Chicago, IL
If Booth is one thing, it’s an idea hub; how to make ideas better, smarter, more efficient, and more exciting in an ever-changing world. Booth’s MBA program is known for its flexibility, with a unique mandatory program LEAD (Leadership Effectiveness and Development) required of full-time students. In the two years at Booth, students are expected to enroll in 9 required courses, 11 electives (some can even be taken within the university), and LEAD. While Booth is usually ranked around the number 3 or 4 slot for “best MBA program” it has scored the number one slot in regards to graduate fulfillment and subsequent employer satisfaction. The Booth application essay question is unique in that they give a series of photos for the candidate to choose from and write associatively depending on which picture strikes the deepest chord with the candidates’ lives. By giving a visual referent, Booth hopes to receive vivid essays as windows into the personalities of their candidates. With humble Midwestern values of hard work, dedication, integrity, and honesty Booth is a no-frill, down to business, get your head on straight program that will give you the tools you need to succeed in classic business.

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No co-signer

Important Dates

Early Round

Round 1

DeadlineSep 21, 2017
NotificationDec 7, 2017

Round 2

DeadlineJan 3, 2018
NotificationMar 15, 2018

Round 3

DeadlineApr 3, 2018
NotificationMay 7, 2018



Application Requirements

Application Fee

$250 USD



Required Essays





Questions, Class of 2020:

View this collection of shared Booth moments. Choose the moment that best resonates with you and tell us why.

Choose the format that works for you. Want to illustrate your response visually? Submit a slide presentation. Like to express yourself with words? Write a traditional essay. Use the format that you feel best captures your response, the Admissions Committee has no preference.

Determine your own length. There is no prescribed minimum or maximum length. We trust that you will use your best judgment in determining how long your submission should be, but we recommend that you think strategically about how to best allocate the space.


Optional Essay
Is there any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know? If so, please address in an optional essay. (300-word maximum)

What is your immediate post-MBA career goal? (250 characters or less)

What is your long-term post-MBA career goal? (250 characters or less)


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How do the applicant’s performance, potential, background or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified candidates in similar roles? Please provide specific examples.

Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.

After meeting for the very first time, I understood that this was a “company” like no other I had encountered before. From the very first moment, their approach was personal as well as professional, as they guided me through every step of the process: They made me realize why an MBA was even important to my future, counselled me regarding the schools that best fit my profile, introduced me to many students and alumni from the best universities abroad, and of course, paired me up with an excellent team of consultants (led by my advisor who is a Chicago Booth graduate herself) – without them I would never have been able to submit the best application possible. the team were there for me 24 hours a day, including Saturdays and holidays, so I could meet the early deadline. Apart from the professional guidance, they also supported me through times when my motivation and will were not at their strongest.

Today, even after I was admitted into Chicago Booth on the first round, I’m still benefitting from the team’s experience, as they help me with the preparations toward the program, and connect me with the University’s students and alumni. I have no doubt that my relationship with the people at Ivy will only grow stronger as I depart for my studies. I can wholeheartedly recommend you put your faith in the Ivy team and they will lead you to the best universities in the world.

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