The following is a guest post from our partners at Kaplan GMAT, written by Lucas Weingarten.
In the Information Age, having access to so much data can almost be worse than not having access to any at all. Information aggregators can be enormously valuable in terms of time and headaches saved. Tools that take loads of data and allow us to filter that information in various ways are always nice to find, so let us be the first to point you to GMAC’s School Finder.
As an MBA candidate, you have SO MANY business schools from which to choose. On December 5, GMAC announced the launch of a free tool to help all prospective B-schoolers make more informed decisions about where to apply and why. The tool is prominently featured and super easy to find on MBA.com. What’s more—it is free.
School Finder is a database of information on 5,674 schools (as of press time). Search parameters include school name, location, program degree, program type, delivery format (classroom or online), program length, areas of study and even start date. Search results will offer unique hits for individual programs at particular institutions. For example, UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School returns six different programs, including its traditional full-time MBA, the Executive MBA and PhD programs.
One really cool feature is that inquisitors can compare up to four schools simultaneously (see here for a screenshot of such a comparison). Side-by-side comps can really help you narrow down feasible contenders as well as plan your time line.
On a personal note, just thinking about keeping that database up-to-date, accurate and fleshed out is overwhelming. PR managers and admissions people at listed B-schools now have a new job, that is for sure.