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Campus offices closed on Jan. 16, 2012

All Ohio State University campus offices will be closed, including Fisher‘s Graduate Programs Office, on Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We will reopen on Tuesday, January 17, at 8:00 A.M.


Winter Break 2011 is upon us … but we’ll still be open for business in December

After last week’s end of quarter dinner and reception (click here and here for some photos of the dinner/reception), students completed their “final” final exams for autumn quarter today. The well deserved winter break 2011 for students has started!

Even though the MAcc students will be resting, traveling, visiting with family and friends, etc., the Fisher Graduate Programs Office (“GPO”) will be open during most of the month of December. If you need to contact us during December, please note the following:

  • In addition to weekends, all campus offices at Ohio State will be closed on December 26, 27, and January 2.
  • Staffing in the Fisher GPO during the month of December is thinner than in most other months since GPO staff are also likely to take extra vacation days during December for the various end of year holidays (e.g. Christmas, etc.).
  • If you need to reach us, you can call 614-292-8511. Normal hours are 8:00AM-5:00PM, Monday through Friday. You can also reach us at email via Fisher_MAcc@fisher.osu.edu

 

Even though students are on break, we ARE open during December

 


Campus closed Nov 24-27

This is a quick reminder that all campus offices will be closed Thursday, November 24 through Sunday, November 27 for Thanksgiving. Offices will re-open on Monday, November 28.


What’s the status of my application?

We are being weighed down by all of the MAcc mail. Get your stuff in by November 7.

 

“I mailed my transcripts last week, did you get them?”

About two weeks before major deadlines, the Fisher MAcc application office becomes inundated with transcripts, GMAT scores, and applications. MAcc staff is working tirelessly to make sure applications are complete for review.

If you have e-mailed us and we have not returned your e-mail, please note that the MAcc email inbox is steeped with requests about whether or not applications materials have been received. Additionally, please note that it can take a few weeks for the staff members to update your status. The best way to keep up with your application is to check your ApplyYourself account (read this blog post for a refresher) and not ask the MAcc office if your items have been received. If we are busy answering e-mails, who is going to process the applications?

If we receive your materials by November 7, your items will make the deadline. Anything received after November 7 will be considered under the next applicable deadline.

Last, we have received many requests asking if the admissions committee can review an application without official scores, transcripts, etc. The MAcc program will not review any incomplete applications and will not make decisions based upon scanned and uploaded copies of these items. In order to satisfy the review requirements all items must be received by us by November 7.


Getting into this graduate accounting program is NOT just about the numbers

 

Ohio State Numbers Garden located near Central Classrooms on Ohio State's Columbus campus

Fisher MAcc receives a lot of e-mails this time of year. We are very appreciative of the interest! We try to reply to all emails within one business day – but because of the volume (especially this time of year), it may be a few days before we reply. We appreciate your patience.

There seems to be two things of which most of you are concerned:

1)  Some prospective applicants are very apprehensive about their GMAT scores.

Many of you write to us and ask about whether or not your test score is competitive for the program. As we address in our FAQ, the admissions committee looks at *every*thing in your file when assessing your admissibility. GMAT, in and of itself, will not cause you to be denied  What does this mean? I can tell you what this doesn’t mean … it does not mean that if you score below 650 (the current program average is approximately 645), that you will be denied. It is a general guideline that we suggest, not a hard cut-off point.

Additionally, many of you have noticed that our average GMAT score is a 645. Again, this does not mean that just because you are below the average, that you will not get into the program. I blame elementary school teachers for this issue. In elementary school world, “average,” as a concept, is a baseline minimum. If you were “below average,” you were considered to be doing less than “well.” I pity students who fear they have no chance of getting into a program because they are below the “average.”

Remember what “average” really means in the real world. If you dust off your fifth grade math book, you will see that an average (or “mean”) is (X1+X2+…+Xn)/n. Unless every student in the current MAcc class scored exactly 645 (which is impossible since GMAT scores end with a zero), then you have to assume that some students scored above and others scored below the average. So, yes, some applicants who scored below the average did receive offers of admission. Instead of focusing on the average, look at the range of scores. At Fisher, we tell students the average score and we also inform them of the middle 80% range. For the 2012 MAcc class profile, the average was a 649 and the middle 80% of the class scored between 540 and 720.

