January 23, 2020 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: Dear Chicago Booth Admissions, I really love the school and want to be attend Booth next August. Given that I'm currently waitlisted is there anything that could help me support my case? I recently got a change in my salary and title. how can I add this information to my application? Would email be fine or is it not allowed? Thank you.
* Sena Agawu: Good afternoon. You are welcome to send us any updates to your application as they occur. Feel free to send an email to email@example.com and we will attach it to your application.
Guest: How do admissions view a job switch a few months prior to the application deadline? Will this significantly hurt an application, even if the job is in the applicants desired path?
* John Lim: Thanks for your question! Job switch a few months prior to the application deadline will not necessarily help nor hinder your application. The Admissions Committee looks at any career move in context (why an applicant decided to switch roles/jobs) and does not view job switches one way or another without that additional information taken into the consideration.
Guest: Good afternoon, I am an aspiring MBA candidate from India. I have graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. I have also completed my Chartered Accountancy, which is a professional qualification, from the institute of Chartered Accountants of India. As part of the Chartered Accountancy course every student is required to complete a 3-year work with a Chartered Accountancy firm to be eligible to sit for the final exam. This work experience is called as an articleship. I have done my articleship with Ernst and Young Firm. The title given for each year working is given as: intern 1, intern 2, and intern 3. However, it is nothing like an internship. We work 9 hours a day for 5-7 days a week. We hold same responsibilities as a full-time employee would. I have completed one year of my articleship before my graduation and the remaining two after my graduation. Would the 2 years after my graduation count as work experience? This is not a global FAQ hence it’s difficult to find an answer for this. Thank you for your prompt response.
* Carlos Gooden: Under the employment area of the application, you are able to outline any particle experience you've received. This is in addition to details you provide on your resume. You will also find adequate writing space to outline or clarify any parts of the application. If you choose to elaborate more on the articleship, you can certainly provide that information there as well.
Guest: When do we hear about interview invites? Is there support for tech recruiting for those who want to go into tech after their MBA?
* Nicole Chen: Invitations to interview will be sent out by the end of January. Booth has numerous resources for students interested in pursuing careers in tech. These include support from Career Services to prepare for recruiting and connections to networking opportunities, the student-led Technology Group, and experiential learning opportunities, among others.
Guest: what can waitlisted students do to improve their chances of admissions?
* Audrey Sova: Make sure that you're submitting the waitlist materials that are requested of you.
Guest: What is the main goal of the interview portion of the admissions process? Is it more behavioral focused, case focused, or something else?
* Eddie Pulliam: We are just trying to understand your goals and your familiarity with our program. We have no set "style" of interviewing.
Guest: What is that one thing that you find most unique about Booth vs. other schools?
* Nicole Chen: Our website highlights many ways that the Chicago Booth experience is unique, including our flexible curriculum, supportive community, and the Chicago Approach to learning. We also encourage you to connect with current students to learn more about what drew them to Booth: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer
Guest: I just started to prepare for my GMAT and TOEFL. My first question is: what does the flexibility at Booth offer?
* Sena Agawu: Good afternoon, the flexibility at Booth allows students to choose from many courses throughout their time on campus. In total, we have 13 concentrations. Students typically graduate from Booth with 2-3 concentrations.
Guest: Can you elaborate on what are the next steps of the admissions process after the submission of the application?
* Nicole Chen: After an application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee to determine whether the candidate will be invited to interview with us. If the candidate receives an invitation, they will conduct an admissions interview with a member of our community, then the application will be reviewed again by the Admissions Committee to receive a final admissions decision.
Guest: I am interested in the MBA Program, but I am leaning towards the Analytics program. Would I be able to take classes in data science or analytics aspects at Booth?
* Eddie Pulliam: Yes. There are specific tracks you can follow when you're here. The curriculum offers so much to choose from.
Guest: Hi, my question is regarding the internship opportunity. I am wondering if a student visa would allow me to take a summer internship or an in-quarter internship when I study at Booth. Thanks.
* Nicole Chen: Most students pursue internships in the summer between their two years at Booth, and some hold internships during the academic year. Students will need to talk with the Office of International Affairs and Career Services to understand where they can pursue internships based on their visa status.
Guest: would you recommend applying in round 3? Or should I wait until round 1 next year?
* Eddie Pulliam: We say apply when you are ready. If you feel your application isn't quite ready send it when all systems are go!
Guest: Dear all, I'm from Bogota, Colombia. Do you have any specific strategies related to international students enrollment and guidance about H-1B visa?
* John Lim: For specific questions for international students regarding H-1B visa, we encourage you to reach out to our Office of International Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org). We also encourage you to use our Connect with a Student tool to reach out to current students, who may come from the same country, to gain helpful advice and more targeted information about applying as an international student: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer
Guest: Hi! My question is for candidates that are currently on the waitlist. Are you looking for any updates from us in addition to the video we have submitted, or should an update only be if there is a significant change? Thanks!!
* Carlos Gooden: Indeed, the video is the submission/update we provide as an option. If you have any updates to resume, you are able to provide that additional information as well.
Guest: What are some tips you would have for those who are currently applying to the Booth deferment program for a Full-Time MBA in the future?
* Audrey Sova: No special tips or tricks for this application. Just make sure that you're submitting all components, taking the time to review, and demonstrating your interest in our program.
Guest: Good afternoon, do you take into consideration a master's degree GPA? Thank you for your time.
* Sena Agawu: Yes, we would look at grades earned in one's master’s degree program. We would also consider grades earned at one's undergraduate degree.
