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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

Tips for maximizing career and life success

During orientation, Markus Saba (MBA ’93), senior director of global commercialization for Lilly Diabetes at Eli Lilly and Company, addressed the Full-Time MBA Class of 2016. He offered very practical advice that, if heeded, will position students to maximize their MBA experience. Here are my takeaways: Hold yourself accountable for achieving your goals by writing them down. My professional background is in PR and communications, so I am no stranger to curating and completing a to-do list. However, I had not previously taken the time to explore the significance of maintaining a list, except as a mechanism to keep myself organized. Mr. Saba extoled the practice of writing down your goals, indicating that it ultimately makes you more likely to Read More

Family Fun in the Triangle

The decision to uproot your family and move to another town, region, or country to attend business school is fraught with worries – will your kids adjust to their new home, will your family make friends and find activities to keep them happy while you spend hours in the classroom and with your cohorts? UNC Kenan-Flagler understands those concerns and strives to provide a supportive community for partners and families of our students. Our MBA partners association, Kenan Connection, is a great resource for partners and families starting their lives in Chapel Hill. They offer a number of clubs and group activities, career support for partners, and valuable advice from those who have been through the transition already. The partners Read More

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

One of the greatest benefits to living in Chapel Hill is its centralized location – midway along the east coast and in the heart of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is only a 4 hour drive from Washington, DC and a 6 hour drive from Atlanta. Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is a 20 minute drive or 1 hour bus ride from Chapel Hill, and taxi service is available 24 hours a day. A non-stop flight out of RDU will get you to New York City, Chicago or Miami in less than two hours. Amtrak trains also serve the east coast, with lines to Charlotte, Atlanta, DC, New York and other popular destinations. North Carolina is unique in having beautifully preserved mountains 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

Alliance for Minority Business Students Hosts Harambee Celebration

Blog written by Tiffany Day, MBA 2014 Every year, the Alliance for Minority Business Students (AMBS) of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School hosts Harambee, a fashion show fundraiser for Global Scholars Academy in Durham, North Carolina. UNC Kenan-Flagler professor Dr. Johnson founded Global Scholars Academy (GSA) on August 19th 2009. GSA strives to create greater developmental equity for Durham youth who represent the greatest risks of academic failure due to significant social, economic, and educational challenges – individually and in their family, neighborhood, and community environments. Learn more about Dr. Johnson’s role and GSA. Each year we have over 50 volunteers from the MBA community plan and execute this event to give the UNC Kenan-Flagler community a flavor of fashion while contributing Read More

10 things you don’t know about Dr. B.

We don’t mean to brag, but our professors are pretty cool. Sridhar Balasubramanian – also known as “Dr. B.” – is associate dean of the MBA Program, the Roy & Alice H. Richards Bicentennial Distinguished Scholar and professor of marketing at UNC Kenan-Flagler. Named one of the top 50 business school professors in the world by Poets & Quants, Dr. B is a widely published and cited researcher and award-winning teacher dedicated to making the UNC Kenan-Flagler experience the best it can be for students. Get to know the person behind the professor with these fun facts shared by Dr. B. 10 things you don’t know about Dr. B. 10) I have stayed at school beyond 10 p.m., meeting with 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

Tar Heel tips: Making the most of second year

With less than 100 days until graduation for UNC Kenan-Flagler’s full-time MBA Class of 2014, the weeks are flying by in a haze of presentations, papers and perspiration. Second year students are gearing up for the bright future they have fostered during their time at UNC Kenan-Flagler, while also savoring their last days on campus and in Chapel Hill. With the wisdom of hindsight, second years are able to share advice with first year students – everything from academic and career guidance to tips on how to savor the Carolina experience. “Remember how helpful second year students were for you last fall as you were navigating academics and your career search. Bring that passion and more to the group of Read More