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Application Deadlines for Autumn 2014 enrollment

I know many of you are anxious to begin working on your application for the Autumn 2014 enrollment term.  The new application will be live by mid-July, so stay tuned.  For now, I can let you know our application deadlines for the upcoming year. Keep in mind that Fisher has a rolling admissions process, so we review applications to the MBA program as they are submitted and become complete.

October 15 – Applicants who submit by this deadline and are offered admission earn the opportunity to receive a $1,000 professional development grant for use during the MBA program.  This can be used for international program travel, conferences, or any program related events that cause you to incur additional fees.  Furthermore, all candidates who submit applications by this deadline and are offered admission will be considered for all available fellowships, scholarships and other merit-based aid.

Deember 15 – This is the priority deadline to be considered for all available fellowships, scholarships and other merit-based aid.  This is also the deadline for University Fellowship and Graduate Enrichment Fellowship consideration.

February 15 – This is the recommended deadline for applicants seeking any merit-based aid.  Highest value awards may no longer be available by this deadline.

April 15 – This is the final deadline for admission consideration for Autumn 2014.  Applications will be accepted after this date on a space-available basis.


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!


2012-2013 Application is now live!

The Full-Time MBA application for the 2012-2013 academic year is now live at

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.