December 16, 2019 Noon - 1 PM CST Live Chat with Chicago Booth Full-Time MBA Admissions
In this live online chat, prospective students had the opportunity to chat directly with Admissions and learn more about the application process, as well as expanded program resources, including leadership curriculum and STEM eligible options for international students.
Guest: Hello, is this a public chat or private chat?
* Carlos Gooden: Hello! Welcome to the Chicago Booth Live Chat! This is a public chat. We are excited to answer your questions.
Guest: I have specific questions that will have personal details.
* Carlos Gooden: Hi! Feel free to email us directly at admissions@chicagoBooth.edu and we will be able to respond to your questions.
Guest: Is there a preference between GRE and GMAT for the Full-Time application?
* Sena Agawu: We accept both the GRE and GMAT as part of the application process.
Guest: Hi admissions team, can you please share any tips regarding the second question: “How have your interests, leadership experiences, and other passions influenced the choices in your life”?
* Anna Chalfin: Thank you so much for your question! With Booth having an incredibly flexible curriculum and many options available to students, the second question is meant to further dive into your experience and interest, and how it lends itself to a choice-rich environment.
Guest: Hello! Does Booth accept updated information after the application deadlines? For example, GMAT score?
* Cat Goodin: Hi and thank you for your question! We will accept updated information after the application deadline, but your updates are only guaranteed to be evaluated by the admissions committee if submitted by the deadline.
Guest: Hi, hope you are doing great. Can you please explain the MBA programs of Booth?
* Nicole Chen: Chicago Booth offers Full-Time, Weekend, Evening, and Executive MBA programs. More information on each program and the differences between them can be found on our website.
Guest: Hi! I have an essay question. I know the two essay prompts mention a 250-word minimum, but is there a realistic word maximum?
* Sena Agawu: We do not have a word maximum. We see applicants submit essays with just 250 words and some applicants submit essays with double the minimum. It really is up to you, and how much space you feel like you need to respond to the question fully.
Guest: Given the academic rigor of the Booth program and experiential learning opportunities through courses/labs, are in-quarter internships encouraged? If so, does Booth provide resources to help students source in-quarter internships?
* Carlos Gooden: Hello! The flexible curriculum truly allows students to create their own path based on your goals. We do have students work with career services and academic services to navigate the in-quarter internships. Also, research summer startups at Booth for additional experiential learning opportunities: https://polsky.uchicago.edu/programs-events/start-up-summer/
Guest: Glad to be here! My question is on the task for the waitlisted applicants. Would it be possible to not be talking to the Camera? Like use voiceover and other editing technics?
* Nicole Chen: There are no specific filming requirements for the supplemental waitlist video, besides that it must be no longer than 60 seconds.
Guest: Hello, I had a question regarding the deferred MBA vs. the regular MBA application. I am hoping to apply for deferred MBA and was wondering what differences you look for in the application for deferred MBA?
* Kate Hoffman: The Application process and requirements for our deferred MBA program are better explained on the Chicago Booth Scholars page of our website. https://www.chicagoBooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/chicago-Booth-scholars-program. Since our deferred program candidates are still in their undergraduate studies while applying to the Chicago Booth Scholars program, there are several nuances to what we are looking for in an application for Chicago Booth Scholars versus the regular Full-Time Program.
Guest: I am a medical graduate and a full-time employee at the University of Chicago, would my USMLE tests be able to be used in place of the GRE?
* Carlos Gooden: At this time, the Full-Time MBA program will only accept either the GMAT or GRE.
Guest: For Booth, the essay questions require a minimum of 250 words. Does this mean a 500 words essay is acceptable or would the admissions prefer around 250 words?
* Nicole Chen: There is no maximum word length for the application essays.
Guest: Hi All! I graduated in December and my analyst program started in June. Is this something that should be explained in the optional essay as a "gap?"
* Sena Agawu: While it is up to you, we do like to hear what applicants have done during any gap of employment, whether it be volunteering, taking additional classes, working freelance, etc.
Guest: Could you touch on how you evaluate candidates with 5-6 years of industry experience verses someone who is 2-3 years out of their undergraduate program?
* Carlos Gooden: Hello! Our admissions review is truly holistic in that we consider applicants within the context of their environment and experiences. There are a variety of points we examine when making an admissions decision. If it's helpful, I advise applicants all the time to develop the best application that uniquely presents (and highlights) their experiences, goals, and strengths.
Guest: Does Round 3 have a lower acceptance rate at Booth? If I submitted the application toward the end of Round 3 deadline, would I still be considered?
* Sena Agawu: No, all applicants are considered equally, no matter what Round they apply in.
Guest: In your opinion, what sets Booth apart from other business schools?
* Nicole Chen: Our website details many aspects of Booth's Full-Time MBA Program, including our data-driven approach to problem solving, promotion of intellectual freedom through flexibility, and supportive community. We recommend reaching out to current students to hear first-hand what makes the Booth experience unique: https://apply.chicagoBooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer
Guest: Hi, I did not ask my current supervisor to write my recommendation letter as I do not want them to know my intent to quit the job, instead I asked my former supervisors. Would that set me in some disadvantages?
* Anna Chalfin: We completely understand that applicants may not be able to ask their current supervisor for various reasons. A former supervisor is fine and will not put the candidates at a disadvantage. We encourage you to utilize the additional information section to share the reason why you did not choose your current supervisor as your recommenders.
Guest: For our resume, should we convey our experience with more quantitative metrics or qualitative description?
* Kate Hoffman: Both indicators of performance can be helpful on your resume, but it is up to you to help us best understand your work experience and how it plays into your MBA goals. Most likely there is a need for both types and we'll leave it to you to determine which is the most relative in your case.
Guest: I am interested in the Full-Time MBA. I am a lawyer. Are there any special requirements for a lawyer?
* Nicole Chen: All application requirements for the Full-Time MBA Program can be found on our website here: https://www.chicagoBooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions
Guest: What's the average length of "word-limitless essays"? Do you feel annoyed if I write each of them with more than 700 words?
