Monday Morning Essay Tip: Leave Out “Etc.”

As a general rule, “etc.” should never appear in the text of your MBA application essays. Consider the following sentences:

1. I helped draft prospectuses, analyze key company data, value companies, etc.
2. I look forward to courses such as “Small Business Management,” “Leading Teams,” “Multiparty Negotiations,” etc.

In the first example, “etc.” replaces information that the reader values. The reader cannot make the leap and understand where the writer’s experiences lead. In the second example, “etc.” trivializes the school’s resources and may even suggest to the admissions committee that the applicant is just too lazy (or disinterested!) to properly do his or her homework.

We are at a loss to think of one instance in which “etc.” could be used appropriately in a business school essay. Very simply, ensure that your essays do not include this term.

November 19, 2012

Monday Morning Essay Tips

Leave a Reply

* indicates required fields

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Oct 13, 2015 Texas McCombs (Round 1)
  • Oct 14, 2015 Duke Fuqua (Round 2)
  • Oct 14, 2015 INSEAD (Round 2)
  • Oct 15, 2015 NYU Stern (Round 1)
  • Oct 16, 2015 UNC Kenan-Flagler (Early Decision)
  • Oct 19, 2015 USC Marshall (Round 1)
  • Oct 27, 2015 Vanderbilt Owen (Round 1)

Click here to see the complete deadlines

2015–2016 MBA Essay Analysis

Click here for the 2014–2015 MBA Essay Analysis

Admissions Officer Interviews

Blog Topics

MBA Program Updates

Subscribe to Our RSS Feed