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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2011, 12:50
Program: MAcc
Applied to: USC (1/11), UT (12/1)
GMAT: 730 42V 48Q 5.0AWA
GPA: 3.9 (B.S. Business from small state school)
Work Exp: 1.5yrs as Budget Analyst

- I got into UT 1/21 with no scholarship. Was hoping for to get an in-state tuition waiver but anyone know what they were looking for?
- Interviewed with USC 3/4 (I was a bit nervous on the interview but had a nice conversation with the Associate Dean and I did let it slip I got into UT). Got into USC 3/10 with $12k offer.

USC
+ Summer Intensive Program (Let me catch up in acct'ing & solidify GPA)
+ Higher GPA & Rank (Lotta non-acct/USC ppl, so don't have to fight with 200 UT's 5th years)
+ Costs a little less (Lower Tuition a/f Scholarship but Higher Cost of Living)
+ Closer to MBA schools I want to attend (Stanford, Berkley, UCLA, USC)
UT
+ Ranked #1 forever vs USC #4. (#1 is #1. My undergrad's non-prestige hurt me in job searches)
+ More instruction & more in depth (3 Semester for ALL Students vs 2 Semesters for USC)
+ #1 CPA Pass Rate in Nation (Maybe something to do with instruction)
+ Ability to do a spring internship or summer study abroad (I don’t have acct exp).

Anyone else deciding between USC & UT?
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2011, 14:12
Where do you want to work? That should be a factor in deciding.

If you're keen on a MBA in California, I assume you want to live/work there. With the scholarship & that reason, you're better off going to USC if you want to work in California.

More instruction? You'll probably learn more on the job than any additional classes taken.
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2011, 20:28
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I got an interview request today with USC. I submitted the week before Jan 10th, but had some issues with going complete and everything wasn't sent off to Marshall/Leventhal School until the week after.


How did your interview go?

She grilled me...and then threw me in the deep fryer. :cry:

Okay, maybe it wasn't quite that bad. :lol: Still keeping my fingers crossed, though!
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2011, 20:57
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sailtheworld wrote:
I got an interview request today with USC. I submitted the week before Jan 10th, but had some issues with going complete and everything wasn't sent off to Marshall/Leventhal School until the week after.


How did your interview go?

She grilled me...and then threw me in the deep fryer. :cry:

Okay, maybe it wasn't quite that bad. :lol: Still keeping my fingers crossed, though!


I think it went well, the interviewer was really nice and friendly so it eased a lot of the pressure. Good luck! We'll be hearing in the next couple weeks
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2011, 07:17
Just got an email from UGA that they're finally forwarding my application to the committee for a decision.
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2011, 07:45
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Program: MAcc
Applied to: USC (1/11), UT (12/1)
GMAT: 730 42V 48Q 5.0AWA
GPA: 3.9 (B.S. Business from small state school)
Work Exp: 1.5yrs as Budget Analyst

- I got into UT 1/21 with no scholarship. Was hoping for to get an in-state tuition waiver but anyone know what they were looking for?
- Interviewed with USC 3/4 (I was a bit nervous on the interview but had a nice conversation with the Associate Dean and I did let it slip I got into UT). Got into USC 3/10 with $12k offer.

USC
+ Summer Intensive Program (Let me catch up in acct'ing & solidify GPA)
+ Higher GPA & Rank (Lotta non-acct/USC ppl, so don't have to fight with 200 UT's 5th years)
+ Costs a little less (Lower Tuition a/f Scholarship but Higher Cost of Living)
+ Closer to MBA schools I want to attend (Stanford, Berkley, UCLA, USC)
UT
+ Ranked #1 forever vs USC #4. (#1 is #1. My undergrad's non-prestige hurt me in job searches)
+ More instruction & more in depth (3 Semester for ALL Students vs 2 Semesters for USC)
+ #1 CPA Pass Rate in Nation (Maybe something to do with instruction)
+ Ability to do a spring internship or summer study abroad (I don’t have acct exp).

Anyone else deciding between USC & UT?


I got into USC MBT and UT MPA as well.
GMAT 640
GPA 3.78
Work Experience: Tax intern at a Fortune 500 company

I had same deal, scholarship from USC vs not even a tuitition waiver from UT. I wound up choosing USC after speaking to people who worked for the AICPA (family friend is an SVP there) and they said both schools had such prestigous names and would both benefit me equally. The scholarship from USC definitely helped sway my decision (40% of tutition)
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2011, 09:52
I've put this elsewhere, but so it's more available for future students.

Program: MAcc
Applied and admitted to: Alabama, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Florida State, NC State
GMAT: 570, 6.0 writing sample, GPA: 3.73

99.9% sure that I'm attending NC State.
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2011, 11:40
Thought I'd post my final stats, too, for future reference:

Program: MAcc
GMAT: 730 (45Q, 46V), 6.0 AWA
GPA: 3.08 overall; 2.91 for B.A. in government
Schools: Accepted at NC State, UNC-Greensboro, William & Mary, Wake Forest, UVA; offered some $$ at all schools except UVA

I'll be enrolling at NC State. As a non-traditional student already living in the Triangle area, it's the best fit for me. mountaineertider, hopefully I'll see you at State. Good luck to everyone!
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 07:27
to BeaverDam

Just curious, did you decide it yet?? Rugerts??

