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January 2, 2009

Classes ended on the 19th and students have left for winter break, but things have remained busy here at SOM over the holidays. First, leading up to the break, the school hosted the 58th annual Yale CEO Summit in New York. Organized by Senior Associate Dean Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, the CEO Summit is an opportunity for chief executives of top organizations to have candid, off-the-record conversations about the challenges facing contemporary business.

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November 20, 2008

It’s exactly four weeks since our Round 1 deadline, which seems like a good time to drop a quick note on what we have been up to in admissions and what’s happening next. At this point, the vast majority of applications are complete and ready to read. Only a handful of applicants are still missing materials, and we emailed those people who are missing materials yesterday, so anyone who didn’t receive an email should assume that their application is complete (it’s also possible for applicants to check their status on their

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September 16, 2008

Now that the school year has hit its stride, the on-campus admissions program is starting to gear up. Yesterday marked the beginning of the annual admissions office campus visit program. Through the program, visitors to campus can take a tour, sit in on a class, have lunch with students, and meet with a member of the admissions staff -- as well as visit the larger Yale campus, if they wish. We had a full complement of visitors yesterday, which was a nice way to kick off the program for the year.

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August 29, 2008

In my most recent post last week, I announced that the 2008-2009 SOM online application was now live. After the application went live, an unexpected server issue resulted in some people having difficulty accessing the application over the past few days. Our IT department has worked to address this issue, and I am pleased to say that the application is back to performing as expected. To anyone who encountered difficulty accessing the application these past few days, I want to offer my apologies.

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August 19, 2008

Greetings from Cape Cod! After what has been an unusually busy summer here in the admissions office, my family and I are taking a week to relax in Chatham on the Cape before the fall admissions season kicks off in earnest. In between the sun and surf, however, I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know that the 2008-2009 SOM online application went live last Friday. Those of you who read my previous post have already seen and had a chance to start working on this year's essay questions, but you can now access and fill out the entire application online.

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July 18, 2008

Hi from the admissions office! It's been quite a while since I last posted -- I'm hoping to correct that this year by posting much more frequently. This summer has been very busy so far -- I've been on the road at conferences much of the time, including down in Dallas for the Consortium Orientation Program representing SOM as the newest member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management; in Chicago

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September 2, 2007

The second half of August was an incredibly busy time here at SOM. On August 22, a team of four rising second-years defeated a team from the University of Texas to win the inaugural CNBC Fast Money MBA Challenge. SOM defeated Tuck and UCLA-Anderson to reach the finals; the other schools in the competition were from Chicago, MIT, NYU, and Columbia. The winning SOM team celebrated by ringing the closing NASDAQ bell. The next day, Dean Podolny rang the opening NYSE bell to kick off the first-year class's day in New York, which was part of their orientation.

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July 31, 2007

Now that summer has hit its midpoint, potential applicants are beginning to turn their attention to the upcoming admissions season. Here in the admissions office, we have been working hard to prepare for the new year, and hope to bring our online application live within the next week or so. In the meantime, I wanted to highlight some of the changes to our application process and requirements. First, for applicants for whom English was not the primary language of instruction at their undergraduate or graduate institution, we will accept the IELTS test this year in addition to the TOEFL.

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July 6, 2007

It's been an exciting few weeks here in New Haven -- Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford were in town to shoot part of the next "Indiana Jones" movie. The heart of downtown was turned into 1957 Bedford, Connecticut for the shoot, and movie equipment, production crews, and extras in period costumes dominated the town. Some SOM people even got into the act!

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July 2, 2007

Even though summer is setting in and the admissions season is winding down, we still find ourselves very busy here in the admissions office. Part of this is getting ready for the upcoming year -- updating our application, setting our recruiting schedule, etc. I will have more to share on these fronts in the coming weeks. Part of it, though, is that summer in admissions is a time of conferences and meetings -- when colleagues get together to share knowledge and exchange ideas.

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