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Is it harder to get into top MBA programs for consultants? How do programs differentiate between applicants in consulting?

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I'm not saying consultants are different. I'm asking when comparing consultant A and consultant B, what criteria do MBA programs look at. Notice the word between, not for. Between implies comparing within the same group. Try not to be rude next time :)

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Probably easier

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You ain't that special

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Can we just acknowledge the elephant: Firm name does matter both intrinsically and because it is correlated with academic success. Level plays a role: coming in after direct promote makes a big difference. Then to get into HBS, etc. most candidates demonstrate success in professional extracurriculars (e.g., part time start-ups, externships, strategy institute). I presume you will have also written a solid essay and be 700+

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What is the differentiating factor between consultants from a MBA standpoint?

Extracurriculars - story - gmat and essays ... And demographics ...

Thanks Accenture. Any idea which one plays the biggest role?

It's all tied together - but gmat is definitely one way and I think demographics are another. Business schools want minorities and women because they are underrepresented

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