The Kellogg School of Management is known as the first business school in the world to begin interviewing student applicants to assess their leadership potential and suitability.
Today, along with GPA and GMAT scores, “fit” is an important element in the admissions process in many b-schools around the world.
Here are some other interesting facts and figures about the school, with a focus on its two-year full-time MBA program.
16 things every Kellogg MBA applicant should know
The Kellogg School of Management of the Northwestern University is located in Evanston, Illinoi, about 20 km north of downtown Chicago. Evanston lies in Cook County near Lake Michigan and is home to the university and 75,000 residents. Evanston grew over the decades mainly because it is accessible from Chicago by rail. It has these rail links even today, but there are also other modes of transportation—buses, cars, and bicycles. Moreover, walking enthusiasts have miles of sidewalks.
The top employer is Northwestern University, with about 9,500 employees. Evanston is a “truly urban suburb,” with its residential localities, parks, beaches, and recreational facilities. Its housing districts and accessibility from Chicago have made Evanston a popular filming destination — Home Alone 3, Dennis the Menace, and many other popular films were shot here. It has witnessed coordinated efforts on sustainability by its government, people, and organizations.
Evanston has a cold and temperate climate. There is a lot of rainfall, and the city records about 900 mm of precipitation each year. The lowest precipitation is in February and the highest in July. July is also the hottest month, with an average temperature of 23 degrees C. The lowest average temperature occurs in January, -5.2 degrees C.
The Kellogg School Global Hub, the 415,000 sq. ft. facility where the full-time MBA program is conducted, is located in Northwestern’s Evanston campus, and gives great views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. The main element of the building, opened in March 2017, is the Collaboration Plaza, a 6,000 square-foot space, with Spanish steps, used for discussions and gatherings.
The Faculty Summit, a 9,000 square-foot atrium, and the White Auditorium are also part of the Global Hub. The Hub’s 15 high-tech classrooms support many types of learning. Most Kellogg students live in Evanston, and enjoy its restaurants, shopping centers, film theaters, and art galleries, while some prefer Chicago.
The McManus Living-Learning Center, an apartment complex exclusively for Kellogg students, can accommodate single students, couples, and families. Kellogg students have access to Northwestern’s recreational sports and sports facilities. A health service for students is available on campus.
Kellogg is placed 12th in FT’s 2018 Global MBA Ranking. Business Insider ranks it fourth (2017) among US business schools, along with Stanford and Sloan.
US News’ 2018 list gives Kellogg the same position among US b-schools as does Business Insider, along with the same schools mentioned by Insider.
The Kellogg faculty comprises scholars and researchers who bring knowledge of real-world problems to their classroom training. They use teachings methods such as case studies and field studies, seminars and simulations.
Research is a major activity at Kellogg, and faculty members have developed many new theories in fields such as banking, strategy, marketing, and game theory. Several research journals are edited at Kellogg, including the “Journal of Economics and Management Strategy” and “Games and Economic Behavior,” which were founded at Kellogg. Dean Sally Blount has about 150 academic staff members to support her in her work.
Kellogg conducts two full-time MBA programs with durations of one year and two years. The one-year MBA program, the fastest way to a Kellogg MBA, allows qualified students to bypass core courses and focus on electives that can help in their career journeys.
The two-year program provides mastery in multiple disciplines and explores a wide range of electives and learning opportunities.
The MMM program helps students build good foundations in business management and design innovation, and graduates receive an MBA from Kellogg and an MS in Design Innovation from the Segal Design Institute at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.
The JD-MBA program allows students to become business leaders with legal expertise or pursue law careers with business management knowledge. Evening and weekend MBA programs, executive education programs, and MS in Management Studies are also available.
Kellogg’s two-year full-time MBA program starts in September with the students working on nine core topics and then moving on to their electives. Expert faculty impart fundamental knowledge but also provide the latest in course innovation.
Students are given settings that allow them to develop their leadership skills. Multidisciplinary courses, over 1,000 experiential learning opportunities, and exchange programs in 20 countries are other program features.
Students may choose one of seven majors or none at all. Students who do not choose a major graduate in “General Management.” Kellogg also offers students pathways to explore their interests in the evolving industries, such as data analytics, growth and scaling, and social impact.
The eligibility for Kellogg’s full-time two-year MBA is a college-level education equivalent to a four-year baccalaureate degree from the US. A degree from a three-year undergraduate program, as offered by institutions in India, may be accepted.
Students are evaluated for their scholastic ability, personal character, motivation, leadership ability, interpersonal skills, career performance, and management potential.
Personal essays, academic transcripts, GMAT/GRE scores, letters of recommendation (one from a current manager and another from a former supervisor), TOEFL/IELTS scores, and video essay are among the requirements. The application fee is $250.
The estimated (2017-18) expenses for the first year of the two-year MBA program is about $100,000, including tuition $69,000, room and board $17,000, and personal expenses $3,150.
Admitted international students are considered for all merit-based scholarships. Among the scholarships are the Diversity Scholarship, James P. Gorter Scholarship, Forte Foundation Scholarship, Kellogg Scholarship, Kellogg Growth Scholarships, Frederick C. Austin Scholarships, and Donald P. Jacobs International Scholarships.
Need-based scholarships are also offered. Students can also opt for private student loans but may need a US cosignor in most cases. Scholarships are also available for students entering their second year with proven leadership skills and academic excellence.
The two-year MBA Class of 2019 has 478 students with 42 percent women and 35 percent international students. The average GMAT score is 732 and the range 600-780.
The average age is 28 years and average work experience 5.1 years (range 3.5-7, for the middle 80 percent).
Twenty-seven percent of students have an industry background of consulting, 20 percent financial services, and 12 percent tech/communications. Forty-nine percent are undergraduate majors in economics/business, 30 percent in STEM, and the rest in humanities.
Kellogg’s Career Management Center helps students draw up a career plan, evolve job-search strategies, and connect with recruiters.
The CMC’s basic principles for the student are “aspire, explore, and mobilize.” The Kellogg Job Board posts 5,000 job listings every year for Kellogg alumni.
Jobs after MBA/employers
Ninety-six percent of Class of 2016 students received a job offer within three months of graduation, and 93 percent accepted job offers. Thirty-three percent took consulting jobs, 22 percent tech jobs, 14 percent consumer goods jobs, and 13 percent finance jobs.
Thirty-nine students accepted full-time positions in startups or started their own business. As many as 200 companies—from AT Kearny to Cisco, Dell to Google, Microsoft to Tishman Speyer—hired Kellogg graduates.
The median salary of the Class of 2016 graduates was $125,000 and the median sign-on bonus $25,000.
The Kellogg alumni network, which consists of 60,000 members across various industries in 100 countries, shares their resources with new graduates and students.
There are over 70 regional, industry, or special interests clubs that help graduates stay in touch. The network provides a comprehensive alumni directory and also information about events and networking opportunities.
The list of Kellogg’s notable alumni includes James L. Allen and Edwin G. Booz (founders of Booz Allen Hamilton), Arthur E. Andersen (founder of Arthur Andersen), Tony Vernon (CEO, Kraft Foods), Brad Blum (CEO Emeritus, Burger King), Mallika Chopra (President, Intent), Kushagra Bajaj (CEO, Bajaj Hindusthan), Vinita Gupta (CEO, Lupin), Roshni Nadar (CEO, HCL), Sally Blount (Dean, Kellogg), and Christopher Galvin (former CEO, Motorola).
Kellogg’s mission is to develop “brave leaders” who inspire growth in people and organizations. The school enables students to become thought leaders and exemplary problem-solvers. It offers an environment that is supportive, requires teamwork, and inspires innovation.
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