AdmitMBA360 Blog formerly Journey to my MBA

Journey to my MBA

Thursday, September 08, 2005

My Job: Managing B-School Admissions of Chicago GSB

My Job: Managing B-School Admissions

Note: from Dave - Some of you may recall that Ms. Martinelli is a recent transfer from Wharton to Chicago GSB this year.

Staff Reporter of The Wall Street Journal

From The Wall Street Journal Online

For most people involved in M.B.A. programs, September means heading back to campus, but for Rosemaria Martinelli, it means hitting the road.

This September, Ms. Martinelli, associate dean of student recruitment and admissions at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, is expected to fly overnight to Mumbai, India, for a reception. The next day, it's off to New Delhi and then Bangalore for a day each, meeting alumni and would-be applicants. From Bangalore, the next stop is Karachi, Pakistan, after which she plans to catch a 3 a.m. flight back to Chicago for two days before setting off to Belgium. Finally, it's back to the U.S. for a swing up the East Coast.

"Between September and October, I am fairly well jet-lagged. You are traveling every day, meeting alumni, talking to prospective students, not getting a lot of sleep and eating a lot of airplane food, which can be disastrous," says Ms. Martinelli, 45.

It's the start of a yearly cycle of business-school admissions departments, says Ms. Martinelli. By its end in June, she says, she and her staff of 20 typically will have reviewed about 3,500 applications and admitted about 800 students. In the years she's been working in b-school admissions, she says she's found the job rewarding and fun, despite its often intense pace.

Her career path was hardly typical, she says. After graduating from Northwestern University with a master's degree in music in 1984, Ms. Martinelli spent the next 11 years as a professional opera singer, playing smaller houses in Philadelphia, New York, Sarasota, Fla., and Europe.

"I am a pragmatic kind of person, and I made a promise to myself that if I wasn't really singing in the A or B houses by 35, it was time for me to start thinking about what was next for me in my career," Ms. Martinelli says.

So in 1995, after a four-month tour of Europe, she moved back to Philadelphia, where she'd lived on and off since graduating. As a favor for a woman in her church, she took a temp job in the office of the president of the University of Pennsylvania. She eventually parlayed the stint into a staff-assistant position and in October 1998 became associate director of admissions at the Wharton School. In May 2000, she was promoted to director of admissions and financial aid when the prior director left. She moved to Chicago GSB in May.

"In some ways, this is what I was meant to do -- to be a helper of people," she says. "I enjoy trying to help people line up their passions with the tools they need to be successful."

The nitty-gritty of the work begins when her travel schedule winds down in October, and Ms. Martinelli focuses more on applications, reading every one, and counseling students.

"I am looking for diamonds in the rough," she says.

As the admissions process advances, her workdays lengthen. During the summer months, she says, she might arrive at the office at 8:30 a.m. and leave at about 6:30 p.m. But by January, her hours grow longer and more intense.

"When one of the deadlines is approaching, and I live here and am eating Maalox so my stomach doesn't fall apart, the pace can be a little bit unending," she says.

And when she does leave the office, she often is bringing applications home.

During those months, Ms. Martinelli also must keep her staff motivated. To try to make things fun, she creates games, such as friendly competitions to see who can review the most applications or find the best quotes in the applications.

The busiest months, Ms. Martinelli says, are January and February, when the first round of students have been admitted, and the next two rounds are still being evaluated. That means that at the same time she is counseling admitted students, she's still reading applications and doing student recruitment.

"I will get on the phone with 'admits' for 30 or 40 minutes," Ms. Martinelli says. "Now you multiply that by 800, and you know what you're getting yourself into. But it is a critical component, because ultimately I want students who believe the GSB is right for them and want to give them all the information they need to help them make the right decision."

The pace might ease slightly over the next few months, she says, but deadlines remain for the second and third round. Not until June and graduation does Ms. Martinelli feel she can take a breath. But there is still plenty to do, she says.

"We are getting ready for that class to arrive on campus and, plus, you have to do strategy sometime," Ms. Martinelli says.

That means lots of meetings during the summer, she says, while updating the school's marketing materials.

Then it all starts over again, and Ms. Martinelli heads out on the road.


Post a Comment

<< Home

Journey to my MBA Locations of visitors to this page
Stay up to date with this Blog
Monitor changes to links on the sidebars of this Web Site
Dave's E-Mail

Subscribe with Bloglines Subscribe with My Yahoo! Subscribe with Google Subscribe in NewsGator Online Subscribe in Rojo Subscribe with Pluck RSS reader Subscribe with Bloglines Add to AOL
Get Updates of this Blog via Email:

