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Thursday, September 5, 2013, 11 a.m. - Noon CT

If you are getting ready to prepare your Round One application, you won’t want to miss this live chat. Ask the Admissions Committee your questions about pre-MBA work experience, extra-curricular activities, and getting great letters of recommendation. Read the Insider Blog for more tips before the chat.

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Suraj -> ModeratorI'm of 35 years if age , I'm planning to take the GMAT next month . What is the image of age and a GMAT score in selection of a candidate seeking admission at Booth.?
diana -> ModeratorWork experience I am concerned re: the work experience needed to apply to Booth's full time MBA. I've just graduated this summer from my undergraduate studies (and finished with a very high GPA) but have, as a consequence of placing more focus on my studies, more limited work experience. To date, I only have a 9-month internship in an insurance brokerage firm and one year experience in merchandising for a retail company. I did and continue to do a lot of community work. Would this be acceptable (...or competitive given the high quality of applicants to Booth?). Thank you for your time.
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Moderator -> EveryoneWelcome everyone. The chat has now begun. We look forward to answering any questions you may have at this time.
Danielle -> EveryoneThank you for joining our chat! We look forward to answering your questions, and share with us your reason for #WhyBooth on Twitter via @Booth_Insider
Bryce -> EveryoneHello everyone! Thanks so much for joining us today - we look forward to answering your questions.
Michelle -> EveryoneThanks for joining our chat today, I look forward to answering your questions today!
Amy -> EveryoneHello, and thanks for joining us today! I look forward to answering your questions.
jgar -> AmyHello! I wanted to ask about the letters of recommendation. Are the recommenders supposed to write a full letter based on the guidelines describesd in the website or there are specific questions to answer separately?
Amy -> jgarHi jgar, when you share with us your recommenders' information, we will contact them with instructions on what to do. Specifically, we will ask them to complete a form and write a letter based on a few guiding questions.
apoorv_k -> CarrieMy undergraduate degree is a integrated dual -degree (B.A.LL.B.). The drop down menu on the application portal does not list B.A. LL.B. as an option. Would it suffice to mention only LL.B. or should I make a separate entry for the B.A. degree?
Carrie -> apoorv_kHi Apoorv. You should list each degree as a separate entry.
Carrie -> EveryoneWelcome! I look forward to answering your questions today.
Meghan -> EveryoneHello! Looking forward to answering your questions today.
Emily -> EveryoneHi everyone! Looking forward to chatting with you today!
Lin -> MichelleHi, I am a math teacher in a high school. Prior to my teaching, I worked as a research engineer. I also volunteer at my school with the students as well as the community for student programs. Would this be acceptable as community experience?
Michelle -> LinHi Lin. Talking about your involvement as a volunteer is a good way for us to get to know you outside of your career.
apoorv_k -> MeghanDoes the Chicago Booth Adcom view self - started venture less favourably than a full-time job at an established organisation?
Meghan -> apoorv_kHi apoorv_k: Good question - in fact, I just wrote a blog about this: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=117.

In short, we do not view a self-started venture less favorably than a full-time job. However, it's your job as the applicant to provide us with context on the richness of your experience.
Gaurav -> CarrieHi, can you tell me what percentage of class is selected in Round 1 and Round 2?
Carrie -> GauravHi, Gaurav. The percentage of the class admitted in each round varies from year to year based on the overall application numbers and quality of candidates. However, we do admit the majority of candidates in Rounds 1 and 2, as we receive the bulk of our applications during those rounds.
Hardik -> DanielleI wasn't able to attend the school's event in Washington D.C. but I see that the school has another information session in Philadelphia on 9/11. In the event's description, it says that admissions staff and alumni will be in attendance. Will current students also be attending?
Danielle -> HardikHardik: Sorry we missed you last night in DC - we had a great crowd! We will most likely not have any current students in Philadelphia as our first years will be on campus, and our second years will be wrapping up their internships. We certainly encourage you to visit campus at your convenience for the best student experience: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/visit?source=modules_engage_ft
ACG -> BryceAre essay word limits strict or somewhat flexible (e.g. ~10% over is fine)?
Bryce -> ACGYes, I would say that they are relatively strict and we put them in place for a reason. So, I would just use your best judgement when forming your essays.
Donna -> EveryoneHi everyone, looking forward to answering your questions today!
apoorv_k -> DanielleCould you suggest any sources for obtaining more information about Chicago Booth located within India?
Danielle -> apoorv_kapporv_k: Chicago Booth does quite a bit in India! We were recently there in June hosting information sessions in Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai. We have an incredibly strong alumni network there, and I would encourage you to reach out to our India Country Captains here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/student-experience/international/asia-australia/india In addition, you may want to consider attending our Global Leadership Series in Mumbai on September 13: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/gls/index.aspx. Lastly, please view the efforts of Raghu Rajan http://www.chicagobooth.edu/faculty/directory/r/raghuram-g-rajan
Denisse_A. -> CarrieHello, I am from South America and I will like to apply to the admission process, I would like to know what is the impact of my grades and scores I had in College? How do you evaluate these grades? By the way I got to say that math is not my strength but I am very interested in Booth.
Carrie -> Denisse_A.Hi Denisse. This is a great question. When evaluating your application, we take many factors into consideration as we use a holistic assessment process. When looking at your academic background, we are primarily assessing your performance in that particular program. We look at the types of classes you took, your performance in them, and overall trends. This, along with your GMAT/GRE scores, gives us a sense of how you might perform in the classroom at Booth. As for your comment about math not being your strong suit – that’s ok! We have students coming in from all different backgrounds. The beauty of our flexibility is that it allows you to build on your existing skills and expertise.
R26 -> DanielleGood morning, Thank you for the live session organization. Regarding the events, will there be one in Singapore in the near future by any chance ? Whether settled by the admission
Danielle -> R26R26: We actually already visited Singapore! We had a wonderful event, and we encourage you to reach out to our students from Singapore if you have any questions regarding their experiences at Chicago Booth. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/student-experience/international/asia-australia/singapore
fadygeorge -> BryceLocation concerns, I have already started my application, actually I am almost done, my recommenders have submitted, but I am unable to visit campus due to my location overseas. Will that affect my candidacy? I am highly interested in Booth but wont be able to visit soon
Bryce -> fadygeorgeWe completely understand that not everyone can make it to campus, so it won't affect your candidacy. That being said, I would just try to focus on engaging with the Booth community in other ways.
Arihant -> EmilyHi, one of my immediate supervisors left the organisation but is fine with writing a letter of recommendation for me. Can this be counted towards the supervisor recommendation?
Emily -> ArihantHi Arihant, Absolutely. We just ask that at least one of the letters of recommendation come from a supervisor which can be past or current depending on your situation.
