Full-Time MBA

Live Chat with Full-Time MBA Program Admissions

Thursday, July 11, 2013, 11 a.m. - Noon CT

Thinking about applying to Chicago Booth? Chat with the Admissions committee about how to prepare for application season and plan your application strategy. Ask about the evaluation process, the 2014 essay questions and more.

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Eddie -> EveryoneLet's go! Good morning everyone. Eddie Pulliam here. Thanks for joining us.
MBAseeker -> MeghanHi - I have a 680 score in GMAT (50 Q and 30V) + 6 years of work experience in Finance and HR combined. Do you think I stand a decent chance to get through Booth PART TIME MBA starting 2014? Thanks
Meghan -> MBAseekerHi MBAseeker, I'd recommend checking out their website for application advice: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening
Danielle -> EveryoneWelcome to our admissions chat! Thanks so much for joining us. We look forward to answering as many questions as we can, and don't forget to share with us your thoughts on Booth on twitter with the hashtag #WhyBooth
Moderator -> EveryoneWelcome everyone. The chat has now begun. We look forward to answering any questions you may have at this time.
Meghan -> EveryoneHello! Thanks for joining us today. I'm looking forward to answering your questions.
Carrie -> EveryoneThanks for joining the chat! We look forward to talking with you!
Guillermo -> EddieIm studying for the gmat, and will present it on september. ¿Is this too late to aply on first round? ¿How long do you advice to spend in the eassys?
Eddie -> GuillermoHey Guillermo! You can use the unofficial score report at the end of the test to apply. You should be fine. We do give you a word limit for our essay and you should stick to that limit.
Guillermo -> CarrieGood morning, Is there an age limit? Im 33 years old, so I do not know if Im to far from the average age
Carrie -> GuillermoHi, Guillermo. We do not have an age limit on our program, so no need to worry! Our average age in the incoming class is 28 - so that gives you a sense of the overall age range. Regardless of age, we are looking for applicants who fit within the Full-Time program.
Amit_Pandey -> CarrieI have taken some online courses through platforms like Coursera. I have the certificates of accomplishment of each course. How do I include this information in my applications?
Carrie -> Amit_PandeyHi Amit. You can include this information in the "Academic Record" section of the application. There is a section where you can list all additional coursework you have completed since your most recent degree.
RyanS -> EddieGood morning, I am planning a campus visit in the next month or so, and was wondering what you recommend me to take advantage the most while I am there (i.e. should I attend classes? talk to the faculty? admissions staff? take a guided tour?). Thanks!
Eddie -> RyanSRyan- Our full campus visit program doesn't begin until 10/7/13. Currently you can visit us on Mondays and Fridays to have the info session and a tour of the building. Waiting until the full visit program begins allows you to include lunch with students and a class visit.
Elliot -> MeghanHello. Do you have any advice for what might be called "non-traditional" applicants, such as applicants without full-time business work experiences or business-related undergraduate majors?
Meghan -> ElliotHi Elliot, sure - the Admissions Committee definitely looks for candidates who have a wide variety of experiences to offer an MBA class, including less "traditional" ones. I recently wrote a blog on this subject that I think might help you here: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=96
Danielle -> EveryonePooja: Fit is absolutely important. Every school has a different culture, and we encourage you to visit campus so you can gain more clarity re: what the Booth community is like. We know that students who pursue a Chicago Booth MBA will transform in terms of who they are and how they think. Because of this, we value and seek talented individuals who appreciate the importance and power of ideas. Individuals with a diverse perspective, defined direction, and an overall curiosity for the world around them fit well into the culture at Booth.

We want our students to challenge the status quo, have a unique sense of humility, and possess the ability to take risks. All of these areas, plus many more, help us sustain the special culture that defines Booth as an institution that is full of scholars and students who are unafraid to cross boundaries, share ideas, and ask difficult questions.
Danielle -> EveryoneGuillermo: YES! We sure are coming to Colombia with The MBA Tour on July 18. You can see where else we'll be traveling to here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/events. Our students are also hosting an event in Bogota tonight https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/register/?id=73a34770-48ca-4795-aeb9-63182ebd8141
Charles -> EddieI have written the GMAT 3 times and have gotten a 610-620-640, I was aiming for a 700+. Despite having what I believe is a strong profile. MBA admissions consultants say it would be extremely difficult to be considered for Booth without a 700+ GMAT. Is this True?
Eddie -> CharlesHi Charles. The GMAT is only one data point we look at when reviewing your application. A holistic view of your application is needed when considering an offer of admission.
Cmosk2 -> CarrieHello! I currently attend a state university and I was wondering if that will lessen my chances of gaining admissions.
Carrie -> Cmosk2Absolutely not! We are interested in your academic performance, regardless of institution. This, combined with your GMAT/GRE score, gives us a good indication of your likelihood for success within the classroom at Booth.
kg5596a -> EddieHi. Thanks for hosting this chat! I'm applying this Fall and currently entertaining a job offer. Would the admissions committee see anything wrong with me switching jobs so close to the application deadline?
Eddie -> kg5596aNot really. This new offer could be very important to the path you want to follow once you receive your MBA! If offered an interview you'll be able to explain it at that time.
