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MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: My Supervisor Graduated from HBS—He Knows!

We at mbaMission know of a man now in his 70s who graduated from a virtually unknown Canadian undergraduate school in 1963 and who, with no work experience at all, applied to Harvard Business School (HBS), Wharton, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), earning acceptance at all three (though the GSB deferred his entry for … Read More  

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MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: Title Trumps All

In the past, we have addressed (and debunked!) the myth that you must personally know alumni from the top MBA programs to gain acceptance into those schools. Another admissions myth that is somewhat similar—in that it pertains to who you know instead of who you are—is that your recommendation must be written by someone with a flashy title. … Read More  

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MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: Do Alumni Connections Help Get You Admitted?

From time to time, we at mbaMission visit admissions officers at the top-ranked business schools, which gives us the opportunity to ask rather frank questions. On one such visit, we urged an admissions officer to give us the truth about the extent of alumni influence in the admissions process, and the response we got was … Read More  

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Mission Admission: Do I Need to Know Alumni?

Mission Admission is a series of MBA admission tips; a new one is posted each Tuesday. We find that because the overall pool of MBA candidates is so anonymous, many applicants believe that any negative difference, however minimal, that exists between them and other candidates could represent a huge disadvantage. For example, an applicant who … Read More  

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Friday Factoid: Alumni Generosity at Dartmouth Tuck

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth has roughly 9,500 living alumni, and although that figure may sound small compared with a larger school’s alumni base, numerous students and graduates we have interviewed report that Tuck has an active and close-knit alumni community. Through their continued involvement with the school as mentors, visiting executives, recruiting … Read More  

Dartmouth College (Tuck) Friday Factoids

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