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Campus is closed November 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.


If you’re applying to MLHR and are taking (or took) the new format GRE …

We have gotten several emails from MLHR applicants – they have taken the new format GRE and are unable to self report their scores. The online application (accessible here) allows only the “old format” scores to be self reported. If this applies to you OR you haven’t taken the GRE yet but will do so in the near future, you want to continue reading this blog post.

If you took the GRE in July 2011 or earlier, you are able to self report your scores.

If you took (or will take) the GRE in or after August 2011, the system will not allow you to self report your scores. (This is because the scoring scale changed significantly with the new format GRE.) If you’re in this category, please do the following:

After you open up your online application

  1. Click on Test Score Information in the left column
  2. You will see a small drag-down menu right above “GRE Test Scores.” Click on “Intend to Take.”
  3. Insert the date you took the GRE. Do not insert your scores in the other fields shown.

This will allow you to let us know you have already taken the GRE and to look for your scores in the system.

If you are submitting your application before taking the GRE (and may not know the exact date you’ll take it), insert the first day of the month and year you will likely take it. For example, if you will probably take the GRE in January 2012, insert “01/01/2012″ in the date field.

Follow the directions listed here to self report your "new" format GRE scores


What’s the status of my application?

We are being weighed down by all of the MLHR mail. Get your stuff in by November 21.

 

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

About two weeks before major deadlines, the Fisher MLHR application office becomes inundated with transcripts, GMAT/GRE scores, and applications. MLHR 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 MLHR 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 MLHR 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 21, your items will make the deadline. Anything received after November 21 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 MLHR 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 21.


GPA and test scores as viewed during admissions (application) review

 

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

Fisher MLHR 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 GRE or 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. The GRE/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 the program average, that you will be denied. It is a general guideline that we suggest, not a hard cut-off point.

Again, if submit GRE or GMAT scores below the current program average, 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 MLHR class scored exactly the current average, 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. Click here for insights on the range of GRE scores currently represented in the program. (We do not report GMAT scores since the vast majority of MLHR applicants submit GRE scores. Any data we would report for GMAT would be meaningless since the sample size is too small.)

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 the average and they sound pretty confident that they will enter the class. Test scores aren’t everything. In this 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 3.5, I can get into the MLHR, 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 MLHR 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 3.3/3.4) … 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 GRE or 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 GRE or 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 GRE or GMAT, but a person who will do well in HR and in the Fisher MLHR program.

The important take-away is that we cannot evaluate you by looking just at your GRE/GMAT scores and/or GPA. There is a lot more to an MLHR student than just numbers. The only way Fisher MLHR 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 MLHR 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 MLHR 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 MLHR 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 MLHR 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 MLHR 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 MLHR online and in-person information sessions scheduled

Register now for an online or in-person Fisher MLHR 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 MLHR 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.”

MLHR 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. 25, 6pm-7pm EDT MLHR (WEBINAR)
  • Dec. 14, 11am-12pm EST MLHR (WEBINAR)
We are also hosting a couple of “in person” information sessions if you are able to make it to campus:
  • Nov. 9, 12:30pm-1:30pm EST (Gerlach Hall)
  • Dec. 1, 5:30pm-6:30pm EST (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 an in-person 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.


Autumn 2011 MLHR information sessions scheduled

You have questions? We have answers!

As you may know if you are a somewhat frequent reader of this blog, we hold periodic information sessions for the Master of Labor & Human Resources (MLHR) program. These information sessions are really designed to give you an overview of the MLHR program and help you decide whether Fisher and the MLHR degree are the right next step in your career development. The first 30 minutes of the information session include a presentation of the program and the last 30 minutes involve a question and answer discussion with members of the admissions team. We have scheduled information sessions for autumn 2011 on October 12, November 9, and December 1 – click here to register!

I know sometimes it is difficult to even know what to ask at these sessions, especially if you are in the very beginning stages of the research process. So, I thought it would be helpful to provide a list of questions that are often brought up at the sessions to give you a head start on your own brainstorming. For answers to these questions, attend our next info session!

  • How many nights per week will I be in class?
  • How much time will I spend on classwork outside of class?
  • How long will it take me to graduate?
  • What is the difference between being enrolled in the MLHR full time vs part-time?
  • Do I need to take the GMAT or GRE to apply?
  • Do I need to send you my transcripts if I attended Ohio State as an undergraduate student?
  • What kind of financial aid opportunities are available to help me finance my education?

Hope to see you soon!


Introducing the 2011-12 Fisher MLHR 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 MLHR student bloggers are now blogging.

Continuing the tradition started a couple of years ago, there is a group of Fisher MLHR students who will be blogging about their experiences while enrolled as a Fisher MLHR 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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