Guest Question: Can you please tell me the average ratio of the number of candidates invited for interview to those finally admitted.
* Colin: Each year is different, but about 40% are invited to interview and then another 40-50% are admitted.
Guest Question:Thank you for hosting the chat! I have a question regarding salary advancement. If I changed careers and industries and took a paycut to make this transition, should I mention it in the optional essays? Do salary figures (& growth) impact my application?
* Colin: You can certainly mention it, but we're much more concerned with why you made the transition, what you learned from the experience, and how it shapes/impacts your future goals. We look for evidence of continued growth and evolution more so than salary figures.
Guest Question: Is there a difference in acceptance applying during round1, 2, or 3? If accepted, does the start date change depending on the round applied?
* Kelsey Bergren: The round in which you apply does not impact your chance of admission. We encourage you to apply when you are prepared to put forth your best application. All students will start in the Fall quarter regardless of what round you applied and/or were accepted.
Guest Question: What is the range of TOEFL and IELTS score accepted.
* Kristen Bautz: Thank you for your question! You can find detailed information about English-language test scores here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/international/english-exams . Unlike with the GMAT or GRE, we do have recommended minimum scores, because of the importance of having a high level of English proficiency in order to be successful in the classroom and in the recruiting process.
Guest Question: Do applications get considered upon submission or do applications all get considered at the same time, after the submission deadline?
* Colin: Thanks for your question. We do not have rolling admissions. All applications are evaluated at the same time after the submission deadline.
Guest Question: Is work experience a mandatory requirement? If yes, what's the minimum experience required to apply?
* Kelsey Bergren: Our average student has 3-5 years of work experience at the time of admission.
Guest Question: Question for GMAT score validity: if I'm applying to round one, then as long as by the time i submit my application my score is still valid, I should be fine. Correct?
* Kylie Wilcer: This is correct; if your score is about to expire, please make sure you send us your official score at the time of submission.
Guest Question: How does the cluster system work in Booth?
* Kristen Bautz: One of my favorite things about the Booth experience is that we have a non-cohorted system. The only time when you will be in "cohorts", or, as we call them, squads, is when you are in your LEAD class during Orientation and Fall Quarter. A non-cohorted system allows students with shared interests to take classes that they are genuinely interested in together, rather than being forced together by nature of the fact that they are in the same cohort. Because of this, there is a lot of networking that happens between first- and second-year students, who are all in classes together, and the networks, built on this foundation of shared academic interests, are extremely organic.
Guest Question: What is the minimum GMAT cutoff or minimum score required?
* Kylie Wilcer: We do not have a minimum required GMAT score. To get a sense of where you stand, feel free to check out the average and range GMAT scores for the Class of 2017 here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time#simple2
Guest Question: Thank you for hosting this event. When trying to understand how my GRE scores compares to the GMAT range and average score that is provided on your website, is the “ETS GRE Comparison Tool for Business Schools” a good indicator as to how my GRE score is viewed by Booth Admissions or are there better ways to analyze my score? Also, this ETS tool provides a predicted total score and a predicted score range. If this tool is a good indicator, which one of these scores is relevant to understanding how Booth Admissions views my GRE score when converted into a GMAT score?
* Kristen Bautz: Great question! We are getting this question more and more given that an increasing number of people in our applicant population are submitting the GRE. We do use the ETS converter tool to help give us a better idea of what your score could be if you took the GMAT. However, we understand that that conversion tool does not produce an absolute score, so that's why we also take a close look at the percentile breakdowns for each section.
Guest Question: Is there a separate programme for college final years or else can they also apply to regular programme
* Kelsey Bergren: Chicago Booth offers a 3 week course for students who are in their final years of undergrad or are early career. This program is called Summer Business Scholars Program. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/summer-scholars
Guest Question: When can we apply for a scholarship or financial grant?
* Kelsey Bergren: There is no separate scholarship application; scholarship is awarded at the time of admission.
Guest Question: What are some of the key qualities that booth looks for in an applicant?
* Kristen Bautz: Booth is looking for students who will fit in with our intellectually curious, question-all-assumptions classroom experience where data is a driving factor in decision-making. The ideal Booth students are those who will buy into and contribute to the pay-it-forward mentality of our tight-knit, supportive student and alumni community.
