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+189To anyone considering an MBAThere has been a lot of recent discussion on these forums as well as in the media regarding the value of an <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr>. As a longtime member of the community and someone who recently made the decision to pursue an <abbr...190
+113How I got a 770 on the GMAT . . . whitecollarandsuspenders versionFirst, shout out to @phantombanker" for his original work "How I got a 770 on the GMAT with minimal effort while working banking hours" which I attempted to pay homage to with the post title. ### Introduction **Re: This Post** This post applies mostly to the Quant...79
+83Ask mbaMission about Business School Admissions<abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> is excited to have the experts from mbaMission on board to answer applicant questions in the business school forum. mbaMission is the world’s leading <abbr title="Masters in Business...217
+80What I've learned so far after 1 yr at a top MBA program (If I could do it over):The main takeaways are either headers or in bold. <h3>If you get accepted to multiple top 10-15 schools, take “prestige” out of the equation.</h3> I always tell the story of my good friend who passed up a full ride at Columbia to pay full freight at Wharton due to...153
+64Undergrad: Will UChicago give me more opportunities than Michigan (Ross)?Ross seems fun, where a strong GPA is somewhat assured, with defined paths to great jobs. Yet everyone is telling me to go to Chicago. I'm surprised I got into Chicago, safe assumption my GPA isn't going to be stellar, but maybe the Chicago brand is worth that downside? And while not...100
+60Re: Does School Prestige Matter?"Five years from now..." is a pretty good benchmark for the half-life of most business or career-related arcs (okay, maybe 5-10 years, depending on the career or industry). As an undergrad or fresh grad, of course your undergrad matters - to you, to your peers, to recruiters, to...220
+60Finished 1st Year at HBS - Ask Me Anything (AMA)Approximately one year ago I did <a href="">this AMA</a> about being accepted and attending <abbr title="Harvard Business School ">HBS</abbr>. A week ago I finished...131
+51Reflections on Year 1 at Booth<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 7/5/14 and ranks #15 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...159
+51Just Got Into a Target, AMAI made it 5 minutes before they closed and I bought a gallon of skim milk. <em>Mod Note (Andy): this was originally posted on 12/14/15.</em>21
+48Rescinded from Harvard... Now What????As many of you know, Harvard recently rescinded the acceptances of at least 10 students (I think the number is 12) for obscene memes in a Facebook group chat. Unfortunately, I was one of was those students. My initial response was to blame Harvard, the founders of the offensive group...146
+48AMA: Reflections on 1st Semester at Columbia Business SchoolI recently completed my first semester at Columbia Business School and wanted to share my experience thus far. I would also be happy to field any questions. The primary reason for writing this long-winded anecdote is to provide clarity into the actual experience at Columbia for prospective...112
+47MSF Class of 2019Every year I do a post like this on about this date for students seeking admission. Most MSF/MMS program start their application cycle around this time so it is usually helpful. Prior years Q&A are listed...346
+46MSF Class of 2018I created the last post about this time so I thought it would be a good time to get a new thread going. With many MSF/MMS programs starting their application cycle in the next couple of months I wanted to provide a place where people can post their profiles, ask questions or seek help. I've...330
+43Debt for Elite School, or none for non target State SchoolOk, so I am a current senior in high school and I am in a predicament. I want to go into <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> before getting my <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">mba</abbr> and then <abbr title="asset...225
+36Thoughts on HBS (Starting Out)<em>Mod Note (Andy): Each day we'll be posting the top <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis ">WSO</abbr> forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 10/1/2014 and ranks #23 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content...90
+35US military to H/S/W to buyside- AMAJust re-joined the full-time working world after two years at H/S/W caliber <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration ">MBA</abbr> program. Attended b-school after ~9 years in the US military working in the special operations community. While in b-school, I did...74
+32AMA: I got into two T10 MBA programs with a <3.0 GPASo - I just got all my R1 decisions back and found out I got into MIT Sloan and Berkeley Haas! I was a low GPA candidate - ended up with 2.96 from a T30 "semi target" school. Major in Econ, Minor in Math. A caveat about my grades - my lower grades were in upper level math courses...40
