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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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.
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!
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!
This past weekend Haas welcomed over 110 pre-MBA women to campus for our annual Women’s Workshop. The all-day event included a discussion on gender and multi-sector leadership led by Professor Nora Silver, insights from Dean Lyons about the Haas culture, presentations by the Admissions Committee and Career Management Group, and networking opportunities with students and alumnae. One of our first year students summarized the event nicely on the Haas Student Blog.
This year, the workshop’s theme was “My Journey Toward an MBA”. Participants were asked to complete the following sentence in ten words or less: “An MBA is my path to_______.” The responses showcased a diversity of interests and remind us that there is no typical path to an MBA. Haas students are diverse! They pursue careers across dozens of industries from consulting to consumer packaged goods and clean tech to social entrepreneurship. How does an MBA fit into your personal and professional journey?”
Sample responses to “An MBA is my path to…”
- “successfully pursuing my passion, building a network of likeminded individuals.”
- “leveraging my vast military leadership experience into the civilian world.”
- “knowledge, experience and opening doors to a better future.”
- “launch an orthopedic tissue-repair biotech startup.”
- “create original ideas that inspire ethical, responsible and successful results.”
- “take control of my destiny.”
- “a future career running a non-profit dedicated to youth advocacy.”
- “being more than just an engineer.”
- “becoming a CFO.”
- “becoming a CMO.”
- “bring integrity back to the finance industry.”
- “gain interdisciplinary knowledge to build stronger teams and valuable organizations.”
- “Diversity. Impact. Change.”
- “greater community impact and financial security.”
- “a better life for me and my family.”
- “accomplish my goals as a professional woman.”
- “pursuing my passion for sustainability in the mainstream food industry.”
Haas will be hosting our final Diversity Workshop on Saturday, November 5th. Wherever you are in the application process, I encourage you to join us and reflect on how an MBA fits into your professional and personal journey.
Berkeley-Haas strives to attract and enroll a diverse student body, so we were thrilled to learn that the University of California at Berkeley was recently named a military friendly school by G.I. Jobs, ranking in the top 15% of over 7,000 schools surveyed. According to G.I. Jobs, U.C. Berkeley offers veterans “the best education, value, and welcome” among U.S. colleges and universities. Haas is also proud to support the Yellow Ribbon Program and Post-9/11 GI Bill providing financial assistance to U.S. Veterans. Prospective veteran applicants are encouraged to connect with the Haas Veterans Club to learn more or view a profile of a recent vet graduate Bernie Murphy, MBA 2011. We appreciate your service and invite you to explore the value of the Berkeley MBA.