Mary Miller, Columbia’s assistant dean of admissions, shares some MBA application dos and don’ts and explains what sets her school’s culture apart in this must-read article from Businessweek.
Some of the highlights include:
- Be yourself — sincerity in your application makes an effective impression on the admissions council.
- Applicants need to demonstrate that they’re “participants rather than spectators.”
- “… long-term involvement [in extra-curricular activities], would demonstrate loyalty as well as being a participant.”
- “The best way to learn about a school is to observe as well as participate in that whole process, [by] visiting campus, interacting with alumni, with current students.”
- Do NOT try to write one essay that can be used for multiple schools — it really does you a disservice because each school is unique.
- Candidates who don’t follow directions, don’t answer the question, answer somebody else’s question, or when we say “500 words,” they write 1,000 really hurt themselves.
But if you’re applying to a top-tier school, and especially if you’re applying to Columbia, then you should read the whole article by clicking here.