Full-Time MBA

Live Chat with Full-Time MBA Program Admissions

Thursday, August 8, 2013, 11 a.m. - Noon CT

You've already decided that you want your MBA - now it's time to think about your MBA research and application plan! Chat with the Admissions committee about application strategy and the evaluation process. Ask about the 2014 essay questions, the GMAT and GRE, letters of recommendation and more.

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Michelle -> EveryoneWelcome to the chat everyone. I'm Michelle Moore, looking forward to your questions.
Bryce -> EveryoneThanks for joining us today! I look forward to answering your questions.
Emily -> EveryoneHi everybody! Looking forward to chatting with you today!
Meghan -> EveryoneHi everyone! I'm looking forward to chatting about Chicago Booth with you today.
Karthik -> BryceHow does the admissions committee see multiple attempts in the GMAT?
Bryce -> KarthikIt's actually pretty common to take the GMAT multiple times, and keep in mind that we only evaluate off of your highest score.
Melody -> EmilyWill you start reviewing the applications only after the deadline? Is there an advantage for submitting the applications earlier than the deadline? Thank you.
Emily -> MelodyHi Melody, we only review applications after the deadline, so there is no advantage to submitting before the deadline other than you are done!
holistic -> MichelleHi team, thanks for taking the time to answer questions today. My first question is about "Why Booth". What do you feel the biggest differentiators are for Booth in comparison to other names, which are also strong both in finance and consulting? Please avoid using a "standard" set of distinctions such as flexibility, strong curriculum, and collaborative community.
Michelle -> holisticOne of the main aspects of Booth that sets us apart is our flexible curriculum. There is a very entrepreneurial spirit that lives here at Booth and you'll see that across the faculty, staff and student body. Having the ability to design your own MBA path is truly what makes us unique. We believe that the best ideas have many different fingerprints, which is why we attract a highly talented, diverse (both culturally and across various industries), down to earth group of students each year. You can learn more about these students on our newly launched viewbook website: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/fulltime/viewbook/
M -> MichelleCan we submit 3 recommendations? If so, will that hurt us in any way?
Michelle -> MWe actually don't encourage more than two letters of recommendation
Melody -> MeghanHi, thank you for taking my question. I'm wondering whether a good graduate GPA and a high GMAT score could help mitigate a low undergrad GPA? Will Booth deny a applicant solely because of low undergrad GPA? Thank you.
Meghan -> MelodyHi Melody, the evaluation process at Booth is completely holistic, so an applicant wouldn't be denied based on one criteria alone. However, showing that you have improved your academic record since college is definitely helpful.
Meghan -> EveryoneHi Anwar! No, we do not evaluate candidates based on age. We focus on the application you put forward, and how the materials you present to us demonstrate your "fit" with Chicago Booth.
Adi.P -> BryceWill you need an official transcript of GMAT scores before the application due date?
Bryce -> Adi.PYes, we would like to see official GMAT scores sent to us prior to our application due dates. However, we do accept unofficial transcripts for all post-secondary educational institutions that you attended.
holistic -> EmilyWhat does diversity mean for Booth? Why is it important?
Emily -> holisticHi holistic. Diversity is extremely important to us as we believe the best ideas have many different fingerprints. That being said, diversity to us encompasses so much. It is not only diversity of geographic location and background, but diversity of thought, of interests, of goals, of passions/hobbies etc. By bringing together people that are diverse in these areas, a dynamic and engaging environment is created that stimulates conversation, debate, and growth. This creates a culture that is unique and special to Booth. I encourage you to come to campus and spend a day here to experience it for yourself!
george -> BryceDear Admission Committee, I am from China. If my score of gmat AWA is low, will you consider the grade of writing part of Toefl as an alternative?
Bryce -> georgeIf English is not your primary language, we will evaluate your abilities throughoout several components of your application: TOEFL, AWA, Essays, etc. We just want to make sure that your command of the langauge will lead to your success in the classroom at Booth.
Cat -> MichelleI have been out of school since 2003. I plan to enroll at a local community college in a few quantitative classes (Statistics, Financial Accounting, Microeconomic, or Finance) before applying to Chicago Booth. Which one of the four classes would you strongly recommend that I take this fall?
Michelle -> CatIt sounds like you have several classes that you need/want to take that promote your trajectory toward an MBA. I can't tell you which classes to take, but I can recommend that you take the one that is going to challenge you the most since that is the type of environment you'll find in an MBA program.
Andy -> EmilyHello, Thanks for sharing. Is there any difference between round 1 and round 2 for international students?
Emily -> AndyHi Andy. Round 1 will give you a decision earlier which means you can start the visa process earlier. However, R2 international applicants have no issues getting their visas in time, so really either round is fine. Apply when you feel your application is its best!
Jared -> MichelleGood morning. Booth's open curriculum is an attractive feature. In general, how well aligned are students' academic programs / class choices with their actual career path? In other words, are students encouraged to engage in a variety of classes or do most target courses in their respective sectors?
