How to add value in your MBA application data forms

Have you registered with each of your target schools? Did you notice that they ask LOTS of short-answer questions?

Busy applicants often overlook the "mini-essays" that adcoms include in online application data forms. Please do not make the same mistake. With a bit of advanced planning and strategic brainstorming, you can pack those "little boxes" with valuable information that the schools would not otherwise learn from your resume, essays, and recommendation letters.

Here is a compilation of useful tips that can help you add value to your application data forms.


Information is subject to change. Please verify all data with the schools.


Harvard (HBS)

Key accomplishments (KA)

 

THE QUESTION

What are your key accomplishments?



QUESTIONS behind the QUESTION

What can you teach me?

Which of your accomplishments do you want to highlight and why? What do these accomplishments tell us about your hard and soft skills? 

Some clients include a mix of

  • Drive stories (show that you can deliver quantifiable results) 

  • Teamwork stories (when have you united previously divided groups and forged lasting relationships?)

  • Leadership stories (when have you convinced others to do mission critical tasks that they at first did not want to do? when have you done ordinary things extraordinarily well?) 

 


 

 

Most significant challenge (MSC)

 

THE QUESTION

What was your most significant challenge?



QUESTIONS behind the QUESTION

The question: What was your most significant challenge (at work)?

Situation: what problem were you trying to solve?

Task: why was it difficult to solve this problem

Action: what you did, step by step

Turning point: how did you know that your efforts were making a difference?

Result: since this is not an “accomplishment” story, what partial success have you achieved, and why do you know that there is still work to be done? 

(Implied) How would an MBA (from Stanford, HBS, etc.) help you develop the necessary skills to overcome similar challenges? 

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How can we help you?

What pain points have you tried to solve at your current organization?

What challenges have you faced supporting juniors, influencing seniors, and driving results?

Of those challenges, which has been most signficant to you and to your organization?

How would an MBA help you overcome that challenge?

Note: this is NOT the place to share a failure story.

  • Some clients use this MSC space to discuss a single challenging project (micro view). 

  • Others discuss macro challenges ex. persuading senior managers to support particular initiatives

  • Either way, it is not the space to discuss a setback or failure. Rather, it is your opportunity to show, with a concrete example, why you need an MBA.

 

Vince example (assuming Agos was paying for my MBA and I planned to returned as director of new business development and eventually CEO)

  • Sustain growth in a shrinking market 

  • Why we want to grow

  • Why it is hard to grow

  • What we tried to far

  • Why that is not enough  

  • How HBS or Stanford would help me achieve sustainable growth (implied here, explained in the goals essay / short answer question)

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STANFORD GSB

Stanford 2016 
  1. Your favorite food

  2. Your favorite word in any language

  3. Please describe yourself using 20 or fewer words

  4. Please write a sentence or two about what you aspire to do after graduating from Stanford GSB. (Limit 255 characters.)

  5. How do you spend your time?

    • Please list your activities and interests in order of their significance to you, starting with your most meaningful ones. (Do not enter part-time employment or internships here. Those go in the Professional Experience section.)

    • Activity or interest 

    • From yymm to yymm

    • Number of members

    • Typical time spent 

    • What role(s) did you play?

    • Description of activity/interest and your role, impact, or contribution. (Limit 255 characters)

    • For your first (most significant) activity or interest listed, why did you become involved? (Limit 255 characters)

  6. If you have received any awards or honors, congratulations; please tell us about them here. Add them in order of significance to you. In the Basis of Selection field, explain the award criteria, number of recipients, how often this award/honor is given, and who selected the recipients, if this information is available

  7. Award or honor received, Date received (mm/yyyy) Basis of Selection (Limit 255  characters.)

  8. Through all of the elements of your application, we believe that we get to know you well. Complete this section only if you have critical information you could not convey elsewhere on your application (e.g., extenuating circumstances affecting academic or work performance). Do not include essays, and please, be brief.

 
 

GENERAL ADVICE

Vince's FAQ

Q1: How do I calculate my GPA?

A1: Unless stated otherwise, you should use this table to calculate your GPA on a 4.0 scale
www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/learnmore/applynow/start#GPA
Columbia Business School GPA Calculator
www2.gsb.columbia.edu/emba/tools/gpa_calculator/
other tips are here: http://delicious.com/admissions/gpa
 

Q2: Each school asks me to send my GMAT score a different way. Some want the official score report now, others only want me to self-report my score when applying, then send the official score later. How do I keep track of this information?

A2: Vince compiled these links for you http://bit.ly/ScoreReports
If you find new or better information, please tell Vince ASAP. Thank you!
 

Q3: Do I need to write in complete sentences?

A3: Write in full sentences for Chicago and any other school that gives you unlimited space for your answers.

Use "resume English" for other schools (Columbia, Tuck, HBS, Stanford, Wharton, LBS, and others) that limit your responses.
 

Q4: What is "resume English"?

