Personal Information, Activities & Awards

In the Background section of the application, we encourage you to tell us more about yourself, including activities, interests, and any awards and honors you may have received.

Personal Information

As part of the application process, we ask you for some personal information, including:

  • Date of birth
  • Citizenship
  • Family information
  • Social Security number (for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents only). Only the last four digits will be visible in your application.

The information you provide in your application is — after you enroll as an MBA student and to the extent that it is retained — protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

Once you have shared this personal information, we ask you “tell us about a time within the last two years when your background influenced your participation at work or school.” We know that each person is more than a list of facts or pre-defined categories. We would like an example of how one factor in your background has had an impact on your life.

In answering this question, consider how your background, such as your work and life experiences, education, skills, interests, culture, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, where/how you grew up, or other factors, had an impact on your recent actions and choices. How did one specific aspect of your background influence whether or how you participated in a situation, interaction, or project?

Activities & Interests

Help us get to know you better by sharing how you spend your time outside work or class. Examples of activities in which you are/have been involved may include athletic, charitable, civic, community, or professional.

In the application, report your activities and interests in order of their importance to you, with the most important listed first. A sustained depth of commitment in one or two activities may demonstrate your passion more than minimal participation in five or six organizations.

Be sure to:

  • Report activities in which you participated as an undergraduate or graduate student as well as those in which you participated after completing your degree(s).
  • Avoid using acronyms to describe your activities.
  • Exclude internships; report them in the “Professional Experience” section instead.

Awards & Honors

We want to know about the accomplishments — both inside and outside of the classroom — for which you’ve received recognition.

In your application, you may list up to five awards or honors and describe the basis upon which you were selected. These may include academic, civic, or professional activities for which you received recognition. List the awards and honors in order of their importance to you, with the most important listed first.

Last Updated 8 Jun 2018