* Sena Agawu: It is up to you as far as how many words you choose to submit. We see applicants submit essays with just 250 words and some with double that.
Guest: Could you please talk about the available resources and supports at Booth for students that are considering entrepreneurship?
* Kate Hoffman: The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is the best place to reference for this. There are countless ways the center supports a career in entrepreneurship, from courses and internships to competitions and experimental learning options. Here's their site for more information: https://polsky.uchicago.edu/
Guest: Hi! Thanks for hosting this live chat today! Can you tell us a little bit about what resources are available for people pursuing healthcare? Particularly if there are courses built around the business of healthcare?
* Nicole Chen: Booth has a number of resources for students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare including courses, Career Services, and the Healthcare student-led group. We would recommend reaching out to the co-chairs of the Healthcare Group to learn more about the opportunities at Booth in this field: https://www.chicagoBooth.edu/programs/full-time/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups/healthcare-group
Guest: I was wondering if the applications may be evaluated before the submission deadline?
* Carlos Gooden: Hello, no applications are not reviewed before that Round of application deadline.
Guest: Do you publish the middle 80% GMAT range? Thanks.
* Anna Chalfin: Hello! We share the range and average GMAT for the most recent class under the Class Profile here: https://www.chicagoBooth.edu/programs/full-time
Guest: Hi, I would like to know if Booth intends to expend STEM to other concentrations?
* Carlos Gooden: We are constantly reviewing our curriculum for updates and changes. While there are no updates at this time to the STEM concentrations, we will keep you updated if anything changes. Also, keep in mind that many students are able to graduate with multiple concentrations.
Guest: Hi! For someone who just finished undergrad this past year, what would be your biggest pieces of advice in figuring out whether an MBA is for them or not?
* Cat Goodin: Hi and thank you for your question! Students pursue an MBA for a number of reasons. Some are in their full-time job and decide to make a career switch, and others want to continue progressing in their current career. The reason is different for everyone. I would encourage you to connect with students on our website.
Guest: Do typical business program classes/student life revolve more around the downtown area or the Hyde Park area?
* Sena Agawu: While many Full-Time MBA students take classes at the Harper Center, the option to take classes at the Gleacher Center exists as well.
Guest: How will it feel entering the MBA program with a tech background as opposed to finance or consulting? I am a mechanical engineer and curious to hear other engineers experiences?
* Nicole Chen: Looking at the Class of 2021, 20% of students came to Booth with an engineering undergraduate degree. Our Connect with a Student tool is a great resource to help you reach out to current students with a similar background and hear about their experiences entering Booth: https://apply.chicagoBooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer
Guest: Hi, I was looking at the new Leadership Studio course and wanted to know how I can find more about it in terms of cases or situations covered?
* Carlos Gooden: Hello! This will be the first semester for the Leadership Studio, so the curriculum has not been published fully just yet. Available information can be found here: https://intranet.chicagoBooth.edu/pub/coursesearch/CourseDetail?IsXPSearch=False&AcademicYear=2019&CourseNumber=31403&ProfessorIds=163782
Guest: Hi there! In the "Why did you choose these two recommenders?" section of the application, would it be appropriate to write something brief? Or should we elaborate about our relationships with our recommenders? Thank you!
* Kimberly Epps: Hi! A brief statement is enough.
Guest: When assessing a candidate who has multiple GMAT attempts, does the trend of GMAT scores make a difference?
* Lizzie Seidenstricker: In the review process, we consider only the highest GMAT score you have submitted to us.
Guest: I am currently preparing to write the essay part. Could you provide me with any tips? Are there any tendencies or traits in essays of admitted students in the past?
* Lizzie Seidenstricker: The most important piece of advice I can give you about the application, is to make sure you are answering the question. It sounds simple, but applicants will often tell us what they think we’d like to hear, rather than truly considering the question and providing a specific answer. Take your time to really think about it and tell us something about you we can’t tell from any other part of the application.
Guest: Hi. I want to register for a campus visit in late January, but dates are not available yet.
* Sena Agawu: We suggest you keep an eye on the registration page as visit dates will be posted within the next couple of weeks.
Guest: How do you evaluate applicants for scholarships? What are the key factors when you consider applicants for scholarships?
* Lizzie Seidenstricker: All applicants are given equal consideration for all our merit-based scholarships and fellowships, based solely on the merits of the original application. You are notified of your scholarship decision at the time we make an offer of admissions. Everything in your application is considered in the review process, including test scores, employment/education history, essays, etc.
Guest: Would the later application Rounds have few spots or lower acceptance rates than the previous Rounds?
* Sena Agawu: No, no matter what Round you apply in, your application is reviewed thoroughly.
Guest: the average GRE score for the current class isn't provided, is there a reason?
* Sena Agawu: This is because GRE scores are converted to the GMAT format within the application.
Guest: 2. What opportunities at Booth help with people switch industries/functions?
* Carlos Gooden: Hello! Great question. The two most effective opportunities you have at Booth are the flexible curriculum which allows students to pick and choose their own courses based on their unique interests. Also, our career services match students to alumni in their field, while also bringing various companies/employers to campus for face-to-face engagement.
Guest: How do students interact with the Career Center? Is it a constant thing? Or, is it more like a guidance counselor who helps occasionally? In addition, do spouses have access to this service?
* Carlos Gooden: Great question! While there are specific programming elements throughout the year, current students have access to Career Services all year around (and even beyond graduation). Partners do not have access to Career Services, but many spouses find community and support through our Partners Group.
Guest: I see Booth does not required official transcript for GMAT during the application process? When do we need to provide official scores?
* Colin Davis: You are correct. At the time of application, we only required unofficial transcripts and unofficial scores. However, upon admission to Chicago Booth, you will then be required to submit official scores and transcript from every university, college, or graduate institution you have attended.
Guest: I want to work with social impact in Education after the MBA. How can I get the most from Booth to become a better leader in this field?
