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

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Congratulations!

Another Aringo client got accepted to INSEAD (MBA) and ESADE (MBA).

Friday, January 23, 2015

Congratulations!

Another Aringo client got accepted to INSEAD (MBA).

Crossing Fingers!
Another Aringo client was invited to interview at UNC (MBA) and Georgetown (MBA).
Another Aringo client was invited to interview at Michigan (MBA).

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Most MBA Programs Will Not Reduce Essays

A Kaplan survey of the admissions committees at U.S. MBA programs shows that most programs do not plan to reduce their number of application essays as Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, and Yale did recently. Only 13% of the 204 schools that participated in the survey responded that they requested fewer essays this year, and only 3% said they planned to limit their essays for the coming year.

The survey’s results show us that most MBA programs put great value on essays that allow candidates to share information about themselves, though some of the top programs reduced the number of required essays or their word counts in an attempt to streamline the admissions process and receive the necessary information from candidates in a more focused manner. This is not necessarily beneficial to candidates, some of whom find greater difficulty when given less room to express themselves.

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

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Crossing Fingers!

Another Aringo client was invited to interview at McCombs (MBA).
Two additional Aringo clients were invited to interview at Georgetown (MBA).
Another Aringo client was invited to interview at IESE (MBA).
Another Aringo client was invited to interview at UCLA (MBA) and UNC (MBA).
Another Aringo client was invited to interview at Carnegie Mellon (MBA) and UNC (MBA).

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MBA Salaries Expected to Rise

A Businessweek article reports that according to a report released earlier this month most employers plan to offer higher salaries to new MBA graduates in 2015.

The report is based on a GMAC survey of 169 employers, with half of them responding that they plan to offer higher salaries to match the rate of inflation, while 18% said they would raise salaries even higher. The remaining employers plan to keep salaries identical to those of 2014.

The future looks less promising for graduates with B.A.’s and M.A.’s (not MBA) – only 15% of companies that plan to hire B.A.’s with business degrees, 15% of companies that plan to employ graduates with Master’s in Management, and 14% of companies that plan to employ those with Master’s of Finance responded that they plan to raise starting salaries by more than the rate of inflation.

The chances for MBA graduates to find employment this year also look good according to the survey – 72% of employers plan to employ MBA graduates this year, as opposed to 69% in 2014, and 88% responded that they plan to employ an equal amount or higher of MBA graduates as opposed to last year.

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

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Congratulations!

Another Aringo client got accepted to Berkeley (MBA).

Crossing Fingers!
Another Aringo client was invited to interview at Kellogg (MBA) and Columbia (MBA).

Monday, January 12, 2015

Update from Harvard for Round 2 Applicants

Harvard published an update on its admissions committee’s blog for Round 2 candidates. The deadline for Round 2 was on January 6th but HBS allowed recommendations to be submitted for a few days after.
Invitations for Round 2 interviews will be sent out on 1/28 and 2/4. The interviews will begin on 2/12 and continue until the beginning of March. They will be conducted at a number of spots around the world – Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai, London, Paris, Menlo Park, and New York.

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

Monday, January 05, 2015

MBA - Additional Options, Late Deadlines

Dear all,

Here is an option that many candidates aren't aware of - we decided to update you about this:

From Mid-January, there are about 40 deadlines (that are not last rounds deadlines!) for some of the world's top MBA programs (Top 25 programs, including Columbia, INSEAD, and others).

These deadlines are for school start dates in September 2015 or January 2016.
The admission chances in these deadlines are similar to second-round chances.

Please see these options here:
Hope you find this info helpful, good luck!
 


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

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Congratulations!

Another Aringo client was accepted to UCLA (MBA).

Crossing Fingers!
Another Aringo client was invited to interview at MIT (MBA).
Another Aringo client was invited to interview at NYU (MBA).

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Kellogg Explains What They Are Looking for in MBA Applicants

Kellogg published on its blog a series of six articles written by Beth Tidmarsh, director of MBA admissions, explaining what the admissions committee is looking for in candidates and the six categories used to evaluate them:

1.Intellectual ability - "Our goal is to be sure you can handle the rigor in the Kellogg classroom. Your undergraduate GPA, course selection and GMAT score help us assess your readiness. But we’re also invested in finding creative thinkers who can solve problems. Qualitative evidence of intellectual ability is going to come out in your essays, your interview and your recommendations. We truly take a holistic look at our applicants rather than relying only on a number."

