August 21, 2013

Fisher welcomes new students to campus


Entering freshman: 1,050
approximate as of 8/19/2013

First generation college students: 13%

Domestic geographic representation:
29 states, including Hawaii

International geographic representation: 10 countries

Graduate students:

Entering FT-MBA Class of 2015: 116

Domestic students: 71%

Number of countries represented: 14

Other graduate programs:
class of 2014

Entering MAcc, MHRM, SMF: 165

International geographic representation: 10 countries

Before stepping foot on the Fisher campus, two of the college’s newest students, Megan Holstein, a freshman, and Ganesh Alakke, a first-year MBA, have already blazed business trails in their own right. They chose Fisher to continue to propel their professional success.


Meet Megan Holstein:  An incoming freshman already leading a successful company

At 14-years-old, Megan Holstein started her first business. The Dublin, Ohio resident purchased damaged Apple computers on eBay, repaired them and re-sold them on eBay at a profit.

"In my life, business came first, then picking a college," Holstein said. "But in the end, I always knew this is where I would be," she said during an interview in Fisher Hall.  I know there is so much opportunity here. I'm really excited about joining the Business Builders Club."

Before admission to Ohio State, Holstein's enterprising spirit led her on an unorthodox educational path. During her sophomore year of high school she attended online school and shadowed her father, Mike, an Ohio State graduate, and president and  founder of the Dublin-based software company, Proteon.

At 15, she was accompanying her father on business travel and meeting his fellow business executives and clients.  Later that year, she would launch her own iPhone and iPad application company Pufferfish Software, which develops apps for children with autism and their teachers and parents.  Click on the video to learn more about Holstein and her company Pufferfish.


Meet Ganesh Alakke: New Fisher MBA student participates in prestigious Deloitte program

Deloitte Consulting already sees promise in Ganesh Alakke and he hasn’t even earned his Fisher MBA yet.

Alakke was among 57 future MBA students nationwide selected to participate in the 2013 Deloitte Consulting Immersion Program and three-day summit.

The Deloitte program provides the basics of consulting and the depth, breadth and quality of opportunities at Deloitte. It started as a three-day conference that will prepare MBA candidates for their first semester at business school and for the internship recruiting process. Participants are introduced to peers and industry thought leaders. Attendees at the summit will have the opportunity to interview early for Summer Associates roles for Summer 2014.

The program identifies MBA candidates with strong potential for success in full-time employment after earning their MBAs.

“The busy schedule at the summit maximized my interactions with Deloitte personnel and all the attendees,” said Alakke. “It gave me an opportunity to evaluate prospects, fit and talk to numerous people in a group and one-on-one setting.”

Prior to matriculation at Fisher, he worked in information technology for Wright State University. He plans to use his Fisher MBA to advance into a management position in the technology field and develop his own products.