Last week, we at mbaMission joined forces with our friends at Manhattan Prep to host an online Q&A session with Bruce DelMonico, the assistant dean for admissions at the Yale School of Management (SOM), and Amanda Carlson, the assistant dean of admissions at Columbia Business School. At this exclusive event, DelMonico and Carlson shared their thoughts on the latest admissions season and discussed what they expect from the upcoming season. Here are some highlights from an evening filled with fascinating insight:
- DelMonico revealed for the first time that the Yale SOM 2017–2018 essay questions, which were released the day after our event, would be unchanged from the previous admissions season. You can read our analysis from last year here.
- Carlson said the Columbia Business School admissions committee prefers to report an applicant’s GMAT score instead of GRE score if he or she has submitted both. DelMonico noted that Yale SOM will report the score the admissions committee considers when accepting an applicant.
- Both admissions directors expressed their belief that approximately 50% of their typical applicant pool is admissible in terms of statistics—meaning that if only test scores and GPAs were taken into account when considering admission, half of applicants would likely fall within the ranges desired by the schools.
- DelMonico shared an interesting tidbit regarding reapplicants: at Yale SOM, the acceptance rate for reapplicants is identical to the school’s overall applicant acceptance rate! So although the odds may be tough, they are definitely not impossible.
Stay tuned for details on more exclusive admissions events hosted by mbaMission!