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Preparing for Business School When You’re in College

December 3, 2014

by Kaitlyn Lannan

Many students want to prepare themselves for a career in business, but don’t know where to start or how to make the best use of the options available. Here are some ways to prepare yourself for the experience of business school while still in undergrad:

1. Some schools, such as Harvard Business School, offer specific programs for undergraduate students that guarantee them admission into business school. Harvard’s 2+2 program involves students applying while still undergraduates, working for two years, then entering the business school for another two years.

Ask your academic advisor if your school has any similar programs to this, as it is a great way to take a lot of the stress out of applying for and attending business school.

2. Another similar to this is the Yale School of Management’s Silver Scholars program, except applicants apply in their senior year of college and immediately enter business school after undergrad. If you are looking to advance your career as quickly as possible, this might be a good route for you.

3. Take advantage of your school’s business school. Even if there is no undergraduate business school at your university, many schools such as Northwestern offer certificates through the business school that undergraduate students can complete.

Completing one or two of these certificates can also help you to strengthen your applications to business schools later on.

4. Enroll in a business school’s summer program. Some schools, such as Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, offer short summer programs like the Tuck Business Bridge Program, meant for students to get a taste of what the business school life is like. Additionally, these programs often only last for a few weeks, so there would still be time to complete an internship over the summer.

Even if you are years away from applying to business schools, there are still many steps that you can take to advance your prospects now. Good luck!

Kaitlyn Lannan is a junior at Northwestern University. She is majoring in economics and communication studies and plans on attending business school in the future. Her dream job is becoming the Chief Marketing Officer at a Fortune 500 company. You can find Kaitlyn on Twitter at @KaitlynLannan.

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