April 12, 2018 Live Admissions Chat
Answered Questions (73)
Chat Guest: How many students typically commute from cities via airplane for the entire program?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: It's hard to say the exact percentage of those who fly, but about 70% of our Weekend MBA students commute to Chicago from outside of IL! Some drive in from nearby cities like Milwaukee or Indianapolis, but many fly from all over the US to come take classes with us on Saturdays.
Chat Guest: Besides providing the 80% GMAT range, can you please the median score?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: We compile an average GMAT score instead of a median. The average GMAT score of the 2017 incoming classes is 680.
Chat Guest: I can't make the next Booth Day to Night event tomorrow due to work. Do you know when the next one will be? Thanks!
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Booth Live: Day to Night is a yearly event we host jointly with Full-Time. However Full-Time has their own event coming up on Friday May 4 called First Friday (https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/register/?id=dd27a589-6e1a-4722-a166-9701e8bc52a8) and Evening and Weekend MBA has their information session that night as well (https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/information-sessions-chicago). By attending both events, you can essentially "re-create" the Booth Live: Day to Night experience on your own!
Chat Guest: is recommendation considered when evaluating scholarship?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Chicago Booth offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships. All award decisions are determined from your MBA application by the Admissions Committee and Deans. However, merit-based awards are typically awarded in the weeks following admission, prior to you accepting our offer and enrolling. The Admissions Committee and Deans work to identify applicants who have excelled both academically and professionally, and your letters of rec certainly contribute to our understanding. The overall strength of the applicant pool also factors into scholarship decisions.
Chat Guest: What is expected for attendance? Is there an online component?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Booth’s MBA Programs are 100% in person, and the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs are held at the Gleacher Center, downtown Chicago. Around 70% of our Weekend MBA students live outside of IL and travel to Chicago each weekend for class. Autumn, winter and spring quarters are 11 weeks, and summer is 10 weeks in length
Chat Guest: Good afternoon! Regarding travel costs - I know there are no discounted rates for flights but discounted rates for hotels. Is there a message board or something for students to connect and save money by sharing hotel rooms?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: This link shows some of the airline and hotel discounts available in the area for our students: https://finserv.uchicago.edu/purchasing/travel/uchicagodiscountprograms.shtml. I am not sure if there is a specific message board for students to connect about travel plans, but many commuters do coordinate and plan their travel together!
Chat Guest: Since it's rolling based, does it mean I will have less chance of getting admitted if I submitted the application right before the deadline?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Rolling admission allows applicants to submit their application at any point prior to the deadline. Candidates are not at a competitive advantage or disadvantage based on the time they submit their application given it is prior to the deadline.
Chat Guest: Is there a list of classes available to visit on the website?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, you can find our Evening and Weekend class visit slots here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit.
Chat Guest: What is the average size of classes you will take during the Weekend/Evening program?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The average class size is about 45 students in the Evening and Weekend program.
Chat Guest: Good afternoon. For those worked full time to pay for undergrad, will that time be factored in for work experience? I know some schools only count full time work post undergrad.
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: We look at each applicant case by case, and we value the full-time work experience one gained while going to school part time. In the application, we ask for full-time work experience post-graduation, but on your resume we will see your full professional profile.
Chat Guest: Hi- I have a question on the weekend program. Would all classes and events take place on Saturdays, or would there be events on Sundays/Fridays? Thanks!
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: All classes for the Weekend MBA program take place on Saturdays. There is one class from 9-noon and one from 1:30-4:30 each week. However, keep in mind that even as a Weekend MBA student, you can take classes on Friday evenings if they work with your schedule! There will also be social events on Saturdays you can choose to take part in.
Chat Guest: Hello! Thank you all for organizing this chat. Are the application recommendations due by the application deadline for that quarter or a separate date?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The recommendations are due at the time of the deadline and when you submit your application.