Cmosk2 -> CarrieAdditionally, is the GMAT or GRE preferred? What is the typical range of scores that gains acceptance?
Carrie -> Cmosk2We accept both the GMAT and GRE scores, and do not give preference to one over the other. For the GMAT, the 80th percentile range is generally 660-760. As last year was the first year we accepted the GRE, we are still compiling the data to determine a range.
Danielle -> EveryoneHi Trisha. We sure do. Women are tremendously valuable to Chicago Booth, and you can learn more about all the exciting opportunities we have for women here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/student-experience/diversity/women
ChrisMan -> MeghanHi team, thanks for taking the time to answer questions today. I am interested to know what you think the key differences are between Booth and the other top business schools?
Meghan -> ChrisManHi Chris, thanks for joining us! I think one of the most distinctive aspects of our culture is the flexibility that you experience at every level - from choosing which courses you want to take and when to sitting in classes with different students every quarter. It's definitely a signature of our Chicago Approach to management education.
Danielle -> EveryoneJose_Juan: The presentation slide is an opportunity for you to showcase your creativity and how you navigate ambiguity. The only guidance we can offer is to have fun with it, and provide new information about yourself.
Adi -> MeghanBooth has a reputation for being a quantitatively rigorous program. How true is that?
Meghan -> AdiHi Adi, it's true that we are a quantitatively rigorous school, but it's important to understand how that's applied to the business concepts that we teach. Check out this video to hear from our current students about this very subject: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/fulltime/viewbook/
Raj -> EddieWork-ex is counted till the time of application or the time of class joining?
Eddie -> RajRaj - Until the time of matriculation but all work experience is important to us!
Danielle -> EveryoneJimmy_Ji: The presentation is an opportunity for you to showcase your creativity and how you navigate ambiguity. The only guidance we can offer is to have fun with it, and provide new information about yourself.
bhemmick -> EddieHello. Does the Round in which you submit your application have any effect on the likelyhood of your admittance?
Eddie -> bhemmickWe make offers in all rounds although round 3 becomes a bit more challenging because there are fewer seats and scholarships available.
juancarlos -> Eddiedo you need GMAT or GRE to apply for an MBA in Booth?
Eddie -> juancarlosJuan Carlos - We accept either test!
Guillermo -> CarrieWhat kind of activities could be done by the wifes of the students. Im already married
Carrie -> GuillermoThere are plenty of activities for partners at Booth! The group, "Booth Partners," is a great source to learn more about how your partner can get involved. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups/booth-partners
Felicitya -> EddieHi there - I'm an English citizen but a permanent US resident - does this disqualify me from seeking financial aid?
Eddie -> FelicityaHi Felicitya - Not at all!
David_K -> CarrieHello. I saw online that applicants who are interested in applying for a joint M.B.A / M.A. through the Committee on International Relations should apply through Booth. Are there any additional requirements for this dual degree application (such as a foreign language requirement, a writing sample, etc.) or is it simply the same application as standard full-time M.B.A application?
Carrie -> David_KHi, David. For this particular joint degree, you will submit one application through Booth in our Round 2 Application period (all other joint degrees require two separate applications). You will need to submit the general Booth application, a writing sample, and answer a specific essay question about your interest in the joint program. All of this is facilitated through our online application system. The new application will be ready in the coming days.
Lei -> CarrieHello! Thank you for making time for us. My question is, seems like that this year the short term/long term career goal essay went away, is that for real? If yes, is this career goal thing supposed to be addressed through the presentation/600 words essay?
Carrie -> LeiGreat question! We did eliminate the essay question that focused on career goals, but that information will still be captured in the application. When filling out your professional experience, we have a space for you to tell us about your post-MBA goals (in a short-answer format). Our application will be live in the coming days, so stay tuned for more information!
Jackie_G -> MeghanHello. I am very interested in hearing about the particular qualifications that the admissions team looks for in an application. What types of experiences/qualities should we ensure stand out in our essays?
Meghan -> Jackie_GHi Jackie_G: The best advice I can offer you here is to be honest and be yourself. We take a holistic view of your entire application, and are looking for find evidence of "fit" with Chicago Booth in each piece that you put forward. I'd suggest spending some time thinking about how you fit with Chicago Booth and how it fits with you as you construct your application, and make sure that is echoed through the material. Good luck!
Danielle -> EveryonePlease_Reply: You can learn more about the Chicago Approach here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/about/chicago-approach and also hear from our students: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/fulltime/viewbook/
NikkiSchutz -> EddieFirst off, thanks for hosting this chat! My most burning question is this: in your experience, what do you feel the biggest differentiators are for Booth? (Particularly in comparison to, say, Kellogg/Stern/Fuqua?)
Eddie -> NikkiSchutzNikki - I can't speak about other schools but Chicago's flexibility, diverse curriculum and entrepreneurial spirit are strong factors for those who apply to our program.
juancarlos -> MeghanDo you offer an accelerated program?
Meghan -> juancarlosHi juancarlos: No, we don't offer an accelerated program at Booth.
