Coronavirus & MBA Admissions: The Latest from Top B-Schools

As the coronavirus causes travel to decrease and institutions to close their doors, business schools around the world are adapting quickly and adjusting their MBA admissions process, especially regarding networking and on-campus events. (For information on the MBA admissions process and tips to stay on track while completing your applications, check out our MBA Admissions Video Library.)

Several schools have issued statements that they will suspend campus tours and other in-person information sessions.

“For the summer and during the initial phases of reopening in Massachusetts, visitors and guests are strongly discouraged. Our focus is on welcoming students, faculty, and staff back to campus. Prospective student tours and classroom visits have been postponed until further notice.”

– Harvard Business School

“All On-Campus Information Sessions, Class Visits, Stanford GSB Tours, and in-person Chats with Students have been canceled until further notice since our campus is now closed to visitors. We have online alternatives for Information Sessions, Campus Tours and Student Chats, and new online offerings will continue to be added. Please register to Stay in Touch with us to get the latest news about future events, including virtual opportunities. You can also visit MBA Admission events for up-to-date information about events.”

– Stanford Graduate School of Business

“In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and University of Pennsylvania event restrictions, all in-person MBA Admissions events have been cancelled through Spring 2020. As we learn more about the response to COVID-19, we may replace in-person interviews with virtual Team-Based Discussions and interviews.”

– The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

“With no campus/classroom visits due to COVID-19, we are bringing Kellogg to you through a series of videos–featuring students, faculty and staff, as well as a tour of our flagship building, the Global Hub. Starting in August, applicants will have access to recently recorded videos of classes to get an inside look into the Kellogg class experience. We will be hosting a variety of  virtual events, and the interviews will be virtual this year.”

– Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

“Our campus is currently closed to outside visitors, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still explore. Join our admissions directors, staff, and current students for virtual Live Chats to ask questions about a range of topics, join us every Tuesday and Friday for a “virtual visit” with an admissions director, or consider taking our Virtual Tour and connecting with a current student—all of the elements that you’d experience during a visit to the Harper Center.”

– University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

Usually we stress to our clients the importance of campus visits and in-person networking. Alas, with physical admissions-information sessions and networking forced to migrate online, you will likely have to do much of your business school research and reach out virtually, from your own home. This means you must be diligent about your efforts towards the MBA admissions process, amidst the working-from-home scenario.

Below, you can find links to the information provided by the schools on the coronavirus and measures being taken, as well as useful resources for each school (e.g., links to virtual admissions events and online webinars). 

  Business School   COVID-19 Update     Useful Links  
Harvard Business School HBS Coronavirus Information HBS Resources
Stanford GSB Stanford GSB Coronavirus Information Stanford GSB Resources
UPenn Wharton UPenn Wharton Coronavirus Information UPenn Wharton Resources
Northwestern Kellogg Kellogg’s Coronavirus Information Kellogg Resources
University of Chicago Booth Chicago Booth Coronavirus Information Chicago Booth Resources
Columbia Business School Columbia Coronavirus Information Columbia Resources
MIT Sloan MIT Sloan Coronavirus Information MIT Sloan Resources
DartmouthTuck Tuck Coronavirus Information Tuck Resources
UC-Berkeley Haas Haas Coronavirus Information Berkeley Haas Resources
Yale School of Management Yale SOM Coronavirus Information Yale SOM Resources
UVA Darden Darden Coronavirus Information UVA Darden Resources
Duke Fuqua Duke Fuqua Coronavirus Information Duke Fuqua Resources
University of Michigan Ross Michigan Ross Coronavirus Information Michigan Ross Resources
University of Texas, Austin McCombs McCombs Coronavirus Information McCombs Resources
Cornell University, Johnson Cornell Johnson Coronavirus Information Cornell Johnson Resources
UCLA Anderson UCLA Anderson Coronavirus Information UCLA Anderson Resources
NYU Stern NYU Stern Coronavirus Information NYU Stern Resources
Carnegie Mellon Tepper CMU Tepper Coronavirus Information CMU Tepper Resources
UNC Kenan-Flagler UNC Kenan-Flagler Coronavirus Information UNC Kenan-Flagler Resources
Emory Goizueta Emory Goizueta Coronavirus Information Emory Goizueta Resources
USC Marshall USC Marshall Coronavirus Information USC Marshall Resources
Georgetown McDonough Georgetown McDonough Coronavirus Information Georgetown McDonough Resources
Indiana Kelley Indiana Kelley Coronavirus Information Indiana Kelley Resources
University of WashingtonUniversity of Washington Coronavirus Information UW Foster Resources
Rice Jones Rice Jones Coronavirus Information Rice Jones Resources
University of Notre Dame University of Notre Dame Coronavirus Information Notre Dame Mendoza Resources
Vanderbilt UniversityVanderbilt University Coronavirus Information Vanderbilt Owen Resources
Washington Olin Washington Olin Coronavirus Information Washington Olin Resources