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Re: Calling all McCombs Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2014, 04:23
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  1. Imagine that you are at the Texas MBA Orientation for the Class of 2017. Please introduce yourself to your new classmates, and include any personal and/or professional aspects that you believe to be significant. Select only one communication method that you would like to use for your response.
    Write an essay (250 words)
    Share a video introduction (one minute)
    Share your about.me profile
  2. In the Texas MBA program, we promote a diverse and collaborative community by providing opportunities for growth in an academically rigorous environment. Please discuss why McCombs is the right program for you, what you hope to gain from your time in the Texas MBA Program both personally and professionally, and how you will contribute to your classmates' experiences. (500 words)

  3. Optional Essay: Please provide any additional information to the Admissions Committee that you believe is important and/or will address any areas of concern that will be beneficial to the Admissions Committee in considering your application. (250 words)

    1. For example, if your standardized test scores are not exactly what you would like them to be or if you have not had coursework in core business subjects (i.e. calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting, or finance), please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative rigor of the MBA curriculum.

    2. If relevant to your circumstances, please also discuss any other factors that you think may impact your candidacy (i.e., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance, or any significant weaknesses in your application or extenuating personal circumstances).


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AnonIsab wrote:
It was torturous to see others receiving news well before the Dec 20th notification. Compounding the misery was the lack of uniformity- some people just logged in to see their status updated, others had calls, others had an email, etc. I was about to start drowning my sorrows when I got the admit email at 4:55pm CST on the 20th.
So, never lose hope! Even if you have a bad interview or don't interview well, my feeling is that they must already be leaning a certain way before your interview. There's just no way I would have been admitted if the interview was weighed more heavily......... Read the further post here


astryker wrote:
The first thing that threw me off was an email about 10 minutes before our interview saying my interviewer couldn't find a copy of my resume in the system for some reason, so I sent him one right away. Don't know whether he had a chance to look at it before we spoke. Having done a few Skype interviews in the preceding weeks, I had a basic idea of what to expect: someone in a suit or business casual dress in an office or study room, running through a list of questions and taking notes as we talked...... Read the further post here


RVC360 wrote:
My interview was pretty laid out, a second year student; we talked for about an hour, awesome guy, wanted to know about me, future plans and why the Texas MBA program. It helped me a lot that I had already visited campus, met with staff, attended some classes....Read the further post here


ganeshjagtap wrote:
I got the call on skype from another 2nd year student, but by that time I had started to get a lil bit nervous. Overall it was like a roller-coaster ride; it had it's ups and downs and parts where you go round and round....Read the further post here


patelsid wrote:
I applied to UT in 2nd Round and had an on-campus interview last week. I was interviewed by a 2nd year student and it was very laid back, in fact after "resume" question it was more of a conversation....Read the further post here

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Re: Calling all McCombs Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2014, 09:09
Has the online application link been activated? I created my UT EID, but couldn't find any way to access the application.
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Re: Calling all McCombs Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2014, 02:00
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Has the online application link been activated? I created my UT EID, but couldn't find any way to access the application.


Same here. I only see 2015 Evening MBA & 2014 Mexico City MBA.

Is the application not up yet?

Also, are the instructions for the letter of recommendation the same as last year?
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Re: Calling all McCombs Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2014, 07:00
FROM Mccombs(Texas Austin) Admissions Blog: Managing Your 2015 Application: Acing the First MBA Test
GRE versus GMAT blog. [/*]
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WORK EXPERIENCE

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No minimum number of years is required, but we strongly recommend two years of full-time post-baccalaureate work experience.  Generally, students do better in the program with real-life work experience and can participate in classroom discussions with real context to draw from. The admissions committee considers how your skill set, leadership positions, teamwork and responsibilities relate to your intended course of study as well as your short term and long term career goals, so make it easy for us to follow your journey!

