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How to Get In: Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management

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

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

Our students almost universally have a high level of involvement and commitment to organizations and issues beyond the classroom. We also have a healthy competitive streak and our graduates don't hesitate to fight for (and land) roles assumed to be reserved for M.B.A.'s from the top one or two business schools. Yet our students, alumni, faculty, and administrators tend to form very tight bonds because of our small size. One of the best ways to explain the Vanderbilt M.B.A.'s is to tell candidates that we are less about a two-year decision and more about making a lifelong commitment.

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