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# Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants!

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Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants! [#permalink]  27 Jun 2011, 05:55
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Q: What is the Consortium?
A: The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management is the country’s preeminent organization for promoting diversity and inclusion in American business. Through an annual competition, The Consortium awards merit-based, full-tuition fellowships to America’s best and brightest candidates. In conjunction with our member schools, sponsoring companies, and our elite group of MBA students and alumni, The Consortium has built a forty year legacy of fostering inclusion and changing the ethnic and cultural face of American business.

Q: How does the application process for the Consortium differ from a regular school application?
A: Common Application - One application allows you to apply to up to six Consortium schools. (University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill requires that all applicants submit both The Consortium application and the UNC application)

R1: November 15, 2011
R2: January 5th, 2012

Real Time Roll Call for Consortium (separate from other discussions)

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Tiered Application Fee - Using The Consortium common application significantly reduces your application fee costs. You may apply to up to two member schools for $150, three schools for$200, four schools for $240, five for$275, and six for 300 (source: Official Consortium website) Essays - There are 2 common essays as part of the Consortium application. Additionally, each member school you are applying to requires at least 1 separate, school specific essay. Interviews - New for 2011 - 2012 Consortium interviews are NO LONGER required. Check with your Consortium school for their interview policy. Q: Can I apply even if I am not an under-represented minority? A: The Consortium seeks applicants who align themselves with its mission. Being a minority is not a prerequisite as long as the applicant has demonstrated a commitment to the Consortium's mission in his or her life. Official site: http://www.cgsm.org School 'Interview Captains': Please feel free to Private Message any Forum Members below for advice on interviews. If you've completed your interview and you wanted to be added as a resource, simply PM TheSenator or post on the Board to be added. Anderson - btsl84 Darden - JacksonCinco, TheSenator Goizueta - suchdaddy Haas - TheSenator Johnson - btsl84, mixedin86, TheSenator, encoredazzle31 Kelley - mixedin86, gablaze23, encoredazzle31 Kenan-Flager - Marshall - mixedin86 McCombs - btsl84 Olin - Rochester - BEnergy Ross - arzad Stern - Tepper - iamvolitant, mixedin86 Tuck - JacksonCinco, btsl84, TheSenator Wisconsin - Yale - JacksonCinco, TheSenator _________________ My Blog - Road to the MBA Class of 2014 Last edited by bb on 14 Mar 2012, 12:09, edited 19 times in total. stats  Kaplan GMAT Prep Discount Codes Knewton GMAT Discount Codes Veritas Prep GMAT Discount Codes VP Joined: 05 Mar 2008 Posts: 1473 Followers: 11 Kudos [?]: 221 [0], given: 31 Re: Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants! [#permalink] 27 Jun 2011, 06:20 cheetarah1980 wrote: Q: What is the Consortium? A: The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management is the country’s preeminent organization for promoting diversity and inclusion in American business. Through an annual competition, The Consortium awards merit-based, full-tuition fellowships to America’s best and brightest candidates. In conjunction with our member schools, sponsoring companies, and our elite group of MBA students and alumni, The Consortium has built a forty year legacy of fostering inclusion and changing the ethnic and cultural face of American business. Q: How does the application process for the Consortium differ from a regular school application? A: Common Application - One application allows you to apply to up to six Consortium schools. (University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill requires that all applicants submit both The Consortium application and the UNC application) Tiered Application Fee - Using The Consortium common application significantly reduces your application fee costs. You may apply to up to two member schools for150, three schools for $200, four schools for$240, five for $275, and six for$300 (source: Official Consortium website)

Essays - There are 2 common essays as part of the Consortium application. Additionally, each member school you are applying to requires at least 1 separate, school specific essay.

Interviews - There is 1 common Consortium interview that you must schedule with either a Consortium Alum or a representative at a Consortium School. Note that the interview does not necessarily have to take place at a school you are applying to. Afterward, individual schools may or may not require an additional school specific interview.

Q: Can I apply even if I am not an under-represented minority?
A: The Consortium seeks applicants who align themselves with its mission. Being a minority is not a prerequisite as long as the applicant has demonstrated a commitment to the Consortium's mission in his or her life.

Official site: http://www.cgsm.org

R1: TBA
R2: TBA

Member Schools:
University of California-Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management (newly added school)
Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business
Cornell University, The Johnson School
Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business
Indiana University-Bloomington, Kelley School of Business
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School
University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business
The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business
University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School
Yale University, Yale School of Management

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I know it's early and the application is not live and deadlines have yet to be posted. However, I wanted to put this up so that people can see it and determine whether it can benefit them. Plus, people can start supporting one another through the entire process. Good luck!

another year has gone by already?
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Re: Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants! [#permalink]  27 Jun 2011, 06:35
Wooop!! The time has come! Im in!
Ross, UNC, Darden & McCombs
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Re: Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants! [#permalink]  27 Jun 2011, 07:55
Wooop!! The time has come! Im in!
Ross, UNC, Darden & McCombs

congratulations..i didn't realize they already sent acceptances for next year...just kidding...because you wrote "i'm in"..nevermind..i know what you meant
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Re: Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants! [#permalink]  27 Jun 2011, 08:27
lagomez, you were all over the Fall 2011 thread. Hopefully you can impart your wisdom and humor on this year's applicants.