* Lizzie Seidenstricker: Booth is dedicated to harnesses your leadership potential in whatever fields your most passionate about. Commitment to leadership education is a core value of the curriculum, and there are numerous resources at Booth to help you take advantage of that. For more information on our specific social impact resources, you could take a look at the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation: https://www.chicagoBooth.edu/research/rustandy
Guest: Hello there! How far out can you schedule a visit, audit classes, and experience Booth first hand?
* Colin Davis: We generally schedule our campus visits for the entire academic quarter. You can always view our full schedule here (which will be updated with 2020 dates in early January): https://www.chicagoBooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/visit/registration
Guest: I'm planning to apply next fall for 2021 intake. What can I do in the meantime to improve my candidacy?
* Colin Davis: Sounds like you're already on a good path. Engaging and findings ways to learn more about the program, culture, and community is important as you research various options. Hearing different student and alumni perspectives will allow you to internalize the culture and how your goals will be supported. Lastly, if you have a chance to visit campus and attend a class, that can be extremely helpful to experience the classroom dynamic in-person.
Guest: Can we add Coursera certifications to the application?
* Nicole Chen: You may include completed Coursera courses on your application.
Guest: Hi! Do I need to convert my 10-point GPA into a 4-point GPA? How does Booth normalize different scales?
* Sena Agawu: You do not need to convert your GPA as part of your application. We review all applications with the knowledge that varying scales exist.
Guest: Hi! I have a question regarding the TOEFL requirement, what is the minimum total score required? And, is there a per-section score requirement (Reading, writing, speaking, listening)?
* Sena Agawu: Please see this link to the test minimums: https://www.chicagoBooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/international/english-exams
Guest: In the event of admissions to the Booth Full-Time program, how soon can the potential student engage with Career services to search for a pre-MBA internship?
* Carlos Gooden: The summer before your first semester, Career Services sends information on preparing for Booth. This also includes information on Startup Summer: https://polsky.uchicago.edu/programs-events/start-up-summer/. Once you get to campus for orientation, the introductions are made to create the relationship with Career Services moving forward.
Guest: When looking for a job during the MBA. What tools does Booth offer?
* Nicole Chen: Chicago Booth has many resources to help students with their job search, including but not limited to a robust Career Services Office, professional student-led groups, and experiential learning opportunities and centers. More information on our Career Services can be found on our website: https://www.chicagoBooth.edu/programs/full-time/career
Guest: What are the key pillars that admissions are looking at when evaluating applicants?
* Carlos Gooden: The review process is truly holistic here at Booth. There are a variety of touchpoints reviewed during the evaluation process. I encourage you to put together the best admissions application that showcases your background, experiences, and goals overall.
Guest: Regarding general management careers (e.g., rotational / leadership development programs), what companies or industries does Booth have particularly strong relationships with? (e.g., hotels, CPG, etc.)
* Carlos Gooden: For more information regarding management careers and companies, please visit: https://www.chicagoBooth.edu/alumni/career-services
Guest: Hello! I have been trying to find more information regarding the recent STEM certification received by 2 of the concentrations at Booth. Could you please tell me more about them? And, how they impact students and alumni? Thank you very much!
* Sena Agawu: The STEM eligible concentrations are designated STEM-eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) purposes. International graduates on F-1 student visas who earn these concentrations may be eligible to apply for an additional 24 months of training through work experience.
Guest: For applicants that work in less common industries, do we need to explain the nuances and importance of different aspects of our work experience?
* Sena Agawu: There is ample space in the application to explain your professional background, both in the 'employment' section, as well as through one of the essays. We do find it helpful to receive some context as to why you're pursuing a MBA, and how it will help you advance professionally.
Guest: Does Booth have a stated policy on its consideration of the AWA and IR sections of the GMAT?
* Lizzie Seidenstricker: There is no stated policy, but AWA and IR scores are taken into consideration in our review process.
Guest: How do you sign up for classes? Is it a bidding system? How does that work for mandatory classes?
* Cat Goodin: Hi there! There is only one required course at Chicago Booth which is LEAD, and you begin this during orientation with your cohort. We utilize a bidding system for students to sign up for courses. This allows students to be able to take all the courses they are most interested in throughout their time here.
Guest: During my on-campus tour two weeks ago, I heard several of the students (who were conducting the tour) briefly speak about risk to reward opportunities especially with respect to their experience with bidding on classes. Is the risk to reward concept something that is part of the Booth culture?
* Cat Goodin: Hi there. This is only seen through the bidding system, because current students use points to bid on the courses that they want to take over the two years. As current students complete courses, they earn more points to bid on for the next quarter. The bidding system helps students to take all the classes they want to explore. During your time at Booth, you will have the opportunity to take the courses you are most interested in, but you may not be able to take your most sought out courses in your first quarter or two.
Guest: Can you speak about being an International student with a spouse and family? Is there a support system for them? Are there ways for them to get involved?
* Cat Goodin: Hi and thank you for your question! There is support for all students with partners and families. We have multiple student-led groups to support these such as the Partners Group and POLO group (Parents of Little Ones). Both groups organize initiatives so that partners of Booth students feel supported and have a community around them in addition to other Booth students.
Guest: What if I know someone who will make a great recommendation, but they didn't attend business school? Do you prefer recommendation letters from business school graduates?
* Anna Chalfin: We recommend you choose a recommender who can best speak to your professional experience, so completely it is fine if they do not have an MBA.
Guest: Hi, thanks for hosting this chat! Regarding resume updates for waitlisted applicants, would the new leadership positions in volunteer organizations be appropriate to add (outside of updates to work experience)? Additionally, is there any recommendation on whether we should bold or highlight updates, or just submit an updated resume as if it was the "first" submission"?
* Carlos Gooden: Hi there. Thank you for your continued interest in Booth. I advise you to create criteria for what is a 'meaningful' update. With that said, if there were some meaningful and updates not included in the original essay, then certainly feel free to include those items in your updated submission.
Guest: Are there any extended visits that Booth holds throughout the year such as women's weekend or something similar?