Chat Guest: How does the GMAT range differ among the different MBA programs (ie Full-time MBA GMAT Range vs Evening GMAT Range)?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: The GMAT ranges do differ across MBA programs at Booth. The mid-80% range for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA is 620-740. I don’t have the Full Time MBA’s mid-80% range at my fingertips, but their average is 730 and the range on their website is 620-790. The difference is mainly due to the volume of applicants received. For the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs, our applicants come primarily about from US-based candidates. The Full Time MBA has a global applicant pool.
Chat Guest: What is the mean and median ages of the evening and weekend MBA students?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: For ages, we refer to the mid-80% range. For the 2017 incoming students, the mid-80% range for age is 25-35. Off the top of my head, I would say the average is around 29-31.
Chat Guest: Typically what percentage of the weekend MBA students have an entrepreneurial focus and want to start their own company? How can they leverage Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and innovation and EVC club at Chicago Booth?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Around 10% of our incoming Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students indicate they want to start or advance their entrepreneurial venture. Check out our career specific webpage to learn more about our student’s ambitions and career changes made post-MBA: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career. The entrepreneurial community at Booth is incredibly strong and active, so you would be in great company. You should also learn more about the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which is a fantastic resource for all Booth students: https://polsky.uchicago.edu/.
Chat Guest: I am from IT background with 8 years of work experience and looking to switch my career towards IT consulting and IT strategy. Can you tell me how Booth can help me in achieving the goal? Do we have open courses for new technologies such as Big data and block chain to help us be future ready. Thanks
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: According to our recent employment report, of those seeking a change in their career, 62% got a job at a new firm. Of this group, 71% changed industries, 72% changed function and 35% changed geographies (not mutually exclusive). Having said that, it takes a lot of effort on your part, and you would want to work closely with Career Services to determine the best tactics to achieve the career change you are seeking- career coaching, the job posting database, and campus recruiting for full-time jobs are examples of such tactics. Learn more here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career.
Chat Guest: What is the average GRE Score for admission to Booth Evening program?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: We do not have averages for GRE scores, but the mid-80% range of GMAT scores for our 2017 incoming classes is 620-740. If you have taken the GRE, you can find GRE-to-GMAT conversion tools online. But we accept both tests.
Chat Guest: What % of students in the evening MBA program live and work in the Chicago area?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Because evening classes meet Monday-Friday 6pm-9pm most of our evening students live in Chicagoland. If you live outside of Illinois and submit an evening application, you will be asked how you plan to make that work. In these cases some students exclusively telecommute and as such are available to take evening classes. 70% of our weekend students, however, commute in from outside of Illinois for the weekend program.
Chat Guest: I recently changed jobs and one of your requirements is recommendation from a current manager. I've already submitted 2 recommendations from a past manager and a colleague, but my current manager doesn’t know me well enough yet. How do I proceed on this front?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: While it is preferred that you select a current manager/boss/supervisor for your letter of recommendation, it is not required. We most often see this in your case and the situation that you reference.
Chat Guest: Hello! Are the application recommendations due by the application deadline for that quarter or a separate date?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Recommendations are due at the time of the application submission. However, we will wait to begin evaluation on your application until we have received the recommendations. This would not negatively impact your decision if we are waiting for your recommenders until after you have submitted. You may feel free to follow up with them on their letters at that point.
Chat Guest: Do you have the pre-application support to judge if the program will be suitable for specific career situation? And do you have statistic information about how the program help to the career development within the company?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We would be happy to discuss you candidacy per your career aspirations prior to your submission. You may email email@example.com and we can schedule a meeting. You may also view our career statistics from our recent graduates: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career/impact.
Chat Guest: On your website it says that Weekend MBA students have the ability to complete all the same majors offered to FT students. However, aren't there simply too many courses offered to make this feasible? The reason I ask is because Kellogg limits Weekend MBAs to Finance, Marketing and Strategy while Stern limits Weekend MBAs to Finance and Management.
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: That is correct. Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students have 14 concentrations available to select from. On average students completely 3-4 concentrations. All courses are offered across our MBA programs, so you have access to the classes necessary to complete the concentration of your choosing.