Danielle -> Everyonemreed: Check out my suggestions on the Booth Insider blog: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=110
Rohan -> CarrieWhen considering years of experience, does Admissions factor in the year between the application date and when classes begin? For example, if I currently have 4 years of experience, but will have 5 by the time I would start next year.
Carrie -> RohanHi, Rohan. In the application, we position that question to consider the amount of work experience you will have by the time you start the program.
Chris_O. -> MeghanI'm a college senior. I think I'm competitive and that Booth is amiable to early career candidates, but how college seniors does Booth take each year?
Meghan -> Chris_O.Hi Chris_O: That's true - we welcome applications from early career candidates and evaluate them on the same basis as the larger applicant pool. The most important aspect about applying to B-School is that you do it when the time is right for you; make sure to ask yourself what you're looking to get out of the experience, and why it makes sense for you to take advantage of what we have to offer now. Here's some more advice on our website: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/early-career-candidates
RB -> EddieIs the letter of recommendation an "open" letter or are there specific questions that recommenders should answer?
Eddie -> RBRB - We have a form that offers suggestions to those who write your letters that is sent to them. We have received open letters as well.
Aud1 -> CarrieIf I applied back in 2011 for the 2011 start year, do I need to answer the reapplication question?
Carrie -> Aud1No. We only require the re-applicant essay for those who applied to start in years 2012 or 2013.
Alejandra_Miami,Fl -> EddieGood Morning, I am interested in the full-time MBA program for 2014 Fall, i wanted to know the average GRE score you are looking for?
Eddie -> Alejandra_Miami,FlAlejandra - We just started using the GRE recently. We don't have an average yet but should by the end of this admission season.
ajay -> CarrieIs there a way to mitigate below average GPA other than a high GMAT score? I mean will it help if one takes additional courses that show the ability to deal with Quant concepts?
Carrie -> ajayNo. We only require the re-applicant essay for those who applied to start in years 2012 or 2013.
Danielle -> EveryonePlease_Reply: We don't have a prescriptive environment at Booth. Our students are able to take courses that are theory based, case based, and experiential. We have lots of great information about the academic learning experience online. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/academics
peterfgoodman -> EddieWhat are the top three qualities you look for in a Booth full-time MBA candidate? Thank you.
Eddie -> peterfgoodmanPeter - Each applicant is unique. We really enjoy reading the applications and see what you have to offer. Academic strength, good communication skills and leadership do add a sparkle to those who have been admitted.
Danielle -> EveryoneMayank: Great to hear from you again - Meghan and I enjoyed our time in India. A bit about the elusive concept of fit at Booth:

We know that students who pursue a Chicago Booth MBA will transform in terms of who they are and how they think. Because of this, we value and seek talented individuals who appreciate the importance and power of ideas. Individuals with a diverse perspective, defined direction, and an overall curiosity for the world around them fit well into the culture at Booth.

We want our students to challenge the status quo, have a unique sense of humility, and possess the ability to take risks. All of these areas, plus many more, help us sustain the special culture that defines Booth as an institution that is full of scholars and students who are unafraid to cross boundaries, share ideas, and ask difficult questions.

The most important thing is to always be authentic! http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=110
Aashana -> EddieIs there a session starting from january for full time course?
Eddie -> AashanaAashana - We only offer admission for the fall quarter.
Danielle -> EveryoneEve: Great question. We do not put emphasis on title for letters of recommendation. You need to focus on finding people who know you at a deeper level than just a causal professional relationship. Find the people who will add value to your application by contributing relevant information about your skills sets, and how you might contribute to a larger community of people.
Danielle -> EveryoneSamba: Love your enthusiasm, and share it on twitter by using #WhyBooth! Use the time in between applications to rethink your goals, and why Booth is the right fit for you. We encourage folks to reapply, and always be sure to take an introspective approach to the application process. Be thorough, complete, and honest in all the opportunities we provide to showcase your skills and talents on the application.
Jimmy_Ji -> CarrieWill there be any different to apply in the 1st round and to apply in the 2nd round? Do I get a better chance if I apply for the 1st round?
Carrie -> Jimmy_JiWe suggest that you apply when you are ready to present the best application to us. There are very few differences between Rounds 1 and 2 - and there is no inherent benefit of applying in one round versus another.
Atracey -> MeghanGood morning. I'm sure it depends on my selection of courses, but what is the rough breakdown of teaching methods at Booth (case study, labs, etc.)? Thank you.
Meghan -> AtraceyHi Atracey: You're right - it definitely depends upon what classes your are choosing to take. We have courses that are quantitative in nature and revolve around lecture and problem sets as well as cased-based classes like Competitive Strategy. We also offer a series of lab courses that are more application-based and may involve work with an outside company and/or client. Learn more about our different class offerings here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/academics/curriculum
randomboy -> CarrieThank you for organizing the chat. Would love to know why Booth removed career essay question this year (I'm aware that a version might be present in the main application)
Carrie -> randomboyWe took a look at our entire application and tried to eliminate any redundant information. We found that we collected that information in many ways throughout the application process, making the career essay a bit repetitive. We certainly value this information, but wanted to make the application as streamlined as possible for applicants.
paurna -> EddieHi, I am based in London and have 3 Years experience in Banking and have appeared for Level III of my CFA this june. I am considering applying for an MBA in 2015 and am planning to attend the London Info Session for Booth in September. Would you suggest attending the sessions this year or recommend putting it off until next year when I will be making my applications.
