MBA Resources for Business School Applicants

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MBA and Business School Resources

A collection OF RESOURCES HAS been compiled to help answer additional questions you may have about the business school application.

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP
Here are some great websites to link up with socially responsible organizations and explore ways to contribute your leadership in your community:

VolunteerMatch (www.volunteermatch.org)
BoardNetUSA (www.boardnetusa.org)
Smart Volunteer (www.smartvolunteer.org)
Idealist.org (www.idealist.org)
Change.org (www.change.org)

WOMEN AND MINORITIES
Forté Foundation (www.fortefoundation.org) is an organization that promotes women in business. It provides a variety of resources to women considering a business career and education. Female applicants to business school who are members of the organization receive mentorship support, career advice, and access to women business leaders, and they attend admissions events where they can meet board members and receive scholarships to fund their MBA.

The National Association of Women MBAs (www.mba-women.org) is dedicated to empowering women MBAs and helping them to take on leadership positions in corporate America and to enhance the diversity of the nation’s workforce.

The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (www.nshmba.org) is an organization that fosters Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development.

NSHMBA works to prepare Hispanics for leadership positions throughout the United States so that they can provide the cultural awareness and sensitivity vital in the management of the nation’s diverse workforce.

The National Black MBA Association (www.nbmbaa.org) is an association that is dedicated to developing partnerships that result in the creation of intellectual and economic wealth in the black community. In partnership with more than 400 of the country’s top business organizations, the association has inroads into a wide range of industries as well as the public and private sectors.

GENERAL MBA SITES
MBA.com (www.mba.com) is a great website that every applicant to business school ought to visit. It includes information about assessing the value of the MBA to decide which schools are the best fit for you. It also provides information about the GMAT, including the registration process, sample GMAT exams, and business school resource information.

MBAwave (mbawave.com) is another great website

BUSINESSWEEK.com (www.businessweek.com) provides an online community for applicants applying to business school.

Applicants are able to read interview transcripts from Admissions Board members at leading MBA programs as well as participate in virtual chats where they can ask questions directly to the board members. Another major draw for applicants is that they can interact with each other through forums and discussion boards.

Current MBA students also write about their MBA experiences.
MBA Podcaster (www.mbapodcaster.com) has expanded the
way information is communicated to prospective MBA candidates.
Instead of the traditional online chats, MBA Podcaster uses audio
and video services to bring the most current admissions infor-
mation to business school applicants. MBA Podcaster includes
interviews and discussions with authorities in the MBA arena, in-
cluding business school deans, admissions directors, admissions
consultants, corporate recruiters, current students, and alumni.
Topics include everything from a behind-the-scenes view of the ad-
mission process to post-MBA job opportunities and current mar-
ket trends. Each in-depth show discusses a particular topic of
interest to an MBA applicant and interviews relevant experts to
help make the application process more efficient and successful.
The moderator/host leads the discussion and draws conclusions to
help the listening audience plan effectively for their pursuit of an
MBA. The company was founded in January 2006 by Leila Pirnia,
an entertainment executive and graduate from Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. MBA Podcaster is dedicated to providing
listeners with accurate and unbiased information.

MBA Zone (www.mbazone.com) was founded by Brenda Mizgorski, a Wharton MBA, nearly ten years ago. This site was one of the first online communities for MBA applicants with information covering the application process, life as an MBA student, and life after business school.

Vault (www.vault.com) was started by MBAs who saw a
market opportunity that wasn’t being filled and jumped on it.
They have successfully built an online community and an exten-
sive collection of information, books, and other products
covering a variety of careers and universities. This site is helpful
for applicants who want to learn more about different careers
and what a typical day is like in that industry. Vault also offers
a database of available jobs for its members.

The MBA Tour (www.thembatour.com) is an independent
and high-quality information source regarding MBA admis-
sions. Its events emphasize personal interaction between
prospective MBA students, business school admissions repre-
sentatives, alumni, and other like-minded education enthusi-
asts. Established in 1993, it has built a strong reputation based
on representing top business schools from North America,
Europe, Asia, and South America.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
InternationalStudent.com (www.internationalstudents.com) covers information on getting visas, securing financing for education as an international student, and other international-related topics.

EducationUSA (www.educationusa.com) is a global network of more than 450 advising centers supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS
The Consortium Fellowship (www.cgsm.org) provides financial funding to minority candidates from MBA programs that are members of the consortium organization.

The Robert Toigo Foundation Fellowship (www.toigo- foundation.org) provides financial funding, mentorship, and support to minority MBA candidates interested in a career in the financial services industry.

LOAN RESOURCES
GradLoans.com (www.gradloans.com)
Gate (www.gateloan.com)
CitiAssist (www.citiassist.com)
FastWeb (www.fastweb.com)

GMAT PREP PROGRAMS
The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is a required exam that all top business schools use to assess candidates’ academic aptitude. Following is a list of the different GMAT prep companies. You should research each of them to determine the ideal program to help you prepare for this important exam.

ManhattanGMAT (www.manhattangmat.com)
The Princeton Review (www.princetonreview.com)
Kaplan (www.kaplan.com)
BellCurves (www.bellcurves.com)
Manhattan Review (www.manhattanreview.com)

In addition, the GMAT Club (www.GMATclub.com) is an online community for aspiring MBAs to improve their GMAT scores, access admissions experts through online chats, and receive tips on the application through blogs and other resources.

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