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Graduate Programs Office closed Friday, December 31

The Graduate Programs Office will be closed on Friday, December 31, in observance of New Year’s Day. The office will reopen at 8:00 AM EST on Monday, January 3, 2011. Any applications submitted on Dec 31, Jan 1, or Jan 2, will be uploaded into the application management system at/after 8AM on Jan 3.

Happy New Year, everyone!

P.S. Don’t forget to watch the Ohio State University Buckeyes vs the University of Arkansas Razorbacks in the 2011 Sugar Bowl on January 4!


Fisher Graduate Programs Office closed December 23-26

We wish you a wonderful holiday season!

All university offices, including the Fisher Graduate Programs Office, will be closed December 23-26 in observance of Christmas. All university offices, including the Fisher Graduate Programs Office, will reopen during normal office hours on Monday, December 27.

Do not worry about anything you send to us – if material you send to us is delivered while campus is closed, it should be delivered to us on Monday, December 27. We expect to receive a LOT of mail next week – please re-read this earlier blog post if you’re wondering if we received application materials for your file.

Have a great week, everyone!


What to expect after the upcoming Dec 17 application deadline

Keep in mind upcoming deadlines

Friday, December 17 marks the Fisher PhD application deadline for PhD applicants for Autumn 2011.

Here is what you can expect in terms of the admissions process over the next several weeks:

  • Remember that once you submit your application, the processing office has to match up your application form with any supplemental materials you may have sent previously or have yet to send.
  • Once we have identified any materials that belong with your application, we will update your checklist on your online application so you can check to see what is still missing. These checklist updates are NOT made in “real time.” Please wait at least five business days to check the online tracking system.
  • Once you have a complete application, your file will be put into review.  Review can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months. Each PhD program has a very different process with respect to file review. Past experience indicates that applications that are complete by the stated deadline should have an admission decision on them by March 1 – sometimes sooner, sometimes later.
  • If your application is submitted and/or completed after December 17, the admissions committee will review it on space available/rolling basis. As the application processing office receives notification from the programs that they have stopped accepting applications for autumn 2011, we will post that information on this blog.

Please keep in mind that:

In addition to weekends, the Graduate Programs Office will be closed on Thursday, December 23, Friday, December 24 and Friday, December 31 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

I wish you all the best of luck with your application to the program.  Please be patient with us over the next several weeks. We will do our absolute best to communicate with you on a timely basis, but it is the holidays after all, so mail delays and staff absences may create a back-log as we process all of your applications.


i) Graduate Programs Office closed Nov 25-28 and ii) The Game

Two announcements for this week:

Office Closed from Thursday, Nov 25 through Sunday, Nov 28

The Fisher College of Business Graduate Programs Office will be closed from November 25 through November 28, 2010 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen on Monday, November 29 at 8:00A.M. EST.

2010 Ohio State vs. Michigan game

The 2010 edition of the #1 college sports rivalry will take place at 12 noon on Saturday, November 27, 2010. The rivalry is intense and a lot of good always comes of it.

Go Bucks!

The #1 rivalry in college sports

The #1 rivalry in college sports


“I submitted my materials three hours ago – did you receive them?”

We recently had our first early deadline (Nov 15) – specifically, for international applicants who wish to be considered for both admissions and then fellowship award nomination. We have received several inquiries from applicants who want us to check the status of materials sent to us.

Please note the following:

  • Items that are sent to us via surface mail (e.g. transcripts, etc.) are noted as received on the day we receive them and will be considered “on time” if this date meets our application deadline.
  • You can check your application status online by logging into your account. Please do not contact the office to confirm receipt of materials.
  • There is and will be a delay between the time that we receive materials and those materials being recorded as “received” on your status page. The delay can be anywhere from one to ten business days, depending on the time of year. Around application deadlines, expect the delay to be closer to be between five and ten business days.
  • If you submit materials to us (e.g. transcripts, TOEFL scores, etc.) prior to submitting your application, we are unable to confirm receipt of those materials.

What if you miss the Nov 15 deadline? We will review files in the order of completion until the December 17  final deadline. However, all else being equal, you should complete your application as early in the admissions process as possible.


Timeline for decision on PhD applications

The Fisher PhD admissions process is rather lengthy. Across all programs (e.g. finance, accounting, marketing, HR, etc.), we will usually receive around 400 (or more) applications each year. There will likely be anywhere from 15 to 20 offers of admission out of ~400 applications. As you can imagine, the various PhD admissions committees take their time reviewing applications to ensure they are offering admission to the applicants who best fit the profile of admitted PhD students. Because of the volume and the extreme selectivity involved, this process can and does take time.