Guest Question: Are there chances of spending one semester in a oversea business school?
* Colin: Yes, students can participate in the International Business Exchange Program (IBEP) and study abroad at any one of our 30+ partner schools around the globe. Find more information: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/academics/international-studies/ibep
Guest Question: Please discuss the importance of the LEAD Program to the Booth MBA experience.
* Kelsey Bergren: LEAD is an integral part of the Chicago Booth Experience. It is formative in helping to evaluate and understand leadership styles and methods, as well as forming bonds with your classmates. For more information on the LEAD Program, please contact the Leadership Development Office. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/academics/lead
Guest Question: What are the eligibilities to apply for scholarship?
* Kristen Bautz: Insights from the Admissions Committee are extremely important in informing the Scholarship Committee of who is a high-potential candidate and, thus, deserving of a merit-based scholarship. There is not a separate application process for scholarships, and all of our admitted students are automatically considered. You would be notified of whether or not you received a scholarship at the time of admission.
Guest Question: I am planning to registry campus visit on 26 sep. will class visiting available on 26 sep?
* Kylie Wilcer: The Full Campus Visit Program will begin in the first week of October, after the first full week of classes for our students. Class will therefore not be offered on September 26, but the Abbreviated Campus Visit includes an information session with and Admissions Director as well as a building tour. Students will be on campus at that time, so you will get a feel for the culture of the school.
Guest Question: How can I contact with current MBA student for more communication
* Kelsey Bergren: We have a great tool on the website called ‘Connect with a Student’ that will allow you to contact students with similar backgrounds and interests. https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer
Guest Question: Given that there is just one essay, should the optional essay be used to highlight key things or should it be used just for highlighting any extenuating circumstances, if any?
* Colin: The optional essay is really your opportunity to round out your application and tell us something that we might not find in the rest of the essay. Applicants often explain extenuating circumstance, address something not already asked, or give greater context or clarity to something mentioned elsewhere in the application. Take a deep look at your whole application and ask yourself if there are important aspects not mentioned or areas that might be unclear.
Guest Question: What does Chicago Booth look for in military applicants?
* Kelsey Bergren: Chicago Booth has an extremely strong military network. I encourage you to reach out to them to experience this for yourself; they are incredibly engaged with the prospect community. http://www.boothafg.com/
Guest Question: For the essay on the picture, what specifics about the applicant, if any, would the adcom prefer to be included? Or is it more of a creative writing challenge ?
* Kristen Bautz: I'm glad you asked that! We get a lot of questions about our essay. My first piece of advice is to read the essay prompt entirely and make sure that your answer encompasses each part of the question. The essay is one of the main ways in which we learn about who you are as an applicant and as a person, so the essay is a natural place to include personal anecdotes or values if they help support the connection that you are making to the "Booth moment"
Guest Question: I would like to ask the following about the Essay Question. Is it expected that if we chose the PowerPoint format for the admission essay, we should include only personal photos and not general photos or pictures?
* Kylie Wilcer: The content of your essay is completely up to you, and should best speak to your own answer to the question.
Guest Question: I wanted to understand how Chicago Booth looks at reapplicants, especially ones who were waitlisted as there may not be significant updates within a period of few months.
* Kristen Bautz: Great question! We love to see candidates reapply to the program, especially those who were waitlisted - this shows a lot of persistence on the part of the applicant! The most important piece of advice that I have is to take a step back, reflect on your previous application and think about areas that the Admissions Committee might have had questions about or might have been weaknesses in your application. Even if you may not have significant updates to share, this audit should hopefully give you some insights into what the Committee's questions were. The ability to be self-aware and reflective is extremely important to us!
Guest Question: What is Booth like for spouses and families of students?
