Resources

Do you have questions about the MBA admissions process? Are you looking for help on how to write your business school application essays or structure your resume? Below are some valuable resources created by the team at Gatehouse Admissions to support you on your business school journey. If you would like one-on-one advice from one of our Consultants, click here to request a free consultation.

Stanford GSB Essays

Stanford Graduate School of Business Essay Questions and Strategic Guidance, 2024-2025

The Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) holds the title of being the world’s most discriminating MBA program. With an acceptance rate that hovers around 7%, the business school has the enviable position of curating a class of amazing stars. Yet, there is an unenviable side to this as well:  so many of the GSB’s …

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Wharton Essays

Wharton Essay Questions and Strategic Guidance, 2024-2025

When you hear “Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania,” the first thought that pops into your head might be “Finance!”—and understandably so, given the Wharton MBA program has been a leading institution in the subject of finance since the school was founded in 1881. But what you may not realize is how much of …

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Berkeley Haas Essay Guidance

Berkeley Haas Essay Questions and Strategic Guidance, 2024-2025

The Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the smallest MBA programs in the top set, with just under 250 students enrolling in its Class of 2025. With so few seats to award, Haas has every incentive to select candidates who not only bring academic excellence and professional accomplishment …

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CBS Essays

Columbia Business School Essay Questions and Strategic Guidance, 2024-2025

Columbia Business School (CBS) requires three essays as part of its application. Through your essays, the school hopes to better understand your experiences and career goals, as well as your rationale for wanting to pursue your MBA at CBS specifically. We at Gatehouse appreciate the program’s range of essay topics, because the variety allows applicants to communicate …

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GMAT or GRE? Which Test to Take for Business School and How to Prepare

With recent changes to both the GMAT and the GRE, the process of applying to business school has become even more complicated. We at Gatehouse Admissions know that admissions committees have no preference between the GMAT and the GRE. Therefore, for better or worse, the decision of which test to take is in your hands. …

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Executive MBA

Is an Executive MBA Right for You?

Written by Rachel Nelson, Gatehouse Consultant and Wharton MBA. One question that prospective MBA applicants often ask is whether they should pursue an executive MBA (EMBA). As with many questions like this, the answer is… it depends! Both the EMBA and the more traditional two-year, full-time MBA program are well suited for applicants who can …

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Guide for Recommenders

Writing Compelling, Impactful Letters of Recommendation (LoRs): A Guide for Recommenders

Letters of recommendation (LoRs) play a vital part in an applicant’s pursuit of admission to business school. With thousands of candidates vying for a limited number of spots, compelling, impactful LoRs can significantly tip the scales in favor of acceptance. The admissions team depends on LoRs for several reasons: LoRs can help the team gauge …

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HBS interview guidance

Preparing for Your HBS Interview 2023-2024

With expert commentary from former members of HBS admissions committee, Brooke Wheelan and Laura MacLean. HBS reports that the school interviews approximately 20% of applicants. This means that with just shy of 10,000 applicants per year, HBS interviews fewer than 2,000 candidates—and dings roughly 8,000 without ever even having spoken to them. If this number …

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Wharton Interview Guidance

Preparing for Your Wharton TBD and One-on-One Interview 2023-2024

Written by Rachel Nelson, Gatehouse Consultant and Wharton MBA. Wharton’s unique interview structure—the Team-Based Discussion (TBD)—often causes anxiety for applicants, but it should not! In fact, past Gatehouse clients have often reported having enjoyed their TBD experience and having made strong connections with their “teammates.” First things first—what is the Wharton TBD? The Wharton TBD …

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Stanford GSB Interview Guidance

Preparing for Your Stanford GSB Interview 2023–2024

Written by Alex Salton, Gatehouse Consultant and Stanford MBA. First off, what can you expect from the GSB interview? Once candidates’ written applications have been submitted, the GSB Admissions Office thoroughly reviews all materials and selects 12%–15% of applicants to interview. Receiving an invitation to interview is a very positive sign! If you have gotten …

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Northwestern Kellogg Essays

Northwestern Kellogg School of Management Essay Questions and Strategic Guidance, 2023-2024

MBA students at Northwestern Kellogg often mention the strength of the community, with classmates dedicating themselves fully to both their own professional development and that of their peers. Kellogg is committed to producing capable leaders who are as thoughtful and driven as they are empathetic and inclusive. According to Kellogg’s website, the school seeks candidates …

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MIT Sloan Essays

MIT Sloan School of Management Essay Questions and Strategic Guidance, 2023-2024

MIT Sloan seeks individuals with confidence but not arrogance. The atmosphere on campus is considered “scrappy” and humble, never stuffy or competitive. The school wants people who are eager to learn and willing to help others do so as well. Sloan also prioritizes innovation, showing a preference for applicants who go against the grain, develop …

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