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Red Carpet Recap - Admitted Students Weekend 2017

Posted by Alison M. on Mar 24, 2017 10:09:08 AM


Recently, we hosted an outstanding group of admitted Fisher MBA students and guests for our annual Red Carpet event. After a tour of Columbus, one of the world's best cities, including a stop at Fisher Commons, we kicked off the weekend at the Schott for an OSU men's hockey game and mingling with current students. 

Saturday was packed with activities for both the admitted students and their partners, giving them access to deans, faculty, staff, current students and alumni.

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Topics: FT MBA

3 Ways a Fisher MBA Will Help You Launch and Scale Your Startup

Posted by Alison M. on Feb 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

No one ever said entrepreneurship was easy. The path to launching a new business is always a rocky one, with plenty of starts and stops, bumps, and direction changes along the way. It takes perseverance, creativity, and a certain tolerance for risk.

But that’s not to say it can’t be made easier. With the right combination of skills, experience, and guidance, an entrepreneur can navigate those rocky early phases and build a sustainable, profitable business.

You, like many people In the midst of their careers, may dream of striking out on your own — to test your mettle in the fast-paced startup world or bring a new product or service concept to life. But as good as you may be at engineering, or product design, or sales, what’s holding you back is a lack of well-rounded business know-how.

You know that starting a business will require you to secure funding, build a team, manage a budget, and market and distribute a product. How can you add these skills to your entrepreneur’s toolbox?

For three reasons, an MBA at Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University will help you beef up your business skills, forge connections, and incubate your ideas, making your path to business leadership as smooth as possible.

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5 Rankings That Prove Columbus, Ohio Is a Great City for MBAs

Posted by Alison M. on Dec 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM

How can the country’s 15th most populated city and the largest city in the country’s seventh most populated state be considered a best-kept secret? When it’s Columbus, Ohio.

Praise for Columbus keep rolling in:

1. NPR calls it “a nearly recession-proof hub of Ohio” that’s attracting young professionals with a low cost of living and diverse economy.

2. CNBC tags Columbus as “a growing mecca for small business,” with a supportive community of business leaders working together for the benefit of all.

3. Money says Columbus is “making the Midwest cool,” with affordable housing within reach of a vibrant downtown.

And yet, when considering it as a destination for earning an MBA and launching a new career, many future MBA students count Columbus out.

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Topics: Columbus

3 Ways to Fit a Fisher College MBA Into Your Crazy Life

Posted by Alison M. on Aug 31, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Life was so much more manageable back when you were a student, when all you had to worry about was studying. Now you’ve got a lot more to juggle: a demanding job, a home to maintain, possibly a family or plans to start one.

You know earning an MBA will help supercharge your career trajectory, vaulting you into a higher position at your company, opening up new job opportunities, or giving your the tools, connections, and confidence to start a business of your own. But with everything else going on in your life, how can you possibly fit in the classes?

Consider the MBA for Working Professionals option at Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. It’s ranked ninth in the nation for part-time business schools and the top in Ohio, according to U.S. News & World Report.

For busy professionals like you, our MBA program allows you to schedule your classes evenings, weekends, or both — whatever works best for you.

Here is a closer look at each option.

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Topics: MBA

Don't forget the video essay!

Posted by Alison M. on Nov 10, 2014 11:50:58 AM

Since we don't get the opportunity to interview every WP MBA applicant in person, we introduced a new element into the application process this year - the video "essay." It is not so much an essay as a two-minute peek into your personality. It is your chance to introduce yourself (at least your virtual self!) to the Admissions Committee in a way that can showcase your communication skills, presentation skills, and individuality. It adds that missing third dimension to a rather two-dimensional application process.

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Topics: WPMBA, video essay, WPMBA Admissions Process, WPMBA Application Tips

Video essay: now not later

Posted by Alison M. on Nov 10, 2014 6:50:40 AM

This year we introduced an optional video essay for you to complete to express your interest in being considered for any available merit-based funding opportunities. We want to hear how you will "pay it forward" if given funding from the Fisher College of Business (see more at

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Topics: FTMBA Application Tips, FTMBA, video essay, FTMBA Admissions Process, FTMBA Financial Aid

Strong grades and strong test scores are the keys to generous financial aid

Posted by Alison M. on Oct 14, 2014 9:51:51 AM

As you are looking at potential business schools, I wouldn't be surprised if you were researching the opportunities for earning financial aid. Prospective MBA candidates often don't realize that it is possible to take out loans for graduate school, such as the PLUS Loans, if you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. The majority of you are looking for ways to minimize your out-of-pocket expenses and want to know how to qualify for scholarships, fellowships, Graduate Assistantships and any other form of aid offered to MBA students.

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Topics: FTMBA Application Tips, fellowships, scholarships, FTMBA, FTMBA Admissions Process, assistantships, FTMBA Financial Aid

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

3 reasons why you need the GMAT or GRE

Posted by Alison M. on Oct 7, 2014 9:43:15 AM

Yes, the thought of taking a standardized test after years of being away from the classroom can certainly be daunting. We understand that you might not be the best test taker or that you have other strengths that should be able to convince us of your qualifications for business school. Yet, the responsibility of the admissions team is to evaluate whether a candidate (YOU) has the academic aptitude that is required to complete the rigorous coursework in the MBA program.

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Topics: GRE, FTMBA Application Tips, GMAT, FTMBA, standardized test, FTMBA Admissions Process

Forbes calls Columbus the #1 Opportunity City

Posted by Alison M. on Oct 1, 2014 8:16:18 AM

Among the many reasons why Columbus was identified as the top Opportunity City in the U.S. - the fact that Columbus is home to a large number of corporations, including L Brands, Abercrombie & Fitch, Nationwide Insurance, JP Morgan Chase, Huntington Bank and Alliance Data Systems.

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Topics: JP Morgan Chase, cost of living, corporate partnerships, Huntington, L Brands, Columbus/OH, jobs, Nationwide, FTMBA, Abercrombie & Fitch, Alliance Data, opportunity

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