Guest: How can a student get involved with the Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence?
* Eddie Pulliam: Please use this link here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/research/applied-ai
Guest: Good afternoon! Could waitlisted applicants send any supportive materials to the Admissions office?
* Nicole Chen: Applicants on the waitlist are welcome to submit an updated resume or test score to the Admissions Office at any time. We do not require any additional materials from candidates on the waitlist.
Guest: Is it possible for a waitlisted student to re-visit campus and drop by the Admissions Office to speak with a member of the admissions staff?
* Carlos Gooden: We offer campus visits on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. While we are unable to provide direct feedback to students, you are more than welcome to join the campus visit program to learn more about Booth. As a candidate on the Waitlist, you may find the Waitlist FAQ to be helpful in terms of the next steps.
Guest: Thanks for doing this webinar. Does the one-page rule still apply for deferred MBA applicants? I'd like to make mine a little more comprehensive but don't want to break the rules.
* Carlos Gooden: Yes, it does.
Guest: Would you be interested to see a post-application "endorsement" from an alumnus that the applicant works closely with?
* Audrey Sova: Whether or not you choose to submit additional materials and endorsements is entirely up to you. Alumni can do this through the Shape the Class portal.
Guest: What kind of support does Booth offer in terms of recruiting primarily in banking and consulting?
* Eddie Pulliam: You'll be able to work with your career counselor and the Career Services office. They offer great support.
Guest: I am about to submit my application for the Round 3 of Full-Time MBA Program. Do I even have a chance?
* Nicole Chen: All applications in every round are reviewed and receive full consideration.
Guest: Hello, how competitive is the Booth Scholars Program compared to the regular Full-Time MBA Program?
* John Lim: For undergraduates considering deferred admission into our MBA program, Chicago Booth Scholars, our application process is equally competitive compared to the Full-Time Program. When the Admissions Committee reviews applications for any program, we always consider the applicant within the context of when they are applying. For undergrad applicants, we understand that many applicants are unlikely to have several years of work experience, and so we look at other aspects of an applicant, including extracurricular activities and other leadership opportunities. In short, we encourage you to apply when you are ready. For some individuals, that means you'll have more clarity as an undergraduate applicant. Other individuals may want to gain additional professional experience before applying, when they get additional clarity on their goals and why they want to earn an MBA.
Guest: Hello! I used to work in healthcare finance and left to join my family business. I'm now considering getting back into healthcare. How does Booth view family business experience? And is there a healthcare track for MBAs at Booth?
* Sena Agawu: We would likely consider experience at a family business as relevant. We would look at the type of work you did while there. And yes, there are options at Booth for individuals who are hoping to enter or re-enter into the healthcare industry.
Guest: How common is it for Booth students to take courses at other graduate schools?
* Audrey Sova: As a Booth student you can take up to six courses at other graduate schools across the University of Chicago. Many students opt to pursue these elective courses.
Guest: Good afternoon, how does Booth treat applicants that come from family businesses? What would you recommend in the case of recommendation letters? Should the employment by family business be disclosed during the application process?
* Sena Agawu: We would consider your experience valid, assuming it is an established company. As far as letters are concerned, we suggest requesting one from a client you've worked with, or from a direct supervisor who is not a family member. The employment should be disclosed as we would assume it would be on your resume.
Guest: I'm applying in Round 2 this year. February-March is the critical period for the project I'm leading. I have to decide on my team's business trip schedule quickly. (1) If I am invited for an interview, what week would it be for the on-campus interview? (2) Approximately, when can I know whether I am invited to the interview or not (around next week?) Thank you!
* Carlos Gooden: Interview information will be announced next week.
Guest: I work for a VC. While evaluating a startup founded by a Booth alum, I engaged with him over 2 months during diligence. Would an additional recommendation (apart from the usual LORs) help my application?
* Eddie Pulliam: Please remember we only ask for you to send in two LORs. A Booth alum can use shapetheclass.com.
Guest: Are there any scholarships available? If so, how flexible are they?
* Sena Agawu: Good afternoon, scholarships are awarded at the time of admissions. However, they are merit-based, not need based. They are additionally not guaranteed so we encourage applicants to explore all avenues of funding a MBA program.
Guest: Is it too late to start the application process for April if I have not yet taken the GMAT? Or is it still feasible to complete the (i) GMAT, (ii) application, (iii) essays, and (iv) interview in advance of the April deadline?
* Audrey Sova: Whether you're able to craft a strong application within the time frame can only be determined by you.
Guest: Do many students attend Booth to do a career switch? Or, is it mostly students looking to reach the next level in their career?
* Sena Agawu: We have many students who attend Booth in both areas. Those pivoting in their careers, and those looking to advance professionally in their current industries
Guest: For Round 2 Applicants, typically how long does it take to hear back regarding an invite to the interview?
* Eddie Pulliam: You should hear back in about 3 weeks.
Guest: Good afternoon. Are there any campus visits planned in the month of April?
* John Lim: Chicago Booth has campus visits throughout the academic year, including in April. Check our Visit Campus page to schedule your visit today! https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/visit
Guest: What is the average undergraduate GPA/GMAT score of students who are accepted?
* John Lim: The average GPA for our Class of 2021 is 3.6, with a GPA range of 2.7-4.0. The average GMAT for our Class of 2021 is 730, with a range of 610-790. However, there are no minimums required to apply. Chicago Booth provides these additional GPA and GMAT ranges to emphasize that our application review is holistic and includes a review of elements beyond test scores and undergraduate academic performance.
