Over 1.5 lakh Indians pursue various educational and professional degrees in the United States of America annually. Many of them, however, are confused and anxious. These uncertainties have arisen after the presidential elections of US.
Yes, you can still apply for the top MBA programs in the UK. While the first round deadlines have gone long back, round 3 and onwards are still open.
A lot of my students ask me whether it really matters that they get into top schools. We all know that getting into a top college like Harvard or Stanford is extremely difficult, and additionally these colleges are extremely expensive. More so, with the advent of MOOCs great content is freely available. Then, why should I try to get into a top-tier university like Columbia or Yale?
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. Starting early helps. Often times, a mentor who is able to look at your application from a different perspective can make a positive difference. However, in general, focus on your strengths and applying to a school that is aligned to your personality works.
The concept of summer school is fantastic as it allows the kid to explore and learn. It is more like a seminal enriching experience of life. In our opinion a student should strive to go to a ‘different university setting’ and explore.
How can that be possible? I even don’t know about my personality, leave alone aligning that with the persona of the university. Most people decide their college of choice basis the rankings (and also whether they could get in...), median SAT (or GMAT or GRE) scores, finance and scholarship availability, etc. However, in our experience, this is an ineffective way of choosing your next education destination. Selection basis university rankings or SAT scores not only reduce your chances of getting in but also (on the perchance that you get in) builds you up for 4 years of misery and dissatisfaction.
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