* Lizzie Seidenstricker: Booth offers two Booth Live visits a year, which are expanded Campus Visit Programs experiences. We also offer a Diversity Day once a year. You can find more information about our offerings on our website: https://www.chicagoBooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/visit
Guest: Can you provide more information on how female students are engaged on campus? Are there resources (clubs, classes, conferences) that help women develop their leadership skills?
* Cat Goodin: Hi and thank you for your question! We have a number of initiatives on campus for female students. CWiB is our Chicago Women in Business Student-led group. We are also an active partner with the Forte Foundation for current female students at Booth and host the Booth Women Connect Conference in Chicago every year.
Guest: Hello! While there's always an adjustment period when starting any educational program, are there any recommendations to really hit the ground running? Additionally, what resources are available to provide help in student success from the start of the MBA program?
* Lizzie Seidenstricker: In your first few weeks on campus, you’d participate in our guided orientation and our Leadership and Development class (LEAD). Both programs are a great way to ease yourself into the Booth community and begin to engage with the network around you. Also, as soon as you’re on campus you’ll have access to all the support teams in the program, including Career Services, Academic Services, student career coaches, student academic advisors, etc.
Guest: Is there an advantage to submitting application earlier in Round 2 rather than closer to the deadline?
* Lizzie Seidenstricker: Applications will not be reviewed until after the Round 2 deadline, so there is no advantage to submitting before the deadline.
Guest: Does Booth offer electives in law? Working in healthcare finance and strategy, I have consistently felt the need for some formal law education along with other subjects of business.
* Nicole Chen: Full-Time MBA students at Booth have the opportunity to take classes at other professional graduate schools at the University of Chicago, including the Law School.
Guest: Are you able to derive GMAT IR and AWA scores from the GRE results?
* Kate Hoffman: We convert all GRE scores to its GMAT equivalent for the evaluation process. We do not have a preference for either exam, so take the one that is right for you.
Guest: Hi admissions team, I will have a promotion in January, but the official announcement will beyond Round 2 deadline. Can I still put it in the application? Or, should I send a working experience update after the deadline?
* Anna Chalfin: You could include this information in the optional essay, explaining the circumstance of your pending promotion. You can also send updates regarding your application to admissions@chicagoBooth.edu after the deadline. For information submitted after the deadline, we are happy to add it to your file and will take it into consideration, though we cannot guarantee it will be reviewed depending on where we are in the review process.
Guest: Could you talk about the expanded leadership curriculum a bit more?
* Nicole Chen: The expanded leadership curriculum provides a supportive community of professional coaches and facilitators to focus on tailored personal development and learning from experience through experimentation and observation. The courses range from a Leadership Practicum that builds more traditional skill sets, such as developing credibility, coaching others, and communicating a shared vision, to the innovative Leadership Studio, which will take students into a rehearsal hall and fieldwork to help them recognize, harness, and deploy their own leadership qualities. More information on the leadership curriculum can be found on our website as well as our Booth Admissions blog: https://www.chicagoBooth.edu/blog/ftadmissions/2019/new-Booth-courses-and-curriculum-enhancements
Guest: Hello! With regards to the GRE, how do you compare applications with GRE to applications with GMAT? Do you use any type of GRE to GMAT conversion like the ETS-provided converter or do you compare scores in some other way?
* Colin Davis: Fortunately, we've been accepting GRE scores for the past several years. As part of the review, we do utilize conversion tools and stay up-to-date with both ETS and GMAC organizations.
Guest: Can you highlight any major differences in post-graduate career planning services given to Full-Time MBA Program vs. Part-Time MBA Program?
* Kate Hoffman: All our MBA programs have the same access and support from Career Services. Part-Time MBA students are not looking to pivot or change careers as much as Full-Time MBA students, so the way that students may use Career Services can be different, but the resources and options are the same otherwise.
Guest: How frequently does Booth host student hosted events in India?
* Anna Chalfin: Students host events in the winter and summertime all over the world. The exact locations depend on students available to host. Most sessions, we do have a winter and summer student-hosted event in India. You can always check for upcoming events here: https://www.chicagoBooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/events
Guest: Is it okay to have someone, who is not my direct supervisor, write my recommendation letter if they have only been working with me for a short period of time?
* Cat Goodin: Hi and thanks for your question! This is ok, please make sure to clarify why you have chosen someone besides your direct supervisor in the option essay portion of the application.
Guest: Hi, thank you for hosting the chat. How much weight does the committee place on having a letter of recommendation from a current supervisor? I will have letters from former supervisors, but I don’t want to ask my current supervisor, since I am worried that signaling my intention to end my employment would negatively affect our working relationship. However, if my application is negatively affected (even on the margin) by not providing the current supervisors recommendation, then I might reconsider.
* Kate Hoffman: We completely understand there are situations where getting a letter of recommendation from a current supervisor could jeopardize a promotion or create a tension in a workplace. Do not worry, this does not negatively impact your application at all. We just ask that you provide an explanation for the reason you are not using a current supervisor as one of your recommenders.
Guest: I am interested in one of the STEM courses as a major, can I choose the program once I get accepted or should I indicate before?
* Lizzie Seidenstricker: We offer two STEM designated concentrations at Chicago Booth. Concentrations are areas of study to concentrate your class schedule around, but they are different from undergraduate majors. You do not need to indicate your intended concentrations in your application.
Guest: I spoke to an admissions advisor about recommendation letters. I believe I can submit more than the required two, and the third could be a personal reference. Just want to confirm I'm recalling the details of that conversation correctly, and what sort of content or topic would be good for a personal reference to focus on?
* Nicole Chen: We only require and ask for two letters of recommendation. While you may submit a third, there is no guarantee that it will be reviewed.
Guest: I scored a lower TOEFL score than the one requires but there are no more available dates before Round 2 deadline. Can I apply and then take the TOEFL again?
* Sena Agawu: You are welcome to take the test again and send us an updated score. However, we can't guarantee that it'll be received in time as we will begin to review applications shortly after the deadline passes.
