Evanston, IL
Located in North Chicago and right on the shore of Lake Michigan, Kellogg School of Management stands proud as one of the best MBA programs in the world. With an opportunity to choose from 18 different specializations and access to 37 exchange programs in 20 different countries, Kellogg students are promised an extremely well rounded education. As a matter of fact, Kellogg students are required to take one elective course internationally, thus preparing students for the actual “world of business”. Also, Kellogg is a program that is famous for its emphasis on teamwork; the school makes a big effort to balance competition with collegiality in order to benefit and support their students. In order to better get to know the candidates, Kellogg’s application is unique in that they have a video question, which you will have to respond to on the spot. Once you are asked the question, you will have 90 seconds to prepare your answer. Don’t let this freak you out – it is a wonderful opportunity to let the admissions committee see your face, get to know your personality, and show them the individual that stands behind the application. This is a gift – it’s not often you get to put a face to a resume!   The MBA admissions consultants at Ivy can help you get accepted to Kellogg. Contact us to see how we can help.

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Important Dates

Early Round

Round 1

DeadlineSept 20, 2017
NotificationDec 13, 2017

Round 2

DeadlineJan 10, 2018
NotificationMar 28, 2018

Round 3

DeadlineApr 11, 2018
NotificationMay 16, 2018



Application Requirements

Application Fee

$250 USD


All applicants

Required Essays





Questions, Class of 2020:


Essay 1
Kellogg’s purpose is to educate, equip & inspire brave leaders who create lasting value. Tell us about a time you have demonstrated leadership and created lasting value. What challenges did you face, and what did you learn? (approximately 450 words)


450 words remaining
Essay 2
Pursuing an MBA is a catalyst for personal and professional growth. How have you grown in the past? How do you intend to grow at Kellogg? (approximately 450 words)

Additional Information
If needed, use this section to briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.).

Video Essay Info
The Video Essay is one component of the application and provides you with an additional opportunity to demonstrate what you will bring to our vibrant Kellogg community – in an interactive way. You will respond to three short video essay questions. The questions are designed to bring to life the person we have learned about on paper.

Video Essays are due 48 hours after the application deadline.
After submitting an application you will receive an email that will include directions on how to complete the three video essay questions. One question will be a “getting to know you,” icebreaker type of question. The second question will be an opportunity to describe your plans for the future and how Kellogg will help you on that journey. The third question will focus on a challenge you have faced.
There are practice questions which you may complete as many times as you like to get comfortable with the format and technology. The practice questions and experience will simulate the actual video essay experience, so this is meant to be a useful tool to help you feel prepared.
We encourage you to practice so you are comfortable with the format once it is time to complete the official questions. There is not an opportunity to re-do the answer to the official video essay questions.
You will have 20 seconds to think about the question and up to one minute to give your response.
We estimate the video essays will take 20-25 minutes to complete – which includes time for set-up and answering all the practice questions. You will need an internet connected computer with a webcam, microphone and an updated version of Adobe Flash in order to complete the video essay.


Andrea Courtois

BS in Finance at University of Maryland / MBA/MEM at Northwestern-Kellogg School...

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Tell us about a time the candidate was proactively open to a situation, person, or new experience: a time when they sought to engage with difference, put themselves in a situation outside of their comfort zone, or actively sought to gain a new perspective from others. (300 words)

How does the candidate’s performance compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (300 words)

Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the candidate. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (250 words)

(Optional) Is there anything else you would like us to know?

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