PERSONAL ESSAYS

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Unless you write in a daily journal or diary, sitting down to write about yourself can seem like a completely foreign concept and inspires nothing but a bad case of writer’s block.  Your best bet is to answer the question directly, use concrete examples, and illustrate your voice and personality, background, goals and intentions for acquiring an MBA.  The optional essay is a good opportunity for you to address anything not conveyed in the rest of your application: such as academic performance or test scores, or perhaps a personal event/circumstance that you think has an effect on your MBA candidacy.

RESUME

Your resume should be professional and fit on one page unless you have more than 15 years of experience.  Don’t get too creative with formatting either to squish stuff in there (8-point font is hard to ignore…), make sure your work experience is listed in chronological order, includes months and years in the date ranges, and has comprehensible titles and descriptions of duties.  Also your resume is a great place to put your honors, achievements, extra-curricular activities and volunteer organizations.

UNDERGRADUATE AND PREVIOUS GRADUATE EXPERIENCE

This section is pretty straightforward.  We will see your major/minors, cumulative and major GPAs, and transcript grades on your online application.  However, it’s important to take advantage of the personal essays, optional essay, and interview (if one is granted) to explain any moves between schools/majors.  Also, if you already have a Master’s degree, be prepared to answer how you currently use it and why you think getting another one is a value-add for your career.

SERVICE, ACTIVITIES & RECOGNITION

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This information is used to provide some personal character to your application.  We ask ourselves, what does this applicant do outside of their professional life?  How did they spend the hours during undergrad when they weren’t spent in class?   Highlight your personal honors and achievements, any non-professional leadership positions in the community and any extra-curricular activities you were involved with in undergrad.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

The first step to acing this part of the application is to pick the right people.  After that, hopefully they will write a stellar letter on your behalf (if the wrong person is chosen, this can seriously backfire.)  We think the best letters are written by current or previous supervisors (team lead, director, manager, etc.) or someone with supervisory oversight of your work.  Their title isn’t as important as their experience in evaluating your performance as a professional.  If you are self-employed or work for a family business, try and avoid asking Mom to write your letter.  Instead, some good alternatives are a client, a professional mentor, accountant or trusted co-worker.  Try and avoid faculty recommendation letters since they tend to focus more on your ability to show up for your class and submit homework on time and don’t really give us the insight we need.

TOEFL/IELTS (ENGLISH PROFICIENCY TEST FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS)

If you are an international student, you’ll undoubtedly have questions about your TOEFL/IELTS score submission.  And yes, we do grant waivers if you meet one of the 3 criteria:

[*]You have lived and worked full-time in the U.S. or in a country where English is the official language for at least two of the past four years (see country list here).[/*]
[*]You hold a masters degree from a college or university located in the U.S. or from a country where English is the official language (see country list here).[/*]
[*]You were educated solely in English for your undergraduate and/or prior graduate degree.[/*]
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We don’t publish an average TOEFL score since it is such a small statistical subset.  However, the TOEFL score is simply one measure we use to gauge English proficiency ESL course along with your personal essays and in-person interview (if one is granted.)

We hope you find these application tips helpful!  Remember, we are here to help, so please reach out to the McCombs Admissions Committee at TexasMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu or 512-471-7698 for questions or advice on your application.  Happy Applying!
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Re: Calling all McCombs Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2014, 21:25
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Re: Calling all McCombs Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2014, 14:00
FROM Mccombs(Texas Austin) Admissions Blog: You’ve Got Application Questions, We’ve Got Answers
reach us. My phone rang several times while writing this post, so if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some calls to return.

Hook ‘em!

 

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Professional or Executive: Which MBA Is Right For You? [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2014, 12:00
FROM Mccombs(Texas Austin) Admissions Blog: Professional or Executive: Which MBA Is Right For You?
Executive MBA class visit or MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth class visit, and visits for the other programs will be up soon.

During the class, you’ll witness the collaborative and team-based environment that’s a big part of the fabric here at McCombs. The questions you should be asking yourself during your visit are: What can I contribute to this conversation? What assets would I bring to my study team?