Guest: Hello, can you speak about scholarships in Round 2 in comparison to Round 1? Does Round 2 have fewer scholarships?
* Anna Chalfin: Scholarships are highly competitive and merit-based in general. Possibilities of receiving a scholarship are typically equal during Round 1 and Round 2 based on the applicants overall.
Guest: Hi, I would like to know if Booth intends to expend STEM to other concentrations?
* Carlos Gooden: Currently, we have no updates, but our faculty and staff are constantly reviewing our curriculum for updates. We will be sure to keep you posed for any updates as they are made. Please note that many students graduate with multiple concentrations as a result of our flexible curriculum.
Guest: Hi, for a candidate on the waitlist, asides uploading the video, what other steps would you advise that should be taken to help scale through the waitlist procedure successfully?
* Cat Goodin: Hi and thank you for your question. Besides the waitlist video, you are welcome to update your resume and test scores if anything has changed.
Guest: For merit scholarships, is there any disadvantage to applying in Round 2?
* Cat Goodin: Hi and thank you for your question. There are no disadvantages to apply in any of the Rounds at Chicago Booth.
Guest: Hello, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. When reviewing an application, what are some of the most important non-quantitative traits (I.e., not GMAT/GPA/Etc.) that you look for in an applicant? Are there certain personality traits that you believe lead to success in the MBA program?
* Nicole Chen: The Admissions Committee takes the entire application into consideration, without any one part having more importance than other part. This includes quantitative aspects, but also the applicant's short answer responses, letters of recommendation, and professional experiences.
Guest: Hi admissions team, will there be a transcript of today’s event?
* Kimberly Epps: Hi! Yes, transcripts will be available on our website within 1 week.
Guest: Outside of the LEAD course, what leadership classes/curriculum does Booth offer?
* Cat Goodin: Beyond LEAD, the Leadership and Effectiveness Development office offers several leadership courses at Booth. The classes provide a supportive community of professional coaches and facilitators to focus on tailored personal development and learning from experience through experimentation and observation. The courses range from a Leadership Practicum that builds more traditional skill sets, such as developing credibility, coaching others, and communicating a shared vision, to the innovative Leadership Studio, which will take students into a rehearsal hall and fieldwork to help them recognize, harness, and deploy their own leadership qualities.
Guest: My qualification of being a Chartered Accountant? should I consider it a professional or a master's degree? How do I convey that?
* Anna Chalfin: This can be included in the additional certificate area of the application.
Guest: Would GMAT analytical writing score play a role for evaluating the candidate?
* Kimberly Epps: Hi! Yes, your entire application will play a role in your Chicago Booth admissions evaluation.
Guest: Hi everyone! Thanks for taking the time out today. As an international student, what type of support is provided (apart from Scholarships) in terms of getting loans? Is there a loan without cosigner available?
* Lizzie Seidenstricker: Chicago Booth provides financing opportunities for all students, regardless of their citizenship, or whether they have a US cosigner. More information regarding the loan program will be made available to students via the admitted student's website, upon admission to the program.
Guest: Do you have a policy around deferred enrollments for admitted students?
* Anna Chalfin: Deferred admission is rare but is granted on a case-by-case basis. After admissions, the student would submit a form to be considered by the committee.
Guest: Hi! On average what percentage of waitlisted students are admitted?
* Nicole Chen: The percentage varies from year to year.
Guest: Hi guys, is there a recommended number of years of work experience applicants should have prior to applying to Booth?
* Kimberly Epps: Hi! Most of our applicants have an average of 4 years of work experience when they apply.
Guest: Is it worth mentioning in the optional essay that I would be willing to retake the GMAT again if required by Admissions?
* Carlos Gooden: Hello! That space is there for you to use as you see fit. There are not limitations or guidelines. Feel free to use the optional essay to supplement your admissions application in the way you choose. I hope this is helpful.
Guest: Can I have more than one concentration?
* Anna Chalfin: Yes, students typically graduate with ~3-4 concentrations.
Guest: I want to also confirm that for the MBA/MPP dual degree, the deadline is January 7th. I’m not able to wait for Round 3 to submit my application, is that correct?
* Carlos Gooden: If you are currently an MPP student, you are able to apply for Round 3. If you are new to UChicago, then you are correct that Round 2 (January 7th) is your deadline.
Guest: Thanks for answering our questions! I have two questions: 1) What resources are there for students interested in social impact? 2) I'm retaking the GMAT close to the application deadline, and the AWA score won't be available. Is it okay to leave that blank on the application?
* Sena Agawu: The Rustandy Center is a great resource on campus for students interested in learning/ studying more about social impact. Secondly, we suggest that you submit your scores without the AWA and add that information in later.
Guest: As a reapplicant, do I have to submit 2 new letters of recommendation or can I reuse one of them?
* Colin Davis: A reapplicant is still is a fresh candidate, who has had more time to reflect on their motivation for getting an MBA. Therefore, chances are that some things are different from when you applied the first time. Applicants should still submit two letter of recommendations that can give good examples of your work and potential. Reapplicants can ask the same recommenders from the previous application but realize it will be important that they write updated letters on your behalf.
Guest: Hi, I wanted to know if the culture at Booth is collaborative and close knit since students likely won't be in the same classes most of the time?
* Lizzie Seidenstricker: This is a great question to ask our students directly, using our Connect With A Student Tool: https://apply.chicagoBooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer
I’m confident that they will tell you the ability to craft your own schedule helps you make the most of your two years in many ways, including building your ideal community. Because you’re not put into a lock-step system, the entire community is immediately open to you.
Guest: Hi, I'm age 30 and have 7 years working experience, how would you evaluate me different from your average class profile (28 years old with 5 years of work experience).
* Cat Goodin: Hi there! We publish the average age of the current student class on the website, but please keep in mind this is the average. We have students at a wide range of ages currently at Chicago Booth.
Guest: What is the best resources Booth offers in learning about Fintech?