DanceMachine -> DanielleDoes applying in Round 2 put you at a considerable disadvantage vs. those who apply in Round 1?
Danielle -> DanceMachineDanceMachine: Not at all. We do receive a higher volume of applications in our second round, but you need to apply when your applications is at the absolute best it can be.
ahirata -> MichelleMy question is regarding current work placement. I decided to leave my job at a top-tier consulting firm because I got an opportunity to develop the educational NGO I have found. This means my recommenders will not be from my current employment (since officially I am "unemployed"). How does admissions regard this situation, eg. for recommendation letters?
Michelle -> ahirataHi ahirata: Our letters of recommendation requirements are that you need to have one professional and the other can be anyone you wish to ask. Maybe you can ask a previous manager at the consulting firm to sit down with you and talk about why you want an MBA, then ask that person to write you a letter of rec.
apoorv_k -> DonnaIs there any disadvantage in opting for the 600 word Essay over the Powerpoint Presentation?
Donna -> apoorv_kWe do not have a preference for the PPT or essay. All I suggest is answering the question we ask.
Karan -> MeghanHi there, Im 21 years old and just graduated from UK university completing a TOP-UP degree from Greenwich Univerisity. I have 2 years of professional work experience. I'll be taking my GMAT next month and applying for round 2. I have got enough extra curricular activities and still continuing plus I have done leadership roles through professional work and extra curricular activities. Would such type of profile be viable as still Im a candidate of below age?
Meghan -> KaranHi Karan, congratulations on your recent graduation! Here is a list of criteria we look at for early career candidates: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/early-career-candidates. Additionally, I would encourage you to spend time thinking through your reasoning for doing an MBA Program now - what is compelling you toward this path? Also, what experiences can you share at this point in time that will provide a unique contribution to the class? Good luck!
Alex_J -> MichelleI realize there is a wide range of "acceptable" GMAT scores, but do you weigh the score specifically with undergraduate GPA or simply look at it as part of the whole package?
Michelle -> Alex_JHi Alex_J. We look at the entire application from a holistic standpoint. No one part is weighted any heavier than the others. Think about it like a giant puzzle - all elements are important to complete the puzzle, and no one piece is "bigger" than the other.
Rafael_Pereira -> DanielleHi! My name is Rafael Pereira and I am from Brazil. I would like to understand the differences between applying on the 1st round and applying on the 2nd round. Does that reduce my chances of success?
Danielle -> Rafael_PereiraRafael_Pereira: We accept talented students from every round. We receive the highest volume of application in our second round. You need to apply when you are ready, and don't rush your application - apply when you feel the application is at its best. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/student-experience/international/north-south-america/brazil
Santi_Marchiori -> MichelleHi, I’m planning to apply for the MBA next year and I was wondering which extracurricular activities do the university value the most?
Michelle -> Santi_MarchioriHi Santi_Marchiori: we don't value any specific activity more than others. You can read a blog I recently wrote on this topic here: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=119
augustin -> DanielleRegarding reapplication, what if my goal is changed? How positively/negatively would this affect?
Danielle -> augustinAugustin: If your goals have changed, please share with us that information, and why they have changed. We certainly know that things alter since your last application, and we want to hear about it!
Yi -> MeghanI am concerned about work experience too. I am a junior in college. I worked on campus as a resident advisor and had full time summer internship experience. I want to apply for Booth on my senior year. Will Booth consider me for my on campus work experience and summer internship, even though I dont have full time job experience.
Meghan -> YiHi Yi! Yes, we will definitely look at your summer internships and any full- or part-time work experiences you've had.
Ali -> DanielleHow can I find out more about the firms that have a relationship with Booth and hire from graduates or offer internships?
Danielle -> AliAli: Great question. Please feel free to learn more about that online here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/corp
Nicole -> AmyI'm involved in fewer organized activities due to the demanding nature of my job (and I am involved in some work "extra-curriculars"). Is this lack of activities something that I should address in an optional essay or would it be enough to discuss in an interview?
Amy -> NicoleHi Nicole, certainly, when we evaluate applications, we employ a holistic evaluation process that allows us to consider all aspects of your candidacy. However, while an interview is required for admission, not every applicant will be invited. So should you feel that this is something you consider needing extra attention or explanation for the Admissions Committee when evaluating your candidacy, please feel free to take advantage of the optional essay to address. Also, feel free to check out our latest Booth Insider blog article on the topic of extracurricular activities (goo.gl/XhYmhr) with respect to one's candidacy.
lechern -> MeghanI am planning to apply for the Chicago Booth Scholars Program. I was wondering if my full-time position will have any bearing on the application. I also had a question about financing for international students and whether loans required a US co-signer. I was also curious about the number of Booth Scholars that were admitted this past year.
Meghan -> lechernHi lechern: Yes, we will definitely want to know about your full-time position when you are applying for the Booth Scholars Program. More info on financing for int'l students can be found on our website: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/tuition-financial-aid.
Akhil -> BryceHi. I'm currently working in a sales role and already have an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Does having a prior MBA impact my chances of getting into Booth
Bryce -> AkhilGood question. I would say that it's somewhat rare for candidates to pursue a 2nd MBA, but it does occasionally happen. It's just critical that you clearly address your reasons for doing so in your application because we'll want to know your overall thought process.
Saurabh -> EmilyHello - thanks for taking time out to answer our questions. I had a question regarding the second recommendation -- you mention that the second recommendation should add new and valuable insights to your application. Could you throw more light on it? Would a professional peer recommendation be accepted?
Emily -> SaurabhHi Saurabh, Both recommendations should be from people who know you well and in a professional capacity. We would recommend these come from someone who has supervised you or who has worked with you in a similar manner, such as a client, faculty member etc. We do not recommend you use a peer.
AK -> DanielleFor greater-Chicago area applicants, are the interviews on-cmpus or off-campus? Are we given a choice? Also, assuming I get an invitation for interview in Round 1, what timeframe am I looking at for interviews - November?
Danielle -> AKAK: We strongly encourage all folks in the Chicago area to come to camps to interview. We will release decisions according to this timeline: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/apply
KP -> CarrieCan you speak to the importance of the different parts of the GMAT when evaluating candidates? Speciically, how are you evaluating the scores on the new IR section and writing section compared to scores on the verbal and math sections? Thanks.
Carrie -> KPHi, KP. Although we look at all GMAT sub-scores, we look most closely at your overall score. Additionally, we will always take your highest overall score. For the sub-score breakdowns, we look to identify areas of strength/development and what they might tell us about you. If we sense a deficiency in any area, we will look to see if there is evidence of it elsewhere in the application.
jgar -> AmyCourses obtained through coursera.org should be included in the additional information of the academic record in the application?
