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In talking with Booth applicants on the road, answering questions during our live chats, and meeting prospective students here on campus, the Admissions team is often reminded of the misconceptions prospective students have about the Chicago Booth admissions process. Here, the Admissions Committee attempts to de-bunk some popular myths!
Myth: A campus visit is a must if you expect to be admitted.
Fact: While we'd love to get everyone who applies to see our campus in person, we realize it's just not possible for everyone to make their way to Chicago. We do strongly encourage applicants to visit campus at some point, but not visiting won't negatively impact your application. Visit our website for more information about planning a campus visit.
Myth: You must have a minimum GPA or GMAT/GRE score and have five years of work experience to be considered for admission.
Fact: This is an easy one; there are no minimum GPA or GMAT/GRE requirements! Anyone who has or will obtain a bachelor's degree and has taken the GMAT or GRE is eligible to apply. At Booth, we truly take a holistic approach during our evaluation process. The Admissions Committee attempts to learn all about you in order to determine a fit between you and Chicago that goes above and beyond your GPA or GMAT/GRE score. Additionally, Booth has no minimum requirements for work experience, so we really encourage applicants to apply when they are ready. That’s different for everyone and we see applicants who are successful as early career candidates with two or three years or work experience, as well as more seasoned professionals who decide much later in their careers to apply for the MBA.
Myth: An interview with a staff member is different than an interview with a student or graduate.
Fact: Regardless of who your interviewer may be, the feedback is used equally in each and every case. There is no advantage or disadvantage to interviewing with one type of interviewer over another. Our alumni conduct interviews with applicants all over the world, staff interview in some cities, and second-year students do the job at Harper Center. Anyone who interviews Booth applicants has been carefully trained and every interview is blind – your interviewer will not have your application beforehand.
Myth: If you were not a business major, you are at a great disadvantage in the admissions process.
Fact: Booth students come from a variety of backgrounds and undergraduate majors. In fact, 46 percent of students have a liberal arts or science background. We are always excited by the unique experiences that each student's education brings to the community at Chicago Booth.
Myth: Chicago Booth prefers applicants from finance and consulting backgrounds.
Fact: We value diversity in all its forms, including career industry. Many of our applicants come from finance or consulting backgrounds; but many more have work experience in other industries, including military service, marketing, education, retail, and non-profit work, just to name a few. It's not what you do that matters - it's how you do it and the experience you'll bring to the classroom and study groups. You can see our class profile here.
Myth: A letter of recommendation from the CEO of my company/Booth graduate I met once/the governor/the President of the United States would be an amazing addition to my application.
Fact: Letters of recommendation are a crucial part of the admissions process and while you may be tempted to impress the Admissions Committee with the connections you've made, you'll want to work with someone who knows you and your accomplishments, talents and skills well. Your current or former supervisor and a colleague or client who can speak at length about your value to your company or organization is a much better choice than someone who may have an impressive title, but little insight into you as a person or future Chicago Booth student. Choose your recommenders carefully.
Myth: It's impossible to be admitted during Round Three.
Fact: Booth accepts students in Round Three each year. The greatest number of applications come in Rounds One and Two and since we award spaces in the class as we progress through the Rounds, there will naturally be fewer spots left for Round Three applicants. The best advice is to apply when you believe that you can turn in the application that you're most proud of that best reflects your strengths and talents.
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Best of luck!