Applying to a Business School

After you’ve narrowed down your target business schools to a short list, it’s time to apply. The application process is very important. Every year, many students who apply to business school are not admitted. While some may not have been qualified, others could have joined the student body if they had only understood the process. Remember, you are competing with hundreds, or possibly thousands, of other applicants. What will make your application stand out? What are the key things business schools examine when they consider admitting you?

To successfully apply to business school, you need to do your research. If at all possible, visit the school in person. Attend a few classes, and talk to the faculty and the students. This will help you determine whether the program is a good fit for you, and it will help you formulate your admissions strategy.

In general, admission to any undergraduate program, including business school, is based on your high school GPA, college admissions tests such as the SAT and the ACT, your application, an essay, and letters of recommendation.

If you want to maximize your chances of success, you should apply to your school of choice as early as possible. You may notice that most business schools offer a few application deadlines. You want to apply in the first round to increase the chance that you will be accepted. The earlier you apply, the more slots are available. If you wait until the last round, you may be competing with many potential students for the few remaining slots.

Keep your applications to a reasonable number. Apply to at least four business schools, but avoid applying for more than six. If you apply for too many, the quality of your applications may suffer.

Business schools consider your GPA when they are reviewing your application. The average GPA for applicants to top business schools is about 3.5. However, you won’t necessarily be excluded if your GPA falls below that. You will just need to make sure that the other parts of your application compensate for your GPA. Find your strengths and capitalize on them.

Your scores on tests like the SAT or the ACT are also important. Perhaps your GPA is a little lower than desired, but you did very well on your achievement test. This may help to tip the balance more in your favor.

In the process of applying to business school, you may have to write several application essays. These essays usually range between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Do some research on what makes an effective college application essay. Then write and edit your essay carefully. Essays are another chance to persuade your desired business school that you would be a great student.

Finally, many business schools require that you provide letters of recommendation during the application process. Generally, you are asked to supply at least two of these letters. Exercise care when you select the people who will write your letters. For maximum effectiveness, choose people who know you very well and who are articulate and persuasive.

In addition to these factors, some business schools may require a personal interview. Prepare for your interview carefully. A good interview may guarantee that you will be accepted, but a poor interview will almost certainly result in dismissal.

Applying for business school is a long and challenging process, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. If you pay close attention to each part of the application process, you will maximize your chances of being accepted at the business school of your choice.

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