Powered by
Some Noteworthy Blog Postings
Cornell-Johnson Visit Experience-Dave
MIT-Sloan Visit Experience-Dave
Wharton Visit Experience-Dave
Darden Visit Experience-'04-Dave
Darden Visit/Interview Experience-'06-Dave
Darden Pictures-'06
HBS Visit Experience-'04-Dave
HAAS Visit/Info Session-'04-Dave
Columbia Visit/Info Session-'04-Axechick
Tuck Visit/Info Session-'05-Laser
Tuck Visit/Interview '06-Dave
Tuck Pictures1-'06
Tuck Pictures2-'06
Michigan Info Sess. Experience-Dave
Columba Info Sess. Experience-Dave
Tuck Info Sess. Experience-Dave
World MBA Tour Experience-Dave
Travel Guides-Dave
Columbia Open House I-Droodoggie
Columbia Open House II-Droodoggie
Application Essay Advice-Dave
Application Essay Advice II-Dave
MBA App advice-Consulting/Management-Dave
Good Essay question Prep-Uniqpath
The MBA Journey Begins-Dave
The MBA App Process-MarketWiz
Picking Target Schools-Sghama
Pre-App Tips-Bloghorn8
How to interact w/ B-School Staff-Dave
Managing Your Recommenders-ClearAdmit
Schools I Picked & Why-Anand
Import App Elements-Redwolf056
A Successful Essay(Chicago GSB)-PowerYogi
Why Chicago GSB-Paul Jan
Stanford GSB Dean on Essays
------------------ Application Process ------------------
Advice on Admissions Consultants-Dave
Why get an MBA now?-Dave
Why do I need an MBA?-Dave
Story of Tenacity-Dave
MBA App Advice-Dave
Maximize your MBA Info Sess. Exp.-Dave
Low GPA Stories-Dave
Introspect on being resolute-Dave
Why Attitude Matters-Dave
Wharton's Interview Policy-RedWolf
Dealing with a Low GPA
Tuck's App Review Process
UCLA's App Review Process
Wharton's App Review Process
Every Essay Tells a Story
Your Story is so Interesting
What is a great essay?
Am I too young to apply?
When is the best time to apply?
Applying and not sure where to start?
Is school XXX any good?
The B-School Admit Hate List
Hey Applicant, Lay off the Buggin
Should I interview on or off campus?(See comment)
MBA Tour/Info Session Tip
The Interview
------------------ GMAT ----------------------------------
Low GMAT Success Stories
GMAT Score Needed in Europe
GMAT Score Needed
GMAT Score Needed by Age
GMAT Score Needed by Country
GMAT Score Needed by Race
GMAT Score Needed by Major
Budgeting time for the GMAT
Breaking the 700 Barrier
The B-School Route to Career Change
Pre-MBA Resources
MBA Math Build math and spreadsheet skills
MBA Resources show all
--------- Video Interview's of B-School Deans -------
Video Interviews of B-School Deans
------------ B-School Visit Experiences ----------------
Admin Director Interviews
Visit Reviews
------------ MBA Forums ----------------------------------
Business Week Forum
Wharton Student Forum
Chicago GSB Forum
Yale Forum

----------- B-School Articles and News-----------------
How B-Schools get their name
BusinessWeek(B-School Headlines)
The Economist(News from Schools)
The Financial Times(Business Education)
Wall Street Journal(MBA Center)
----------- Gen MBA Info ---------------------------------
MBABuzz MBA Blogs, Forum, App Stat Plotter
MBA Info
MBA Studylink
MBA Jungle
MBA Game Plan
MBA Official Guide
MBA Depot
Top 10 MBA
Ivy League
MBA Podcaster
MBA Jargon
MBA School Directory
MBA 4 Success
Military MBA

------------ MBA Program Summary for Applicants---
ClearAdmit School Guides
WSJ School Snapshots
WSJ Who's Recruiting Where?
MBAPrepAdvantage School Profiles
------------ MBA Foreign Related -----------------------
Canadian MBA
Infozee "Foreign MBA"
------------ MBA Conf/Foundations --------------------
The MBA Tour
The MBA Diversity Alliance
Forte Foundation
Catalyst Women
Knowledge@Wharton Podcast
Association of MBAs
------------ Resume Help ---------------------------------
Darden Resume's
MBA Game Plan Resume Help

------------ Essay Help ------------------------------------
American Dream - (Dave's Pick) (Samples) (Getting Started)
MBA Essay Strategy(download)
MBA Game Plan Essay Help
Some Classic Advice from Wharton Boards
Clear Edit Automated writing editor
MBA Studio

------------- Interview Insight --------------------------
B-School Interview Braindump-Accepted
B-School Interview Braindump-Clearadmit
------------- Ethnocentric Assoc. ----------------------
LEAD Program for minorities
------------- Post-MBA ------------------------------------
MBA Concepts
------------- MBA Articles---------------------------------
If you want your application to B-School to stand out;first do your homework properly, and then apply early
Admissions Tip:HBS Essay #2
Writing good essays from an ADCOM perspective
Top 5 MBA programs Article
The Full-Time Advantage
Overcoming Procrastination
Why B-School is good for our Economy

