Aringo helps MBA candidates prepare outstanding applications (essays, resume/CV, recommendations) for the world's top MBA programs.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Crossing Fingers!

Two additional Aringo clients were invited to interview at Columbia (MBA).
Another Aringo client was invited to interview at Yale (MBA).

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

UNC MBA Application Guide

Whether you are just beginning to think about business school or you have already started your MBA application, there are certain best practices to follow in order to present the strongest application possible. This MBA application guide from Kenan-Flagler’s online MBA program provides MBA application tips to help you through each step of the admissions process, including differences between the GMAT or the GRE, optimizing your resume and essays for the admissions committee, requesting letters of recommendation, and finally- preparing for your MBA interview.

Becca Sanchez Martin is the community manager for the University of North Carolina’s MBA online program. MBA@UNC empowers professionals to pursue an MBA in entrepreneurship from one of the top 10 schools in the world for leadership development. Becca graduated from Loyola University in Maryland with a B.A. in Business Administration and a concentration in marketing. An avid traveler and lover of all things tech, Becca spent a year abroad working for a technology company in the wine sector. Now, back in the USA, Becca spends her spare time visiting friends in other cities, volunteering, and playing tennis. Follow her on Twitter @bsmart10

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Crossing Fingers!

Two additional Aringo clients were invited to interview at Columbia (MBA).

Monday, October 20, 2014


Two additional Aringo clients were accepted to Oxford (MBA).

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Business Schools Still Do Not Consider the IR Important

A Kaplan survey published this month reveals that most business schools still are not sure how to use the integrated reasoning score even two years post its introduction to the GMAT exam.

The IR section was added to the GMAT exam in June 2012 and was supposed to enable schools to better evaluate candidates’ abilities to cope with MBA studies since test takers must answer questions by analyzing data presented in different manners (tables, graphs, etc.). This section is scored individually on a scale of 1-8 with the average score being 4.32.

The survey showed that 60% of 204 admissions committee members responded to the survey that the IR score is not an important element in their consideration of the candidate’s general GMAT score. Surprisingly, this number shows an increase since 2013; then only 57% considered the IR score insignificant. We would expect that as time progressed, schools would grow accustomed to this section and would learn to use the section to evaluate candidates. One reason for the IR’s low importance is that candidates who took the test before June 2013 whose scores are still valid do not have IR scores, and it is therefore difficult to compare them with candidates who have a score. It is reasonable to assume that in a few years, when all candidates have an IR score and the schools learn how to use the score, its significance will grow.

The survey also showed that 50% of schools reported that an overall low GMAT score is a central factor towards a candidate’s rejection.

Put Me in Business (applying in less than a year)
Put Me in Business (applying in more than a year)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Economist's 2014 Top 100 MBA Programs

The Economist published its annual ranking of the top 100 MBA programs in the world and left Chicago Booth at the summit once again, as it did last year and for the fourth time in the last five years. Tuck took the second spot and Darden the third. Two European programs – HEC Paris and IESE landed the fourth and fifth spots, much higher than the two European programs usually considered better – LBS at 15, and INSEAD at 18.

The Economist’s ranking is based mainly on alumni employment data and is considered different and controversial – it includes a number of “surprises” such as HEC Paris and IESE in the fourth and fifth spots with Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton only in sixth, ninth, and eleventh respectively, and INSEAD at only 18.
Rounding out the rest of the ranking’s leaders:

6- HBS
7- Berkeley Haas
8- NYU Stern
9- Stanford
10- Columbia
11 - Wharton
12- MIT Sloan
13- UCLA Anderson
14- Kellogg
15- LBS
16- Queensland
17- Emory
19- Yale
20- Michigan Ross

Put Me in Business (applying in less than a year)
Put Me in Business (applying in more than a year)


Two additional Aringo clients were accepted to Columbia (MBA).

Monday, October 13, 2014

Increase in Global Demand for MBA Programs

GMAC’s annual survey published last week highlights an increase in the number of applications submitted this year at 61% of participating two-year full-time MBA programs. This is the third year in a row that the demand for MBA programs increased, after 50% of schools reported an increase in 2013, and 43% in 2012. About 35% of programs reported a decrease in applications this year and 4% showed no change.

The last time that a majority of programs reported an increase in applications was in 2009, and till now there has hovered the concern that full-time MBA programs are losing their power and prestige compared with other graduate programs and online programs. This year actually showed a decrease in applications to full-time one-year MBA programs at 60% of schools, and also a decrease in demand for Master’s of Finance programs at 59% of schools and Master’s in Management programs at 39% of schools.

Another factor revealed by the survey is the growth in number of students who prefer to study outside their native countries. Since 2012, a significant portion of the growth in demand for full-time two-year MBA programs in the U.S. stemmed from an increase in demand among international students. Sixty-five percent of the U.S. programs reported an increase in applications from international students, mainly from China and India.

In terms of the demand of U.S. candidates for U.S. MBA programs, 48% of programs reported an increase in applications from U.S. candidates, while 44% reported a decrease. In general, most of the applications to one-year and two-year programs in the world came from international students – 56% of one-year programs and 52% of two-year.

One explanation for the increase in demand for MBA programs is the improved global economy that causes an increase in employers’ demand for MBA graduates, causing the MBA degree to be more worthwhile.

Put Me in Business (applying in less than a year)
Put Me in Business (applying in more than a year)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Crossing Fingers!

Two additional Aringo clients were invited to interview at HBS (MBA).
Another Aringo client was invited to interview at Duke (MBA).

Monday, October 06, 2014

New Loan Program for International Students at U.S. Programs

:Prodigy Finance posted about a new loan program for international students at 15 U.S. MBA program

  Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper School of Business
    Cornell University - Johnson Graduate School of Management
    Dartmouth College – Tuck School of Business
    Georgetown University - McDonough School of Business
    Harvard Business School
    MIT - Sloan School of Management
    New York University - Stern School of Business
    Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management
    UCLA - Anderson School of Management
    UNC - Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School
    University of Chicago - Booth School of Business
    University of Virginia - Darden School of Business
    University of California - Berkeley Haas School of Business
    Duke University - Fuqua School of Business
    University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School

The loans are intended to cover tuition alone, since with the lack of suitable solutions from the banks, financing for the loans come directly from program alumni. The students will pay interest ranging between 6%-12%, depending on their profiles and the school at which they study. The deadline for the loan application is two weeks before the start of the school year, and the loan does not require guarantors for signing.

Put Me in Business (applying in less than a year)
Put Me in Business (applying in more than a year)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Join Aringo at the QS World MBA Tour!

Aringo will be attending the QS World MBA fairs in Seattle on Saturday, September 20th and in Palo Alto, CA, on Thursday, October 30.

Register in advance and pay only $5 to get in, or $15 at the door
Come on out and meet Aringo staff and consultants!
BONUS: Meet HBS, Kellogg, and UCLA Anderson alumni and hear expert admissions advice at the Palo Alto fair

More details and registration info here:

See you there!