ForumWatch: B-School Admissions' Waiting Game

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on October 27, 2011

Waiting to find out if you got into your dream business school can be distracting. To deal with the business school admissions waiting game - not to mention to keep their minds from exploding - participants on the Bloomberg Businessweek Business School Forums often seek out information from each other. Specifically, they consult one another to find out who, if anyone, has received interview requests, acceptance, or rejection letters.

There is something about sharing the news with others in the same boat on the forums that helps them maintain their sanity. It also gives them an idea of when they might learn their fate. Since the schools don’t usually reach everyone all at once, finding out that a few people have heard from a school is a good indication that the admissions process has reached the decision stage. In essence, it takes away some of the mystery, which tends to alleviate fear.

Recently, participants have commiserated about whether they have heard back from Harvard Business School. One reported hearing that applicants had received interview invites, while others just vented about being unable to concentrate at work and checking e-mail a million times while playing this waiting game. To join in the HBS talk, you can visit the “Anybody hear back from HBS yet?” discussion thread.

-Francesca Di Meglio

Editor’s Note: This blog post is part of a series about discussions taking place on the Bloomberg Businessweek Business School Forums, where prospective MBA program applicants, current students, and recent alumni trade admissions tips, job-hunting advice, and the occasional barbed comment. We invite you to join these discussions or start one of your own.



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