We posed questions to admissions officials at the Hofstra University Frank G. Zarb School of Business regarding the application process, what they look for in applicants, and what sets their school apart. These are their responses:
1. What can applicants do to set themselves apart from their peers?
In addition to strong entrance exam scores and a good undergraduate GPA, diversity is important and is highly valued. We seek applicants with varied and substantial backgrounds in industry, work experience, and life experience.
2. What do you look for in the application essays? What do the essays tell you about a candidate?
When we are reviewing an applicant's essay, we like to see what steps they have taken to prepare for enrolling in a graduate program. What do they expect out of the program? What do they plan to do when the degree has been completed? Based on the answers to these questions and any other information an applicant wishes to provide, we can determine if the applicant is ready for graduate school and if they are a good fit for our program.
3. How important is the applicant's GMAT score? How do you weigh it against undergraduate GPA and work experience? Which of these carry the most weight? The least?
All parts of the application are important as applications are reviewed on a holistic basis. Applicant profiles are different, so the scores or GPA for one applicant may be appropriate given the rest of his/her application in comparison to antoher applicant.
4. How much does prior work/internship experience weigh into your decision making? What's the typical or expected amount of work experience from an applicant?
Our applicant pool is varied and there is not a typical or expected amount of work experience that we look for in an applicant. We have a number of different programs, each with a different student population. Some applicants are admitted directly from undergraduate school, while others have 25+ years of work experience.
5. What sets you apart from other schools? What can students gain from your school that they might not be able to find anywhere else?
Our faculty, our location, our curriculum, and our career services office make us an excellent choice above other schools in the area. We have more than 75 full time faculty members who come from all over the world, with strong industry backgrounds along with significant research work. Approximately 15 percent of the faculty have been recognized as distinguished professors and endowed chairs. Our classes are held on our beautiful Long Island campus, recognized as a national arboretum, with close proximity to New York City, the mecca for business networking. Our curriculum is continually reviewed and re-evaluated to meet the demands of a global marketplace. We offer a very comprehensive education in all areas of business, and allow students to further concentrate in a specific business discipline. In addition, the Zarb graduate career services office is solely dedicated to working with business graduate students to ensure they get excellent, highly personalized attention.
6. What do you look for in recommendation letters? How important is it that the letter's writer has worked regularly with the candidate in an office or school setting? Do you put much weight on letters from prominent public figures who may not know the applicant well?
A recommendation letter should support the applicant's candidacy for enrolling in a graduate level program, should identify strengths of the applicant, and provide enough background for the admission committee to make an admissions decision. It is important the letter be current and that the writer has had significant interaction with or is very knowledgeable of the applicant's character.
7. Can you give a brief description of the life cycle of an application? What's the timeline applicants should expect?
We admit students year round for all of our programs. Once an application is complete, applicants can typically expect to receive a decision within three business days.