The most important advice I have for applicants when it comes to preparing for the Columbia GSB 2017-2018 MBA essays is to invest in knowing the school before you begin writing your essay.

Many applicants are aware of the importance of taking the time to really understand a school before tackling their application essay, yet many make the fundamental mistake…

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There are plenty of myths surrounding the business school application process. The problem with myths, however, is that they are not true. Yet many applicants rely on them and set themselves up for failure as a result.

Here are some of the popular myths on applying to top MBA programs:

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Myth 1:…

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Harvard Business School has announced a new fellowship called the Forward Fellowship, for students from lower-income backgrounds. Rather than looking only at a student’s current financial situation, the Forward Fellowship takes into account financial history and family background.

Applicants who are awarded a Forward Fellowship will receive between $10,000 and $20,000 per year, on top of any need-based…

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A client of ours had brainstormed her essay with her consultant and come up with a strong outline based on her brand and overall profile.

However, when she went away to write the first draft of the essay she gave in to the pressure that many applicants endure—copying the format of an existing essay that someone else had written.

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Recommendation letters are an important part of the MBA application. They give the admissions committee an outside perspective of your candidacy, and represent a “vote of confidence” from someone with first-hand knowledge about your ability to handle the rigors of business school.

However, for early-career MBA applicants who are newer to the workforce – with correspondingly fewer accomplishments…

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As a business school admissions consultant for more than a decade, and a former member of the admissions committee at Harvard Business School, I get a lot of questions from MBA applicants about whether or not they’ll be able to get into b-school based on their background.

Most of us have a pretty good idea of what the ideal MBA…

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Financial Times has published its 2017 list of top MBAs for entrepreneurship, which looks at how entrepreneurial alums from each program tend to be as well as how their business school education contributed to their experience as entrepreneurs.

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This year, the top ten schools are:

  1. Stanford Graduate School of Business

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