smkt075: From your perspective, what is the single most important part of the admissions process, and why?JPihakis: This is the most common question that we receive, and there simply is not a single answer. We do not weigh the different elements of the application. Rather, our application review process is extremely holistic. Every application is read from cover to cover by a minimum of two readers, sometimes three or four, before being discussed by the admissions committee.
Peter JohnsonUC Berkeley
kgollop: Considering other schools in the California area, what do you feel is Haas's greatest strength?PeterJohnson: I think it is our innovative culture. Berkeley is all about creating new ideas.
p-1048210919: I went to school on the East Coast, and I have a preconceived notion that West Coast programs are geared to Asian business. Is that true?PeterJohnson: Not necessarily. Haas has ties all over the world, and at least the B-school is not particularly focused on Asia.JPihakis: It's difficult for us to make the comparison between East Coast and West Coast B-schools because that would require gross generalization. We haven't worked for an East Coast school, so the knowledge of it isn't there.
p-1048210874: What is considered the biggest strengths and weaknesses [of the program]?JPihakis: It's different for different audiences. The biggest strengths of the program are the brand -- the Berkeley name is a name that opens doors all over the world. The community here is...
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