Aringo client accepted to Wharton with a $80,000 scholarship

Aringo client, GMAT score of 650, accepted to MIT!

Aringo's Chicago admission rate is 54% higher than Chicago’s regular admission rate.

Two Aringo clients accepted to Kellogg with $60,000 scholarships

Aringo client, GMAT score of 580, accepted to Harvard!

Aringo's Columbia admission rate is 50% higher than Columbia’s regular admission rate.

Aringo client accepted to Harvard with a $65,000 scholarship

Aringo client, GMAT score of 640, accepted to Wharton!

Aringo's Harvard admission rate is 45% higher than Harvard's regular admission rate.

Aringo client accepted to Chicago with a $140,000 scholarship

Aringo client, GMAT score of 670, accepted to Harvard!

Aringo's INSEAD admission rate is 106% higher than INSEAD's regular admission rate.

Three Aringo clients accepted to Chicago with scholarships of $130,000 each!

Aringo client, GMAT score of 630, accepted to INSEAD!

Aringo's Kellogg admission rate is 90% higher than Kellogg’s regular admission rate.

Two Aringo clients accepted to Chicago with scholarships of $110,000 each

Two Aringo clients, GMAT scores of 660, accepted to Harvard!

Aringo's LBS admission rate is 238% higher than LBS’s regular admission rate.

Two Aringo clients accepted to Chicago with scholarships of $125,000 each

Aringo client, GMAT score of 640, accepted to Kellogg!

Aringo's MIT admission rate is 123% higher than MIT’s regular admission rate.

Aringo client accepted to NYU with a $45,000 scholarship

Aringo client, GMAT score of 660, accepted to Wharton!

Aringo's Stanford admission rate is 114% higher than Stanford’s regular admission rate.

Four Aringo clients accepted to Stanford with scholarships of $20,000 each

Aringo client, GMAT score of 630, accepted to LBS!

Aringo's Wharton admission rate is 66% higher than Wharton’s regular admission rate.

Aringo client accepted to Darden with a $34,000 scholarship

Aringo client accepted to Columbia with a $30,000 scholarship

Aringo client, GMAT score of 640, accepted to Duke!

Aringo client has been offered a $40,000 scholarship to attend Tuck

Two Aringo clients, GMAT scores of 640 accepted to INSEAD!

Aringo client has been offered a $22,000 scholarship to attend Kellogg

Three Aringo clients, GMAT scores of 680 accepted to MIT!

Two Aringo clients have received $25,000 scholarships to attend Wharton

Aringo client, GMAT score of 600, accepted to Duke!

Two Aringo clients have been accepted to Stanford with scholarships of $30,000 each

Aringo client accepted to Wharton with a $50,000 scholarship

Aringo client accepted to UCLA with a $35,000 scholarship

Five Aringo clients accepted to Michigan with a $20,000 scholarship each

 

The Ideal Preparation Process


September 2015 Applicants: 
Ideal timetable for applying to the top MBA programs

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  • Text that is not in bold is optional.
  • Studies usually start in September.
  • Some programs (such as Columbia and INSEAD) have an additional class that starts in January.
  • The timetable below assumes that your studies will begin in September 2015.
  • The timetable below is ideal to ensure for an orderly and thorough preparation of your application.
  • The process can be undertaken in a much more intensive manner (this may come with a price in terms of admission chances or costs).
  • If you intend to commence your studies in January 2016, add four months to the timeframes below.

September-December 2013: Creating the infrastructure

  • Think about what can be changed in your career in order to boost your candidacy
    A shift to a managerial position? New projects at work? Boosting your community activities?

  • If you haven’t done so yet - consider signing up for a GMAT preparation course
    Ideally, begin your GMAT course in 2013 and take your first (and hopefully last) GMAT test between October 2013 and April 2014.
    Candidates often find it difficult to make significant progress with their application during the GMAT preparation course.
    It is recommended to take the GMAT as early as possible (when you are at your peak academically), even 2-4 years prior to the submission of the applications, and improve your score later if necessary.

  • “Set your sights” on potential future recommenders, and establish solid work relations with them.

  • Visit campus: If you are already traveling to a certain area, consider visiting the area's top business schools.
    During the visit it would be good to network with students, preferably those with a similar background to yours, and/or with professors and/or admissions officials.

  • Get in touch with an admissions consulting service (such as Aringo.com) to set up a work start date.

  • Consider applying to one or two programs as early as March-June 2014 (for programs commencing in January 2015, such as Columbia or INSEAD, or for programs commencing in September 2014) in order to get to know the process and receive early responses (that may spare you the need to apply to several other universities in the fall/winter). 


January 2014: Getting the application process started

  • Visit the websites of schools that are of interest to you in order to learn about the program, application deadlines, and the admissions process.

  • Visit websites that provide information to MBA candidates (such as Business Week's) to learn more about the programs.
  • Network with current students and alumni.


February - April 2014: GMAT and Strategy

  • If you haven’t done so yet – take the GMAT

  • Embark on the strategy phase of your application work (data mining, career planning, coming up with topics for major essays).

  • Select 3 programs to focus on. Learn as much as possible about them
    Candidates normally apply to 4-5 programs in total.


May - August 2014: Application (and TOEFL, if needed)

  • Prepare the applications (CV, essays and recommendations).

  • Prepare for the TOEFL if you need to take it.

  • Take the TOEFL.

  • Order your college transcripts.


August 2014 – January 2015: Submitting the applications

  • Send the transcripts.

  • Submit the applications.
    Based on the results in recent years, it is recommended that you submit most of your applications between August-October (the first round). In relatively few cases did second round applicants (November–early January) have an advantage.
    Admission chances in the last round (which is normally the third round, and sometimes the fourth) are usually significantly lower. At most universities, the last round begins at some point in January and ends at some point in March.
    However, there are programs with admission rounds between mid-January and July that are not the last round.

  • Prepare for interviews.

  • Verify that the recommendations were submitted.
  • Attend the interviews (at most schools interviews are by invitation only).

  • Cross your fingers!


January – May 2015: "The moment of truth"

  • Drink a glass of water and then read the admission committees’ decisions.

  • Decide where you wish to study and inform the school.
     
  • Submit scholarship applications (where relevant scholarships are offered).

  • Attend the Welcome Weekend at campus, if offered.


January – July 2015: Getting ready

  • If needed, make visa arrangements.

  • Make travel arrangements / book your flight.

  • Look into preferable accommodation arrangements and start apartment hunting.

  • Invite your friends to your farewell party.

  • Smile as you prepare to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

 

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