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Making sense of the transcript requirements

On the application checklist, you might think securing transcripts would rank among the easier steps to “check off” – on the contrary, we find that this step can be confusing so I am going to explain a few things which will hopefully help to eliminate some confusion.

  • In order for the admissions committee to review your application, we at Fisher need a copy of an official transcript – this means that you either have a transcript that you kept after you graduated or you requested to have one sent to you.  You can then scan and upload it through the online application so we can review it.
  • A copy of an official transcript is NOT a grade report, an advising report or anything else that is not technically an academic transcript.
  • We need to see transcripts from every institution you attended where you received graded credit. Even though your summer school or study abroad coursework may show up on your primary institution’s transcript, Ohio State needs to see the originating transcript for these courses.
  • Once you earn admission to Ohio State, you will need to provide official transcripts to the university in order to enroll.  Some institutions have an electronic transcript exchange agreement in place whereby the school can directly have your transcript(s) sent electronically to Ohio State.  You will have to check with your institution to evaluate the best way to request official transcripts.
  • If you earned an undergraduate or graduate/professional degree from Ohio State, you do NOT need to request transcripts as we can access them already.

 

More questions? Review the application requirements online and if you are still unsure, email gpo_processing@fisher.osu.edu 

 

 


Quick application checklist

Since we process applications on a rolling admissions basis, it is always advantageous to apply early – as applications are submitted and become complete, we will review them and make admissions decisions. The application is now live for both spring semester (January 2015 start) and autumn semester (August 2015 start).  The deadline to apply for the January start is October 15, so you still have plenty of time to get ready.

Here is your quick checklist:

1) Request an official copy of any transcript you have from an undergraduate or graduate institution where you received any credit.  A scanned or electronic copy of an official transcript is all you need to submit for application review purposes.

2) Register to take the GMAT or the GRE.  The GMAT is still our preferred test for the MBA program if you have not yet taken either test; however, we will accept the GRE and you will not be at any disadvantage if you choose to take the GRE.  You may be able to waive out of the test if you meet certain requirements.

3) Request individuals to serve as your references.  We require TWO letters of recommendation.  We prefer letters of recommendation from current or previous supervisors, followed by letters from colleagues, clients, professors, or anyone you may work with on a professional board or community organization.

4) Update your resume.

5) Start thinking about and drafting your personal statement and completing your video essay.

6) International students only – register for the TOEFL or IELTS.

Stay tuned for more advice on application requirements in upcoming posts!


New this year – upload your own transcripts

As an enhancement to this year’s online application, you now have the ability to scan and upload your own unofficial copies of your academic transcripts.  This will expedite your application review process, as the admissions team will not have to wait for official transcripts to arrive in the mail before reviewing your candidacy for the MBA program.  A few key things to keep in mind:

  • Unofficial transcripts are scanned copies of both sides of your official transcripts.  They are NOT web-generated advising reports or advising reports.
  • If you are offered admission to The Ohio State University, you will then need to submit official hard copy versions of your transcripts prior to enrollment.  The only exception to this is if your undergraduate institution sends “official” electronic transcripts directly to The Ohio State University.

Good luck with the application process!  The deadline for January 2014 enrollment is rapidly approaching – October 15, 2013!

Apply now!

 


Thinking about applying for the fall? Plan ahead!

1) Who will write your letters of recommendation?  Give them plenty of time and direction.  The majority of our applicants ask their references to utilize the online recommendation form.  By the time your recommender receives the link to complete the reference form and upload the letter of support, he/she should already know what to expect and be prepared to complete the process.  Fisher prefers professional references over academic references, unless you are a recent graduate from an undergraduate or graduate program and have a strong relationship with a professor who can speak to your potential for success in the MBA program.  Current supervisors are our first choice for a reference, followed by previous supervisors, colleagues, clients, or individuals with whom you work in the community or in a professional organization outside of your primary place of employment.

2) Start thinking about your personal statement.  Our guidelines for writing the personal statement are posted online so you can review them before you even begin an application.  Start to put together your thoughts and communicate your rationale for pursuing the MBA degree from Ohio State.

3) Prepare for the GMAT exam.  Visit mba.com for all of the information you could possibly want to learn about the test and test preparation, including  free, downloadable, full length practice tests.  Most schools will look at your highest score, but ideally you only have to take the test once at $250 per attempt!  Click here to find out whether you might qualify for a GMAT waiver. 

4) Request transcripts from your undergraduate institution(s) early.  Sometimes it takes awhile for those transcripts to arrive, so don’t wait until the last minute.  Fisher is now able to accept scanned or electronic copies of transcripts for academic review during the application process.  Official hardcopies will be requested after you are offered admission and prior to enrollment, unless the electronic transcript is sent directly to OSU from the granting institution and is considered official.  If you already have an undergraduate or graduate degree from Ohio State, you will not need to request a formal transcript for courses taken here, as we already have access to it. 

The next WP MBA information session will be held Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 in Gerlach Hall.  Register here.

The application deadline for September 2011 is July 27, 2011.


Things to keep in mind as you prepare your application

With the November 8th deadline quickly approaching for the winter quarter term, many of you are probably working on getting your application materials finalized.  We often get questions from applicants as to whether you can submit your applications online even though all of your application materials may not be ready to go. 

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • We will create a file for you as we recieve your supplemental application materials, so feel free to send them whenever they are ready as long as your first name, last name and program name (MBA for Working Professionals) are indicated on the items you are submitting.
    •  Since most of your application will be completed or uploaded online (application form, resume, personal statement, and electronic letters of recommendation), I am primarily referring to transcripts and test scores
  • Your references can submit their online letters of recommendation at any time – they do not have to wait for you to submit your application online.  As soon as they receive the link, they can submit.  Do not worry if their letter of recommendation arrives prior to your application.
  • You do not need to order transcripts if you were an undergraduate or previous graduate student at The Ohio State University.
  • Make sure that the testing agency sends your official scores to us if you did not indicate that The Ohio State University should recieve the scores at the time you took the exam.
  • Once we have a complete application (online application form and all supplemental materials), we will review your application.
  • We review applications on a rolling basis and will make decisions for winter quarter until the class is full.
    • If the class becomes full, it is possible that we will ask applicants to defer your admission to a future term – we will notify you if this applies to your application.