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HBSers Split on Use of B-School Admissions Consultants

Business school admissions officers are increasingly concerned about the use of so-called “admissions consultants” by applicants to increase their chances of being accepted to upper echelon MBA programs, as documented in a recent article in the Boston Globe.ÿ As a result, schools are considering taking measures to address widespread use of these consultants. ÿSome of the measures under consideration are: conducting multiple interviews, more follow-ups with references, giving different essay questions to different candidates, and dispatching applicants to test centers to complete their essays under supervision.

How widespread do you think use of these admissions consultants are?ÿ And do you necessarily agree that hiring the services of these consultants is ‘wrong’?ÿ The Harbus asked HBSers the following questions:

Question 1:

Do you think there is widespread use of so-called “Admissions Consultants” for HBS applications?

Question 2:

Did you hire an Admissions Consultant, or utilize a similar service, for your application to HBS?

Question 3:

Do you believe it is wrong for MBA applicants to hire the services of an Admissions Consultant?

Number of responses: 379

February 13, 2006
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