* Kristen Bautz: I'm very glad that you asked this, because I was a Booth Partner myself (my husband was in the Full-Time program). Booth's community of support absolutely extends to its partner community. The two years that you are at Booth will be, at the same time, exciting, fulfilling, but also stressful, and those students who come to the program with partners are lucky to have the support of their significant other during those more challenging times. However, it is also important that your partner has a support network, especially when you (the student) are in the middle of recruiting. The Partners Club organizes a ton of wonderful events that include, but are certainly not limited to: fitness classes, nights out at restaurants around the city, free movies in Millennium Park, opportunities to volunteer, brewery tours and more. There is also a sub-club within the Partners Club called POLO (Parents of Little Ones) that caters to partners who have children. They organize regular playdates, as well as nights out.
Guest Question: Is the interview a blind process or does the interviewer see your file first?
* Kelsey Bergren: Prior to an interview the interviewers are able to review a prospect’s resume, but not their entire file.
Guest Question: What is distinctive about the Booth style vs say Harvard, Wharton or the top European schools (LBS, INSEAD etc)?
* Colin: All are great schools with unique approaches, but I can only speak to Booth. I'll try to narrow it down to three major aspects of our approach:
1. Our discipline based-approach to education. Our students learn to master the core functions that all businesses and organizations are built on - principles of accounting, economics, statistics, social sciences. You not only gain expertise in the frameworks of solving problems, but you also understand why these functions exist and their role/impact within an organization.
2. We empower students. We provide flexibility in our curriculum because we recognize every single one of us has different backgrounds, different life experiences, and different goals for where we want to go in our careers. Booth allows you to create the learning opportunities that are right for you.
3. Support. Booth is an environment where you can really use these two years to take risks and push yourselves beyond your comfort zones. And you can do so because you have huge support networks of alumni, faculty, and peers behind you.
Guest Question: Will you be hosting any open houses in the fall or should we plan to attend one of the abbreviated visits currently listed on the website?
* Kylie Wilcer: Full Campus Visits will begin in the first week of October, and registration for those dates will open in the coming weeks. There will also be a Booth Live event which provides a more immersed campus visit experience in the fall. Please check back at our events page soon: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/visit#simple2
Guest Question: Hello, if my GMAT is below Booth's average, do courses like MBAmath help with determining my quantitative ability?
* Kelsey Bergren: Any courses you choose to put on your application will be reviewed with your file.
Guest Question: For students interested in studying finance at Booth, for which career paths do students typically choose the analytic finance concentration rather than the finance concentration
* Kylie Wilcer: I recommend connecting with a student pursuing the career path you are interested in, and learning more about the concentrations they are pursuing here at Booth. You can connect with a student with an interest in finance, or other industries/functions here: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer
Guest Question: Could you please talk a little bit about resources for career switchers? Does Booth offer career coaching?
* Colin: Yes, Booth does offer career coaching for students (as well as alumni). There is a wealth of formal and informal career-related programming for students that exposes them to alumni and second-year students across a variety of functions and industries. Additionally, Career Services facilitates groups of second-year who serve as career advisors to first-year students.
Guest Question: Will candidates be interviewed before being admitted?
* Kelsey Bergren: Yes, an interview is part of our evaluation process.
Guest Question: How can my spouse get involved at Booth?
* Kristen Bautz: To echo a previous question (I ran out of space because I was so excited to write about the Partners Club), you can access their website here: http://groups.chicagobooth.edu/ftpartners/home/. Outside of the Partners Club, significant others are welcome at many Booth events, including TNDC (Thursday Night Drinking Club) as well as club events for several of the more social student organizations (such as the Epicurean Club or the Wine Club). Don't hesitate to reach out to me with more questions about the partner experience - I am more than happy to share my own experience and connect you and your partner with current partners
Guest Question: When do interviews typically take place?
* Kristen Bautz:
Round 1: November
Round 2: late January-late February
Round 3: late April
Guest Question: How would a job change a couple of months before submitting the MBA application look to the admissions committee? What factors would the admissions team consider if they saw this on a candidate's profile?
* Colin: It completely depends on how you position your job change. It's important to stipulate why that opportunity makes sense at this point in your career and how it fits with your trajectory and your goals. Also, keep this in mind when submitting letters of recommendation.
Guest Question: Thanks a lot for organizing the session. I have some questions on GMAT. 1) Do we need to have an official score before Round 1 deadline or an unofficial score (obtained right after the test) is acceptable? 2) If I retake GMAT after Round 1 deadline, will my updated GMAT score be considered? Thanks a lot!
