Admissions Tip #1 - Be Authentic

Peggy Conway, Director of MBA Admissions

By Peggy Conway, Director of MBA Admissions

When putting together your MBA application package, it can be difficult to resist certain temptations. Among them is the assumption that you only need to tell the Admissions Committee what you think they want to hear. Instead, stick to your objectives: gaining acceptance to a business school that truly fits your needs and will help you accomplish both your personal and professional goals. That success can only achieved if you are honest in your application about who you are and where you want to go.

I speak from experience when I say there’s no one “ideal” candidate that we’re seeking here at TCU’s Neeley School of Business. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. We’re excited by the prospect of meeting, interviewing and considering candidates coming from different backgrounds and bringing unique experiences to campus. One of the greatest assets Neeley offers its MBAs is the opportunity to learn from – and be challenged by – people with different perspectives on business and life. You can see how that’s the case by reading about our most recent incoming classes, both in the Full-time MBA and Evening Graduate programs.

Entering the MBA application process with an open mind doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t highlight your strengths, showcase your expertise or focus on the most positive aspects of your non-business related experience. We expect you to help us understand how you would be a good colleague and contribute to the MBA community. In other words, show us your best self.

Of course, it can be difficult to know if you’re hitting that mark. One great way to gain more insight into how well you’re presenting yourself and your value in your application is to have someone who knows you well read it and ask them, “Do you recognize this as me?”


On behalf of the graduate admissions committee here at Neeley, I can tell you we sincerely look forward to getting to know more about you – and all our applicants. Start writing, just keeping in mind that great advice from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “To thine own self be true.”

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