A4: Remove all articles (a, an, the) and personal pronouns (I) and helping verbs (is, was, were). Use the extra space for more details (numbers and qualifying adjectives like "best", "only', "first-ever" and "best"). Always show the impact of your actions on your team, company, industry and country. More tips here http://esl.about.com/od/businessspeakingskills/a/j_resume.htm and here http://jetresumes.blogspot.com/

 

Q5: What should I write if the school application asks me where else I am applying?

A5: Mention 3-5 other schools (perhaps up to 7 if sponsored) that conform to a clear pattern. At your interview, be prepared to show why you could chose this school over all others. By what criteria will you make your decision if admitted to multiple schools? Hint: pick a criteria in which this school "wins". For example, "I am applying to one-year programs that emphasize finance and offer multiple experiential learning practicums and consulting projects. Among these, Cambridge is best because of..."

The following questions display adcoms logic when asking "where else you applied".

  • Why are you interested in applying to our school?

  • What criteria did you use to select your target the schools?

  • How will an MBA from our school help you specifically?

  • Where else are you applying?

  • Why those schools?

  • Why did you decide to apply to x number of schools?

  • What school is your first choice and why?

  • If you are not accepted anywhere you applied this year, what will you do?

 


From ClearAdmit

http://blog.clearadmit.com/2010/09/admission-tip-mba-application-data-forms/

Don’t rush the application forms! Most candidates leave the forms for the last minute or rush to fill out online applications from work on deadline day, but a weak effort on these forms can damage your candidacy. Here are a few tips
 

  1. Follow instructions. If the school asks you to list activities in chronological order, then do not list them in order of importance to you (as you may have done for another school). If the school asks for a contact person, title or the number of hours/week, do not leave these fields blank.

  2. Make things clear. The last thing you want is for your admissions reader to have to play detective in determining your career progression (gaps in employment) or undergraduate career. Admissions officers are busy people and they don’t have time to connect the dots on your background. If your listings are not clear, the reader may assume you are hiding something. Once they make this assumption, your chances will evaporate. Given the level of competition in the applicant pool, the admissions office can afford to avoid files that seem a bit confusing.

  3. Don’t be lazy. Since it’s likely that you’ll be ‘burned out’ from your essays, the temptation will be to zip through the application forms. In many cases, the forms are a great opportunity for you to list outside activities in depth, offer a quick explanation for a bad grade, etc. In fact, your application forms will often be the starting point for the admissions officer’s review of your file. Put your best foot forward.

  4. Avoid going overboard. Admissions officers typically review several files in a sitting – devoting much less time than you might imagine to each file. As such, try to avoid listing 18 activities, 22 awards and 17 publications – especially if some of those items date back to high school (or are more than 10 years old). Stay focused on the elements of your background that are most relevant. Also, when asked for a short-answer, do not draft an essay. If your admissions file is twice as thick as the rest of the files, it will not necessarily be twice as good. How do you think the admissions officer will feel when they go to pick up a thick file for a ‘quick’ review?

 


From Adam

http://adam-markus.blogspot.com/2008/12/graduate-application-forms-all-those.html

 

  1. Doing a weak job on an application form is sloppy and unprofessional. It is a test of your patience and ability to collect and organize key information about you. 

  2. Adcoms take this information seriously. Given the huge number of applications that top schools need to review, you can be absolutely certain that if they ask for some information, they are doing it for a reason. By asking all applicants the same relatively well-defined questions, they gather one more set of data points by which to compare applicants across a broad range of criteria. Such information also serves as another form of verification.

  3. Do it right the first time and you will be richly rewarded. Fill out the first form as comprehensively as possible, copy the answers into a Word or Google document, and reuse it for subsequent schools, modifying as necessary.

  4. Make a great resume first. If you have a solid resume to begin with, doing these forms will be somewhat easier. If your resume seems to fail to provide a sufficient number of answers to the questions being asked about your academic, professional, and/or personal background, it is possible that you need a better resume. Use this opportunity to alter your resume.

  5. Be Consistent. There should be no contradictions between your resume, essays, and application form (Regarding recommendations, since you did not write them and have no control over their contents, minor contradictions are possible and not inherently problematic). Give yourself enough time to comprehensively review everything you will be submitting.

  6. Do not volunteer potentially damaging information unless you have to. Schools like Wharton and Berkeley employ firms like Kroll to do a background check on those they admit (especially to confirm that your recommender is actually your boss and not your secretary or your mother). I do think you should disclose anything that has a high likelihood of being discovered as part of a standard background check (felonies, for example). What does a firm like Kroll do? Former Wharton MBA admissions Director Thomas Caleel at the University of Pennsylvania admits that although they have instituted a stringent set of verification processes (which he declines to specify), they hire an outside background verification firm, Kroll Associates, to do the work for them (details cannot be revealed, although Caleel says that Kroll Associates contracts local companies to help them navigate language and cultural barriers to verify data points). It is not always possible to catch the rule benders: “I take the subject of fraudulent applications very seriously. It’s something I personally have no tolerance for. Now in saying that, do we admit people who have ghostwritten applications? I am sure we do.” Although there is no foolproof system against fraudulent applications, Caleel claims that if and when they know for sure that the applicant has submitted a false application, dismissal is swift. Given the recent Scoretop scandal, you can assume schools are becoming even more likely to investigate applicants. By the way, if you have weird stuff on your Facebook or MySpace or other SNS, you might want to delete it because increasingly admissions people, especially at the undergraduate level, are looking at applicant's SNS pages.