* Kelsey Bergren: We do not verify scores until admission, so for your application an unofficial score can be reported. You are also able to update your score in our system, however because application review begins immediately following the deadline we cannot ensure the score will be taken into consideration.
Guest Question: I'm afraid that I won't have appropriate time for a campus visit. Will it be enough for me to know about booth through reaching out to alumni and students? Thanks
* Kylie Wilcer: Connecting with current students is the best way to get to know the culture at Booth, and if you can't make it to campus, there are several virtual resources for you: Connect with a Student (https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer ), The Booth Experience blog (theboothexp.com ) and the Booth Student-Led groups page (http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups ) to find students whose interests align with yours.
Guest Question: Is a student applying straight out of undergrad at a significant disadvantage?
* Kylie Wilcer: Most of our students have between 3 and 5 years of work experience. Having this experience gives them confidence and perspective in the classroom. If you are still an undergraduate and interested in an MBA, check out the Summer Business Scholars Program, which is a 3-week program geared towards undergraduates and those earlier on in their career who may be interested in pursuing an MBA further down the road. Find out more here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/summer-scholars
Guest Question: Do admissions generally prefer letters from recommenders with recent (last 2-3 years) interaction with the applicant?
* Kelsey Bergren: Your choice of recommenders is up to you, however we encourage you to select recommenders who can best speak to your qualification and career progression.
Guest Question: Does Booth invite applicants who live abroad to interview? In the chance that there is not a Booth alumnus in the country where the applicant resides, what is an alternative option?
* Kylie Wilcer: If an applicant invited to interview is unable to come to campus, they will be matched with an alumni interviewer near their city. It's relatively rare that there is not an alumnus near the area, but if that is the case, the interview may be conducted over the phone or via Skype by an Admissions Director.
Guest Question: Does the academic flexibility at Booth allow students to do internships during the semester and do many students actually pursue this?
* Kelsey Bergren: While technically you could adjust your schedule to take on an internship during your time at Booth, this option is often not recommended as the program is designed to be an immersive 2 years in your academic experience.
Guest Question: Are you conducting interviews via skype for international applicants?
* Kristen Bautz: If candidates are not able to travel to campus for their interview, we will arrange an alumni interview either in their home city or in a city nearby. If it is not feasible for an alumni interview to take place (which is certainly the case sometimes), we will arrange a phone interview with a member of the Admissions Committee.
Guest Question: Does Booth encourage students to pursue internships during the summer?
* Kelsey Bergren: Yes, please see the Chicago Booth Employment Report for exact numbers on where our students intern during the summer. https://www.chicagobooth.edu/employmentreport/
Guest Question: For first round applicants, approximately when are students notified if they received an interview and when do those take place?
* Kristen Bautz: Round 1 applicants will be notified by mid-October as to whether or not they were invited to interview
Guest Question: Thanks for hosting this event. I work in a family business and I report directly to my Marketing-General Manager. He is not my family member nor my relative. Is it okay to get a letter of recommendation from him?
* Kelsey Bergren: Yes, this would be an acceptable recommender.
Guest Question: Thanks for your time today! What is your favorite part about the Booth culture?
* Kelsey Bergren: One of the greatest components to the Booth culture is the ‘Pay it forward’ mindset. It is what builds an extremely collaborative learning environment, and an incredibly engaged alumni network.
Guest Question: Thanks for hosting this chat. I am a reapplicant and really look forward to demonstrating what I have done better compared to my previous application. Does Chicago Booth view a tweak in MBA goals negatively?
* Kristen Bautz: Thank you very much for your question! We certainly do not view a tweak in goals negatively if you are a reapplicant, although, if they are significantly different than your previous application, we may dig a little bit deeper. In general, it is a great idea for reapplicants to think about further tightening up their goals if needed!
Guest Question: After college, I have some career gaps and random employment as I sought a full time job. Is this something that I need to note in the optional essay?
* Kelsey Bergren: Explaining these gaps in your employment history would be a great use of optional essay space.
Guest Question: You just mentioned that because application review begins immediately following the deadline, you cannot ensure the score will be taken into consideration. Could you please explain it a little more?