Amy -> jgarJgar, yes, please include that information in the academic record section, within the space offered to list additional courses that you have taken that are not on your transcripts.
Gaurav -> DonnaWill a moderate GMAT of 680 after 8 years of work ex be seen in a different light or does the Ad-com consider everyone on the same criteria?
Donna -> GauravWe look at each application holistically. We want to make sure the person we admit will be able to handle the course work. We can see evidence in the GMAT, past education, work experience, etc.
Gaurav -> Carriewhat percentage of student get scholarships and what I the average $ amount covered by these scholarships?
Carrie -> GauravHi Gaurav. Although it varies from year to year, we award approximately 25% of students with a merit-based scholarships. These awards range from $10,000 to full tuition, and are awarded at the time of admission.
Caitlin -> DonnaHello! Thank you so much for hosting this chat session. I have a quick question about the decision process. I applied to Booth last year, and was invited to interview. I thought the interview went really well. However, I did not gain admission. Could you give me an idea of what kind of weight the interviews carry on the admission decision?
Donna -> CaitlinThe interview serves as another touch point in the application. It is not given a set percent, weight or importance. Instead we review your application after the interview holistically.
bkornswiet -> MeghanGood morning - if I have all of my materials, recommendations, etc. prepared to be submitted online for Round 1, but have to delay to Round 2, will the recommender submissions remain in the system or will they have to resubmit?
Meghan -> bkornswietHi, bkornswiet: Morning! Your recommender information will remain in the system until you submit your application.
Liam -> MichelleHi, in terms of contribution to the Booth communities, what are the unique qualities you are seeking from prospect candidates?
Michelle -> LiamHi Liam: We are looking to get a sense of who you are. What has your involvement been? Have you taken on any leadership roles? You can read more in a recent blog I wrote about this: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=119
Kevin_A -> DanielleDoes Booth have an Energy Club?
Danielle -> Kevin_AKevin_A: We sure do! Our Energy club is one of the over 70 student led groups on campus. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups/energy-group
AlexB -> DanielleMy question is about on campus vs. off campus interviews. How do they differ? Which of the two is preferred by admissions committee? Thanks!
Danielle -> AlexBAlexB: We strongly encourage all applicants to visit Chicago, or attend one of our hub locations for their interview. This way, you're able to get a robust experience, and interact directly with students, alumni, and staff members. If you are unable to visit one of our locations, we will have a local alumni in your area conduct the interview.
Jon -> MeghanHello. I am a recent graduate (December 2012) and have been working for a financial company since. Therefore I have been there about 9 months now and was wondering if my work experience, or lack there of, would negative appeal to my application?
Meghan -> JonHi Jon: Congrats on your recent graduation! We will definitely want to know how your recent work experience has affected you and, more importantly, led to your decision to apply to Booth. I addressed this in a recent blog post here: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=117
Michael_M. -> BryceHello, could you please talk in more detail about the flexible curriculum? I am interested in learning more about the advantages to a flexible cirriculum compared with some of the alternativea offered at other business schools.
Bryce -> Michael_M.It's not a prescriptive environment at Booth, and the flexible nature of our culture and curriculum allows you the opportunity to shape your overall experience. With only one required course (LEAD), you can really make it your own based on your background and future goals. And I just think that there is a lot value associated to making these types of decisions and increases your return on investment.
MikeL -> EmilyMy manager just left to launch a startup, so he does not have a work email address. If he explains this situation, is this ok, or do I need to find someone else that has a work email address, but doesnt know me as well?
Emily -> MikeLHi Mike. It is ok if your manager does not have a company email address.
Richard_Wallach -> MichelleHi! I have a question about extra-curricular activities. If my job is very demanding in a way that limits my extra-curricular activities is that a factor that is considered when evaluating a candidate?
Michelle -> Richard_WallachHi Richard_Wallach. We understand that certain careers are more demanding than others. If you haven't participated in a lot of extra-curricular activities it would be great if you could talk about the things that interest you and what you see yourself getting involved with (and why). Read more on this recent blog I wrote: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=119
mory -> DonnaHi. Do you accept updated GMAT scores after application submission? I will not be able to take another GMAT before the 1st round deadline
Donna -> moryWe do. If you take the GMAT after the deadline you will need to email the unofficial score to admissions@chicagobooth.edu.
R26 -> BryceRegarding the visit of the campus, there must be periods to avoid (exams/tests, specific project), therefore, when would you recommend to come ? Thank you in advance.
Bryce -> R26Sure thing, I would check our website to avoid exclusion dates and try to visit mid-quarter. It would also make sense to review our class visit options for a given day to make sure it's a session of interest.
nicobarbero -> DonnaIs it possible to request an on campus interview before the application deadline? I ask this because I will be visiting Chicago in a few weeks
Donna -> nicobarberoUnfortunately no. You will have the opportunity to talk with staff and others on campus depending on the day. This should not be a concern since we allow all candidates outside of the Chicago area to interview with an alum close to their preferred location. We also will be hosting HUB interviews in London and Shanghai this fall allowing applicants to interview with alumni or staff.
Rui -> AmyAnd also, what is the GRE and GMAT required for applying BOOTH?
Amy -> RuiHi Rui, through our holistic evaluation process, we are able to consider every aspect of the application when evaluating for fit. Hence, we do not have a minimum GMAT or GRE requirement. For more information, please feel free to check out our FAQs page at goo.gl/dDWmoe.
Hugo -> MeghanHi, it's Hung, a banker from Vietnam. I took undergraduate degree in Vietnam but graduated with a master degree in Economics and Finance from Leeds, UK. Will I be able to waive from the Language Requirement?
Meghan -> HugoHi Hugo, if you earned an undergraduate degree or post-graduate degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction you are exempt. More specific info can be found here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/international/english-exams
danielb -> DanielleThank you for your time! I am interested to learn about collaborations made at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Were there collaborations of Booth students with students from different faculties that lead to company formations?
Danielle -> danielbdanielb: Chicago Booth has the premier start-up competition of any bschool, and we really thrive in the realm of entrepreneurship. You can check out everything Polsky Center, here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/entrepreneurship/
Hellena -> DanielleGood Afternoon Danielle, I had a great time at last nights event. After viewing the video and hearing about LEAP, I wanted to find out how accessible (mobility speaking) is the Harper center and events sponsored by the College? In all the videos and pictures, I have not seen any depictions of physically challenged individuals. I do plan to visit the school this fall, but would like to know how accessible is the facility?
