Yale School of Management

From the Director of Admissions: Round Two Deadline Approaching

During the holiday season, things often seem to slow down, as many people take time to visit with family and friends. However, we know that those of you aiming to apply to Yale SOM by our January 8, 2013, Round Two deadline are probably very busy right now putting finishing touches on your application materials. In order to help you fully enjoy the holidays, I wanted to share a few tips on how to put your best foot forward in the application process.

General application advice

Be yourself. This sounds obvious, but many applicants get tripped up trying to get inside our heads. Don’t out-think yourself. Tell us about what you care about, not what you think we want to hear.
Don’t ignore your weaknesses. There’s no such thing as a perfect applicant. Everyone has weaknesses. We’ll see them, so you’re better off acknowledging them and incorporating them into your application than hoping we’ll miss them.
Don’t stress about [insert application element here]. Grades matter. Test scores matter. Essays matter. Everything in the application is important, but nothing more so than anything else. Do a good job and take everything seriously, but don’t let it overwhelm you—no element by itself will make or break your application.

What to do in the coming weeks

• Reread your essays, and then ask a trusted friend or family member to read them, to be sure you’re hitting all of the points you want to cover. Having a second set of eyes is helpful, but please remember that your essays must be entirely your own work.
• Follow up with your recommenders to make sure they’re on target to submit their letters by the application deadline.
• Proofread your entire application; check for spelling errors or missing or incorrect information.
• Have Pearson Vue or ETS send official copies of your test scores to us if you haven’t done so already.

Finally, if you would like to learn more about the Yale SOM community over the holidays, consider attending a Winter Break Social. These informal gatherings are hosted by current students, and are a great way to hear first-hand about the MBA experience.

On behalf of the Yale SOM community, I’d like to wish you a happy holidays and a peaceful and prosperous new year.

Please note that the University will close for winter break on December 22, 2012 and will reopen on January 2, 2013.

Bruce DelMonico
Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions
Yale School of Management

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