I will be applying to Haas, Ross, Stern, and USC through the Consortium. I took the GMAT in May, but I'm considering a retake. While I mull that over I'm doing school research, career informational interviews, and blogging in the hopes of getting to my real honest place. All of this while maintaining a full time job, volunteering with BBBS, and fundraising for a local non-profit. I need a valium just thinking about all of it.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants! [#permalink]  27 Jun 2011, 12:00
Count me in for R2.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants! [#permalink]  27 Jun 2011, 15:48
cheetarah1980 wrote:
lagomez, you were all over the Fall 2011 thread. Hopefully you can impart your wisdom and humor on this year's applicants.

I will be applying to Haas, Ross, Stern, and USC through the Consortium. I took the GMAT in May, but I'm considering a retake. While I mull that over I'm doing school research, career informational interviews, and blogging in the hopes of getting to my real honest place. All of this while maintaining a full time job, volunteering with BBBS, and fundraising for a local non-profit. I need a valium just thinking about all of it.

i'll try and help..i'm going to a non-consort school in illinois so i'll do what i can if I remember
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Re: Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants! [#permalink]  27 Jun 2011, 16:10
lagomez wrote:
Wooop!! The time has come! Im in!
Ross, UNC, Darden & McCombs

congratulations..i didn't realize they already sent acceptances for next year...just kidding...because you wrote "i'm in"..nevermind..i know what you meant

haha .. hopefully I can replicate this comment in 8-9 months.. (or whenever R1 decisions are released)
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Re: Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants! [#permalink]  27 Jun 2011, 16:29
Oooooooh Yaaaaaa! I can't wait until this thread starts building. I'll most certainly be applying to 5 or 6 schools for 2012 through The Consortium, but for now...my G-day is just 3 days, 14 hours, 23 minutes, and 13...12...11 seconds away. Ahhhhhh!
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Re: Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants! [#permalink]  27 Jun 2011, 19:17
Greetings!

I will possibly be applying via the consortium though I am only currently interested in UNC and Emory from the participating schools.

Do you think it's worth it to go through the consortium if only applying to 2 schools or should just apply individually?
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Re: Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants! [#permalink]  27 Jun 2011, 19:55
Still a little confused about the consortium. I will definitely be applying but, do you have to apply to the consortium and be accepted in order for the applications to go through to all 3-6 schools? Or, is it that you can apply, not get the fellowship, but still have all of your desired schools receive your applications, and thus you receive no funding through the organization? Anyway, new on here and this is the year...I've been holding back applying the past few, but it's GO time!
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Re: Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants! [#permalink]  28 Jun 2011, 02:53
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Greetings!

I will possibly be applying via the consortium though I am only currently interested in UNC and Emory from the participating schools.

Do you think it's worth it to go through the consortium if only applying to 2 schools or should just apply individually?

It's definitely worth it to apply through the Consortium. Here is why:
1) You will pay less in application fees.
2) You will write fewer essays
3) You give yourself a very good shot at a full-scholarship if you are accepted to the school
4) Being accepted to the Consortium can add another powerful group of people to your network.

Hope that's enough reason for you.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants! [#permalink]  28 Jun 2011, 02:56
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Still a little confused about the consortium. I will definitely be applying but, do you have to apply to the consortium and be accepted in order for the applications to go through to all 3-6 schools? Or, is it that you can apply, not get the fellowship, but still have all of your desired schools receive your applications, and thus you receive no funding through the organization? Anyway, new on here and this is the year...I've been holding back applying the past few, but it's GO time!

You apply to the schools through the consortium. Once you apply and pay the application fee your apps will be sent to the schools you have selected. The schools then determine whether or not to accept you. Once you are accepted to the school THEN you are considered for acceptance into the Consortium and more importantly the Consortium Fellowship. Ultimately, you are applying to the schools first, the Consortium second (but it's all one application submitted at one time).
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Re: Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants! [#permalink]  28 Jun 2011, 05:33
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Nessy26X wrote:
Still a little confused about the consortium. I will definitely be applying but, do you have to apply to the consortium and be accepted in order for the applications to go through to all 3-6 schools? Or, is it that you can apply, not get the fellowship, but still have all of your desired schools receive your applications, and thus you receive no funding through the organization? Anyway, new on here and this is the year...I've been holding back applying the past few, but it's GO time!

You apply to the schools through the consortium. Once you apply and pay the application fee your apps will be sent to the schools you have selected. The schools then determine whether or not to accept you. Once you are accepted to the school THEN you are considered for acceptance into the Consortium and more importantly the Consortium Fellowship. Ultimately, you are applying to the schools first, the Consortium second (but it's all one application submitted at one time).

