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Two words to know if you're applying: "Complete" and "transcripts"

Posted by Rob C and Alison M on Aug 28, 2017 4:02:36 PM

It does not need to be complete

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Topics: transcripts

Making sense of the transcript requirements

Posted by Alison M. on Oct 7, 2014 1:57:00 PM

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.

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Topics: grades, advising report, WPMBA, WPMBA Admissions Process, WPMBA Application Tips, academic record, transcripts

Applying for autumn 2015? Here's what you need to do.

Posted by Rob C and Alison M on Aug 15, 2014 6:33:31 PM

When you are preparing your application for the Fisher Specialized Master of Business - Finance program, please refer to the list of required items. Remember that the admissions committee will only review complete applications.

We do not pre-evaluate candidates/potential applicants. It's not uncommon for us to receive the following question (or something like it): "My GMAT/GRE is XXX. My TOEFL is XXX. My GPA is XXX. What are my chances of being admitted?" The only way you can find out whether you will be admitted is to apply. If you wish to review statistics on the most recent class (e.g. GMAT or GRE average, GPA average, etc.), click here. The SMF admissions committee reviews everything in an application to assess admissibility for each applicant. There is no single item that will cause someone to be admitted or be denied admission - everything is reviewed.

Here are some additional tips:

GMAT/GRE

You may submit either GRE or GMAT scores for your application. It's your choice. Also, it is very OK for you to submit your application prior to taking the GRE or GMAT. Just be sure you take the applicable test by the end of December 2014 to meet most "early" deadlines.

Transcripts

You will need to upload a scanned copy of an official transcript from each and every university (other than Ohio State) you have attended. Even if you just took a single class at a local community college, we will need to upload a scanned copy of an official transcript from that community college. (The upload button is built into the online application.)

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

TOEFL

I plan on writing another blog post on issues involving the TOEFL but if you are required to submit the TOEFL as part of a complete application, be sure you use the correct institution code for Ohio State University (1592) and that you allow PLENTY of time for the scores to get to us. The TOEFL is regularly the one item that seems to take forever to get to us - if you need to submit the TOEFL, it is your responsibility to ensure the test administrator (ETS) sends us your official TOEFL scores.

The SMF program also accepts IELTS from those applicants required to submit a test of English proficiency.

References

Your references can be sent to us electronically or via paper. (Additional instructions are in the application on the difference between the two formats.) Note that we will receive your references sooner if you choose electronic. Just be sure to give your recommenders plenty of time to write your references!

Essays

Give yourself enough time to write essays that really reflect you. Do not write generic, plain vanilla essays. Answer the questions that are posed to you in this application. Do not recycle essay responses you are using for any other applications.

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.

If you have any questions, please let us know!

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Topics: GRE, SMF Application Tips, SMF, GMAT, references, essays, transcripts

Getting ready to apply for autumn 2015? Here's what you need to do.

Posted by Rob C and Alison M on Aug 15, 2014 6:14:07 PM

When you are preparing your application for the Fisher Master of Accounting program, please refer to the list of required items. Remember that the admissions committee will only review complete applications.

We do not pre-evaluate candidates/potential applicants. It's not uncommon for us to receive the following question (or something like it): "My GMAT is XXX. My TOEFL is XXX. My GPA is XXX. What are my chances of being admitted?" The only way you can find out whether you will be admitted is to apply. If you wish to review statistics on the most recent class (e.g. GMAT average, GPA average, etc.), click here. The MAcc admissions committee reviews everything in an application to assess admissibility for each applicant. There is no single item that will cause someone to be admitted or be denied admission - everything is reviewed.

Here are some additional tips:

GMAT

It is very OK for you to submit your application prior to taking the GMAT. Just be sure you take the GMAT by the end of December 2014 to meet most "early" deadlines.

Transcripts

You will need to upload a scanned copy of an official transcript from each and every university (other than Ohio State) you have attended. Even if you just took a single class at a local community college, we will need to upload a scanned copy of an official transcript from that community college. (The upload button is built into the online application.)

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

Note that if you earned or will earn a degree from outside the United States, you are also required to have a course-by-course evaluation by an approved evaluator. Currently, the Fisher MAcc program accepts course-by-course evaluations from either WES or ECE. The course by course evaluation does not replace the transcripts requirement - it is in addition to the transcripts requirement.

TOEFL

I plan on writing another blog post on issues involving the TOEFL but if you are required to submit the TOEFL as part of a complete application, be sure you use the correct institution code for Ohio State University (1592) and that you allow PLENTY of time for the scores to get to us. The TOEFL is regularly the one item that seems to take forever to get to us - if you need to submit the TOEFL, it is your responsibility to ensure the test administrator (ETS) sends us your official TOEFL scores.

The MAcc program also accepts IELTS from those applicants required to submit a test of English proficiency.

References

Your references can be sent to us electronically or via paper. (Additional instructions are in the application on the difference between the two formats.) Note that we will receive your references sooner if you choose electronic. Just be sure to give your recommenders plenty of time to write your references!

Essays

Give yourself enough time to write essays that really reflect you. Do not write generic, plain vanilla essays. Answer the questions that are posed to you in this application. Do not recycle essay responses you are using for any other applications.

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.

If you have any questions, please let us know!

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Topics: MAcc Application tips, TOEFL, GMAT, IELTS, references, essays, MAcc, transcripts

Quick application checklist

Posted by Alison M. on Aug 14, 2014 5:04:42 PM

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.

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Topics: GRE, Resume, GMAT, WPMBA, deadlines, reference, video essay, test scores, WPMBA Admissions Process, WPMBA Application Tips, letters of recommendation, transcripts

New this year - upload your own transcripts

Posted by Alison M. on Sep 24, 2013 10:45:15 AM

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:

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Topics: WPMBA, WPMBA Admissions Process, WPMBA Application Tips, transcripts

Needed: Transcripts from every school you attended

Posted by Alison M. on Feb 27, 2013 4:07:20 PM

MBA Applicants,

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Topics: FTMBA Application Tips, FTMBA, transcripts, FTMBA Admissions Process

Admissions decisions = a branch of holism

Posted by Rob C and Alison M on Sep 12, 2012 7:24:18 PM

We are often asked about statistics that describe the current MAcc class. We have calculated the statistics that represent the Fisher MAcc class of 2013. Click here for the class profile statistics.

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Topics: MAcc Application tips, MAcc Admissions process, Resume, GMAT, references, essays, MAcc, transcripts

Admissions decisions = a branch of holism

Posted by Rob C and Alison M on Sep 4, 2012 5:24:20 PM

We are often asked about statistics that describe the current SMF class. We have calculated the statistics that represent the 2013 Fisher SMF class. Click here for the class profile statistics.

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Topics: SMF Admissions Process, SMF Application Tips, SMF, Resume, GMAT, references, essays, transcripts

Admissions decisions = a branch of holism

Posted by Rob C and Alison M on Sep 4, 2012 5:22:46 PM

We are often asked about statistics that describe the current MLHR class. We have calculated the statistics that represent the 2013 Fisher MLHR class. Click here for the class profile statistics.

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Topics: GRE, GMAT, MHRM Application Tips, MHRM Admissions Process, references, essays, MHRM, transcripts

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