MALIBU, CA--(Marketwire - October 9, 2009) - Applicants hoping to gain admission into their top choice programs have a new weapon in their arsenal to decipher the "B-School Mad Libs" and hone in on the must-know characteristics among the pool of similar-sounding top MBA programs. Today, leading GMAT prep and MBA admissions consulting provider Veritas Prep released its inaugural series of Annual Reports offering insider insights on everything from program strengths and weaknesses to student culture to star professors at each of the top business schools. These reports seek to help students make informed decisions when choosing ideal programs to which to apply and creating their MBA applications.

"Despite their stark differences, many business schools tend to market themselves similarly, touting a global perspective, hands-on learning, sustainability, and other corporate buzzwords, making it difficult for applicants to determine which MBA program is the best fit for them," explains Scott Shrum, Director of MBA Admissions Research at Veritas Prep. "Our Annual Reports offer the timely perspective necessary to not only help applicants cultivate a meaningful understanding of the top programs, but also to target the right schools and craft effective applications that increase their chances of admission to those schools."

Annual reports include a plethora of information on the top MBA programs, including:

--  An analysis of what the school looks for in applicants
--  Important aspects about the school's approach in the classroom
--  An in-depth look at the school's student culture
--  Advice on how to finance an MBA
--  An insider's take on life on and around campus
--  A detailed look at the school's "must have" professors

As an example of how the Annual Reports can help applicants decipher the "B-School Mad Libs," consider Columbia Business School:

Columbia is best known for its emphasis on finance and a New York location that results in a high-profile faculty, a renowned speaker series and substantial career opportunities for its graduates. However, what really sets Columbia apart from other top programs is the international flavor of its student body and program offerings. Every top MBA program espouses its "global perspective," but few can match Columbia's highly international student body, of which 40 percent of students hail from countries abroad, or the innovative international programs offered by the school's Chazen Institute. Additionally, Columbia Business School has an active and influential alumni base that opens up career opportunities for graduates in a multitude of countries.

Annual Reports are now available for the following business schools: Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, Kellogg, MIT Sloan, NYU Stern, UCLA Anderson, Chicago Booth, Columbia and Ross. Annual Reports for Fuqua, INSEAD, Haas, Tuck and Yale will be available for download shortly. For more information about Veritas Prep's Annual Reports or to download a report, visit or call 1 (800) 925-7737.

About Veritas Prep

Veritas Prep is the world's fastest-growing test preparation and admissions consulting provider, offering industry-leading programs to help applicants improve their test scores and gain admission to the world's best graduate schools. Founded in 2002 by graduates of the Yale School of Management, Veritas Prep now offers live GMAT prep instruction in more than 80 cities worldwide, as well as interactive online courses available everywhere. Additionally, Veritas Prep offers industry-leading admissions consulting services for applicants seeking admission to the most competitive business schools, law schools, and medical schools in the world.

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