How to Get In: North Carolina State University Jenkins Graduate School of Management

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?

Firms that have recruited heavily most recently have included Deloitte, Bank of America, Carquest, Chevron, Biogen, and Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC).

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

Assuming a student may be admissible based on academic potential, the most common mistake is not putting enough effort into the application or not demonstrating focus. Applicants are afforded chances to showcase their skills and accomplishments through their résumé and essays. There is an optional essay that applicants can use to highlight accomplishments or explain areas of the application that may not be as strong as expected. Applicants should not let these opportunities go to waste. The admissions interview is also important because interpersonal and professional skills are gauged here.

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

Our full-time program is a diverse body of students, comprising 30 percent to 40 percent international students. Although engineering and business tend to be our largest feeder programs, our students also come from backgrounds in math and science, social sciences, and humanities. Some of the common denominators are an interest in technology and its impact on business, a commitment to collaboration and real projects, and an interest in social and environmental responsibility.