MBA Ranks show all
Ranks by Industry Sector Show
Forbes ranking measures the graduates' return on investment
Economist ranking reports how students and alumni rated their MBA experience
BusinessWeek surveys students and corporate recruiters and measures intellectual capital
Wall Street Journal is a corporate recruiter based poll (21 criteria)
U.S. News & World Report evals student selectivity and placement data and gathers the perceptions of deans and program directors to develop the ranking
Financial Times poll measures career progression of alumni, program diversity and a school's track record in producing new ideas in management
BusinessWeek '06 Rank
BusinessWeek '06 Slideshow
Financial Times '08 (PDF) (Interactive)
US News&World Report 2009
Economist 2008 Rankings
------Wall Street Journal Rankings--------------------
WSJ 2006(US)
WSJ 2006(International)
WSJ 2006(Academic Discipline)
WSJ 2006(Women)
WSJ 2006(Ethics)
WSJ 2006(Minorities)
WSJ 2006(Industry)
Forbes Rankings 05' Results - 07' Results Rankings
Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2009
DTU Research per School
B-School Research Rankings
Financial Times E-MBA Rankings '06 PDF
BusinessWeek E-MBA Rankings '05
Money's top 100 MBA Employers '06
US News Category Ranks '06
Financial Times Category Ranks
Asia B-School Rank 2000
Australian 2005 Financial Review
German B-School Rank
Computerworld top techno MBA Survey
Consus Group B-School Rankings top 100 Entrepreneurial Colleges
Find MBA Rankings
International Education Commission's Top 10
Marr/Kirkwood Comparison Rankings
Official MBA Guide:MBA Program Ranking and Screening

GMAT Resources show all
GMAC-Register for GMAT
---------- GMAT Articles ----------------------------------
GMAT 700+ Stories(download)
Why Prepare?
About the GMAT
How someone got a 760 score
How someone got a 790 score
Mark Rice GMAT Advice
Low GMAT Success Stories

---------- GMAT Forums ----------------------------------
Beat the GMAT
GMAT Club Forum and Files!
TestMagic Forum

---------- GMAT Companies ------------------------------
Bell Curves
GMAX Online(Online GMAT Course)
Manhattan GMAT
Perfect GMAT
Princeton Review
Test Prep New York
Test Prep Review(Online Course)
Veritas GMAT Prep
790GMAT GMAT Guru(SF based)

---------- GMAT Self Study Guides ----------------------
Corrections to Official Guide 11th
Advanced GMAT Math Study Guide
GMAT Study Strategy
Micro Edu GMAT Prep Material
Probability Review(download)
4GMAT - Math Books (India)

---------- GMAT Resource/Reference -----------------
GMAT Scratchpad
Dr Math
Dr Math-Pascal Triangle
GMAT Official Guide Question Info
Manhattan GMAT Study Guides (Dave's Pick) (Math Skills Review)
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Texas A&M-College Algebra
The Math Page (For Basic Math Skills)
101 Basic Radical & Exponent Review

---------- GMAT Tests ------------------------------------
PowerPrep GMAT CAT (Dave's Pick)
Ascent Education
800 Score (Dave's Pick)
English Test
GMAT Practice Tests
Gorilla Test Prep
Manhattan GMAT Tests (Dave's Pick)
R&B Consulting Prep Software
ScoreTop Online Verbal-Quant Tests
TestPrep New York
Upstart Raising GMAT Simulator

Financing your MBA show all
Financial Aid Podcast
Fundsnet-Search Engine
Graduate Fellowship Database info
Sallie Mae-MBA Loans
US Government's E-Scholar
MBA Admission Consultants show all Forum
Brody Admissions
Cambridge Essay Service
Clear Admit
Essay Solutions
Global Now
Maxx Associates
MBA Apply
The MBA Exchange
MBAGameplan Article
MBA Studio
Stacy Blackman
Veritas Consulting
-------- Brazilian Admin Consultants ------------------
MBA Empresarial
-------- Commentary on Admin Consultants ----------
Why use them?
Comments about some of them
Not all Consultants are good
MBA Life show all
Chicago GSB Online Newspaper
Chicago GSB Magazine
Columbia B-School Wkly Online NewsPaper
Columbia Spectator Daily NewsPaper
Cornell Univ. Daily Sun (Main Campus)
Cornell Daily News Service Highlights
Dartmouth Online Newspaper
Tuck Today Online Happenings
Duke News & Community
HAAS Weekly
Harvard B-School Online Newspaper
Harvard Gazette Online Newspaper
Harvard Online Magazine
Kellogg Online Newspaper
News at MIT
Michigan(Ross) Newspaper
Texas McCombs Weekly
Michigan Daily Online Newspaper
Stern Online Newspaper
Stanford Online Newspaper
Stanford B-School Reporter
UCLA Qrtrly Assets Mag
Univ. Virginia Daily Online News
Wharton Online Newspaper
Yale Daily Online Newspaper
Yale Herald Online Newspaper
Blog & Other Resources show all
IQ Test
Computer Interval Clock
T-Mobile Coverage Check
Picasa Send large files Send large files
Understanding Blog Template Code
SSI Developer - CSS Monitor
Fodey.comNewspaperclip generator
MBA Related Books
Search Now:

Site Meter