The Consortium

From Ross Admissions Director Blog:

Interview updates and happenings around the school

As promised, Wave 1 interview invitations went out yesterday. The next two waves of interview invitations will go out by end of day on Friday, February 3 and Friday, February 10. The first wave of Consortium interview invites will go out by end of day tomorrow, and the next set will go out with the second wave on February 3.

In case you missed one of my earlier posts explaining the wave process, here’s the deal: the wave in which you are invited to interview has no correlation to: (a) when you submitted your application; (b) the strength of your application; or, (c) the likelihood of your admission. We do it in waves so that we can smooth the interview load over a longer period of time. If we released them all on one date, we wouldn’t be able to do it until much later in the process, and the window of time for interviews to be conducted would be extremely limited. The wave process enables us to do more thorough and thoughtful reviews with a limited staff.

Regarding the interview day that’s being planned in collaboration with the Michigan Business Women student club – yes, it’s open to all interview invitees. The thing to note is that the agenda will be focused on the Michigan Ross experience from our women students’ perspectives, and the panelists will be members of the Michigan Business Women student club.

To give you a glimpse of what’s happening around the school, on Monday (Martin Luther King, Jr. day in the U.S.), the school hosted a lunch and lecture with former Washington, D.C. Mayor, Adrian Fenty, who led significant reforms in the DC public school system. He gave a frank talk about the challenges he faced in implementing changes that led to rising graduation rates and enrollment there. Also this week, the Dean held town halls with MBA1s. (She held sessions with MBA2s before the holidays). She was joined by associate deans and senior administrators to update students on some of the school’s current priorities: globalization, entrepreneurship, defining what the next generation of action-based learning will look like, and expanding our already-broad array of inter-disciplinary (i.e., cross-campus) initiatives. The Dean is planning to release a strategic plan for the school by late summer. You can read more about these and other initiatives on the Dean’s blog.

Tomorrow evening, I will be joining our MBA students for the second annualRevitalization and Business Conference in downtown Detroit. The conference will feature prominent industry and city leaders and entrepreneurial change agents who will share their perspectives on how business issues contribute to Detroit’s progress and transformation. Last spring, I met with the students who organized the inaugural conference and was struck by their commitment to not just make an impact “out there” or in emerging countries, but also in making an impact in and around our community, and they weren’t even Michigan-born and bred. Another way in which our students impact our community is by serving on the boards of local nonprofit organizations. During a conversation with one of our newly admitted students from New York last March, he commented that many schools had social impact initiatives, but few were as focused on the local community as Michigan Ross is. He told me that this was one of the deciding factors for him to join our community this fall.

The Consortium promotes diversity in American businesses and at MBA School.  The organization is offering a series of workshops throughout the country to familiarize potential applicants with its application process, fellowship opportunities, 17 member schools and networking advantages.

The schedule is:

Date/Time MAPS Location Register
September 8
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Boston, MA
September 14
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Chicago, IL
September 20
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
New York, NY
September 21
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Washington, D.C.
October 8
9:00 AM – 2:00 p.m.
Atlanta, GA
October 15
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Anaheim, CA


Yale MBA Admissions Team will be travelling around the globe to educate prospective students on what makes Yale special including its distinct integrated curriculum.  Prospective students will be able to talk with admissions officers and alumni at these events.

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Anaheim, CA

October 13 – 15National Society of Hispanic MBAs Conference
October 15Consortium MAPS
October 26 – 30Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Conference

Atlanta, GA

September 26Forté Forum
October 4 – 8National Black MBA Association Conference
October 6Joint MBA Admissions Event
October 8Consortium MAPS

Austin, TX

October 10Joint MBA Admissions Event – Registration info TBA

Beijing, China

September 13Yale SOM Admissions Reception

Bogotá, Colombia

September 2QS World MBA Tour

Boston, MA

August 16Road to Business School
September 8Consortium MAPS
September 28Forté Forum
October 4Yale SOM Admissions Reception

Brussels, Belgium

September 24MBA2U

Budapest, Hungary

November 13Joint MBA Admissions Event

Buenos Aires, Argentina

August 2MBA Tour
August 3Yale SOM Admissions Reception

Charlotte, NC

October 3Joint MBA Admissions Event – Registration info TBA

Chicago, IL

September 14Consortium MAPS
September 28Yale SOM Admissions Lunch
September 29Forté Forum

Dallas, TX

October 13Joint MBA Admissions Event – Registration info TBA
October 13 – 16Reaching Out Conference

Detroit, MI

September 7Joint MBA Admissions Event

Durant, OK

November 4 – 5Choctaw Nation Ivy League & Friends Event

Frankfurt, Germany

September 26Joint MBA Admissions Event

Houston, TX

September 15Forté Forum
October 11Joint MBA Admissions Event – Registration info TBA

