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"A must read... a smart and important book." --John Byrne, founder of PoetsandQuants.com and former executive editor at BusinessWeek.
--Poets & Quants.com

"A tour de force--a practical and lively guide. Paul Bodine really understands the inside track and offers his readers a wealth of useful information. Thorough and wide-ranging." 
----Caroline Diarte Edwards, Director of Admissions, INSEAD

"A very thorough and witty explanation of the admissions process. Excellent advice as to what to do and how to do it skillfully." 
----Christie St-John, Senior Associate Director Admissions & Recruiting, Dartmouth Tuck School of Business:

"'Great Applications for Business School' has great advice for any student interested in earning their MBA from a top school!"

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Expert guidance to help you write the essay that gets you accepted by the best business schools

If you're applying to a business school these days, you need more than good grades, high GMAT scores, and an impressive resume. You need to write attention-grabbing essays that express your individuality, identify your goals, and play up your talents and strengths.

Written by a renowned admissions consultant who has helped applicants get accepted into the nation's top schools, this all-in-one guide will show you what today's top-level admissions offices are looking for. Filled with clear guidelines, insider tips, and winning samples, it will lead you through every step of the application essay process. You'll learn how to organize and structure your writing, avoid common pitfalls, and market yourself like a pro. The book includes:

  • The 8 most common essay questions--and how to answer them
  • 22 actual essays by successful applicants to top schools
  • Interactive exercises and self-quizes to guide you in the right direction
  • Self-marketing strategies to highlight your individual talents
  • Candid insights from admissions officers at top-ranked business schools
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Great Application for Business School
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (January 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071746552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071746557
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of America's most experienced admissions consultants (serving clients since 1997), Paul Bodine has helped hundreds of applicants worldwide gain admission to such elite business schools as Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Chicago, Kellogg, MIT Sloan, Columbia, Dartmouth (Tuck), Berkeley (Haas), London Business School, INSEAD, Yale, New York University, Duke, Cornell, and Virginia, among many others. He has been interviewed by or featured in the Financial Times, BusinessWeek, Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, and Money magazine. His law school clients have been admitted to such elite programs as Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Virginia, Duke, Northwestern, Cornell, Georgetown, and Vanderbilt. Paul's services to customers include strategizing on application strategy, editing admissions essays, recommendation letters, and resumes, admissions interview preparation, and more.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By V. Bhardwaj on January 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is by far the best B-schools application guides on the market. Paul has done a fabulous job of providing great tips for writing application essays. His "inline" analysis of sample essays helps you analyze your essays critically.

The best part about this book is the process that the author walks you to through to help you think about "your stories" and how do you best present them. His second chapter on "goals essays" is worth alone the price of the book. I only wish this book was published earlier.

Highly recommended.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ran on March 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
I got started on my essays very late in the game after having spent the majority of my time taking (and retaking) the GMAT. As a result I was considering blowing $2,000 on an admissions consultant and essay service...

Then I found this book. Most of the other books are full of *other* people's essays. This one will walk you through creating *your* essays and uses the examples as a teaching aid rather than just compiling essays that worked (not useful to me).

To make a long story short, this book helped me construct my key essays including finding your story for constructing the basic 'why mba,' creating a 'packet' for recommenders that is specific and reinforces your story with credibility, and, especially for me, putting the *optional* essay to good use. I was especially concerned about the optional essay because of a sub-par gpa.

This past year I applied to 5 schools, am yet to get my first 'ding,' and have a scholarship offer from a top 10 school. I like the fact that the book is relatively short/focused (not inches thick), annotates the sample essays, and uses real feedback from adcom readers. This is essentially the same service I was about to spend a lot of money on.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
Of the essay books, this does rank among the best in most categories. The advice is well thought out and gives you not only samples of prose but things to consider from the school's point of view. Items like word choice and essay style are also considered in detail.

As one of the other reviewers mentioned, most essays are unfortunately rediculous in length. If the essays could be infinite in length (as they are for basically only one top-25 school I can think of), these essays and the detail provided in them would be dead on. Once you begin writing however, you will realize that some of the detailed advice given and the rubrics to follow will quickly consume the 1-2 page limit and you'll need to start over and refine or completely rewrite. Use the essays for guidelines but be careful of all the prosaic fluff that the author recommends you put into your essay to create good "stories", sometimes using several double spaced pages just to set up a backstory in an essay-useless when you have only 2 pages to answer 3 subquestions!

The author spends alot of time saying, "Do X" and then within the same few pages or within the book will say, "Be careful of X," constraining you into an impossible writing situation. He will also do the opposite where he will scare you into the need to write too much by saying things like, "Make sure you talk about this aspect of your career. But don't forget this. And don't forget this. Oh yeah, and don't forget..." Again, if you have the common sense to get into business school, this book should be an inspirational outline more than the be-all-end-all of essay writing. The author should take care to give more examples of shorter essays which most top 25 schools want.

My advice: If you are looking to study multiple books, put this one on your list. If you are looking for one really great book, this may not be it (though I strongly advise you against using only one book.)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By naturallight99 on November 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
My essays were awful before I got this book. I was basically extrapolating my resume into essay form, which didn't make for a very persuasive or compelling story.

But this book really helped me write a solid "goals" essay, which is the most important essay. Mr. Bodine shows you how to tie your conclusion into your introduction, for a nice snappy finish. He gets you to focus on "why's" in your life, not the "what's". And he really helps with the structure of the essay, which was the most challenging part for me.

Bottom line: This book is really a must-have if you're applying to business school. Many of my buddies and coworkers are applying now, and I'm almost reluctant to recommend this book to them because I know how much it will help them (and thus make it harder for me to get in!)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GMAT Club (Expert) on August 27, 2010
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I am the founder of GMAT Club, a massive online MBA community, representing 10% of the incoming class at top business schools this year. Here are my thoughts about the book:

This is by far the best book on MBA Essays I have reviewed. It is motivating to read and contains nuggets of value on every page. Even the obvious points in the "what not to do" section are strong

PROS
+ Great self-diagnostic/reflection methodology
+ Real essays and real examples
+ What not-to-do section with every chapter
+ Practical - it is not a bunch of tricks or gimmicks but solid value
+ Numerous quotes from admissions officers
+ Section on Letters of Recommendation (LOR)

CONS
- Essays are getting a bit dated in this edition, so awaiting the second edition
- None really

Bottom line: taking into consideration that an Admissions consultant could cost $2-4K per school, this is a great guide. I wish this book was out when I was applying.

Let me know if any questions about this book, I respond to comments and own/reviewed most of other MBA Admissions/GMAT books
Best Regards,
BB, MBA, GMAT 750
Founder of GMAT Club
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