The Boom In B-School Applications

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If you're thinking that now might be a good time to get off Wall Street and lay low by applying to business school, you aren't alone. Applications to business schools are booming. "It's the second-largest year-over-year surge in applications to full-time programs since 2002, and the highest level of increase in five years," Business Week reports.
The sharpest increase is in mid-tier business schools. Penn State's Smeal College of Business, saw a 39% increase in applications, for instance. But even MIT's Sloan School of Management and NYU's Stern School of Business saw double digit increases in application volume.

Sagging Economy Boosting B-School Programs
[Business Week]

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