Chat Guest: For those who live out of state and apply for the weekend program, is it possible to change to the evening program if they relocated to Chicago?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, students can officially transfer from Weekend to Evening (or vice versa) once during their time at Booth. We see this quite often with our Weekend students who end up relocating to Chicago.
Chat Guest: Hello- I learned that some schools offer challenge exams. Is there any option that I can waive some of the core classes at Booth?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: At Booth, we do not allow transfer credit or waive courses. All students must complete 20 courses and Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD). However, our curriculum is so flexible and there are no required, core courses. Therefore, you will be able to find courses that are not repetitive to ones you’ve already taken. We allow you to take more advanced courses to fulfill degree requirements, and we have a great academic services team to help you navigate course planning.
Chat Guest: how limited is the scholarship? do you have a percentage? or average amount?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Our merit-based scholarships range in amount. Every applicant is considered for scholarship, there are no additional materials candidates need to submit. In recent quarters, amounts have covered the cost of 3-4 courses, but again, this is not a set amount and will vary based on the scholarship funds we have available to distribute.
Chat Guest: What is the process for a part-time Evening or Weekend student to switch the full time?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students may take a Full-Time load of courses instead of actually switching programs. This would result in the same number of Booth classes as a student enrolled in the Full-Time program.
Chat Guest: For the GRE, do you convert directly to the GMAT equivalent or do you look at the GMAT conversion range?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Admissions will convert the GRE score directly to a GMAT equivalent.
Chat Guest: is there any loans/financial-aid provided for international students/H1B holder?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Chicago Booth is committed to providing financing opportunities for all students regardless of citizenship status and offers a loan program to international students with no US cosigners. International students who have US cosigners have multiple private loan options. You can find information here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid.
Chat Guest: hi i was wondering how often students need to commute to campus for weekend program? Thank you!
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Weekend MBA classes take place every Saturday during the quarter, so you should be willing and able to travel to Chicago every week that classes are in session.
Chat Guest: Is the weekend or evening MBA a hybrid between online and on ground and can be accounted for as a full-time program?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Chicago Booth does not offer online classes. All classes take place in person at our campus in Chicago. The Evening and Weekend MBA programs are part time MBA programs to support full time working professionals. We also offer a Full Time MBA program, which you can learn more about here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time.
Chat Guest: How many % of the students in weekend/evening program have the age above 36?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We do not have specific statistics of student's age above 36, however the middle 80% of our students in the Evening program range from 25-34, and for the Weekend program range from 26-36
Chat Guest: What kind of career resources do you provide for Evening/Weekend students who may want to change careers?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Our Career Services team offers a wide variety of resources from individual career coaching, alumni career advisors, formalized campus recruiting for full time jobs, job posting database, etc. You will be able to partner with them to determine your specific job change strategy. We have a number students in the program who have made changes. You gain access to career services during your first quarter, and they are a resource for life.
Chat Guest: Other than GMAT/GRE scores and work experience, what are some of the other most regarded aspects of someone’s that profile that are looked at?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: We have a holistic review and look at academic ability, professional background, professional accomplishments, career goals with an MBA, and interests/community involvement outside of work. In short, we are looking for well-rounded individuals who have a high level of intellectual curiosity. We also like to see candidates who have done their research and really understand what about Booth makes it (hopefully) their top choice. The more Booth examples in your applicant, the better. This can help you stand out from the more generic applications we receive.
Chat Guest: What is the best % of scholarship that you can offer?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: The amount of funding varies depending on the scholarship itself. Civic Scholars who work in non-profit or government are covered at 100%. The remainder of the awards will vary. No other award other than civic-scholars covers 100%. At this time the merit-based award covers approximately 20% of the total cost of tuition, but can be subject to change year to year.
Chat Guest: Are same career resources available for Weekend MBA students as for Full-time MBA students?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The Full-Time program has a formalized internship process that students are able to navigate through as they begin their fall quarter. The internship would then take place over the summer after their first complete year of class. Evening and Weekend students would rely more heavily on their Booth network, career services with assistance in identifying alumni and company opportunities that may present themselves, and their own legwork and hustle to get in front of the right people at these organizations to be invited to their events where they ultimately offer internships. Booth would not get in the way of this process if you were able to gain internship opportunities through these methods.
