How to Get In: University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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

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

We orchestrate an on-campus interviewing process which facilitates some 7,000 interviews for internships and full-time positions; we post approximately 4,000 positions per year. We maintain strong relationships with prominent M.B.A. employers, many of which you'll see on campus: Apple, McKinsey, Fidelity, Kraft, and Deutsche Bank, for example. Our six-person employer development team is dedicated to establishing, cultivating, and expanding corporate relationships around the world, furthering the Chicago Booth brand in myriad industries, from banking to entertainment, from private equity to not-for-profit.

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

Silly mistakes like not changing the name of schools from one application to the next (or related cities, sports teams, etc.), or not answering the required questions (but prognosticating about something else entirely) are fairly common. The bigger issues are failing to understand themselves or the schools well enough to articulate fit and match.

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

Chicago Booth attracts people who are fundamentally curious about the world. They rarely accept things at face value and are compelled to ask questions, dig deeper, and explore alternatives. They are not intimidated by ambiguity; they are excited by the challenge and possibility of making the unknown familiar. Booth attracts students who are proactive; people who want the opportunity to design the M.B.A. path specific to achieving their goals rather than having a path prescribed for them.