From our friends at Accepted.com:
Researching MBA Programs
Isn’t it ironic? Schools complain students write with a sameness that tends to blur them into one amorphous blob, and students struggle to understand the distinctions between schools because school brochures, presentations, and web sites sound stunningly similar. It can all numb the mind.
Accepted® offers many tips and articles on distinguishing yourself in your essays, but this piece presents resources that will help you understand the distinctions among schools.
MBA programs are as unlike each other as you are unlike other applicants. You just need to know where to look to appreciate the differences:
- School web sites. Go beyond the admissions section. Make sure you understand the curriculum at each and every school you consider, as well as the recruiter profile and hiring patterns for recent graduates. Check out professors’ recent research.
- Student newspapers. Read them to get a feel for campus life and issues.
- Student blogs. Check out The League of MBA Bloggers. Student-written journals give you a sense of student satisfaction and campus life, plus they provide a means for you to get in touch with current students.
- B-School Forums. The granddaddy at this point is the BW Forum, but it can induce neurosis. I am really referring to the school-sponsored forums like Wharton’s S2S, Chicago’s Full-time MBA Discuss Forums, Yale SOM Admissions Forum, and CMU Teppers Admissions Forum.
- School guides. Businessweek, The Wall St. Journal, and others publish annual and bi-annual guides. These are introductory in nature and can be a good place to start your research. When you have narrowed your choices, or if you are short on time and can’t do all that I suggest above, I recommend Clear Admit’s guides.
- Visit the school. This is by far the best form of research, but it isn’t always practical. If you can visit, do so. If you can’t, rely on the other steps mentioned above.
If you do your homework, by the time applications are out you will know exactly why you want to attend Dream School #1.
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