On the other hand, do not assume that just because you are above the current class average that you will be offered admission. Many students have written to us and tell us they have scores well over 700 and they sound pretty confident that they will enter the class. Test scores aren’t everything. In this accounting program, it’s not all about numbers. Remember – the admissions committee looks at *every*thing to assess “fit” and potential for success in this program.

2) Most of you are fixated on the letters, ‘G-P-A’. “What’s the minimum GPA required for the program?” “If I have a 3.7, I can get into the MAcc, right?”

The above questions are a few examples of what we receive in our inbox. They want to know if they are competitive for the program. The MAcc program recommends that students have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be considered minimally competitive. Sound familiar? The 3.0 minimum is a policy set by The Ohio State University’s Graduate School. You’re below the 3.0 minimum? In rare cases, if the program is interested in a candidate, the program can petition the Graduate School to admit the student. You as the applicant CANNOT request this petition, but later on I will tell you how you can improve your chances of getting a petition request. (NOTE: This is not a guarantee.)

Your GPA is above 3.0, but below the average GPA (currently 3.61) … look at the paragraph about the average GMAT. Same rules will apply.

One thing about GPA that is worth mentioning is that (at least at Fisher) admissions committees will look at trends in grades earned. What does this mean? For more detailed information, please refer to a blog post written about a year ago called, “The Minimum.” The admissions committee will look at your overall academic performance. Someone with a 3.1 who started out poorly, but ended up getting really good grades at the end will likely be more impressive (all else being equal) compared to someone with the same GPA who started out performing fantastically, but ended up not doing well at the end of his/her academic career. Or maybe the applicant started out in one major, did not do so well and then changed majors and GPA increased as a result. There are a lot of different scenarios and, yes, each case is different, but remember that you can explain yourself via your essays.

This last point, explaining your situation, brings us to the ending message: the GMAT, your GPA, etc are not the ONLY thing that matter in Fisher’s graduate student selection for admissions. Don’t get the wrong idea: grades and test scores are important, but the point is that there are other factors that also play into your application review. You are not a “number;” we look at your application in its entirety.

You ask, “What can I do to stand out?” Honestly, think less quantitatively and more qualitatively. Your grades are not going to change drastically at this point. You may choose to re-take the GMAT; this is a personal decision and the admissions committee won’t make that determination for you. If you believe you can do better, go for it. (The admissions committee does not average scores – it will use the highest scores you submit if you submit more than one set of scores.) You can control your essays; use the essay as a tool to really show case who you are. Use essay #1 on the application to explain your GPA and/or to tell us what you’ve done in your life so far. Here is a chance for you to tell us that you are not just a 645 GMAT, but a person who will do well in accounting and the Fisher MAcc.

The important take-away is that we cannot evaluate you by looking just at your GMAT scores and/or GPA. There is a lot more to an MAcc student than just numbers. The only way Fisher MAcc admissions can tell you whether or not you can join the program is for you to submit a COMPLETE application. Why are you still waiting? Apply today.

 

 


Fisher Career Management 2010-11 Annual Report Released

The Fisher Office of Career Management recently released its 2010-11 Annual Report (linked at the bottom of this blog post). The Fisher MAcc students are very busy right now, interviewing with a lot of different companies. I thought this would be a good time to show you the sort of outcomes Fisher students have seen in the past year.

Below are summary comments from Jeff Rice, Executive Director of Career Management at Fisher, on the results from the past year:

Despite a tepid economy still in the throes of recovery, our students were resilient in their job searches and responded proactively to the many opportunities provided to them at Fisher.  A few highlights from this report:

  • The percentage of students employed upon graduation, at both undergraduate and graduate student levels, continues to be among the highest among business schools nationally.  In this report, you will see an increasing number of undergraduate students participating in our programs, including our nationally award-winning QUIC program.  You will also read more about our initiative this past year to focus further on creating exceptional student experiences in career management.  The model is a simple one:  as more students engage in our programs and services, more of them will achieve success in the job market.
  • Between 2007 and 2008, we saw a 5% drop in the number of companies recruiting at Fisher (nationally, the drop was 25%).  However, from 2008 through June 2011 there has been a 30% increase in the number of companies recruiting at Fisher.  Among many things, this can be attributed to our focus on best-in-class recruiting venues such as the Fisher Fall Career Fair and Fisher Internship Invitational, and additional corporate development initiatives.
  • The quality and quantity of Fortune 500 and multinational companies recruiting at Fisher College continues to provide our students with amazing opportunities.  This robust recruiting portfolio not only adds value to the student experience, it is further inviting those companies who are clearly focused on talent acquisition and job creation into other collaborative opportunities at Fisher.  Don’t miss the impressive list of these companies hiring our students in this report.

