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I had a chance to speak with Craig Petrus on the phone regarding everything the career services department at UF does for its students. I came away with some valuable information I'd like to pass along to you guys.

Two-Year Traditional Program


Advisors: From the moment you step on campus you will be meeting with your career services advisor. Compared to most MBA programs, UF has a small class size. This allows your advisor to really get to know your personal strengths and career goals. During your first 6 weeks at UF, you will have at least 5 mandatory meetings with your advisor. These meetings are designed to help give your advisor an understanding of your career goals, improve your resume and cover letter, assess interview skills, and get your name out to companies you strive to work for.

The career services department is made up entirely of former recruiters. Many of these advisors worked at large companies, such as McKinsey. They strive to build relationships in every sector of business. Mr. Petrus explained that if they do not currently have a relationship with a company, they will immediately be on the phone with them if you decide that is where you want to be.

Internships: Mr. Petrus informed me that last year 95% of Two-Year Traditional students received a summer internship after the first year. 75% of that group ultimately received full-time job offers from the company at which they interned. Some of the big recruiters at UF are CSX, Wells Fargo, Darden Restaurants, Exxon Mobile, Proctor and Gamble, and many more.

For Two-Year Traditional students, the big recruiting season is during the first Fall you are in Gainesville. With a start date of August 13th, 2014, students are thrown into the interview ring pretty quickly. That's where the value of the career services department comes into play. They strive to get all of their students ready from day 1.

Employment: So many students are ultimately hired by the company at which they interned, such as CSX, Wells Fargo, Darden Restaurants, Exxon Mobile, Proctor and Gamble, and many more. Geographically, UF MBA students find themselves in cities such as Jacksonville, Orlando, and Miami. UF has alumni associations in New York and Chicago, but naturally Florida is the biggest geographical landing spot.

According to Mr. Petrus, UF reported between 83-84% employment within 3 months of graduation for 2012/13. This figure will not officially be released until April of this year.

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Re: Hough Class of 2016 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2013, 10:46
Has anyone been able to visit campus yet? The new building is absolutely gorgeous and the school is definitely making moves to improve their standing. I think this is probably one of the best bangs for your buck out there.
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Re: Hough Class of 2016 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2014, 12:23
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Has anyone been able to visit campus yet? The new building is absolutely gorgeous and the school is definitely making moves to improve their standing. I think this is probably one of the best bangs for your buck out there.


I'm a little late here, but I have been to the campus several times. Never taken an official tour, but Hough is a very nice building. UF is definitely trying to improve their standing and it seems to be working.

This is the only school I am applying to. It's such a good value to me. I'm a little unsure if my application will really stand out. I have a 3.02 undergrad GPA in Marketing and Supply Chain Management. My first GMAT attempt yielded me a 650. I am taking the GMAT again in March and all of my practice tests have been in excess of 680. Hoping to break 700. My work experience is limited, but high in quality. I was promoted to plant manager after just 3 months with my company, and just last year I received a promotion to Vice President of Operations. I will have a total of 36 months of work experience upon matriculation. Anyone think I have a chance?
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Has anyone been able to visit campus yet? The new building is absolutely gorgeous and the school is definitely making moves to improve their standing. I think this is probably one of the best bangs for your buck out there.


I'm a little late here, but I have been to the campus several times. Never taken an official tour, but Hough is a very nice building. UF is definitely trying to improve their standing and it seems to be working.

This is the only school I am applying to. It's such a good value to me. I'm a little unsure if my application will really stand out. I have a 3.02 undergrad GPA in Marketing and Supply Chain Management. My first GMAT attempt yielded me a 650. I am taking the GMAT again in March and all of my practice tests have been in excess of 680. Hoping to break 700. My work experience is limited, but high in quality. I was promoted to plant manager after just 3 months with my company, and just last year I received a promotion to Vice President of Operations. I will have a total of 36 months of work experience upon matriculation. Anyone think I have a chance?


I think you have a good shot. Experience sounds relevant and impressive. When I interviewed there, the sense I got was that they're very big on fit: how well do you know the program, where will you make an impact, etc. Make sure you know what makes UF unique and can articulate that in an interview. Like you, I applied with a below-average GPA (2.77) and was worried -- UF's average is one of the higher in the country at about 3.5 -- but they offered me a full-tuition scholarship.

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Re: Hough Class of 2016 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2014, 13:16
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Has anyone been able to visit campus yet? The new building is absolutely gorgeous and the school is definitely making moves to improve their standing. I think this is probably one of the best bangs for your buck out there.


I'm a little late here, but I have been to the campus several times. Never taken an official tour, but Hough is a very nice building. UF is definitely trying to improve their standing and it seems to be working.