Guest: can you please elaborate on the key non-academical points you look for in applicants?
* Sena Agawu: When reviewing applicants, we look at the activities they are involved in, such as volunteer or service-based activities, professional organizations, etc.
Guest: How long after submission of the application would one expect to receive an interview invite decision?
* John Lim: Applicants should expect to receive an interview decision on their application within a month of applying.
Guest: Also, what is the minimum date the GMAT needs to be taken by, if the deadline for submission for undergraduate seniors is April 2nd? Is this just the 3rd round for regular admissions?
* Carlos Gooden: All application materials, including GMAT, must be received by the deadline for that round. Upon taking the GMAT, you receive the score immediately upon finishing the test. Since we accept self-reported scores at the time of admissions, you are able to provide them to admissions soon after.
Guest: Dear Members, Part of the application process required submission of recommendation letters. Is it compulsory to get the LOR from my most recent employer? The main reason behind this question is that I would be switching jobs in the month of February 2020 and I am not sure if my current manager would be able to explain the LOR requirement accurately.
* Audrey Sova: While we do note that one of your LORs should come from a current supervisor, if you choose to ask a different individual, please note the rationale in the additional information section of the application.
Guest: How much does the GMAT factor into admissions decision? I have a lower GMAT but higher GPA. You usually hear of higher GMAT offsetting GPA but not the other way around. What does Booth think about that?
* Sena Agawu: We review applications holistically. While the GMAT is considered as part of the application review process, we also consider one's GPA, letters of recommendations, essays, etc. A low GMAT score will not automatically ensure one's denial.
Guest: Would the support available from Career Services differ for those who are interested in complete career-switches versus those who are looking to remain within their industry?
* Eddie Pulliam: The career services office is equipped to help all our students with their searches.
Guest: How many classes could MBA student take outside of Booth (UChicago specifically) during the 2 years?
* Carlos Gooden: Students are able to take up to 6 courses at UChicago Graduate and Professional programs (outside of Booth).
Guest: Would you recommend applying for an MBA if I know my career goals, but do not have much work experience under my belt yet?
* John Lim: Many MBA candidates use the MBA to explore career and professional options. For our Chicago Booth Scholars deferred MBA applicants, students apply as undergraduates with limited work experience and then gain 2-4 years of professional experience before returning to Booth. However, the more clarity you have on your career goals and why you would want to earn an MBA, the stronger your application will be.
Guest: How heavily are applicant’s work experience, extracurricular, GMAT score, and previous education ranked/taken into consideration during the application process.
* Audrey Sova: We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications, which means that all elements of the application are given equal weight.
Guest: Are there any advantages in applying in round 1 vs. applying in round 2 or 3?
* Carlos Gooden: In Round 1 and Round 2, all applications are reviewed the same. Students who apply earlier do have the advantage of knowing their decision earlier which allows them time to plan earlier for their transition.
Guest: What is Booth's preference on taking the GMAT vs. GRE?
* Nicole Chen: Applicants can submit either a GMAT or GRE test score. They are both evaluated in the same way by the Admissions Committee.
Guest: How is the quality of applications been this year? Would spots for the 3rd round application in any way more limited than they otherwise would be?
* Audrey Sova: We treat all rounds equally, and the best round for you to apply is the round in which you're ready.
Guest: If my GMAT scores are not the best, but I want to show my quantitative competency, Would MBA Math be a good program to consider? Have you heard of this program from admitted students?
* Carlos Gooden: There are a variety of resources to inform students. Booth does not endorse a specific method for GMAT prep, but encourage you to research if that is a good fit for you.
Guest: If one realizes that he/she have made a mistake in the submitted application, can they report it to the Admissions Committee post submission?
* Nicole Chen: Please send an email to email@example.com and our team can assist you.
Guest: Is it possible to apply for an MBA evening or weekend while working at Chicago Booth if you come from abroad?
* Nicole Chen: To learn more about applying to the Booth Evening or Weekend MBA programs, please visit their page on the Booth website or email their Admissions team at: eveningweekend-admissions@ChicagoBooth.edu
Guest: Does your program offer internship/job placement opportunities?
* Carlos Gooden: Yes, through our Office of Career Services: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/alumni/career-services
Guest: Hi Could you please provide the range or the average of GRE score?
* John Lim: While Chicago Booth does not publish the GRE range, we do have an average GMAT score of 730 (Class of 2021), with a range of 610-790 (Class of 2021). For students seeking to take the GRE, we recommend using an online GRE/GMAT converter to provide a general ballpark of GRE score statistics.
Guest: While applying to the Full-Time MBA Program, are all prospective students from India required to take the TOEFL / IELTS / PTE?
* Carlos Gooden: Students who attended an institution where English was the primary language of instruction are exempt.
Guest: Thank you for hosting this Q&A! A weakness of my application is that I spent years in medical school whereas other applicants found enriching career opportunities more geared toward business. Are applicants who lost years to getting a graduate degree at a disadvantage compared to applicants with more work experience?
* Carlos Gooden: We value the diversity of experiences that students bring to Booth. On the application, you have the opportunity to elaborate on areas you feel may need clarifying, you are more than welcome to use this space to discuss more to the Admissions Committee.
Guest: Whom do you find are the most effective 2nd LOR for candidates working at a small boutique firms or family businesses? What if candidates only have one direct supervisor?
* Sena Agawu: In those instances, we suggest applicants request letters from former supervisors, colleagues, or clients they have worked with. We do not recommend asking a family member for a letter of recommendation, even if they are your direct supervisor.
