How Kellogg applicants are assessed – Part 4

When Kellogg admissions officers review an application, they evaluate potential students based on six categories. Here, Melissa Rapp, director of admissions for Kellogg’s Full-Time MBA Programs, demystifies what happens once you submit your materials and helps you think about how to craft the story that will help the Admissions team learn more about you. 

TODAY’S TOPIC: LEADERSHIP real

ADDITIONAL TOPICS: Work experienceIntellectual ability, Professional goals 

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.

It is important to note that leadership experience means different things for different types of candidates. For example, 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 that you’ve taken and the organizations that you’ve been a part of – and we take both into account when assessing applicants.

Tips for applying to Kellogg – Part 3

Applying to business school is a commitment. You will devote hours to test prep, drafting and redrafting essays, practicing for interviews, perusing websites and visiting campuses.

We get lots of questions about how applicants can make their application stand out, so this week, we are sharing suggestions on how you can help distinguish yourself and express why Kellogg is the right school for you. real

TODAY’S TOPIC: LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

ADDITIONAL TOPICS: Test scoresessays

When it comes to letters of recommendation, many applicants wonder about who they should ask. The admissions committee is most interested in someone who knows you and your work experience, regardless of title or prior connection to Kellogg. A supervisor who understands your daily contributions could have more valuable insight for us than a Kellogg alum who is less familiar with your work.

It’s a good idea to talk to your recommender about why you’re interested in Kellogg and how you want your Kellogg MBA to further your career goals, but it’s even more important to allow them to provide their own opinions and write the recommendation themselves.

How Kellogg applicants are assessed – Part 3

When Kellogg admissions officers review an application, they evaluate potential students based on six categories. Here, Melissa Rapp, director of admissions for Kellogg’s Full-Time MBA Programs, demystifies what happens once you submit your materials and helps you think about how to craft the story that will help the Admissions team learn more about you. real

TODAY’S TOPIC: PROFESSIONAL GOALS

ADDITIONAL TOPICS: Work experience, Intellectual ability

Ask any alum, and he or she will tell you that Kellogg was a pivotal point in his or her career. That’s why our Admissions team is interested in learning about your professional experiences and goals; by outlining your professional goals, you help us understand how a Kellogg MBA will bridge your past and future together.

Since there many different candidates drawn to Kellogg, your reason for pursuing an MBA will be unique. Some applicants have a specific idea of how an MBA will help them grow within an industry they already know; others want to pursue a significant career pivot, while still others have more general long-term goals and are open to multiple paths that might take them there. All of these reasons for pursuing an MBA are totally acceptable — just be sure that you can articulate your goals throughout the application.

Tips for applying to Kellogg – Part 2

Applying to business school is a commitment. You will devote hours to test prep, drafting and redrafting essays, practicing for interviews, perusing websites and visiting campuses.

We get lots of questions about how applicants can make their application stand out, so this week, we are sharing suggestions on how you can help distinguish yourself and express why Kellogg is the right school for you. real

TODAY’S TOPIC: ESSAYS

PREVIOUS TOPIC: Test scores 

The essays are your opportunity to talk directly to the admissions committee and tell your story. Since this is about you and your experiences, there’s no right or wrong answer. The essays provide insight into who you are and what has shaped you. We want to know what you’ll be adding to the Kellogg community and contributing in the classroom, so it’s really important to be yourself. Don’t worry about trying to say what you think we want to hear.

It’s also important to answer the question that’s been asked, in a way that lets us know you’re writing with Kellogg in mind, rather than recycling a generic essay you’re submitting to multiple schools.

How Kellogg applicants are assessed – Part 2

When Kellogg admissions officers review an application, they evaluate potential students based on six categories. Here, Melissa Rapp, director of admissions for Kellogg’s Full-Time MBA Programs, demystifies what happens once you submit your materials and helps you think about how to craft the story that will help the Admissions team learn more about you. real

TODAY’S TOPIC: WORK EXPERIENCE

PREVIOUS TOPIC: Intellectual ability

One thing that makes the Kellogg experience so rich is the diversity of backgrounds — both personal and professional — in our student body. We admit applicants from a variety of fields, with varying years of experience. We also consider 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 in your career and how your professional accomplishments and contributions are significant. Are you progressing faster than others at your same level? Did you get promoted more quickly? Have you taken on additional responsibilities?

Tips for applying to Kellogg – Part 1

At Kellogg we recognize applying to business school is a time and labor-intensive process requiring a lot of care and consideration, as well as hours of test prep, interviewing and essay writing. We get lots of questions about how applicants can make their application stand out, so this week we are offering a few suggestions on how you can help us best understand who you are and why you want Kellogg to become a part of your future.

TODAY’S TOPIC: TEST SCORES final

Kellogg accepts both the GMAT and GRE, and if you are worried about your score, know that multiple attempts are not discouraged. Taking the tests several times demonstrates your commitment to submitting the best possible application. We like to see people work hard for a goal and achieve it.

Applicants have asked in the past whether we favor one test versus the other. The answer is no. Ultimately what we are looking for is a balanced score set. We place just as much weight on the GRE as the GMAT. We want you to take whichever test is best for you.

The one exception to that is for our JD-MBA applicants. If you are applying to our dual-degree program with the Northwestern School of Law, you are required to take the GMAT.

How Kellogg applicants are assessed – Part 1

When Kellogg admissions officers review an application, they evaluate potential students based on six categories. Here, Melissa Rapp, director of admissions for Kellogg’s Full-Time MBA Programs, demystifies what happens once you submit your materials and helps you think about how to formulate the story that will help the Admissions team learn more about you. 

TODAY’S TOPIC: INTELLECTUAL ABILITY

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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 only relying on a number.

Hard numbers like GPA and GMAT scores may seem like make-or-break factors, but one great test score doesn’t tell us nearly as much as seeing that you’ve taken challenging classes or broadened your knowledge base. And because each applicant is an individual, we recognize that someone with a liberal arts background may have different results than someone from an engineering background, but both could be competitive candidates.

Welcome to Kellogg, Round 2 admits

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Today is one of the busiest, most exciting days of the year at the Kellogg Admissions Office. 

Why?

It’s Round 2 admissions day! Today, our Admissions team will be making phone calls across the globe to individually congratulate Round 2 admits. 

Kellogg Admissions team members say that being the bearer of such good news is a powerful and rewarding experience … And sometimes, even an emotional one.

In the spirit of showcasing Kellogg’s excitement for Round 2 admits, we interviewed our Admissions officers to learn what they enjoy most about delivering admissions news and their most memorable new admit phone calls.

From acceptance to matriculation

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By Dean Nordhielm

So you just got into business school. Congrats!

At this point you still have months before you actually begin classes. That seems like a lot of time, but it’s really not as long as you think, and you’ll have a lot more to do than you think. Here are the things I did (or wished I did) in the order I did them (or the order I wished I did them):