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MBA News: Application Essay Numbers Remain Largely Status Quo, Kaplan Study Finds

Did you think you might get a break when writing your MBA application this year, given that several high-profile business schools have been decreasing the number of essays applicants are required to submit? Dartmouth Tuck, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Michigan Ross are three such programs. According to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2014 business school admissions officers survey, however, the majority of schools are not slashing the number of admissions essays candidates must provide, and only a small percentage of programs plan to decrease those numbers for the next application period.

The findings—culled from information supplied by 204 U.S. MBA programs—are in contrast to the decisions made this admissions season by such powerhouses as the Yale School of Management and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, in addition to those we have already mentioned, which all cut their essay requirements. We will be interested to see which direction the different schools ultimately decide to go in the years ahead.




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