Eddie -> paurnaYou're welcome to attend both of them especially the one just prior to applying. You'll want to stay on top of any new information to give you the best data about our program Paurna.
Danielle -> Everyonerschidlow: We absolutely welcome applicants from all professional and personal backgrounds. The diverse perspective is incredibly valued at Chicago Booth, therefore we look to find talented people from a variety of industries and academic backgrounds. Great ideas have many different fingerprints, and we need people with varying experiences to offer a dynamic classroom environment.
Please_Reply -> EddieIs Booth a right place for personal rebranding (career changers)?
Eddie -> Please_ReplyYes indeed! Our curriculum really gives you the flexibility to build the right courses for the career that's right for you.
Danielle -> EveryoneJean: We certainly understand that not everyone can come visit the amazing city of Chicago and spend time in our impressive building (Harper Center), so we provide plenty of virtual opportunities to understand Chicago Booth. Meeting our students is definitely the first step, as well as following us on Twitter and Facebook. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/fulltime/viewbook/
Jimmy_Ji -> EddieWill any one of you come to China to do the information session?
Eddie -> Jimmy_JiJimmy! I'll be there and my colleague Amy Hung. I hope you say "Hello" if you can make it!
Danielle -> EveryoneConsultantNYC7: Check out my suggestions on the Booth Insider blog - we want to see who you are, and not offer specific information that may lead you in one direction or the other. Being authentic is key. http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=110
shizhan319 -> EddieHow does Booth help MBA students find their summer internships?
Eddie -> shizhan319Shizhan - Our Career Services office does an amazing job helping our students find internships and full time positions.
peterfgoodman -> CarrieWhat would you say are the top three qualities that you look for in MBA candidates?
Carrie -> peterfgoodmanGiven that the evaluation process is holistic, it is often difficult to point to one specific quality or another as being most important. Overall, we are looking for people who will thrive within the culture and community at Booth. This happens in many different ways - in the classroom, recruiting, community involvement, etc. When we are evaluating an applicant, we are trying to determine the impact that person would have within the environment at Booth, what they bring to the table, and what they hope to gain from the experience. So while I can't give you three qualities, I would encourage you to explore the culture and community at Booth and find out what resonates with you!
bhemmick -> MeghanDoes Booth offer a lot of guidance to students on finding the right fit career wise? I am a former Army officer with little experience in the "civilian world" and need as much advice as I can get.
Meghan -> bhemmickHi bhemmick: Yes, we definitely do! Our career services team is one of the largest across business schools and their staff devotes a lot of time to helping students define their goals and craft their "story" when it comes to recruiting for internships and jobs. As a former army officer, you might also want to check out our Armed Forces student group - they are a really valuable resource for ex-military applicants and admitted students alike. Here are links to both websites: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/career, http://student.chicagobooth.edu/group/afa/
Moderator -> EveryoneWe've reached the halfway point of our chat. Please continue to submit your questions for our panelists. We will try to answer as many questions as we can and touch on as many topics as possible.
Melissa_SA -> EddieHow important is it to be involved in extra curricular activities outside of work? I do a lot at my job which is above and beyond the job description (internal clubs, groups to develop practice areas, etc.) but I am not very involved in organizations outside of the office.
Eddie -> Melissa_SAMelissa - We do recognize that some applicants have jobs that keep them extremely busy. Getting involved with programs at your job makes a difference or any organizations that you may have participated in while you were in school.
RB -> JoannaWhen will the online application be live for Round 1?
Joanna -> RBWe expect it to be live next week.
bharat_to_booth -> JoannaThere are so many useful questions and answers in this chat session. Will the excerpts be available to us after the chat ?
Joanna -> bharat_to_boothYes, within the week!
Danielle -> EveryoneFahad: Our colleague, Joanne Legler, will be visiting London on September 12. You can register here: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/register/?id=a47960f3-7488-449e-8ed8-f3736fc1ad20 and see where else we'll be around the world here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/events
Heather -> EddieHi! Thanks for answering our questions today. Do you have any advice for the open format essay? Is it better to the slide presentation than write another essay?
Eddie -> HeatherHi Heather. That's really up to you. We give you that option so that you can feel confident with your choice knowing that we don't have a preference.
Paolo.Persico -> MeghanHello. I had a question about the International MBA program. I noticed on the Application Process page that there is a note, towards the end of the page, which indicates that the program requires a special application process. Could you please describe how the application process is different for this program as compared to the traditional Full-Time MBA program? Through my conversations with current Booth students I was told that the International MBA designation could be chosen once enrolled. Is that not the case?
Meghan -> Paolo.PersicoHi Paolo.Persico: It's true - once you are admitted to the program at Booth you can "declare" if you'd like to purse the International MBA degree [IMBA]. This will involve a meeting with International Programs office and gives you an opportunity to learn more about the requirements.
