What kind of students are we looking for?

Smartly Institute is committed to an admissions program that provides an academically qualified student body that is diverse and has passion and excitement for learning. As we evaluate applications, we admit students to our programs who excel within the context of our highly competitive applicant pool. We are proud of the students who we enroll, and we understand that we can’t admit every incredible applicant who applies.

Smartly Institute was founded on the promise of leveraging pedagogical and technological innovation with the power of professional networks to deliver best-in-class learning experiences and career outcomes for students. For this reason, admissions is a key component in fostering a healthy academic community and valuable alumni network. 

Quality of Previously Attended Institutions

  • Applicants to the MBA and Executive MBA programs must have earned an undergraduate degree or higher from an accredited institution or its international equivalent. On a case-by-case basis, the Institute considers applicants who have not earned an undergraduate degree but have documented management experience and/or professional accomplishments. We consider these applicants very thoughtfully during the admissions process.
  • When evaluating the academic preparedness of the applicants, the Institute considers other markers of rigor. For example, it considers the academic rankings and admittance rate of the institutions a student has previously attended as well as the student’s professional experience.

Prior Academic Performance

  • Applicants may provide relevant information about their previously earned degrees, such as academic scores, performance, and other academic accolades. If an applicant is admitted to a Smartly Institute degree program, the applicant must submit official transcripts for all previously attended academic institutions.

Completion of Non-Degree Academic Programs

  • Applicants are asked to list any non-degree programs that they have completed, such as online certificates or in-person classes that could further demonstrate their passion and interest for topics in business, technology, and other career-oriented fields, as well as their general appetite for education and self-improvement.

Standardized Test Scores

  • Students may opt to list the scores they received on standardized tests like the GRE and GMAT. These test scores are not required and are used in the application process only if they enhance an application.

Essays / Writing Samples

  • Applicants are asked to provide short essay responses to several questions.
  • Writing and communicating with classmates is an important part of the MBA and Executive MBA programs. Additionally, Smartly Institute reviews this section of the application, apart from writing skill, to learn more about the passion, intellect, and drive of each applicant. If a writing sample shows exceptional writing skill or weakness, the Institute may give weight to it.

Experience and Habit of Leadership

  • Smartly Institute appreciates leadership on any scale. Individuals may demonstrate leadership in many contexts such as their college extracurricular activities, community commitments, academic or business achievements, or personal, non-career-related accomplishments. For example, they may demonstrate it by managing college or city clubs, leading work teams, creating businesses, or spearheading projects at work. The Institute looks for such evidence of an applicant’s leadership potential.

Letters of Evaluation

  • Applicants to the MBA and Executive MBA programs are given the option to provide positive recommendations from up to three colleagues, managers, or professional peers as a part of the application process. These recommendation letters make a case for their intellect, imagination, and/or diligence, and Smartly Institute uses these letters to judge their prospect for academic success.

Interview with Admissions Representative

  • Smartly Institute interviews the applicants as part of the admissions process to get to know them beyond courses, numbers, and awards. During these interviews, the Institute allows students to ask questions so that they may better understand program requirements, program expectations, and other program details.

Acceptance to a Prior Cohort

  • When a student is unable to start or continue enrollment after accepting admission to a program, Smartly Institute’s deferral policy allows the student to defer two times to a subsequent cohort before it asks the student to reapply.
  • If circumstances beyond an applicant's control prevented enrollment after being admitted into the program, or if a student was unable to complete the program after two deferrals, re-application will be considered in the applicant's favor.

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