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HOT B-SCHOOLS HAVE COLD SHOULDERS

Your article "MBA madness is back" (News: Analysis & Commentary, May 8) certainly hit home. I applied to four of the top five BUSINESS WEEK-ranked B-schools and have received the standard rejection form-letter from three thus far. (I expect my fourth thin envelope any day now.) Stanford University Dean A. Michael Spence may claim to be comforting candidates, but I found no consolation in my "Dear Mr. Chow" letter that wasn't even signed by him.

I would expect that two years of senior management experience for a multinational company in China, consulting for the World Bank and foreign governments, founding a nonprofit organization at age 15 to raise $90,000 in six weeks, small-business expertise, multiple board-of-director experiences, and a 95-percentile Graduate Management Admission Test score would count for something. Guess not!

After spending hundreds of hours on the applications, I guess I'll just have to settle for a BUSINESS WEEK second-tier school.

Teh-Han P. Chow

California State University

Northridge, Calif.


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