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Spring Interview Day

Thinking about getting your MBA and wondering if you are too late to start this fall?  Good news!  Fisher reserves a limited number of seats in the Full-Time MBA class for individuals who may have realized a bit late in the process that the MBA is the best next step for them.  We understand that sometimes things happen – in either work or our personal lives – that makes us rethink our plans and choose a different course of action.  If you are thinking that it might be a good time to make a change and you are ready to take that next step, consider attending our spring interview day on Friday, April 27.

You may request an invitation to attend here.  Candidates that are invited to join us will be guaranteed an admissions interview for the fall semester 2012 enrollment term.  Join us for lunch, a program overview, and a tour of campus in addition to your interview and receive an expedited admissions decision shortly after your visit.

We look forward to learning more about you!

 


$500 book scholarship for February applicants

For all of you slow pokes out there who need an incentive to finish up your application and hit the “submit” button, here it is:

Anyone who applies to the Fisher Full-Time MBA program between now and March 1st (our next deadline) will receive a $500 scholarship for books and/or case materials, provided that you are offered admission and enroll at Fisher in the fall. 

Need another incentive?  If you apply quickly enough, you may still have enough time to earn your ticket to our Red Carpet Admitted Students Weekend.  What does that mean?  Well, Red Carpet is our Admitted Students Weekend, so an invitation to Red Carpet follows an acceptance into the Full-Time MBA program for Fall 2012.  Red Carpet will be held the weekend of March 30-31.  More on Red Carpet to come, but first, get in that application!!

That $500 will go a long way, especially on used books!


The New GMAT – are you ready for it?

GMAT is undergoing a significant revision within the next few months. In June 2012, the GMAT will introduce an integrated reasoning section, testing concepts that have not been tested before on the GMAT. The current version of the GMAT has a verbal section, a quantitative section, and two essays. The new version will drop one of the essays and replace it with an integrated reasoning section.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJLwiwRsQAM

What does this mean for you? If you are reading this and are applying to the Fisher MBA program for spring semester 2013, you can either take the GMAT before or after the changes are implemented – the program does not prefer one over the other. As long as your scores are valid scores, they can be used as part of a complete application. Remember that scores are good for up to five years from the time you take it.

For more information, please check the FAQ published by GMAC. (Click here if you’d like to see some sample questions from the new integrated reasoning section.)


Additional Information Section

Some of you have inquired about the appropriate place to put additional information that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee that may not fit in the essay responses you have already provided.  If there is not a way for you to work it in to the Discovering You essay, please feel free to email the information to gpo_processing@fisher.osu.edu. Please do not feel like it is required to submit additional information.  In fact, it is discouraged unless you really need to explain something that will help provide clarity or an explanation for potential red flags in your application.  If you do email additional information, be sure to include the first and last name you used to create your application and your application ID, if possible.

As a reminder, we have a deadline this week – December 15 and the next one is January 5.
Good luck!


Online Application Workshop

Getting ready to submit your application for the December 15th deadline?  Have some last minute questions before you do so?  Emily Betz, our MBA Recruiting and Admissions Manager, will be facilitating an online workshop on Monday, December 5th at 6pm EST.  The online application workshop will give you insider information about our application process and requirements.

It is super easy to join in – just follow these three steps right before the session begins on the 5th:

1) Visit http://fisher.osu.acrobat.com/gpo

2) Click on “Enter as a Guest” and type in your full name

3) Click on “Enter Room” to join the information session!

 

P.S. There will be a special bonus at the end of the workshop, so be sure to stay for the whole thing – your wallet will thank you!


Join us for the The Economist’s Which MBA? Virtual Fair

We will be participating in The Economist’s Which MBA? online fair November 9-10.  The fair will enable prospective MBA candidates to “meet” admissions officers, learn more about our program and gain insider tips to the application process.  You can access the fair at your convenience, but Fisher admissions staff will be logged in for live one-on-one chat sessions during the following times:

November 9: 7am – 10am EST

November 9: 2pm – 5pm EST

November 10: 10am – 1pm EST

November 10: 6pm- 9pm EST

Free admission for our guests! Be sure to sign up today at http://registermbafair.whichmba.com/?source=ohio

Join Fisher at the Which MBA? Fair


Application Status: Apply Yourself vs. Buckeyelink

If you have created an application account for the MBA program and have started working on your application, you have been using a system called Apply Yourself (“AY“).  This screen shot should look familiar when you log in:

Screen shot of application in progress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you submit your application to the MBA program, you will continue to visit AY to review your application checklist – this will tell you whether we have received your transcripts, your test scores, your letters of recommendation or any other application materials that were not submitted with your online application form.