Career services are the same across Evening, Weekend and Full-Time. With that being said, if landing an internship is extremely important to you, it may be worth diving deeper into the Full-Time program and weighing you options from a financial, internship and Booth experience standpoint to determine what makes most sense
Chat Guest: is a recommendation letter from a Booth MBA alumni encouraged?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: If you feel this person has the strongest recommendation for you, then absolutely. We do not favor an alum's recommendation over a non-alum, though.
Chat Guest: In response to the school transcripts, my undergrad transcript is international. Grad school is domestic
* Hannah Kohut(privately): You can open the undergrad one and scan and upload it along with your application. If you are admitted, our office can notarize the scanned transcript and make it official.
Chat Guest: What is the U.S.-based domestic average GMAT score?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: We do not break down GMAT averages between our domestic and international students. Our GMAT average for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs is 680, and our middle 80% range is 620-740.
Chat Guest: Due to the flexibility of the program, what is the average time that it takes for someone to finish the MBA using only the weekend (not evening) program?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: The average time for both Weekend and Evening programs is 2.5 to 3 years, provided you take 2 courses per quarter. Weekend students are able to schedule two courses on Saturdays (one in morning, one in afternoon).
Chat Guest: Thank you for the chat. I have 13+ years of experience in IT (Information Technology) and had education in masters in engineering. I am interested in evening MBA program. I am working with my company now for work at home (telecommute) option from Chicago. Am I eligible for evening MBA program.
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: If you are able to be in Chicago during the week and maintain your job, then yes, you would be eligible to apply. Evening classes take place from 6-9 PM throughout the week. Given your years of work experience, you might also be interested in learning more about our Executive MBA program: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/exec-mba.
Chat Guest: Question on the GMAT. I saw that some other programs have specific requirements such as at least X score on writing. Is there any requirement on particular part(s) of GMAT?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: We have no minimums to apply, but our average GMAT for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs is 680, and our middle 80% range is 620-740. We do not recommend skipping any parts of the GMAT, as we will look at the breakdown of your overall score as well.
Chat Guest: What career resources are available for Weekend students for switching jobs or joining a summer internship?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) students have the same access to career services and networking opportunities as their Full Time (FT) counterparts, with the main difference being that they typically do not go through formal recruiting for internships, since our student population is working full time. You can opt to go through formal on-campus recruiting as long as it is for full-time positions, but as a Weekend MBA student, you will need to have some flexibility in your schedule, since most of the recruiting events take place during the week on campus. If an internship is an important aspect of the career change you're seeking, you should consider applying to Full Time MBA programs as well.
Chat Guest: I am confused as to how many courses it takes to complete each concentration. I saw something in another chat about how different concentrations require a different number of courses. Why is this the case?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Our 14 concentrations allow you to develop frameworks that enhance or complement your experience and fit your career goals. While the number of classes to earn the concentrations can vary depending on the concentration itself, the classes are selected in that way to allow for a deeper knowledge and assemble the tools and analytic skills relevant to areas of particular interest. Concentrations vary in the amount of coursework one needs to complete it in order for our students to reach that deeper understanding in that topic area. Some areas are more complex than others.
Chat Guest: What was the GPA range for the most recent incoming weekend class?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: For Evening students, the mid 80% undergrad GPA range is 3.0 - 3.9. For Weekend students, the mid 80% range is 2.9 - 3.9. Those numbers and other class stats can be found on each program's respective home page.
Chat Guest: What are the application deadlines for the Spring semester and what would be the first day of class if you were to be accepted to the program?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The deadline for the Spring quarter of 2019 would occur around the first week of January, with a start date around the last week in March of 2019.
Chat Guest: Is age a consideration for admission?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Not at all, we have a wide age range and it has no bearing on your chances of admission. We highly value both early career and more experienced professionals. What’s most important is sharing why you are seeking an MBA at this point in your career. You will be able to tell your story through the essays and other short-answer questions within the application.
