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25 Jan 2012, 20:59
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Hey all!

I have probably lurked on and off for about the past year as I have prepared for the GMAT and appraised the MAcc admissions process. I was hoping to come out of the woodwork when the "2012 Unite!" thread came out but, sadly, that never happened. This forum has been dead, which is a shame since there aren't many outlets for people to share first-hand experiences regarding their MAcc/MSA application process. So, I hope fellow lurkers (I know you're out there) sign up and dormant posters come back as we get into the busiest time in the process. I'll start us off!

MAcc - Audit or Audit Systems track

Schools:

Profile:
3.9 GPA undergrad - accounting major
710 GMAT
Big4 audit internship

So. . . Let's hear it!

PS: I know a lot of you on here do not have an accounting background, so if you have any questions regarding Big4 audit internships, the recruiting/interview process, etc., please start a thread and I will jump in and do my best to answer any questions. Let's keep this thread just for applications, profiles, and admissions decisions though.

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25 Jan 2012, 21:04
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Was wondering when this would get started.

I only applied to one program and got into today! Was getting a little nervous.

GPA: 3.48
Major: Sociology (I can't tell you how glad I am to get to go to a program without prereqs... I tried the job market for several months after graduation and with a Soc degree there was almost nothing out there)
GMAT: 680

School: UNC

I applied for the Dec. 1 deadline but had a prof blow off my recommendation so I didn't get everything in until the 17th of Dec. I interviewed on January 9th and got my acceptance email today (the 25th).

I applied to about 15 schools for undergrad and the whole process was incredibly more stressful. Can't wait to start in May.
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13 Jan 2013, 11:35
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juangalt wrote:
UTMPA2011 wrote:
juangalt wrote:
Has anyone applying for Summer/Fall 2013 heard back from schools yet?

my stats:
gmat: 700
gpa: 2.8
undergrad degree in economics and philosophy at UT-Austin
3 years work exp.

applied to:
UT-Austin
USC
UNC
Vanderbilt
Wake Forest
UT-San Antonio

interviewed right before christmas with USC for the MBT program, said they'd let me know the 2nd week of january

haven't heard from the other schools, just that the applications were complete. has anyone applied to the same schools and heard back? got in? what were your stats? any opinions of my chances? I'm pretty curious about Vanderbilt and Wake Forest since i don't know much about the schools

I can't tell you about current admissions with certainty, but I applied to schools on your list when I wanted to pursue a MAcc. Don't hold your breath on Vanderbilt. I would be willing to bet that Wake Forest will offer you a scholarship, even with your GPA. As a former UT student, you might get a leg up in admissions. However, your GPA is certainly an issue. I would say that your chances are good at USC and UNC. I do have to ask: Why UT-San Antonio? It is very out of place given your other schools. If you want to work in Texas, you should also consider applying to Texas A&M. I know, Longhorns and Aggies are rivals. However, when it comes to job placement, the two schools are not very far apart. Texas A&M is cheaper and easier to get into, so it is worth considering. Texas A&M also has high placement in Big 4.

I was accepted to USC's MBT with partial scholarship (heard back last week). Still waiting on UT's MPA, as of Friday my status now says "forwarded to Graduate Committee for Review" so I'm not sure how much longer I'll have to wait (applied 12/3). I want to do taxation and am really interested in USC's program, so if I got into UT it would be a tough choice (in-state tutition would be hard to turn down, even with the USC scholarship).

I'm still interested in Wake, the more I read about the program the more I like it. How is their reputation nationally compared to USC? Based on rankings it seems USC is better but I realize that might not be the whole picture.

If I work in Texas it would probably be in San Antonio (hometown) so that's why I applied to UTSA as a "fallback". A&M is a good program but they had a few more prerequisites and I didn't have time to take them. From what I've heard it sounds like I would be able to get a good job in San Antonio with a degree from any of the schools I applied, so I'm just interested in picking a school that has a good tax program and will offer more opportunities nationwide (thinking about IRS/feds).

Wake Forest is not ranked as high as USC. However, the placement is incredible. Also, some people are not aware that if you complete your MSA at Wake Forest, you can continue in their MBA program and complete it in a year. The MSA/MBA combination gives you a serious advantage over most MAcc programs.

I was in the tax track of the UT MPA program. I was accepted at Michigan, UT, USC, and Wake Forest (dinged at Vanderbilt - LOL!). I was offered a full ride at USC; however, it was only extended to me after I told them that I had been accepted at UT. If you are accepted at UT, you can negotiate your scholarship offer at USC, but be careful. UT offered me in-state tuition, a $15k scholarship and a TA position. While the cost of attending UT was slightly higher, I could not turn them down. You should consider the cost of living in LA at USC versus Austin (UT). I would estimate the cost of living for the USC program to be between 20k-25k, so choose wisely. If you have your heart set on working in CA, then seriously consider USC. If Texas is where you want to be, then UT is the best choice. If you go to Wake Forest, it will be quite difficult to work in Texas. Not impossible, but not likely. In case you are wondering, I was offered a 75% scholarship at Wake Forest. I did not accept because the UT offer was too good. Michigan claims to give everyone who is accepted a$7k scholarship. If you want a full ride, you have to apply to teach an accounting class. In my opinion, Michigan is full of itself and not friendly. The cost is comparable to the MBA program, so I said no thank you. When the admissions member told me, "the accounting courses are MBA level courses, so the tuition is commensurate with the quality of instruction." My response: "Yes, but I won't be graduating with an MBA."