Guest: What is the average age of MBA acceptances? How many admits do you have at/over the age of 30 from a non-military or a PhD background? Follow up: For older applicants, what can be done to increase the strength of their application?
* John Lim: The average age of MBA acceptances for our Full-Time MBA program is 28, however there are no age requirements to apply. We have multiple admits every year both older than 30 and younger than 24, from all undergraduate majors, backgrounds, and work experiences. In general, we encourage prospective students to apply when they are ready and have clarity on why they want to enroll in an MBA program, as opposed to the age of our applicants.
Guest: Thank you for hosting this webinar. For early MBA candidates, what kind of details and what level of details are you looking for in the question about plans between graduation and MBA?
* Nicole Chen: The Admissions Committee will want to know if you have plans set for after graduation, and if not, what types of plans you hope to pursue during the time between graduation and starting an MBA program.
Guest: For the Booth Scholar's Program, are there certain characteristics or experiences that the Admissions Committee prefers? (I.e., students going into the engineering industry post-undergrad)
* Audrey Sova: No preference is given to any background or experience in particular. We value individuals reaching us from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Guest: Are you able to answer my questions about the deferred admissions program? Or is this only for regular admissions?
* Eddie Pulliam: Sure. We can answer them here.
Guest: From a practical perspective, what would you say are the couple things that truly separate Booth from other top-MBA programs such as HBS, GSB, Wharton? (i.e., student resources, alumni network, culture on campus, etc.)
* Carlos Gooden: While I am unable to compare Booth to other programs, I do know that Booth offers one of the most flexible curriculums and has a large support of community (including one of the largest career services). Each of these things make Booth unique in the MBA space.
Guest: Does Booth have other campuses across the world? if so, are students allowed to take a quarter at another campus?
* Sena Agawu: We have campuses in London and Hong Kong, however only students in the Executive Program take classes at these campuses. However, we do have exchange programs for students in the Full-Time MBA Program with other and separate institutions where students can study for up to a quarter at a time.
Guest: If someone is weak in extracurriculars, what are some of the ways to show they can contribute to MBA community?
* John Lim: Our application review process also looks for leadership and potential not only through formal extracurriculars, but also in more informal hobbies, activities, and initiatives that they've taken on outside of extracurriculars. We also take a look at essay responses in gain a better understanding of how applicants see themselves contributing to the MBA community overall.
Guest: What is the best way to connect with current students in order to know more about the day to day, and what makes Booth unique?
* Audrey Sova: The best way to connect with students is through the Connect with a Student tool (https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer)
Guest: When are the dates for R1 2020 out?
* Nicole Chen: Application deadlines for the 2020-21 admissions cycle will be released during the summer.
Guest: Would you say that an unsuccessful application at Round 3 has a big impact if re-applying at Round 1 the following cycle?
* Eddie Pulliam: Not really. We do have success with re-applicants in all Rounds if you are not successful the first time.
Guest: Hi! I'd like to know if Booth is going to host any alumni event here in Brazil. I could not find any information in the admissions events page. Do you guys know if there are any plans in a near future? Thanks!
* Eddie Pulliam: The Full-Time MBA Program has finished traveling for the year. There may be a "pop-up" or student hosted event. You can check our website for those events.
Guest: Would a letter of recommendation be relevant if it comes from a Director, that I work closely with at the company, which they are not my supervisor?
* Audrey Sova: You are in the best position to determine if your recommender can speak to your professional experience in a positive way. If that happens to be this director, then that would be a good choice to make.
Guest: What kind of impact on admissions does a CFA or CPA have?
* Anna Chalfin: Hello, thank you for your question! CFA or CPAs could demonstrate quant skills in the application.
Guest: What are some common traits that define all Booth students? How important is culture fit during the interviews?
* Anna Chalfin: Booth students are diverse as a group, but one of the largest defining pieces is the community feel and pay-it-forward atmosphere that can be seen across Boothies. Culture fit is very important, as it's a close-knit community.
Guest: I saw an answer regarding getting a LOR from your current supervisor. Is it less valuable to get from a past manager at the same company? For example, I will be getting a new manager due to maternity leave of my current manager. When I apply, she will no longer be my current manager, but I will be at the same employer.
* Carlos Gooden: You can provide your rationale on selecting the recommender you chose on the application. I encourage you to use that space to detail your selection process.
Guest: I am a current undergraduate student and planning on applying to the Chicago Booth Scholars Program. Circumstantially, I had to work full-time during my undergrad while going to school full-time. Am I still eligible to apply to Booth Scholars?
* John Lim: Undergraduate students working full-time during undergrad are still eligible to apply to the Chicago Booth Scholars Program, if they apply during their final year of undergraduate study.
Guest: If I choose the specific track, will it appear on my certificate of degree? Also, since the course selection is flexible, is there special requirement for specific tracks?
* Audrey Sova: Yes, if you choose to pursue a concentration (or more than one) it will be on the degree certificate. Within each concentration there will be a variety of courses to choose from in order to meet the requirements, which you'll find still allows for a great amount of flexibility.
Guest: Will Booth visit West Coast of US?
* Anna Chalfin: Yes, we generally visit the West Coast 2-3 times per year for our general information sessions and many other events. You can keep an eye on our events here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/events
Guest: Can you tell me more about the deferred admissions program through Chicago Booth Scholars Program. I have 3 years of work experience. Can I apply through that?
