RelatedMBA Application: How to Respond to Short Answer QuestionsHow do you respond to short answer questions in your MBA application? If you’ve been applying to MBA programs, you’ve probably spent dozens of hours on your applications. You’ve gathered your references, you’ve prepared for your interview, and you’ve taken your GMAT, but have you given enough thought to your…July 29, 2016In “Admissions Tips”Emory / Goizueta MBA Essay Topics 2016-2017The Emory University admissions committee has posted the Goizueta MBA essay topics for the school’s full-time MBA Program. Applicants are asked to respond to four brief required prompts. The adcom also offers an optional essay. The prompts for this year’s application remain unchanged from the prior year. However, re-applicants are asked to answer…June 6, 2016In “Essay tips”Foster School Offers Tips for their TMMBA Admissions EssayWriting an admissions essay is never easy. And it can be especially daunting for students applying to unique MBA programs such as the Technology Management MBA program at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. That’s why executive director Tracy Gojdics decided to share some of her top tips…May 8, 2017In “Featured Region” In terms of the other end of the length issue, it is unwise to consistently fall more than 5 percent below the limits; this is valuable room in which to share further relevant information about your candidacy. By falling short, it might signal a lack of effort on your part for developing your best application, or a lack of experiences or accomplishments for you to share with the admissions committee. There is one exception to this, the schools’ optional essays. While some of these essays include word count limits, brevity is typically the rule when choosing to include additional information; the word limit should not be the target.Beyond the long-form essays that most schools require, many programs also include what are commonly referred to as ‘short answer’ questions in their application data forms. These range from schools asking candidates to describe their post-MBA career plans in a sentence or two to broader queries about how a candidate first learned of a given MBA program. In these ‘short answers’ schools often use character limits instead of word count, and their online systems often truncate responses that run long. As such, we advise a more strict adherence to the word count or character limits associated with ‘short answers’Best of luck to all those fine tuning their applications!This article has been edited and republished with permissions from Clear Admit.