AHHH! Awesome! Thanks cheetarah! I seriously have been trying to answer this one on my own forever and no dice. Since the consortium apps aren't due until November is one at at disadvantage when R1 and early decision for Tuck are due over a month earlier? Darden and Tuck are my top two, my concern is that over a month later is a little too late considering these are my top choices.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants! [#permalink]  28 Jun 2011, 06:28
Nessy26X wrote:
cheetarah1980 wrote:
Nessy26X wrote:
Still a little confused about the consortium. I will definitely be applying but, do you have to apply to the consortium and be accepted in order for the applications to go through to all 3-6 schools? Or, is it that you can apply, not get the fellowship, but still have all of your desired schools receive your applications, and thus you receive no funding through the organization? Anyway, new on here and this is the year...I've been holding back applying the past few, but it's GO time!

You apply to the schools through the consortium. Once you apply and pay the application fee your apps will be sent to the schools you have selected. The schools then determine whether or not to accept you. Once you are accepted to the school THEN you are considered for acceptance into the Consortium and more importantly the Consortium Fellowship. Ultimately, you are applying to the schools first, the Consortium second (but it's all one application submitted at one time).

AHHH! Awesome! Thanks cheetarah! I seriously have been trying to answer this one on my own forever and no dice. Since the consortium apps aren't due until November is one at at disadvantage when R1 and early decision for Tuck are due over a month earlier? Darden and Tuck are my top two, my concern is that over a month later is a little too late considering these are my top choices.

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Re: Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants! [#permalink]  28 Jun 2011, 10:44
Cheetah,

Thank you for that information though I still have more questions.

Is there any admissions advantage of applying through the consortium? I guess my questions is whether someone applying through the consortium with the absolute same credentials as someone applying without it will have a greater or lesser chance of admittance? Or is it basically the same? Do schools have a max limit of how many students they admit via the consortium?

If the admissions chance is greater, what keeps everyone else from applying via the consortium, even if they don't have the proper credentials of being admitted to the consortium after being admitted to their school of choice?

I apologize for all of these questions but I don't quite understand the whole consortium process yet.

thank you,
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Re: Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants! [#permalink]  28 Jun 2011, 11:28
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Cheetah,

Thank you for that information though I still have more questions.

Is there any admissions advantage of applying through the consortium? I guess my questions is whether someone applying through the consortium with the absolute same credentials as someone applying without it will have a greater or lesser chance of admittance? Or is it basically the same? Do schools have a max limit of how many students they admit via the consortium?

If the admissions chance is greater, what keeps everyone else from applying via the consortium, even if they don't have the proper credentials of being admitted to the consortium after being admitted to their school of choice?

I apologize for all of these questions but I don't quite understand the whole consortium process yet.

thank you,
jp

I don't think the point of the Consortium is to give students an admissions advantage. What it does is increase access to the top business schools by lowering barriers such as application and tuition costs. Plus it gives UR minority students more resources to succeed not only in school but also in the job market.
Consortium applicants aren't separate from non Consortium applicants in terms of admissions decisions. Once you apply through the consortium you are judged against all other applicants with a similar profile, not just Consortium applicants.
A lot of people don't apply through the Consortium because they don't know about it. However, once people are made aware that the Consortium exists most opt to apply to a few schools because of the financial benefits (lower app fees and the chance at a full tuition fellowship). Schools do have a limited number of fellowships that they can offer. However, admission isn't dependent upon the award. Most admitted candidates are also accepted into the Consortium with a smaller percentage actually awarded the fellowship. I hope that helps demystify things a bit.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants! [#permalink]  28 Jun 2011, 11:54
jp0812 wrote:
Cheetah,

Thank you for that information though I still have more questions.

Is there any admissions advantage of applying through the consortium? I guess my questions is whether someone applying through the consortium with the absolute same credentials as someone applying without it will have a greater or lesser chance of admittance? Or is it basically the same? Do schools have a max limit of how many students they admit via the consortium?

If the admissions chance is greater, what keeps everyone else from applying via the consortium, even if they don't have the proper credentials of being admitted to the consortium after being admitted to their school of choice?

I apologize for all of these questions but I don't quite understand the whole consortium process yet.

thank you,
jp

In regard to the bolded section, I don't think two people could ever have the exact same credentials. Sure, you can have the same GPA, GMAT score, and years of work experience as someone else. However, that doesn't mean the credentials are the same. As I lay the groundwork for my applications I'm realizing that no one can submit the application package that I will. If you do this process correctly no one else can or should mirror what you bring to the table. I am sure that there other 30 year old, Black female applicants. Some have higher GMAT scores, some have lower GMAT scores. Some will have higher GPAs, some won't. But beyond the numbers I've had my own unique career experience with accomplishments and setbacks that are mine alone. While others may have similar interests they have not come about developing those interests in the same way. And their reactions to their personal circumstances are going to be different than my reactions to similar happenings. The whole point of MBA applications is to show the adcoms who YOU are and what YOU offer. If you do that effectively then it's really about whether or not they want to use what YOU offer as a building block for the entire class.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants! [#permalink]  01 Jul 2011, 12:41
I am in for R2.
Right now, I am aiming for Cornell, Haas, USC, CMellon.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2012 Consortium Applicants! [#permalink]  01 Jul 2011, 20:38
Cheetah,

I understand.

I was just wondering what would keep someone from applying via consortium given the lower fees and amount of essays.
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