+311 year into MBA: Things I wish I knewHi all, Longtime reader and writing as a small way of “giving back.” I’m in my second year at H/S/W and thought I’d share some thoughts and insights. My background is traditional – think <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> / Consulting / <abbr...33
+29You Get to Redo CollegeThe question is simple: if you could go and redo college, what changes/different decisions would you have made in your pursuit of a high finance career? It can literally be anything from which group of friends you surrounded yourself with to what type of internships you did/didn't do, or...113
+26Advice for Princeton MFin ApplicantsAll, Over the past two months, I have seen several threads asking for advice on applying to Princeton Bendheim's MFin program, what the school is looking for, and many other questions. People on the forums have pointed to me because I go to school there, and they think I have some clue...166
+25About to graduate from HBS - Ask Me Anything (AMA)About one year ago, I did [this AMA]( about finishing my first year at HBS. Two years ago, I did [this AMA]( about being...88
+25760 on GMAT -- Game PlanHey everyone, Just took my GMAT this morning and scored 760 (IR8/Q50/V44), which is at the 99th percentile. While this is certainly not the limit of what many of you could score, I think my experience going through the process might be valuable to share, so I'm hoping at least a few...51
+24Johnson (Cornell) 2nd Year MBA Ask Me Anything AMAInspired by a few of the other people (@"OpsDude", @"TheGrind", etc) who have posted AMAs on their b-school experience, I'm going to write about my experience at Cornell's Johnson School. If you're only interested in <abbr title="Top 7 MBA business...104
+23Using , MBA as a suffixReasons why you shouldn't do this 1. Look at how frequently <abbr title="Top 7 MBA business schools">M7</abbr> <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration graduates">MBAs</abbr> do this and look at how frequently University of Phoenix...51
+23Here are the Target Undergraduate Schools in Canada**EDIT**: Changed rankings to place Ivey in 1st place instead of UBC Sauder PMF as people I've talked to think it's unfair to compare the top 7 kids at Sauder to entire schools. And, to be fair, the top 7 kids at Ivey/QC place comparably to Sauder PMF kids and Sauder as an entire...84
+23Wharton MBA bound: things I wish I'd known during the app processHello all, I'm new to this forum but thought I'd kick things off by trying to offer any advice I can on aspiring b-school applicants preparing for the fall 2016-17 application cycle. <h3>Background</h3> I did consulting at a boutique for several years, was dinged w no...27
+22Marine Officer/Aviator Ask Me AnythingI'm pretty new to the forum and have been using it as a very useful informational supplement to my post-USMC career. I have been Pm'ed by several guys about flying/military in the short time I've been on the forum. I was also surprised to see how many of the young guys/girls were...84
+20How To Get Into The Undergraduate Program At NYU Stern: A Quick GuideHello Stern hopefuls. I am currently a student at Stern, and in an effort to procrastinate applying for internships/jobs next summer (yes, it starts this early) I decided to write some things I wish I knew when applying to Stern. Being one of the only direct admit business school programs in the...27
+19Extremely Low GPA to MBA Success StoryI've been a long time browser on this website and just wanted to share my experience. <h4>Here are my stats before we start:</h4> <ul> <li>UG: Service Academy - 2.3 GPA</li> <li>Grad: Big D1 Sport School - random MS with accounting and finance...23
+19MBA Salary Average - What Job is Best?Hey guys, This topic is not for people who moved from banking to buy side post <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> and make huge sum of money. Assuming if you have a finance background (non-IBD) and go to <abbr title="Masters in Business...67
+18Millenials don't want to do finance anymore?So I went to an <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> info session for a top 10 business school the other day, and I was the only person in room of 20+ people that wanted to do anything remotely related to finance. Not only that, but after mentioning I...96
+18BBA program at UMich Ross is rapidly growing, am I justified in being upset?When I applied the class profile said 500 students per year. Well, there are 644 BBAs in the class of 2021 and people are saying there could be nearly 700 BBAs in my class of 2022 after cross-campus transfers next summer. I feel like this dramatic growth diminishes the cachet. And doesn't...41
+18Last-minute Decision: Vanderbilt vs. IU-Kelley (undergrad)I posted once earlier, but now I've narrowed my choices down to Vanderbilt and direct admittance to the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University (and KLLC membership). I would graduate Vanderbilt with up to $50k in debt and leave IU without any. Also, I love to travel...106
