7 tips for 2014 Fisher SMF applicants

Your application will reflect the amount of time and preparation you put into planning your application.

 

The Fisher SMF application for 2014 was published online about a month ago and I noticed many people have started their applications.

The list of required items for a complete SMF application is posted here. Please keep the following in mind when preparing your application to this program:

1) Assume test scores (e.g. GMAT/GRE, TOEFL, etc.) will take longer to arrive here than you expect.

GMAT / GRE scores: Generally speaking, it will take 3 to 4 weeks for the official GMAT or GRE scores to arrive in our office from the time you sit for the exam. If you have already sat for the GMAT awhile ago and are requesting your scores to be sent to us, it usually takes 1 to 2 weeks for this to occur.

TOEFL scores: The official scores always take a long time to arrive. I have seen instances where it can take months for official TOEFL scores to arrive here. To avoid any delays, follow this advice: Be sure to use the exact same name on your application as you indicated on the TOEFL. The most common cause for score delay is when your name on the TOEFL does not match up with the name on your application. The difference between the two names could be something as simple as transposed names (e.g. Chabot Robert on the TOEFL and Robert Chabot on the application). Be sure your names on each item match up exactly.

2) Identify and talk to your references nowGive them plenty of time to prepare your letters of reference.

REFERENCES: You are welcome to submit more than three references if you wish – just note that any references beyond the three references you list in the application must use the reference paper form.

3) Determine how you wish to get your transcripts to us and be sure you have all universities/colleges accounted for.

TRANSCRIPTS: i) You need to get one transcript from each university/college you have ever attended and earned college-level credit. ii) You have two options to get transcripts to us. You may either submit one official transcript from each university (e.g. you request each university to send us an official copy) or you may scan/email us an official copy of your transcripts. If you choose to scan/email the transcripts to us, please note you must scan both sides of each transcript page.

4) Prepare your essay responses ahead of time – give yourself plenty of time to write good responses to each essay question.

ESSAYS: You will upload your essay responses as either WORD or PDF documents. There is no reason you should submit your first draft responses to each essay question. Ask a friend to proofread it for you. Check grammar and spelling. Treat your essays like you would treat a resume you are preparing for a job interview.

5) Submit the unabridged version of your resume.

RESUME: It is very acceptable to submit a resume longer than one page. If it is relevant information, we want to know about it.

6) Be aware of deadlines. Be sure to submit all required materials to us so that they arrive in our office by the applicable deadline.

DEADLINES: Do not contact my office the day before a deadline and ask “Is it OK if I submit a partial application and get the rest of it to you after the deadline?” The answer is “Any application completed after a deadline will be placed in the next deadline pool.” In other words, if you submit an incomplete application by Deadline 1 but your application is not complete until after Deadline 1 but before Deadline 2, we will consider your application complete by Deadline 2, not by Deadline 1.

7) Ensure the contact information in your application is accurate when you submit your application.

CONTACT INFORMATION: For most routine and important communications, my office will attempt to contact you via email. Be sure the email address you list in your application is accurate/correct and is an email address you check regularly.

I will post additional advice throughout the upcoming admissions cycle. Please check back here throughout the next few months as you prepare to submit your SMF application!

 

 

 

 

 


Deadlines – one is TODAY and one is coming up

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

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

  • International applicants: final deadline is (today) February 15, 2012
  • Domestic applicants: final deadline is June 5, 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 SMF 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.

 

 

 


IELTS and TOEFL guidelines

Attention international applicants:

Although most international applicants choose to take the TOEFL, some choose to take the IELTS to satisfy the Ohio State University Graduate School’s requirements for English proficiency at time of application. Either TOEFL or IELTS are perfectly acceptable when applying to the Fisher SMF program. If you plan to submit TOEFL scores for your application, we recommend at least 100 overall and at least 24 on the speaking subsection to be minimally competitive. For those of you that plan to take the IELTS exam in lieu of the TOEFL, an overall band score of 7.0 and 7.0 on the speak section of the IELTS is what we recommend to be minimally competitive.


Two Announcements

FIRST:  For those of you having difficulty with the application today, ApplyYourself (our application vendor) has issued the following statement:

Emergency System Maintenance  We are currently experiencing an issue with a product vendor that is impacting performance for the AY system. To resolve the issue, we will be performing maintenance this evening at 10pm ET. The maintenance will take about 10 minutes and will cause a service disruption for several minutes to campus users and applicants/recommendation providers. It will also impact student-facing pages for Connect/Retain and the ftp process. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work to resolve the situation.

Fisher SMF apologizes for any inconvenience.

SECOND:  A note to international students.  SMF has decided not to require translation of transcripts for this application season.  However, translations from institutions such as WES and ECE may be required beginning next year.

As always, thank you for your interest!


Mini FAQ on English proficiency requirements for international students

If you are an international applicant, English proficiency is critical. English proficiency is critical not only for classroom interactions but also when you are involved in the recruiting/interviewing process. Below are common Qs we receive on English proficiency for international applicants:

Do you accept the IELTS?

The Ohio State University accepts the TOEFL, IELTS, and MELAB. For your scores to be valid, they must be no older than two years at the time of your application.

I scored XXX on the TOEFL or I scored X.X on the IELTS. Can I gain admission to your program?

First, we do not make admission decisions based on a single criterion. EVERYthing in your application is reviewed as part of an admission decision. Second, see a previous blog post on recommended scores on the TOEFL or IELTS to be minimally competitive on this criterion.

My entire instruction at the undergraduate level was in English. Do I need to submit English test scores (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB)?

You are exempt from taking an English proficiency test, such as, TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS, if you have established citizenship in one of the following countries: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean, British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, and the United States. US Green Card holders (“permanent residents”) are exempt from taking an English proficiency test if they have held permanent residency status for at least one year prior to their quarter of enrollment.

If you are eligible to receive a 4 year bachelor’s degree or higher from one of the countries listed above, then you are exempt from taking an English proficiency test. Please note: It is not required that you must have your degree completed from one of the exempt countries at the time you are applying for admission. However, you must have completed your degree prior to your quarter of enrollment.

If your country is not listed as any of the exempt counties, you must take the English proficiency test.

May I be conditionally admitted before receiving an acceptable score on the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB tests?

No. The Ohio State University does not admit applicants who have not met the requirement for proof of English proficiency. Those applicants required to submit TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS scores must do so before they will be reviewed for an admission decision and can be officially admitted.

I hope this information helps. If you have any questions, please let us know!