* John Lim: Our Chicago Booth Scholars Deferred MBA Program is intended for students in their final year of undergraduate study, who have not yet pursued full-time work experience after college. However, the MBA that you earn through the Chicago Booth Scholars program is the exact same degree as our Full-Time MBA Program or Evening/Weekend MBA Program, and encourage all prospective students considering an MBA to apply through those channels!
Guest: Hi all, I'm an undergraduate student in a commerce program looking to apply to Booth Scholars program. I currently have a consulting job lined up, but in the mid-term to long-term I would love to work at a startup in a leadership position. I believe that experience in consulting along with a Booth MBA would prepare me well for such a role. Is there anything I should keep in mind while preparing my essays and other application materials? Additionally, I've heard that the Chicago Scholars Program prefers candidates with a STEM background. Would it make sense for me to still apply?
* Audrey Sova: There is no preference given to any specific background. In fact, we place a high value on a diverse student body. It sounds like you have some great experience and we look forward to seeing that represented within your application.
Guest: Where can I find information on what level of support is available from the careers center for individuals looking to pivot career, and what form that support takes?
* Sena Agawu: We would encourage you to explore the Career Services page of our website. It details the various types of support available to Booth students. Our Career team is accustomed to working with students who are pivoting careers. If you'd like to learn more about the experiences of individual students, we suggest you utilize our connect with a student tool: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer
Guest: I worked for McKinsey in Saudi Arabia and plan to join again in Saudi after graduation. I would love to get some US work experience during Summer 2021. Do you know if internationals can get US internships?
* Sena Agawu: Yes, while at Booth students from international backgrounds often have internships in the US between their first and second years.
Guest: Does Booth allow in-quarter internships? Even if those are taken in weekends (completely unrelated to lecture times)?
* Audrey Sova: There are some students who source their own internships during the quarter as well as those who have an internship as part of a lab course.
Guest: I applied for the campus visit tour on March 4th from Japan. I Don’t have any connection now. How can I meet and talk to the current students at the time of arrival?
* Nicole Chen: Our Connect with our Student tool is a great resource to reach out to current students: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer
Guest: If I want to pursue an MBA, would my chances be hurt if I don't have much work experience?
* Carlos Gooden: While the average work experience of the Class of 2021 is 5 years, we do have students who come from a variety of work backgrounds.
Guest: Thanks for this webinar. I was wondering if your team could please elaborate on the accelerator/entrepreneurship programs at Booth. Thanks!
* Carlos Gooden: I am happy to point you in the right direction. I encourage you to visit our connect with a student website at https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer, where you can learn more about entrepreneurship at Booth through our current students. It will be helpful to research the Polsky Center for additional information: https://polsky.uchicago.edu/
Guest: What can an applicant do to strengthen their application if their GMAT or GRE score are lower than the average for Booth admissions?
* Anna Chalfin: Candidates can use other parts of the application and point to specific places where you demonstrate strong quant skills. This might be in your undergraduate courses, work experience, or etc.
Guest: I want to learn more about the scholarship process as well as entrepreneurship class at Chicago Booth. I have 3.5 years of work experience starting from content writing to having two startups, while working from branding strategy to consumer product.
* Nicole Chen: Our website provides information on financing your MBA (https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/scholarships) as well as classes related to entrepreneurship at Booth (https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/academics/curriculum/entrepreneurship).
Guest: The GPA scale in my home country doesn’t match with the US GPA scale. How the undergraduate GPA is evaluated?
* Anna Chalfin: We are trained and familiar with this. We understand how to evaluate GPAs outside of the US, so you do not need to worry about the scale.
Guest: I am a chartered accountant from India and have cleared level 2 of CFA. Do you think I need more qualifications before applying?
* Eddie Pulliam: The CFA is not a requirement. It is your decision if you want to continue to gain that achievement.
Guest: Hi! Would the decision for applicants in the waitlist released on the Round 2 Offer Release Date or any time during the process?
* Nicole Chen: Candidates waitlisted in Round 1 will receive an updated admissions decision on the Round 2 decision release date.
Guest: Does the Chicago Booth Career Center help with students that are looking to do a Pre-MBA internship before starting the program?
* Sena Agawu: The Career Services will post internships available to admitted students who are looking for internships before starting their program. However, past that, they do not facilitate the connections between admitted students and the internships posted.
Guest: Does Booth have any plans to visit London soon?
* Eddie Pulliam: Not at this time. The Full-Time MBA Program has finished travel for this academic season. There may be a "pop-up" or “student hosted” event that you can check on our website if it becomes available.
Guest: Dear Admissions team, for waitlisted candidates, how do you define a significant update to the resume? In a recent organizational restructure in our SAAS company, I have been assigned to a team which is solely responsible for client engagement whereas earlier, I was more involved in day to day service delivery. I also have additional projects but my salary/title change is due in March. Will this change in role be considered significant or does it only have to be a change in title/salary?
* Eddie Pulliam: Any changes to your previously submitted resume can be uploaded by you, if you would like.
Guest: Can I include Udemy or Coursera certificate in my application?
* Nicole Chen: You can list additional coursework taken in the Certificates or Additional Information Section of your application.
Guest: Regarding the letter of recommendation, my recommender asked me if it would be appropriate to recount an experience where another member of our team gave me feedback, but that feedback was discussed with the recommender and together we worked on a game plan to make improvements?
* Carlos Gooden: The recommender has the creative liberty to provide the information they believe to be relevant and informative for your application.
Guest: How do you select STEM certified MBA courses? Is there any requirement for the STEM?
* Sena Agawu: We encourage you to review our website that outlines the STEM certification details and courses here:
Guest: When will the next admissions event be occurring in the NYC area?
