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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.

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INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

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

February 15 - Final deadline

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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!


Congratulations!

We recently said good-bye to our first class of SMF students. Though we are sad to see them go, we know they will do great things!


Webinars scheduled in June, July, and August – click here to register

Interested in applying for autumn 2013? Sign up for a webinar today.

We have scheduled webinars for the Fisher SMF program through summer 2012.

  • Tuesday, June 26 @ 1:00PM EDT
  • Tuesday, July 31 @ 5:30PM EDT
  • Wednesday, August 29 @ 11:00AM EDT

All times listed above are Eastern Daylight Time/EDT. (Click here if you need to translate Eastern Daylight Time zone to your local timezone. Search for “Columbus Ohio” to see the current time at Ohio State/Fisher.)

Register here today!


ColumbUS

Columbus is a city that may surprise you; it is a city of food, culture, and fun.

Why do we love Columbus so much?  Why don’t YOU check us out yourself!

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New SMF info sessions scheduled – register here!

 

You have questions? We’d love to speak with you!

Several information sessions on the Fisher SMF program were recently scheduled.

  • April 18, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT (in person/live)
  • April 19, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EDT (webinar)
  • May 23, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT (webinar)

Click here to register for any of these info sessions. NOTE: If you register for a webinar, we will email you the webinar link and log-in information approximately one or two days prior to the scheduled webinar.


New GMAT section (Integrated Reasoning) scoring scale released

NextGen GMAT will be released on June 5, 2012.

I recently received an email from GMAC on the new Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT, which will make its debut on June 5, 2012. (I wrote about the “new GMAT” in an earlier post.)

“The new Integrated Reasoning section will measure test takers’ ability to convert data in different formats and from multiple sources into meaningful information to solve problems,” said Ashok Sarathy, vice president, GMAT Program. “Although the questions include both verbal and quantitative data, our testing showed that Integrating Reasoning is a distinct skill.  We think the scores will help schools gauge these skills among their applicants.”

It appears the Integrated Reasoning section will be scored on a standalone basis – in other words, its score (from 1 to 8 ) will not affect the rest of your GMAT scores (e.g. verbal, quantitative, etc.). Click here for more information on the scoring scale on the new Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT.

Note: If you are applying for the Fisher SMF program for autumn 2013, you may submit GMAT scores to us from either prior to or on/after June 5, 2012. GMAT scores are good for five years – either “version” of the GMAT will work for your autumn 2013 application.


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

 


SMF Students in Action

Check out the current class in action!

 


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.

 

 

 


The GMAT is changing in June 2012 – are you ready?

GMAT is undergoing a significant revision within the next few months. In June 2012, the GMAT will introduce an integrated reasoning section, testing concepts that have not been tested before on the GMAT. The current version of the GMAT has a verbal section, a quantitative section, and two essays. The new version will drop one of the essays and replace it with an integrated reasoning section.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJLwiwRsQAM

What does this mean for you? If you are reading this and are applying to the Fisher SMF program for autumn 2013, you can either take the GMAT before or after the changes are implemented – the program does not prefer one over the other. As long as your scores are valid scores, they can be used as part of a complete application. Remember that scores are good for up to five years from the time you take it so if you took it in February 2012 for your autumn 2013 application, those scores will be valid for your autumn 2013 application.

For more information, please check the FAQ published by GMAC. (Click here if you’d like to see some sample questions from the new integrated reasoning section.)


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