* Kelsey Bergren: Should your application be reviewed the day after the deadline, and you choose to send an updated score a month later- although we can still technically add it to your file - your updated score would then not be eligible to be reviewed with your application.
Guest Question: Is there a preference for whether the interview is done on campus or in another city?
* Kristen Bautz: We completely understand that not everyone is able to make it to campus to interview. However, we do feel that it is important for applicants to get a sense for the dynamics of our community, so we encourage applicants to travel to campus if they are able to, either for their interview or at another time to participate in the campus visit program. For any schools that you are applying to, it is so critical to interact with members of the community and figure out if you could see yourself fitting in there.
Guest Question: Is it common for the MBA students to take classes outside of Booth in other departments and programs in U Chicago if you have interests in other areas as well (for example, a public policy course) without necessarily doing a joint degree? Is there a limit to how many courses you can take from other departments and schools ?
* Kylie Wilcer: Our students are able to take up to six courses outside of Booth in other schools within the University of Chicago. This is common for students interested in public policy, law, medicine, or general studies that don't want to fully commit to a dual degree, but still want to take advantage of the opportunity to explore other academic areas at UChicago.
Guest Question: I wanted to understand if Booth accepts couple applications? And if yes, how should the application be different and where should the same be reflected?
* Kelsey Bergren: There is a section of the application that allows you to indicate if you are applying with a partner.
Guest Question: Is there any ideal number of work experience that you look for in an applicant? Is having more work ex than the average a disadvantage?
* Kelsey Bergren: Our average student possesses 3-5 years of work experience. Although that is by no means a hard requirement to be within that range.
Guest Question: Should the activities section of the application include post-undergraduate activities only?
* Kelsey Bergren: Any activities you choose to list on your application will be taken into account during review.
Guest Question: I have a question regarding the accommodation provided for graduate students applying for Full-Time MBA. One student from the Spotlight on Booth section mentioned that he lived in Hyde Park while another said that she lived in an apartment building in the city center. Are there multiple locations available or are students free to choose where they want to live?
* Kylie Wilcer: Housing is not provided by Chicago Booth; students are encouraged to live in the neighborhood that best suits their needs. Many of our students live in the Loop and South Loop neighborhoods, and take the Metra train down to campus. Several of them end up living in the same few buildings, so a Boothie can often be found no more than a floor or a door away. Booth students with families are often attracted to Hyde Park due to its more quaint neighborhood feel and the strength of the schools.
Guest Question: How important are social activities and charity work when considering an application? Is it mostly to assess the applicant is a well-rounded individual?
* Kristen Bautz: Absolutely, it is very important to us to know that our candidates are well-rounded. I would not recommend going out to join a bunch of activities just for the sake of your application, but we want to understand what your passions are outside of work and see that you are multidimensional.
Guest Question: Thanks again for hosting this. What are your thoughts on post MBA plans and how we approach them as applications? I see all the time that we should have clear reasons relating to what our plans are, but inevitably things might change during the program. Thanks!
* Colin: Your plans can certainly change during the program - you'll be exposed to so many different opportunities. Many students change career plans during the program. However, it is still important to have a clear sense of direction in terms of why you're doing an MBA and what you're looking to get out of it. With so many options, it allows you to focus and make the most of the flexibility built into the curriculum.
Guest Question: Can you please tell me what are the major hiring companies in consulting field that visit the college?
* Kylie Wilcer: Please see our employment report: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/employmentreport/
Guest Question: In regards to the essay format, I recognize that there is not a preferred format, but have students ever combined formats? For example, an essay with pictures.
* Colin: Yes, we've seen students combine formats and include photos in a typed essay, as well as include written sections within a powerpoint.
Guest Question: Do you automatically roll applications who are not accepted in Round 1 to Round 2?
* Kim Masessa: No; if you aren't accepted in Round 1, you will not be considered for Round 2.
Guest Question: How does Admissions view an applicant's GPA in light of their major and where they attended college?
* Kristen Bautz: As with any factors in the admissions process, GPA is merely one component of the application. We certainly understand that certain majors are more challenging within certain schools, so we try to approach the application with that context. However, we also want to know that you will be successful in the classroom, so GPA is an important factor in that sense.