If you are looking to work for the IRS, don't hold your breath. The current state of affairs at the IRS is rather dim. They are not really hiring many people and the process is very time consuming. You could always take a public job and apply after gaining some experience. It's not impossible, but most programs don't really support government placement. The bread and butter of most accounting programs is Big 4 placement. I will say that UT does give you the opportunity to apply for industry and finance positions. You also have the chance to take a few MBA courses.
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26 Jan 2012, 07:09
I submitted my applications not too long ago, so I haven't heard anything back, but I'll still post with my background/schools and update when I hear more information.

PROFILE:
GPA: 4.0
GMAT: 700
Exp: 3 years working for a communications firm; no relevant accounting
Ambition: Work for Big 4 in Audit/Assurance

SCHOOLS:
UNC: Applied mid-jan; waiting to hear back
Bentley: Applied second round (mid-jan); waiting to hear back
U of Pittsburgh: Applied second round (late-jan); waiting to hear back

Pettycash: Thank you for starting this topic. I was waiting for it as well!
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26 Jan 2012, 17:46
Profile:
GPA 3.53
GMAT: 660
Major: Accounting
Experience: 1 year interning at manufacturing company in accounting department, currently interning at small CPA firm since May.

Schools:
Baruch, Texas A&M, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Buffalo

Good luck to you all! There are a lot of bright people here. I'm sure everyone will do fine.
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29 Jan 2012, 16:15
Yay! Was hoping to see one of these pop up.

Profile:
GPA: 3.7 - Finance major
GMAT: 740
Experience: Zilch, just took a year off in between undergrad and now and worked typical crappy retail job.

Schools (all applied to in mid-November):

Univ of Texas @ Austin: Accepted, with OOS tuition waiver and small scholarship
USC: Accepted, 40% scholarship
William and Mary: Accepted, small scholarship

Obviously I'm very happy with this cycle, and am 99.999% sure I'll be in Austin this summer. Tough choice between them and USC, but in the end, LA is extremely unappealing to me and the cost of living differences make it much more expensive than UT. Would love to meet others who will be attending Texas!
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02 Feb 2012, 13:34
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GPA: 3.8 - History
GMAT: 710
Experience: Nada, pretty much the exact same situation as popcorn88.

Schools (applied in october):
UT-Austin: accepted with OOS tuition waiver and partial scholarship
UNC: Accepted, No scholly though.

I love Chapel Hill and the program at UNC, but the financial aid offer is probably going to sway my decision to UT. I'm about 95% sure that I'll end in Austin. Good luck to everyone who is still waiting to hear back!
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02 Feb 2012, 14:32
Profile:
GPA: 3.8 - music major
GMAT: 760
Work Experience: nothing immediately relevant, just a bunch of music jobs

Schools:
UNC: accepted w/ scholarship
USC: accepted w/ scholarship
Boston College: accepted w/ scholarship
UT-Austin: accepted w/ scholarship
Wake Forest: accepted w/ scholarship
UNC-Charlotte: still waiting for a decision

I'll be attending Wake Forest, starting in the summer. I'm really looking forward to it! Good luck to everyone!
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Location: United States (CA)
Concentration: Accounting
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05 Feb 2012, 15:00
Profile:
GPA: 3.2 - math major
GMAT: 770
Work Experience: 4 months, partially relevant

Schools:
UNC: accepted w/ no scholarship
UT-Austin: waiting for a decision

if I get into UT, I'll almost definitely go there. it's cheaper (even without a scholarship), comparable academically, and the program starts later, which means I won't have to leave my company during our busy season. I'm not too confident I'll get in though.
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11 Feb 2012, 13:18
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19 Feb 2012, 09:18
Calpoly, Congratulation. Do you mind tell me how much scholarship you got from BC? probably I will hear back from BC in a week. I need to get an offer from BC. Finger crossed.
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19 Feb 2012, 14:20
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21 Feb 2012, 18:27
I have heard back from Binghamton and Texas A&M and have been accepted at both schools. However, my top choice is Baruch but cannot hear back from them until May since they need my final transcript to make a decision (which I think is unnecessary).

Anyway, does anyone know how binding it is if I were to put down the deposit at Texas A&M until I hear back from Baruch in May? If I were to get into Baruch, I would like to go there, otherwise Texas A&M will be the choice. I just don't want to be stuck with nowhere to go if I were to be rejected from Baruch. Thanks for any advice.
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22 Feb 2012, 12:32
Hi, Anyone heard back from BC or UVA?
CPA2141, I am at the second semester of my senior year. If I apply to Baruch, you mean I won't get admission from them until I submit my final transcript of my last semester of the college?
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22 Feb 2012, 14:28
waterwater wrote:
CPA2141, I am at the second semester of my senior year. If I apply to Baruch, you mean I won't get admission from them until I submit my final transcript of my last semester of the college?

I'm in the same boat waterwater. Yes, for some strange reason they cannot and will not make an admissions decision until they have your final transcript. This is the only MS Accounting program that I came across that does this. Best of luck to you even through this inconvenience.
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23 Feb 2012, 19:41
anyone heard back from UVA?
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23 Feb 2012, 23:44
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24 Feb 2012, 19:01
I figured I would post my stats for others to look at in the future:

GPA: 3.68
GMAT: 680 (42Q, 40V, 6.0 AWA)

Schools: (applied for Financial Reporting/Assurance concentration)
University of Texas- Austin: Accepted w/ OOS tuition waiver and merit scholarship
Notre Dame: Accepted w/ 
University of Virginia: Accepted

I am really having a hard time choosing between Texas and Notre Dame!

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24 Feb 2012, 19:13
yo future, when did you apply those school and when did you hear back from them? I applied same school with yours, but all rejected except of UVA. I havent heard back from UVa and that is my only hope. Thank you.
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24 Feb 2012, 19:17
I applied mid-january and heard back from UVA at the beginning of feb. but they don't release scholarships until the end of this month...hope that helps, good luck!

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