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Conquering the MBA admissions essay

We asked our MBA admissions team to share their tips and advice for navigating the admissions process – starting with the essay. Here’s what they said: DO: Tell your story. Our MBA admissions team reads thousands of essays each year. To make your essay memorable, tell us why you want to attend UNC Kenan-Flagler and how your past experiences have shaped you as a professional. Show us your personality through compelling, dynamic examples or a personal story that illustrates your points. A successful essay gives our admissions team a sense of who you are and why you are a good fit for our program. Take a team approach to proofreading. Punctuation errors are incredibly easy to make, but also incredibly Read More

7 reasons you should attend ASW

There are three pillars to success in business school: Academic, career and social. UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Analytical Skills Workshop (ASW) prepares you for all three. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to attend, check out our Top 7 Reasons to Attend ASW – with insights from current MBA students. 7. Get your bearings. Whether you’re from the area or moving from across the country or across the world, arriving in Chapel Hill this summer will give you time to get acclimated to your new surroundings, figure out your commuting options and get the lay of the land. “From a social aspect, I got used to living in Alta Springs during ASW. I got used to traveling back and Read More


“How do you do it?” As an MBA student and mom of two daughters under the age of 4, I’m asked that question a lot. When I started school in August 2012, my youngest was only 4 months old. I decided to go back to school for my daughters, Graelyn (now 3 years old) and Elcie (almost 2 years old). I want them to see through my actions how much our family values education and what you can achieve through hard work. I’m not getting my MBA despite of my children. I’m getting it because of them. So when I’m asked, “How do you do it?” or someone declares, “I don’t know how you manage — I’m barely getting by!” Read More

Have you been admitted? A phone call or email may surprise you!

“You can’t see me, but I’m jumping up and down right now!” Many things set UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School apart – everything from the core values of excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork, to the strong and supportive alumni network – but the surprise weekend phone call or email that makes you want to jump up and down may be all the evidence you need to know that you have found a home at UNC Kenan-Flagler. The Full-time MBA Admissions staff at UNC Kenan-Flagler is with you every step of the application and admissions process, from the day you click the Contact Me button on the website to your first day in class. In between are many anxious and exciting Read More

5 reasons you still have a chance of admission in the last MBA application deadline

Are you debating whether to submit your application to UNC Kenan-Flagler’s full-time MBA program in Round 4? Here are 5 reasons you still have a chance of admission in the last MBA application deadline. The odds might be in your favor. Fewer applicants apply in the fourth round, so while the number of total offers extended during this round might be lower, the percentage of applicants admitted might be just as high as in earlier rounds. We might be looking for someone just like you. By the time the final round deadline arrives, we already know which of the previously admitted applicants have decided to enroll and can begin to see how the Class of 2016 is shaped and where Read More

When is the Right Time for Me to Get an MBA?

There’s a good chance you’re at your desk at work reading this right now. Perhaps you’ve had a recurring thought that you’re not where you want to be in your career and that you need to do something to fix this. You’ve explored your options and see an MBA as a smooth segue into a new career. But how do you know when it is the right time to leave your job to pursue an MBA? In order to determine if you are ready to begin an MBA program, ask yourself the following questions: What do you want to do after you earn your MBA? If you are in the early stages of considering an MBA, you may not have Read More

5 Reasons You Still Have a Chance of Admission in the Last MBA Application Deadline

So you want to apply for an MBA program that starts this fall, but the only deadline remaining is the last one.  You’ve heard that applying during the final round is a waste of time and that your chances of being admitted are slim, especially if you’re an international student.  And even if you do get admitted, you’ll need scholarship money in order to afford the cost of the two-year program, but scholarships aren’t usually offered in the last round, so it’s a moot point anyway….right? Well, I don’t want to burst your bubble entirely, so I won’t. There is some truth that goes along with the bad reputation of the final round.  Historically, yes, there typically aren’t as many Read More

Admissions Tip #3 – The Interview

As the final posting in our series of Admissions Tips for this application season, we wanted to give you the best advice possible when preparing for your MBA interview.  Remember to get it scheduled as soon as possible, so you don’t miss the completion deadline!  Below, we have outlined several pieces of guidance for you as you ready yourself before the interview, during the interview and after the interview. Before the Interview: Do your homework about UNC Kenan-Flagler, or whatever school it may be that you are interviewing with.  Visit their website, network with alumni at events and reach out to current students.  The MBA Ambassadors at Kenan-Flagler are an amazing resource for you and are eager to answer any Read More

Admissions Tip #2 – The Resume & Recommendations

Another large component of your MBA application comes in the form of your resume and your recommendations, both of which are incredibly important for us when determining your admission status. The Resume is crucial because this is the only document our interviewers will be privy to prior to your interview.  We conduct our interviews “blind,” meaning the person to interview you will not know anything more than what you present on your resume.  While we’re sure you’ve received a plethora of advice about your resume in the past, here are a few things to keep in mind with regard to your MBA application: It should be no more than one or two pages.  Regardless of how long you have been Read More

Admissions Tip #1 – The Essays

Our second deadline is fast approaching on December 7th and we wanted to give you a few tips to put the finishing touches on your application – starting with your essay.  We know these can put a lot of stress on you as an applicant as you figure out what to say and how to say it.  So, we wanted to try and put you at ease with a few pieces of advice; straight from our admissions team: Tell your story:  A compelling, dynamic essay is always much more memorable than staccato, anecdote-free one.  We read thousands of essays each year, and it’s much easier for us to forget one that merely adds words to the bullet points on your Read More