Family Information

This information helps admissions understand your background.

Languages

In general, I suggest only listing languages you actually could use. Listing a bunch of languages where you have a novice ranking looks pretty lame, so I would suggest keeping the novice language list to at most one language. If you studied a language in school and got a high grade, but don't remember much, the novice ranking is for you.

Employment

Why are they asking me all this stuff that is already on my resume? Adcoms want to be able to refer to your employment history in a standardized way and they want to make sure that you specifically provide specific information in the categories they ask for. So why do they need a resume? First, they need it because they conduct blind interviewing. Next, a resume measures what you think is really important to know. It is a kind of self-evaluation. On the other hand, an application is what they want to know regardless of whether you think it is important or not.

Job Duties

Focus on the most important parts of your work and especially those aspects that you think best show your potential for your post-MBA goals. At the same time, make sure that you are not just providing accomplishments (you can do that on the resume), but also are providing an overall accounting of your duties.

 

Supervising others

How many employees do you supervise? Please explain this number briefly (i.e. direct reports, matrix organization, dotted line)

Provide an honest answer to this question. If you supervise employees on a project basis, state that. If the number has varied and you supervise significantly less people than in the past, you might try to indicate any such differences in your job duties description.

Reason for Leaving

Address this honestly and directly. If you have been let go as part of an overall cut in staff indicate that. If you were let go for reasons to do with your own performance, I don't suggest such disclosing such information (and obviously you would not want to select a recommender who would state that). If you were given voluntary early retirement, indicate that and the size of the package you received. If you quit because you wanted to travel for a year, no problem, just make sure you write about that amazing experience elsewhere in the application.
 

Resume

Please upload your resume, one page only

If you have two pages or more, alter your format and prioritize your content. Consider what you want to discuss at your interview when determining what to keep in your resume. If you have to cut something good, just get it into the online application.

Awards

If you have no awards, do not make something up. Just give them the facts

Name of award, criteria for selection, and if a prize was given, what that was.

Expected Major

Select one that is consistent with your goals and reasons for attending this MBA program.

This is a totally non-binding choice, unless you are applying for Health Care Management.

The only bad choice here is one that is not consistent with your goals essay.

 

Certifications

In addition to providing the name of the certification, provide the date you received it, the basis for getting it if impressive, and if it not a very popular certification, briefly explain it.

 

Activities

Please list your extracurricular activities while in college / university, listing your most important first.

Tell us about the activity above that is most important to you and what you have learned from the experience.

Activities since college / university studies

Please list your extracurricular activities since college / university. List in order of importance.

Tell us about the activity above that is most important to you and what you have learned from the experience.

 

Writing about professional certifications, scholarships/awards, and extracurricular activities (during and after college) is hard for some applicants who have so much stuff to write about in one or more of these lists. For others, it will be hard because they have so little to mention. Whatever the case, provide honest and comprehensive information here and don't pad these sections with nonsense. You may have started playing golf, volunteering for the homeless, or studying French for last couple of months, but you should think twice before including it.


If you were involved in extracurricular activities that were a major time commitment and your grades suffered as a result, you will probably be mentioning that in the optional essay, but here you should still provide factual information that will support your claims. In addition to what adcoms specifically request for each activity, if it is not clear what an organization is or what your role was from the title, briefly explain that. Regarding the need to prioritize this list, just think about which activities are most important to you and reveal the most about your potential and/or personality.

 

Here are the common questions and responses
 

  • Q: I don't have anything for this section. I work 120 hours a week and I would define sleep as my extracurricular activity. What should I do?

A: Explain that in the optional essay. It is better to explain your concerns then to have them noticed without you providing your interpretation. 

  • Q: You know I realized that I did not have any extracurricular activities about six months ago, so I started volunteering at... What do you think?

A: Sounds pretty bad to me, do you think that the highly experienced admissions officers at Wharton are naive enough to buy that? Forget it. If something commenced in 2008 and you have

 

Hobbies

Please list any hobbies or related activities, not listed above, which hold special significance for you.

Tell us about the activity or hobby above you have enjoyed most and why.


If something commenced in the last 12 month and you have absolutely no prior connection to it or something like it, think twice before listing it here.

  • Q: What is the difference between an extracurricular activity and a hobby/interest?

A: While some extracurricular activities might classify as hobbies, the key difference is that extracurricular activities should be part of an organization.


Here it is important to distinguish between activities that you have shown a long-term commitment to and standard forms of passive entertainment. If you are an expert of French cinema of the 1960s, it is perhaps worth mentioning, but if you like to watch movies in general, I suggest omitting such information.