Chat Guest: What are the "wow" factors that admission team will be looking in the application of candidates?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Admissions will look for candidates who illustrate a sense of intellectual curiosity along with unique components they can bring to the classroom. So, areas in which you can illustrate how you can impact the classroom and community with your background, along with why you are passionate about Booth at this point in your life are ways to create the "wow" factor.
Chat Guest: What are the key differences between Executive MBA and Evening Weekend MBA? Are they offered simultaneously?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: The Executive MBA program is a 21 month lock-step cohort program for students with an average of 14 years of corporate working experience with some of those being higher management level roles. The program is very structured in terms of the classes you would take, and involves a week in our campuses in London and Hong Kong respectively. Classes meet every other week, all day on Friday and Saturday. For the Evening and Weekend MBA programs, the average student age is 30, with 7 years average working experience, but we also have students in the programs well into their 40’s. The program is quite flexible, allowing you to take classes across programs. There is also a great amount of flexibility in the types of classes you can take, depending on your experience and preference. If you are on the verge between the Executive program and the Evening or Weekend programs, your choice will come down to what you’re specifically looking to gain from your MBA experience.
Chat Guest: If you are a reapplicant, do you only need to submit one new recommendation or do you need to submit three recommendations (have the two previous individuals resubmit and the new individual)?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, you only need to submit one new recommendation with your application. We would still have your previous recommendations on file.
Chat Guest: For weekend MBA, is there a minimum number of courses required to be completed per quarter? How many courses do students typically undertake in a quarter?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Most students take 2 courses per quarter and finish in about 2.5-3 years. If you take only one course per quarter, every quarter, you can finish in 5 years (the maximum allowed).
Chat Guest: You mentioned that people with longer work experience should consider an Executive MBA versus the Weekend MBA. Is it rare to have people in the weekend program with 15+ years of work experience?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: It's certainly less common, but it's really about which program is the right fit for you, and if you can make a case within your application as to why you prefer the Weekend MBA program over the Executive MBA program, you would certainly still be considered. Students in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA program typically have anywhere from 2-10 years of experience on average.
Chat Guest: Hi, thanks for doing this chat. I am curious if courses outside of the traditional MBA curriculum would be available for weekend students. For example, if I'm interested taking some health care related courses, would there be an option? Thanks!
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Any course offered within the University of Chicago may be taken as a part of your Booth experience. You have up to six classes to take for your electives outside of Booth (if you choose).
Chat Guest: Is there a difference in applicant requirements between the evening and weekend program?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: No, the application requirements are exactly the same for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs.
Chat Guest: Hi! Can you tell what things do you most consider to give a merit-based scholarship?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: The Admissions Committee and Deans work to identify applicants who have excelled both academically and professionally. Having strong test scores and GPA factor into one’s chances of receiving scholarship. Aiming for test scores above our 680 average can only help your chances. Your professional accomplishments thus far, as well as your career goals also heavily considered. The overall strength of the applicant pool also factors into scholarship decisions.
Chat Guest: If the Admissions Committee thinks an applicant would be a better fit for the Weekend program vs. Evening (or vice versa) based on their GMAT, GPA, or application would Booth Admissions potentially recommend a switch in order to earn admission?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: There are no differences in the application review process for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs. Generally speaking, our local, Chicago-land students apply to Evening. Those living and working outside IL apply to Weekend. The main time we coach someone toward one or the other is if we see someone from outside Chicago-land applying to the Evening MBA without having a plan in place to transfer with their company or join a new organization in Chicago. Neither is more or less competitive, and you should apply to the format that best fits your needs.
Chat Guest: Exactly how many days are classes held? 52 a year?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: It depends how many classes you enroll in per quarter! Each class meets once per week for 3 hours. Each quarter is 11 weeks long, except Summer quarter which is 10 weeks long. Most students take 2 classes per quarter and finish the degree in 2.5-3 years, but the program is quite flexible, allowing you to speed it up or slow it down as you see fit. As long as you finish the degree with 5 years of starting, you are able to set your own pace through the program.