This is the only school I am applying to. It's such a good value to me. I'm a little unsure if my application will really stand out. I have a 3.02 undergrad GPA in Marketing and Supply Chain Management. My first GMAT attempt yielded me a 650. I am taking the GMAT again in March and all of my practice tests have been in excess of 680. Hoping to break 700. My work experience is limited, but high in quality. I was promoted to plant manager after just 3 months with my company, and just last year I received a promotion to Vice President of Operations. I will have a total of 36 months of work experience upon matriculation. Anyone think I have a chance?


I think you have a good shot. Experience sounds relevant and impressive. When I interviewed there, the sense I got was that they're very big on fit: how well do you know the program, where will you make an impact, etc. Make sure you know what makes UF unique and can articulate that in an interview. Like you, I applied with a below-average GPA (2.77) and was worried -- UF's average is one of the higher in the country at about 3.5 -- but they offered me a full-tuition scholarship.

Good luck!


First off, congratulations! That is very impressive. Thanks for the reply. My essays revolve around my love for the University. I've been going to the campus since I was 5 years old with my grandparents and I always feel more at home in Gainesville than anywhere else I have been.

May I ask what you mean by "where you will make an impact" in your above statement? Is that in regards to what I want to do personally and what I plan to give back to the school?
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Re: Hough Class of 2016 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2014, 13:30
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First off, congratulations! That is very impressive. Thanks for the reply. My essays revolve around my love for the University. I've been going to the campus since I was 5 years old with my grandparents and I always feel more at home in Gainesville than anywhere else I have been.

May I ask what you mean by "where you will make an impact" in your above statement? Is that in regards to what I want to do personally and what I plan to give back to the school?


Yeah, exactly. Every good business school wants to know how you're going to make them proud, win them respect among the other schools they're ranked against. What clubs will you join and/or lead? How about case competitions? Have you thought specifically about your career immediately post-MBA and whether UF is the place to take you there? What does it offer, in terms of academics and extracurriculars, that aligns with your specific goals that other schools don't offer? And, crucially, can you connect the dots and articulate it all well in essays and in an interview?

As a side note, if I were you, I'd think twice about spending more than one essay talking about your love of the school. It helps to mention it, but the admission folks know why the school is great, they spend a substantial chunk of time each year preaching it, and if that's the focus of all your essays, you run the risk of (a) boring them, and (b) leaving them with little insight into who you are as a person. Everyone who applies to UF wants to be there (otherwise they wouldn't bother), so it's not a very effective way to distinguish yourself from other applicants. Instead, consider focusing on either a unique, formative story from your past (pre-MBA) or your specific vision for your career when you leave Gainesville (post-MBA).

Just my two cents -- feel free to disagree!
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First off, congratulations! That is very impressive. Thanks for the reply. My essays revolve around my love for the University. I've been going to the campus since I was 5 years old with my grandparents and I always feel more at home in Gainesville than anywhere else I have been.

May I ask what you mean by "where you will make an impact" in your above statement? Is that in regards to what I want to do personally and what I plan to give back to the school?


Yeah, exactly. Every good business school wants to know how you're going to make them proud, win them respect among the other schools they're ranked against. What clubs will you join and/or lead? How about case competitions? Have you thought specifically about your career immediately post-MBA and whether UF is the place to take you there? What does it offer, in terms of academics and extracurriculars, that aligns with your specific goals that other schools don't offer? And, crucially, can you connect the dots and articulate it all well in essays and in an interview?

As a side note, if I were you, I'd think twice about spending more than one essay talking about your love of the school. It helps to mention it, but the admission folks know why the school is great, they spend a substantial chunk of time each year preaching it, and if that's the focus of all your essays, you run the risk of (a) boring them, and (b) leaving them with little insight into who you are as a person. Everyone who applies to UF wants to be there (otherwise they wouldn't bother), so it's not a very effective way to distinguish yourself from other applicants. Instead, consider focusing on either a unique, formative story from your past (pre-MBA) or your specific vision for your career when you leave Gainesville (post-MBA).

Just my two cents -- feel free to disagree!


Thanks for the feedback! I will keep all of that in mind if I am invited in for an interview.

I suppose I misspoke a bit there. The essays are pretty direct, so you can't get away with schmoozing UF for too long before it's obvious you have just ignored the prompt. I really only spoke about my personal love for the school in the "Any additional information" and "UF-specific" essays. My "Why MBA" essay explains my vision post-MBA.
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Pitch in my two cents though you have already gotten some fabulous advice.

