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Fisher Ranks among Best B-School for Veterans!



For the first time, Military Times surveyed business schools to create a ranking of Best Business Schools for Vets.  The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business ranked 6th among 24 ranked schools.  We take pride in our commitment to work with veteran applicants and students and believe we have created a community in which military students can thrive.

Learn more about our admissions process for military applicants as well as the student experience for veterans at Fisher!

Did you know that active duty and veteran applicants recieve an application fee waiver to apply to Fisher?  Our next (and last!) deadline for the Autumn 2013 semester start is April 15.  Apply now!




Needed: Transcripts from every school you attended

MBA Applicants,

When you are completing your application to the program, please take note of the transcript instructions.  Ohio State requires transcripts from each institutition where you earned credit, even if the name of the institution and courses are listed on your primary transcript.  If the name of a college or university is listed on your primary transcript (perhaps from summer school or study abroad, for example), the Graduate Admissions Office at Ohio State will request an official transcript from that institution.

The exception to the rule – if you completed your undergraduate work exclusively at Ohio State, you do not need to request a transcript.  We can access that for you.

However, if you studied abroad or did any coursework outside of Ohio State during your time here, we would need you to order those transcripts.

Questions?  Email us at

Coming soon – March 5 application deadline!

The Fisher MBA Class of 2015 is coming along quite nicely, but it is not too late to apply.  Our next application deadline is rapidly approaching – Tuesday, March 5.   Candidates who apply by the March 5 deadline will still be considered for admission in time for our annual Red Carpet Admitted Students Weekend (April 5-6).  We look forward to reviewing your application to the program!  Good luck!


Fisher Winter Interview Day

If you need a little motivation in these cold winter months to get moving towards your new goals for 2013, here it is:

Start an application to the Fisher MBA program and automatically be granted an in-person interview with a member of the MBA Recruiting and Admissions Team.


What: Winter Interview Day

When: Friday, February 15*

 *Interview slots are available between 9:00am ET and 5:00pm ET.  Interview day also includes a presentation providing a program overview, lunch, and an optional tour of campus.

How: Start an application online. Email your resume to with Winter Interview Day in the subject line.

We will get back to you within one week of your resume submission to inform you if we have a spot available for your interview.

Patience from applicants = happy admissions office

As you might imagine, December is a bit busy here in the Fisher Graduate Programs Office.  We have just passed a priority deadline and applicants are anxious to confirm that their materials have been received in time to be considered for admission and for financial aid.

Please keep in mind that there is manual work that has to be done to match your online application with the rest of your application materials, as it does not get updated in “real-time.”  Also, note that it takes about 20 days from your test date for us to receive official GMAT scores and 13 days from your test date to receive TOEFL scores.

Please wait at least five business days for your application checklist to be updated to reflect the status of your application materials received by our office.

Note, the Graduate Programs Office will be closed on Monday, December 23, Tuesday, December 24, and Tuesday, January 1.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season and a happy new year!

Rolling Admissions vs. Rounds

As you are getting ready to submit your applications to business schools, be sure to pay attention to the deadlines.  Some schools operate on a rolling admissions schedule, while some schools use rounds.  Schools that use rounds expect that your application is complete by the posted deadline and all of the applications that were submitted by a particular deadline are reviewed together.  The next batch of applications will be reviewed after the next deadline has passed.  So, if a deadline is October 15 and you submit your application on the 16th, you may have missed the chance to be reviewed in that round.  Fisher uses a rolling admissions schedule.

Here are some important things to note with respect to our rolling admissions process:

  • We will review your applications as they are submitted and become complete.  You do not need to wait until the deadline to submit your application or receive any feedback from us. Even though we just had a deadline  (October 15), you can still submit tomorrow and your application will be reviewed when it is ready.
  • Deadlines are guidelines for you and for us, from an application processing standpoint – there are certain incentives to applying by the deadlines, like priority funding consideration, for example.
  • The earlier you apply, the more seats still remain to fill the class, so the better your chances might be for admission.
  • If you apply early and are not a competitive applicant at that time, you may still have time to work on some of the weaker areas of your application in time for the next enrollment.  If a candidate has strong potential for admission, yet is lacking in a specific area that may be addressed, the admissions committee may put you on the waitlist and provide feedback as to steps you can take to increase your chances for admission.  Perhaps we would like to see a higher score on the GMAT or TOEFL or perhaps we will advise you to enroll in a continuing education course during spring semester to give the admissions committee some additional confidence in your quantitative abilities.  This kind of feedback might be possible if you submit an application in November rather than March, for example.

Our next application deadline is December 1 – get your application in any time between now and then to benefit from priority merit-based funding consideration!


Fast Track Fridays

This year, you have the opportunity to get on a fast track to admission to Fisher by participating in one of our Fast Track Fridays.  If you pre-qualify, you will be invited to come to campus for an admissions interview before you have even completed the application process.  A select number of prospective full-time MBA candidates will be invited to come to campus during a designated Friday for a pre-admissions interview.  In return, you can expect an expedited admission decision upon submission of your required application materials.  Come on Friday, submit your application materials on Saturday and you could have an admissions decision the following Monday.  If you do not have a completed application by the Monday following your Fast Track Friday, you will receive a final decision on your application within 3-5 days of completing the application process. 

How do you qualify to attend?

