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3 Things to Keep in Mind When Preparing Your Fisher MLHR application

Three things to keep in mind when preparing your MLHR application

Be aware of deadlines

Deadlines have a way of sneaking up on you. I recommend taking a look at the deadlines and working backward. If you want to submit your application by December 1, for example, you know that gives you approximately four months or sixteen weeks from now until then. You need to be aware of how long each item will take to be completed and submitted to us. Examples include but are not limited to:

GMAT: About two to four weeks will go by from the time you take the GRE or GMAT to the time we get your scores. Accordingly, if you want your scores to be here by December 1, you should plan on taking the GRE or GMAT no later than November 15.

References: How long will your references take to prepare their recommendations for you? Work backwards from December 1 and add an extra couple of weeks or more as “cushion” in case anything unforeseen and unpredicted occurs.

It is OK to submit things “out of order”

You do not need to wait before everything is complete before submitting your application materials. For example, you can submit GRE or GMAT scores before submitting your application. Conversely, you can submit your application before taking the GMAT or GRE. You can submit your application before all your references are received. You can submit your transcripts to us before you submit your application. And so on.

Be very aware of how long things will take to complete/submit when compiling your application materials – and assume it will take longer than you plan

As mentioned earlier, we will not receive your GRE or GMAT scores the day after you sit for the test. Plan for the lag time. Also, your references will need (on average) at least one month to prepare your letters of recommendation.

Transcripts can take a long or short time to get to us – it all depends on the university issuing the transcripts. And sometimes colleges “forget” to send them. Advice: Find out from your school how long it will take to issue your transcripts. Plan accordingly. Build in a margin of safety. And follow up with your school to ensure it sent them to us.

SPECIAL NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

TOEFL scores can take a long time to arrive at Ohio State. How long? It varies. It can be anything from several weeks to several months. The delay is almost always due to the TOEFL test administrator. If you are an international student and need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, be sure to keep in close touch with the TOEFL or IELTS test administrator.

 


2013 applications are posted online and available

The Fisher MLHR 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 21 - early decision deadline. Complete applications submitted by this date will have an admission decision (admit, deny, wait-list) by December 31.

December 7 - Fellowship/priority funding deadline

May 31* - Final deadline
*Complete applications received after this date may be reviewed on space available basis.

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INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

November 21 - Fellowship/priority funding deadline

March 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 in June, July, and August – click here to register

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

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

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

  • Thursday, June 28 @ 2:00PM EDT
  • Thursday, July 26 @ 12:00PM EDT
  • Wednesday, August 29 @ 4:00PM 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, aka Columbus OH’s 200th birthday

Happy 200th birthday, Columbus!

I recently received an email from E. Gordon Gee, Ohio State University‘s president.

Columbus, Ohio, won my heart on my first visit here in 1990, and I am
happy to say the city has continued to embrace our great University.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the city’s founding, and
celebrations are scheduled throughout 2012, with festivals, arts
exhibitions, performances, and so much more. I hope you will take a
moment to check out the University-related events on the calendar link
http://outreach.osu.edu/200Columbus and find an event that becomes a
must-see on your list.

Columbus is a vibrant setting for The Ohio State University — as both
the city and the University grow and change to meet the challenges of
the 21st century. I urge you to experience the city at its fullest,
during this bicentennial month and throughout the year. I plan to do
the same.

Sincerely,

E. Gordon Gee
President

There’s always plenty to do in Columbus – and I figure that since 2012 is the 200th anniversary of its founding, I figure “stuff to do around here” will be kicked up a notch during the upcoming year. :-) So, if you’re going to be traveling to Columbus any time soon, are already here, or need a reason to visit, check out the city’s bicentennial page for more info!


New MLHR info sessions scheduled – register here!

 

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

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

  • April 17, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT (webinar)
  • April 18, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT (in person/live)
  • May 23, 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.


New GMAT section (Integrated Reasoning) scoring scale released

NextGen GMAT will be released on June 5, 2012.

I recently received an email from GMAC on the new Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT, which will make 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.”

It appears 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 MLHR program for autumn 2013, remember that you may submit either GMAT or GRE as part of your complete application. If you plan on taking the GMAT, 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.


If you’re wait-listed for Fisher MLHR: A mini FAQ

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

The MLHR 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 MLHR 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 MLHR 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 MLHR 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, GRE, 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 mlhr-app@fisher.osu.edu.  Supplemental materials sent via surface mail should be mailed to:

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

 


Deadlines – one is coming up!

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

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

  • International applicants: final deadline is March 1, 2012
  • Domestic applicants: final deadline is June 1, 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 MLHR 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?

The Fisher MLHR program accepts either GMAT or GRE scores as part of a complete application for admission. As the GRE itself changed a few months ago, the 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 MLHR 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.)


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.


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