Guest Question: Are Lab courses for credit? How difficult is it to enroll in them? I assume some of them are very popular and available spots fill soon.
* Kristen Bautz: Lab courses are like normal classes, and all count for credit. As with all of our courses, there are certain lab courses that are more sought-after, and, thus, more difficult to get into, which is why Academic Services will work with you to come up with your bid strategy.
Guest Question: In terms of community, how much weight is put on showing a "fit with Chicago" in the application?
* Kylie Wilcer: Our approach to reading applications is holistic. No area of the application has greater weight than another. Fit with Chicago Booth is determined by each piece of the application. Your academic and professional background, your essay, involvement with the community, letters of recommendation, and GMAT/GRE score all play into this.
Guest Question: Hello, Can you please explain a little about the Polsky Center? It appears that it is part of Booth but when I look at things like clubs and groups it seems like the Polsky Center has its own. If you are admitted to Booth do you get access to Polsky Center Resources?
* Colin: The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is essentially the venture creation engine for the entire university, though it does have physical space and staff at Booth facilities. It offers a wealth of resources covering entrepreneurship, PE, and VC. Booth students do have access to the Polsky Center. In fact, entrepreneurship has become one of the most popular concentrations at Booth, so interest among the student population continues to grow. Learn more on the Polsky Center website: https://research.chicagobooth.edu/polsky/
Guest Question: As a consultant, I switch projects every couple months and have just switched on to a new project. Given that I have not worked with my new project manager for that long, I have chosen several former managers as my recommenders. Is this something that I should note in the optional essay?
* Kylie Wilcer: There is a designated section of the application that allows you to answer, "Why did you choose these recommenders?" so there is no need to utilize your optional essay for this piece.
Guest Question: Hi, is work experience considered up to application or admission?
* Kelsey Bergren: Work experience is considered at the time of application.
Guest Question: What are the major hiring companies in consulting field that visit the campus?
* Kelsey Bergren: You can view the top recruiting companies at Booth in the Chicago Booth Employment Report. https://www.chicagobooth.edu/employmentreport/
Guest Question: Thank you for answering my questing about how the GRE score is converted. Are the GRE percentiles viewed as equivalent to the GMAT percentiles?
* Kristen Bautz: When we look at the percentiles, those would be directly from your GRE score report, so the percentile would be within the context of the GRE itself.
Guest Question: Is it a disadvantage for the applicant if the interview is held by alumni rather than by the adcom in Chicago??
* Kelsey Bergren: Interviews are viewed the same regardless if they are conducted by an alumni or a current student on campus.
Guest Question: What is the best medium to display your involvement within the community? (I ask as I plan to discuss my undergraduate experience and my professional progression in my essay)
* Colin: While there is a section of the application that asks for extracurricular activities, I think the best medium varies person by person. It really depends on the rationale behind your involvement and why you are involved. For some people, it might be connected to their careers, for others it might be related to a specific passion, for some it might be neither or both.
Guest Question: I went through the "your career" section for full-time MBAs page on booth website. Does Booth have dedicated career coaches to counsel and advise students on their career paths? Also is there provision for one-on-one resume feedback, mock interview sessions etc. to help prepare for internships and job offers?
* Kelsey Bergren: The Career Services team provides extensive resources to aid in your career path. There is no limit to your access to these resources, but many people will also use the 2nd year students who have volunteered as Career Advisors for assistance in interview prep- they are a great resource and example of Booth’s ‘Pay it forward’ culture.
Guest Question: Can you tell me what would be more useful to be an eligible candidate, better GMAT or social volunteering in my expertise area?
* Kristen Bautz: As you will probably see in other presenters' answers, the admissions process is very holistic, so we are considering all parts of your application when making our decisions. Because of that, we can't isolate each factor and say that one is more important than the other
Guest Question: I understand that data driven quant is a major and regular theme throughout the MBA curriculum. How do students from non-quant backgrounds or those that are not very good with advanced quant manage? Are there particular pre MBA courses or boot camps Booth offers?
