My MBA Admissions Journey

Q&A with Michelle Yoo MBA 18

How long did it take you to apply to the UC Davis MBA program?

It took me 14 days. I remember it so clearly. It took some quick planning and dedication, but I was able to submit the full application by the deadline.

I realized I would regret waiting another year.

I attended an admissions information session for plans to learn more and apply the following year—until I understood I could apply immediately. I realized I would regret waiting another year.

How were you able to apply so quickly?

The application process may seem daunting, but if you take it one step at a time, and plan accordingly, you can get it done. Here are some strategies that helped me. It’s important to follow the order from items that take the longest to ones that can be completed quicker.

Tip 1. Order School Transcripts Immediately

You can usually order transcripts from home at any time. Doing this first will allow for processing time to prevent delays which is especially true if they physical mail is the only option.

Tip 2. Schedule a GMAT or GRE Test Date

Having a firm date will prevent procrastination give you a working end date for your application. The GMAT or GRE is often the last component of your MBA application. Scheduling the test date will focus your study and allow you to build a study plan suited to your strengths and weaknesses.

Tip 3. Request Letters of Recommendation

When asking for a letter of recommendation, provide a date by which you need the letter. Ask the recommender if they are comfortable giving you a strong letter of recommendation at the very beginning to ensure they are comfortable and willing to strongly endorse you. You should give recommenders at least two weeks to write their letter.

Tip 4. Study for the GMAT/GRE

Start studying! Immediately take a practice GMAT/GRE test to establish your baseline score. Build a study plan using the insights gained from your practice test. Study consistently according to your study plan until your test.

Tip 5. Write Essay and Personal Introduction Concurrently

These are not nearly as intimidating as it may first appear and should be written concurrently while studying for the GMAT/GRE.

Tip 6. Don’t Forget Why You are Applying

The application process is the first step towards a great future, a great network, and an extremely rewarding experience.

updated 08/21/23