Danielle -> HellenaHellena: Hi there! Thanks so much for joining us last night - I had a great time as well! We take great care in making sure our facility is friendly for all who visit, and attend as a student. We have ramps, wheelchair accessible elevators, and a support staff to help as needed! We'd love for you to come visit.
Hank -> CarrieHi This is Hank from China. It is about TOEFL. My score is 104, but the speaking part is only 20. I think it doesn't reflect my speaking ability, and I don't have time to take it again. So, can I call the admissions team to ask you to evaluate my speaking ability before the submission? And if the admission team think my oral English is OK, she/he may put a few words in my application file.
Carrie -> HankHi, Hank. A 104 TOEFL score meets the minimum requirement of the University of Chicago. However, if you are concerned about your speaking score, we would have the opportunity to assess your language skills should you be invited to interview.
Ash -> BryceHello, my name is Ashita and I am applying for Fall 2014. My question is on the presentation/essay. Can I put in pictures in the 600 word essay if I am uploading it as a pdf?
Bryce -> AshYes, you can certainly add pictures to the presentation essay. However, we review this portion of the application statically, so I would avoid links, sound, multimedia, etc. Hope this is helpful.
Akhil -> DanielleHi...what kind of financial assistance is available to international students and approximately how much is the total cost for a 2 year program including living costs....
Danielle -> AkhilAkhil: You can view all of those details online. We are very proud to offer a loan program for international students: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Pote -> MichelleAbout extracurricular activities, will you still consider the experienes during undergraduate studies? Currently I have two year working experience. And I have already graduated from university two years ago.
Michelle -> PotePote: Ultimately it's up to you what you chose to include in your application. If those activities speak to you as an individual and showcase leadership and what is important to you, then great. You can read more in this recent blog I posted: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=119
MikeL -> CarrieHow does the AdCom view GRE score submissions? Does it put candidates at a disadvantage? Are they viewed exactly as GMAT scores are viewed? What is the average verbal and quant GRE scores for admitted students that submit GRE?
Carrie -> MikeLHi, Mike. We welcome GRE score submissions as an alternative to the GMAT, and it does not put candidates at a disadvantage. We evaluate the scores to give us a sense of your academic ability and likelihood for success in the classroom. As last year was the first year for accepting GRE scores, we do not yet have average data to report.
Amit -> AmyI have ~9 years of work experience in financial markets and got GMAT score of 650. Just wanted to check if I am eligible to apply with this GMAT score. Or Booth requires 700+ score
Amy -> AmitHi Amit, as long as an applicant meets the basic criteria, as outlined on our website (goo.gl/Cg0yE9), he/she is eligible to apply. Given that we employ a holistic evaluation process, we consider all aspects of one's application and do not require a minimum GMAT (or GRE) score.
peterfgoodman -> MeghanDo you cross reference military applicants with the Booth Veteran's club to gauge the level of previous interaction/interest shown in Booth?
Meghan -> peterfgoodmanHi peterfgoodman: Previous engagement with Chicago Booth is great for the admissions committee to see. For military applicants, we have a very active on-campus group that works to counsel candidates through the MBA process. Learn more here: http://student.chicagobooth.edu/group/afa/
Chris_L -> MeghanGoing on the peer recommendation question, what if I have a co-worker who is senior to me, but not a direct manager? Think of them more as a mentor whom I work with. Would this be appropriate?
Meghan -> Chris_LHi, Chris_L: Totally appropriate. We do recommend that at least one of the letters come from a supervisor (either previous or present) but the second letter is up to you. My colleague Joanne Legler just wrote a super helpful blog about this subject: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=120
Liam -> DanielleI'm planning to go to information event of Booth in London, please can you give some insights on who is going to attend from your side?
Danielle -> LiamLiam: Great to hear that you'll be attending! Joanne Legler will be visiting from Chicago, and we'll be joined by local alumni as well. We look forward to seeing you there!
Varanasi -> DonnaHello Team! i would like to know how you compare grades from different undergrad Colleges. As in it may be harder to get 3.0+GPA in a particular college, where as in another it might be very easy to get a 3.5 GPA
Donna -> VaranasiWe are aware of differences between GPAs and schools. We also know there can be differences based on major. When we review your application we will look at your application holistically, including school, majors, degrees, etc.
Sid -> CarrieGood morning. I have a question regarding the essays - since the short answer prompts do not ask for career goals, do these need to be covered in the Presentation essay? Since the Professional Info section in the application only provides 700 characters (~ 100 to 115 words) for the short and long term goals, I was wondering if career goals, why mba, why now and why Booth should be addressed in the Presentation essay. Look forward to your reply. Thanks.
Carrie -> SidHi, Sid. It's entirely up to you! Since we do allow you room to briefly describe your goals in the career section, you may consider including other information in your presentation, but you are welcome to expand on your goals if you feel it is relevant to your candidacy. For more information on this, consult this blog post: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=112
Vishwa -> DonnaDoes having inadequate personal financial resources affect the admission decisions in any manner?
Donna -> VishwaThe admissions process does not take into the personal financial resources of a person.
We do not ask for this information in the application.
Lin -> AmyHi, what are good sources for the letters of recommendation. How recent do they have to be? Do they have to be employers? Who are the most commonly used references?
Amy -> LinHi Lin, please check out our latest Booth Insider blog post regarding this exact topic (goo.gl/N0ZuSI). Certainly, as you're selecting the two ideal people to offer you a recommendation, please consider what value their perspectives will add to your candidacy. As with the rest of your application, you should be strategic and think critically about the choices that you make.
AS -> EmilyIs it better to have recommenders get a headstart on writing recs even if you plan on applying Round 2? Can the recommenders go into the system and submit it beforehand?
Emily -> ASHi. It is always nice to your recommenders to give them more time rather than less, and as long as you have started an application in the system your recommenders can submit the letters online.
Alan -> MichelleHello Chicago Booth Admissions Team! How's the weather? Another question on recommendations. One of my recommenders is asking if it is okay if he used the same answers from another school's recommendation for Booth's recommendation. Or do you strongly prefer a Booth specific recommendation?
Michelle -> AlanHi Alan! The weather is picture perfect here in Chicago today! Booth does have specific questions within the application process for recommenders. So my advice is to use your best judgement.
fgimenez -> DonnaHello everyone and thanks for hosting this chat session. How does the TOEFL waiver work for candidates with previous studies from an institution in which English is the language of instruction? Thanks for your answer.
Donna -> fgimenezTo do this you need to answer the question indicating you are exempt from the TOEFL. If so we will verify the exemption at the time of admissions.
DiegoDavid -> DanielleHi and thank you for your time. I'm interested in getting in touch with some former students in Mexico and talk with them about their experience in Booth. Do you have a student network in Mexico or someone I can contact?