This section offers a great opportunity to explain aspects of your private life that have been sources of pleasure and interest for a significant part of your life. This section can also add some personality to your application. Just make sure you provide specific examples and don't just write something like "Enjoy cooking," but instead write about what type of cooking it is and whether you have taken any cooking classes and/or even just enjoy cooking for friends or family. By the way, if you have kids, use this section to highlight family activities that you might possibly continue at MBA. Finally, if you have a strong religious commitment, please write about that here (as a special interest), if it does not fit above as an extracurricular activity.

 

International experience

If you have worked outside of your home country, please name the country or countries and duration

This final question is straightforward. Even if the work duration was small, but significant, mention it. No, quick trips for a conference do not count.

 

END of Adam's advice

 

 


Information is subject to change. Please verify all data with the schools.


 

COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL

Application Data Forms (information about your personal and professional background)

General Information I

Personal Information

Upload a current picture of yourself (Optional)
May we share your name contact information and relevant application information with affiliated Columbia University programs, outside scholarship organizations or educational institutions? (Yes No)

Languages

Please indicate your primary language
Please list other languages you speak
Language
Rate your Proficiency

General Information II

Columbia Business School contact

Have you ever spoken with a Columbia Business School Program Representative or attended a Columbia Information Session? (Yes No)
Please specify with whom you have spoken or what event you have attended.

Employment history

How many months of post-college full-time work experience will you have upon enrolling? (Please enter in months not years)

Resume
Note that in addition to uploading your resume you must complete the employment history below.
Upload Your Resume/ CV
To upload a document in response to this question, please click the 'upload' button below.
If your upload is successful, you will see a 'view document' button and a 'delete' button appear next to the question.

Work experience

Are you providing a letter of recommendation from your current (or most recent) supervisor? (Yes No)
If no, please explain. (Please limit your response to 1,000 characters, including spaces)
Please provide an explanation for any gaps in your employment history (Please limit your response to 1,000 characters, including spaces)

The following should account for your most meaningful professional experiences. Please include as many as five roles. Should you have been employed for any significant period during your undergraduate program, please make note of this in optional Essay 3.

1. Most recent job

The following should account for your most meaningful professional experiences. Please include as many as five roles. Should you have been employed for any significant period during your undergraduate program, please make note of this in optional Essay 3.
Current? (Yes No)
Dates of employment
From (mm/dd/yyyy)
To (mm/dd/yyyy)
Employer
Title
Function
Industry
City
State
Country
Province
Phone Number - Only numbers (no dashes or parentheses)
Website
Duties/Responsibilities (Please limit your response to 600 characters, including spaces)
Number of people you supervise(d)
Hours per week
Hours per month
Salary (Do NOT include bonuses, housing or relocation allowances, cost of living adjustments, tax exemptions, combat or hazardous duty pay, etc, as part of your salary. You may include these as a separate notation in the Job Duties section. Please convert to U.S. Dollars.)
Beginning Annual Base Salary (Only numbers; Please convert to U.S. Dollars)
Current or Ending Annual Base Salary (Only numbers; Please convert to U.S. Dollars)
Amount of Last Annual Bonus Received (Only numbers; Please convert to U.S. Dollars)
Supervisor's Name
Supervisor's Title
Employer's Total Employees
Employer's Annual Revenue
Reason for leaving (Please limit your response to 200 characters, including spaces)

2. Previous job

The following should account for your most meaningful professional experiences. Please include as many as five roles. Should you have been employed for any significant period during your undergraduate program, please make note of this in optional Essay 3.
Dates of employment
From (mm/dd/yyyy)
To (mm/dd/yyyy)
Employer
Title
Function
Industry
City
State
Country
Province
Phone Number - Only numbers (no dashes or parentheses)
Website
Duties/Responsibilities (Please limit your response to 600 characters, including spaces)
Number of people you supervise(d)
Hours per week
Hours per month
Salary (Do NOT include bonuses, housing or relocation allowances, cost of living adjustments, tax exemptions, combat or hazardous duty pay, etc, as part of your salary. You may include these as a separate notation in the Job Duties section. Please convert to U.S. Dollars.)
Beginning Annual Base Salary (Only numbers; Please convert to U.S. Dollars)
Current or Ending Annual Base Salary (Only numbers; Please convert to U.S. Dollars)
Amount of Last Annual Bonus Received (Only numbers; Please convert to U.S. Dollars)
Supervisor's Name
Supervisor's Title
Employer's Total Employees
Employer's Annual Revenue
Reason for leaving (Please limit your response to 200 characters, including spaces)