Michelle -> JaredIt's really up to the student. Booth promotes an entrepreneurial environment encouraging each student to take classes that gets them out of their comfort zone. We encourage you to take the classes that will help you achieve your future goals, and challenge you at the same time.
PG -> MichelleHello, Thanks for taking out time for this chat session. Here is my question: What are you trying gauge through short answer essay questions this year?
Michelle -> PGWe are trying to learn more about what makes you, YOU. What can you share with us that we can't learn from the other elements of your application? Booth is all about "fit" - so we want to know who you are and how you'd fit into the culture here.
shibtastik -> EmilyWhat would be the benefit in applying in the first round versus any others?
Emily -> shibtastikHi Shibtastik. We encourage applicants to apply when their application is the best it can be, whichever round that may be. Between R1 and R2 there is no difference. R3 tends to be smaller just due to the class being mostly shaped, however a good application will come out no matter in what round you apply.
Lucia_Li -> EmilyHi, I would like to ask when class visits would start in September? The current website only lists class visit schedules until mid-August.
Emily -> Lucia_LiHi Lucia. Full campus visits, during which you may sit in on a class, do not resume until October when school is back in session. You may visit campus in August and September for an abbreviated visit which includes and information session and building tour. These are offered on Mondays and Fridays only.
Quantum -> MichellePanelists, Can you talk about what distinguishes a great essay from a good essay from an average essay through the evaluation process?
Michelle -> QuantumHi Quantum. The best advice I can give you is to think before you write. Taking time to digest the essay questions, understand what the school is asking and why they are asking it, and determining what we are trying to learn about you is the first step. Brainstorm your answer, maybe bullet out some thoughts, then start writing. The best essays are the ones that are most well thought out.
tdd -> MichelleI'm aware of that Booth accepts GRE but is there any advantage on one over another in the admissions process.
Michelle -> tddTdd: No there is no advantage to one over the other. We encourage you to take the exam with which you are most comfortable.
Suranga -> MichelleHow global is the reach of Booth Alumni’s Network? If one has aspirations to work abroad after graduation, what opportunities are there to build networks and realize that goal.
Michelle -> SurangaHi Suranga. We have 47,000+ alumni living in more than 115 countries around the world. Once at Booth, you have complete access to this network, along with study abroad opportunities, international student groups, and more.
Jackie_H. -> EmilyThanks for your time today. What percentage of applicants do you typically invite for interviews?
Emily -> Jackie_H.Hi Jackie. In the past we have interviewed anywhere from 40%-60% of applicants, however we do not have a set number or quota so it varies.
Pmenon -> MichelleHello! Thanks for hosting this session. I had a quick question around the essays. Are the essays always read as a package? I'd like to reference something from one essay in another and want to make sure it will make sense to the reader.
Michelle -> PmenonHi Pmenon. Yes, the entire application is read by the same person. So, if you make a reference to something in your application, it will make sense to the reader.
Karthik -> BryceHow can an applicant demonstrate his international experiences?
Bryce -> KarthikI think that there are a lot of ways that you can go here, and these decisions really fall on you regarding what international experiences you would like to share and how it fits into your overall application strategy.
mari1288 -> MeghanI come from a not business background (Humanities), and so I haven't had many quant courses, only the basics. I am also from Latin America and is hard to find a Calculus course for graduate people. I was thinking of enrolling in mbamath. Would this strenghthen my application?
Meghan -> mari1288Hi mari1288: First of all, let me say that we have many students who enter the program from humanities backgrounds and there are definitely strengths to having those skills. However, I would recommend doing some work to refresh yourself with math concepts before you enter bschool - it will give you more confidence and ease with the material from the start.
JMK -> EmilyDoes Booth notify applicants who will not be given interviews right after the application is reviewed
Emily -> JMKHi JMK. We release all interview decisions on the same day.
DBiswas -> MeghanI am an early career professional with 1 year of work experience. I want to know about my chances of getting through the selection process.
Meghan -> DBiswasHi DBiswas, as an early career professional, that totally depends on you. Our answer to this question is always the same - you should apply when you are the most ready for the experience. Make sure you're asking yourself why you feel you should be doing this now, and identifying what specific skills you're looking to gain and how they will help you advance in your career. Here's some great info for early career candidates from our website: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/early-career-candidates
RStockdale -> EmilyHi, thanks for organizing this chat. I'm planning on applying for first round, however since the campus visit program begins after application deadlines, would it be possible to visit after I apply and then send an update with my experience to the admissions office? Who should I direct this to?
Emily -> RStockdaleHi RStockdale. You can send all updates to admissions@chicagobooth.edu.
Andrew_S -> BryceGreat to be here! Can you please go into some detail about the Polsky Center? What separates the Polsky Center and the Entrepreneurship Program at Booth from other programs?
Bryce -> Andrew_SNice to have you here! I think that the Polsky Center is a place where ideas thrive and you have significant resources to turn them into successful new ventures. Their programming, events, competitions, courses, faculty, and overall network leads to pure opportunity. It's an accesible group that is consistently listening to the student body, which makes for an innovative and nimble culture. Hope this helps, but here's a link that might shed a bit more light: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/entrepreneurship/
curious_applicant -> MichelleCan you direct me to information on your website about ranges or other summary statistics for GMAT and GRE scores for recent classes?