Texas MBAs are collegial, yet competitive. And the program you join will define your close-knit, professional network while in the program and beyond. Strategic thought about where you begin your relationship with this network may clarify which program is best for you in the here and now.
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Re: Calling all McCombs Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2014, 12:19
Looking for McCombs Houston.....
Application in for pre-R1 (Houston), has anyone gotten an interview invite yet? Or still too early? An automated email from the school not long ago said to be prepared to interview the weekend of 17/18 Oct.....

A little hard not to get hopes up too high.. :|
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Re: Calling all McCombs Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2014, 00:23
Hello Everyone

My recommender wants the questions before he access the online recommendation form. Where can I access the recommendation questions?

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Re: Calling all McCombs Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2014, 00:31
Hello Everyone

My recommender wants the questions before he access the online recommendation form. Where can I access the recommendation questions?

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Re: Calling all McCombs Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2014, 06:46
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Hello Everyone

My recommender wants the questions before he access the online recommendation form. Where can I access the recommendation questions?

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I too require the recommendation questions.
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Admissions Events: How to Leave a Lasting Impression [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2014, 08:00
FROM Mccombs(Texas Austin) Admissions Blog: Admissions Events: How to Leave a Lasting Impression
Admissions Events provide an opportunity for prospective students to meet school representatives such as alumni, current students and admissions staff to learn about the program.  These events can take place in your local area, such as Coffee Chats where current Texas MBA students share their experiences over a casual cup of joe.  For a more formal setting, an MBA Fair is a great place to meet with admissions reps, compare schools and practice your networking skills.  A wise choice for gauging the classroom environment and faculty character would be to attend a Class Visit.  Another on-campus favorite is an Information Session where you learn specifics about the program and can enjoy lunch with a student and/or attend a quick tour of our facility.  For a more specific recruitment opportunity, you can apply to attend the Women’s Forum or the Diversity Forum (these fun and information-filled weekend events are for prospective students committed to enhancing diversity in business schools and management and provide targeted info on the Texas MBA program.)  Can’t make it to campus at all?  A McCombs Roadshow brings the Dean, admissions and career management reps to you in select major cities.  Or, if you’re really off the grid, take advantage of our helpful Online Events such as pre-deadline admissions chats and recorded webinars.

But how do you make a lasting impression when presumably there will be lots of prospective students with similar goals at these events?  Easy.  Be yourself and be memorable.

BE YOURSELF

Mr. Rogers had it right: be true to yourself.  Being genuinely “you” is a major factor of the elusive qualification of “fit” that Admissions Committees look for.  We can’t get an accurate picture of how you’ll fit into the academic environment, student culture and professional network if you aren’t being yourself.  Let your personality shine through; are you professional yet quirky?  Or soft-spoken with a quick wit?  Share your story as you would with a new friend, as almost all school representatives will try and picture you in their minds as a future fellow Longhorn.  This shouldn’t be hard, as Longhorns are famously easy to talk to.  And don’t forget to use your description of yourself to demonstrate your knowledge of the program, student organizations and ways you intend to get involved.

BE MEMORABLE

Instead of going for the extreme interpretation of being memorable by going for “shock-factor” (although in admissions we deal with our fair-share of TMI), provide a quick and unique fact about yourself as a part of your introduction: Grew up on a family farm? An energy trader that speaks 7 languages?  A daytime CFA moonlighting as a tech-savvy entrepreneur?  These are all totally valuable and memorable nuggets of info to share with us; just as long as you’re able to tie it all back to getting your MBA within the 30 second timeframe of an elevator speech.   Months later when we’re reading your application, we’ll say to ourselves, “Ah yes, that lovely fellow who wants his MBA in Entrepreneurship to market his invention of silent Velcro” and boom.  You are memorable.

What else wins us over?