Danielle -> DiegoDavidDiegoDavid: We have a very strong network of Mexican students! You're welcome to connect with them here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/student-experience/international/north-south-america/mexico
jgar -> MichelleCompeting in sports is considered and extra-curricular activity?
Michelle -> jgarJgar: Sports is considered an extra-curricular activity. Talk to us about things like participation position you play, how long you’ve played, and some of your successes. Read more in my blog post here: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=119
Jay -> MichelleHi. I was wondering if Chicago accepts part-time jobs during college as extra-curriculars? For candidates who paid their whole way through college working long hours, their jobs may have been stronger experiences than on-campus activities so is that accepted as "extra curricular"? Thanks for taking my question.
Michelle -> JayHi Jay. My advice is to use your best judgement. We understand that some people have demanding careers and lives, so even talking about things that interest you that you might pursue at school is a thought. Read more on my recent blog post: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=119
Rui -> BryceHi, I am Ruisha, an international student and doing my master in US. Do I need to take TOEFL test to apply? and also what is the acceptable GRE or GMAT score?
Bryce -> RuiIf the language of instruction for your masters program is English, you should be able to waive the TOEFL requirement. As for the GRE/GMAT, we don't really have an "acceptable" score and evaluate applications holistically. That being said, 80% of our students have scores that fall within the 660-760 range.
z3 -> DanielleHello, I attended an information session early June in Chicago, but I've managed to miss all Boston information sessions (including next week's) due to work travel. Is there any way I can reach out to some of the alumni speaking there?
Danielle -> z3z3: Sorry we keep missing you! We can certainly put you in touch with the alumni that attend. Just follow up with us after the event.
jgar -> CarrieI still have a doubt about recommendations. If a submit my application just before the deadline, when will the recommenders receive the questions and when will they be supposed to answer them? I ask because if I cannot give them the questions now, the are not able to start working on the recommendation some weeks before the deadline
Carrie -> jgarHi Jgar. You can start the application now and enter the information for your recommenders, which will prompt the system to send them an email with all of the relevant questions. This will give your recommenders time to work on your letters, and it will give you time to work on the application and submit when it is finalized.
Moderator -> EveryoneWe've reached the halfway point of our chat. Please continue to submit any questions you may have for our panelists.
Cole -> MichelleI plan to apply 2.5 years after graduating from undergrad. Is it still appropriate to talk about college experiences and service that I am particularly proud of? How big a part should college experiences play in application?
Michelle -> ColeCole: Use your best judgement; tell us how these experiences shaped you into the person you are today. Read more in a recent blog post here: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=119
peterfgoodman -> CarrieHow should we list our activities if they are things less structured than something like volunteering 3x a week with XYZ program. What if over the last several years we helped with a dog rescue but not necessarily on a consistent basis - how should we list the dates and frequency of participation?
Carrie -> peterfgoodmanHi, Peter. You can enter the time period for which you worked with the organization, include an estimate of the time donated, and provide any clarifying information in the description.
apoorv_k -> DonnaI was hoping to know if there could be any additional information which I may submit to the Adcom for being considered for a scholarship / fellowship
Donna -> apoorv_kNo, we will use your application to determine merit scholarships. We do not take additional information.
Eddie -> EveryoneSorry I'm late folks! I'm Eddie Pulliam with the Admissions Office and happy to help you with your questions!
Varanasi -> MichelleHi, how is work experience evaluated by the admissions committee? is the experience alone important or is the amount of positive change brought in within a given span of time also considered?
Michelle -> VaranasiVaranasi: The entire application is evaluated on a holistic level. Yes, discussing positive change and how it affected you or shaped you into the person you are today is a great way for us to understand more about you and what makes you unique.
Rachaelsc26 -> CarrieIs there a preference between the GRE and the GMAT?
Carrie -> Rachaelsc26Hi Rachael. We evaluate both scores equally - so there is no preference on our end.
Alex_J -> MeghanI have been in the military the last 12 years. I assume every military applicant focuses on his or her leadership opportunities which may lead to a lot of similar applications. When you look at thousands of applicants, do you look at them in similar groups? In other words, do you compare a military vet to a military vet only?
Meghan -> Alex_JHi Alex_J: Nope, we compare all applicants against the entire applicant pool. However, don't let that dissuade you as an applicant coming from a military background; we've found that candidates with military careers often have terrific experience when it comes to collaboration, resilience and of course leadership. Read more about this subject here: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=117
Ann_MG -> BryceHi,I'd like to know about the scholarship opportunities for international students . Is there an opportunity to waive off full or half tuition on merit or need basis ?
Bryce -> Ann_MGWe have a range of merit-based scholarships and fellowships, but do not offer need-based assistance. Here's a bit more information to review: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/scholarships
Jacob_G -> AmyHello and thank you for providing this chat! What is the living situation like at Booth for current students? Is there an area in Chicago that most students prefer to live? I have family in Chicago and was intending to visit and would like to get an idea of where people stay at.
Amy -> Jacob_GHi Jacob_G, definitely check out what our students say about the community and life at Booth and in the city of Chicago (goo.gl/gWMAQE). Our students live in various neighborhoods throughout the city, and the majority (~60%) live in the Loop/Downtown Chicago.
When you plan your trip to Chicago, definitely try to visit campus, as you'll have the opportunity to meet current students and experience firsthand the community and student experience at Booth (including a class visit, information session, building tour, and lunch). Registration for fall campus visits should open by the end of next week (goo.gl/nAlHv3).
justinny -> CarrieThe essays are quite short. Are we supposed to answer the questions why an MBA and why Booth even though the prompts do not specify that?
Carrie -> justinnyHi, Justinny. Our questions are designed to get at specific responses, so I would definitely encourage you to answer the questions that are asked. However, if you feel that you need to address those additional elements, you are welcome to do so elsewhere in the application (goal statements, presentation/essay, etc).
Sid -> EmilyWhat does Mid-Decision mean?
Emily -> SidHi Sid, the mid-decision date is when we release our interview decisions.
Lin -> Danielleis there an information session in Toronto?
Danielle -> LinLin: Yes, there is! We will be attending the Forte event tonight, and will be returning on September 10. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/events/north-america
Alex -> EddieGood afternoon. Are TFA alums offered fee waivers? If so, do they need to be requested?
Eddie -> AlexAlex. We do offer that service to TFA alums. The request should go to anthone.jointer@chicagobooth.edu for verification.
fgimenez -> DanielleI'm planning to go to the information event of Booth in Madrid next week, please can you give some insights on who is going to attend from your side? Thanks
Danielle -> fgimenezfgimenez: Great to learn that you will join us in Madrid! Joanne Legler will be visiting from Chicago, and she'll be joined by local alumni in Spain. We look forward to seeing you there.
