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How to Get Positive Attention as a Business School Applicant

These seven steps will make a good impression, says a former business school admissions dean.

When talking with business school admissions officers, be sure to smile.

When talking with business school admissions officers, be sure to smile.

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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.