
MichaelRobinsonColumbia (Sep 26, 2007 1:25:31 PM)
By law a school cannot discriminate based on age. Regardless of your age, it is important for you to express why this is the right time for you to get an MBA. As an aside, the oldest applicant we ever admitted was 64.
I wish I could have bottled what was in the air during this chat. The questions were clear and direct, which is not always the case. The answer were equally clear and informative. Check it out if you are interested in Columbia.