How to Get In: University of Connecticut School of Business

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

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In addition, we have our students pursue an individualized plan of study. Under the guidance of a multi-faceted committee comprised of faculty, alumni/field specialists, and career center advisors, UConn's student-centric M.B.A. program focuses on the individual learner and his/her unique career goals and interests. UConn M.B.A. students graduate with a truly custom experience that uniquely differentiates and positions them in the marketplace.

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?

We look for recommenders to be able to comment on the professional skills and character of a candidate and indicate how they see the M.B.A. degree benefitting the candidate. We do believe it to be very important that the recommender has worked extensively with the candidate in order to be able to provide a legitimate and thorough reference.

7. Can you give a brief description of the life cycle of an application? What's the timeline applicants should expect?

We have rolling admissions for the fall, but we also have recommended application submission dates to encourage early application. We identify the strongest prospective candidates and invite them to interview after receiving and reviewing all of their application materials. After the conclusion of the interview, an admissions decision is made. The entire process from receipt of all application materials to decision takes approximately three weeks. We then ask the admitted student to indicate within four to six weeks if they will be joining us.

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

Our Business Career Center (BCC) has developed an extensive group of corporate partners. The companies who most often recruit our students include IBM, Aetna, The Hartford, Covidien, and General Electric. We are consistently expanding our network of corporate partners through active engagement with our alumni to recruit our M.B.A.'s. The BCC works individually with each of our M.B.A.'s, to learn more about their career goals, and industry and functional interests to help them better focus their job-search efforts.

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

We expect our applicants to have done their research about what our program has to offer and to know how our program can help in accomplishing their career goals. One of our most frustrating experiences is interviewing a candidate who know very little about our program. It makes us question how serious this individual is about his/her M.B.A. studies. We also expect our applicants to carefully compile their application package, ensuring proper spelling and grammar and effective communication in their essays and résumé.

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

While our students overall are diverse in their backgrounds and experiences, we look for common traits of leadership, maturity, clear career goals with a purpose, compassion for their fellow students, and strong core values and integrity. We expect our students to actively participate and make the most of their M.B.A. education to make it a beneficial experience for themselves and their classmates, both for the period that they are in the program as well as in the future.