In February we held the “What’s Your Defining Principles Contest” and received over 100 submissions from the prospective student community. Thank you for sharing your values and inspiration with us! The top five winning principles are listed below:
All winners were contacted by email immediately following the contest close. We will announce additional contest opportunities this summer as we transition into the next application cycle for the Class of 2016.
Enter the “What’s YOUR Defining Principle” Contest to Win
a Call with Stephanie Fujii, a Mock Interview, or an Essay Review Session
This contest is being run on our Full-time MBA Admissions Facebook Page. However, we recognize not everyone is on Facebook so want to make sure all applicants have an opportunity to participate. See below for complete details.
The Haas culture is rooted in four defining principles: Confidence Without Attitude, Question the Status Quo, Students Always and Beyond Yourself. These principles are integral to shaping our students as they learn how to be innovative leaders in today’s global marketplace.
As you reflect upon what these principles represent to the Haas community, consider what other principles best reflect you and your personality, MBA aspirations, career goals or outlook on life. For this Facebook contest, we want you to hear about your personal defining principles. What are they? Why are they important to you?
- You may submit up to four (4) principles. Each principle will be considered a unique entry into the contest
- Limit your explanation of each principle to 2-3 sentences. This is not intended to be another essay question!
- Contest submissions will be accepted starting Monday, February 18, 2013 through 11:59PM Friday, February 22, 2013
- Up to five (5) winners will be selected based on the quality of the response, creativity, and thoughtfulness of the explanation
- Winners will be contacted by Monday, February 25, 2013
- Contest is open to all active applicants in Round 1-4
- Submit responses by email to email@example.com. The email must include your principle(s) and short explanation for each, plus your name (as it appears on your application)
- 15 minute call with Stephanie Fujii to discuss a topic of your choice
- 15 minute essay review session with a member of the Admissions Committee (only for Round 4 candidates)
- 15 minute mock interview with a member of the Admissions Committee
- Prizes will be fulfilled Monday – Friday between 8:00AM – 5:00PM PT and no later than April 1, 2013
By participating, you agree to the following:
Submit responses by 11:59 PM Friday, February 22, 2013. Contest is open to all active full-time MBA applicants for the 2012-2013 season, including those who already applied in Round 1, Round 2, and Round 3. Applicants who have received a decision or have withdrawn are not eligible. Up to five (5) distinct winners will be selected by the Full Time MBA Admissions Team, and will be notified by email by Monday, February 25, 2013. The first names of all winners will be announced on the Haas Admissions Facebook Page the week of February 25, 2013. Contest responses may be shared anonymously on the Facebook Page. Prizes have no monetary value and are non-transferable. Winning the Haas Defining Principles Contest does not guarantee a positive outcome in the admissions process. Feedback given to winners is suggestive and for informational purposes only. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, WordPress. You understand that you are disclosing information to the owner of this WordPress Blog and not to WordPress
HAAS VIDEO CONTEST IS LIVE!
Enter the Haas Video Contest to Win
a Call with Stephanie Fujii, a Mock Interview, or an Essay Review Session
- Answer any or all of the above four (4) prompts by 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) 12/31/2012
- Please do not exceed 5 minutes in length for any single video submission
- All submissions must be in the form of a Youtube video (You can keep it public or private at your own discretion)
- Submit your responses to the email below. If you are submitting for multiple categories, please label each video separately.
