Who is "Tad Holbie"?
Tad Holbie is a pseudonym I created
to protect my privacy and identity as I apply to business school (don't believe me?
Google it for yourself).
I am a young, American, first-time applicant to some of the elite business schools in the fall of 2002. My e-mail is
If I am accepted to one of the business schools I've applied to, I will be more revealing about my identity and personal details.
When did I start all this?
I started this Weblog a couple months after I got serious about applying to business school. The
first post was on August 28th, 2002. When do I have time to write this site? In between my
full-time job and writing essays, time is limited. But I am a fast typist and am quick to jot down
my thoughts during spare moments.
Why MBA Admissions Wire?
I started this website to record and share my experiences applying to business school (a long
and stressful process). As time has gone by and greater numbers of readers e-mailed me to
ask for advice, encourage me, and share their experiences, I have turned this site into a
resource for all MBA applicants, in effect creating an online community.
How do I do MBA Admissions Wire?
It's very easy, and (best of all) free. Just go to Blogger.com
and after a free registration you can have your own Weblog too! Even better, they offer free hosting on their
Disclaimer:I am not an admissions officer, nor am I affiliated with any of the schools, organizations, or sites listed on this page (i.e. I haven't even been accepted to any B-School--this is my first time applying!).
The events described on this web page are real events, though certain names, genders, locations, and dates (i.e. interview dates, submission dates, etc.) may be changed to protect my identity.
If you are applying to any of the schools listed on this page, please refer to their official web sites for the definitive deadline dates, application procedures, etc.
(i.e. It's not a smart move to rely on this page while applying). The opinions expressed here are solely those of the author.
I am also neither a lawyer nor an accountant. All information and events describing or related to financial aid, tuition, scholarships, loans, and other monetary matters is strictly meant to only describe "Tad Holbie's" situation, and should not be
considered instructions, financial advice, or in any way pertaining to the [reader's] financial situation. Consult your own accountant/lawyer when making important financial decisions.
Any questions, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org (and no, that isn't my real name).
I may or may not disclose if/when/with whom I have been invited to interviews. At present, I'm leaning towards discussing my interview
experiences a few days/weeks after they happen. Mark me "undecided".
If you choose to e-mail me, I promise not to publish your name, e-mail address, or contact information on my website without first getting your permission.
I may excerpt part or all of your e-mail on my site, but will take care to edit out any information that might identify the source.
If you don't want any or your e-mail posted on my site, just put "Please keep private" at the bottom of your e-mail.
Any questions, e-mail me at email@example.com.
Basically, anything you post can be reviewed by me. If I find a post to the message board or comment system
that is sufficiently rude, offensive, moronic, I'll feel free to a) delete it, and/or b) ban you from posting ever again.
In conclusion: You don't have free speech on my site, so don't be a jerk.
Welcome! First time visitors are encouraged to
Friday Deadline Countdown >> 13 days left until the HBS Round I deadline
>> 20 days left until the Wharton Round I deadline
>> 26 days left until the Stanford GSB Round I deadline
>> 33 days left until the MIT Sloan Round I deadline
>> 35 days left until the Chicago Round I deadlines
GMAT - Done
Transcripts - All collected
Recommendations - 2 HBS done; 2 Wharton recs done; 2 Stanford recs in progress
Essays - HBS done; All Wharton fifth drafts done; All Stanford first drafts done; Chicago, MIT first drafts in progress
Data Forms - HBS, Wharton on-line forms complete; All other on-line forms are 90% complete
The HBS app tech support people have gotten back to me about the PDF printing issue I raised last week (note: they responded fairly promptly, I'm just posting it now):
"The PDF version of your application will not display some of your answers correctly. As long as they are saved to your application properly, they will be saved in the institution's database properly, even if they are not displaying correctly (or at all) on the PDF. You may want to check the pages of your application carefully before you submit it to ensure that your answers were saved properly.
I apologize for any inconvenience this is causing you. Let us know if we can help further."
A helpful reader pointed out that I was jumping the gun on the MIT deadline by more than a day. I checked the Sloan site again, and he's right. For round 1, mail-in items, which, if memory serves, is the transcript and recommendations, must be received by Nov. 6; The online application is due Nov. 13th. My bad.
A friendly reader has pointed out that a couple of the Kellogg essay questions have changed since last year, so my list of essay questions might be a little out of date. When I get a chance I'll update it, but until then, please check the schools' official applications when writing your essays.