* Colin Davis: Two great resources are the Polsky Center, which hosts a fintech competition, as well as a fintech Council. Our fintech student group, which hosted an online chat last spring. See the chat transcript here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/mba/full-time/admissions/events/online-chats/2019-04-22-tech-fintech-landing
Guest: Hello admissions team, would you please kindly post the link to transcripts later, so we can easily find them from the website? Thanks!
* Kimberly Epps: Hi! Yes, you can find the transcripts here: https://www.chicagoBooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/events/online-chats
Guest: Regarding the downtown Gleacher Center are Full-Time MBA students able to take courses there? If so, is it available for a large number of courses or more for exceptional circumstances?
* Cat Goodin: Hi there! Full-Time MBA students are able to take courses in the Gleacher center. Most courses are offered on both campuses throughout the year.
Guest: Thank you for answering our questions. Would the admissions committee look unfavorably or favorably at post MBA goals that are related to industries that represent small sections of the class (e.g., real estate)?
* Nicole Chen: The Booth Full-Time MBA program has students from a large variety of professional backgrounds, with equally diverse career goals. The Admissions Committee is interested in learning about your specific goals and what has led you to them.
Guest: Hi all, I would like to know more about the opportunities available pursuing a career as a Product Manager after MBA?
* Nicole Chen: Booth provides several resources for students interested in pursuing Product Management after graduation, which include Career Services and student-led professional groups. We would recommend connecting with a current student to learn more about these opportunities: https://apply.chicagoBooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer
Guest: Students having a company with size of 4 people. Are they disadvantaged in any way?
* Sena Agawu: No, applicants with a multitude of professional backgrounds are welcome to submit their application to Booth.
Guest: In the Employment section of the application, how is the compensation verified? As an independent consultant I bill an hourly rate, which for the application I calculated the total yearly compensation based on average monthly hours worked. Is this ok?
* Sena Agawu: Yes, that is ok.
Guest: What suggestions could you give to an applicant in waitlist besides from submitting the 60 second video?
* Nicole Chen: The Waitlist FAQ sheet provides more information on navigating the waitlist process. We recommend reflecting on areas where the Admissions Committee may have questions and addressing those in your supplemental video.
Guest: Hi, does Booth prioritize certain kinds of work experience over others? Thanks!
* Kate Hoffman: We see all types of work experience in all types of industries and do not prioritize certain kinds. Mostly, we are interested in what your career trajectory has been, the skills you've gained, leadership experiences you've had, potential you show for further growth, as well as how your previous work ties into what you want to do post-MBA.
Guest: Are there folks in their early 30s who are part of the Full-Time MBA program?
* Carlos Gooden: Hello, we do have students in their early 30s as part of the Full-Time MBA.
Guest: Hi! Out of curiosity, are second-year students involved in career support and recruiting guidance for first-year students?
* Sena Agawu: Yes, some second-year students are career coaches and participate in supporting first-year students in the recruitment process.
Guest: Hi, regarding STEM-eligible concentrations: How likely is it to get the additional 24 months to work in the US? Are there specific companies that we would have to work at to get the extension?
* Sena Agawu: Unfortunately, that process is handled by the employer and we are unable to guarantee graduates that employment. However, there are staff in the career office who are available to help all applicants explore their post-MBA employment options.
Guest: In considering waitlisted candidates, are they sometimes required to be interviewed again.
* Sena Agawu: No, waitlisted candidates are not interviewed for a second time.
Guest: What are the IELTS score and GMAT score requirements?
* Nicole Chen: There is no minimum GMAT score requirement to apply for the Full-Time MBA program. The minimum IELTS score requirement is 7.
Guest: Hi, my question is about the Booth Scholars Program. Are there any resources available to admits prior to matriculating?
* Carlos Gooden: Absolutely. There are a variety of programming opportunities and networking engagements (including faculty speakers and receptions) that occur for Booth Scholars. They happen in Chicago and across the country.
Guest: Hello! Thanks for having this online chat. Is it possible to take courses after finishing the MBA? In other words, are there online materials that are available for alumni?
* Anna Chalfin: Hello! Yes, alumni can take up to 3 courses for free. There are also many other opportunities for learning experiences as alumni outside of courses.
Guest: Hi, thanks for your time! I have a question regarding recommendations. I planned to use my current supervisor, but he has decided to leave the company and spend some time at home with his family. What can I do in this situation? His supervisor knows me well, but we meet every 6 months or so and he is not informed of what I do on everyday basis (I work from an office in Eastern Europe, he is based in California). There are a few more people, who see me every day and can evaluate my performance. My concern is that they are not my supervisors and hold the same positions as mine but in different departments. Would it be okay to get both recommendations from “same level” managers? Thank you!
* Sena Agawu: Yes, while your first recommender should be from someone who has supervised you, we welcome recommenders from colleagues and professional peers as well. Since your direct supervisor has left, you can always ask for a letter from them, and then indicate on the application your relationship with them, including that they recently left the company. You should be able to detail why you're still requesting a letter from them.
Guest: Hi, how students fund any international treks and trips? Is there some support for these?
* Cat Goodin: Hi there! Student fund these in a number of ways, but please keep in mind that not all students pursue international treks and trips. Random Walk is a great way to get to know your classmates in a small group before orientation begins, but there are a number of affordable Random Walks within the United States as well. This includes a Chicago Random Walk!
Guest: Hi! I would like to know what are the GRE and TOEFL average scores you expect applicants to have?
* Nicole Chen: We do not have a published average GRE score, but our average GMAT score for the Class of 2021 was 730. The minimum TOEFL score requirement is 104.
Guest: Follow up to a previous question about pre-MBA internships: The Startup Summer looks very interesting for entrepreneurship. Are there formal channels to pursue a pre-MBA internship in the consulting industry?
* Anna Chalfin: Startup summer is the only pre-MBA internship we formally coordinate through Booth. There are a variety of different roles within these startups, so there may be some positions closely aligned with consulting.
