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5 things to do before you apply to graduate business school in 2017

Posted by Rob C and Alison M on Aug 30, 2016 11:53:53 AM


Here is a list of five things to do when you are preparing your application to graduate business school:

1. Take a practice test

Whether your program requires the GMAT or GRE, it is a very good idea to take a practice version of that test at least once before you take the official exam. Although the "best" amount of time varies from person to person, we recommend spending at least 4-6 weeks preparing for your exam. 

2. Request transcripts

Contact each university you have attended to request your academic transcripts. Fisher will review scanned copies of official transcripts or accept original transcripts directly from each university. You must request a transcript from each university you have attended even if you were enrolled for just one class.

You are NOT required to submit transcripts for any grades you earned at The Ohio State University.

FISHER MACC APPLICANTS: If you are a student submitting transcripts from another country, click here for additional transcripts requirements.


If you are an international student and are required to submit either TOEFL/IELTS as part of your complete application, be sure you allow PLENTY of time for the scores to get to us. These scores regularly take forever to get to us - if you need to submit either of these scores to us, it is your responsibility to ensure the test administrator sends us your official scores.

4. Talk to your references

Identify your references early and give them enough time i) to meet application deadlines and, more importantly, ii) to write the best possible letter on your behalf.

5. Review essay questions

Review the essay questions and jot down some ideas and thoughts to help devolop your responses. Answer the questions that are posed to you in your application. We want to see a genuine response.

Plan ahead when preparing your graduate program application

We will be posting additional tips for each of the items referenced above throughout the next few months so keep an eye on this blog for updates.

In the meantime, be sure to create your online application account so you can start tackling the "to do" list described here!


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