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How to Get In: Purdue University—West Lafayette Krannert School of Management

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

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• Will the student be successful in the classroom?

• Will the student be able to achieve their career goals?

• Does the student possess a genuine desire to attend Purdue?

• Will the student get involved and improve our program?

• Will other students enjoy working with this student?

• Will the student contribute to the Purdue alumni network?

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?

We prefer our students to have some full-time professional work experience before applying to Purdue. On average, Purdue M.B.A. students have about three to four years of experience prior to enrollment. However, we look at quality of experience in addition to quantity. Students who demonstrate extraordinary leadership potential in intern or volunteer roles may be considered for admission even if they fall below our average.

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?

I believe the Purdue M.B.A. offers a unique blend of academic excellence, meaningful experiential learning opportunities, a genuine focus on leadership development, and a truly diverse ecosystem which brings top students and faculty from around the world together to learn from each other.

Students coming to Purdue will receive an analytical and quantitatively focused education, numerous opportunities for leadership development and enhancement, and a diverse global network.

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?

The recommendation letter is unique because it is one of the only components of the application that is not in the direct control of the applicant. Therefore we pay very close attention to them. Good recommendation letters are written by someone with intimate knowledge of the applicant. We prefer the recommendation come from a professional (as opposed to a personal) contact who directly supervises the applicant. At Purdue, we place no weight on letters of recommendation from prominent figures who do not know the applicant well. On occasion, we will call references if we have any questions about an applicant or would like additional information about anything written in a letter of recommendation.

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

All applications are reviewed by at least two members of our staff. In addition some applications are reviewed by faculty, alumni, career services and/or current students. From the time an application is submitted, we strive to get back to students with an interview request, waitlist notification, or denial within three to four weeks. However, students who apply during the busiest part of the recruiting cycle may experience slightly longer response times. After an interview is conducted, we are usually able to provide admissions status and scholarship information within two weeks.

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

The following firms hire the largest percentage of our graduates: Cummins Inc.; Amazon; Bank of America; The Procter & Gamble Company; Sears Holdings Corporation; IBM Corporation; SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.; Dell Inc.; Shell Oil Company; Intel Corporation; Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.; Ingersoll Rand; Deloitte Consulting LLP; Johnson & Johnson; US Airways; AT Kearney; Cognizant Technology Solutions; GE (General Electric); and Raytheon.

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

Some of the biggest mistakes we see on applications include:

• Incomplete or inaccurate information on the application

• Spelling mistakes or poor grammar on the resume and essays