With many attendees in the process of working on and finalizing their MBA applications, this was a great opportunity to meet and talk to business school representatives who sit on the other side of the application process. Some had already decided the business schools that they were applying to this Spring, and some were still looking to narrow down their short list of prospective schools. Regardless of their stage in the application process, all went away with very positive feedback on the experience and the insight that they had gained from the business schools that were present.
What is always striking about our events in Washington DC is the variety and diversity of the backgrounds of the applicants that we meet. Along with the more traditional finance and consulting backgrounds, DC is always a good place to meet candidates with government, healthcare, non-profit and military experience. I expect this to be more of the case over the next 12 months, particularly after November - as we saw in 2008/09 any change in political offices or administrations as a whole always brings a new group of candidates from across the political spectrum into the MBA applicant pool.
Tomorrow evening (Tuesday 7th) is the QS World MBA Tour, to be held at the National Press Club - just a few blocks from the White House.