Mission Admission is a series of MBA admission tips; a new one is posted each Tuesday.
We always encourage MBA candidates to visit their target business schools, because doing so can make a positive impression on the admissions committee, gives candidates the opportunity to personalize their applications (essays and interviews in particular—depending on the timing of the visit), and may even help them select their schools. But remember, when you visit campuses, for whatever reason, you should always be on your best behavior.
Although the receptionist in the Admissions Office is not a “spy,” and your tour guide’s main concern is not to inform the admissions committee of your actions or comments, both of these individuals will likely feel compelled to report any bad behavior to the committee. We spoke with one former receptionist (now an admissions committee member) at a top-ten school, who said that if she encountered rudeness from a visiting candidate, she would make note of it and send a message about the incident to the admissions director, who would subsequently remove the candidate from consideration for admission. Although we imagine most candidates plan to be on their best behavior during any school visit, we nevertheless offer this important reminder.