How to Get In: University of Maryland Robert H. Smith 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 have a very diverse group of recruiters, which reflects our diverse student body. Organizations from Fortune 100 firms, to government agencies, to nonprofits and small start-ups recruit here.

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

—Sloppy application package: Small mistakes can hurt in a big way. Grammatical errors on essays, 10-page résumés, spelling mistakes all reflect poorly.

—Writing a generic essay: writing what you think the admissions officers want to hear, rather than being yourself.

—Coming unprepared to the interview: Treat the interview like a job interview. Do your research. Understand the M.B.A. and the program you're applying for. Know why you want to get your M.B.A. and what it will do for you.

—Lack of preparation throughout the application process: Last-minute time management can leave you scrambling and lead to missed deadlines.

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

There is no archetype student. Smith students come from diverse backgrounds and cultures, but they share a common passion for the Smith School and for getting their M.B.A. We want to continue to attract a diverse group of students who have a global mindset and really understand how an M.B.A. will benefit their career—students who really want to learn from each other and be engaged both in the classroom and beyond.