3. Previous job

The following should account for your most meaningful professional experiences. Please include as many as five roles. Should you have been employed for any significant period during your undergraduate program, please make note of this in optional Essay 3.
Dates of employment
From (mm/dd/yyyy)
To (mm/dd/yyyy)
Employer
Title
Function
Industry
City
State
Country
Province
Phone Number - Only numbers (no dashes or parentheses)
Website
Duties/Responsibilities (Please limit your response to 600 characters, including spaces)
Number of people you supervise(d)
Hours per week
Hours per month
Salary (Do NOT include bonuses, housing or relocation allowances, cost of living adjustments, tax exemptions, combat or hazardous duty pay, etc, as part of your salary. You may include these as a separate notation in the Job Duties section. Please convert to U.S. Dollars.)
Beginning Annual Base Salary (Only numbers; Please convert to U.S. Dollars)
Current or Ending Annual Base Salary (Only numbers; Please convert to U.S. Dollars)
Amount of Last Annual Bonus Received (Only numbers; Please convert to U.S. Dollars)
Supervisor's Name
Supervisor's Title
Employer's Total Employees
Employer's Annual Revenue
Reason for leaving (Please limit your response to 200 characters, including spaces)

VinceTip: PLEASE NOTE THAT COLUMBIA'S ACTUAL ONLINE APPLICATION DATA FORM ALLOWS APPLICANTS TO INCLUDE UP TO 5 EMPLOYERS.

Education

Education level
Specify your highest level of education
GPA
Please enter your overall Undergraduate GPA
enter in 4.0 scale (#.##)
If you have any questions, refer to the application instructions

1. Primary undergraduate institution

This is the first undergraduate institution from which you obtained your degree.
Institution Name
Started (mm/yyyy)
Until (mm/yyyy)
If currently attending, specify when you expect to graduate
City
State
Country
Education Level
Degree earned (or to be earned)
Major
Secondary Major or Minor (if any)
GPA
Please enter your final GPA in numeric form. (#.##)
Please no text or symbols other than a decimal.
GPA range in your school (For example: 0.00 - 4.00, 0.00-100.00, 1.00 - 12.00, etc.)
Minimum (Specify the lowest numeric grade possible in your school.)
Maximum (Specify the highest numeric grade possible in your school.)
Graduation Date (mm/yyyy)
Awards (Please limit your response to 400 characters, including spaces)
Was your education conducted in English? (Yes No)
Please upload a PDF version of your transcript. Please make sure the PDF file does not exceed 500 KB in size. To upload a document in response to this question, please click the 'upload' button below. If your upload is successful, you will see a 'view document' button and a 'delete' button appear next to the question.

2. Additional university

Institution Name
Started (mm/yyyy)
Until (mm/yyyy)
If currently attending, specify when you expect to graduate
City
State
Country
Education Level
Degree earned (or to be earned)
Major
Secondary Major or Minor (if any)


GPA
Please enter your final GPA in numeric form. (#.##)
Please no text or symbols other than a decimal.
GPA range in your school (For example: 0.00 - 4.00, 0.00-100.00, 1.00 - 12.00, etc.)
Minimum (Specify the lowest numeric grade possible in your school.)
Maximum (Specify the highest numeric grade possible in your school.)
Graduation Date (mm/yyyy)
Awards (Please limit your response to 400 characters, including spaces)
Was your education conducted in English? (Yes No)
Please upload a PDF version of your transcript. Please make sure the PDF file does not exceed 500 KB in size. To upload a document in response to this question, please click the 'upload' button below. If your upload is successful, you will see a 'view document' button and a 'delete' button appear next to the question.

VinceTip: PLEASE NOTE THAT COLUMBIA'S ACTUAL ONLINE APPLICATION DATA FORM ALLOWS APPLICANTS TO INCLUDE UP TO 5 TOTAL UNIVERSITIES

Extracurricular activities

During college / university studies

Your activities should include the college, community and professional activities in which you have participated that are most important to you. Do not list part-time jobs or other paid positions.
Be sure to include the following information: Dates, name of organization, elected office held if applicable.
List up to 3 collegiate extracurricular activities in order of importance. (Please limit your response to 400 characters, including spaces)

Post college / university studies

Be sure to include the following information: Dates, name of organization, elected office held if applicable.
List up to 3 post-collegiate extracurricular activities in order of importance. (Please limit your response to 400 characters, including spaces)

How will you finance your MBA?

An MBA represents a major investment of both time and financial resources. A student is expected to contribute a portion of his or her income and assets to meet the costs of graduate business study and to borrow no more funds than necessary. Please complete the section below and list available resources. (Please estimate.)
Employer/ Company Sponsorship
Will your company be sponsoring your MBA program studies? (Yes No)
Sponsoring Organization's Name
Percentage of tuition covered
In addition, it is imperative that you upload or send us documentation indicating your sponsorship. This document may be in the form of a brief sponsorship letter from your supervisor, your Human Resources department, or other appropriate official.
Upload sponsorship letter (To upload a document in response to this question, please click the 'upload' button below. If your upload is successful, you will see a 'view document' button and a 'delete' button appear next to the question.)