2.Work experience - "One thing that makes the Kellogg experience so rich is the wide variety of backgrounds — both personal and professional — in our student body. We admit applicants from diverse fields, with varying years of experience. We also analyze each applicant within the context of his or her own career path, rather than against each other. Our admissions officers are looking to understand how you’ve progressed and why what you’ve done is significant. Are you progressing faster than others at your same level? Did you get promoted more quickly? Have you taken on additional responsibilities?

The quality of your professional experience, regardless of where you are in your career, is what will stand out. A great way to make your application pop is to help us understand what the standards are within your industry and your particular company or organization. Some workplaces or careers are very structured about how someone can advance through the ranks, while others provide opportunities for leadership in other, less formal ways. One tip we will share: Think about how you would explain your job to a 10-year-old or your grandmother. Jargon and acronyms will often create confusion, so avoid them whenever you can. This is a great place to show us how you can communicate ideas across fields and disciplines.

By including your resume, you’re giving us a quick overview that highlights a few significant achievements of your work experience. Within your application, you can specify more about your day-to-day responsibilities, the nitty-gritty of how you operate in the working world. Capitalize on that extra space and don’t just copy your resume into the input fields! You have many chances to tell more about your career, so seize every one and make each part count in its own way."

3. Professional Goals - "Ask any alum, and they will tell you that Kellogg was a pivotal point in his or her career. With your work experience, you’ve told us what’s led you to Kellogg. Outlining your professional goals will help us understand how a Kellogg MBA will bridge your past and future together.

The MBA program will expose you to a lot of great things to help you crystallize that path, but due to the nature of our programs, a lot starts happening very fast. (Have you heard about pre-term? We don’t waste a day getting you engaged.) Your time at Kellogg is going to fly by – and you are going to want to make the most of it by giving some serious thought for your reasons for pursuing an MBA. If you arrive without a clue what direction you’re headed, you’ll get overwhelmed pretty quickly. Knowing that our applicants have thought about the deeper reasons behind pursuing this degree — why they’re doing it, where they’re trying to go, how this education and their career fit together — helps students to hit the ground running once they arrive on campus.

We want to see a clear narrative that explains why you want this MBA. No answer is wrong, so feel free to talk openly about how this program and community will help you achieve that goal."

4. Leadership - "Many people pursue an MBA to gain experience and improve their management and leadership skills. The Kellogg admissions team is looking for both demonstrated leadership in the past and an applicant’s leadership potential. Given the scope and range of our community, this means many different things. Someone with a military background will present different accomplishments than someone with a few years as a junior analyst, or a teacher. What showcases your leadership is going to depend on the path you’ve had and the organizations that you’ve been in, and we take that into account.

A few things will be similar, though. We look for those who have taken up new responsibilities and opportunities in whatever way they can, however their career path has allowed. Maybe this means you’ve led an initiative within your company, or it could mean that you’ve secured promotions quickly, or that you’re deeply involved with a volunteer commitment. Your roles don’t have to be formal, just indicative of your drive. The better you can help us see how these activities fit in with your overall career narrative, the more clearly we can think about how you might fit in with the Kellogg community."

5. Impact - "Our team understands how demanding work can be, but pursuing interests outside the office helps maintain a balanced and engaged life. Our admissions committee wants to understand what fulfills our applicants outside of work, and how they’ve made an impact within an organization or a community that matters to them. In the United States, we think of that as “extracurricular activity,” but it applies all over the globe.
What matters here is quality of experience over quantity; two years of involvement with one activity means a lot more than eight brief commitments in eight different places. We like to see our applicants involved with something they’re passionate about. If it fits in with your personal career narrative — say you volunteer with a literacy organization, and you want to pursue education policy after Kellogg — that’s great. But for plenty of applicants, a personal passion or commitment is not directly connected to the career goals at all."

6.Interpersonal skills - "Our community values collaboration, involvement and giving back, and we look for that in our applicants as well. A significant part of the Admissions process is ensuring a good fit between student and program. If you thrive in team-based environments, Kellogg might be a good fit for you.

The ability to work in teams doesn’t mean agreeing all the time, nor is it an easy approach. Team-based learning means you can push ideas, disagree respectfully and challenge each other, but also that you’re doing so in a way that’s both productive and conducive to a better outcome. Our ideal applicant likes to hear different viewpoints, respects others, can voice and challenge opinions and isn’t afraid to speak up, but can do so in a way that’s collaborative and would help further a group or a classroom conversation.

