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Fisher MBA Alum plans to open board game cafe downtown!

Our own Fisher MBA Alumna, Malika de Silva, is featured in yesterday’s Columbus Dispatch! She plans to open up Board Room Cafe & Lounge in downtown Columbus this fall. Check it out!

Three Reasons to Attend an Info Session

If you are thinking about pursuing your MBA at Fisher, I would encourage you to attend one of our WP MBA information sessions.

Here are three compelling reasons to do so:

1) You will get tips on putting together a competitive application to the WP MBA program. 

2)  You have the opportunity to meet with the people that ultimately will decide whether you are a strong candidate for admission.  The info sessions are run by the recruiting and admissions staff - people that sit on the admissions committee and give input into your qualification for admission.  By attending the info session, you will get direct access to us.  Since we do not conduct formal interviews as a part of the application process for the WP MBA program, we do not always get to meet WP applicants in person.  Use this opportunity to introduce yourself to the staff and make a positive impression!

3) Meet future classmates and get motivated to get moving with that application.  Sometimes the biggest hurdle is taking that first step.  Maybe you have been thinking about pursuing your MBA for a long time, but you have been reluctant to move forward.  It can seem rather daunting as it is certainly a significant investment of time, money and personal resources.   However, once you start talking to other people that are also considering the program as well as those who have already completed it, you are sure to grow more comfortable with the idea and excited about the possibilities that will open up for you as a Fisher MBA student and alum!

Our next WP MBA information session will be held in Pfahl Hall on Wednesday, August 22 at 6:30pm.  Register today!



Fisher MBA Alumni in the News

In case you missed it, our own MBA alumni, Gavin Meyers and Tim Ward, were recently featured in Business First magazine where they discussed their new brew-your-own-beer business, BRU.  Gavin and Tim tapped into funding made possible by two other Ohio State MBA alumni, Cuyler Hunter and Luke Friedman, through UFunded, “the only crowdfunding platform dedicated to accelerating entrepreneurship within university communities.”

Way to go Fisher alumni!



Introducing the MBA Recruiting and Admissions Team – Part 3

Joe Dorsey

Assistant Director, MBA Recruiting and Admissions

B.F.A. – Savannah College of Art and Design, 2007

Joe is a recent addition to the recruiting and admissions team and came to Fisher from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He travelled the country as an admission representative for the university before spending several years managing the admission department’s social media outreach.

Since relocating to Columbus he has been busy exploring the city and searching for interesting places to run. If he’s not responding to your calls or emails he is probably out training for a triathlon or spending time at the lake with his wife and dog.

A few of his favorite things:

Place in Columbus: The Olentangy Trail

Restaurant: Chipotle

TV Show: The Big Bang Theory

Food: Anything covered in cheese

Book: These Guys Have All the Fun by James Andrew Miller,
50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days by Dean Karnazes

Introducing the MBA Recruiting and Admissions Team – Part 2

Today I would like to introduce Natalie Mehl:







Natalie Mehl

Assistant Director, MBA Recruiting and Admissions

B.A. Strategic Communications – The Ohio State University, 2008

Natalie graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications and Political Science. Before coming to Fisher she worked for Sears Holdings Corporation and in Undergraduate Admissions at Ohio State-she just loves to help recruit Buckeyes!

Natalie is from southeastern Ohio and grew up on the river so she loves to boat and enjoys most water related activities! In her free time she loves to cheer on the Buckeyes, take Zumba classes, try out new recipes and spend time with her friends and family.

A few of her favorite things:

Place in Columbus: The Columbus Zoo J (She absolutely LOVES monkeys.)

Restaurant: Marcella’s in the Short North

TV Show: Law & Order SVU

Food: Chips & Salsa/Guacamole

Book: She just got a nook and would love any suggestions for downloads!


Introducing the MBA Recruiting and Admissions Team! (part 1 of 3)

As we gear up for another exciting year of recruiting, I thought it would be nice to introduce you to the members of the MBA Recruiting and Admissions Team! This is especially important since two of our members are brand new. Today, I introduce Julee Conrad:

Julee Conrad

Assistant Director, MBA Recruiting and Admissions

BS Accounting – Miami University, 2005

MAcc – The Ohio State University, 2006

Prior to joining the Admissions team at Fisher, Julee earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Miami University and a Master of Accounting from The Ohio State University. After working for KPMG as an auditor and then as a recruiter, Julee returned to her ‘home’ with the Buckeyes!

