Dec 27, 2011

Inside University of California Berkeley Haas'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?

Stephanie Fujii, Director of Admissions at Berkeley Haas, Excerpts - Once the applicants submit their applications on the online platform,they immediately get a confirmation and response from the school saying “Thank you for submitting your application.” Next, we put together the application to make sure that all the required pieces of the application are in order, including the application form itself, the essays, the letters of recommendations, resume and now the applicants can also submit the official transcripts while submitting the rest of the application.

After putting together all the components of an application together and verifying that the application is complete in all aspects, we send it for its first read. All of our applications from specific regions or country are assigned to readers based on the country of applicant. Moreover, every application is given atleast two reads by our admissions team, by different readers. Once the second reader completes the evaluation, the reader decides whether to send an interview invite to the applicant, deny or waitlist. In case of any disagreement between the two readers, the application will go for a third review. Also, some applications may go to a third reader's inputs even when there is an agreement, just to get an additional perspective.

Applicants are then send interview invites and they will interview either with a current student at our campus or with an alum outside of the Bay Area. After the completion of the interviews, we then review the applicants, discuss them in the admissions committee and then make a final call on whether to admit, deny or waitlist the applicant.

Applicants who are waitlisted are informed and they will have a chance to send us more information if required. For our Round 1 applicants who are waitlisted, we  review the list again after releasing our Round 2 decisions and so on throughout the process. 

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. Hence, do not get worried thinking one person's perspective (who is in a bad mood) will break your application!
  • Region specific readers. For international applicants, this usually means that the reader will have a good understanding of the educational institutions, grading system, etc
  • If you are in Bay area and have an interview invite, go to the school.
  • On campus interviews are conducted by students. They are usually extremely loyal to their school and hence, it is always to keep this fact in perspective while interviewing. Showing not much of homework on the school may not really work.
  • 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:

Address: Haas School of Business, 430 Student Services Building #1902
Berkeley, CA 94720
Admissions: 510-642-1405
Apply Online:

Admission Deadlines for Class of 2014:
Round One: 10/12/11
Round Two: 12/1/11
Round Three: 1/18/12
Round Four: 3/7/12

Tuition & Fees: $83,360 (resident)
Tuition & Fees: $99,294 (non-resident)

Median GMAT: 710
GMAT Range (mid-80%): 680-760
Average GPA: 3.59

Acceptance Rate: 12%
Full-Time Enrollment: 498
International: 39%
Female: 30%
African American: 1%
Asian American: 30%
Hispanic or Latino American: 8%
Mean Age: 29

Median Base Salary: $110,000
Median Signing Bonus: $20,000
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 72%
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 90%
Estimate of Total Pay over a 20-Year Career*: $2,960,527
* as reported by Bloomberg Business Week
Source: Collected from internet/clearadmit/Poets&Quants

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