R26 -> DonnaI am actually a holder of two Masters of Sciences and there is a statistical information that I could not find on your website: the percentage of enrolled students who actually are holder of a master degree. Could you please give me this information if you have it ? Thank you
Donna -> R26for the incoming class we have 19% students coming with advanced degrees.
Nacho -> EddieHi everyone, I have a question regarding the recommendation letters. I have read that is preferable to have one recommendation from a direct supervisor at work and the other one from someone outside the job, who knows us from our community involvement. However, in my case, those who can offer me a recommendation do not know English. So... I would rather ask to two colleagues from my work. Is there any problem?
Eddie -> NachoHi Nacho. The recommender can get it translated and send it in to our attention. It's best that you work with someone who can really speak to your strengths like a manager.
Nick -> EmilyHello. Do you have a preference as to length of a resume (is there a one page limit)? Thanks!
Emily -> NickHi Nick. The length of your resume is up to your discretion and best judgement.
roh -> DanielleWhy are there just too little information sessions in India vis-a-vis other regions ?
Danielle -> rohroh: We visit India for information sessions once a year - we were there this past June! We have frequent events in India, to include a huge event in Mumbai on September 16, with Booth alumnus, Mark Hoplamazian. Mark Hoplamazian, '89, President, CEO, and Director of Hyatt Hotels CorporationWe have the pleasure of welcoming Mark Hoplamazian, '89, to Mumbai where he will be celebrating 30 years of the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai. Save the date for an evening with Chicago Booth. The evening will be opened by Luis Miranda, '89, Chairman, Board of Advisors for the Centre for Civil Society. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/gls/index.aspx
Nicole -> EddieDoes Booth allow for informal campus visits? For example, if I have a friend that's a second year student can I shadow her in a class?
Eddie -> NicoleNicole - It's really up to that student if she can get you in the class. It's probably easier to sign up for a campus visit and have the opportunity to enjoy a full day that the admissions office offers.
Jon -> AmyWhen is the next "Chicago Booth Live" event?
Amy -> JonHi Jon, our first Booth Live for the year will be held on Friday, October 11. Registration should open by the end of next week (goo.gl/9P7XPA).
Ace -> BryceHello Meghan, We met at the New Delhi event in June. I wanted to find out about how you maintain student cohesiveness given your lack of a cohort system.
Bryce -> AceRandom Walks and your LEAD Outdoor Retreat are great starting points to immerse yourself into the Booth community. And after a cohorted experience during LEAD, you have plenty of opportunities to remain tightly knit - you just make the decisions. The relationships that you develop here happen organically based on class selection and group participation.
nataliao -> DonnaAre UChicago alumni eligible for a fee waiver?
Donna -> nataliaoWe do not have a fee waiver program for Uchicago alumni.
Lin -> DanielleIs there alumni that I can contact in Toronto? I havent been able to attend any information sesssions due to job contraints?
Danielle -> LinLin: Please connect with our Canadian group: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/student-experience/international/north-south-america/canada
Tarun -> CarrieHi! Does taking the GMAT more than once has any bearing at all while evaluating an applicant?
Carrie -> TarunHi, Tarun. Good question! If you have taken the GMAT more than once, we will use the highest overall score when evaluating the application. Many applicants will choose to retake the GMAT if they feel the score is not indicative of their potential, and that is perfectly fine. Use your best judgment when determining how many times to take the exam, as candidates will often see diminishing returns after taking the exam more than 4-5 times.
justinny -> CarrieWhat percentage of full time students take classes at the Gleacher center(downtown campus)?
Carrie -> justinnyHi Justinny. Because our curriculum is so flexible, that number changes from quarter to quarter. However, taking classes at the Gleacher Center is an option for any full-time student who wants to take a class in the evening or on a Saturday. Preference is first given to the part-time students, but registration is then open to full-time students. Most students will be taking the majority of classes at the Harper Center, but will supplement it with a class at Gleacher.
AJ001 -> MeghanThank you for the Q&A opportunity.I am interested to know MBA student mix that may highlight academic and professional diversity in classes at Booth.
Meghan -> AJ001Hi AJ001: Thanks for participating! You can check out our incoming class profile to get a sense of the academic and professional diversity among incoming students: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/fulltime/viewbook/
Naveen -> MichelleHello. I am excited about Booth coming to Austin on September 18th. I wanted to ask how does Booth evaluate applicants who already have a Master's degree? Do you consider the experience gained during the course of study?
Michelle -> NaveenHi Naveen. I'll be the one traveling to Austin in a few weeks and look forward to meeting you! We actually have approx. 20% of entering students with advanced degrees, so we take all of that experience into consideration.
Charles -> DonnaHi, as business owner, I have been told the best recommendation letters would come from clients and suppliers. Clients I understand as they will provide one because of the good business I've provided but suppliers are usually ones who are trying to sell me their supplies and would do anything to get on my good side. Would a Banker providing me corporate loans (Supplier) be considered a good recommendation? What would the best recommendations be for a business owner?
Donna -> Charlesthe best recommendations come from those who can speak about a person in a way showing their potential as a student and a business leader. For those who are self employed, clients are a good choice as well as previous supervisors. If your banker can talk about your potential then he/she would be fine.
SDM001 -> CarrieAre applications assessed earlier, with earlier decision notifications, if submitted in advance of the deadlines?
Carrie -> SDM001We do not start reading applications until the application deadline, so feel free to take as much time as you need. In terms of decisions, we do have a mid-decision week in each round where applicants will either be invited to interview or denied. For those invited to interview, final decisions will be issued on the final decision day for each round. For deadline information, please consult: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/admissions-decisions
Rui -> BryceI am an international student and doing my master in US. do I need to take TOEFL test also to apply?
Bryce -> RuiIf the language of instruction for your masters program is English, you should be able to waive the TOEFL requirement.
k.nagaraj -> DanielleI have signed up for the info session in Philadephia next week, and I eagerly look forward to it. Will there be alumni and current students at the event?
Danielle -> k.nagarajk.nagaraj: Great, so glad you will join us in Philadelphia! You will be joined by alumni. First year students will already be on campus, and second year students are wrapping up their internships.
Caspar -> EddieHi Amy, Eddie~ This is Caspar from Beijing, China. I joined Booth info session you hosted in Beijing this July and talked with you and Eddie at the session. And I scheduled the campus visit at the end of September. My question is let alone the class visit, are there any other events I can join to learn better about the school and program
Eddie -> CasparHey Caspar! The official campus visit day starts October 7, 2013. If you come before then you'll have a chance to talk to a staff member and a quick tour of the building but only on Monday and Friday.