Michelle -> curious_applicantHi there. We have some general information here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time#simple2 regarding statistics. If you keep your eyes peeled on our new viewbook website, we should have the incoming class information up and running within the next week or so: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/fulltime/viewbook/
Jason_YANG -> JoannaHi, thank you for hosting the chat session. I have got a question about the 2nd essay question this year "I started to think differently when...". I am a little confused whether "differently" means different from yourself in the past, or from other people? Thanks!
Joanna -> Jason_YANGYou should interpret that any way you want to. You can also check out this blog about our essay questions: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=109
Pietro -> EmilyHi, I've attended a 2-year master totally in english at an Italian university (Bocconi). Am I exempt from taking the toefl?
Emily -> PietroHi Pietro. You would not need to take the TOEFL. Here is more information regarding our TOEFL policy http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/international/english-exams
PG -> EmilyAny particular reason for not having the typical "Why MBA and what is you career goal" essay this year?
Emily -> PGHi PG. Check out Carrie Lydon's blog for a great explanation about our application and application strategy! http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=109
Krishnan -> BryceHow would you describe the culture at Chicago?
Bryce -> KrishnanIt's probably best to start with the resource below, it does a great job in capturing live at Chicago Booth: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/fulltime/viewbook/
Jatin -> MichelleHello. Thanks for taking time out today for chatting with us. Can anyone of you elaborate on how the flexible cohort system works in Booth?
Michelle -> JatinHi Jatin. Our flexible curriculum is one in which you design your own MBA experience. Of the 21 classes you'll take, one is required - our Leadership Effectiveness and Development class (LEAD). The remaining 20 are, in essence, entirely up to you. Nine of these classes need to be taken in some general areas (finance, statistics, economics), but the 11 remaining are all electives. Read more here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/academics/curriculum
dcho -> JoannaHow would you describe the Booth student body’s personality?
Joanna -> dchoA great way to see this is to view our student videos: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/fulltime/viewbook/
Krishnan -> MeghanThanks for taking the time to answer questions today. What would you say are the key qualities that you look for in a successful applicant?
Meghan -> KrishnanHi Krishnan: Here's an extensive list of what we're looking for: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/apply/criteria. Above of all else, we are looking for evidence of your "fit" with the Chicago Booth community - we like to see that an applicant has spent time getting to know our culture and has identified the ways that Booth resonates with them.
Trip -> BryceHello! How are post graduate degrees evaluated in the application process?
Bryce -> TripI think it shows that you've pursued a given passion academically that could hopefully be leveraged while going through our program. Like any experience, it's evaluated holistically with the other components of your application. Hope this is helpful!
JMK -> Joannawhat are some courses or facilities that can highlight Booth's strength in entrepreneurship
Joanna -> JMKCheck out the Polsky Center at Booth: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/entrepreneurship/
Krishnan -> BryceWhat is the most important aspect in a Re-applicants's application?
Bryce -> KrishnanI wouldn't say that one component stands out. It really comes down to you reviewing your old application and digging deeper as to what you could've done better. Also, highlight what has changed in the past year and showcase how you reflected on applying a second time.
kwesche -> JoannaHello - can you share any information about how you consider candidates applying with GRE test scores instead of the GMAT? I know this is recently accepted by Booth so there may not be a benchmark yet, but I'm having a hard time knowing if my scores would be acceptable.
Joanna -> kwescheHello kwesche, we have no preference o which you submit!
Quantum -> MichelleHow are career goals assessed in the application? My short term and long term career goals differ in function - will this negatively impact my application?
Michelle -> QuantumHi Quantum. Having a plan when applying to school is important. Make sure you clearly identify in your application what these are and why. Find a way to articulate it this to us. This blog might help you regarding our essays: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=109
Mike0923 -> EmilyHi there - I was wondering, does an international applicant's GPA get converted to the 4.0 scale? For example, how does a Canadian applicant with a GPA out of 4.5 compare to US college students with a 4.0 GPA?
Emily -> Mike0923Hi Mike, our admissions staff members are well-versed in international GPAs and applicants are evaluated accordingly.
Tonykk -> MeghanCould you please elaborate what kind of career services are offered in Booth during the two years program?
Meghan -> TonykkHi Tonykk: We have one of the largest career services teams out there, with staff located both here at Booth and around the world. As a student you will find them to be a tremendous source of support in terms of nailing your "story" for recruiters. Additionally, we have 2nd year students who serve as Career Advisers to 1st year students. Learn more about what Career Services does here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/career
Jatin -> DanielleHello, Does Booth help International students with loans and financial aid for the education?
Danielle -> JatinJatin: We sure do! I encourage you to look more deeply into our offerings online here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/international
Akash -> MichelleWill it show negatively on my application if I say I want to work in the same firm after my MBA?
Michelle -> AkashHi Aksah. Absolutely not at all. We have a large amount of students that want to go back to the same firm post-MBA.