1. Start your application to the MBA program!

2. Send your resume to the MBA admissions office with Fast Track Friday in the title and your preferred Fast Track Friday date in the message

3. We will be in touch with you within 3-5 days to inform you if we have a spot available for you to attend!

2013 Fisher Full-Time MBA Application is now LIVE!

We are pleased to announce that our 2013 application is now live! You can take your first step towards joining the Fisher MBA Class of 2015 by submitting your online application today.

To reward our early applicants, we will offer an application fee waiver to the first 50 people who:
1. Create an application account
2. Tweet the entire following message:
I started my 2013 @FisherOSU_MBA application, apply at to join me! #applyFisherMBA13 #OhioState
Once you post your tweet, a member of the Fisher admissions team will reach out to you through a Twitter direct message to confirm your entry.

To redeem your waiver, you must apply to the Fisher Full-Time MBA program by December 1, 2012. You will be notified by admissions if you are a winner in the contest.

Application Deadlines for 2013 can be found here!

Tweet your way to an application fee waiver!

Essay changes for 2013 application

The new application for 2013 will be ready to go in mid-July and we will begin reviewing applications at the beginning of August.  Essay content will not be different for this year, but there is one major change – we will only have TWO required essays instead of THREE and you will have a choice for your second essay.  The application instructions will look like this for the essay section:

Essay #1Shaping Your Vision

Every year Fisher College’s Full-Time MBA program admits a select group of talented professionals with demonstrated potential to become successful business leaders in an increasingly competitive, global environment. Why do you want to earn an MBA degree in general and a Fisher College MBA in particular? How will Fisher specifically assist you in achieving your individual potential? As part of your response, include a brief summary of your professional accomplishments to date. If you have not held a full-time job or are still in college, let us know about your leadership accomplishments in a school, internship, or extracurricular context.

Maximum words: 750

Essay #2 – CHOICE*
For your second essay, choose either Focusing on Leadership or Discovering You.

Focusing On Leadership*

One of Fisher’s strengths is its dedication to developing leaders. Listed below are 10 attributes that characterize great leaders. Please select the two criteria that best describe your strengths and provide us with concrete evidence to support your choices.

Write an essay for each of the two characteristics you select, describing situations in which you exemplified these leadership traits. Please title each of your essays with the specific trait (e.g. ‘endurance’) that you have chosen for yourself. As part of your essay response, you may include a digital photo or link to content (e.g. blog, video clip, website, etc.) if that content helps to illustrate the attribute(s) you have chosen.

  • Integrity
  • Empathy
  • Curiosity
  • Endurance
  • Creativity
  • Global awareness
  • Passion
  • Vision
  • Self Awareness
  • Communication and interpersonal skills

Maximum words: 500 per attribute

Discovering You*

As a Fisher College MBA student, you get the best of both worlds: the up-close and personal feel of a small program combined with the resources and opportunities offered by a major research university. As an individual participant, you will play a key role in shaping our culture. Consequently, we would like to learn more about who you are and the unique characteristics you will contribute to the Fisher College community. Provide an honest description of yourself outside your professional context, stressing the personal characteristics you believe to be your strengths and weaknesses, along with the factors that have most influenced your development to date.

Maximum words: 750

We are also adding the opportunity for you to include supplemental information within the online application module. In the past, if you wanted to share information with the Admissions Committee that was not covered in another section of the application, you had to email it to us separately. This year you will see the following section:

Supplemental Information (Optional)
Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you have not addressed elsewhere.

Maximum words: 250

Get ready for the new GMAT!

If you are thinking about applying to MBA programs this fall, you probably are aware that the GMAT is changing next month – June 5, 2012 to be exact!  The Graduate Management Admissions Council is introducing a new Integrated Reasoning (IR)section into the Next Generation GMAT.    The IR section will include texts, charts and/or tables; mult-source reasoning; graphics interpretation and two-part analysis.  You get to use an on-screen calculator with this section – exciting!

The verbal and quantitative sections will not change and will still comprise the score on the 800 scale that you are used to seeing.  The IR section will have a separate score on an 8 point scale.  A main difference with the addition of the IR section is the switch to just one analytical writing assessment. 

The new test format will look like this:

30 minute Analytical Writing Assessment

30 minute Intergrated Reasoning Section

75 minute Quantitative Section

75 minutes Verbal Section

Total 3 hours, 30 minutes (4 hours total time commitment, including breaks)

You may be wondering how business schools are going to evaluate applicants using this new section.  Honestly, it is too early to tell.  I know that I am excited about the opportunity to evaluate candidates based on skills that are highly relevant and criticial to academic success in a business school classroom.  The questions in this section will ask you to synthesize, analyze, and organize information from a variety of sources to draw a conclusion and solution to a problem.  Since we have no historic scoring data, we have nobody to compare to, so my thought is that the first test takers of the new section have an advantage – you can set the bar for those to come after you!  I do not anticipate that the scores on this section will have a dramatic impact on admissions this next cycle.  Once we all have a better idea of how the section is scored and what the correlation is between scores on this section and performance in the classroom, we will have a much better sense of how much weight to put on it.  In the meantime, happy studying and good luck!  Visit to register for the GMAT and access practice tests.

One important note – with the addition of the new section, it will take a bit longer for us to get your scores.  We have been told that it will take about 20 days to receive them.  Please give yourself enough time to take the exam when planning around your application deadlines.


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