ED.36 Great Application Essays for Business School / Paul Bodine

The following piece was written by Paul Bodine. Paul has been featured in our and is the author of the best-selling admissions guide, Great Applications for Business School. He currently runs his own firm, Paul Bodine Admissions Consulting.

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C,
The most likely reason they would not mention their acceptance rate on their site is that they want to seem more selective than they actually are. Typically, EMBA progams are not terribly selective — even the most picky admit 30 to 40% of their applicants. I have not seen Darden’s EMBA admission rate but comparable EMBA programs such as UCLA, Michigan Ross, Texas McCombs, USC Marshall admitted 57%, 77%, 64%, and 73% of their Class of 2014 applicants, respectively. I would be surprised if Darden’s rate is much different from these schools. So your odds are good.
–Paul Bodine, Great Applications for Business School,

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Anshu,
Great. I just need the standard info: education with GPA, companies with titles and highlights, extracurricular/community involvements etc. You can email it to me at or .
–Paul Bodine, , Great Applications for Business School

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Kudos to Booth for adding some flexibility to the PowerPoint option. This enables applicants who have a must-tell story that doesn’t lend itself to visuals to tell the story. However, if done well (creatively, personally), the PowerPoint can be a big asset to applicants. So applicants should lean toward finding an effective way to leverage the PowerPoint’s visual potential versus slotting in a standard-issue accomplishment essay they wrote for some other school.
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–Paul Bodine, Great Applications for Business School,

RR Chicago,
Boy, are you perfect for an EMBA program :). Your late degree and GPA will not hold you back (a) given your outstanding management credentials and (b) assuming you achieve a decent GMAT score (mid to high 600s). Mendoza waives the GMAT for some applicants, so you should certainly ask, while also expressing your willingness to take it or any courses they might want. Given your current responsibility level I would be surprised if they didn’t try to smooth your application process. I’d be glad to help you with the application process.
–Paul Bodine, Great Applications for Business School,

–Paul Bodine, , Great Applications for Business School

Eddy,
The new role sounds a strong step forward, so I would accept it and then wait until next August (or whenever your new company would accommodate a weekend EMBA). All things being equal (i.e., you are ready to move on, and like the new role), I would not turn down the new offer (a definite) for something possible (admission by BU or Stern), especially in that the new role will strengthen your chances at gaining admission to a better program than BU’s longer term.
Good luck to you in your decision,
–Paul Bodine, Great Applications for Business School,