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Calling All 2011 U Maryland - Smith Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2011, 10:33
This posting is a bit late in the application process since R3 deadlines have already passed, but I wanted to see if anyone else had applied and wanted to share stories.

Personally my MBA journey started in the summer of 2009 when I was studying for the GMAT. Fast forward to 2010, I decide to relocate to Taiwan to get some relevant work experience before switching careers via an MBA program. I met an adcom at the Taipei MBA fair in September, and then luckily the school made another visit in November. I requested an early interview and got it with the director himself. Woo!

Submitted my app in Round 2, December, after many tortured weeks of writing through my writer's block. In January, I had a quick follow up phone call to clarify something on my work history, and ....

Got the admit in February!! :-D :-D

UMD is my top choice, for it's SCM program, among other factors. Thus, I plan to send in my deposit soon.

Anyone else out there apply to UMD?? I'd love to meet my future classmates early :wink:
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Re: Calling All 2011 U Maryland - Smith Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2011, 17:28
I applied to Smith R3 in mid-January and interviewed/toured in College Park last week. Building is gigantic (and growing) and the campus is beautiful (although I'm sure it looks much better when everything's not dead).

Anyways, I want to get into corporate innovation so their GET focus is right up my alley. Everyone I met that day was super nice, including adcom for the interview....good vibes all around. Stayed a few days in the area and can see myself living in DC - great town.

Congrats on the admit! Who knows what will happen but I left there with a good feeling.
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Re: Calling All 2011 U Maryland - Smith Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2011, 17:14
interviewed in jan and got waitlisted :( any ideas how to get off the waitlist or if its even possible?
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Re: Calling All 2011 U Maryland - Smith Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2011, 19:02
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interviewed in jan and got waitlisted :( any ideas how to get off the waitlist or if its even possible?


This forum is chock-full of advice, so search around for tips on how to get off the waitlist. :)
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Re: Calling All 2011 U Maryland - Smith Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2011, 06:47
My interview is coming up shortly (tomorrow actually). Care to share your interview experiences? Any insights into the types of questions?
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Re: Calling All 2011 U Maryland - Smith Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2011, 17:54
I interviewed mid-Feb and got admitted last Friday w/ $$ (yay!). There weren't any curveballs really - why MBA, why Smith, some good examples of teamwork/leadership from work. It was a good experience visiting campus and interviewing; everyone was super nice.

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Re: Calling All 2011 U Maryland - Smith Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2011, 18:09
what is ur prof? gpa/gmat?
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Re: Calling All 2011 U Maryland - Smith Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2011, 18:38
29 M, 650 GMAT, 3.3 GPA from USC, 7.5 yrs w.e.
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Re: Calling All 2011 U Maryland - Smith Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2011, 18:51
does anybody have any advice/knowledge about this:
if i can't get into the full time mba program should i apply to the part time program? it seems that they accept a lot more people for the part time than the full time program- lower gpa+lower gmat
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Re: Calling All 2011 U Maryland - Smith Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2011, 19:35
Congrats on the admit, rha! No money for me, though. Do you have an idea which school you are leaning towards as of now?
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Re: Calling All 2011 U Maryland - Smith Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2011, 07:25
joytastical wrote:
This posting is a bit late in the application process since R3 deadlines have already passed, but I wanted to see if anyone else had applied and wanted to share stories.

Personally my MBA journey started in the summer of 2009 when I was studying for the GMAT. Fast forward to 2010, I decide to relocate to Taiwan to get some relevant work experience before switching careers via an MBA program. I met an adcom at the Taipei MBA fair in September, and then luckily the school made another visit in November. I requested an early interview and got it with the director himself. Woo!

Submitted my app in Round 2, December, after many tortured weeks of writing through my writer's block. In January, I had a quick follow up phone call to clarify something on my work history, and ....

Got the admit in February!! :-D :-D

UMD is my top choice, for it's SCM program, among other factors. Thus, I plan to send in my deposit soon.