* Kristen Bautz: Great question - we are really proud of the percentage of our population that comes from a non-quant background. For those people, it is especially important to highlight your critical thinking and quantitative skills as demonstrated in the workplace. In terms of other preparation, we recommend looking into a few quant courses at a local community college or university to get a little bit more exposure. MBA Math and Khan Academy can also be helpful, as can Coursera and other MOOC courses
Guest Question: If I want to have a double degree with the MPA do I have to pay double tuition?
* Kelsey Bergren: You pay tuition for each program during your enrollment in that program.
Guest Question: Quick follow up question on applying with a partner - I believe you are referring to the "partner section" under "family". Is it sufficient to fill the details of the partner to indicate that we are both applying, since the question on the form is simply - "Is your spouse/partner an alumnus/a or student of Chicago Booth?"
* Kristen Bautz: If you indicate that your spouse/partner is not a current student at Booth, you will then see another question appear that asks if you and your spouse/partner are applying jointly to the program
Guest Question: Does Booth host seminars and conferences in which industry leaders can interact with the students?
* Kylie Wilcer: Yes; this is the function of several of our industry-related student-led groups: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups
Our Career Services team also organizes on-and-off-campus events throughout the year that allow students to research, connect and hear more from industry leaders who are often Chicago Booth alumni.
Guest Question: As I am form India. Do I need to convert my GPA on the scale equivalent to the scale used in US colleges?
* Kylie Wilcer: International GPAs are not uncommon in many of our applications; we are able to convert during the review process.
Guest Question: Hi, what is a good GMAT score for selection? Also, can two people write one recommendation letter and then have another recommender as well?
* Kelsey Bergren: Our average GMAT range can be found under the class profile on the website. And to answer the second part of your question, no- only the two letters of recommendation will be taken into account with your application.
Guest Question: Are you going to release a transcript of this meeting so that we can review the Q&A s as time goes?
* Kelsey Bergren: Yes, a transcript will be posted on the website.
Guest Question: Do we have class visit option in September? I couldn't find the information on website.
* Kylie Wilcer: Abbreviated visits are offered through the end of the month. These visits do not include classes, which do not begin until later September; however they do offer the opportunity to connect with an Admissions Director and get a tour of the Harper Center. Full Visits will begin in the first week of October after classes begin.
Guest Question: For the two recommendation letters - I am planning to have three recommenders, 2 for one letter and another person for the second letter. Is this ok?
* Kristen Bautz: Each letter of recommendation should come from one recommender and one recommender only. We only allow for two letters of recommendation per candidate.
Guest Question: Is there any advantage to applying early within Round 1? Thank you for your time.
* Kylie Wilcer: There is no advantage to applying early; we do not review applications until after the round deadline.
Guest Question: What levels of merit based scholarship exist? full tuition, half tuition, etc... and what percent of applicants receive scholarship offers?
* Kristen Bautz: Our scholarship amounts vary from partial to full tuition, and approximately 30% of our students receive a Booth scholarship.
Guest Question: I lost the transcript of my second undergraduate degree. Is it enough if I provide just Certificate for this degree?
* Kristen Bautz: We will unfortunately need a copy of all of your transcripts that includes your courses and grades (degree certificates are also required if your degree and date of degree conferral are not listed on your transcript).
Guest Question: Are there opportunities to take courses or otherwise interact with the likes of Eugene Fama?
* Colin: Students bid on courses. Every student begins Booth with the same number of points, and for each class you complete, a fixed number of points are awarded. These points act as currency, which you can use to bid on classes. As is the case in a free market, the greater the demand for classes, the greater the number of points you will need to use. If students have a real interest in taking a particular class with a particular professor, they often save points and plan ahead. Aside from that, many faculty also interact with students through other aspects (centers, workshops, student groups, conferences, etc.)
Guest Question: May I find out what are some of the volunteer programs @ Booth for the students to continue to contribute to the community while studying?
* Kylie Wilcer: The Social Enterprise Initiative facilitates numerous board service opportunities for Booth students. Learn more here:
You can also connect with the Net Impact group to learn more about how students stay connected with the community: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups/net-impact
Guest Question: I'm an international applicant. What if my recommender tells me he is not good enough at English? Can he submit the recommendation in Spanish?