A native of Ohio, she grew up on a farm and loves spending time outdoors. If she isn’t on Fisher’s campus, she can be found jogging with her husband, reading, or finding a new frozen yogurt shop.

Here are a few more of her favorite things:

Places in Columbus: Antrim Park, the Worthington Farmers’ Market, and Easton Town Center

Restaurant: J. Alexander’s

TV Show: Seinfeld

Food/Beverage: Coffee, coffee, and coffee :)

Recently Read Books: Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer, Bossypants by Tina Fey, and I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley

We’ll be introducing the other staff in future posts – stay tuned!

Is your application incomplete for letters of recommendation?

When you fill out your application for the MBA program, you have the opportunity to enter the names of up to three individuals who can serve as references on your behalf.  Once you enter the names and email addresses of these individuals in the online system, they will receive the request to complete an online recommendation form for you.  You are only required to submit two letters of reference, yet if you indicate the names of three references, your application will technically remain incomplete until we receive all three letters of recommendation.  Please make sure that the references you have identified are prepared to write letters on your behalf before you submit your names through the online sysem.  In order to expedite the review of your application, please reach out to your references to encourage them to complete the process.  You will be able to tell if the letters have been submitted by your references by viewing your application status/check-list.  While we are able to conduct an initial review of your application, we are unable to make a final decision until your letters of recommendation come in. 

When you get to the recommendation screen in the application, it should look like this:









As a reminder, recommendations should be provided from employers, supervisors, professors, or others who are able to comment on your professional and educational goals and potential (no friends or relatives please.)

Get ready for the new GMAT!

If you are thinking about applying to MBA programs this fall, you probably are aware that the GMAT is changing next month – June 5, 2012 to be exact!  The Graduate Management Admissions Council is introducing a new Integrated Reasoning (IR)section into the Next Generation GMAT.    The IR section will include texts, charts and/or tables; mult-source reasoning; graphics interpretation and two-part analysis.  You get to use an on-screen calculator with this section – exciting!

The verbal and quantitative sections will not change and will still comprise the score on the 800 scale that you are used to seeing.  The IR section will have a separate score on an 8 point scale.  A main difference with the addition of the IR section is the switch to just one analytical writing assessment. 

The new test format will look like this:

30 minute Analytical Writing Assessment

30 minute Intergrated Reasoning Section

75 minute Quantitative Section

75 minutes Verbal Section

Total 3 hours, 30 minutes (4 hours total time commitment, including breaks)

You may be wondering how business schools are going to evaluate applicants using this new section.  Honestly, it is too early to tell.  I know that I am excited about the opportunity to evaluate candidates based on skills that are highly relevant and criticial to academic success in a business school classroom.  The questions in this section will ask you to synthesize, analyze, and organize information from a variety of sources to draw a conclusion and solution to a problem.  Since we have no historic scoring data, we have nobody to compare to, so my thought is that the first test takers of the new section have an advantage – you can set the bar for those to come after you!  I do not anticipate that the scores on this section will have a dramatic impact on admissions this next cycle.  Once we all have a better idea of how the section is scored and what the correlation is between scores on this section and performance in the classroom, we will have a much better sense of how much weight to put on it.  In the meantime, happy studying and good luck!  Visit to register for the GMAT and access practice tests.

One important note – with the addition of the new section, it will take a bit longer for us to get your scores.  We have been told that it will take about 20 days to receive them.  Please give yourself enough time to take the exam when planning around your application deadlines.


GMAT Virtual Event THIS week

The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) is hosting a free virtual event THIS WEEK (April 17-19) to introduce you to the new integrated reasoning section of the GMAT.

Register here today to learn more about the new exam!

Not sure if you need to take the GMAT?  Read about our GMAT waiver policy here!


Apply now for fall or spring!

Prospective WP MBA student: I am interested in enrolling in spring semester (January).  Should I apply for fall and just request to defer my admission?

Director of MBA Admissions: Actually, Future Fisher student, you can apply for spring semester now.  Please apply for the term in which you intend to enroll.  You may select spring 2013 as an application term when you begin your application to the WP MBA program.  No need to apply for fall and defer.  We review applications on a rolling basis regardless of term, so we will review and make decisions now for both fall and spring. 

Now, for those of you that apply for fall semester and find that something happens at work or in your life that is going to prevent you from starting the program when you initially planned to begin, yes, deferred enrollment is an option.  If this happens, please just contact us in the Graduate Programs Office and we will work with you to take care of any necessary changes.

Remember, the application deadline for fall semester is May 15, 2012Apply now!


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