This positive momentum has certainly carried forward to the 2011-2012 recruiting year.  Here are some data points that indicate another banner year for our students:

Between on-campus recruiting, Fisher Fall Career Fair, and the Graduate Recruiting Event, 278 company recruiting visits have been scheduled for Fall Quarter.

  • These recruiting visits have converted into 332 interview schedules; which on average converts to over 3,300 job interviews.
  • While a specific percentage is not yet known, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of students reporting job offers from their internships.
  • And, perhaps the most accurate indication of the recruiting volume to date– recruiters have consumed over 1,000 bottles of water, over 700 cans of soda, and over 75 pots of coffee!

Although the statistics included in the annual report includes information on ALL students at Fisher, there is information included here on how MAcc students fared over the past year.

Fisher Career Management 2010-11 Annual Report


Application Status: Apply Yourself vs. Buckeyelink

If you have created an application account for the MACC 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 MACC 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 MACC 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!


Autumn MAcc info sessions scheduled

Register now for a MAcc info session!

One of the best ways to learn about a program is to attend an information session. As many of our students in the current MAcc class are NOT from Ohio State, we are hosting webinars to allow you to engage with us during your graduate school selection process.

The advantages of a webinar for all of you include being able to learn more about Ohio State without leaving your house, no costly travel expenses, and the ability to ask questions in “real time.”

MAcc online information sessions are LIVE (not recorded) which means you will get to interact with the admissions office directly.

When are these information sessions?

  • Oct. 17, 2-3pm EDT MACC (WEBINAR)
  • Dec. 6, 5-6pm EST MACC (WEBINAR)
Note that we are also hosting a couple of information sessions for students interested in the accelerated BSBA/MACC program. These information sessions are only for currently enrolled undergraduate accounting majors at Ohio State. If you are not a currently enrolled accounting undergraduate major at Ohio State, do notregister for the BSBA/MACC sessions referenced below.

  • Oct. 28, 1-2pm EDT BSBA/MAcc (WEBINAR)
  • Nov. 18, 10-11am EST BSBA/MAcc (Gerlach Hall)

To register, please click here or visit our site. All registrants for the online info sessions will receive an email with log-in information the day of the scheduled information session. If you are attending the in-person BSBA/MACC info session, these are held in Gerlach Hall. Signage will be posted the day of the info session, guiding you to the location/specific room for the info session.

See you soon!

National Middle Market Summit on October 6 at The Ohio State University

There are always a lot of interesting things going on at The Fisher College of Business and The Ohio State University. On October 6, the Fisher College of Business and GE Capital are sponsoring a major conference on Ohio State’s campus. The National Middle Market Summit is bringing together some of the best minds in business to discuss ways to nurture “middle market” companies – smaller than large conglomerates but bigger than small companies, this is an area of business that has not been actively researched before. This conference will help to start that dialogue.

If you are unable to attend in person, you can register to view the proceedings online. Click below for the personal invitation from Fisher’s Dean Christine Poon.

You can register to view the proceedings online by clicking here.


Introducing the 2011-12 Fisher MAcc student bloggers

Students writing about their experiences = interesting blogs!

It’s clear by being on Ohio Stat’s campus for even a short amount of time that the students here are passionate about and loyal to Ohio State. I am glad to announce the 2011-12 MAcc student bloggers are now blogging.

Continuing the tradition started a couple of years ago, there is a group of Fisher MAcc students who will be blogging about their experiences while enrolled as a Fisher MAcc student for the upcoming academic year. Be sure to check out the blog regularly to gain a first-person perspective of what it’s like to be at Fisher and at Ohio State.


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