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Applying to a business school for an MBA requires a lot of dedication and work. You will be building the foundation for your future career. Graduate business school acceptance is based on your GMAT score, work experience, grade transcripts of your bachelor's degree, resume, references and recommendations and an admissions essay. The GMAT score and work experience play a big role. Prepare ahead of time and really take a professional approach when submitting all paperwork. Please scroll down for more information and access to all the universities in South Hadley, MA listed below.

Mount Holyoke College
(413) 538-2000
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $37460
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Type of Institution : Comprehensive higher education system
Institutional Designation : Private—Nonprofit

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Smith College
(413) 584-2700
7 College Lane
Northampton, MA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $35810
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Type of Institution : Comprehensive higher education system
Institutional Designation : Private—Nonprofit

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Center for International Studies
413-582-0407 or toll free 877-617-9090
25 New South St.
Northhampden, MA

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American International College
(413) 737-7000
1000 State Street
Springfield, MA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $24100
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Type of Institution : Comprehensive higher education system
Institutional Designation : Private—Nonprofit

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Springfield Technical Community College
(413) 781-7822
One Armory Square
Springfield, MA
Tuition
Full-Time In-State Tuition Costs : $750
Full-Time Non-Resident Tuition Costs : $7260
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Type of Institution : Two-Year college
Institutional Designation : Public—State

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Holyoke Community College
(413) 552-2001
303 Homestead Avenue
Holyoke, MA
Tuition
Full-Time In-State Tuition Costs : $576
Full-Time Non-Resident Tuition Costs : $5520
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Type of Institution : Two-Year college
Institutional Designation : Public—State

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Elms College
(413) 265-2360
291 Springfield Street
Chicopee, MA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $23720
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Type of Institution : Comprehensive higher education system
Institutional Designation : Private—Religious

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Western New England College
(413) 782-3111
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $25556
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Type of Institution : Comprehensive higher education system
Institutional Designation : Private—Nonprofit

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Springfield College - Springfield, MA
(413) 748-3000
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $25520
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Type of Institution : Comprehensive higher education system
Institutional Designation : Private—Nonprofit

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Hampshire College
(413) 549-4600
839 West Street
Amherst, MA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $37789
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Type of Institution : Four-Year college
Institutional Designation : Private—Nonprofit

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Going to Business School

By Karen Keller

In 2006, the average starting salary for business school grads was $96,000, according to The National Association of Colleges and Employers . Two-thirds of jobs offered to MBAs in the same year came with

signing bonuses that averaged $17,603. But before you start hitting up your parents for tuition money, remember that most applicants have at least two years worth of work experience. At Harvard, that number is closer to four. And then there’s the thorny issue of the GMAT. Either way, you’ll need to do a lot of work both inside the office and out before you even think about applying.

Scoring a Fat Chance Acceptance Package

Business school acceptance is based on the following five categories, with the GMAT score and work experience weighing heavier than the rest.

GMAT Score

A score of 650 is competitive for the Top 20 schools. A 700 is really competitive. Anywhere below a 600 and your uncle better be on the board of that top school. Check out this list of average GMAT scores for top Business schools, and be sure to take a prep course from a company such as Manhattan GMAT . (Full disclosure: Manhattan GMAT is the publisher of our book, but we were only willing to enter into a relationship with them because we think they provide best-in-class test prep services.) For more information on test prep, see our guide on studying for the GMAT, GRE, and LSAT .

On the GMAT, the math section is typically weighed more than the verbal section. Check out what the mid-80% range GMAT score is at your potential schools by checking their website or calling the admissions office. For example, the UPenn Wharton School of Business class of 2006 average GMAT score was 713, while UCLA’s Anderson School of Management average was a 661.

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Secret tip: Find out whether you have a medical condition that qualifies you to take the GMAT under non-standard accommodations . This gives you more time to take the test, which is known to raise test scores. Plus you get a trackball mouse.

Work Experience

Finance and consulting backgrounds are golden for potential candidates. Think “big 4” consulting firms (PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, KPMG, Ernst & Young) or investment banks. However, since admissions people strive to assemble a diverse student body, those with less traditional work experiences can have a major competitive edge. Non-profits, in particular, seem to be a favorite of MBA admissions people. In turn, intriguing work experience can make up for a mediocre GMAT score. In rare circumstances, you may be able to get in with only a year or two of work experience, but all of the other aspects of the application must be immaculate.

Recommendation Letters (2-3)

Best to get them from current employers and clients. Ask a college professor only if you’re certain the letter will be stellar. If the person writing the rec isn’t a good writer, then write t...

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