How to Get In: Arizona State University W. P. Carey School of Business

What can you do to set yourself apart in your application? Admissions officials have the answers.

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We begin early engagement with admitted students through webinars, E-newsletters, and networking receptions. We like our students to create an early network before enrolling in the program, so they can reduce the stress of beginning a rigorous program before having met anyone. We've seen students create fantastic networks online by Facebook. It's fun to watch applicants meet up to find a roommate, get advice on how to be prepared for the program, or begin exchanging knowledge for future entrepreneurial projects.

8. Which firms recruit heavily from your school? Which firms hire the highest percentage of your graduates?

We have a number of companies across industries seeking to hire students from the program. From manufacturing, consumer products, banking, finance, real estate, and high tech to the service industry, our students have opportunities to engage with hiring firms very early during the program. This year, a sample of companies, such as Johnson & Johnson, PetSmart, Bank of America, Intel, Dial/Henkel, and A. T. Kearney, have actively engaged in our on-campus recruiting program.

Our career management center (CMC) does an excellent job coaching, advising, and providing feedback to our students to ensure they are well prepared for the corporate interview. In addition, the CMC works with students to engage them in regular 360-degree feedback assessments, focusing on the student's emotional intelligence, leadership, and teamwork. During an internship between the first and second year, the students will focus on two to three development areas they would like to improve. During the second year, the students are reassessed to measure progress. This personalized development approach has been received very positively by our students, alumni, and corporate partners.

9. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?

Common mistakes include not taking the process seriously, not following up on feedback from the application process, being unfamiliar with the W. P. Carey M.B.A. program, and not putting together a well-prepared application.

10. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?

The archetype is a student who is not only smart but also has an innate ability to lead. This individual is outgoing, involved in the program, takes initiative, and joins programs or clubs to improve the program and contribute to the overall M.B.A. experience. He or she is a valuable contributor to classroom discussions, very actively engaged in his or her own job search, leveraging every resource possible to find the perfect opportunity. These are students who want to make a difference, be strong leaders, see impact, and facilitate change. They embrace diversity of thought and culture, since that is what globalization will require of leaders of the future.