It’s time for a grab bag of MBA admissions news:
- A few weeks ago, I posted “Clichés of the Year,” a serious rant against the evil clichés lurking in your essays. Babson takes a more light-hearted approach towards spoken clichés in “Buzzword Blends.“
- Paul Bodine, author of Great Application Essays for Business School, takes an idiosyncratic view of rankings, specifically rankings of real estate programs in “Toward a Top 25 Real Estate MBA Ranking. Almost in a Google-like way, the authors of the survey cited by Paul ranked universities according to their faculty’s ability to generate “heavily cited papers” rather than by the faculty’s sheer volume of articles published, thus measuring influence over quantity. While I agree with Paul that you shouldn’t throw away an acceptance from 13th-ranked Harvard to accept an offer from 3rd-ranked Ohio State, if you don’t have the qualifications for Harvard, it may be very valuable for you to know that Ohio State has an influential real estate program. Paul provides the list of top 50 schools and notes, it is “instructive not only for the number of prominent business schools that fail to appear—viz. Columbia University (#32), Northwestern (#34), University of Southern California (#35), and Cornell (#38)—but for the strong presence of schools that are usually absent from overall “Best MBA” rankings, such as Connecticut (#4), Cincinnati (#5), Georgia (#6), and Louisiana State (#10).”
- GMAT Volume through October 31, 2006 is pretty flat when compared to this time last year. Registrations are up a tiny 1.87% worldwide and higher than in the first ten months of any year since 2003. Test-taking volume worldwide has declined an imperceptible .71% during the first ten months of this year when compared to last year.