I think if you can really break a 700 you have a fantastic shot at admittance. UF seems to be really making a strong push to rise in the rankings and it seems to me (just my outside opinion after seeing 5 of my friends graduate from the program and several friends get rejected) put a large emphasis on the measurable characteristics (GPA GMAT work experience). A 700 would be strong and help offset the lower than average GPA. Are you applying for start Fall 2014? If not, look into showing your serious about school by taking a relevant night class or something.

I think for your essays telling them you think the school is special is great. I think also selling why you can contribute to the class and what you're going to be able to give back to the school is important. Fitting with the culture. Small class sizes, dedicated building are all huge pluses. They have the beautiful new facitilities and the small class means you get a lot of great access. Maybe you're interested in being close to aerospace industry or the entertainment mega industry down in Orlando. A long as you are able to sell the fit both ways you will be in a strong spot.

I would also sign up for an official tour. with a relatively small program it can't hurt to get to konw the people around there!

Wishing you best of luck!

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Has anyone been able to visit campus yet? The new building is absolutely gorgeous and the school is definitely making moves to improve their standing. I think this is probably one of the best bangs for your buck out there.


I'm a little late here, but I have been to the campus several times. Never taken an official tour, but Hough is a very nice building. UF is definitely trying to improve their standing and it seems to be working.

This is the only school I am applying to. It's such a good value to me. I'm a little unsure if my application will really stand out. I have a 3.02 undergrad GPA in Marketing and Supply Chain Management. My first GMAT attempt yielded me a 650. I am taking the GMAT again in March and all of my practice tests have been in excess of 680. Hoping to break 700. My work experience is limited, but high in quality. I was promoted to plant manager after just 3 months with my company, and just last year I received a promotion to Vice President of Operations. I will have a total of 36 months of work experience upon matriculation. Anyone think I have a chance?
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Pitch in my two cents though you have already gotten some fabulous advice.

I think if you can really break a 700 you have a fantastic shot at admittance. UF seems to be really making a strong push to rise in the rankings and it seems to me (just my outside opinion after seeing 5 of my friends graduate from the program and several friends get rejected) put a large emphasis on the measurable characteristics (GPA GMAT work experience). A 700 would be strong and help offset the lower than average GPA. Are you applying for start Fall 2014? If not, look into showing your serious about school by taking a relevant night class or something.

I think for your essays telling them you think the school is special is great. I think also selling why you can contribute to the class and what you're going to be able to give back to the school is important. Fitting with the culture. Small class sizes, dedicated building are all huge pluses. They have the beautiful new facitilities and the small class means you get a lot of great access. Maybe you're interested in being close to aerospace industry or the entertainment mega industry down in Orlando. A long as you are able to sell the fit both ways you will be in a strong spot.

I would also sign up for an official tour. with a relatively small program it can't hurt to get to konw the people around there!

Wishing you best of luck!

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Has anyone been able to visit campus yet? The new building is absolutely gorgeous and the school is definitely making moves to improve their standing. I think this is probably one of the best bangs for your buck out there.


I'm a little late here, but I have been to the campus several times. Never taken an official tour, but Hough is a very nice building. UF is definitely trying to improve their standing and it seems to be working.

This is the only school I am applying to. It's such a good value to me. I'm a little unsure if my application will really stand out. I have a 3.02 undergrad GPA in Marketing and Supply Chain Management. My first GMAT attempt yielded me a 650. I am taking the GMAT again in March and all of my practice tests have been in excess of 680. Hoping to break 700. My work experience is limited, but high in quality. I was promoted to plant manager after just 3 months with my company, and just last year I received a promotion to Vice President of Operations. I will have a total of 36 months of work experience upon matriculation. Anyone think I have a chance?


All this feedback is great! Thanks so much. I am applying for Fall 2014. I know that I am capable of 700+, it's just a matter of putting it all together on test day. I will continue to work very hard to improve my score.

I will definitely be sure to sell what I have to offer to the school. I know it is the perfect school for me and that is why I'm not applying anywhere else. I only want to go to UF.

I have been in correspondence with essentially every person in the admissions department. I'm sure they have grown tired of my countless email inquiries. I am hoping to set up a day to travel to Gainesville and have an official tour.

Thanks for all of your help! I will be sure to update as soon as I have received my decision.
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We are bringing a webinar with Q&A as well as chats with current students focused on the Waitlisted Applicants.
The first event of this series is Webinar conducted by Admissionado's Founder and HBS Alum Jon Frank. Jon will share his suggestions followed by a Q&A session. This is your opportunity to ask your specific questions. The webinar will take place on 31st January 2014, Friday, 9 AM PST.