- Four(4) distinct winners, one from each category, will be selected and notified by email on Friday, January 4th, 2013
Selection: The Haas Full-Time MBA Admissions Office will judge entries and select the winners based on the following criteria:
- Creativity – 50%
- Quality of response – 50%
- Winners may select from one of the following three (3) prizes:
- 15 minute phone discussion with Full-time MBA Admissions Executive Director, Stephanie Fujii, on a topic of your choosing
- 15 minute essay review session with a member of the Admissions Committee to discuss one (1) short or long essay from the Full-time MBA application
- 15 minute mock interview with either a Haas Student Ambassador or a member of the Admissions Committee, to include a 10-minute mock interview and 5 minute feedback session
SUBMIT YOUR YOUTUBE VIDEO LINK IN AN EMAIL TO: MBAADM@HAAS.BERKELEY.EDU
Please also indicate your name and which of the 4 prompts you are answering
We are excited to announce the launch of the Full-time MBA Admissions page on Facebook. ”Like” us to get weekly updates from the admissions committee and students, plus important news about all things Haas. The page is also a great channel to ask questions directly of the Admissions Committee. If it’s on your mind, another candidate is probably thinking the same thing! Did you hear that we recruited three top faculty members from Harvard, Brown and MIT in entrepreneurship and finance? Do you want to virtually meet current students and members of the admissions committee? Curious about how to approach our new “song” essay? All of this and more will be discussed on our page.
Plus, our Executive Director, Stephanie Fujii, will personally share application tips and announce a new scholarship format for 2013. You’ll want to be the first to know, exclusively on our Facebook page.
Going forward, we will leverage the page as our primary method of outbound communication for prospective applicants. While we will continue to maintain the Admissions Blog, it will be updated less frequently. We strongly recommend you also connect with us on Facebook for the most timely updates.
Our essay questions are now available! Our application goes live in August, but it’s never too early to start crafting your essays. You’ll notice a continued focus on our Defining Principles (Question the status quo, Confidence without attitude, Students always, and Beyond yourself), with a few changes from last year.
We replaced our question about “greatest joy” with: “If you could choose one song that expresses who you are, what is it and why?” Why are we asking this question? It’s not a test. We hope your answer will reveal something about what makes you who you are. A piece of advice — your song doesn’t have to be a popular or well-known song, or even a song with lyrics — pick the song that has meaning for you and make sure we understand why. Last year a number of applicants over-thought the joy question instead of answering from the heart. This year, we’re trying something new.
For all of your essays, take time to reflect. What story are you telling us about yourself? Remember, we’re trying to get to know you. We really want to learn about what motivates you, what has shaped you, what you’ve learned about yourself. Be genuine. Answer the question. Essays that stand out allow us to hear your voice and understand where you’ve come from and where you want to go. Know your story….and don’t be afraid to dream big.
Here are a few ways you can learn more about our distinctive culture and Defining Principles:
- Meet us at one of our admissions events around the world this fall. Erin and I are headed to South America in August. We hope you’ll join us if you’re in Lima, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Sao Paulo, or Rio. I’ll also be on the East Coast in September, and in Europe and Asia in October. Make sure to introduce yourself —I’d love to meet you!
- Visit us on campus. During the school year we offer student-led information sessions, lunch with current students, and class visits. The program is coordinated by the Haas Student Ambassadors (HSAs). Learn more about the HSA team!
- Join us for an online chat for prospective MBA students on August 7 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.
Best wishes for a successful application! We look forward to getting to know you, and hope to meet you in person this fall.
On March 3, 2012 the Berkeley-Haas Women in Leadership (WIL) Club will host its 16th annual Women in Leadership Conference—Beyond Mentorship: Women Championing Women. You’re invited!
The conference features prominent keynote speakers, panelists, and typically draws hundreds of attendees. This year’s keynote speakers will include Jessica Steel, Executive Vice-President of Business and Corporate Development at Pandora. The conference also features interactive workshops and a Closing Reception to help enhance your professional network.
The Women in Leadership Conference is the longest running student-organized conference at the Haas School of Business. It attracts over 400 attendees, including current students, alumni and professionals from the greater Bay Area and around the world.
Hope to see you there!
To all candidates who have already submitted an application, we know you have questions about what happens next. Below I have tried to shed some light on the most frequently asked questions of our Round 1 and 2 candidates. I hope this helps demystify the wait.
- Are Round 1 interview invites still going out?
In short, yes. Although the majority of our invitations will be communicated by the end of the year, we will continue to invite Round 1 candidates to interview up until the January 12, 2012 decision date. Interview invitations are extended in the order in which applications are processed and reviewed. The timing of your invite does not correlate to the relative strength of your application.