ChristineDC -> EddieHi, I was hoping to find out how you view candidates who submit GRE scores rather than GMAT scores. I have a good score on the GRE and I plan to take the GMAT soon. If I do less well on the GMAT, I'm wondering which I should submit. And if I do well, can I submit both? Thanks for your time.
Eddie -> ChristineDCHi Christine. We just started accepting the GRE this season. You are free to choose which one you would like to submit.
Danielle -> EveryoneDave: We just want you to be YOU in the application. Putting information in your application that you think we want to hear will only be a disservice to yourself. Be authentic, transparent, and tell your own story...don't focus on standing out, but instead, showcase how you feel you're the right fit for Booth. Read more here: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=110
Guillermo -> Joannacan you please explain more about the recomendations letters? do they play a significant role on the aplication process?
Joanna -> GuillermoThey do, like any part of the application. They give us a broad perspective of your work and leadership for example through the eyes of a manager. Use your best judgement when choosing recommenders.
Mayank -> JoannaI am a re-applicant. Do I need to change the ppt i submitted last year?
Joanna -> MayankThat is totally up to you.
mreed -> EmilyIf my only opportunity for visiting campus is over a weekend, will I be able to participate in any events/tours, or are those only available during the week?
Emily -> mreedHi mreed. The campus is actually closed to visitors on the weekend. If you would like to visit campus, please check out our daily campus visit schedule here http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/visit/daily-campus-visit-program
bkornswiet -> EddieGood morning - if a candidate is unable to physically visit the campus before submitting his/her application, does this negatively impact his/her chances for admission?
Eddie -> bkornswietNot at all. There are so many options for you to stay connected to us - Twitter, the Booth Insider Blog, chats, students blogs, etc. We understand that everyone can't make the trip to Chicago.
MBAseeker -> EddieIs there any GMAT minimum that a candidate must absolutely get to be considered for Booth?
Eddie -> MBAseekerMBAseeker - We don't have any minimum scores but you certainly want to do the best that you can! Again, the GMAT is only one data point we use when reviewing an application.
Fgimenez -> EmilyWill there be an information session in Spain soon? Thank you.
Emily -> FgimenezHi! Yes we will be coming to Spain on September 9th. Our students will also be hosting events in Spain this month! Check out the dates and register here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/events/europe
Tommy_Tang -> CarrieWhat's the rationale behind setting up these two new 250-word essays? Could you share a bit?
Carrie -> Tommy_TangHi, Tommy. Our short answer essay prompts are designed to help us learn more about your interests and motivations in a format that allows for interpretation. In the first prompt, we hope to learn more about what interests you in your current work. There is no right answer to this, as it will be different for each person. Similarly, in the second prompt, we hope to learn about something that changed the way that you think. This could be an experience, conversation, book, work of art, etc - the sky is the limit.
Danielle -> EveryoneBose: We encourage our students to be global business leaders, and Chicago Booth provides many opportunities to experience the world. Learn more about international options here:http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/academics/international-studies/imba and you can meet our students from around the world here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/student-experience/international. And don't forget about our Random Walks!
Danielle -> EveryoneK2: Chicago is by far (in my opinion!) the best city in the world. It's such a vibrant place to be with a tremendous amount of culture and diversity. Second to Manhattan, we have the most Fortune 500 companies headquartered here, and being in the middle of the US gives us unbeatable access to anywhere in the world. The food/music scene in Chicago is unbeatable, and the people are some of the kindest I've ever met. Chicago is a very manageable city, which fosters an environment of humility, and people are humble - a small town feel in a big city! Our campus allows our faculty and students to thrive in intellectual curiosity! Feel free to learn what our students have to say about Chicago here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/fulltime/viewbook/
PagalGuy -> MeghanI have a social entrepreneurship background? Can you let me know how does the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship fit in the whole MBA program?
Meghan -> PagalGuyHi PagalGuy: Great - social entrepreneurship is definitely a thriving topic at Booth, as evidenced with the opening of the Social Enterprise Initiative and the new Social New Venture Challenge facilitated through Polsky. The Polsky Center plays a pivotal role in terms of developing entrepreneurship opportunities for our students including classes, competitions and internships. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/entrepreneurship/
Shaun -> EddieWhat is one piece of advise on the one thing that applicants continue to get wrong on their application or miss assuming the statistical measures (GMAT/GPA, etc) are in range with the averages?
Eddie -> ShaunShaun - Not answering the questions we ask or trying to use an essay from another school's application! Ouch!!
Jason -> CarrieGood morning, I have heard differing opinions about GMAT splits, is the admissions committee more concerned with the overall score or the V/Q split that some schools advertise as being important (ie: 80/80)
Carrie -> JasonWhile we certainly look at the verbal/quant breakdowns, we are more concerned with the overall score. If your individual section scores are very unbalanced, we will look to find evidence of competency in other areas (academic record, work experience, etc).
Ty -> EmilyI have a strange academic history due to major health reasons; as such it has taken me longer than most to finish my undergrad. Is there any way i include supplementary materials explaining the circumstances? If not, will this inhibit my chances of making it to the interview stage?
Emily -> TyHi Ty. Yes we have space in the application for additional information where you may explain your academic history.