Stephany -> Emilywill there be another admissions event this year in Washington, DC?
Emily -> StephanyHi Stephany. As of right now, we do not have an admissions event planned for DC, however, we do have a Chicago Conversations event in DC on October 3 where Booth representatives will be in attendance.
rajani -> MeghanHi, I have recently graduated from college and have 15 months of work ex as of September 2013. Please could you enlighten us how much of a weightage does work ex have in one's application?
Meghan -> rajaniHi rajani: We view each application holistically, meaning that one criteria doesn't count more than another. That said, your work experience is an important piece of the puzzle - what have your recent roles taught you, and how have they impacted your decision to get an MBA? It's up to you to provide us with the context to best understand your professional record.
AK -> MichelleHi Eddie. I had a great time attending the last Booth Live event. My question is regarding the activities section of online application. Does it need to be an official organization to be included in the list? What if I organized a tennis league for my peers and want to write about that experience? Thanks!
Michelle -> AKHi AK. I'm happy to answer your question. We aren't looking for anything specifically regarding activities. We want to hear about your life outside of work, get to know you beyond your professional goals, and how you might contribute to the diversity and culture of Booth. Read more on a recent blog post here: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/n/blogs/blog.aspx?nav=main&webtag=boothinsider&entry=119
Alastair -> DonnaPlease could you share your views on the MBA Math course? Might completing this enhance a candidate's profile in attempting to compensate for a below-average quantitative score on the GMAT? Thank you.
Donna -> AlastairThe MBA Math course may help show your ability to handle the course work here as a student. We look at GMAT scores, undergraduate performance, additional education, and work experience to see evidence of this.
Lin -> MeghanHi, I just entered the chat now. I am 40 years. I have been teaching Math for the last 10 years and intend to pursue an MBA degree. Is that work experience relevant to admission at Booth?
Meghan -> LinHi Lin, no experience is irrelevant so long as the applicant can successfully make their case for getting an MBA. I would encourage you to do some deep thinking about why you want to get this degree and how the skills an MBA can provide make sense given your background and your goals. Good luck!
Rui -> Eddiefor the campus visiting program, what is the time range usually for every friday? And if I wanna go there tomorrow, if that too late for me to make an appointment now?
Eddie -> RuiHi Rui. The program starts at 10:30 and lasts about one hour. You can still join if you'd like.
Grant -> DonnaDoes Booth have any sister institutions that it encourages students to take classes at? (Say London Business School, Kellogg, etc.)
Donna -> GrantWe have partnerships with over 30 universities around the world in which we have exchange programs. These are initiated when you are a student and not before.
ranas9 -> AmyI am considering pursuing the Chicago MBA to return to my family school business and help it expand. Can you please help me point to Chicago booth's resources in the education and family business sectors?
Amy -> ranas9Hello ranas9, as a prospective candidate, you can consider reaching out to the Family Enterprise (student) Group (goo.gl/EdaJMy) or the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (goo.gl/px6Fjz).
Karan -> DanielleI would also request you to plan an event for some African country like Tanzania. I would love to see you guys here.
Danielle -> KaranKaran: In the past two years, we've visited Nigeria, Johannesburg, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Ghana. We hope to return again in 2014. In the interim, please visit our Chicago African Business Group. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups/african-business-group
DAR -> DanielleHi All! Thanks for your time. Would a personal interview at the campus mandatory? Do we have any other options for the interview part, if shortlisted?
Danielle -> DARDAR: An interview is mandatory if selected. We encourage everyone to visit campus, or one of our hub locations. If you are unable to do that, you will interview with a member of our alumni community.
Malik -> EddieHello, and thanks again for hosting this session. I understand that Booth only has abbreviated Campus Visit programs currently, and won't resume normal Visit programs until after Round 1 deadlines. However, if someone wanted to visit campus prior to R1 submission, is there a particular week you'd recommend that may be more active? (E.g.: The last week of September)
Eddie -> MalikHey Malik. If you come the last week in September the only days you'll be able to visit will be on Monday or Friday. It's an abbreviated visit and lasts about an hour.
KP -> MeghanHi, due to work constraints, I am not able to visit the campus but will have a chance to attend a local information session in Ohio. Can the committee potentially put me in touch with current students to speak about their experiences?
Meghan -> KPHi KP: During the Ohio info session you will have an opportunity to network with alumni and/or current students after the formal presentation is over. I hope you enjoy it!
Lucian -> EddieI made an appointment to visit campus but due to a flight cancellation i was unable to. Would this have an adverse effect on the way my application is viewed?
Eddie -> LucianSorry Lucian that you can't make it but it won't have a negative effect on your file.
Naveen -> MichelleThanks Michelle. I look forward to meeting you as well. I wanted to ask you about Booth career services. What role does the Booth career services play in helping students recruit for summer internships and full time?
Michelle -> NaveenNaveen: career services plays a HUGE role in preparing you for recruiting, both for internships and post-MBA. You can read more here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/career/advancement
fgimenez -> DonnaHow likely are international applicants to get scholarships? Thanks for your answer.
Donna -> fgimenezscholarships are based on merit not international status.
fgimenez -> EddieHi team. I would like to know if it is possible to sign up for a campus visit as a perspective applicant even if applying for 2015 intake. Thanks for your answer.
Eddie -> fgimenezNo problem. You're welcome to visit us. We'd love to have you join us!
Akhil -> AmyHow is life on campus for students who have a wife and a kid.....Are there any clubs for the better halves
Amy -> AkhilHi Akhil, the Booth Partners club (goo.gl/hDjEFz) is a great resource for partners, spouses, and family members of Booth students. Additionally, they are valued members in the Booth community and are often included in social events.
arjundasgupta -> CarrieHi, how will the Admissions Committee consider the Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT exam?
Carrie -> arjundasguptaHi, Arjund. When looking at the GMAT, we are primarily looking at your overall score. However, we do look at the sub-score breakouts, including Integrative Reasoning, as they provide additional datapoints. However, this test is still very new, so we are still learning what it tells us about an applicant.
Richard_Wallach -> CarrieThanks for taking the time to answer questions. If one of my recommenders is a Booth alum, should he also contact admissions directly, "to put in a good word," as mentioned in Joanne's Insider Blog? How are recommendations viewed in comparison to "putting in a good word"?
Carrie -> Richard_WallachHi, Richard. If your recommender is a Booth alum, he does not need to contact Booth separately, as the recommendation will suffice. We offer the opportunity for Booth alumni to "put in a good word" for candidates they feel are strong fits, but may not be the direct supervisor or someone who has worked very closely with the applicant. In situations where the alumnus does work closely with the applicant, a recommendation is the best way to go.
apoorv_k -> CarrieIf one is applying in Round 2, by when would it be reasonable to be intimated whether an offer for interview is being extended or not? Thanks again!