Tim_M. -> BryceFor applicants that have support from their current firm to pursue a fulltime MBA, what is best way to indicate this on the application? Does it vary based on level of support from the firm (full tuition payment, reimbursement, partial reimbursement, etc...)?
Bryce -> Tim_M.You can showcase that on the application and call out what level of support you would be receiving. There is an area of the application that you can enter this information. Hope this is helpful, and good luck!
Sarah_F -> DanielleHi - thanks for answering questions. I took the GMAT in the Spring of 2012 and sent my official score report to Booth at the time of the test - is that report still valid? Or do I need to resend?
Danielle -> Sarah_FSarah_F: Yes, your GMAT scores is valid for several years after the date of completion. If accepted, we will need your official scores, but the copy we have on file will suffice for the application.
Second_MBA -> DanielleHow do you look at Second MBA applicants ?
Danielle -> Second_MBASecond_MBA: We understand that circumstances may change that allow for an opportunity to pursue a second MBA. Use the application to help us understand why you are seeking another MBA, and why this is the right time for you to do so. We certainly see applicants every year who already have an MBA from another institution.
Dami -> DanielleDo you recommend we hire MBA admissions consultants to help with our applications? Can you tell which applications have had input from consultants? Does hiring a consultant increase the odds of being accepted at Booth?
Danielle -> DamiDami: Hiring consultants does not increase your odds of being accepted to Booth. We encourage you to be as authentic and transparent as possible in your application, and it is up to your discretion if you feel you need to hire a consultant.
adityajd -> BryceThank you for organizing this chat session. How can I gain maximum value out of my abbreviated campus visit this summer? Please suggest certain things that I should absolutely NOT miss while I'm on campus. Is the school planning to host any open house type of an event during the summer?
Bryce -> adityajdIt's best to visit on a Monday or Friday because our information session and tour are only offered on those days over the summer. During that program, you will have time to meet an admssions director and see our facility. Outside of the structured programming, I would also grab lunch on 57th street and explore the quads at the University of Chicago.
Adam15 -> DanielleHi all, how many students end up taking on multiple concentrations?
Danielle -> Adam15Adam15: Most of our students select to take courses in multiple concentrations. Many have 3 or more concentrations. The flexible curriculum allows you to pursue your interests in many different academic areas.
holistic -> EmilyMy next question is about letter of recommendation. What is a best trade-off between a "title on it" and "knows well" for Booth? You can give a percentage break-down such as 20-80% if you want.
Emily -> holisticHi holistic. It is more important for you to pick recommenders who know you well and can speak to your abilities than to pick someone with a high title. The letters of recommendation are another piece for us to learn more about you, and therefore, you should choose people who can provide us with more information on your candidacy.
Gaurav -> DanielleHello. I am currently on the waitlist at Booth. While I remain hopeful to be admitted still, I am working on reapplying in the fall. I was wondering if you had advice on how to approach the application. Specifically, most of the updates from my last application have already been sent to the admissions team as I send updates periodically. It seems like a waste to resend information Admissions already has. At the same time, I want the essay to have material information in it. Should I just reiterate the changes I have already sent in?
Danielle -> GauravGaurav: I would encourage you to only send information that is new and relevant. The application this year is different than last year, so we'll be able to learn more about you. No need to reiterate, as there is an opportunity for reapplicants to address any changes from the previous year.
Fede_Albarellos -> BryceConsidering the freedom that Booth offers, what is the source of advising for the selection of courses that students most commonly use? do they rely on faculty, fellow students?
Bryce -> Fede_AlbarellosI guess I don't completely understand your question, but I'll do my best. As a community, there are ways to learn more about course offerings: reviews, student groups, academic services, etc. I think as a whole though, the culture is one that encourage you to find the best fit for you in a given class. That being said, you will still have to allocate your points through the bidding system when securing classes. By the time you bid on classes, you will have ample amount of information to make the best decision for you.
nsk -> MeghanHello! I will be applying this year. Could you speak more about creating a specialized MBA with courses? My interest is in social entrepreneurship and finance. How can I blend the two? - NSK
Meghan -> nskHello nsk! This is easier than you might think. Because the curriculum at Booth is entirely flexible, you can specialize in a number of different topics. Many students who are interested in a particular area like finance, or entrepreneurship, will choose to do a concentration in that field. Most Booth MBA students graduate with 2 or more concentrations. Here's the list: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/academics/curriculum#concentrations
ChrisMan -> EmilyHi team, thanks for your time today. I would like to know if you have any further guidance for the Presentation Essay? (In addition to what is on the criteria page http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/apply/criteria). Many thanks!
Emily -> ChrisManHi. The presentation is a great way to show us another side of yourself. Be honest, be yourself, and tell us something that you feel we should know about you and your candidacy that you have not been able to elsewhere in the application. Remember, we take a holistic view when evaluating candidates and therefore, each piece of the application is used to construct a full picture of who you are, and therefore, you should think strategically about how best to use the different parts of the application to tell us your story.