* John Lim: We typically do New York admissions events in the beginning and end of each summer. However, we invite you to visit our Admissions Events calendar regularly to check in on any pop-up opportunities in New York! https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/events
Guest: To exemplify quant performance, are courses from Udemy/Coursera acceptable? Or do you strongly prefer college courses?
* Audrey Sova: You are welcome to share Coursera/Udemy courses with us. You can also share additional college courses that have developed your quant performance as well.
Guest: How are international goals valued at Booth? I am an international applicant (never worked or studied in US). I would like to return to my home country after graduation. Would this change Booth's perception on my application given the majority of graduates remain in US?
* Anna Chalfin: We want to see that applicants have thought through goals that make sense for their career path, why Booth will support these goals, and post-MBA interests. We see a variety of goals in terms of industries and post-MBA location, including returning to a candidate's home country.
Guest: Is the GMAT preferred over the GRE? Thank you.
* Kimberly Epps: Hi! There is no preference between the GMAT and GRE exams.
Guest: Hello, I applied in Round 2 but will retake the GMAT next month. If invited to interview, would a GMAT score received in February be considered?
* Nicole Chen: You are welcome to self-report an updated test score to the Admissions Committee at any time.
Guest: I am visiting campus in February. I want to visit the Polsky Center as well. I saw they have visit times, but I will be doing Booth Campus tour during that time. Is there any other way I can take a tour of the campus during off-hours?
* Sena Agawu: You can have a self-guided tour of the Harper Center in the business hours. We would encourage you to reach out directly to Polsky in order to get information regarding their visit program.
Guest: Could you expand upon the 1-year MBA program option at Booth?
* John Lim: Hi, we currently don't have a 1-year MBA program offered outside of our accelerated options for University of Chicago undergraduates.
Guest: Are there resources available for prospective students to learn more information about the employment report? For instance, would the Office of Career Services be able to provide further details regarding the breakdown underneath "Consulting"?
* Carlos Gooden: Hello, the "ask a student" feature will be your best resource at this stage. You can connect with our current students in consulting through this method and inquire about their specific experience, decision to choose Booth, and their journey working with consulting careers at Booth. You can find it here: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer
Guest: This question might've already been asked. How critical does Booth treat the GRE/GMAT scores. If an application doesn't hit the range, is the student strictly disregarded?
* Carlos Gooden: At Booth, we use holistic admissions when evaluating a candidate's application. We review several factors when making an admissions decision. The most current profile of the class can be found here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time
Guest: Dear Admissions Team, would it be useful (for the evaluation of my application) to update you with the latest developments of my start-up? Thank You.
* John Lim: Applicants who find that they have significant updates for their application after submitting their application are welcome to email their updates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guest: What would you say stands out the most when looking at a GMAT score?
* Nicole Chen: The GMAT score is evaluated holistically, along with all other parts of the application.
Guest: I was told by an anesthesia resident at UChicago that Booth offered her spouse half-tuition for the Booth Full-Time MBA Program due to her affiliation with UChicago. Is this partnership offered for any medical resident at UChicago?
* Kimberly Epps: Hi! Great question! Employees of the UChicago receive a discount to attend any program at the University. So this is an employee benefit and not a partnership.
Guest: What would be the best way to overcome the lack of work experience in my application? Essentially, I have about 2 years of internship/co-op experience.
* Carlos Gooden: You are able to focus on other areas of the application including the space in the essay where you can elaborate on any area you may want to clarify or strengthen in your application.
Guest: How are the lab courses incorporated with in-class learning? And, how many labs can a student participate during the entirety of their MBA studies?
* Audrey Sova: You may register for a lab class the same way you would register for any other class and participate in the lab course during that quarter. There is no cap on the number of lab courses a student can take.
Guest: Hi! I am from India and my undergrad transcripts mention that all the classes were conducted in English. Do I still need to submit my TOEFL score?
* Carlos Gooden: If English is the primary language of instruction, you do not need to submit a TOEFL score.
Guest: If my GMAT score is four years old, will that put me at a disadvantage? Would you recommend me to take it again?
* Sena Agawu: GMAT scores are valid for 5 years after the date taken. If you feel that the score represents your abilities, and is still valid, you are welcome to submit it. If not, you are welcome to retake it and submit your scores.
Guest: Dear admissions council, I quit my job around 6 month ago to stop and think the next steps for my career. Now I think an MBA would be the best option. Do you think not working when you apply is a problem? Would it be better to start working again and then apply? I have 3 years of experience including internships. Many thanks.
* Sena Agawu: We recommend that you take the route that is best for you. However, work gaps are noted, and would expect applicants to explain what they have done during that work gap - freelancing, volunteering, contract work, etc.
Guest: Is it okay for international students, like me, to apply in Round 3 for MBA Fall 2020 intake?
* Eddie Pulliam: Yes, we have students in Round 3 that are international.
Guest: Is it accepted to submit GRE score for MBA, or GMAT is preferred over GRE?
* Nicole Chen: Applicants can submit either a GMAT or GRE test score and they are evaluated in the same way by the Admissions Committee.
Guest: how can I contact a current student with a marketing background? I would like to chat about their experience at Booth.
* Anna Chalfin: Great question! You can connect with students based on industry background, goals, and involvement using the following Connect with a Student tool: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer
Guest: For international students, are the interviews held outside campus worth less than the ones conducted at campus in any way?
* Nicole Chen: All interviews are evaluated in the same way by the Admissions Committee, regardless of whether they take place on or off campus.
