Admissions Facts & Tips

What You Should Know About Applying

What we look for in applicants
We can't predict your standing based on test scores and work experience alone. We are also interested in learning about your:
  • Intellectual ability
  • Problem solving skills
  • Leadership experience
  • Values and motivations
  • Extra curricular activities
  • Interpersonal skills
Work Experience is Recommended
We strongly recommend that you have at least two years of full-time work experience upon matriculation. The Admissions Committee believes work experience will enrich your academic experience and allow you to fully participate in classroom discussions and group projects.

Best Time to Apply
Applying early may be advantageous for grants, scholarships or on-campus housing preferences. Candidates who apply in Round 1 or 2 can also take advantage of our admitted-student weekends.

We typically admit international students in Round 1 and Round 2 to allow time for visa processing. We also tend to admit One-Year MBA and MMM students in Round 1 or 2 to accommodate the programs’ early start date.

Updates to Your Application
You may submit employment changes, grades for recent classes, or new GMAT, GRE or TOEFL scores to your application after submitting it. However, there is no guarantee that we will consider this information prior to rendering a decision. Please scan and email new test scores and/or grades to mbaapplicant@kellogg.northwestern.edu.  

Deferrals
Deferral requests are rarely granted and considered on a case-by-case basis. You are required to provide a detailed explanation for the request and appropriate documentation.

Applying with Your Spouse or Partner
If you are applying with your partner, each file is assessed independently. If you are applying with a partner, you may note this in the application.

Feedback on Denied Applications
We do not provide feedback to candidates who were denied admission.

Deadlines & Notifications

Application Deadlines

Round 1 - Closed

Round 2  - Jan. 7, 2015

Round 3  - April 1, 2015

Decision Notifications

Round 1 - Dec. 17, 2014

Round 2 - March 25, 2015

Round 3 - May 13, 2015

The Inside Perspective

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