Rafi -> EmilyIn your view what is the first step one must do in applying for the MBA program?
Emily -> RafiHi Rafi. I encourage you to check out our blog for application tips. http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=109
Jose_Juan -> MichelleEmily, so we don´t need to convert our transcripts into american GPA?
Michelle -> Jose_JuanHi Jose_Juan. I can answer this for Emily. Nope, you don't need to do any conversions on your end.
Kramaswa -> JoannaHi, what advice would you give to stand out in the essays?
Joanna -> KramaswaYou may find this blog about essays interesting: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=110
Nithin -> DanielleHi, I could not find any admission events planned in India this year. Any reasons if I may ask? Thanks
Danielle -> NithinNithin: My colleague, Meghan and I, were in India this past June. We visited Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore. Keep an eye out on the website for any future events that we may plan in India. In the interim, make sure to check out what our faculty member, Raghu Rajan is doing in India: http://bit.ly/13NxxwC
Raghu -> JoannaWhat is the median GMAT score for the previously admitted class i.e. class of 2015?
Joanna -> RaghuYou can see our class snapshot on this page: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time#simple2
Laurence -> MichelleHello. About what percentage of full-time Booth students would you say intend to switch careers vs. stay in their current industry?
Michelle -> LaurenceHi Laurence. I don't have the exact percentage, but I can tell you that a large number of students from Booth do change careers.
JMK -> DanielleIs there a preference between powerpoint and essay? I haven't decided which one yet but wanted to see if the admission board prefers reading one or the other
Danielle -> JMKJMK: No preference at all! We leave that decision up to the applicant. We hope you are able to be creative, and really showcase new information about yourself via either the essay or the powerpoint.
TL -> MichelleHi! may i ask if there is any preliminary employment reports for this year's graduates? or, in general, is it better than last year? thanks.
Michelle -> TLHi TL. You can find our employment reports here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/corp/hire-students/recruiting-tools/employment-reports
shibtastik -> DanielleHello again and thanks for answering our questions today. If an applicant applies to a MBA/MA program and does not get accepted, is he/she still considered for the regular MBA?
Danielle -> shibtastikshibtastik: Both applications are separate, so there is a possibility that one program may accept you, and the other may not.
JMK -> JoannaDoes career services also help with job opportunities outside of the US? or is it mainly limited to the US?
Joanna -> JMKYou can view our employment report for information on firms, locations etc: http://goo.gl/y8EcYK
mariapao -> JoannaHi, I live in Panama, and I want to apply. If selected, how will the interview process be?
Joanna -> mariapaoYou will have the option to interview in Chicago with students, or in the closest city to you where a Booth alumnus/a can be located.
Fred -> EmilyWhat the best ways to engage with current Booth students? Can I setup informational interview before the application?
Emily -> FredHi Fred. I encourage you to check out our student groups page and find groups that interest you to reach out to for more information about the program and the possibility of connecting with a student. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups
Jatin -> MichelleHello again, Is there a way we could connect with the Booth alumni and interact with them?
Michelle -> JatinHi Jatin. We only give students who matriculate access to our alumni network. However, I encourage you to do some research within your networks or even in your organization to seek out MBA grads. Connecting with them to get their perspective is a great way to understand the culture.
Cat -> MeghanI do not have a traditional Business background as I majored in Theater Administration and not Business, Finance, Economics, etc. I do have 8 years of work experience in sports marketing with three major sports leagues. It is required that I have a business background?
Meghan -> CatHi Cat: That sounds like a super interesting background to me! Booth does not require that applicants come from a strictly business background - in fact, we look for diversity in terms of unique careers and experiences since we think it enriches the academic environment. I would say that the most important thing for you to think about as you put together your application is how the skills taught in the MBA Program are going to help you fulfill your specific goals.
Vjk -> MeghanCan the admissions committee help in finding some alumni in my current region who I can speak with before my applications? I live in Toronto, Canada
Meghan -> VjkHi Vjk: While we can't assist you in connecting with our alumni, there's an easy way for you to do so yourself - attend our information session! We will be hosting one in Toronto this fall, and we'll have local Booth alumni in attendance there. You can sign up here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/events/north-america
Vik -> MichelleHi all, how much does a person's title/position factor into the evaluation of their recommendation letter? For example, would it be better to have a recommendation from my direct manager, who is intimately familiar with my work product, or a C-level executive who is familiar with my work, but only at a high-level?
Michelle -> VikHi Vik. The title/position does not factor in at all. One recommendation needs to come from a professional relationship and I encourage you to ask the person who knows you best, but also someone who is in the recent past.
george -> JoannaIf I submit the application before R1 deadline, and then I take another Toefl test and achieve a higher result, can I update my new Toefl result to the admission committee? And it still counts as a R1 application?
Joanna -> georgeHi George, you can always update your application, but know that after a certain point, updates may come to late to be considered. I'd suggest making updates just a few weeks after the deadline. But also note our TOEFL requirements here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/faq#b7a34dd6d6da4c5aa2e478315ca39c99
Kent -> MichelleCan you briefly discuss the opportunities to study abroad during the program?