Full-time MBA section

Fellowship

(for September applicants only)
I would like to be considered for merit fellowships. (Yes No)

Area of academic focus

Please indicate your primary area of focus
Please indicate your secondary area of focus

Dual Degree

Applications for admission to Columbia Business School and other dual degree schools must be filed separately. Each school's admissions decisions are based solely on that school's selection criteria and are made independently.
Columbia Business School does not defer students to future terms so dual degree applicants should apply to the Business School for the term in which they plan to enroll. Exceptions may be considered to this policy on a case by case basis.
Alternatively, an applicant may begin their studies at one school and apply to the other school prior to completing one half the course work of the first school. University students who apply to the Business School after this deadline may still be considered for admission to the School but will not be eligible for the dual degree program.
Are you also applying to a dual-degree program? (Yes No)
If yes, which one?
Please indicate at which school you intend to begin your studies.

Future Experience

If you plan to pursue a summer internship, please indicate the industry in which you plan to work
Please indicate the industry in which you plan to work upon completion of your MBA
Please indicate the functional area in which you plan to work upon completion of your MBA
 

 


Information is subject to change. Please verify all data with the schools.


 

KELLOGG

Application Data Forms (information about your personal and professional background)

Kellogg Part 1 (due BEFORE essays if you want to interview off-campus)

Academic honors and awards

List any academic honors received and other evidence of high scholarship (eg. Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma, scholarships, publications, etc.)  300 characters available

Activities

Extracurricular activities while in college / university

100 characters available for each of 6 blank fields (6 total activities, max 100 chars each)
1. Activity:   

Start Month / Year to End Month / Year
Hours (week/month/year) (Please limit your response to 15 characters, including spaces)
Provide description and offices held. Please specify if office is appointed or elected. (Please limit your response to 100 characters, including spaces)

2. Activity:   
Start Month / Year to End Month / Year
Hours (week/month/year) (Please limit your response to 15 characters, including spaces)
Provide description and offices held. Please specify if office is appointed or elected. (Please limit your response to 100 characters, including spaces)
 
3. Activity: (40letters)
Start Month / Year to End Month / Year
Hours (week/month/year) (Please limit your response to 15 characters, including spaces)
Provide description and offices held. Please specify if office is appointed or elected. (Please limit your response to 100 characters, including spaces)

Extracurricular activities and business/professional organizations since college / university

1. Activity:   
Start Month / Year to End Month / Year
Hours (week/month/year) (Please limit your response to 15 characters, including spaces)
Provide description and offices held. Please specify if office is appointed or elected. (Please limit your response to 100 characters, including spaces)

 

2. Activity:    

Start Month / Year to End Month / Year
Hours (week/month/year) (Please limit your response to 15 characters, including spaces)
Provide description and offices held. Please specify if office is appointed or elected. (Please limit your response to 100 characters, including spaces)

 

3. Activity:    

Start Month / Year to End Month / Year
Hours (week/month/year) (Please limit your response to 15 characters, including spaces)
Provide description and offices held. Please specify if office is appointed or elected. (Please limit your response to 100 characters, including spaces)

 

4. Activity:    

Start Month / Year to End Month / Year

Hours (week/month/year) (Please limit your response to 15 characters, including spaces)

Provide description and offices held. Please specify if office is appointed or elected. (Please limit your response to 100 characters, including spaces)  

Life at Kellogg

Proposed Kellogg majors

  • Accounting Information and Management

  • Analytical Consulting

  • Analytical Finance

  • Decision Sciences

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation

  • Finance

  • Health Enterprise Management

  • Human Resources Management

  • International Business

  • Management and Organizations

  • Management and Strategy

  • Managerial Economics

  • Marketing

  • Media Management

  • Operations Management

  • Real Estate Management

  • Social Enterprise at Kellogg

  • Technology Industry Management

  • Undecided

Affinity clubs

  • Women’s Business Association (WBA)

  • Black Management Association (BMA)

  • Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA)

  • Gay and LesbianManagement Association (GLMA)

Industry / interest clubs

  • Automotive

  • Consulting

  • Emerging Markets

  • Education Industry

  • Energy Management

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Family Enterprise

  • Finance

  • General Management

  • Healthcare and Biotech

  • High-Tech

  • Investment Banking and Capital Markets

  • Investment Management

  • Marketing

  • Media and Entertainment

  • Operations Management

  • Private Equity and Venture Capital

  • Real Estate

  • Retail

  • Social Impact

  • Sports Business

  • Transportation

  • Veterans Association

Geographic clubs

  • Africa Business Club

  • Asian Management Association

  • Canadian Club

  • Chinese Business Club

  • European Business Club

  • India Business Club

  • Latin American Hispanic and Iberian Management Association (LAHIMA)

  • Middle Eastern Business Association

Family life clubs

  • Joint Ventures (spouse/partners)

  • Kellogg Kids

 

 


Information is subject to change. Please verify all data with the schools.


 

TUCK

Application Data Forms (information about your personal and professional background)

Interview status / request

If you have not scheduled or completed an admissions interview, please explain why (Please limit your response to 250 characters, including spaces)

Employment history

In the spaces provided below, list your employment history for your last four employers, beginning with your current or most recent position. Include military experience, if applicable. If you have changed positions with the same employer, resulting in significant changes in responsibility, please complete a separate entry for each position.