The majority of admission decisions for the PhD programs occur somewhere between late February and early April. If you apply with a complete application by the middle of December 2010, you should expect to hear from the PhD admissions committee no later than early April 2011 and probably between late February 2011 and late March 2011.


Difference between Fisher Graduate Programs Office and Ohio State Graduate Admissions Office

All business schools process their applications differently.  At Ohio State, we have a centralized Graduate Admissions Office that ultimately processes all of our applications.  As an applicant, you will receive communication from Fisher (Graduate Programs Office, aka “GPO”) and from The Ohio State University (Graduate Admissions Office, aka “GAO”).

Transcripts

When you apply to the PhD program, you must send ALL of your materials to the Fisher GPO.  Since most of your application can be completed online, this generally refers to transcripts.  We ask you for two official copies of each your transcripts.  Send BOTH official copies of each of your transcripts to the Fisher GPO, as we will make sure a copy is sent to the university’s GAO.

Mailing address

The physical/surface mailing address for the Fisher GPO is

PhD Admissions
Fisher College of Business/Ohio State University
100 Gerlach Hall
2108 Neil Ave
Columbus OH 43210-1144

It is critical you put “PhD Admissions” in the first line of the address on anything you send to us via surface mail. The Fisher GPO processes applications for several different graduate programs – if you omit “PhD Admissions” or accidentally list another program, your mail has a higher chance of being mis-filed and mis-placed. We will find it eventually – but the processing of your file will very likely be unnecessarily delayed.

Checking status of your application

When you submit your application to the PhD program, you will receive an email from the Fisher application system confirming that we have received your submitted application. The email will also include a link through which you can check the status of your application. Use that link – and that link only – to check the status of your application. Please note it can take up to two weeks from the time you submitted your application to the time your web status update page is updated. So, please, if you need to contact us about the status of your application, please be patient and allow a couple of weeks to pass before contacting us.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact us!

GPO

GAO


Note to international applicants: Do NOT wait until the last minute for this item!

We receive inquiries from international applicants who are concerned about their TOEFL or IELTS scores. The Fisher PhD program prefers the following:

  • An overall score of at least 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam and
  • A score of at least 24 on the individual TOEFL sections **or**
  • A band score of at least 7.0 on the IELTS.

The PhD admissions committee will consider your application if you score below these minimum recommendations. However, the committee will review the TOEFL or IELTS scores when determining your abilities in English. Strong English skills are critical to success in the Fisher PhD program. Therefore, if your scores are well below our suggested minimums, it may be to your advantage to retake the exam.

One more thing: Be sure your name, as listed on your TOEFL and/or IELTS score reports matches exactly your name as listed on the application. If your name does not match exactly on the TOEFL/IELTS and your application, the chances of your application being significantly delayed are increased greatly.

If you have any questions, please let us know by leaving a comment.


Here’s your checklist for applying

When you are preparing your application for any of the Fisher PhD programs, please refer to the checklist of required items. Remember that the admissions committee will only review complete applications.

Here are some additional tips:

GMAT/GRE

It is very OK for you to submit your application prior to taking the GMAT or GRE. (If you are applying to the accounting PhD program, you must submit official GMAT scores.) Just be sure you take the GMAT/GRE by December 15, 2010 to meet the PhD program application deadline.

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:

PhD 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!


Welcome, autumn 2011 PhD applicants

It’s that time of year again:  the autumn 2011 Fisher/Ohio State PhD application is now available.  Plan ahead so that all of your application materials arrive by the applicable deadline:

  • International application deadline (fellowship consideration)
    • November 15
  • Domestic application deadline (fellowship consideration)
    • December 17
  • Final application deadline for all applicants – December 17
    • Applications will be accepted after December 17 on space available basis; however, applications submitted “earlier” get stronger consideration than those submitted “later.”

We often receive questions on what “domestic” and “international” means. Domestic applicants are those who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. International applicants are everyone else.

I recommend that you review the Fisher PhD web site carefully and visit this admissions blog on a regular basis to stay updated on the application process and informed about our program. Don’t be afraid to post your questions and comments on the blog. If you have a question, most likely several other applicants are wondering the exact same thing.


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