Anyone else out there apply to UMD?? I'd love to meet my future classmates early :wink:


Hey there, I was admitted to UMD in February as well :) Its a very good school, but my mind is still not made up on where I'll end up. There are so many factors that come into play when making this decision and I still haven't received a decision from 2 other schools.
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Re: Calling All 2011 U Maryland - Smith Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2011, 07:41
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does anybody have any advice/knowledge about this:
if i can't get into the full time mba program should i apply to the part time program? it seems that they accept a lot more people for the part time than the full time program- lower gpa+lower gmat

I wasn't really looking at PT programs. I guess you have to decide what exactly you're looking for because the PT program won't give you the closeness to your classmates, career opps, etc. that a FT would. So I guess you have to figure out what is important to you and if you want to start right away just to start.

I'm also still waiting to hear from other schools before I make up my mind but I do like Smith's program. Unfortunately, I can't make it to Admitted Student Weekend next week. :(
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Re: Calling All 2011 U Maryland - Smith Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2011, 09:50
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does anybody have any advice/knowledge about this:
if i can't get into the full time mba program should i apply to the part time program? it seems that they accept a lot more people for the part time than the full time program- lower gpa+lower gmat


The full-time MBA experience is very different from the part-time. You should initially decide if you want to do full-time or part-time, and then apply to programs you're interested in (some schools don't have part-time programs).

If you want to go full-time, don't apply to a part-time program just because it's easier to get into.

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Re: Calling All 2011 U Maryland - Smith Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2011, 18:38
@joytastical: I applied before Dec 15th Deadline and got admit mail on Feb 10. Man, I should have seen this post earlier. I was in taipei from 25th to 27th .. could have met you.

I am still waiting on the admission packet, deposit timeline and other information. Till date all i have received is an admit mail, admit student weekend mail and submission of financial proof mail. There is absolutely no information on any award (yes or no) and certainly no clue on when the admission packet will arrive.

Hope i get the details soon and then i can make up my mind to join as Smith is an expensive school.

Cheers..

joytastical wrote:
This posting is a bit late in the application process since R3 deadlines have already passed, but I wanted to see if anyone else had applied and wanted to share stories.

Personally my MBA journey started in the summer of 2009 when I was studying for the GMAT. Fast forward to 2010, I decide to relocate to Taiwan to get some relevant work experience before switching careers via an MBA program. I met an adcom at the Taipei MBA fair in September, and then luckily the school made another visit in November. I requested an early interview and got it with the director himself. Woo!

Submitted my app in Round 2, December, after many tortured weeks of writing through my writer's block. In January, I had a quick follow up phone call to clarify something on my work history, and ....

Got the admit in February!! :-D :-D

UMD is my top choice, for it's SCM program, among other factors. Thus, I plan to send in my deposit soon.

Anyone else out there apply to UMD?? I'd love to meet my future classmates early :wink:
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Re: Calling All 2011 U Maryland - Smith Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2011, 21:59
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@joytastical: I applied before Dec 15th Deadline and got admit mail on Feb 10. Man, I should have seen this post earlier. I was in taipei from 25th to 27th .. could have met you.

I am still waiting on the admission packet, deposit timeline and other information. Till date all i have received is an admit mail, admit student weekend mail and submission of financial proof mail. There is absolutely no information on any award (yes or no) and certainly no clue on when the admission packet will arrive.

Hope i get the details soon and then i can make up my mind to join as Smith is an expensive school.

Cheers..


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You were in Taipei just this past weekend? Ha, what are the odds?! Too bad about the missed opportunity. Perhaps later this year then.

The adcom said they are trying to arrange some more dinners for admitted students to meet alumni, other admits, and current students, but there will be only one admitted student's weekend this March. Unfortunately I don't plan to attend, since I'll be in the middle of moving back to the states. Anyone planning on attending that?

I didn't start this thread until recently because I was too obsessed about sending in the perfect application to also write anything else that required brainpower, online chatting with friends obviously excluded. :wink:

From what I read on the FAQs, notification for any award money will be emailed with the admissions recommendation email. So I would assume that no notification means no award. :(

Please let me know what other mail you receive, since it took 2 weeks for my first letter to arrive, so I had been a bit on edge about my mail.

