Pat H. in the admissions team at Dartmouth/Tuck recently presented the following tips on planning for your MBA application.
These points were summarized from a webinar he delivered to the Forte Foundation. While the advice was geared toward people early in their careers, many of the tips are relevant for people applying in the upcoming season as well.
- Take quantitative classes while you have the opportunity, MBA programs are very quantitative.
- Take the GMAT during your senior year or as soon as possible after graduation while the information is fresh in your mind, GMAT scores are valid for 5 years.
- Follow your passion and get a job you will enjoy. One professional job or sector is not seen as more valuable to the admissions committee then another.
- Continue developing your career, take initiative, volunteer, and contribute to both your employer and your community.
- Develop relationships with mentors, they can provide beneficial knowledge to you as well as provide letters of recommendation down the road.
- Involve yourself in your community. It can help you develop additional leadership skills and is valued by admissions committees.
- Get your finances in order. There are always ways to finance your education through scholarships and student loans. Don’t be afraid of the high expense, the return is worth the investment.
- Do your research. Find out which school is the best match for you. Do not rely just on rankings.
- Give yourself plenty of time with the application process — it is not easy and should not be rushed.
Read the full post, including more details behind each recommendation, on the Tuck website.