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How to get into LBS- from our former students

Last time I was in London, I stopped by LBS to meet with some former students. I asked them for advice for students targeting LBS. This is what they said: Getting into London Business School requires a combination of academic excellence, professional experience, personal qualities, and strong application materials.

1. Understand the Requirements

  • Academic Background: A strong undergraduate degree from a top school, or super performance if the undergraduate school is not top rate.

  • Professional Experience: LBS looks for candidates with internships and professional experience at top companies. The name of the company is of high importance.

  • GMAT/GRE Scores: A competitive GMAT score is generally above 655, but there is no strict cutoff. We've had success with lower scores. LBS also accepts GRE scores, and this is worth considering. .

  • English Proficiency: Non-native English speakers may need to demonstrate English proficiency through tests like TOEFL or IELTS. Don't forget about this part or leave it until the last min!

2. Prepare for the GMAT/GRE

  • Study Diligently: Use study guides, practice exams, and possibly prep courses to prepare for the GMAT or GRE. Our App is a perfect starting point.

  • Set a Target Score: Aim for a score that is competitive for LBS. The school's class profile typically provides average scores.

  • Plan Test Dates: Ensure you take the test well before application deadlines to avoid last-minute stress.

3. Build a Strong Work Experience Portfolio

  • Gain Diverse Experience: Work in roles that showcase your leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. Leadership and purpose are really important on the application.

  • Seek Leadership Opportunities: Take on projects, lead teams, or manage responsibilities that demonstrate your leadership potential.

  • Quantify Achievements: Be prepared to discuss your accomplishments with specific metrics and results.

4. Prepare Your Application Materials

  • Personal Statement/Essays: Craft compelling essays that reflect your motivation for pursuing an MBA at LBS, your career goals, and what makes you a unique candidate.

  • Letters of Recommendation: Obtain recommendations from individuals who can speak to your leadership, teamwork, and character.

  • Resume/CV: Update your resume to highlight key experiences, skills, and achievements. Make it fit on one page for LBS.

5. Research the Program

  • Know the School: Understand LBS's curriculum, culture, and values. Attend events, webinars, and networking sessions to connect with current students and alumni.

  • Visit the Campus: If possible, visit the LBS campus to get a feel for the environment and engage with the community.

  • How will you contribute: Clearly articulate why you want to study at LBS and how it aligns with your career aspirations. Find ways you can contribute, including clubs you will join.

6. Submit a Complete Application

  • Meet the Deadlines: Submit your application by the designated deadlines for each round of admissions.

  • Double-Check Your Application: Review all documents for errors, consistency, and completeness before submission. LBS is really picky about the language, so any English errors or typos would be a disaster.

7. Prepare for Interviews

  • Practice Interview Questions: Prepare for common MBA interview questions: we have a good database from LBS interviewers.

  • Demonstrate Fit: Be ready to explain why LBS is the right school for you and how you will contribute to the school's community.

  • Showcase Your Skills: Highlight your leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving abilities during the interview.

Final analysis

Getting into London Business School is competitive but achievable with the right preparation and approach. This was the consensus from the students who got in. By focusing on your academic and professional qualifications, crafting a compelling application, and demonstrating a strong fit with LBS's values, you can increase your chances of acceptance. Not sure about your chances? Reach out and we'll give you a free appraisal!


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