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7. Express your goal: As a business school applicant, take advantage of every opportunity to let the admissions committee know you want to attend. If a school is among your top choices, or is your No. 1 choice, let the admissions office know that.
And when you do, be prepared to explain what you believe you bring to the table as an MBA candidate. Provide specific and relevant reasons that illustrate the match.
Also, focus on issues that are important and highly valued by that institution. Remember, the application process is a relationship-building exercise, so begin the relationship motivated not by the value an MBA program gives you but the value you bring to the program.
Dr. Don Martin, Ph.D., is a higher education admissions expert, author, and former admissions dean at Columbia University, Northwestern University, Wheaton College, and University of Chicago Booth School of Business. For additional tips on the graduate school application process, visit gradschoolroadmap.com.