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Around the world, the last few weeks have brought rapid changes that have pushed all of us to adapt—and to demonstrate our collective resilience as a result. As an institution, this has meant a shared responsibility to keep our community safe, while continuing to deliver an enriching academic experience to our current students. Shifting to largely virtual work has the potential to create distance and dissonance, but we’ve been fortunate to see Chicago Booth’s community continue to connect and creatively engage with one another.

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cbsupdate

As the world shifts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can’t help but feel uncertainty for what the weeks ahead will hold. While our top priority is to ensure the health of our family, friends, classmates, and neighbors, it’s still important to maintain our big picture goals—which, for many, include pursuing an MBA as part of your future career plan.

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covid19update

As the world changes around us in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard not to feel a collective sense of uncertainty for what the weeks ahead might have in store. The most basic priority for each of us in this current moment is to practice social distancing and do our best to ensure the health of our family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. Though that certainly doesn’t mean that our big picture goals for ourselves—which for many of you include pursuing an MBA—should stop. Instead, I invite you to join me in focusing on the opportunities for connection and pursuit of our goals in these challenging times—even if the approach is a little different than originally anticipated.

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Chicago

While our campus is located in Hyde Park, our students live, work, and intern throughout the city.

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duringdeferral

Having a secured seat in a future class, allows our Booth Scholars to gain valuable professional experience with a supportive community alongside them. They have opportunities to connect with other admitted students via online social communities, and in person at quarterly events. The hope is that by the time they arrive on campus, they feel immersed in our rich community with a stronger sense of themselves and their goals for the Full-Time MBA program. Just one year into her deferral period, Jelanie Vasquez, shares her thoughts on why a Chicago Booth deferred MBA was the right choice for her and how she's connecting to the community.

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cbs_chang

Once you become a Chicago Booth Scholar, you're in a unique position. Rather than beginning the program the following Fall, you head out into the working world to continue developing your professional experience. This gives you two to four years to build connections with fellow Scholars and Boothies while building up the anticipation of beginning your Full-Time MBA. After that build up, it's no surprise that our Booth Scholars say there's nothing like walking onto campus for the first time as a current student. We recently sat down with Julia Chang, '20, to share her insights on life at Booth following her deferral period.

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discover the classroom experience

The classroom experience here at Chicago Booth is unlike any other. Because of our flexible curriculum, each class is full of deep thinkers who chose to pursue that particular subject matter. This results in dynamic discussions and impactful insights.

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deferredadmission

It can feel intimidating figuring out the next steps for your future, especially as you are finishing up your undergraduate career. For many of our deferred MBA students, applying to one of the most flexible MBA programs in the world took a lot of the guesswork out of accelerating their careers while allowing them the freedom to explore interests. On top of a waived application fee, and the ability to pursue a variety of professional paths before attending Chicago Booth, here are five of the top reasons to apply to the Chicago Booth Scholars deferred MBA program during your final year of undergrad!

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monisha_alumni

Our Admissions team spends a lot of time getting to know prospective students, and, if we're lucky, we get to further develop those relationships in their two years here as students. It's an extra special treat when one of those students wants to then share insights about their life post-Booth. We recently chatted with alumna Monisha Shivakumar, '19, about life at Amazon, her continued connection to Booth, and the benefits of our data driven approach to education. Read on to learn more about where she is now.

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financing_mba

Many factors come into play when choosing which graduate program is right for you. The MBA represents a significant investment in yourself, your intellect, your relationships, and your future. Year over year, our alumni share that the investment in a Booth MBA continues to pay dividends well beyond their time as a student—whether that be in the Booth brand, strength of the global network, or demonstration of career success. With that in mind, it’s important to begin by planning your finances, inclusive of the cost of the program.

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Chicago_Winter

Call us biased, but regardless of the season, Chicago remains a vibrant, beautiful year round. (And yes, that includes winter.) Don't believe us? Take it from some of our Current Boothies.

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A new season is upon us in Chicago, which means the leaves are changing color and the air is getting crisp. This new season also brings about thoughts and reflections on gratitude. During this season of giving thanks, we wanted to share a few of the things we’re grateful for with you.

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veterans

Chicago Booth has a history of commitment to diversity and inclusion that values applicants from all walks of life and industry backgrounds, including those coming from military services around the globe. If you’re an active military or veteran seeking an MBA, here are the offerings and resources that you can take advantage of at Chicago Booth and across The University of Chicago.

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magnusson_rustandy

At Chicago Booth, a number of students each year show an interest in pursuing careers in social impact. As Booth’s hub for people tackling complex social and environmental problems, the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation is working to help these Booth students positively impact humanity and our planet. The Rustandy Center reached out to alumna Lauren Magnusson, ’15, Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG), Trust and Transparency at Walmart, to learn about her Booth experience and some of the programs and resources that helped her pursue a career in social impact.

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cvp_2019

Even though there are few life changes you’d make without trying them on for size, it’s possible that you could matriculate for a Booth MBA without ever having visited campus. While that’s certainly an option (especially if circumstances make visiting a challenge), here are some reasons to visit us here on campus this fall!

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cbs2019

The newest class of Chicago Booth Scholars deferred MBA students represents a wide variety of majors and backgrounds, with an equally diverse range of plans during their deferral period and beyond. This is due in part to a 2018 expansion of our deferred MBA program to undergraduate students beyond the walls of the University of Chicago. We’re thrilled to have far exceeded our goal to increase accessibility to the Full-Time MBA Program at Chicago Booth. And while our team continues to support the newest additions to the Booth community throughout their deferral period through regular programming and networking events as they navigate their first jobs post undergrad, we are looking ahead to the upcoming application cycle.

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classroomexperience

With a new academic year underway, we wanted to share some of the innovative courses and curriculum developments at Chicago Booth for 2019/20. As part of his vision for the school, Dean Madhav Rajan wanted to infuse more diverse topics and perspectives into the classwork. Booth has always fostered an environment where different points of view are valued as a road to progression. This year shows evidence of these long-held beliefs coupled with pioneering shifts in elective themes and other major curricular advancements.

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