Guest: one of my recommenders is not fluent in English. Can he send a recommendation letter in French instead?
* Audrey Sova: No, we require recommendation letters to be submitted in English.
Guest: What are some experiential learning options provided in Booth's MBA program?
* Eddie Pulliam: Students have the opportunities to work with start-ups in the city. A very popular resource for our students.
Guest: How much weightage do IR & AWA sections have in the GMAT score?
* Carlos Gooden: We use holistic admissions when reviewing an application for admissions. There are several factors that go into the decision.
Guest: I only have two years working experience now. I worked as a CPA in Japan, Do you value length of work experience?
* Eddie Pulliam: We review and value any work experience that you submit in your application.
Guest: If you are accepted into the Booth Scholars Deferred Program, and use the full 4 years deferment period, is the applicant contractually locked to attend the MBA program? Or is there an option to extend the deferment period?
* John Lim: Chicago Booth Scholar Deferred MBA Program admits are never contractually locked into attend the program. There are nonrefundable deposits, that students pay during each year of deferment, that go toward the cost of the MBA program. However, students still maintain the option to forego enrollment into the MBA program after 4 years of deferral should they decide that they no longer want to attend. In very special cases, there are extensions in the deferral period, although we recommend that CBS admits who foresee waiting more than 4 years before starting their MBA at Booth contact us directly at email@example.com.
Guest: I would like to know more about the STEM Eligible Options. How do a student become eligible?
* Sena Agawu: Please explore more about the STEM eligibility option here: theboothexp.com/2019/11/stem-certification-what-it-says-about-booth-and-what-it-means-for-international-students/
Guest: For international students living in Asia, how would the interview take place? Will it be via skype or face to face interview with an alum in the applicant’s country of residence?
* Sena Agawu: You are welcome to either come to campus and interview with an Admissions Fellow or opt for an in-person interview with a local alumnus/alumna.
Guest: I'm applying for Chicago Booth to make a shift in my career. I'd like to know what percentage of graduates from Booth are hired by strategy consulting firms?
* Audrey Sova: You can find the most robust information about post-Booth job placement in our most recent employment report: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/employmentreport/
Guest: Do you have any admissions events comping up in Dubai or the middle east?
* Anna Chalfin: Most of our admissions hosted events happen over the summer months. You can keep an eye on our events here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/events
Guest: I plan on reapplying to Booth next year and was wondering what advice/tips you could give me, especially since I made it to the interview stage when I applied this year.
* Eddie Pulliam: Review your application. If you are using the same recommenders make sure they are not sending in the same letter. Consider if you should re-take the GMAT/GRE/TOEFL.
Guest: Is there any admissions event planned for Europe this year?
* Sena Agawu: Please keep your eyes on our Admissions events page as we will update it as soon as something is scheduled.
Guest: After submitting the application, is there anything an applicant can do to show their interest on the program?
* Anna Chalfin: After an applicant is submitted, they can continue to stay engaged through in-person events, virtual events, and by connecting with current students or alumni. It is always good to continue connecting and getting a closer look at the Booth community.
Guest: Does Booth holds admissions events in the West Africa?
* Sena Agawu: Please keep your eye on our Admissions events page as we will update it as soon as something is scheduled.
Guest: Thanks for hosting this event. Could you tell me if and when Booth typically does events in the Boston area?
* Sena Agawu: Please keep your eye on our Admissions events page as we will update it as soon as something is scheduled.
Guest: When will the next year’s admissions rounds and deadlines be announced?
* Nicole Chen: Application dates for the 2020-21 admissions cycle will be posted in the summer.
Guest: Will I be at a disadvantage with regards to scholarships if I apply in latter rounds?
* Kimberly Epps: Hi! No. All rounds are evaluated the same.
Guest: If I don’t get admitted after interview, is it possible to apply again the next round or the following year?
* Carlos Gooden: While applicants are unable to apply for admissions in the same year, you are certainly more than welcome to apply in the following year.
Guest: For reapplicants: What if your recommender wishes to use a similar (though updated) letter? Realistically, how different do you expect a letter to be if you do wish the same supervisor to write it?
* Sena Agawu: While it is your choice, we recommend thinking about the role that the last letter played in your application review process, as it could have played a role in the final decision. If you choose to use the same recommender, do your best to ensure that they update your letter with any new relevant accomplishments and does not just submit the same letter from your previous application.
Guest: I have one year of work gap, which I have been traveling, volunteering and writing (most of it cannot be included in the resume). Would it put my in any disadvantage compare to someone with the same level of experience and no gap? Also, where should I explain that gap? Many thanks.
* Nicole Chen: There is a question in the application that asks if you have any work gaps in your employment, and you can explain further in the Additional Information section of the application. The Admissions Committee will be interested to know how you spent your gap year.
Guest: Would a three-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution be equivalent to a four-year undergraduate degree in the US?
* John Lim: We encourage students seeking to determine if their undergraduate program is equivalent to a four-year degree to visit WES (https://applications.wes.org/degree-equivalency-tool/).
Guest: I am planning to apply in Round 1 in the 2020-21 cycle. Since the dates will be posted in the summer, are there parts of the application I can start preparing now that will likely remain the same? (Personal statement specifically.)
* Eddie Pulliam: You should start thinking about who will write your LORs. Much of the application will change.
Guest: I am planning to travel to the US this summer to visit some universities. Is there any chance to visit the campus and maybe have a short chat with someone from Admissions?
