Chicago Booth MBA Application Essays 2014-2015

The Chicago MBA admissions team is following the overall trend in MBA applications this year, reducing the number of required essays in their application.

They have kept the all-time favorite (or not) creative essay, asking applicants to present themselves. This essay is similar to NYU’s MBA application essay (active now for over 10 years), which has been a great success. It’s also somewhat similar to Harvard’s MBA application from this year. So, if you’re applying to NYU, Harvard and Chicago, you should be able to recycle some ideas.

Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts for the Chicago Booth MBA application:


  • Don’t repeat information from your CV/resume.
  • Don’t use a slew of pictures to show you, your family and friends all over the globe.
  •  Don’t go crazy thinking up the most creative and innovative format. It’s not about the format–it’s about the content.
  •  Don’t spend too many words talking about your GPA or GMAT/GRE scores, unless the story around that is critical to knowing who you are (and hopefully leaves the reader with a good impression).


  • Identify the crucial stories you want to share that are not part of your resume and that would not be covered (or discussed in detail) in the recommendation letters.
  • Think about your personality and how you see yourself as part of the MBA community at Booth.
  • Ask your friends who got into Chicago/NYU/Harvard what they talked about in their application, and what format they used. There are a lot of great ideas out there; you don’t need to re-invent the wheel.

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