Regina_cc -> EmilyRecommendtions letter should be delivered when you apply? Or can i deliver them after? I dont want to tell t my work im applying, until im sure im accepted at the mba
Emily -> Regina_ccHi Regina. Recommendation letters must be submitted in order for your application to be assessed. We understand if you are not able to ask for a letter from your current employer. You may chose other recommenders that know you professionally instead, and just explain the reasoning for this choice in your application.
Christian -> EmilyHi team and thanks for giving us this opportunity to ask questions. Will you be in the DC area over the summer or early fall for information sessions?
Emily -> ChristianHi Christian. We will be doing our information session in DC in September. Our students will also be hosting an event there this summer. You can see all the dates and information here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/events/north-america
Danielle -> EveryoneFahad: Chicago Booth offers several options. Learn more here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Raj -> EmilyI read that the average age of application is 28, so what is the average work-experience? And typically what would be the minimum that has been accepted so far? Excluding college seniors.
Emily -> RajHi Raj. Our students have an average of 5 years of work experience, however this means that we have students with less than that and students with more. What we are looking for is why you want an MBA at this stage in your career moreso than the number of years you have worked.
Danielle -> EveryoneRyanS: Our Associate Dean of Student Recruitment and Admissions, Kurt Ahlm, will be visiting Mexico City on July 25 for the information session. He'll be joined by several alumni in the area, and we certainly encourage you to register here: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/register/?id=496eca5e-6af7-43b0-a998-17ca31e2ba1c
Guillermo -> MeghanI got 94 points on the TOEFL, is this level sufficient to apply? should i seek a higher score?
Meghan -> GuillermoHi Guillermo: Here is an outline of our language requirements: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/international/english-exams
Lauren88 -> EmilyWould you recommend applying after visiting the campus even if that means delaying our application until the second round?
Emily -> Lauren88Hi Lauren! Visiting campus will give you the opportunity to really get to know the culture here at Booth, and because of that could enhance your ability to convey why Booth is the right place for you. However, many of our applicants choose to visit campus after applying. While we do recommend visiting campus at some point in your journey, it is not necessary to do so before you apply.
Andrew_T. -> JoannaIs financial aid determined based on the applicant's financial need prior to matriculation, or afterwards?
Joanna -> Andrew_T.OUr financial aid is merit based. You can learn more here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Digvijay -> JoannaWhen it comes to recommendations, what do you recommend in cases where the applicant may face issues at work in case he/she asks for recommendations ?
Joanna -> DigvijayThis is quite common. You may ask former supervisors and then explain in your application your reasons why.
Hilde -> EddieGood morning, I will be attending your admission event in Hong Kong on the 17th of July, is there anything I should prepare or is it more like this chat but in real life?
Eddie -> HildeHi Hilde - I'm glad you're going to join us. The best thing to do is try to understand what you want out of your MBA experience and see if we are a good fit for you. We just want to share with you what Booth is all about and hopefully you'll be interested in applying and attending if you're offered admission. Check out this blog from one of our team members Michelle. It maight give you an idea or two - http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=106
PK -> EddieAs a full-time student, would all classes be in Hyde Park or would you have the option of taking classes downtown as well?
Eddie -> PKHi PK. You'll be able to take classes on either campus. Many students use that option!
ChrisMan -> CarrieHi team. Do you have any advice for military applicants with regards to defining career goals in the private sector? How much guidance is given to course options in the flexible curriculum to ensure that students with non-business backgrounds graduate with transferable skills?
Carrie -> ChrisManThe military community at Booth is very strong, and our students share that the flexibility is helpful when creating a curriculum that is tailored for them. Since we have many students who are coming from non-business backgrounds, the flexibility of the curriculum allows you to learn the basics and then focus on the areas you will need to be successful in your career search. Our Academic and Career Services staff are great resources to help our students plan their academic work at Booth. In terms of the application, I would suggest spending time before the application exploring different career paths and talking with different students and alumni - as this will help you shape your goals initially. Our Armed Forces Group is a great resource to prospective students - I highly recommend reaching out to them! http://student.chicagobooth.edu/group/afa/
MattCavin -> EmilyI applied 3 years ago and I'm applying again. Do you access old applications, or should I repeat the relevant components (while focusing on "what's different" in the past 3 years)?
Emily -> MattCavinHi Matt. We do have access to your application. Because there has been a good amount of time passed, I would assume much of your application would be different than your last one. However, any information that is still relevant can of course still be included.
AT -> CarrieHow do you evaluate the international undergrad GPA? I understand the admissions team might have a good sense of grading systems in different countries but would this also be true for applicants applying with non-traditional backgrounds such as architecture? Would you advice explaining this a bit in the optional essay?
Carrie -> ATThe Admissions Committee is very familiar with grading systems around the world, but if you feel that any additional context would be helpful for us to understand - please do so! The optional essay is the best place to do this.
Adi -> MeghanBoot has a very flexible curriculum (as opposed to the cohort system that most other programs follow). Do you feel that is a downside in the sense that it prevents students from forming the networks and relationships that are part of the MBA experience?
