It is well known that studying at an MBA program is rather expensive and requires considerable sacrifices in time and effort. That is why every future MBA students gives a lot of thought to make sure that their school of choice suites them in every aspect.
One of the best ideas to ensure you will fit at your desired school is to have a talk with current students, alumni and faculty there. You should learn about the people connected with the university and decide whether you would like to study alongside or under them, whether you would build a network with these people.
According to The Financial Times, it’s better to visit your future business school at any time except formal recruitment events. Also you could ask some alumnis to tell you about the school. Sure, they help you learn a lot about the school’s campus, curriculum and layout, but if you visit a university during study time, it will give you a more ‘honest’ representation of the place.
Your choice of a university may also depend on what you are planning to do after graduation. To make sure that the school will prepare you for your dream job, it’s a good thing to study where its graduates and alumni are employed now.
To do that, you can look at their LinkedIn profiles or their web pages at companies they work for. Very often, business schools have ties to some companies’ HR departments (mostly, it happens when the university and the companies are headquartered close by).
Finding out if the school is a good fit for you also involves studying the class composition of the previous years. Business schools are great for learning from each other, which is even more important than learning from books. For instance, if the school welcomes international students, it will help you know more about how business is done in different countries.
Another point to consider is the size of your future class. The more students are there, the more chances you have at getting acquainted with people from diverse backgrounds and industries. It would be also wise to look into campus life, as extracurriculars, campus activities and events may help you learn more about your future career.
If you are an international student yourself, you should learn beforehand about getting a proper visa to study at the university of your choice.
Other contributing factors are the cost of living and the lifestyle at your chosen school. For instance, in some places you could surf or rest on a beach after a busy day, which makes these places more appealing for prospective students.
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