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# McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants

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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  09 Apr 2013, 09:32
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How did everyone like preview weekend? I loved it. Austin blew me away and I think I'm really going to enjoy my time there. All of the students (both prospective and current) that I met were really cool too. Hope everyone who was on the fence commits, it's going to be an awesome two years.

I had a great time! And now I've got a list of about 50 clubs and organizations and programs I want to do that I have to start winnowing down.

I really enjoyed it as well, really looking forward to living in Austin. It was good to meet Gorgasali. And actually everyone I met this weekend was great.

Anyone have thoughts on recommended housing? I have a significant other who will 90% likely be joining me in Austin, I think we're just going to get a 1BR place somewhere. Downtown was cool but expensive. In the housing panel the students suggested staying away from SoCo, but on FB a lot of students really like it, and it seems a bit more in my price range.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  11 Apr 2013, 16:42
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I know a couple students said they drive to campus but not sure how easy it is to do so

It's doable but most people end up parking at least a mile from the business school. Parking passes for the garages on campus are about $800 a year so very expensive. I find the buses to be easier Current Student Joined: 11 Feb 2013 Posts: 53 Concentration: Finance, Entrepreneurship GMAT 1: 720 Q48 V43 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 12 [1] , given: 3 Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] 12 Apr 2013, 06:13 1 This post received KUDOS kasonhills wrote: brendxn wrote: kasonhills wrote: I know a couple students said they drive to campus but not sure how easy it is to do so It's doable but most people end up parking at least a mile from the business school. Parking passes for the garages on campus are about$800 a year so very expensive. I find the buses to be easier

Thanks for the info. Yeah I remember they said it would be quite expensive for a pass. But with a parking pass, students wouldn't have to park a mile away right? Or is the parking very limited even with a pass?

Thank you.

It wouldn't be quite as far. Check out a campus map.. You'd probably want to park in the Brazos garage but there might be another close one I'm forgetting. Campus parking is almost all garage parking so look for the campus garages.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  17 Apr 2013, 13:15
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gtg279v wrote:
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silvaware wrote:
Does anyone know how the residency tuition works?

If you're out of state, do you qualify for residency tuition after the first year? It seems murky but do-able.

I'm pretty sure the only real way to do this is the buy a house or condo. There may be other ways but the idea is that you have to show your intent to remain in Texas for purposes other than school.

Last I checked, there was no tuition difference between the two. Why does it matter?

might be different for PT, but for full time the difference is about 15k per year so its significant
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  30 Apr 2013, 12:18
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It's not nearly as selective as the full time program. As with everything, it depends, though. If you had a 4.0 and scored a 730, but have been a cashier at McDonalds since graduating, you'll have trouble getting in. Then again, if you founded Google, I bet they'd let you in with just about any GPA/GMAT combination.

Assuming your experience is fairly... normal... you'd have a real good shot at 3.0+ and a slim chance at 2.7 - 3.0. Anything below 2.69, and you'd have to have fairly outstanding experience.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  02 May 2013, 19:05
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My brother in law is a pharmacist. Most of what pharmacists do is measure and count out pills. So the standard work of a pharmacist is cut and dry, doesn't require problem solving or creativity. Rather, they follow a set of protocols in filling prescriptions and advising both doctors and clients on dosing and usage. Again, that doesn't leave much room for analysis. However, if aswe has management over the pharmacy as well, then he may make business decisions as well. So that is where an MBA will come into use.

No room for analysis? Doesn't require problem solving or creativity? You clearly have no idea what we do. We get 8 semesters of pharmacology in college, your docs get 1 or 2. It's a lot more than just counting pills. Computers are smart but they can't catch everything. The human element is very real and we catch prescription errors all the time. Even therapeutic errors. You got diagnosed with a skin infection and your doctor wrote for a drug your insurance doesn't cover. Need an alternative? Great. We have to figure out costs, antibiotic spectrum, whether it's gram positive or gram negative, aerobic or anaerobic, ever had a reaction to a certain type of antibiotic, age, tendon disease, etc. Coumadin clinics are usually run by pharmacists and help manage your blood thinner ensuring you're at a lower risk for developing a clot. We dose you based on lots of factors and we have to monitor while making appropriate changes.