Meghan -> AdiHi Adi: Actually, we think our flexibility really helps students to form their business networks and relationships because they have access to a large number of people from the start of the program. Visit our viewbook to hear from current students about the classroom dynamic at Booth, and how that's influenced their relationships with fellow students: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/fulltime/viewbook/think/
JD_M -> Joanna2. I keep reading about visiting campus and "getting on the admissions staff radar". I find it hard to believe that a quick visit to the office and if lucky enough, a talk with an associate would be all that memorable from your side, can you provide any insight?
Joanna -> JD_MGreat question. While we love meeting our students, we absolutely do not count a campus visit for or against your candidacy.
ConsultantNYC7 -> EddieHow does Booth maintain the cohesiveness of the class particularly when students follow a flexible curriculum and there is no section/cohort experience?
Eddie -> ConsultantNYC7ConsultantNYC7 - You'll gain a lot of that from the LEAD experience and your cohort group but you'll have no trouble establishing good relationships here at Booth - in or out of class. It's a pretty close knit group here.
Danielle -> EveryoneMike_V: I always encourage folks to engage with Chicago Booth as much as possible. The better you understand our culture and community, the more clarity you have re: if you are a good fit within our school. If you have the ability to attend an information session and a Booth Live, I say go for it! There may be some cross-over with information, but you'll still have the opportunity to meet a variety of people within the Booth community. Tell us what is that resonates with you about Booth on twitter! #WhyBooth
David_K -> EmilyAre interviews ever conducted via Skype or another online platform? I will be spending the year in Mongolia and I am concerned that, if granted an interivew, it will be difficult for me to come home to the U.S. or travel outside of the country to conduct the interview.
Emily -> David_KHi David. We do all of our interviews in person either on campus or in the applicant's home city with an alumni interviewer. We will work with applicants on a case-by-case basis if an in-person interview is not feasible.
trisha123 -> EddieWhen can we sign up for the school visit? you mentioned it starts on 10/7
Eddie -> trisha123Trisha - We should be ready to open up registration mid-September after we know which classes are available for visitors.
Charles -> EddieAlso, How much do you value extra curricular/community involvement? I have always been involved in sports and always been apart of student government. I have continued these efforts even after graduating. Most recently, as I am Lebanese, I have offered to volunteer with the UN HCR on the Lebanese border to help the refugee crisis. How much are such efforts valued?
Eddie -> CharlesCharles - If you have been involved in extra-curricular activity we would love for you to share that with us. It helps us understand how you'll play a part in the community outside of the classroom.
z2 -> JoannaHow strong is the alumni network in non-Chicago or non-major US cities relative to Chicago/large US Cities?
Joanna -> z2You can learn about our alumni community and its reach here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/alumni/community
K2 -> CarrieWhat is the best way to connect to current students to get to know more about Booth and its community.
Carrie -> K2There are many ways to do this! Visiting campus is one of the best ways to understand the culture and community as you are able to see it firsthand and envision what your student experience would be like. In addition, you can talk to students, alumni and Admissions staff at our events hosted this summer and fall in cities around the world. Our students also share their experience and stories on our social media outlets. To find out more about all of these things - check out our website: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/
Melissa_SA -> EmilyHow important is it to have references who are Booth alumni? Also, can both references be from work or do you recommend more diverse recommendations?
Emily -> Melissa_SAHi Melissa. We do ask that recommenders know you in a professional capacity, but it is up to you if you want them both to be from your employer. We suggest choosing recommenders that know you well enough to highlight your accomplishments and abilities. The recommenders certainly do not need to be Booth alumni unless it is an alumni who is best able to comment to your professional accomplishments.
Danielle -> EveryonePooja: We absolutely encourage people to reapply. Due to the high volume of applications we receive each year, we are not able to provide individual feedback.
Sami -> MeghanHi, thank you for organizing this chat session. Good Morning!!! When we are talking of age, I just turned 24 and have 3 years of full time work experience in Management Consulting.. is this sufficient or should I wait for few more years
Meghan -> SamiHi Sami: That's really up to you - we welcome applications from early career candidates, and do not have any requirements when it comes to how long you've been working. However, I would encourage you to think deeply about why this is the right time to apply to business school; what are you hoping to get out of it and what do you want to do with the tools that you gain? I know that it sounds like very basic advice, but the best time to apply is when you are most ready.
RohitSingh -> EmilyWhat kind of influence, if any, does your last year's application hold, for reapplicants?
Emily -> RohitSinghHi Rohit. We evaluate reapplicants based on the current year's application, including the reapplicant essay which allows you to address what has changed since your last application. That being said, we do have access to past applications, but do not use them for direct assessment. We recommend reapplicants really evaluate their previous application in order to help them craft the application for this year.
Shikhir -> JoannaHi, thank you for holding this session. I am wondering who you do not hold any informational sessions in India?
Joanna -> ShikhirHello Shikhir, we actually already hosted our events in India in June. Stay tuned, we may be back later this year or early next year.
Arihant -> MeghanGood morning! Is one of the recommendations preferably to be submitted by someone from outside our professional network?
Meghan -> ArihantHi Arihant: Good morning! While we advise that at least one of your recommenders be a professional one, the other is up to you. Definitely be strategic here, and choose someone who you think will add value to your candidacy.
