Marketing efforts to attract lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender MBA applicants are not cut-and-dried. While business schools can easily target potential candidates by ethnicity, asking applicants to identify themselves based on sexual orientation is not a standard demographic question.
Nevertheless, LGBT applicants can benefit greatly from researching their target schools' outreach efforts, campus clubs and inclusiveness toward their LGBT community as an important factor when selecting potential schools.
Many gay and lesbian applicants wonder if they should openly address their sexual orientation as they begin the MBA admissions process. The LGBT Student Association at Harvard Business School, for one, urges applicants to be "out" in their MBA application and notes that the admissions office is not only very gay friendly but that it's excited to increase the LGBT presence at the business school. read more