You don't see any of this because you aren't behind the counter. The stuff I mentioned doesn't even include what hospital pharmacists do. Now do you guys see why so many pharmacists get offended by those comments? "Doesn't require problem solving or creativity". Say that around a pharmacist, nurse, or doctor and they'll laugh you out the door.

I worked in a pharmacy in high school and was constantly amazed at the range of things the pharmacists did. They often had a much more holistic view of a person's overall healthcare than the individual providers a customer was seeing. And the number one activity I saw them doing was advising people, something that I think will work well in your essays (together with managing people/inventory/accounts).

But do take note of the pill-counting assumptions, as that should be your baseline when thinking about the audience of your essays. A problem-solving vignette, something where you can illustrate the analytical process and high-stakes of what you do, would probably be a good way to introduce your readers to the realities of being a pharmacist. Maybe a story about how you analyzed a customer's records, consulted them, found a doctor or nurse error, and corrected it and what the health implications could have been if you hadn't been so adept.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  26 Sep 2012, 22:15
Thanks hamm0 for starting the McCombs '13 thread , I see already a lot of gmatclubbers apping for R1, looks like this year there is going to be tough competition at schools ranked 13-20 , cause there has been a significant decline in % of people apping for top 10.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  30 Sep 2012, 23:20
Anyone started with the essays , just wanted to know whether the same experience such as work/extracurricular should flow in all 3 questions of Essay 2 or the individual parts could focus on different spheres of life.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  01 Oct 2012, 00:34
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Anyone started with the essays , just wanted to know whether the same experience such as work/extracurricular should flow in all 3 questions of Essay 2 or the individual parts could focus on different spheres of life.

I talked about different things in the 3 parts of Essay 2. You considered that the adcom would want to know about as much as possible about us. Plus the questions are not really conducive to using the same experience I found.
Part a. I talked about a personal story
Part b. What I would do if I am admitted (extracurriculars and the type of person I am)
Part c. Professional goals that will have a positive impact

Maybe someone else has another point of view.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  01 Oct 2012, 07:39
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crackHSW wrote:
Anyone started with the essays , just wanted to know whether the same experience such as work/extracurricular should flow in all 3 questions of Essay 2 or the individual parts could focus on different spheres of life.

I talked about different things in the 3 parts of Essay 2. You considered that the adcom would want to know about as much as possible about us. Plus the questions are not really conducive to using the same experience I found.
Part a. I talked about a personal story
Part b. What I would do if I am admitted (extracurriculars and the type of person I am)
Part c. Professional goals that will have a positive impact

Maybe someone else has another point of view.

Thanks for the view point fitzmanon. Appreciate your views
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  04 Oct 2012, 04:40
I am wondering if McCombs is anyone's first choice? It seems to be a very popular safety school for a lot of people on gmatclub. I checked a few older discussions about the school and a lot of people receiving offers from McCombs are just waiting to hear from higher-ranked schools before accepting an offer. In the "McCombs 2012 - Calling all applicants" discussion the admission statistics graph (where color dots are plotted) is just ridiculous. You've got 2 matriculating for maybe 20 admitted!

McCombs is my first choice but I really worry about going to a school that people are not excited about.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  04 Oct 2012, 09:51
fitzmanon wrote:
I am wondering if McCombs is anyone's first choice? It seems to be a very popular safety school for a lot of people on gmatclub. I checked a few older discussions about the school and a lot of people receiving offers from McCombs are just waiting to hear from higher-ranked schools before accepting an offer. In the "McCombs 2012 - Calling all applicants" discussion the admission statistics graph (where color dots are plotted) is just ridiculous. You've got 2 matriculating for maybe 20 admitted!

McCombs is my first choice but I really worry about going to a school that people are not excited about.

@fitzmanon , the general sentiment about going to the B-school is somewhat subdued to a large extent by the job market. People are not willing to enter a B-school with bad job prospects. Having sad that I feel Mccombs is not on the radar of most of the people on gmatclub because
1) I see only the best of the best applicants are present on the gmatclub
2) Possibly many are not aware about the strengths of Mccombs program and life style in Austin in general.
3)Most of the applicants might consider this as a fallback option after giving their best shot on the other better ranked schools.