Anshuman -> JoannaAre the current students allowed to assist in the admissions process?
Joanna -> AnshumanYes, we actually have a group of 2nd year students who work with the Office of Admissions, called Admissions Fellows. It is a role they apply for and then are highly trained for. They help us to review applications and to interview candidates.
Mayank -> MeghanHi. I am a re-applicant planning to shift to consulting field from finance. What would be the success rate (in terms of people getting consulting jobs over people applying for such jobs) in Booth
Meghan -> MayankHi Mayank: I am going to direct you over to our Employment Report, which includes some really specific and great information pertaining to this question: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/employmentreport/
Goran -> Joannahi there... are there sections on the applications to note participation in Booth webinars, chats, on-campus visits, etc. or should that be incorporated in the application through essays?
Joanna -> GoranYes, you will have an opportunity to add such information.
vsood -> CarrieHi All- Thanks for doing the chat today. I know that the Integrated Reasoning section is still relatively new and not all applicants will have necessarily taken the new exam, but I was curious if you would be placing any weighting on the new section for this upcoming application season?
Carrie -> vsoodGreat question! You are correct in that the IR section of the GMAT is new and not everyone will have it. Because of this, we won't be using it as a primary consideration in making any decisions, but we will look to see what it tells us about those applicants who have it.
DANIEL-BRAZIL -> CarrieAbout the second short essay ". I started to think differently when... (250 words maximum) ...should I focus in my personal life or professional life ?
Carrie -> DANIEL-BRAZILIt is entirely up to you! We do not have a preference in the type of example, just that it tells us something new about you.
Cilentro -> JoannaHi team, I heard from my peers who went through the application last year that face to face interview is much better than the web interview. I'm wondering if web interview really yield worse results than face to face since I'm based overseas.
Joanna -> CilentroHello. It's up to you. We count all interviews equally, regardless of where or who conducts them. But if you would feel more confident face to face, I'd encourage you to pursue an alumni interview in your city or a current student interview on our campus.
Mike -> EmilyWhat sort of resources are available for MBA students looking into entrepreneurship?
Emily -> MikeHi Mike. There are a lot of resources dedicated to entrepreneurship. I encourage you to check out the Polsky Center's website and reach out to some of our entrepreneurship student groups to learn more! http://research.chicagobooth.edu/entrepreneurship/
DLozano_Colombia -> CarrieIs there a chance to submit a GMAT score update after the application in first round?
Carrie -> DLozano_ColombiaYou will need a valid GMAT score to submit your application, but you are welcome to submit an update after the deadline. That said, we start reviewing applications immediately, so we cannot guarantee that it will be incorporated.
Emily_D -> EmilyIs there any advantage to applying in Round 1 vs Round 2 or 3?
Emily -> Emily_DHi Emily. We recommend that you apply when you feel your application is the best it can be. In Round 3, more of our class has been shaped so it tends to be our smallest round, but a good applicant will stand out no matter what round they apply in, and should therefore apply when their application is at its best. There is no advantage between Round 1 and Round 2.
Vikram -> EddieHow would you recommend networking with fellow MBA students?
Eddie -> VikramHey Vikram - There are many student organizations you can get involved with here on campus. Study groups help as well. Many of our students attend our receptions or work with the admissions team to welcome visitors to campus. We also have quite a variety of social activities that students really thrive on! There are many ways to network with our MBA students as a prospective student or as a current MBA student.
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Danielle -> EveryoneArchit: You are definitely welcome to reach out to the Booth community in Mumbai. I would start by contacting our students: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/student-experience/international/asia-australia/india Meghan and I were in Mumbai this past June, and we loved it!
Emily -> EveryoneThanks for all of your questions! I enjoyed chatting with you today!
ChrisMan -> EmilyHello again - are there particular areas of living that married students tend to prefer to unmarried? How much support does Booth give to international students looking for housing (especially those with small dogs!)
Emily -> ChrisManHi Chris. A lot of our students live downtown, but we have students that live all over Chicago, and it really is a personal preference as to what neighborhoods people prefer. Chicago is a very dog-friendly city and there are certainly places that allow dogs! I encourage you to reach out to our current students to learn more about the different options!
Please_Reply -> MeghanHow would you describe the culture at Booth? What do you like most in Booth students?
Meghan -> Please_ReplyHi Please_Reply: What a great question, and fun to answer too! I would describe the culture at Booth as intellectually curious, ambitious, and humble. I encourage you to come visit us during the school year and meet the students for yourself - that is definitely the best way to form your own impression. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/visit?source=modules_engage_ft
Carrie -> EveryoneThanks for all of the great questions! I look forward to continuing the conversation moving forward.
Eddie -> EveryoneSorry we couldn't get to everyone but hopefully we helped you as you begin to prepare your applications or visit us at an event or here on campus!
Meghan -> EveryoneLots of great questions on here today! Thanks for joining us and good luck with your MBA application process. - Meghan
Danielle -> EveryoneThanks so much for all your great questions! Don't forget to the keep the conversation going by following us on Twitter @Booth_Insider @DanielleElisha and share with us what you love about Booth by using #WhyBooth Best of luck to all throughout the application process.