Guest: Sorry if I missed the answer to this question earlier. The deadline to apply for the dual MBA/MPP degree is January 7th, is that correct?
* Lizzie Seidenstricker: The deadline to apply to Chicago Booth in Round 2 is January 7th. You can confirm with the Harris School for the deadline to their application. You will need to submit an application to each program separately.
Guest: Thank you for the time today! is it possible to take classes at other departments of the university?
* Cat Goodin: Hi there! You’ll have the opportunity to take up to 6 courses at other schools at the University of Chicago while pursuing your MBA.
Guest: Hi, this is regarding the Booth Scholars Program. Does the admissions committee have any requirements for recommendations (e.g., 1 academic and 1 from an internship)? Can we choose to have two different professors for perspectives on academics and campus involvement respectively?
* Sena Agawu: At least one letter needs to be from a professional recommender. The second one can also be a professional one, but it is alright if it is from a professor.
Guest: Can you expand on the international trek opportunities? Can anyone organize a trek? Are they tied to specific classes or clubs?
* Nicole Chen: There are many international trek opportunities available at Booth, including those led by Career Services, associated with specific courses, and organized by students. More information on some of these can be found on our Booth Experience blog: http://theBoothexp.com/category/trips-and-treks/
Guest: Regarding International Programs, where can I find the list of the 30 International Business Exchange Program (IBEP) universities?
* Lizzie Seidenstricker: The programs may be subject to change, but here are our currently available locations.
Guest: How does the admissions committee view re-applicants whose career goals changed?
* Nicole Chen: Every year, the Admissions Committee reviews and admits reapplicants, including some whose career goals have shifted since their previous application. The Committee will be interested in learning how and why your career goals have changed, and how an MBA continues to play into your career trajectory.
Guest: Does the academic calendar and course schedule allow the flexibility to pursue additional graduate degrees (Non-JD or MPP) at University of Chicago? (e.g., Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering)
* Kate Hoffman: Typically, if you want to pursue two degrees from the University of Chicago at the same time it would need to be in a joint degree capacity. There is an MBA/MD from the Pritzker School of Medicine. Aside from that, students at Booth can take up to six courses at UChicago professional and graduate program.
Guest: I would like to know the concrete structure or rule for Full-Time MBA students to take classes at other departments. Could you tell me the link of the information? (availability to take credits annually etc.)
* Sena Agawu: Students can take up to 6 courses while a student at Booth. https://www.chicagoBooth.edu/programs/taking-courses-at-Booth/faq
Guest: As a lawyer applying to the Full-Time MBA, do I have any disadvantages verses people with experience in finance, consulting, etc.?
* Kate Hoffman: No, we welcome candidates from all industries, including law. It is important to us to have diverse perspectives in the classroom and that includes those outside of the traditional business fields.
Guest: Regarding the ability to take courses in other departments, a student I spoke with mentioned they may run on different class schedules (specifically the law school). Does this ever conflict with On Campus Recruiting, and if so, are there common workarounds/solutions students come up with? Thanks again for hosting.
* Carlos Gooden: Negative, the calendars with other departments do not cause issues with on-campus recruiting.
Guest: Hello, is there any kind of support for students working on startups of entrepreneurship projects during their internships. Also, does the Chico Pardo Scholarship is given to a single student? If so, is it given in a specific Round?
* Lizzie Seidenstricker: The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship is a great resource for our current students working on start-ups during their MBA. https://polsky.uchicago.edu/
Scholarships offers are never specified to a specific Round.
Guest: Is there financial support for students who work on their startup during the summer?
* Carlos Gooden: Hello. All students who participate in the summer startup receive a stipend from Booth.
Guest: If the re-applicant's career goal or status quo has not been changed since the last application, how do they tackle on the re-application?
* Lizzie Seidenstricker: Use your re-applicant essay to tell us how you’ve grown since your previous application. That doesn’t need to be changes in your career goals, it can be in any ways you feel are relevant to us.
Guest: Hi, I applied for my Full-Time MBA and I 'm currently on the waitlist. One of my guides during the application process pursued her Weekend MBA at Booth. However, I was skeptical about taking a Shape the Class recommendation from her during my application process since we will be pursuing different programs. I was wondering if the recommender must pursue the same course at Booth or can it be different? Would you prefer that a Full-Time MBA student/alum refer a prospective Full-Time MBA student?
* Sena Agawu: A STC referral can come from a current Booth student in either program. Receiving one from a student in the Evening-Weekend Program won't unnecessarily disadvantage you.
Guest: How many times does Booth host the student led events in India?
* Nicole Chen: The number of student-led events in India varies year to year. Our list of upcoming events will be continually updated on our website: https://www.chicagoBooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/events
Guest: Hi there. I'm curious regarding the LEAD courses. Is it held by faculty?
* Sena Agawu: LEAD courses are facilitated by second-year students.
Guest: What are some recommendations you would give students who are currently on the waitlist and want to get out of it?
* Nicole Chen: The Waitlist FAQ sheet provides more information on navigating the waitlist process.
Guest: What are the best resources to learn more about incoming students looking to make a career pivot?
* Sena Agawu: Connecting with a Current Student is a great way to learn more about others who are current students and made a career pivot. You can reach out to our current students here: https://apply.chicagoBooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer
Guest: Are students allowed to reapply? We will work on ourselves to become a stronger candidate. I am just wondering if there is a maximum amount of times that students can apply.
* Sena Agawu: Applicants are welcome to reapply to Booth. We do not have a maximum number of times a student can apply.
Guest: One of the main reasons I want to attend MBA program is to change industry. I’m one of a very successful admin./managements at my current industry (international education), but I don’t want to continue. I’m not sure what industry I would like to get in as I expect MBA will serve as a way for me to further explore options. In this case, what advices do you have for me regarding application preparation?
* Nicole Chen: More information on application requirements can be found on our website. The application asks why you are interested in pursuing an MBA and how it aligns with your career goals.
Guest: For younger applicants (early 20s), are there situations where work experience/tenure is weighted less than other factors like GMAT score?
