2012 Michigan Ross School of Business MBA Admissions Q&A with Soojin Kwon Koh and Jon Fuller Posted

Linda Abraham: Cyril asks, “What advice would you offer to re-applicants? Does it make sense to apply early? What difference does the admissions team expect to see in this year’s application as opposed to the one they’ve rejected last year?”

Soojin Kwon Koh: We get that question on the road quite a bit. We are always welcoming re-applicants…. It shows that they’ve really thought about the school. What we encourage re-applicants to do is to look at your own application from the eyes of the admissions committee, keeping in mind that we are looking at over 3,000 applications. We are evaluating people relative to the pool…….What we are really looking for is somebody to be thoughtful about why they think they are a stronger applicant now. What have I accomplished? … If over the past year, between applications, you really haven’t done that much, then I would advise maybe waiting until round 2 instead of applying in round 1, to make sure you’ve got the enhancements strongly in place, whether it is a new test score and/or accomplishments at work, or rewriting an essay or two if you think that was the area where you may not have been as competitive…

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So it’s really taking a strong, hard look at your application. Not just thinking about yourself where you are now, but relative to what you’ve submitted before. Think about how far you’ve come. And that is what we are going to look for – where you are now….We actually do admit quite a few re-applicants, though the ones that are most successful are the ones who have some significant improvements and enhancements to their candidacy over the past year.

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To give you an idea of the kind of tips Soojin Kwon Koh offers future applicants, here is a helpful excerpt describing the best way for an MBA re-applicant to make sure their application stands out the second time around:

Have you been trying to understand what top MBA programs look for in their applicants? Then check out the 2012 Michigan Ross School of Business online educational writing service MBA Admissions Q&A with Soojin Kwon Koh and Jon Fuller. You can read the transcript and access the audio of the Q&A on our website, to learn more about how Michigan Ross selects the best and the brightest.

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