- Is it possible to get admitted without an interview?
All admitted students must conduct an interview. Candidates who are placed directly on the waitlist without an interview are encouraged to schedule an interview at their earliest convenience to further support their candidacy.
- I have received interview invitations and/or decisions from other business schools. Should I provide an update to Haas?
The Admissions Committee is unable to expedite an admissions decision or grant an extension based on the status of your candidacy at another program.
- When will Round 1 candidates receive a final decision?
Our Round 1 notification deadline is January 12, 2012. All candidates will receive notification on or before that date.
- When will Round 2 interview invitations start?
We are in the early stages of reviewing Round 2 applications. Interview invitations will start going out the first week of January, and will continue through the Round 2 decision deadline of March 1, 2012.
- Why does it take 4-5 weeks for invitations to go out?
The Admissions Committee reviews every single application that is submitted. We do not employ any minimum criteria to be considered for admission. We appreciate the effort that candidates put into creating their applications and want to ensure a thorough review for every individual.
Thank you for your interest and continued patience. Happy holidays!
The Full-time MBA Admissions Office will close for the winter break on Friday, December 23 at noon and will re-open at 9:00 am on Monday, January 2.
The Visitation Program for this semester has ended, however on-campus Information Sessions will resume Monday, January 23, 2012. Class visits and lunch with students will resume Monday, February 13, 2012. The Spring 2012 class visit schedule will be posted by early February 2012. For more details, please visit our website: http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/admissions/visitation.html
During the campus winter break, Berkeley MBA students will host informal coffee chat gatherings in cities around the world. You can also follow us on Twitter @UCBerkeley_Haas for impromptu in-person #haastweetmeets during winter break.
Happy holidays and all the best for 2012!
On Tuesday evening, I attended the 1st Annual Bay Area MBA Diversity Mixer at Gordon Biersch in San Francisco. Like so many Berkeley-Haas events, this fantastic event was organized by our current MBA students. We are so proud to once again be a member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (CGSM). The Consortium’s mission is to enhance diversity in business education and leadership by helping to reduce the serious underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans in both member schools’ enrollment and the ranks of management. As soon as our Consortium students arrived on campus this fall, they expressed a need and desire to coordinate a networking event to bring together representatives and members from The Consortium, as well as from other influential organizations that support their mission – such as the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA), Toigo Foundation, Management Leadership for Tomorrow. Two Berkeley-Haas student organizations, the Black Business Students Association (BBSA) and Latin American and Hispanic Business Association (LAHBA) helped sponsor the event – along with Shartsis Friese LLP.
What was so special about this event was not only that it was student-initiated and planned, but that it brought together local professionals, MBA alumni, and prospective students. At one point during the evening, I was having a lively discussion with a first-year Berkeley MBA Consortium student, one of her former co-workers/ now prospective MBA applicant, and a recent MBA alum and professional who recently relocated to SF from South Carolina. What a great example of the benefits of the diverse connections made at this event! Thanks to the students for coordinating this event. I am really looking forward to the next Diversity Mixer!
Congratulations to everyone who submitted their Round 2 application last week – the hardest part is over! Now that your work is done, ours begins. We know the wait can be difficult, so we wanted to shed some light on what happens after you hit “submit”. First meet the Full-time MBA Haas Admissions Team. These are the faces of the 16 people who will be reviewing your application over the next couple months.
Our team includes several Admissions Officers, many of whom you’ve likely met at an information session or fair. We are the ones primarily responsible for evaluating your application and crafting the incoming classes. The heroes behind-the-scenes are our Operations professionals. If you’ve ever called or emailed in a question, they are the ones responding to your request. They also manage everything from our application processing and website to interview coordination and advising appointments. Finally, we have our stellar Financial Aid Office, with expertise in student loans and scholarships. Although they primarily interact with admitted and current students, they are also available to applicants throughout the process.
And now, back to reading applications…one of them could be yours!