* Carlos Gooden: Hello. Our admissions review process is truly holistic. We look at a variety of data points and experiences.
Guest: Is there a STEM eligible concentrate?
* Nicole Chen: Our Business Analytics and Analytic Finance concentrations are STEM eligible. More information can be found on our website: theBoothexp.com/2019/11/stem-certification-what-it-says-about-Booth-and-what-it-means-for-international-students/
Guest: What kind of activities can partners/spouses participate at Booth?
* Sena Agawu: There is a partners club at Booth, and spouses/partners are welcome to accompany Booth students on various trips. There are also some specific random walks for spouses.
Guest: I am interested in doing research during my MBA, is there a path for me to do this at Booth?
* Cat Goodin: Hello! You have the option to research during your MBA. These opportunities are filtered through the University of Chicago on the website.
Guest: Hi! I am applying to both the Analytic Finance and regular Finance program. And I was wondering if there is anything that distinguish what you're looking for in the applicant applying to either of the programs? Thanks beforehand!
* Carlos Gooden: Hi! Great question. There is one program (the MBA program) with several concentrations for students to choose based on the courses they choose. With that said, continue to put together your best application based on your experiences and goals.
Guest: Thank you for this chat.
* Kimberly Epps: Thank you. Enjoy your day.
Guest: Are there any course exemptions or future exemption considerations for a CFA charterholder pursuit an MBA at Booth?
* Kimberly Epps: Hello! Currently there are no exemptions or plans for exemption consideration for CFA charterholders.
Senior Assistant Director of Enrollment Strategy
Kimberly Epps joined Chicago Booth’s Full-Time Admissions Office in July 2015. Kim is Assistant Director on the Outreach Team and is responsible for the Campus Visit Program and Booth Live events. Prior to Booth, Kim worked in the non-profit sector and has held positions at American Bar Association and American Library Association. Born and raised in Chicago, Kim received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Governors State University and a Meeting, Convention and Exhibition Management Certificate from Roosevelt University. Kim volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House near the University of Chicago Comer Hospital. You can catch Kim on the sidelines cheering on her son at various sporting events in her spare time.
Associate Director, Enrollment Strategy
Anna joined the Full-Time MBA Admissions team in October 2018 and sits on the Enrollment Strategy team. Anna's focus is engaging alumni in the admissions process, along with serving on the Full-Time Admissions Committee. Prior to Chicago Booth, Anna worked at UChicago's Office of Career Advancement on the Employer Relations and Development team. In this role, Anna partnered with tech and healthcare organizations recruiting undergraduates at the University. Anna earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. After graduation, she worked as a consultant and then taught English abroad in Prague, Czech Republic.
Associate Director, Diversity Outreach
Sena joined the Full-Time Admissions team in the fall of 2019. In addition to serving as part of the admissions committee she works with the Enrollment Strategy Team on diversity outreach initiatives. She is responsible for the planning and execution of Diversity Day, Booth's on-campus event for prospective students from underrepresented backgrounds. Prior to Chicago Booth, Sena oversaw the diversity recruitment initiatives for all Master’s and Doctoral programs at the University of Chicago. She earned her Master’s degree in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies from Dickinson College. In her spare time, Sena enjoys exploring the restaurants and museums of Chicago, riding her bike along the lake, and spending time with her partner, Will, and their cat, Oscar.
Senior Associate Director of Admissions Marketing
Kate joined Booth’s Full-Time Admissions team in April, 2015. She works on integrated marketing and communication projects for the full time MBA program, serves as part of the Admissions Committee, and works closely with the Booth Experience Fellows. Kate comes to admissions from Chicago Booth’s marketing department, where she was a writer and editor for two and a half years. She has been in Chicago since 2006 and spent nearly six years writing for Dream Town Realty, a Chicago-based real estate company. Kate previously lived in Michigan where she worked for a number of local publications including Real Detroit, The Oakland Press, and the Ferndale Mirror. She has a bachelor's in advertising and master's in journalism from Michigan State University.
Associate Director, Student Recruitment
Nicole serves on the Admissions Committee, focusing on operations and alumni engagement. Prior to Chicago Booth, Nicole worked in the University of Chicago Office of Career Advancement as a career advisor for the UChicago Careers in STEM program. In this role, she advised undergraduate students through the internship and job search processes and graduate school applications. Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Asian Studies at the University of Michigan and holds a Master of Education degree in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also worked in the Admissions Office. Nicole lives in Lincoln Park and spends most of her time trying new restaurants and going to random events around the city. She also enjoys reading, dancing, traveling, and cheering on Michigan sports teams.
Associate Director of Admissions Marketing
Lizzie joined the admissions team in June 2015. She serves as a part of the admissions committee and works to develop creative content for various Booth communication channels. She also works closely with The Booth Experience Fellows. Prior to joining Booth, Lizzie attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned her bachelor’s degree in strategic communication and communication arts. After graduation, she worked as a freelance videographer/editor for various companies around Milwaukee. In her spare time, Lizzie works as part of the production team for the WBEZ podcast PleasureTown.
Assistant Director, Enrollment Strategy
Cat Goodin joined the Full-Time Admissions team in the fall of 2018. In addition to serving as part of the admissions committee she works with the Enrollment Strategy Team on global outreach and events. She is responsible for the planning and execution of the First Day, Booth's admitted student weekend. Prior to Chicago Booth, Cat oversaw the daily operations of a Target location in the Greater Chicago Area. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Event Management from Indiana University where she spent her time volunteering for the Indiana University Student Foundation as a Steering Committee member.
Director, Student Recruitment
Carlos supports the strategic recruitment efforts related to enrollment which includes providing leadership to the admissions committee. Prior to joining Booth, Carlos has worked in college admissions for over 11 years in enrollment strategy, diversity recruitment, marketing, and orientation roles. As a proud native of Ohio, he attended The University of Toledo for undergraduate and graduate school. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Educational Leadership where his research centers around admissions policies and their impacts at urban institutions.