Michelle -> KentHi Kent. We have a couple of different international opportunities here at Booth. You can learn more here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/academics/international-studies
Anshum -> MichelleHi Team, One additional question: I am an international candidate and have US equivalent GPA conversion from WES (World Education Services). Can I submit / mention that in application? Thanks
Michelle -> AnshumHi Anshum. We'll get your GPA from your transcript so I wouldn't worry too much about this. We have staff that is well versed in how to translate international GPAs.
BrianDee -> Michellethanks for the answers! Does the MBA coursework allow for electives outside of the business school to be taken?
Michelle -> BrianDeeHi BrianDee. YES! Our students take 11 electives, six of which can be taken outside of Booth.
Mike23 -> DanielleIs there a significant advantage between an on-campus and off-campus interview?
Danielle -> Mike23Mike23: We strongly encourage all applicants to visit campus for their interview, or one of our hub locations. This way, you are able to experience the Chicago Booth community first hand. However, if you are unable to visit one of our hub locations or our campus in Hyde Park, we do offer alumni interviews in your area.
Jose_Juan -> BryceThank you for having this session. I´m wondering if you considerar financial situation in your admission decisions. I understand that candidates should inform in the application form about how they plan to fund the MBA. How much important is this aspect?
Bryce -> Jose_JuanWe don't offer need-based assistance, and all scholarships are distributed off of merit. That being said, we don't evaluate off of someone's financial situation.
george -> EmilyI am from China.My original transcript is issued in Chinese. I read from your website" If academic records and diplomas are not issued in English by the institution, you must submit both the official record and an authorized English translation." My question is in what way you will approve that "it has been authorized"
Emily -> georgeHi George. This means that the translation needs to be certified and official.
Kyle -> MeghanDo you have suggestions on how to tailor an application if coming from a "non-traditional" pre-MBA background. Specifically in my case, I work for an engineering consulting firm.
Meghan -> KyleHi Kyle: The best advice I can give here is to simply be honest and genuine in the materials you put forward. Examine why you feel you need the skills an MBA will teach you, and how you plan to bridge that with your current background. There is no prescription in terms of having the perfect background - it's all about you as an individual, and the passion that you bring to the application.
Amar -> EmilyWould being a CFA Level 2 candidate help boost an undergraduate transcript that showed weakness in statistics and finance courses?
Emily -> AmarHi Amar. We evaluate applications holistically, and therefore consider all of an applicant's credentials when making a decision.
dcho -> BryceHello all, Thanks for setting this up. This is quite a large panelist for the chat! I'm a perspective student applying for Fall 2014 wanting a career change into real estate asset management. What are the strong points of Booth in preparing students for Career Transition ?
Bryce -> dchoI think anyone in career transition can benefit from the flexible nature of our culture and curriculum. It allows you to find yourself and test the waters in various industries, whether it be taking an elective through the law school on real estate law or public policy. It really allows you to craft your own experience and have the support to take risks. Here's a resource that's worth checking out: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups/real-estate-group
Francisco -> MichelleHow do you assess the new section of the gmat "Integrated Reasoning". Does it help if the math score is not very high (p.63%)?
Michelle -> FranciscoHi Francisco. We take a holistic approach to the entire application, the GMAT is just one of many parts. I'd encourage you to not get too hung up on the various elements of the GMAT and just do the best you can overall.
Michael0923 -> JoannaHi there - will the IR (integrated reasoning) section of the GMAT be considered in an application?
Joanna -> Michael0923Hello Michael, The IR section of the GMAT is new and not everyone will have it. Because of this, we won't be using it as a primary consideration in making any decisions, but we will look to see what it tells us about those applicants who have it.
2013vj -> EmilyHow does the admissions committee view students with advanced degrees, in my case multiple of them?
Emily -> 2013vjHi. Many applicants have advanced degrees. Chicago Booth's flexible curriculum allows you to build on your existing knowledge and choose more rigorous courses that provide the appropriate level of challenge, rather than repeating classes that you may have already taken. In evaluating candidates, we value individuals who show a strong desire for the Chicago Booth educational experience, so be sure to articulate how a full-time Chicago Booth MBA fits your needs.
Stuart -> EmilyHey Bryce, Michelle, Emily, and Meghan - thank you for hosting this chat for prospective students. I am very interested in coming to visit class, and was hoping you could provide some additional insight into "Chicago Booth Live". Do you have an idea of what days it will be offered? The website currently states, "Please check back in September for our fall Booth Live dates."
Emily -> StuartHi Stuart. The Booth Live dates have not been released yet, but should be up on the website next month.
SDD -> BryceHi. My question is - are there any advantages / disadvantages in applying together with your spouse?
Bryce -> SDDNo, not really - you still both need to put together competitive applications. We definitely encourage you both to apply though, because he can be a very fulfilling experience to go through the program together.
Tom -> MichelleThanks for the chat! Also how many times of taking GMAT is considered negatively in the admission?
Michelle -> TomHi Tom. There's no set "number" for this. I encourage students to submit their application when they feel it is at its strongest. Having said that, typically we see 1-2, maybe 3 times people take the GMAT.
