Dec 16, 2011

Inside Carnegie Mellon (CMU) Tepper's Admissions Office

This post is one in a series of posts trying to decipher what happens once you click that "submit" button in the application portal of the top business schools. As told by the admissions directors themselves! Follow us on twitter and facebook to keep yourself updated with the next set of schools.

What happens once applications are submitted?

James Frick, MBA director of admissions CMU Tepper - At CMU Tepper, we have an oustanding support staff, and it is going to take control as soon as applicants click that “submit” button. It will coordinate the applications, get it organized and ensure that all of the required and supplemental information is in. The team does a great job of being in touch with the applicants and in general we are very proactive and thoughtful about reaching out and saying, “Here is your status, and here’s what we need from your side.” Many a time the message is just to say that it’s hard to read a transcript that you’ve uploaded at the time of submission, can you send another copy?

Once it is verified that an application is complete, it goes to our reviewers for reading. All of the admissions reviewers are part of the professional admissions team, made up of myself and my colleagues. All the applications are read a minimum of two times and usually three or four.

At any point in the evaluation process, a reviewer can send an interview invite to the applicant if he or she hasn’t already been interviewed. Invitations begin around five to seven days after the deadline and can continue right up until the given notification date.

If the applicant is interviewed, the interviewer becomes the second reader of the application file. And from there a candidate’s file goes to the admissions committee. On the admissions committee we have an executive director, the director of our computational finance program, myself and then two associate directors and two assistant directors. And then the executive director will give the application a final read. So the applications are read very, very carefully. We absolutely read everything.

BizSchoolPrep Comments:

  • Every application is read. No cutoffs. Seriously, even if you have a 200 GMAT and 0.4 GPA!
  • Applications are read twice, at minimum, and can go upto four reads. Hence, do not get worried thinking one person's perspective (who is in a bad mood) will break your application!
  • The application reading process may be a little random so do not try too hard to find a coorelation between the submitted date to the interview invite date with that of your friend.
  • Do not submit an incomplete application. Period.

School Stats -

Tuition & Fees: $109,600
School Recommended Two-Year Budget: $154,000

Median GMAT: 690
GMAT Range (mid-80%): 640-750
Average GPA: 3.39

Acceptance Rate: 28%
Full-Time MBA Enrollment: 422
International: 40%
Female: 29%
African American: 9%
Asian American: 15%
Hispanic or Latino American: 3%
Mean Age: 28

Median Base Salary: $101,150
Median Signing Bonus: $20,000
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 84%
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 91%
Estimate of Total Pay over a 20-Year Career*: $2,659,342
*Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported, 2010
Source: Collected from internet/clearadmit/Poets&Quants

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