If everyone came from the exact same environment and was used to working in the exact same way, no one would learn much from each other. The diversity of perspectives and opinions in our community creates a rich arena for debate. Bringing together all those different perspectives enhances everybody’s experience. Learning to synthesize and negotiate those differences is a vital component of the Kellogg experience, too."

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

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Poets & Quants Publishes Rankings for 2014

The site Poets & Quants published its annual ranking of the top U.S. and non-U.S. MBA programs for 2014. The P&Q ranking incorporates the five most influential rankings weighing them differently according to their individual reliabilities – U.S. News & World Report 35%, Forbes 25%, Businessweek 15%, The Financial Times 15%, and The Economist 10%.

The incorporation of the five rankings helps achieve a more stable ranking that overcomes the weak points of each individual ranking and combines various factors such as employer and alumni evaluations, quality of faculty, B.A. and GMAT scores, and employment and salary data.

The top ten U.S. programs:
1- Stanford
2- Harvard
3- Wharton
4- Chicago Booth
5- Columbia
6- Kellogg
7- MIT Sloan
8- Tuck
9- Duke Fuqua
10- Berkeley Haas

The top ten non-U.S. programs:
1- LBS
2- INSEAD
3- IMD
4- IE
5- IESE
6- Cambridge
7- SDA Bocconi
8- HEC Paris
9- Oxford
10- ESADE

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

Monday, December 22, 2014

Congratulations!

Two additional Aringo clients were accepted to Duke (MBA).
Another Aringo client was accepted to Georgetown (MBA).
Another Aringo client was accepted to Babson (MBA).
Another Aringo client was accepted to Cornell (MBA).
Another Aringo client was accepted to Carnegie Mellon (MBA).
Another Aringo client was accepted to Emory (MBA).
Another Aringo client was accepted to IE (MBA).

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

Friday, December 19, 2014

Congratulations!

Another Aringo client was accepted to Kellogg (MBA).
Another Aringo client was accepted to Wharton (MBA).
Two additional Aringo clients were accepted to MIT (MBA).

Crossing Fingers!
Another Aringo client was invited to interview at Berkeley (MBA).

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Congratulations!

Two additional Aringo clients were accepted to Chicago (MBA)!! One of them was awarded a $60,000 scholarship!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Congratulations!!

Congratulations to another Aringo client with 660 in his GMAT who was accepted to both Oxford and Cambridge with a special 7500 scholarshi!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Congratulations!

Another Aringo client got accepted to Harvard (MBA).
Another Aringo client got accepted to Stanford (MBA).

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

HBS Postpones Round 2 Deadline

Harvard posted on its admissions committee’s blog that they are postponing the deadline for Round 2 by one day, from 1/5 to 1/6, and that the committee’s offices will be closed 12/24-12/25.

They also posted that Round 1 candidates who interviewed will receive an answer on Wednesday 12/10 through the online application – acceptance, rejection, or waitlist.

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

Monday, December 08, 2014

Congratulations!

Another Aringo client got accepted to IE (MBA).
Another Aringo client got accepted to Oxford (MBA).

Friday, November 28, 2014

Which Schools Offer the Best Scholarships?

An article on the site Poets & Quants evaluated the number of scholarships offered by the top MBA programs and how they are distributed among candidates. Though the amount of scholarships offered by a school is usually considered confidential, the more generous schools are generally happy to reveal the information, while the more “stingy” programs will effort to hide the data.

The Poets & Quants study gathered data from schools and students, and revealed that the top 25 programs dole out scholarships with a total sum of $232.7 million each year. The most generous school is Jones with a scholarship budget of $6.7 million comprising 59% of the school’s tuition revenues. The school’s class includes 216 students, 94% of whom receive scholarships of an average $33,320 a year. Additional schools considered relatively generous are Washington University, Notre Dame University, Indiana University, and Vanderbilt University, where the scholarship budgets make up a third of the tuition earnings.

Other schools have increased their scholarship budgets in the last five years, including UCLA who raised their budget from $5.8 million to $12.1 million, Berkeley rose from $3.2 to $5.8 million, Stanford from $8.7 to $15.7 million, and Olin raised its average scholarship for a student from $26,200 to $31,328. The average scholarship offered to a student at Stanford this year is $35,830, higher than at any other school.

The wealthiest school with the highest scholarship budget is Harvard, with a budget of $31.5 million, making up 28.6% of tuition revenues. Sixty-five percent of students at Harvard receive some sort of financial aid from the school and 50% receive need-based aid.