SV -> MeghanHow do you view candidates who have taken sabbaticals or year outs during their career to go for endeavors such as Peace Corps or other voluntary jobs. Can that be looked negatively as a break in career?
Meghan -> SVHi SV: Taking a year out to do the Peace Corps sounds great. I would say that it's up to the applicant to deliver their story in a compelling way. Why did you want this experience? What did you learn? How does it fit in your overall trajectory?
Dami -> MeghanHi all, and thanks for chatting with us today. I was wondering what percentage of applications and/ or incoming classes is composed of early career candidates.
Meghan -> DamiHi Dami: Our typical entering student has 5 years work experience, but we always enroll students who have more or less than that. Historically, 10% of an entering class has less than 3 years work experience. Hope that helps!
Aleks -> EmilyHi all. You require 104 for toefl test. If I have only 91, does it mean that I ll be refused automatically? Thanks
Emily -> AleksHi Aleks. We do not reject automatically. We would then use other ways to assess English proficiency such as an interview.
tmc -> MichelleUnder the Work Experience section of the application, what are the "Direct/Indirect Reports"? Thanks.
Michelle -> tmcHi tmc. This section refers to managing - so did you have any people that report to you.
JMK -> EmilyI'd like to get a recommendation from my current firm but my bosses don't speak English at all. I don't want to translate anything myself to be objective. What would be the best advice given here?
Emily -> JMKHi JMK. All recommendations must be submitted in English. Your recommender should seek the help of a translator or use translation software. The translation cannot be done by you. If these options are not possible, you will need to select another recommender.
Melody -> MichelleHi, Can you comment on some strong points of Booth regarding family business? What kind of courses, resources and network that Booth has for this area? Thank you.
Michelle -> MelodyHi Melody. Check out one of our current students, Chris. He talks a lot about his family business: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/fulltime/viewbook/think/#Chris
AmitM -> BryceHi all, good morning,does the admission committee look into the previous year essays if the person is a re-applicant? Does it affect negatively?
Bryce -> AmitMIt's actually pretty common to repply, so we do not look at it negatively. Good luck!
Tom -> DanielleHi Team will there be a difference in chances of admission between round 1 and round 2?
Danielle -> TomTom: We accept talented individuals from every round. You are welcome to apply at the time where you feel your application is the strongest.
Yelena -> BryceCan someone please talk about entrepreneurship programs/competitions, etc. at Booth?
Bryce -> YelenaThere is quite a bit to cover here, but I would start by reviewing these resources: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/entrepreneurship/
http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups/evc
ChrisMan -> MeghanHi team, do you have any advice for military applicants in terms of delivering most appropriate answers and showing readiness for an MBA?
Meghan -> ChrisManHi ChrisMan: We recognize that while military applicants may not bring the career experience other candidates have, their leadership and resilience skills are exceptionally well developed. I'd recommend touching base with our Armed Forces Group; they have a whole support system set up for prospective students: http://student.chicagobooth.edu/group/afa/
Andrew_S -> BryceWill a transcript of this chat be available to those who attended--either via email or a link?
Bryce -> Andrew_SYes, transcripts from our live chats are available on our website. Here's a link: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/events/online-chats?source=modules_engage_ft
Olivia -> Brycecan international applicants submit application in R2 and R3? some seniors told me there might be some limitation that international students can only apply in R1, due to visa application etc.
Bryce -> OliviaAll rounds are fine for international students, but I would lean away from R3 because the decision timeframe is much more condensed and the visa process would be more challenging.
Dan_Mc -> EmilyHey! Thanks for having this session. I really enjoy the flexible curriculum that Booth offers but I didn't know if there were certain suggested tracks that the school had depending on the industry you want to go into after graduation?
Emily -> Dan_McHi Dan. Even people going into the same industry or career path will ultimately follow different paths. This is something that makes Booth so dynamic! However, you will have access to great academic advisers who can work with you to suggest classes and help to customize a path should you be interested in doing so.
Ruchi -> BryceHi, Panelists. I was wondering how important you think it is to visit campus before applying? Do you think the same goals can be achieved through talking to students, alumni, etc?
Bryce -> RuchiI think it's helpful as an applicatant to fully immerse yourself in the Booth experience prior to applying. That being said, we don't require a campus visit, but I think its great to sit in on a class and see the Harper Center - just to see how it feels before applying.
javierpaez14 -> BryceI'm traveling next week to Chicago for a campus visit. Is it possible to arrange a meeting with faculty from the Polsky Center about the New Venture Challenge? Should I write them an email? I was told by an alumni to try to reach Mr. Meadow.
Bryce -> javierpaez14I would first start with the admissions team and students focusing in that space. Here are a few resources:
http://research.chicagobooth.edu/nvc/index.aspx
http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups/evc
dcho -> MeghanWhat international programs/events/exposure/experience does the school provide?