* Kristen Bautz: Unfortunately, your recommender's letter needs to be in English. If he/she is not confident enough in his/her English language skills, they will need to send their letter to a translator, who will then send back a copy for them to upload to their recommendation portal. You should NOT translate or submit your recommender's letter on his/her behalf.
Guest Question: Is there an advantage in applying between R1 and R2?
* Kylie Wilcer: There is no advantage to applying in any single Round. We encourage you to submit your application when you are ready and when you feel it best represents you as an applicant.
Guest Question: If we have more than 1 gmat score, you consider the average or the highest?
* Kelsey Bergren: Your highest GMAT score will be considered.
Guest Question: If I transferred school during undergrad, do I need to submit transcript from school I transferred out of?
* Kelsey Bergren: Yes, transcripts will be required from all institutions.
Guest Question: Could you please point out some ways Booth students interact outside of formal school work, given that it's not a fully residential program? One that comes to mind is perhaps student clubs. Could you please highlight some others? Thanks!
* Kelsey Bergren: We have a wide variety of both social and professional student organizations, the student’s also engage in weekly social activities, and many will also go on Random Walks, or other trips/treks with classmates. And although the students do not live in university housing, the majority of them reside close to one another in the downtown area.
Guest Question: I would like to attend a full-time program but my employer also sponsors part-time MBA's...if I applied to the full-time program but was unable to receive enough Financial Aid to attend, could I parlay acceptance into the part-time program? Or would I need to reapply again to the other program? Thanks in advance for your time and consideration!
* Kristen Bautz: If you are admitted to the Full-Time MBA Program and then learn that your employer will only pay if you attend a Part-Time program, you would need to reapply to the part-time program. However, in that case, our colleagues in the Part-Time MBA Admissions office would help you to transfer over some components of your application (in other words, you would not need to start entirely from scratch).
Guest Question: Thank you all for your time. Does Booth have a diversity day or weekend visit in the books? I don't currently see anything on the diversity page of the website
* Kelsey Bergren: We will also be hosting a diversity visit day on campus this September. We periodically hold diversity dinners across the US, these dinners provide an opportunity for prospective students and Booth alumni to meet and interact in a more personal setting in a city where they reside.. More information on these events will be available on the website soon.
Guest Question: If I have my graduation from an English medium college then still I need to give TOEFL?
* Kristen Bautz: If English was the medium of instruction at a university that you obtained a degree from, then you do not need to submit a TOELF/IELTS score
Guest Question: Thanks for your advice thus far. On your application you solicit both SAT score and GMAT score. Do you prefer both or one? Thanks.
* Kim Masessa: We don't prefer one over the other.
Guest Question: I'm just worried if my 3-year Undergraduate degree with a major in accounting and a CPA will be able to compete with candidates from STEM backgrounds. How do I highlight my quantitative skills in the application? Would examples/projects from my work experience help me there?
* Kristen Bautz: The great thing about the MBA admissions process is that we like to have as diverse of a class as possible, meaning that we do not want a class that is entirely composed of individuals from STEM backgrounds. Because of that, it is important to highlight your own personal and professional experience, which may or may not include quantitative experience, rather than worrying about what you may be "lacking" as someone without a STEM background.
Guest Question: How should one prepare for a campus visit? What are some of the things one can do before visiting to properly leverage the time spent on campus?
* Kylie Wilcer: Researching the program on our website, attending an Admissions Information Session or Q&A with students with well thought-out questions about our community, and connecting with students ahead of time are all great ways to prepare to make the most of your time spent on campus. Take a look at our Student Group page, the Booth Experience blog, or the Connect with a Student site.
Guest Question: If I have a personal location preference for Booth (my wife has accepted a position near Chicago), should I mention that in the application?
* Kelsey Bergren: Yes, whatever the reason may be we always are looking to fully understand why you are passionate about getting your MBA at Booth!
Guest Question: Could you tell me how Booth sees a candidate over 35 years old with 8+ years of working experience?
* Kylie Wilcer: It's important to consider why MBA at this point in your career makes sense for you and which program best fits into your goals and interests. Take a look at the variety of programs we offer to determine which MBA Program is right for you: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs