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If you’re applying and sending us transcripts via surface mail, be sure to do this

If you address your mail to us properly, we won't have to return it!

Part of the application process to the Fisher MAcc program includes submitting your official transcripts. When sending us your transcripts, be sure you address them correctly.

MACC ADMISSIONS
Fisher College of Business/Graduate Programs Office
100 Gerlach Hall
2108 Neil Ave
Columbus OH 43210-1144

In addition to the actual street and building address, the most important part of the address above is the first line. It is not uncommon for applicants to send materials to us with no reference to the program to which s/he is applying. When mail arrives in our office, it gets sorted to the correct processing group. We have two processing groups – one for MBA programs and one for Specialized Masters Programs. If there is no reference to the specific program anywhere in the address, it gets sorted into the “Pending/Need to Research” workflow. You do not want your materials to be sorted into that workflow because it WILL cause a delay in processing.

Summary: Be sure to include the name of the program you are applying to somewhere in the address when sending us anything via surface mail.


“Columbus rated tops in Ohio for business”

According to Forbes magazine, Columbus, Ohio ranks #24 nationally on The Best Places for Business and Careers list.  A recent article in the Columbus Dispatch references Forbes latest list and quotes Alex Fischer, president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership as saying: “We are repeatedly showing up as one of the top cities in the Midwest,” he said. “The Midwest is having a renaissance, and Columbus is leading that.”

Learn more about life in Columbus and the Fisher MAcc program.


New GMAT section (Integrated Reasoning) scoring scale released

NextGen GMAT was released on June 5, 2012.

I recently received an email from GMAC on the new Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT, which made its debut on June 5, 2012. (I wrote about the “new GMAT” in an earlier post.)

“The new Integrated Reasoning section will measure test takers’ ability to convert data in different formats and from multiple sources into meaningful information to solve problems,” said Ashok Sarathy, vice president, GMAT Program. “Although the questions include both verbal and quantitative data, our testing showed that Integrating Reasoning is a distinct skill.  We think the scores will help schools gauge these skills among their applicants.”

The Integrated Reasoning section will be scored on a standalone basis – in other words, its score (from 1 to 8 ) will not affect the rest of your GMAT scores (e.g. verbal, quantitative, etc.). Click here for more information on the scoring scale on the new Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT.

Note: If you are applying for the Fisher MAcc program for autumn 2013, you may submit GMAT scores to us from either prior to or on/after June 5, 2012. GMAT scores are good for five years – either “version” of the GMAT will work for your autumn 2013 application.


Autumn 2013 applications are posted online and available

The Fisher MAcc application for the 2012-2013 academic year is now live and available online.

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 2013 are listed below:

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS (U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents)

November 9 - early decision deadline. Complete applications submitted by this date will have an admission decision (admit, deny, wait-list) by December 31.

December 21 - Fellowship/priority funding deadline

May 15* - Final deadline
*Complete applications received after this date may be reviewed on space available basis.

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INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

November 9 - Fellowship/priority funding deadline

February 1 - Final deadline

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Over the next few months, please check back on this blog. I will post information that may help you as you prepare to submit your application. If you have any questions, please leave a comment or contact us (contact information is posted here).

Enjoy the rest of your summer in the meantime!

There are a few more weeks of summer left this year. Enjoy them!


Webinars scheduled for June, July, and August – click here to register

Interested in applying for autumn 2013? Sign up for a webinar today.

We expect the 2013 application to be available in mid-late July 2012. In the meantime, if you have questions on the Fisher MAcc program, we have answers!

We have scheduled webinars for the Fisher MAcc program through summer 2012.

  • Wednesday, June 30 @ 3:00PM EDT
  • Wednesday, July 25 @ 5:30PM EDT
  • Thursday, August 30 @ 12:00PM EDT

All times listed above are Eastern Daylight Time/EDT. (Click here if you need to translate Eastern Daylight Time zone to your local timezone. Search for “Columbus Ohio” to see the current time at Ohio State/Fisher.)

Click here to register today!


2012 Fisher Tax Clinic is a success

I recently received an email from Prof Bill Raabe. In addition to being the lead tax instructor in the Fisher MAcc program, he also founded the Fisher Tax Clinic about ten years ago. The Fisher Tax Clinic provides free tax preparation services to low-income taxpayers living and working in the Columbus metro area. Below is the note I received from him:

We had a very good year again, and this group of students were dedicated and professional in their work.  The leadership group outdid themselves in working with clients to follow-up unresolved issues and resolve them.  Our “error rate” remained among the lowest in the city.  Overall a great success for Fisher and the Columbus economy.  Thanks to the department for continued financial and moral support!

Project leaders included Fiona Pan (MAcc Council President), Jeff Howard (MAcc Council VP Community Service), Alyssa Charron (MAcc Council Webmaster), and Tax Clinic site managers Mariam Sanogo, Winnie Quick, Sarah Vosler, Jon Dahlin, Alex Curtis, and Marina Ramos.

2012 Summary of Results

Total volunteers – 73 Fisher plus 1 MBA grad from Nationwide, working 11 sessions with clients on Fridays and Saturdays

Time spent on site (including training): 1,114 hours

Value of Fisher volunteer time onsite at Godman Guild: $224,750

Value of net refunds paid to clients $452,283  (vs 2011 – $447,000)

Number of Godman Guild client tax returns completed 298  (vs 2011 – 257)

It is heartening to see so many students contribute their valuable skills, knowledge, and time to help those less fortunate in the community. Congratulations to all Fisher students who assisted with the 2012 Fisher Tax Clinic!


New MAcc info sessions scheduled – register here

 

You have questions? We’d love to speak with you!

Several information sessions on the Fisher MAcc program were recently scheduled.

  • April 18, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT (in person/live)
  • April 19, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT (webinar)
  • May 3, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM EDT (webinar)

Click here to register for any of these info sessions. NOTE: If you register for a webinar, we will email you the webinar link and log-in information approximately one or two days prior to the scheduled webinar.


If you’re waitlisted for Fisher MAcc: A mini FAQ

If you've been waitlisted, here is some information to help give you some clarity on your status

The MAcc admissions office has been releasing admission decisions over the past couple of months and will continue to do so for the next couple of months. Decisions on applications fall into one of three categories:

  • Admitted
  • Denied
  • Waitlisted

The first two decisions are self-explanatory. Based on the questions we have been getting from waitlisted applicants, the third category (“Waitlisted”) may require some additional information.

How do I know if I’ve been waitlisted?
You will receive an email from the MAcc Admissions Office informing you that you have been placed on the waitlist.

What happens if I am on the waitlist?
You will either be admitted or denied off the waitlist.

How often is the waitlist reviewed?
On average, it’s reviewed once every four to six weeks. The MAcc Admissions Office will clear the waitlist – that is, make a decision on all applications on the waitlist – no later than May 25.

If I am removed from the waitlist and admitted or denied, how will I be notified?
The quickest way to check your status is to check your status online. (A surface letter will also be mailed to you – but depending on where you are, this can take a while for you to receive the letter. As such, we recommend checking your app status online.)

How many people are on the waitlist? What are my chances for admission?
The number of candidates on the waitlist fluctuates depending on timing within the admissions cycle. While we anticipate admitting some waitlisted candidates, the applicant pool and yield on offers of admission varies each year. Therefore, we cannot predict exactly how many candidates will be placed on the waitlist or how many applicants will be offered admission based on previous years.

Do you rank your waitlist?
No, we do not rank our waitlist. We periodically review all waitlisted candidates but waitlisted candidates are not placed in a ranked order.

Do you offer feedback to candidates who have been waitlisted?
As a matter of  consistent policy, the MAcc Admissions Committee does not release details of its admission decisions to its applicants beyond the admission decision itself. Therefore, we cannot give you specific reasons as to why your specific application to this program was waitlisted nor can we counsel you on your specific situation.

Can I submit new information to add to my existing application? Will this help?
You are welcome to submit new information – whether or not it will help you is impossible to say. Focus on substantive, meaningful improvements that you feel will make you a stronger candidate or provide information not already presented in your application.

Examples of “new information” might include:

  • Updated test scores (e.g. GMAT, TOEFL)
  • Updated resume
  • Additional recommendations

Submitting new information is neither required nor necessary and may or may not affect your likelihood of being admitted.

If you wish to submit new information, you may submit updates via email or mail to the admissions office.  When possible, email is preferred.

Updates may be sent via email to macc-app@fisher.osu.edu.  Supplemental materials sent via surface mail should be mailed to:

MACC ADMISSIONS
Fisher College of Business/Ohio State University
100 Gerlach Hall
2108 Neil Ave
Columbus, OH 43210-1144

 


2012 application deadlines – one is past and one is coming up

If you plan to apply, be sure you're aware of the deadline!

The application deadlines for the Fisher MAcc program are posted here. To recap:

  • International applicants: final deadline was February 1, 2012
  • Domestic applicants: final deadline is May 15, 2012

There is sometimes confusion among applicants with respect to what “international” and “domestic” mean. These terms do NOT necessarily refer to where an applicant is physically located at the time of application. Rather, the terms refer to the applicant’s legal “visa” status. If the applicant needs a student visa to study in the United States, that applicant is an international applicant. An international applicant can be in the U.S. already. For example, if the applicant is in the U.S. on a student visa and is attending a U.S. university and applies to the Fisher MAcc program, s/he is an international applicant. All others (e.g. US citizens, US permanent residents) are domestic applicants.

If you plan on applying for autumn 2013, please click here (“Request more information”). We will contact you as soon as the new application is available. We expect the 2013 application to be available no later than August 2012.

 

 

 


The GMAT is changing in June 2012 – are you ready?

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 MAcc program for autumn 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 so if you took it in February 2012 for your autumn 2013 application, those scores will be valid for your autumn 2013 application.

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.)


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