Description of employer's business and/or the business unit within which you work, including size of organization (Please limit your response to 300 characters, including spaces)

Briefly describe your responsibilities: (Do not add paragraph breaks in the text. Please be brief in your comments as we will be referring to your resume as the primary reference for your job responsibilities.) 150 words or less (Please limit your response to 650 characters, including spaces)

Description of employer's business and/or the business unit within which you work, including size of organization (Please limit your response to 300 characters, including spaces)

Briefly describe your responsibilities: (Do not add paragraph breaks in the text. Please be brief in your comments as we will be referring to your resume as the primary reference for your job responsibilities.) 150 words or less (Please limit your response to 650 characters, including spaces)

Languages

Please list any other languages you know and rate your proficiency on a scale of 1 - 5, with 1=novice and 5=fluent.

International experience

Please check if applicable:

I have worked in a nation other than my nations(s) of citizenship.

I have studied in a nation other than my nation(s) of citizenship.

I have traveled in a nation other than my nation(s) of citizenship.


Briefly describe any experiences you have working, studying, living, or traveling outside your home county. Include the location, purpose, and length of stay. If relevant, reflect on how these experiences have shaped your world view. (Limit 250 words )

Honors and awards

Please list honors, awards, or other recognitions you have received since graduating from high school (academic, community, military, business, etc.) and provide a brief description of each, including the date received, the criteria/basis for selection and the organization granting it.

College activities

Please list your principal collegiate activities (community involvement, clubs, athletics, hobbies, or other personal interests) in order of their importance to you. Provide a brief description, including the nature of the organization, your responsibilities, any leadership positions held, and time commitment (in terms of hours per week, month or year).


Brief description: (Please limit your response to 300 characters, including spaces)


1. Dates (mm/yy - mm/yy):


2. Dates (mm/yy - mm/yy):


3. Dates (mm/yy - mm/yy):


4. Dates (mm/yy - mm/yy):

 

Current activities

Please list your current and/or postcollegiate activities (community involvement, clubs, athletics, hobbies, or other personal interests) in order of their importance to you. Provide a brief description, including the nature of the organization, your responsibilities, any leadership positions held, and time commitment (in terms of hours per week, month, or year).
 

1. Dates (mm/yy - mm/yy):

Brief description: (Please limit your response to 300 characters, including spaces)

 

2. Dates (mm/yy - mm/yy):

Brief description: (Please limit your response to 300 characters, including spaces)

 

3. Dates (mm/yy - mm/yy):

Brief description: (Please limit your response to 300 characters, including spaces)
 

 


Information is subject to change. Please verify all data with the schools.


 

LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL

Application Data Forms (information about your personal and professional background)

Professional experience

Current employment

What's your organisation's main area of activity? (no limit)
Tell us about your responsibilities. Describe your day-to-day role, details of any clients you work with/for, the level/title of the person you report to, the size of budget for which you are directly responsible and the number of people in your team. (no limit)
Reason for taking on this role (Please limit your response to 255 characters, including spaces)
If you've now left this job, tell us why (Please limit your response to 255 characters, including spaces)

Previous employment

What's your organisation's main area of activity? (no limit)
Reason for taking on this role (Please limit your response to 255 characters, including spaces)
Reason for leaving this job (Please limit your response to 255 characters, including spaces)

English ability

Reading ability
Please select

  • 1: Able to read and converse in simple language

  • 2: Able to deal with varied daily activities

  • 3: Competence in a broad range of conversational contexts

  • 4: Competence in a broad range of complex/technical language

  • 5: Mother tongue/Bilingual

Written ability
Please select

  • 1: Able to read and converse in simple language

  • 2: Able to deal with varied daily activities

  • 3: Competence in a broad range of conversational contexts

  • 4: Competence in a broad range of complex/technical language

  • 5: Mother tongue/Bilingual

Spoken ability
Please select

  • 1: Able to read and converse in simple language

  • 2: Able to deal with varied daily activities

  • 3: Competence in a broad range of conversational contexts

  • 4: Competence in a broad range of complex/technical language

  • 5: Mother tongue/Bilingual

Competence in speaking, reading and writing English is essential. If English is not your native language, please outline your experience of working or studying in an English-speaking environment. Also, do you plan to take further English language tuition before the programme starts? ( no limit)

Academic performance

Do you feel that your academic performance so far gives an accurate indication of your potential for success at London Business School? If so, why? If not, why not? (no limit)
Have you ever received formal disciplinary action from an academic institution or been forced to withdraw from a course of study? If so, you must declare the information here. (no limit)

About you

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The information you provide on this page will help us to provide you with information relevant to your interests and to plan our admissions strategy. It will not be used by the Admissions Committee in the evaluation of your application.
Have you used / attended a GMAT preparation centre? If so, which one?
Have you applied to other business schools? (Y/N)
Which other schools have you applied to? (pull-down list)
What's your main reason for wanting to do an MBA at this point in your career?
Please select