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Re: Calling All 2011 U Maryland - Smith Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2011, 01:43
Yes, just for the weekend. Had another MBA interview and thought would be a good idea to mix interview with pleasure and it was a good break to take from this busy schedule.

Well i have received one more mail other than admit mail.. informing me about the admit student weekend on march 12 and the admit student website details. Other than there has been no communication from them. I am yet to receive official admit letter, admission packet, details on fee deposit deadlines etc.

Yes, chances on any kind of award looks bleak now since most of the admits have got the notification with their admit mails or shortly after that.

Lets see how it goes..would be great to meet you later this year.

Cheers...

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@joytastical: I applied before Dec 15th Deadline and got admit mail on Feb 10. Man, I should have seen this post earlier. I was in taipei from 25th to 27th .. could have met you.

I am still waiting on the admission packet, deposit timeline and other information. Till date all i have received is an admit mail, admit student weekend mail and submission of financial proof mail. There is absolutely no information on any award (yes or no) and certainly no clue on when the admission packet will arrive.

Hope i get the details soon and then i can make up my mind to join as Smith is an expensive school.

Cheers..


@trying700

You were in Taipei just this past weekend? Ha, what are the odds?! Too bad about the missed opportunity. Perhaps later this year then.

The adcom said they are trying to arrange some more dinners for admitted students to meet alumni, other admits, and current students, but there will be only one admitted student's weekend this March. Unfortunately I don't plan to attend, since I'll be in the middle of moving back to the states. Anyone planning on attending that?

I didn't start this thread until recently because I was too obsessed about sending in the perfect application to also write anything else that required brainpower, online chatting with friends obviously excluded. :wink:

From what I read on the FAQs, notification for any award money will be emailed with the admissions recommendation email. So I would assume that no notification means no award. :(

Please let me know what other mail you receive, since it took 2 weeks for my first letter to arrive, so I had been a bit on edge about my mail.

Cheers!
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Re: Calling All 2011 U Maryland - Smith Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2011, 15:54
Was just admitted with $$. Applied R3 1/15/11, interviewed Wed, 3/2. Very excited. This was my first response from any school and it's a great one!

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26 M; 700 GMAT; 2.6 GPA from top liberal arts school; 5 years work experience consulting/marketing;

With my GPA I must have impressed them elsewhere.
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Re: Calling All 2011 U Maryland - Smith Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2011, 22:42
@trying700: Were you applying to an MBA program in Taipei as well? Do you speak Chinese or is the program all in English? Very curious, never thought of Taiwan as an option.

@kilian: congrats on the admit! They really got back to you so quickly, I'm surprised, and with your GPA. Goes to show it can be overcome. I also have some questionable areas on my UG transcript and quite ecstatic that it didn't get in the way of my admissions to the schools I applied.
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Re: Calling All 2011 U Maryland - Smith Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2011, 02:16
@joytastical: The interview was for Georgetown University, USA and they gave Taipei as one of interview venues. Since i have never been to that part of the world "yet" i took this opportunity to explore the city and amazing food it has to offer. I love travelling, though langue was an issue occasionally but loved my short stay there.
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Re: Calling All 2011 U Maryland - Smith Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2011, 04:48
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@kilian: congrats on the admit! They really got back to you so quickly, I'm surprised, and with your GPA. Goes to show it can be overcome. I also have some questionable areas on my UG transcript and quite ecstatic that it didn't get in the way of my admissions to the schools I applied.


Thank you! The turn-around was incredibly quick - I really thought it had to be some kind of mistake. It's extremely reassuring that the mistakes I made in school 6-9 years ago were overshadowed by the efforts I have made since. Hope the other schools that I applied to feel the same way!

I was actually embarrassed to post my gpa on here, but figured what the hell, it might motivate someone who otherwise wouldn't apply. I did address my low gpa head on in both my optional essay and in my interview. I didn't want to draw additional attention, but felt that there was no way they could "miss" it and I needed to have my story told. I didn't want them to draw their own conclusions about why it was so low. People change a lot from 18 to 27.
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