We shall also be conducting chat sessions with some Current students from various schools who were successfully admitted from a waitlist so you can learn what to expect from the process, what worked for them, and what it takes. These chats shall take place in our Chat Room. We will release the times & Dates (all will be the first week of February)

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I had a chance to go look at the new building. It was an unofficial tour. I just happen to know someone in the program and he took me through the building. They really did a great job. The building is beautiful and has both modern and traditional elements to it. I wish I could have had an opportunity to speak with a professor. I had lunch with my friend off campus and got some good insight into the program.
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Just a reminder that the Round 2 deadline is approaching. The Round 2 Deadline is set for Sunday, February 9th, so make sure you get all your materials in if you have them!

If you are like me and you are not quite finished with your application, fear not. UF did rolling admissions well into the summer last year. I was in contact with an admission representative, and she informed me that applications would be accepted up until a week before the program began. Not saying you should wait that long, but you can!

If your application is missing just the GMAT score, I suggest faxing over an unofficial copy of your GMAT as soon as you have it. It will help the AdCom make a decision on your application until they receive the official score. Good luck!
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Re: Hough Class of 2016 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2014, 06:21
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Just a reminder that the Round 2 deadline is approaching. The Round 2 Deadline is set for Sunday, February 9th, so make sure you get all your materials in if you have them!

If you are like me and you are not quite finished with your application, fear not. UF did rolling admissions well into the summer last year. I was in contact with an admission representative, and she informed me that applications would be accepted up until a week before the program began. Not saying you should wait that long, but you can!

If your application is missing just the GMAT score, I suggest faxing over an unofficial copy of your GMAT as soon as you have it. It will help the AdCom make a decision on your application until they receive the official score. Good luck!


@DirtyMagic97 Do you know if UF still awards scholarships for those who missed the round 2 deadline?
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Just a reminder that the Round 2 deadline is approaching. The Round 2 Deadline is set for Sunday, February 9th, so make sure you get all your materials in if you have them!

If you are like me and you are not quite finished with your application, fear not. UF did rolling admissions well into the summer last year. I was in contact with an admission representative, and she informed me that applications would be accepted up until a week before the program began. Not saying you should wait that long, but you can!

If your application is missing just the GMAT score, I suggest faxing over an unofficial copy of your GMAT as soon as you have it. It will help the AdCom make a decision on your application until they receive the official score. Good luck!


@DirtyMagic97 Do you know if UF still awards scholarships for those who missed the round 2 deadline?


The deadlines are there for "priority scholarship consideration" purposes. Last year, there were scholarships available after the R2 deadline. After decisions on R2 applicants have been made for this cycle, we will be able to find out if scholarships will still be available.
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Just FYI, I updated the original post to give an overview of the information I received from a phone conversation with Craig Petrus, the Director of Career Services at UF. I also added the UF MBA twitter feed.
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Re: Hough Class of 2016 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2014, 13:53
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Just FYI, I updated the original post to give an overview of the information I received from a phone conversation with Craig Petrus, the Director of Career Services at UF. I also added the UF MBA twitter feed.


What are your thoughts on the small class size at UF? I live in Florida so I wouldn't mind ending up in Orlando or Miami (where most UF MBA graduates find employment) but the small class size gives me some pause. According to US News there are 116 students enrolled in the full time MBA program, but I believe this includes the 1 year MBA programs. Do students in the 2 year program take classes or interact with the students in the 1 year MBA programs?
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Just FYI, I updated the original post to give an overview of the information I received from a phone conversation with Craig Petrus, the Director of Career Services at UF. I also added the UF MBA twitter feed.


What are your thoughts on the small class size at UF? I live in Florida so I wouldn't mind ending up in Orlando or Miami (where most UF MBA graduates find employment) but the small class size gives me some pause. According to US News there are 116 students enrolled in the full time MBA program, but I believe this includes the 1 year MBA programs. Do students in the 2 year program take classes or interact with the students in the 1 year MBA programs?


A lot of that depends on what you are looking for in your MBA. Obviously a larger class size allows for broadened networking and gaining connections as you go. The benefit of a smaller class size at the top MBA program in Florida lies in recruiting. I feel you stand a much better chance of being noticed during OCIs with a smaller class size. Your career services advisor will also be able to recommend help you on a more intimate level, as they can really get to know you and your aspirations as a professional.

As far as interaction with 1-year students, I think UF holds the occasional mixer here and there and you are also in Hough with many students from other programs, so you are bound to make friends. Your cohorts who arrive on campus with you will always be your most closely-knit MBA family though.

As a Florida resident looking to potentially gain employment in Miami or Orlando, I think UF is probably one of the most valuable programs for you to choose from. Hope this helps!
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Re: Hough Class of 2016 Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2014, 02:43
Please be advised that the Round 2 deadline for the Two-Year Traditional program has been extended to April 1, 2014. That means scholarships are still available, so get your applications in quickly!
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