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How to make your MBA application stand out with these 4 tips

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While applying for an MBA might seem like a daunting task, with these tips from Assistant Director of Admissions for the UF MBA Full-Time program Jeff Danso, you’ll be prepared to make your application stand out. Read more from Jeff about four simple steps you can take to make your MBA application rise to the top.

  1. Strengthen your essay responses

The essay is an essential piece to your application. It’s the initial place the admissions committee can utilize to learn about “the whole you.” Sure, your grades and test scores are good and you have great work experience, but who are you really? What makes you unique? Are you a leader? Are you a great teammate? How are you going to impact your classmates? What legacy will you leave behind at UF MBA? This is your opportunity to get the admissions committee to take a chance on you. Tell us what makes you special, and let your personality show in these responses.

  1. Put your best foot forward with test scores

While test scores don’t tell the full story, they are an important component of the story. You want to make sure you’re submitting your absolute best. Some advice I share with applicants is to take practice exams to get a sense of where you are currently. Take the exam after putting in ample time studying, but leave space in your application timeline to retake the test, in case you’re not satisfied with your score. Don’t wait until the application deadline approaches to take the GMAT for the first time. If you’re considering an MBA from the University of Florida, start your test prep immediately (time permitting) to get a head start.

  1. Be strategic and intentional with letters of recommendation

Here, we want recommenders to speak on your professional aptitude. While it may be nice to have the CEO of your company write the recommendation letter, make sure they can also speak to your ability to be successful in your role(s). This is a chance for the committee to become believers in your shown-ability to continue doing great work, leading successful teams, and progressing in your career, post-UF MBA.

  1. Know the best time to apply

Now! No seriously, now is the best time to apply. The earlier you connect yourself with our staff and complete your application, the better. While there isn’t a greater chance of being admitted at any particular time, earlier allows you more flexibility with your own personal timeline and to gain useful information about all of our programs to help you make an informed decision about your future. We will work with every applicant who has a desire to apply to UF MBA at any time. However, the time to make the leap and apply will always be, now!


Jeff Danso

Jeff Danso is Assistant Director of Admissions for the UF MBA Full-Time program. He is responsible for promoting the MBA program nationally and assisting in recruiting the most competitive, talented, diverse and unique future MBAs. Previously, he worked at Ohio State University for two years in its University Orientation and First Year Experience office. In this role, he worked closely with Undergraduate Admissions to ensure the most competitive students were recruited, transitioned and excelled successfully with a strong foundation in their first year. Originally born in London, England, he grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts and is a double Riverhawk, earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell where he also represented the university nationally on the men’s soccer team. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys exercising, playing and coaching soccer and other forms of athletics.

Ready to take Jeff’s advice and apply now? Start your UF MBA application here.