* Carlos Gooden: Yes, please view the list of available visit dates and register for one. We would love to show you the Harper Center and talk to you more about Booth. https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/visit
Guest: Based on your experience evaluating many applications, if possible, could you provide some examples of applicant qualities that stand out the most to you? Especially, those applicants who end up being ultimately accepted into the program.
* Eddie Pulliam: Honesty, familiarity with the Booth program and focus.
Guest: as a Booth student, do you have any chance for an internship in Europe?
* Carlos Gooden: Our students gain valuable global experience in several different ways whether it's a random walk, a summer start-up, internship, or career trek.
Guest: Is Booth agnostic to campus visits, or will visiting help your application?
* Carlos Gooden: Students come to visit to learn more about Booth to capture how the Booth MBA can prepare them to meet their goals. Feel free to begin your visit to the Harper Center and learn more on how Booth provides a meaningful MBA experience: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/visit
Guest: If there are few to none Chicago Booth alumni from an applicant's undergraduate college, would this matter put the applicant at any disadvantage when applying to Booth?
* Carlos Gooden: No, it does not. We have students who apply from a variety of undergraduate institutions.
Guest: If you are working while taking your undergraduate exams, would your scores be viewed differently?
* Sena Agawu: No, they would not be viewed any differently.
Guest: Do we need to convert our percentage scores to a GPA?
* Anna Chalfin: No need to convert your GPA - we can review on our end.
Guest: Are updates welcome from waitlisted applicants beyond test scores, an updated resume, and the video?
* Nicole Chen: We do not require any additional materials from waitlisted candidates. If there is any information you feel that is important for the Admissions Committee to know, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guest: How does Booth view corporate experience vs. entrepreneur experience?
* Carlos Gooden: We valuable the diversity of experiences that students bring to Booth-- both corporate and entrepreneur.
Guest: Does a CPA and CFA qualification help when having mediocre undergraduate scores?
* John Lim: For students with lower undergraduate academic performance, earning additional certifications is one of the many great ways to showcase your quantitative or academic ability in your application.
Guest: Are waitlisted candidates eligible for scholarship if they get admitted? Have there been any case where waitlisted candidates were offered scholarships upon admissions?
* Anna Chalfin: As you might have read, scholarships are highly competitive, merit-based awards. All candidates are evaluated at the time of admissions for scholarship opportunities.
Guest: What financing and scholarships options are available for international applicants? What is the typical living cost in Chicago?
* Eddie Pulliam: Please visit our website. We list the cost to attend Chicago Booth at www.chicagobooth.edu.
Guest: For the translation of the transcripts, is there a list of translators certified by the University or can one use of any available professional translator?
* Kimberly Epps: Hi! You are able to use any professional translator.
Guest: From the latest stats about the class of 2021 the majority of students are former consultants. Does this mean someone from a back office in an investment bank be at a disadvantage?
* Carlos Gooden: Negative, this is not what it means. We value a wide variety of backgrounds and work experiences.
Guest: Hi! I would like to know more about your marketing program.
* Eddie Pulliam: Please use this link for more information: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/marketing
Guest: When evaluating re-applicants, will the Admissions Committee compare the new application with the old one?
* Carlos Gooden: We do have access to that information. Overall, we are looking to learn how the re-applicant has grown since the last application.
Guest: is there a limit on the number of shape the class recommendations that an applicant can receive?
* Sena Agawu: No, we do not have a limit of the number of STC recommendations.
Guest: Who conducts interviews?
* Kimberly Epps: Hi! Alumni and current students conduct the interviews.
Guest: If an applicant does not come from a traditional business undergraduate background, what is a good way for the applicant to demonstrate quantitative ability?
* Carlos Gooden: We have students that come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds. See the most current class profile here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time
Guest: Typically, what percentage of applicants in each round receive an interview invite?
* Eddie Pulliam: Unfortunately, we don't have an answer. It varies from year to year.
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.
Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Along with recruiting, reading applications, and interviewing candidates for Chicago Booth, Eddie leads recruitment initiatives for under-represented minorities including African American, Hispanic American, Native American, women, and gays and lesbians. He also works on marketing initiatives. Eddie has served as a co-chair for the annual Graduate Management Admission Counsel (GMAC) conference, and is Chicago Booth's representative for the Ten School Diversity Alliance (TSDA).
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.
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.
Associate Director, Admissions Marketing
Audrey joined the Full-Time Admissions team in December 2018. She serves on the Admissions Committee as well as works on integrated marketing and communication projects for the Full-Time MBA program. She also works closely with The Booth Experience student bloggers. Prior to Booth, Audrey worked in events, communications, and marketing across business, technology, healthcare, experiential entertainment, and education sectors. Most recently she served as a Marketing Coordinator at SmithBucklin, the largest association management and services company, driving strategic membership and event promotions for six associations. Audrey earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations with a concentration in Cultural Anthropology from Drake University. When she’s not traveling the world, Audrey can be found devouring books, new music, and delicious food from the incredible Chicago restaurant scene. She’s also fluent in Spanish and an avid Chicago sports fan.
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.
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Initiatives
John joined the Full-Time Admissions Team in the fall of 2018. In addition to his role on the admissions committee, John is heavily involved on Chicago Booth's Undergraduate Initiatives. Team. He is the Program Coordinator for the Dougan Scholars Certificate Program and is responsible for programming and strategy for the Chicago Booth Scholars Program, the deferred MBA Program at Chicago Booth. Prior to joining Booth, John graduated from the University of Chicago where he earned his bachelor's degree in Economics and Public Policy. After graduation, John worked as a high school teacher in Chicago. John is also a current dancer and choreographer in Chicago in his spare time.