+18MBA: Stanford or Harvard?Hi folks. I was lucky enough to have been accepted to both the Harvard and Stanford <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration ">MBA</abbr> programs. I would really appreciate any advice/thoughts on things I should consider while making this decision. Here is some...44
+18I got into an M7 (Wharton) with a pure sales background and now work in MBB. I wanted to share my experience I've seen a few posts on here discouraging others from pursuing a career in sales as it relates to <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration ">MBA</abbr> admissions. In particular, some have argued sales doesn't look great at <abbr title="Top 7 MBA...15
+17Accepted to HBS 2+2: AMAJust graduated college and was fortunate to be accepted to the 2+2 program at <abbr title="Harvard Business School">HBS</abbr>. When I was going through the application process there was a noticeable lack of business school info on <abbr title="Wall Street...48
+17Sloan Y1 AMA for recent admits<h3>AMA</h3> Given round 2 results are just out (congrats AdMITS!) and inspired by a few of the other people (@Masterz57", @OpsDude", @TheGrind", etc) who have posted AMAs on their b-school experience, I'm going to write about my experience at MIT's Sloan...62
+17MSF Question and Answer<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015. This one was originally posted 6/30/2015.</em> I get a ton of emails and answer a ton of posts asking similar questions so I thought I would answer the most common ones I get here...239
+16Non-Ivy school recommendations Hello all, I have been wondering lately what some of the top schools for recruiting is (outside the Ivy League ), which place reasonably well, and have strong relationships and connections to Wall Street. Preferably northeast, however, if the school fits the criteria then that will do. Open...66
+16How screwed am I if I attend the University of Alabama?Okay, so I'm a high school senior from a lower middle-class background who's been waitlisted/rejected from about 10 or so targets/semi-targets. Going into the college application process, I thought I had a real shot at most of them (I have a 35 on the ACT, decent ECS) but I think I was...51
+16Over 30, still no undergrad, finance career options?Hi! I'll forgo the story unless anyone asks for it but, I dropped out of university to be a chef, found success in that career, but the job is becoming physically unsustainable as I age. I want to attend university with a definite career goal this time, and my only other real interest...33
+16MBA Schools with least partyingComing up with a list of schools I'm applying to - one of the things I'm not so keen on with the <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration ">MBA</abbr> is the party culture (just a personal preference really, not a diss). I know school cultures vary, and...25
+16Tomato Jos: The “Extra” Alternative Career for Top MBA GradsA few months ago, I was speaking to a colleague about investing in a team of entrepreneurs in Africa. He said that he liked the team, but was a bit surprised one of the partners was a graduate of Harvard Business School. “I’m always confused,” he said “when I speak to someone who could...17
+16University of Miami (FL) MBA: The RundownI've found this site to be incredibly helpful but noticed there is limited information out there on the <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> programs outside of the top 25, so I thought I would put something together for UM's <abbr...10
+15Is it possible to buy your way into Harvard MBA?For the record, I have no intention/ability to do this. I'm just curious if it's even possible to buy your way into Harvard (or any elite business school) the same way you can buy your way into their undergraduate programs. 25
+15MSF Class of 2016Ok guys, building on my post last year, I wanted to start something for this years applicants. Anyone applying this year, with a 2015 start and 2016 graduation, feel free to post your profile, ask questions or just add some comments. Looking to help and give advice to anyone applying in this...718
+152018 UK Target Uni - MSc - for FO jobs: put your POV2018 guide (obviously based on my experience and from various rankings) TARGET: Oxbridge, <abbr title="London School of Economics">LSE</abbr>, <abbr title="London Business School">LBS</abbr>, IBS STRONG SEMI: Warwick, UCL SEMI: Cass,...87
+14Wharton, Harvard, and ColumbiaI was accepted to Wharton, Harvard, and Columbia for <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> class of 2020. Harvard with no money. Wharton with ~40% tuition. Columbia with 100% tuition. Pre-MBA experience is <abbr title="investment...44
+14Undergrad: Is computer science 'hotter' than a business degree?I noticed a few tech titans younger siblings are computer science majors (snapchat's kid sister is current <abbr title="Credit Suisse">CS</abbr> at Stanford). And most of the summer interns are minoring in computer science — especially gunner Asian kids.44
+14Is the SAT important? Wall Street Says Yes. Below is a snippet of a <abbr title="bulge bracket">BB</abbr> job posting requirement for an Associate role. REQUIRED BACKGROUND: **Resumes without SAT scores will NOT be considered**. 1. <abbr title="Masters in Business...87