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Applicant Bulletin: Deadlines Announced, Rankings Released & The MBA Tour Hits The US

It’s the first of our monthly bulletins for business school applicants! We round up everything you need to know in July

Wed Jul 4 2018

It’s July. Rankings are out, deadlines are out, and the MBA application cycle is heating up!

It’s also the first of our monthly bulletins for business school applicants. Here’s what business school applicants need to look out for this month:

Top schools release their MBA application deadlines

Of the top five MBA programs as ranked by the Financial Times for 2018, Harvard Business School (number five on the FT’s list) has the earliest round one deadline on September 5th 2018.

The rest of the top-five schools’ deadlines hover around September 18th and 19th—giving you an extra fortnight to perfect that application essay!

See also: How I Got Into The MBA At Harvard Business School—And 4 Ways You Can Too


New rankings from The Economist and the Financial Times give guidance to execs and entrepreneurs

The Financial Times released its ranking of the top MBA programs for entrepreneurs on July 1st, with Stanford Graduate School of Business taking the top spot.

The FT's highest-ranking British MBA for entrepreneurship is offered by Lancaster University Management School, closely followed by City University’s Cass School of Business.

The Economist has also released its ranking of Executive MBA programs around the world, crowning Yale School of Management’s MBA for Executives as the best.

IMD in Switzerland and the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School lead the pack in Europe in The Economist’s ranking, at fifth and seventh place respectively.

'Smart; nice; accomplished; aware': Tuck’s new must-have traits for MBAs 

The stakeholders have spoken: at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, evaluation criteria have been simplified to reflect the attributes of 'successful Tuck students'.

The Ivy-League college’s admissions services have decreed that prospective students should be 'smart', 'nice', 'accomplished', and 'aware'—simple criteria designed to take the stress out of MBA application, and bring the focus back onto soft skills.

Tuck has also updated its application essay questions accordingly, with prompts now aiming to assess the 'niceness' and 'awareness' of applicants, leaving 'smartness' and 'accomplishment' to be demonstrated by candidates’ resumés.

In case you missed it: 4 Steps To Writing A Winning Business School Admission Essay


Student loans become more expensive—but hiring prospects for MBA grads remain strong

Any bulletin must have its share of bad news, and according to MarketWatch, the cost to take out a federal student loan in the US is set to increase for the 2018-19 academic year.

The interest rates for Stafford loans, which lend up to $20,500 to graduates, will rise from 6% to 6.595%, while PLUS loans—which allow parents and graduate students to borrow the cost of attendance for a program—will go up from 7% to 7.595%.

So, loans are getting more expensive—but the good news is that hiring intentions among US companies remain strongly in favour of MBA grads! The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) annual Corporate Recruiters Survey report shows that 85% of responding businesses intended to hire MBAs in the coming year.

So, although interest rates might be climbing, your chances of landing a job after your MBA are still strong, making paying them back much less daunting!

More things to look out for

Business loans provider Spotcap has created a UK Fintech Fellowship—an eight thousand-pound award to be gifted to one aspiring master’s or MBA student per year.

The fellowship aims to widen the pipeline of UK graduates interested in the fast-growing sector of fintech—particularly as the uncertain spectre of Brexit looms ever-larger on the horizon. If you want to be in with a chance of receiving the award, you'll need submit your application by August 1st 2018.

More on Fintech careers: Why More MBA Students Are Gunning For Careers In Fintech


And...The MBA Tour is coming to America.

Beginning on July 12th in Seattle, the tour will see schools from around the world get to network with applicants in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Washington DC, and more, before finishing up in Boston on July 26th.

If you’re a US-based applicant hoping to speak face-to-face with admissions teams from top schools, this is the perfect opportunity—and don’t forget to check out our list of MBA tour dos and don’ts before you go!

Student Reviews

Bayes Business School




On Campus

Best Journalism school in Europe

When I first stepped onto the campus of City, University of London, I knew I was in for a ride - and not just on the Tube! With its vibrant energy and an impressive repertoire of programs, City U became my home away from home. The Journalism program was kind of a big deal. Rumour was that we were the best in Europe! The lecturers were not just experts in their field; they’re practically journalistic royalty. They were invested, passionate, and had a knack for turning the most flat press release into a riveting news story. With their guidance, I’ve learned to navigate the chaotic world of media like a pro. The campus was a melting pot of every culture, being that we had such a diverse international crowd. Being in the heart of London, I had the world at my fingertips - there was always a new corner to explore, a hidden gem of a cafe to discover, or a street performer! City, University of London wasn't just a university; it was a chapter in my life story that I’ll never forget.




On Campus

Learning environment

The teacher-learner ration is manageable, giving each learner a chance to gain personal attention. It is also easier following up on the progress of a student, as the numbers per class is not large. the conducive environment for learning includes clean classes, standard desks, world class instructional facilities and the opportunity to engage lecturers even after their sessions. The team spirit at City is above board, with learners getting chance to learn both from instructors and colleagues. This is the university of choice; the place to be.




On Campus


I liked that each class had a manageable number of learners, making the professor-learner ratio favor knowledge acquisition. I also liked that study schedules were manageable, and not overwhelming. The focus on talents and gifts even within the learning environment makes it possible for learners to achieve the best of their potential, and this has worked to the advantage of those that have schooled at City, University of London




On Campus


The diversity at City University facilitates interactions and is a direction toward the unity of the world. The classes are well built to match the number and needs of all students regardless of the elements of diversity that set people apart. The use of technology in delivery makes learning even more interesting and achievable. At City University there is no distinction pegged on the issues that make people unique.




On Campus


The team of lecturers at the Uiversity are well experienced. Their level of insight and the methodologies of delivery works for the interes of the leaeners. My learning experience was largely boosted by the level of knowledge of the professors at the institution, and their passion to transfer the same to learners. I appreciate every class I attended because of the level of insight I was able to gather




On Campus

The best university I’ve been to

The campus and the people I've met have made it a wonderful experience. I was reared in a small town with a graduating class of only 88 individuals, so moving to City University was a huge adjustment for me. My dorm has more residents than my whole high school combined! I enjoy the atmosphere here, and everyone is so friendly. Outstanding academic options and a stunning campus. Really great from beginning to end. The educators genuinely love what they do, and the students are ready to learn. On or around college, there is always something to do with friends, and the social scene is particularly warm.




On Campus

Bayes Business School

As a student at City university attending Bayes Business School I would totally recommend choosing this university as the experience is exceptional with great social networking opportunities . Professors are significantly helpful, delivering with excellence and professionalism. Everyone is happy to help and make you feel welcomed in such an esteem university as City, offering exceptional development and guidance through out the course.




On Campus

Economics and Politics

Incredibly amazing university, the way they polish students and help them boost their morale and think intellectually is worthwhile. Many universities have international partnerships to allow exchanges between their students. The most obvious subjects for these opportunities would be those that involve languages, and the study of people and places.




On Campus

Clinical biology

I really like it it’s perfect for me with not too many people and not too few either. All the modules are amazing. I love the toy bar. I love all the societies that I’ma part of. Especially the colour Bollywood society