If you’re waitlisted for Fisher SMF: a mini FAQ

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

The SMF admissions office has been releasing admission decisions over the past several months and will continue to do so for the next few weeks. 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 SMF 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 SMF Admissions Office will clear the waitlist – that is, make a decision on all applications on the waitlist – no later than April 30, 2014.

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?
The SMF 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 smf-app@fisher.osu.edu.  Supplemental materials sent via surface mail should be mailed to:

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

 


You only need to do three things to submit your SMF application

You only need to do three things to submit your application.

I received a great question from a student the other day. He asked me:

If I have all of my application information input, but I am waiting on electronic recommendations to be finalized, am I allowed to submit the application? The tool in the application says that my application is complete, but I am waiting on my references to submit the recommendations and did not know whether or not to submit it.

This is an excellent question. The answer? There are only three things you need to do in order to submit your Fisher SMF application:

  1. Upload your responses to the essay questions and
  2. Upload your resume and
  3. Identify three people/references for your application.

Essays: Be sure to answer each of the questions fully and completely. Think of each question as one way interviews – the admissions committee has asked you the question … now, provide us with your best response.

Resume: It is permissible to submit a resume longer than one page. I am not implying that you must submit a resume longer than one page but IF you have information that is relevant to your application to this program (e.g. academic honors, awards, scholarships, etc.), do not limit yourself to one page. Do not include irrelevant information (e.g. high school jobs, etc.).

References: To submit your application, your references do not need to have already been submitted. You only need to identify/list three references to submit your application – your references can submit their recommendations at any time.

Everything else required for your application – test scores, transcripts, etc., can be sent to our office before or after you submit your application. (Click here for a list of required application items.) Once your application is complete, the admissions committee will begin to review your file.

So if you have completed your essay responses, have uploaded your resume, and have identified three references for your application, what are you waiting for? Apply now!

 

 

 

 


The 2014 Fisher (Ohio State) SMF application is available now

Announcement – the 2014 application is now available!

The Fisher SMF application for the 2014-2015 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, all else being equal.

We process applications and make financial aid decisions on a rolling admissions basis, meaning that we review and evaluate applications as they are submitted to our program rather than waiting until the deadline(s) to begin the review process. Please use these recommended deadlines as guidelines for completing your application. Typically, within three to four weeks of submitting a complete application, you will hear from the Admissions Committee regarding the outcome of its review.

Deadlines for Autumn 2014 are listed below:

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS (U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents)

November 8

December 13 

May 23* - Final deadline
*Complete applications received after this date will be reviewed on space available basis.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

November 8

December 13

February 21 - Final deadline

Over the next few months, please check back on this blog – perhaps bookmark it or add it to your RSS feed. 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!


If you’re waitlisted for Fisher SMF: a mini FAQ

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

The SMF 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 SMF 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 SMF Admissions Office will clear the waitlist – that is, make a decision on all applications on the waitlist – no later than April 30, 2013.

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?
The SMF 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 smf-app@fisher.osu.edu.  Supplemental materials sent via surface mail should be mailed to:

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

 


Admissions decisions = a branch of holism

We are often asked about statistics that describe the current SMF class. We have calculated the statistics that represent the 2013 Fisher SMF 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, GPA, etc.). A high GMAT does not guarantee admission nor will a “low” GMAT 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, 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

 


2013 application posted online and available

The Fisher SMB-Finance 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 14 - early decision deadline. Complete applications submitted by this date will have an admission decision (admit, deny, wait-list) by December 31.

December 14 - Fellowship/priority funding deadline

May 24* - Final deadline
*Complete applications received after this date may be reviewed on space available basis.

***

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

November 14 - Early decision deadline; Fellowship/priority funding deadline

February 15 - Final deadline

***

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!


If you’re waitlisted for Fisher SMF: A mini FAQ

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

The SMF 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 SMF 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 SMF 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 SMF 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 smf-app@fisher.osu.edu.  Supplemental materials sent via surface mail should be mailed to:

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

 


DEADLINE! “What’s the status of my application?”

We are being weighed down by all of the SMF mail. Get your stuff in by November 14.

 

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

About two weeks before major deadlines, the Fisher SMF application office becomes inundated with transcripts, GMAT scores, and applications.  SMF 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 SMF 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 SMF 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 14, your items will make the deadline.  Anything received after November 14 will be considered under the next deadline.

Last, we have received many requests asking if the admissions committee can review an application without official scores, transcripts, etc.  The SMF 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 14.

As the deadline is only a little over a week away, we encourage you to finish applying.  Good luck and GO BUCKS!


Application Status: Apply Yourself vs. Buckeyelink

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


Seven Deadly Sins of Essay Writing

Okay, maybe the words, “deadly sins,” are a bit of an exaggeration; however, it is not uncommon for prospective students to make some mistakes when writing essays.  The following is a list of blunders (countdown style) to avoid when writing an essay for the Fisher SMF program.

 

This prospective student is praying that she does not commit an "essay sin."

7.   Do NOT use different fonts.  This may sound really simple, but several essays in the last recruiting season have had multiple fonts used, even within the same paragraph.  As with any important document you would create (e.g. – your resume), you want to maintain a consistent, polished, and professional look.

6.   Do NOT write the name of a different school/program in your essay.  Yes, prospective students do this all the time.  If you decide to “recycle” your essays (which will be addressed later), please make sure that you check and remove all mentions of another school or even different program within the same school.

5.  Do NOT write an essay on what you think the admissions committee wants to hear.  This may seem counter intuitive, but this is a huge faux pas students make.  The purpose of a personal statement is for the school to get to know YOU and see if YOU would be a good fit for the school.   If you choose to write about something you think the admissions committee will like, but it’s not really personalized, you are doing yourself and the school a big disservice.  Also, other students who have the same idea may write a similar essay to your own.   How will you stand out against the others who write the same thing?

4.  Do NOT go off the topic asked.  Always respond to the question being addressed.  Many students like to write pages and pages about things that are irrelevant to the question, just because they like to hear themselves talk; or rather in this case, they like to see themselves write.

3.  Do NOT write the same essay for each school.  Similar to Item #6, you really do not want to copy and paste the essay you wrote for one school to another program.  Fisher avoids this problem by asking questions that are different than what most other schools are requiring.  It is easy for us to detect those who reuse their essays because they (like Item #4), go off topic and do not answer what is being asked.

2.  Do NOT submit your first draft.  Not only should you have to take time to proofread and edit your essays, but sometimes it takes a couple of tries to get your message(s) completely right.  Our suggestion to you would be to write a draft and go back to it after a few days (or weeks).  You may think of something brilliant which you did not do so prior.  Remember, once you submit your application, that’s it.  Take time to make sure you are presenting the whole picture.

1.  Do NOT plagiarize!  This is THE most important thing to avoid.  It is illegal, and if caught (which you likely will), you could face severe consequences.  No words or ideas are worth the risk to plagiarize.  Besides, who can write an essay about you better than you, yourself?

Well, I hope this helps you during your application process!  We cannot stress how important essays are to the admissions process as it’s not just about the numbers (GMAT, GPA, etc).   Good luck and apply today!


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