  • Advance current career

  • Change industry

  • Educational advancement

  • Start own business

  • Other

Which industry are you looking to work in?
Please select

  • Aerospace/Aviation Agriculture Automotive Business Services Charities/Not-for-profit Chemicals/Plastics Construction/Building Materials Consulting - Financial Services Consulting - IT Consulting - Management Consulting - Other Consumer Services Cosmetics Products Defence/Military Services Design/Luxury Goods Diplomatic Services Downstream Oil/Gas Education Electronics Engineering Services Environmental Services/Equipment Film/TV/Radio Finance - Accounting Services Finance - Asset Management Finance - Central Banks/Ministries/Regulation/Public Finance Finance - Commercial Banking Finance - Insurance and Pension Services Finance - Investment Banking Finance - Private Banking Finance - Venture Capital/Private Equity Food/Beverages/Tobacco Foundation/Trust Healthcare IT - Hardware IT - Software IT Services Law/Legal Services Leisure/Sports/Entertainment Logistics Manufacturing Marketing/Sales/PR/Advertising Metals/Mining Music/Performing Arts New Ventures Other Pharmaceuticals/Biotechnology Power Generation Property/Real Estate Public Administration/Regulatory Bodies Publishing/Electronic Media Recruitment/Staffing Telecommunication Services Telecommunications Equipment Textiles Timber/Paper/Packaging Training/Development Transportation/Distribution Services Travel/Tourism Upstream Oil/Gas Utilities/Power Distribution Wholesale/Retail

What job function are you aiming for?
Please select

  • Academic Accountant Actuary Administrator Analyst Architect/Designer Asset Manager Auditor Banker Brand Manager Business Analyst Business Developer Buyer/Merchandiser Civil Servant Coach/Counsellor Company Secretary Conciliator/Mediator/Arbitrator Consultant Diplomat/Consular Official Economist Editor/Publisher Engineer Entrepreneur Finance Manager Financial Engineer Financial Planner/Advisor Fund Manager Fundraiser General Manager Geologist/Geophysicist Healthcare/Medical Practitioner Human Resources Practitioner Information Technologist Insurer Internal Consultant Investment Banker Investor Journalist/Writer Lawyer/Legal Practitioner Logistics/Operations Manager Management Consultant Manager Marketer Other Politician Product Manager Professional Programmer Project Manager Regulator Researcher Sales/Account Manager Salesperson Scientist Strategist Trader Trainer Web Designer/Developer


What's your main area of academic interest?
Please select

  • Accounting

  • Economics

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Finance

  • International business

  • Marketing

  • Operations

  • Organisational behaviour

  • Private equity

  • Strategy

  • Technology management

What's your secondary area of academic interest?
Please select

  • Accounting

  • Economics

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Finance

  • International business

  • Marketing

  • Operations

  • Organisational behaviour

  • Private equity

  • Strategy

  • Technology management

We encourage applicants to consider the impact of studying for a London Business School programme on their family and friends. Who have you discussed your study plans with - and how did they respond? Feel free to give the names of any alumni, students, faculty or staff of London Business School (as appropriate). (no limit)

Tell us about your main interests and activities outside of work (no limit)
Would you be interested in receiving emails about any of these student/community clubs?

  • Consulting Club

  • Energy Club

  • Entrepreneurship Club

  • Finance Club

  • GLN (Gay and Lesbian Network)

  • Marketing Club

  • Private Equity and Venture Capital Club

  • Responsible Business Club

  • Technology Club

  • The Partners’ Club

  • Women in Business Club


Researching the MBA Programme
Roughly when did you start researching MBA programmes in general?
Please select

  • Less than 6 months ago

  • 6 - 12 months ago

  • 12 - 18 months ago

  • 18 - 24 months ago

  • 2 - 3 years ago

  • 3 - 4 years ago

  • More than 4 years ago

When did you decide to apply for London Business School's MBA?
Please select

  • Less than 6 months ago

  • 6 - 12 months ago

  • 12 - 18 months ago

  • 18 - 24 months ago

  • 2 - 3 years ago

  • 3 - 4 years ago

How did you first hear about our MBA programme? (Please limit your response to 100 characters, including spaces)
Have you been to a London Business School Information Session before? Tell us when and where. (Please limit your response to 100 characters, including spaces)
Have you met with London Business School representatives at a fair or forum? Tell us when and where. (Please limit your response to 100 characters, including spaces)
Tell us of any non-London Business School information sources that you consulted before applying? (no limit)
Which of these sources of information had the most influence on your decision to apply to London Business School? (no limit)
Which of these titles do you read often?

  • BusinessWeek / BusinessWeek.com

  • The Economist / Economist.com

  • The Financial Times / FT.com

  • Forbes / Forbes.com

  • US News and World Report / USNews.com

  • Wall Street Journal / WSJ.com

  • Other titles you read


 


- Updated by Vince on Tue 15 Aug 2017


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