The schools use the tuition budgets not only to help students with a real need to finance studies, but also to attract outstanding applicants with merit-based scholarships, even “buying” applicants with high GMATs and GPAs in order to better school standings in rankings, or to attract students from an underrepresented background or ethnicity to improve a class’ diversity. At times, a student accepted at a specific school with a scholarship can negotiate with a different school to  receive an identical scholarship or better. Harvard and Stanford, however, reported that they only distribute need-based scholarships and do not negotiate with candidates or compete with other schools.

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

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Congratulations!

Another Aringo client got accepted to IESE (MBA).

Crossing Fingers!!
Two additional Aringo clients were invited to interview at Duke (MBA).

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Crossing Fingers!

Another Aringo client was invited to interview at Stanford (MBA).
Another Aringo client was invited to interview at Berkeley (MBA).
Another Aringo client was invited to interview at Darden (MBA).
Another Aringo client was invited to interview at UCLA (MBA).
Another Aringo client was invited to interview at Cornell (MBA).

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Duke Tops Businessweek Ranking

Businessweek published its bi-annual ranking of the best MBA programs, and surprisingly Duke took the top spot among U.S. programs. Wharton took second and Chicago took third.

A few changes were implemented in the ranking’s methodology this year, creating a few surprises – Yale in the sixth spot and Michigan in ninth, while Harvard was only ranked eighth, MIT only at 14, and Berkeley only at 19.

This year’s Businessweek ranking included 112 schools (the largest number since the ranking began in 1988), 85 U.S. and 27 international, and was based on a survey of students’ satisfaction (weighted 45% in the final calculation), a survey of employers (45%), and quality of faculty (10%).

The top 20 U.S. programs:
1    Duke (Fuqua)
2    Pennsylvania (Wharton)
3    Chicago (Booth)
4    Stanford 
5    Columbia
6    Yale
7    Northwestern (Kellogg)
8    Harvard 
9    Michigan (Ross)
10    Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)
11    UCLA (Anderson)
12    North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)
13    Cornell (Johnson)
14    MIT (Sloan)
15    Dartmouth (Tuck)
16    Indiana (Kelley)
17    Maryland (Smith)
18    Emory (Goizueta)
19    UC Berkeley (Haas)
20    Virginia (Darden)

And the top 10 non-U.S. schools:
1    Western (Ivey)
2    IE Business School
3    ESMT
4    London Business School
5    INSEAD
6    Cambridge (Judge)
7    Oxford (Saïd)
8    IESE 
9    IMD
10    Queen's

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

Congratulations!

Two additional Aringo clients were accepted to Columbia (MBA).
Another Aringo client was accepted to NYU (MBA).
Another Aringo client was accepted to ESADE (MBA).
Another Aringo client was accepted to IE (MBA).

Crossing Fingers!!
Another Aringo client was invited to interview at Stanford (MBA).
Another Aringo client was invited to interview at MIT (MBA).
Another Aringo client was invited to interview at Tuck (MBA).
Another Aringo client was invited to interview at Kellogg (MBA).

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Congratulations!

Another Aringo client was accepted to Columbia (MBA) with a $20,000 scholarship!!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

More MBA Programs Consider GRE Parallel to GMAT

A new Kaplan survey published last month revealed that of 204 programs, 78% of admissions committees claimed that they view GMAT and GRE scores identically. Only 18% admitted that candidates who apply with GMAT scores have preference over candidates who apply with GRE scores, and explained that they have more experience with GMAT scores and believe that the quantitative section of the GMAT better predicts candidates’ abilities to cope with the quantitative demands of MBA studies.

In addition the survey showed that 85% of MBA programs allow applicants to submit GRE scores instead of GMAT scores, a number that has risen each year since 2009, when only 24% of programs accepted the GRE.

These two findings explain the general trend shown in the survey of more MBA applicants applying with GRE scores. Last year showed a 38% increase in the number of GRE test takers who intended to apply to MBA studies. At Yale, 21% of applicants submitted GRE scores, but on the other hand more than half of the programs who participated in the survey said that no more than a tenth of candidates applied with GRE scores.

Considering the above-mentioned findings, Kaplan advises candidates to contact their target programs to check if they prefer one exam over the other. Since a number of programs do not accept the GRE or prefer the GMAT, it is still advisable to choose the GMAT since it is accepted by all programs.

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