This past Saturday we celebrated the Class of 2016 during the University of Chicago's 527th convocation ceremony. Graduation also marks the beginning of the search for the next group of Chicago Booth MBA students. For our admissions team, this includes refining our application and essay in order to learn how applicants in the coming year might connect with our community as a student at Booth.
Last year, we made the shift away from open-ended essay questions toward an essay using visual prompts applicants could use to spark a conversation about their candidacy and their ‘story.’ We asked applicants to select one of 16 provided pictures and tell us how it resonated with their viewpoint of why the Booth community was the right fit. We discovered a lot about how candidates imagined themselves learning, growing, and contributing at Booth.
This year applicants to the Class of 2019 will have the same opportunity for visuals as inspiration - 10 new images representing impactful moments at Booth with the question:
“The following is a collection of shared Booth moments. Choose the moment that best resonates with you and tell us why.”
We encourage you to be genuine, authentic, and not overthink the question. Consider each moment, study the captions, and select the moment with which you feel most connected. Our hope is to learn a little more about why you chose a particular moment and what it means for you in your decision to apply to Booth.
The exercise is about showing us something we cannot learn elsewhere in the application. There is no wrong way to approach this. The question and moments are yours to answer and yours to interpret.
To ask specific questions to the admissions committee about this year’s essay and application, join our live Twitter chat on June 21 from 12 - 1 p.m. CST. You can also follow the #ChicagoBoothMoments conversation on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, or follow the Full-Time MBA program on LinkedIn to connect with other applicants. And as always, feel free to comment below with your questions.
We look forward to getting to know you a little more this coming year.