Meghan -> dchoHi dcho: We have numerous options available to students who want to internationalize their MBA. Check out our Int'l Programs website to learn more: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/academics/international-studies
Weger -> MichelleHi all, and thanks for chatting with us today. I noticed on your student profile you had the median GMAT score but not the median GRE score. Do any of you know what range the GRE score should be in? Any percentiles for certain sections you would expect to see -- ie math more than 80%? How many applicants take the GRE versus the GMAT? Thanks!
Michelle -> WegerHi Weger. As last year was the first year we accepted the GRE, we are still compiling the data to determine a range
Ryan_O -> BryceIs there a substantial advantage to participating in a campus visit before submitting an application? Or is it reasonable to schedule a campus visit if/when an interview invitation is extended?
Bryce -> Ryan_ONo, not really - but I think it's helpful as an applicatant to fully immerse yourself in the Booth experience prior to applying. That being said, we don't require a campus visit, but I think its great to sit in on a class and see the Harper Center - just to see how it feels before applying.
Michael0923 -> JoannaHey - what is the best way to address something not desirable in an application (ie. low GPA, low GMAT ,etc.), through an optional essay?
Joanna -> Michael0923Yes, that is the best place to address any anomalies in your application.
dcho -> MichelleWhat kind of advantage does the school have from its location?
Michelle -> dchoHi dcho. Chicago is such a vibrant city. Second only to NY in Fortune 500 companies, Chicago has incredible connections with top companies like Kraft, Boeing, United Airlines, Pepsico, and many more. Additionally, we have 200+ neighborhoods that are rich with culture, restaurants and many activities like street fests, theatres, museums, etc. We have a fabulous lakefront which draws athletic types, water sports and a great place to watch the sun rise. I could go on and on...
Stuart -> EmilyAs a married candidate, could you discuss what % of students are married? And what kind of partner programs are available?
Emily -> StuartHi Stuart. It varies every year, but around 20% of students are married. We do have a partners club that puts together social events and programming for partners. You can see more information about the Booth Partners Club here http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups/booth-partners
TL -> Emilythanks for answering my question! another question i have, my graduate school does not release GPA in the official transcript (which seems to be quite common among european business schools). could you please give me some guidance on what i need to do for my application to booth? thanks!
Emily -> TLTL. Submit your official transcripts as they are without alteration, and just include your GPA or other relevant information where it asks in the application. Our admissions team members have seen a lot of international transcripts and are well versed in how to evaluate them.
george -> JoannaHi, my transcript is issued in Chinese. what kind of "certified" Enlished version Committee accept? Can I translate myself?
Joanna -> georgeYou can learn more about transcript requirements here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/apply/transcripts
Fede_Albarellos -> MeghanI read about the LEAD facilitator program, which I find very interesting. What is the process of becoming a LEAD facilitator in second year?
Meghan -> Fede_AlbarellosHi Fede_Albarellos: Yes, LEAD is facilitated by 2nd year Booth students who go through an extensive application and training process. It's quite a unique role at the school, and a great opportunity to "pay it forward" to the community. Hear two Lead Facils talk about their experience via the following link (click on Ruhi/Haibo): http://www.chicagobooth.edu/fulltime/viewbook/lead/
merwin11 -> BryceHow does a non-cohort system help Booth students ?
Bryce -> merwin11I think it's great because the relationships that you develop happen organicially based on your class selection and group participation. It makes it very much like the real world as well, which translates to success in your career life. Community is still very strong though - you just crafy the experience.
Emily -> EveryoneIt was a pleasure chatting with you all today! Good luck on your applications!
Bryce -> EveryoneThanks for your time today - hope you found it helpful!
Danielle -> EveryoneThanks so much for joining us today! Make sure to let us know what you love about Booth on Twitter by using #WhyBooth
Jason_YANG -> BryceHello, since applicants will have option to choose a presentation or an additional essay, do the two options make any difference to you? Thank you!
Bryce -> Jason_YANGNo, not really - I think it just comes down to each applicant's comfort level with each format. Have fun with it and good luck!
fadzair -> MeghanGood day and thank again for affording us the time, What is your view on re-applicants?
Meghan -> fadzairHi fadzair: We welcome applications from reapplicants. This is a great opportunity to learn more about yourself, examine further why you want to come to Chicago Booth, and how the school is a fit for you.
Jason_YANG -> MichelleHi, I held a master degree from a none English speaking region, but the courses were instructed in English, which is reflected in transcript. Am I eligible to a TOEFL waiver in this regards? Thank you!
Michelle -> Jason_YANGHi Jason_YANG. According to our website "all international students whose native language is not English must take either the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic exam unless theye arned an undergraduate degree or post-graduate degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction." Read more here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/international/english-exams
PG -> MichelleCan someone who has been declined in round one reapply in round two given the fact the his candidacy has improved over that period?
Michelle -> PGHi PG. You can only apply one time a year.
Meghan -> EveryoneThanks for the excellent questions! Good luck to you all.
Moderator -> EveryoneThank you again for participating in our chat. The chat transcript will be posted within 48 hours.
Michelle -> EveryoneThanks for all the great questions. Good luck to you all.