  • Do your research 
  • Ask questions beyond the FAQs on the website
  • Tell us about a Texas MBA alumnus you know
  • Ask how you can be involved in our community
Conversely, a few obvious no-no’s:

  • Don’t forget our school’s name or how to pronounce it
  • Don’t ask about scholarships right off the bat (it sends the wrong message).  We’ll get to it!
  • Don’t ask “what’s my chance of getting in?” after talking with us for 5 minutes (there are many factors which impact admissions decisions – read about our holistic application review)
  • Don’t forget to register to receive program information, admissions updates and future event info.
So, you’re ready to attend your first Texas MBA Admissions Event armed with the above tips and tricks to make the most of it.  If you’ve learned anything from being in the workforce in the last decade, you know relationships and impressions are just as important as who you are on paper, and the same is true for meeting your Sleazy Spammer program.  It starts with the first (and hopefully lasting) impression.
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Admissions Events: How to Leave a Lasting Impression [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2014, 22:00
FROM Mccombs(Texas Austin) Admissions Blog: Admissions Events: How to Leave a Lasting Impression
Admissions Events provide an opportunity for prospective students to meet school representatives such as alumni, current students and admissions staff to learn about the program.  These events can take place in your local area, such as Coffee Chats where current Texas MBA students share their experiences over a casual cup of joe.  For a more formal setting, an MBA Fair is a great place to meet with admissions reps, compare schools and practice your networking skills.  A wise choice for gauging the classroom environment and faculty character would be to attend a Class Visit.  Another on-campus favorite is an Information Session where you learn specifics about the program and can enjoy lunch with a student and/or attend a quick tour of our facility.  For a more specific recruitment opportunity, you can apply to attend the Women’s Forum or the Diversity Forum (these fun and information-filled weekend events are for prospective students committed to enhancing diversity in business schools and management and provide targeted info on the Texas MBA program.)  Can’t make it to campus at all?  A McCombs Roadshow brings the Dean, admissions and career management reps to you in select major cities.  Or, if you’re really off the grid, take advantage of our helpful Online Events such as pre-deadline admissions chats and recorded webinars.

But how do you make a lasting impression when presumably there will be lots of prospective students with similar goals at these events?  Easy.  Be yourself and be memorable.

BE YOURSELF

Mr. Rogers had it right: be true to yourself.  Being genuinely “you” is a major factor of the elusive qualification of “fit” that Admissions Committees look for.  We can’t get an accurate picture of how you’ll fit into the academic environment, student culture and professional network if you aren’t being yourself.  Let your personality shine through; are you professional yet quirky?  Or soft-spoken with a quick wit?  Share your story as you would with a new friend, as almost all school representatives will try and picture you in their minds as a future fellow Longhorn.  This shouldn’t be hard, as Longhorns are famously easy to talk to.  And don’t forget to use your description of yourself to demonstrate your knowledge of the program, student organizations and ways you intend to get involved.

BE MEMORABLE

Instead of going for the extreme interpretation of being memorable by going for “shock-factor” (although in admissions we deal with our fair-share of TMI), provide a quick and unique fact about yourself as a part of your introduction: Grew up on a family farm? An energy trader that speaks 7 languages?  A daytime CFA moonlighting as a tech-savvy entrepreneur?  These are all totally valuable and memorable nuggets of info to share with us; just as long as you’re able to tie it all back to getting your MBA within the 30 second timeframe of an elevator speech.   Months later when we’re reading your application, we’ll say to ourselves, “Ah yes, that lovely fellow who wants his MBA in Entrepreneurship to market his invention of silent Velcro” and boom.  You are memorable.

What else wins us over?

  • Do your research 
  • Ask questions beyond the FAQs on the website
  • Tell us about a Texas MBA alumnus you know
  • Ask how you can be involved in our community
Conversely, a few obvious no-no’s:

  • Don’t forget our school’s name or how to pronounce it
  • Don’t ask about scholarships right off the bat (it sends the wrong message).  We’ll get to it!
  • Don’t ask “what’s my chance of getting in?” after talking with us for 5 minutes (there are many factors which impact admissions decisions – read about our holistic application review)
  • Don’t forget to register to receive program information, admissions updates and future event info.
So, you’re ready to attend your first Texas MBA Admissions Event armed with the above tips and tricks to make the most of it.  If you’ve learned anything from being in the workforce in the last decade, you know relationships and impressions are just as important as who you are on paper, and the same is true for meeting your Sleazy Spammer program.  It starts with the first (and hopefully lasting) impression.
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