MBA Admission Counselling
MBA applications are a hard nut to crack. And with acceptance rates for top schools for highly visible demographics like Indians, Chinese and South Koreans running into very low single digits (like 1-3 %) and competition among some very serious candidates, you need to be extremely differentiated to get in.
UAH Ivy League counsellors have studied at the top business schools themselves. They have studied at places like Stanford, MIT and Harvard – some of the leading B Schools in the world, and a track record of helping students in securing admission at M7 schools.
MBA admission support is like getting a personal coach who would work with you through your entire MBA application journey. This coach would walk with you right from program selection, knowledge-mining process to build out your story anchors for MBA essays, showcasing your achievement and professional experience and getting ready for the interviews. All this while, counsellor work with you in a rigorous, customized way to build out unique narratives and provide insider’s view that will get you an admission in your choice of college.
This service is not for the faint-hearted. Our applicants are known to work extremely hard and almost always target the top business schools in the world.
Based on personality and MBTI test, selection of B-schools and programs which aligns with your career goals.
Think Through Your ‘Story’
Story is built basis the salient points of your personal experiences, academic background and professional narrative. It should be a coherent, unique and evidence-based.
Essay Questions, Videos
Generally, the parts of your story relevant to the essays are picked and rephrased according to the questions. Impactful videos take lot of practice.
Right Referees & LOR’s
Choosing the right reference which go well with the story and provide corroborative evidence, is critical.
There are multiple round of mock interviews, sometimes multiple counsellors take mock interviews to improve the confidence of the students.
There are two ways to apply for scholarships, first is to request for a scholarship to the college you are applying to and second is securing a scholarship through external organizations. Many students of UAH have received scholarships above 30% of total cost across top B-schools.
Post Selection Counselling:
This plays an important role in planning activities to maximize the return on your investment in your education and securing a job after your MBA.
Existing applications suffer from many lacunae. Students, for instance typically start off late and tend to put down everything in their personal statement. We focus on culling out the key story-elements which are relevant to the application and help them build a convincing, data-backed narrative for their admission essays.
The final essays would go through a rigorous process of editing and convey your story in a compelling fashion. Please be cautioned to not use existing templates or ‘essay-writers.’ There are software programs that can catch such things. It is best to write your own story. (You can take help in designing the storyline, but the actual writing should be done by you) – And the more you iterate, the more powerful your story will be!
Our Economics graduates went to UPenn and LSE; our Psychology Masters students have been able to get to places like King’s College, London; International Relations and Political Science students went on to study at Harvard Kennedy School and Engineering students went to Berkley. These students really worked hard in securing admits to some of the great colleges despite an undergraduate degree from average colleges. Their belief only helped them Sail Through!
Why many MBA applicants give up halfway into their application cycle?
Deadlines come faster than you think
In 2018, Harvard had an early decision (Round 1) deadline in the first week of September. MIT Sloan had the same deadline in the week 2 of September. By October, pretty much all the schools’ Round 1 deadlines were gone. If you are a well-prepared candidate, you would like to apply in the Round 1.
Lots to think & write
Honestly, there is a lot to write and before that you need to think through your entire story. After this the applicant answers multiple essay questions across various college applications. Think a lot!
Fluency with multi-media formats
These days, many schools are asking their prospective students to submit essays in video/ slide/ story-book forms. For those of us, who are not naturally inclined to use these tools well, there is a struggle and diffidence in going down that path. Conveying your story emphatically through writing is much easier than a video shoot. Videos have greater impact!
And many more other things to manage
A B-School applicant has to manage many things in a tight schedule. Some other things like GMAT score – a competitive score is just a hygiene factor for a competitive application, get hold of your referees and great letters of reference, polish your CV and your leadership/activities section, etc. The whole process with the full-time job makes it way more difficult.