Whatever the reason may be , for me Mccombs is a top choice.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  04 Oct 2012, 13:05
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@fitzmanon , the general sentiment about going to the B-school is somewhat subdued to a large extent by the job market. People are not willing to enter a B-school with bad job prospects. Having sad that I feel Mccombs is not on the radar of most of the people on gmatclub because
1) I see only the best of the best applicants are present on the gmatclub
2) Possibly many are not aware about the strengths of Mccombs program and life style in Austin in general.
3)Most of the applicants might consider this as a fallback option after giving their best shot on the other better ranked schools.

Whatever the reason may be , for me Mccombs is a top choice.

Thanks. I guess you're right. McCombs is my absolute first choice too even though it's the lowest ranked program I am applying to.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  07 Oct 2012, 16:57
Hi all. Since McCombs has 4 rounds, does that mean that Round 3 isn't necessarily as bad in terms of admission chances as it would be if there are only 3 rounds or do you still think that by the time Round 3 rolls around most of the class is already filled? I'm trying to spread out my applications but for some reason all of the deadlines for my round 2 schools are falling within 1-2 weeks in early December!
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  08 Oct 2012, 09:16
I am wondering who already visited or plans to visit McCombs before/right after applying. Do you think it adds any weight to the application?
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  09 Oct 2012, 03:26
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It does. Do it if you can. I mean it's not like they are gonna be "okay, he visited, so he's in", but you will gain SOOO much from it in an indirect manner, especially if you haven't yet written your essays - you'll meet all sorts of people, see all sorts of places/programs that you wouldn't know about if you hadn't visited. Plus, all of a sudden, your "excitement" to go to the school becomes just sooooo much more tangible, soooooo much more real - I mean you have ACTUALLY been there!!!!
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  11 Oct 2012, 18:33
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Hi all. Since McCombs has 4 rounds, does that mean that Round 3 isn't necessarily as bad in terms of admission chances as it would be if there are only 3 rounds or do you still think that by the time Round 3 rolls around most of the class is already filled? I'm trying to spread out my applications but for some reason all of the deadlines for my round 2 schools are falling within 1-2 weeks in early December!

Dakells ,

Round 3 is the priority deadline for international students for Mccombs.
Generally the last round R3(if a school has 3 rounds) or R4(if a school has 4 rounds) is meant for local applicants who don't have to go through the hassle of obtaining visa and other things to study in the US.For Schools with only 3 rounds I would suggest to apply by round 2 as the school would try to fill in the international applicants by R2. R3 would put you in spot of botheration for these things :

1)Less time to apply for Visa and other documentation work
2)Very less seats if any are available after R2 for international applicants would be open.
3)Intense competition from Locals in US for the slots in last round.

For Mccombs Round 3 is still a better option for international students as compared to R4 or for that matter compared to any other school in terms of admit chances to schools with only 3 rounds of admits. R3 would have slots open for international students but very less compared to R1 and R2.

In general

R1~R2>>>R3>R4
in terms of slots open for admission

These arguments stem from my general discussion with people in Bschools and their perception on the whole admission process. It doesn't mean that people who apply in last round of the respective schools are not admitted. If you feel you can give your best shot and your application would be ready only by the final round , by all means apply in the final round. Its a subjective call and really depends on when u feel u are ready.

Thanks CrackHSW! So sounds like Round 3 still isn't a good way to go even though there are technically 4 rounds.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  14 Oct 2012, 13:53
Can someone from admissions or a current international student actually confirm that R3 at McCombs is the same as R2 for international students. Deadline for R2 is Dec 4 and time is running out. thanks
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  14 Oct 2012, 17:50
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Can someone from admissions or a current international student actually confirm that R3 at McCombs is the same as R2 for international students. Deadline for R2 is Dec 4 and time is running out. thanks

Hello - I am a first-year student at McCombs and part of the McCombs Admissions Committee. I can confirm that Round 3 is the final deadline for International students.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink]  14 Oct 2012, 18:02
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I am wondering who already visited or plans to visit McCombs before/right after applying. Do you think it adds any weight to the application?

Hello - I am a first-year student at McCombs and part of the McCombs Admissions Committee. While visiting us in Austin does not add any weight or preference to your application, we encourage you to visit during your application process so that you can better get to know the school and make sure it is the right fit for you. We enjoy talking to perspective students on-campus and answering any questions you may have about the school in person. We have information sessions about every other Friday and offer class visits on Mondays or Thursdays. Go to the 'Visit McCombs' section of our website to register for any of these options.
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