Carrie -> apoorv_kHi Apoorv. For Round 2, we will be issuing invitations to interview during the week of February 10, 2014.
DAR -> EddieHi All! This is Amarnath from India. I can't make a campus visit due to my personal and work constraints before submitting my application. Would not visiting the campus adversely impact the candidacy? Thanks again for your time.
Eddie -> DARNo Dar. If you can't make it to campus we don't hold that against you!
Vipul -> BryceHi, I did two years of Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) from a premier management institute in India. However, to achieve my career goals I feel a strong need to take up MBA at Booth Chicago. Does an earlier course in management jeopardise my chances of getting admission into Booth Chicago?
Bryce -> VipulIt's actually relatively common to have a masters degree when applying to business school, so that certainly won't jeopardize your candidacy. Good luck!
Vishwa -> DonnaJD/MBA admission requirements: Can you please elaborate on JD/MBA requirements for the Harris School? I am from India, educated in english medium. Do I need to take TOEFL or GMAT alone is sufficient? I am also not clear on the essays. Do I need to write two short essays and motivational statement separately and need to have 3 separate recommendations as is mentioned for MPP admissions?
Donna -> VishwaThe MBA/JD and MBA/MPP each require you to submit an application to each of the schools. You will need to meet the separate application requirements for each school. Your applications will not be reviewed together.
justinny -> CarrieDoes Booth interview all its admitted applicants?
Carrie -> justinnyHi, Justinny. We do interview all admitted applicants.
k.nagaraj -> MichelleI have a two part alumni question: 1. How many Alumni does Booth have globally? 2. How many of these alumni are international?
Michelle -> k.nagarajHi K.nagaraj. We have more than 48,000 alumni living in 116 countries around the world.
Ash -> MeghanHow much in advance are the interviews scheduled? I am applying for round 1 but have a some travel plans in winter.
Meghan -> AshHi Ash, You will be notified if you've been invited to interview about a month after the round deadline.
k.nagaraj -> ModeratorThanks for hosting and answering questions. It was very informative!
gautam -> AmyWill there be any information sessions in Hong Kong anytime soon?
Amy -> gautamHi gautam, unfortunately, we held an Admissions Information Session in Hong Kong back in July. However, if you're interested, there will be a Chicago Conversations event there on November 26 on the topic of frontier investing, where you will have the opportunity to meet some Booth representatives. For more information about that event, please visit goo.gl/KOuomP. Certainly, events may be added throughout the course of the year.
AS -> CarrieIf you are enrolled in a certification course (Project Management Professional or Lean Six Sigma) and hope to get your certification in the next two months, where should you include this info? Also, if I'm enrolled in a MBA Math or Coursera course, is it worth mentioning?
Carrie -> ASYou can share the course information in the "Additional Coursework" section of the application, and the certification information in the "Professional Certifications" portion of the work experience section.
AlexBarca -> EmilyHi all! My question is how you treat reapplicants? And what kind of update do you want them to provide (e.g., promotion, higher GMAT, etc.)?
Emily -> AlexBarcaHi Alex. Reapplicants are evaluated just as other applicants - in a holistic manner. We ask that reapplicants reflect on their previous application and provide an update on what has changed. This update will vary depending on the applicant.
Tom -> CarrieHello everyone, if I get score of 6 for my Integrated Reasoning while my GMAT score is 740, is the IR score causing any negative effects on my GMAT score? I am just thinking about another GMAT test.
Carrie -> TomHi, Tom. We are primarily looking at your overall score when assessing the GMAT. If you feel your Integrated Reasoning score is not indicative of your abilities, you are welcome to take the test again, but we will also be looking elsewhere in the application to assess your analytical skills. Since your overall score is above our average, I wouldn't be too concerned - but it is definitely your decision to make!
DAR -> MichelleIf we have attempted GMAT twice and scored lesser in the second attempt, would this impact me adversely? My first score was good but second was average. Would I have to explain the reasons for the fall in score?
Michelle -> DARDAR: We only look at the higher score, so no you don't have to explain yourself. Good luck!
Ann_MG -> EddieCan current students " put in a good word" for an applicant ?
Eddie -> Ann_MGSure they can Ann. They just need to send the admissions office an email on your behalf. It does help if they provide some details about who you are and how they know you to help us gain the right perspective about your fit at Chicago Booth.
fgimenez -> MichelleWhat is the average of work experience years? How is it consider having experience in different sectors? Thanks for your answer.
Michelle -> fgimenezfgimenez: the average work experience of our incoming class is 5 years. We consider all careers you've had and there is no "right or wrong." We want to get a sense of who you are and the goals you are working toward.
apoorv_k -> AmyHi again! would be great help is anyone can let me know as to by when is the decision regarding the scholarship and the extent of it communicated to the successful applicant, since this would of importance while applying for a Visa. Thanks !!
Amy -> apoorv_kHello apoorv_k, in general, when an admitted student is also awarded a scholarship, he/she will find out at the time of the admissions decision. Certainly, in the event that additional funds become available, we will ensure that a match is made and contact students accordingly.
Adargan -> BryceHi there, I am wondering if using two recommenders from the same firm is viewed negitavely. I have chosen my two superiors as as I have worked very closely with them. Thank you!
Bryce -> AdarganIt's certainly not viewed negatively, but I would just keep in mind that you want both LORs to add value to the overall strategy of your application.
Donna -> EveryoneThanks for joining us today
Bryce -> EveryoneThanks again for all your questions today - good luck with the rest of the application process!
Eddie -> EveryoneI wish I could have joined the chat a bit sooner! It seems like there were a lot of good questions coming in. Good luck with your applications and I hope you're able to make it to campus for a visit.
Meghan -> EveryoneThanks for the excellent questions! Good luck to all of you during this process.
Carrie -> EveryoneGreat questions today! Best of luck in the application process, and remember to share your reason for #WhyBooth on Twitter via @Booth_Insider!
Moderator -> EveryoneThank you again for participating in our chat. The chat transcript will be posted within 48 hours.
Emily -> EveryoneThank you for chatting with us! Looking forward to reading your applications!
Danielle -> EveryoneThanks so much for joining us today! Be sure and share your motivation for #WhyBooth on Twitter via @Booth_Insider Best of luck as you work through your application!
Michelle -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today. Good luck to all of you!
Amy -> EveryoneThanks for your questions today, and we hope you found the chat helpful. Feel free to follow up with us at admissions@ChicagoBooth.edu with any additional questions.