I am going to attend Rugerts for the same program.
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 11:50
Program: MAcc
GMAT: 750 (49Q49V & 5.5 AWA)
Work Exp: 6yrs as a financial advisor & Trader

Accepted: Univ of Michigan Ross & William & Mary

Waiting for: University of Virginia Mcintire, Ohio State University Fisher, Boston College Carroll.

Though I plan on working around DC area, I am leaning towards Univ of Michigan regardless whether I get accepted to UVA or not.

Anyone else going to Univ of Michigan??
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2011, 14:54
Update for future reference:

GPA: 3.56
GMAT: 630
Extra: 2 Tax Accounting Internships, Beta Alpha Psi
Program: MAcc

Accepted: UVA (McIntire), Texas A&M (Mays), William & Mary (Mason) + scholarship
Denied: UT Austin (McCombs)

Tier II Undergrad (UTSA), Texas resident, Applied late.
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2011, 04:28
To the people who got scholarships: have you tried negotiating your scholarship offers or just taking them?

I'm curious what the results of your negotiations, if any, have been. Thanks.
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2011, 19:54
Thought I would post for future reference and to help with following years, as this forum had some good info for my own application process.

Stats:
GMAT - 710 (46Q, 42V I think?.... Can't remember for sure)
GPA - 3.33 Cumulative, 3.83 Accounting
Undergrad School - Top 25 overall, Top 5 Mid-size program (According to PAR)
Decently strong extra curriculars, currently doing audit Internship, no other work exp (applying right out of undergrad)
Schools Applied to - UVA, USC

Applied right before Feb 1st deadline at UVA, accepted March 3rd with partial scholarship.

Applied right after early deadline at USC, but called to let them know why. Got interview request mid Feb, didn't interview until mid March, was informed that I was accepted during the interview :-D. Got official admission end of March, 40% scholarship, paid TA position. I will be going to USC, it was my top choice the whole time. I will most likely apply for their student ambassador program as well since the ambassador I met with helped me so much and I want to pay it forward as best I can :)

Good luck everyone and congrats for those who have already made decisions!

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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2011, 19:59
bboy121 wrote:
To the people who got scholarships: have you tried negotiating your scholarship offers or just taking them?

I'm curious what the results of your negotiations, if any, have been. Thanks.


I didn't. I realized I was not a superb candidate by any means and I also strongly respected the schools I was applying to and had great and open interactions with the admissions staff I talked to. Didn't cross my mind to bargain or try to squeeze more money out of either school I applied to because I genuinely felt they were doing their best to get me what they could (and I ended up getting a fantastic package to both schools without mentioning the other)
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2011, 13:05
Update for future reference.

Undergrad GPA: 3.76
Actg GPA: 3.7
GMAT: 740
Extra: BAP, Audit Internship @ Big 4, A Cappella
Applied to: UT-Austin, USC, DU

Accepted to all three with some money.

DU gave me undergrad tuition + 6k + verbally a TA position.
UT gave me 10k
USC gave me 40% tuition scholarship + a paid TA/RA position.


Went with USC.

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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2011, 13:08
Congrats Mrex it looks like our admissions packages were identical! I will probably see you in class and on campus in the Fall :)
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2011, 14:41
I just got rejected from USC...ugh. A 710 & 3.45 from an Ivy League school couldn't get me in. I thought my essay and recs were good too. It may have been the interview...most of the time she seemed to be hung up on me not having any accounting experience (other than the required prereqs), which took me by surprise since I thought that's what summer session was for. She seemed to try to back me into a corner of someone who couldn't make up his mind & question my motives for accounting, and and I guess she wasn't satisfied with my answers. :( While I know that there are plenty of other variables...it was still kind of unnerving to me seeing that many people who had similar and lower stats get in so easily...and then get rejected. Oh well. Not that I'm mad at anyone who got in of course...Good luck & congrats to everyone who's going. :)

Looks like it's between Fullerton and SJ State.
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2011, 15:50
Did anyone applied to USC on March? I applied on first week of March and I haven't hear anything since.
I did applied to some other schools but I really want go USC...
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2011, 19:02
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Did anyone applied to USC on March? I applied on first week of March and I haven't hear anything since.
I did applied to some other schools but I really want go USC...


You applied kind of late, so that may be it. The earlier you apply to these programs the better your chances I think.

I also applied to a school a long time ago and they still haven't gotten back to me. It was more of a backup school for me anyway though, so I guess it doesn't really matter that much.
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2011, 19:11
Update for future reference:

GPA: 3.45
GMAT: 600
Admitted: UGA, Georgia State
worked for my dad's cpa firm and for a regional mid-sized firm in atlanta
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