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Admissions decisions = a branch of holism

We are often asked about statistics that describe the current MLHR class. We have calculated the statistics that represent the 2013 Fisher MLHR class. Click here for the class profile statistics.

Please know that this data is aggregated – it is a summary of over 40 students currently enrolled in the program. No single applicant looks the same. The admissions committee looks at everything in each applicant’s file – no one will be denied or admitted on a single criterion (e.g. GMAT/GRE, GPA, etc.). A high GMAT or GRE does not guarantee admission nor will a “low” GMAT or GRE necessarily prevent someone from being admitted into the program. The same is true for GPA. The admissions committee looks at everything – in other words, the committee is most concerned how your credentials (references, essays, transcripts, GMAT/GRE, resume), taken together, present a complete picture of you as a potential student in this program. We are not concerned so much with the individual components – individual components, by themselves, are not indicative of an applicant’s strengths. We are more concerned with how all of these individual components, taken together, comprise a complete picture of the applicant.

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts

 


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.

 


Is one of your references MIA?

Is a missing reference the last piece of your application puzzle?

We have received a few inquiries from applicants who have submitted their applications and one or more of their listed references have not completed the online recommendation form.  We generally get a question like this:  “I listed a professor/former supervisor as a reference in my application and it appears his/her reference is the only one missing. I am unable to get in touch with him/her, as s/he no longer works at my company (or is at the university) and I am afraid s/he may have forgotten about my reference for my application. Can I select another person in his/her place in order to complete my application?”

You have two options.

Option 1 – replacing reference with an electronic reference

If you wish to replace the missing reference with an electronic reference, send an email to grad_app_help@fisher.osu.edu. Include your full name and email address – specifically, the name and email address you used when you submitted your application. Also include your applicant ID number if available. In your email, include the follwing information:

  • First Name of your recommender
  • Last Name of your recommender
  • Email address for your recommender
  • Relationship to your recommender (e.g. supervisor, professor, etc.)
  • Your recommender’s job title
  • Your recommender’s place of employment (e.g. company, university name, etc.)
  • The number of years and months your recommender has known you

Option 2 – replacing reference with a paper reference

If you wish to replace the missing reference with an paper reference, you do not need to change anything on your submitted application. Simply download and print the paper reference form, complete/sign/date page 1 of the form and provide both page 1 and 2 to your reference with a stamped, addressed envelope. (For the mailing address, it is critical you use the following address: MLHR ADMISSIONS; 100 Gerlach Hall; 2108 Neil Ave; Columbus OH 43210-1144.)

If this situation applies to you, I hope this information helps! Let us know if you have any questions. We’re here to help!


Why wait? Applying before your references are ready *is* a good idea

Waiting may be exciting but waiting for your references before you apply isn't a good use of your time

We have received several inquiries during the past couple of weeks from soon-to-be applicants. They told us they’re waiting to submit their applications because they’re waiting for all of their references to be completed before they submit their applications.

Here’s some advice – don’t wait to submit your application. Once you’ve completed your application and you’ve uploaded your essay responses and your updated resume, the only thing left before you submit your application is to list your references in your application. After you do this, you are ready to submit. You do not gain any advantage on waiting for your references to submit their recommendations before you submit your application. Although the admission committee will not review your application before it is complete (including receipt of all required references and/or required test scores), you will help to speed up the processing of your application by submitting it as soon as you are able. If there are any materials submitted to us on your application after you submit your application (e.g. references, GRE or GMAT scores, etc.), we will match those materials to your already-submitted application. Your application will be processed more quickly this way than waiting for everything to be “done” before submitting your application.

Waiting may be “exciting” – but, truth be told, waiting to submit your application until everything else has been submitted isn’t a good idea!


Here’s your checklist for applying

When you are preparing your application for the Fisher Master of Labor & Human Resources  program, please refer to the checklist of required items. Remember that the admissions committee will only review complete applications.

Here are some additional tips:

GRE/GMAT

It is very OK for you to submit your application prior to taking the GRE or GMAT. Just be sure you take the GRE or GMAT by the end of December 2010 to meet most “early” deadlines.

Transcripts

We need two official transcripts from each and every university you have attended. Even if you just took a single class at a local community college, we will need two official transcripts from that community college. Be sure to send them to the correct address:

MLHR ADMISSIONS
Fisher College of Business
100 Gerlach Hall
2108 Neil Ave
Columbus OH 43210-1144

Note: You are NOT required to submit transcripts for any grades you earned at Ohio State University.

TOEFL

I plan on writing another blog post on issues involving the TOEFL but if you are required to submit the TOEFL as part of a complete application, be sure you use the correct institution code for Ohio State University (1592) and that you allow PLENTY of time for the scores to get to us. The TOEFL is regularly the one item that seems to take forever to get to us – if you need to submit the TOEFL, it is your responsibility to ensure the test administrator (ETS) sends us your official TOEFL scores.

References

Your references can be sent to us electronically or via paper. (Additional instructions are in the application on the difference between the two formats.) Note that we will receive your references sooner if you choose electronic. Just be sure to give your recommenders plenty of time to write your references!

Essays

Give yourself enough time to write essays that really reflect you. Do not write generic, plain vanilla essays. Answer the questions that are posed to you in this application. Do not recycle essay responses you are using for any other applications.

We will be posting additional tips for each of the items referenced above throughout the next few months so keep an eye on this blog for updates.

If you have any questions, please let us know!