Soon after submitting your application, you will receive an email from The Ohio State University that provides your OSU ID and OSU ID password.   This information will be used to log into the Buckeyelink to check your application status as it pertains to a DECISION on your completed application.  This site will be updated to indicate whether your application is in review, been approved for admission, been denied, or whether a decision has been deferred until a later date (wait listed):

For Fisher MBA applicants, this application status button on Buckeyelink is not where you go to make sure we have received your application materials.  This is where you go to check on the status of your completed application.

To summarize:

Check AY to check the status of your application that has been submitted but not yet complete.

  • In other words, until your application is complete, check AY.

Check Buckeyelink to check the status of your application that has been submitted and is complete.

  • In other words, after your application is complete, check Buckeyelink.

 

Good luck!


Check out our new website!

Hopefully you noticed the new Fisher MBA website!  It was designed to get you the information you need easily and quickly.  I wanted to point out a few key features:

1) The Ask Admissions button – click on this link to fill out a quick interest form and be contacted by a member of our MBA Recruiting and Admissions team.

 

 

 

 

2)  The Events section – review this section periodically to make sure you aren’t missing out on important events – Fisher Season Premiere is coming soon.  Request an invitation today!

 

 

 

 

 

3) The Connect with Fisher section – this section outlines all of the ways you can connect with us to learn more about the MBA program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you already know Fisher is in your future, you may “Pass GO and go directly to” (hopefully you got the Monopoly reference)… my favorite button:

Apply Now! First application deadline is October 31, 2011


New GMAT waiver policy

As you may have noticed on the admission requirements section of our new and improved website, we now have an opportunity for eligible applicants to request a waiver of the GMAT.  The GMAT is the only standardized test that was designed exclusively for MBA admissions and was created to help business schools assess whether MBA applicants have the quantitative, verbal and analytical skills required to succeed in the core business courses offered through an MBA program.  The GMAT is the only standardized test that we officially accept for admission to the MBA program at Fisher.

That being said, we recognize that some applicants may be able to demonstrate their potential to succeed in the MBA classroom without the GMAT.  Applicants who have already earned a graduate or professional degree in the United States  may request exemption from the GMAT exam.  The thought behind this is that these applicants have the ability to prove to the admissions committee that they can handle the rigor of graduate level coursework and presumably have taken some courses that have given them knowledge and skills that can be transferred to the MBA classroom environment. 

When you are completing the online application, you will see a section that enables you to request a waiver of the GMAT.  If you choose to do this, you are giving the admissions committee the freedom to make a final decision on your application as it stands without the score.  This means that the other sections of your application will carry more weight than they would for someone who does have a GMAT score.  Here are the three potential outcomes of applying with a GMAT waiver:

1) Your application is reviewed and you are invited to interview with the program.

2) Your application is reviewed and you are put on the waitlist.  If the admissions committee thinks that a GMAT score is required to better assess your candidacy for the program, you will be contacted with a request to take the exam. 

3) Your application to the  program will be denied.

Some advice: If you are typically a strong standardized test taker, we would recommend that you take the exam.  A strong score could give you a competitive edge over other candidates and it could qualify you for more merit-based funding than you would have received otherwise.  Applicants who elect not to take the GMAT may not be eligible for the highest level of awards at Ohio State/Fisher.

 


2012-2013 Application is now live!

The Full-Time MBA application for the 2012-2013 academic year is now live at fisher.osu.edu/ftmba.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply early – your chances of earning admission and merit-based financial aid are best at the beginning of the application cycle.

Deadlines for Autumn 2012 are as follows:

October 31 – Applicants who apply by this date and matriculate at Fisher will be eligible to recieve a $1,000 professional development grant to be used during your enrollment in the MBA program for  qualifying programs.

 

 

December 15 – Priority merit-based funding deadline.  Applicants who apply by this date will be considered for all available merit-based funding awards at both The Ohio State University and The Fisher College of Business.

 

 

 
 
 January 5

 

 

March 1

April 15 – Applications will only be accepted after this date on a space available basis.

 

 

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