Indianapolis, IN

September 8Joint MBA Admissions Event

Istanbul, Turkey

November 9Joint MBA Admissions Event

Las Vegas, NV

September 14Joint MBA Admissions Event

London, England

September 22Joint MBA Admissions Event
October 4Forté Forum

Los Angeles, CA

August 14Road to Business School
September 13Forté Forum
September 14Yale SOM Admissions Reception

Mexico City, Mexico

August 31Yale SOM Admissions Reception

Miami, FL

October 4Joint MBA Admissions Event – Registration info TBA

Minneapolis, MN

September 22Joint MBA Admissions Event
November 10 – 12American Indian Science and Engineering Conference

Mumbai, India

September 14Yale SOM Admissions Reception

Nashville, TN

September 6Joint MBA Admissions Event

New Haven, CT

November 6 – 7Explore Diversity

New York, NY

August 3Joint MBA Admissions Women’s Panel
August 20Road to Business School
September 19Forté Forum
September 20Forté Forum
September 20Consortium MAPS
September 27Yale SOM Admissions Reception
October 20Yale SOM Women’s Admissions Reception


August 25Yale SOM Application Tips Chat
September 20Yale SOM Online Admissions Reception
October TBDConsortium Student Chat
November TBDAfrica and Middle East Student Chat
November TBDEurope Student Chat
November TBDLatin America Student Chat
November TBDWomen Student Chat
November TBDAsia Student Chat
November TBDNonprofit Chat
November TBDVeterans Chat
December TBDEntrepreneurship Chat
December TBDFinance Chat
December TBDHealthcare Chat
December TBDLGBT Student Chat
December TBDConsulting Chat

Paris, France

September 26Joint MBA Admissions Event

Phildelphia, PA

August 23Road to Business School

Phoenix, AZ

September 15Joint MBA Admissions Event

Portland, OR

September 20Joint MBA Admissions Event

Salt Lake City, UT

September 13Joint MBA Admissions Event

San Francisco, CA

August 4Joint MBA Admissions Women’s Panel
August 13Road to Business School
September 14Forté Forum
September 15Yale SOM Admissions Reception

Santiago, Chile

August 10Yale SOM Admissions Reception

Sao Paulo, Brazil

August 5Yale SOM Admissions Reception

Seattle, WA

September 21Joint MBA Admissions Event

Seoul, South Korea

September 14Yale SOM Admissions Reception

Shanghai, China

September 8Yale SOM Admissions Reception


September 6Yale SOM Admissions Reception

Sofia, Bulgaria

November 11Joint MBA Admissions Event

Tokyo, Japan

September 16Yale SOM Admissions Reception

Washington D.C.

August 2Joint MBA Admissions Women’s Panel
August 18Road to Business School
September 21Consortium MAPS
September 26Yale SOM Admissions Reception
September 27Forté Forum


From the Darden Admissions & MBA Blog:

Consortium Webinar: Preparing for the GMAT or GRE

As mentioned in previous blog posts, the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management will be offering a series of webinars to prospective MBA applicants this spring. The next webinar titled, “Preparing for the GMAT or the GRE: Many Similarities, A Few Important Differences,” will be hosted by The Princeton Review Foundation and will emphasize what students should know about preparing for either the GMAT or the GRE, while also covering the differences between the tests and the advantages and disadvantages of taking either one.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
7:00 – 8:00 PM CDT
Event Details & Registration

Login instructions will be provided to registered attendees by e-mail.

The University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business recently celebrated its renewed membership in The Consortium.  The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management is an alliance of leading American business schools and companies that are seeking to promote cultural diversity in educational institutions and companies.  Member universities besides are

From The Full-time Berkeley MBA Admissions Blog:

Although our fall recruiting events are behind us, and the admissions committee is deep into reading season, I was fortunate to have the opportunity last Wednesday night to attend an event to celebrate our renewed membership with The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, an alliance of leading American business schools and corporations aimed at fostering diversity among graduate business students and corporate leaders. This was an opportunity for Consortium alumni from across the Bay Area to come together, reconnect and celebrate this partnership.

Berkeley MBA alumni from Del Monte Foods were generous enough to host us at their headquarters in San Francisco. Peter J. Aranda, Executive Director and CEO of The Consortium, and Anthony Davis,V ice President of Development for The Consortium, made a special trip to the Bay Area to attend. Dean Rich Lyons welcomed our Consortium alumni guests who attended UC Berkeley as well as several other Consortium member business schools. Stephanie Fujii, Director of Admissions at Berkeley-Haas, led a brainstorming session focused on how business schools, The Consortium and employers can better support professional development and diversity. The discussion generated a lot of great ideas – and alumni spent the next hour (plus!) catching up with each other, as well as Berkeley-Haas representatives from alumni relations, career services and admissions.

The theme of the event was celebrating our renewed relationship with the Consortium in great anticipation for the Class of 2013 Consortium Fellows joining us in August!


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