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Bschooltalk – informative Podcast

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BSchool Talk is a weekly show and video podcast produced by For Your Imagination, Vault.com, and a select group of business school insiders ranging from admissions directors, test preppers and the premier MBA event organizers.

For viewing the videos go here Bschooltalk

The following topics have been covered till now:

GMAT as an Indicator
Student Attributes
Favorite Application Essay
Advice to Applicants
“Must Have” Professors
Reasons for Rejection
Campus Visit
Interview Tips
Important Factors
Recommendation Letters
Community Service
Wait List
Welcome Events
Blowing the Interview
Factors That Determine Fit
Choosing an MBA
Choosing a Career Path
Extra-Curricular Activities
Alternate Funding
Flexible Career Goals
Applicant Appeal
Restructuring Essays When Reapplying
Special Considerations
Undergraduate Students in Engineering

Experts from the following schools have provided their commentary
American University
Bordeaux
Boston University
Baruch College
Cornell University
Dartmouth University
Emory University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Fordham Business
Freeman School of Business
Georgia Tech
Gonzaga University
Georgetown
Hult International Business School
John Hopkins University
NYU Stern School of Business
Northeastern University
Rutgers Business School
Stockholm School of Economics
Tulane University
University College for the Creative Arts
Univerity of Southern California
UCLA
University of British Columbia
University of Connecticut
University of Miami
University of Pennsylvania
University of Texas at Austin
University of Virginia
University of Maryland
Virginia Tech
Vanderbilt University
Wake Forest University
Wharton School

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Characteristics of the Top USA Business Schools

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You’ve heard it time and time again — going to a top MBA program offers fundamentally different opportunities than getting just any MBA degree. But applying to multiple schools can be a daunting task, and everyone should have a backup plan in case they don’t get into their first choice. Here are some guidelines for analyzing the differences between the top programs, based on interviews with graduates of nearly 20 top US business schools.

Harvard Business School

Characteristics

The top program for liberal arts and social science majors (with as much as 50% of the class coming from those disciplines) HBS emphasizes the art of leadership.

Strengths

  • Harvard brand name
  • Depth of network
  • Strong ties to finance, private equity and consulting
  • Best for general management and communications

Weaknesses

  • Lack of academic rigor, over reliance on case method
  • Stereotype that students have poor analytical and quantitative skills

Suggested Backups

  • Tuck
  • Darden
  • Michigan

MIT Sloan School of Management

Characteristics

The top program for science and engineering majors (with as much as 40% of the class from those disciplines) Sloan emphasizes an analytical, fact-based approach to management.

Strengths

  • MIT brand name
  • Rigorous, flexible academics
  • Strong ties to finance, high tech and consulting
  • Best for entrepreneurship, high tech and finance

Weaknesses

  • Smaller alumni network
  • Stereotype that students are too intellectual and not aggressive

Suggested Backups

  • Chicago
  • NYU
  • Carnegie Mellon

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Characteristics

Stanford takes a balanced approach to management education, with no particular background emphasized over others, resulting in one of the more diverse classes among top business programs.

Strengths

  • Stanford brand name
  • Balance of qualitative and quantitive emphasis
  • Strong ties to Silicon Valley, venture capital and consulting
  • Best for entrepreneurship and general management

Weaknesses

  • Smaller alumni network, poor ties to east coast and international recruiting
  • Stereotype that students are not team players

Suggested Backups

  • Berkeley
  • Duke
  • UCLA

Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Characteristics

The top graduate business program for undergraduate business majors (with as much as 45% of the class from those disciplines), Wharton focuses on finance and investment education.

Strengths

  • Well-rounded academic program
  • Strong ties to finance and consulting
  • Best for finance and accounting

Weaknesses

  • Weaker ties to west coast recruiting
  • Stereotype that students are overly aggressive and too finance focused

Suggested Backups

  • Chicago
  • Columbia
  • NYU

Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Characteristics

With a balanced student body similar to Stanford, Kellogg has distinguished itself as the top MBA program for marketing and brand management.

Strengths

  • Highly motivated, involved student body
  • Strong ties to brand management and consulting
  • Best for marketing

Weaknesses

  • Lack of analytical focus
  • Stereotype that students are team players but not leaders, poor quantitative skills

Suggested Backups

  • Michigan
  • Duke
  • Tuck

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