An article on the site Poets & Quants reports that Chicago Booth plans a change as of the 2014-2015 season: candidates’ applications will only be read by admissions committee members and not by the program’s students. The school explained that the change is intended to allow the students to better utilize their time and to allow greater consistency in the screening process of the almost 4,500 applications each year.
Till now, the applications were read by 42 second-year students who were named Admissions Fellows, chosen based on their involvement in school events. At the peak of the season, each student would receive 10-12 applications, and then rank six different parts of the application with a score of 1-6: GRE/GMAT and TOEFL scores, quality of academic background, employment experience, social and community involvement with an emphasis on leadership, essays, and recommendations. The reader would then assign the application a general score and an additional score for the candidate’s fit to the school.