Chat Guest: What do you recommend expressing in my application to overcome a low GMAT score?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You man certainly look to take the GMAT a second (or third) time, but if you remain unhappy with your scores, you may consider taking Graduate Student At Large Business (GSALB) classes which are Booth classes which students can take prior to being a booth student. You may find more information on this program here: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/academic-programs/graduate-student/graduate-student-at-large-business.
Chat Guest: For the admission team is better if I have 5 years of experience in more than one company or in the same company?. Or it does not matter?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: We look to see that you've shown career progression thus far, and that you have given thought to how a Booth MBA can help launch you to the next step in your career. While "job hopping" every year can be a red flag, we often see candidates who have transitioned through a few different roles at various companies. It's up to you to craft your story, explain your career progression, and make a case for your MBA motivations.
Chat Guest: By when will the admission result be available? What are the following steps for waitlisted/admitted students?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We have rolling admissions. Decisions are then made on a rolling basis and typically within 4-6 weeks from the date you submit your complete application.
Chat Guest: What is your acceptance rate?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: We do not publish acceptance rates for our Evening and Weekend MBA Programs.
Chat Guest: Are all classes of same credits or it can vary from class to class?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Booth classes would either be 50 units (meaning half a quarter class) or 100 units (a full quarter class). There are 20 total courses required to graduate.
Chat Guest: What are the most common mistakes or factors that negatively impact a candidates chances to be accepted?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Typically, applicants who are not clear on their motivation for attending Booth, or articulating their story and background within the application so that Admission committee members can understand why and how Booth might really benefit the applicant.
Chat Guest: if admitted, do you offer some resources for H1B/international students to gain access to different loans?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: You will be able to seek private student loans once you’ve been admitted. They are not needs based, and it is a pretty simple process. We have dedicated Financial Aid advisors that you can work with once admitted. Check out this link for more details: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid.
Chat Guest: If I am changing roles and supervisors at my current company, would a recommendation from my old supervisor or new supervisor be preferred?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: In that situation, it makes perfect sense to ask a previous manager for a letter of recommendation. You are also welcome to submit a third letter if you’d also like to have your new supervisor submit one. In the application you have the opportunity to explain why you chose each recommender.
Chat Guest: What are the most common application/essays mistakes you see?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Typically, applicants who are not clear on their motivation for attending Booth, or articulating their story and background within the application so that Admission committee members can understand why and how Booth might really benefit the applicant
Chat Guest: Generally speaking, what do you think separates Booth from other highly-ranked MBA programs?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Great question! I think the flexibility of our program is what really makes Booth unique. We allow our students the opportunity to tailor the education to their specific needs, and craft an MBA experience that will be unique to them! Additionally, our world-renowned faculty are the best and the brightest, and they teach across all of our MBA programs, so you get access to these individuals even as an Evening MBA or Weekend MBA student. Finally, our incredibly community of students- we encourage you to come to an event or a visit a class and meet them for yourself!
Chat Guest: Are class visits or attending other Booth events considered in the application?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: No, attending events and class visits are not required and do not influence our admissions decisions. Having said that, visiting campus, talking to students and alumni, etc. can help you craft an application that reflects your knowledge of and interest in Booth. We understand that many are unable to visit campus, but you are able to connect with Admissions by setting up a call. You can connect directly with current students using our online Ask a Student portal: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer.
Chat Guest: My company can pay up to 3 courses a year - is there any financial aid available to cover at least one or two more course per year?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: That's great that your company can cover 3 courses per year. We do have financial aid options available as well as some limited scholarship opportunities. You can learn about that here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid.
Chat Guest: Are we allowed to attend open classes from University of Chicago's Law or Technology schools?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Yes, you are able take 6 of your 20 courses at other divisions/program across the University of Chicago. Keep in mind that most graduate programs are on the main campus in Hyde Park and courses take place during the daytime. You would work closely with an academic advisor if you’d like to pursue this option.