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Current Applicant Thread: Fall 2012 - Calling All McCombs Applicants

Fall 2012 Application Instructions

Round 1 Deadline: 10/24/2011 | Decision Date: Week of December 19, 2011
Round 2 Deadline: 12/5/2011 | Decision Date: Week of February 20, 2012
Round 3 Deadline: 1/23/2012 | Decision Date: Week of April 9, 2012
Round 4* Deadline: 3/26/2012 | Decision Date: Week of May 14, 2012
* Round 4 is for Domestic applicants only; Round 3 is the final round for International applicants.

Essays
Essay 1: Describe how your professional and personal experiences have led you to pursue an MBA at this time. Please share with us your short and long term goals and why the Texas MBA at McCombs is the program best positioned to help you achieve them. (Limit: 900 words)

Essay 2: At the McCombs School of Business, we are proud to have an active and diverse student community. What do you consider to be your personal strengths and how have you leveraged them in the past to enrich your work and non-work communities? (Limit: 500 words)

Optional Essay 1: If your standardized test scores are low or if you have not had coursework in core business subjects (i.e. calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative rigor of the MBA curriculum. (Limit: 200 words)

Optional Essay 2: 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 committee in considering your application. (Limit: 200 words)

Section I - Questions for the Recommender
  • How do you know the applicant?
  • How long have you known the applicant?
  • LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL - Identify specific personal and professional qualities that demonstrate the leadership potential of the applicant and provide detailed examples to support your recommendations.
  • TEAMWORK - Share your observations of the applicant's ability to be an effective team member and provide detailed examples to support your recommendations.
  • AWARENESS - Through your relationship with the applicant, how open and willing has he/she been to solicit and accept feedback? In your experience, has the applicant been able to handle failures/setbacks in a constructive manner?
  • What weaknesses do you think could impact the applicant's future success?
Section II - Rating Scale
  • Leadership Potential
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Initiative/Motivation
  • Ethics/Integrity
  • Maturity
  • Analytical Skills
Section III - Overall Assessment
  • Please make any additional comments which you think will help in assessing the candidacy of the applicant
  • Please choose one of the following to express your overall assessment of this applicant: Exceptional Candidate (Top 2%), Excellent Candidate (Top 10%),Good Candidate (Top 25%),Average Candidate (Top 50%),Below Average.
Section IV - Upload Letter Option
The admissions committee prefers the online form for recommendations. Uploading a letter of recommendation here is optional. Please also complete the form and ratings above.

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Class Profile and Program Statistics
Full Time MBA Stats
Length of Program 2 Years
Campus Location Austin, TX
Average Class Size 260
Average Work Experience 5 Years
Average Age 28
Average GMAT 684 (Middle 80%: 620-730)
Average GPA3.43 (Middle 80%: 3.0-3.9)
Female33%
International 25%
Endowment $180M (BusinessWeek)
GMAT/GRE Both Accepted
Annual Tuition (2010) $45,128 (In-state: $30,128)
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Employment Statistics
Median Base Salary: $100,000
Top Industries: Financial Services (26%), Technology (22%), Consulting (20%)
Top Locations: Southwest (64%), West (12%), Northeast (11%)
Number of students starting their own business: Unavailable

Top Employers of 2011
# of Hires Company Name
20 Dell
14 Deloitte Consulting
8 Bank of America
8 Merrill Lynch
6 General Electric (GE)
5 Booz & Co.
5 Pepsico
5 Frito-Lay
4 Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
4 Credit Suisse
4 J.D. Morgan Chase & Co
4 PriceWaterhouseCoopers


Curriculum – Notable Features

Investment Funds
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MBA Investment Fund
The MBA Investment Fund, L.L.C. is the first legally constituted, private investment company to be managed by students. The Fund is a limited liability company registered under the laws of the State of Texas. It was created in 1994 to enable MBA students at McCombs to obtain real world experience in the process of managing investment portfolios and in developing relationships with clients. The Fund has about 60 investors and $13.5 million under management in three different investment products: a growth-oriented equity portfolio and a value-oriented equity portfolio, which are managed for individual and institutional clients, and an endowment portfolio, which supports the activities of the AIM Investment Center.

Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Fund
The McCombs Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Fund is a student-managed investment fund based on the MBA Investment Fund but distinct in that it invests solely in U.S.-based REITs. MBA students with the help of undergraduates in the Business Honors Program who act as the MBA’s "analysts," will value pairs of REITs in an industry sector (e.g. office, retail, industrial, etc.). Following this analysis, the students present their findings and resulting recommendation to how the Fund should invest. The REIT Fund offers students a unique opportunity to learn principles of investing, the nuances of REIT structure and operations, as well as a further education into the fundamentals that drive real estate investing. The REIT Fund is lead by Professor Greg Hallman and Professor Sheridan Titman, both highly regarded professors in the MBA program.

Venture Fellows
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Formed in the fall of 1999 by James Walbom, MBA ’01, the Venture Fellows program is an organization that offers entrepreneurial MBA students the opportunity to gain real world experience with local venture capital firms through an internship program and a unique venture capital–focused curriculum.

Venture Fellows is not a student club, but rather an organization outside of the MBA program founded and managed by MBAs and funded by outside sponsors. In essence, the VF program is its own startup business—a startup that continues to refine its business model and build on the momentum gained in the prior years. The program develops leaders in the field by offering select students the chance to work with venture capital luminaries. Upon being selected for the Venture Fellows program, each of the ~20 students is connected with a venture capital firm, private equity fund or portfolio company for a semester-long internship that allows them to contribute to an organization while earning degree credit.

Marketing Fellows
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With the avid support of the Marketing Department and the Center for Customer Insights and Marketing Solutions (CCIMS), students from the class of 2009 founded the CCIMS Marketing Fellows program in the fall 2008. The objective is to give selected students the opportunity to go beyond the typical marketing curriculum with a tailored curriculum and concurrent consulting projects. The program is student led and managed with support from the CCIMS and Marketing faculty.

Venture Labs (Entrepreneurial Resources at McCombs)
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Texas Venture Labs
Launched in 2010, Texas Venture Labs is a campus-wide initiative making it easier for student entrepreneurs to start businesses by providing a faster, step-by-step method to bring their innovations to market. Venture Labs directly links students to the appropriate entrepreneurial, business, technology and legal resources available both on the campus and in the Texas entrepreneurial eco-system while providing the mentoring, team-building, market and business plan validation, technology commercialization and domain knowledge needed to start and grow innovative ventures.

Venture Labs Investment Competition
The Venture Labs Investment Competition, formerly known as Moot Corp, creates an environment in which the world's entrepreneurially minded MBAs solicit startup funds from experienced investors in a simulation mirroring the real-world process of raising venture capital. MBAs from around the globe converge in Austin each May to present their business plans to panels of investors, demonstrating diverse and creative perspectives on business and society. In May 2010, 40 teams from 12 countries competed in the event.

Founded as Moot Corp in 1984, this investment competition is both the first and longest operating, inter-businessschool, new-venture competition in the world. The competition's winners earn $100,000 in seed funding as well as a year's office space and overhead costs in the Austin Technology Incubator. About half of each year's teams actually go on to start companies based on their ideas.

Texas MBA+ Leadership Program
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As Texas MBAs develop into influential business leaders, the Texas MBA+ Leadership Program facilitates an individually tailored professional development and leadership experience. MBA+ provides an evolving series of services, micro-consulting projects, and workshops that connect our MBAs to companies of interest, heightens communication skills and keep our students ahead of the curve. As recruiters search for applicable experience, ‘fit’, and initiative from among candidates around the globe, MBA+ helps propel Texas MBAs to the top of their lists.

MBA+ Projects
Throughout the calendar year, MBAs identify companies with which they want to work. MBA+ helps connect students to these organizations, regardless of the industry or location, by facilitating a micro-consulting project. The client provides a current business question to be addressed. MBA+ provides each team with a budget and guides the team through the project management process. At the end of a 4 – 10 week project period, the team reports their findings and recommendations to their client, often traveling to the client's location to do so.

Selected MBA+ Events and Activities
Fall Semester
  • The Executive Challenge™ Online Business Simulation (during Orientation)
  • Peer Assessments and Feedback
  • Appointments with Executive and Communication Coaches
  • Communications Workshops
  • Personal Leadership Workshops & Conference
  • Executive Speakers
  • The Pitch Party – a networking event with an entrepreneurial twist
  • Sales Training: What Every MBA Should Know
  • International Night
  • Micro-Consulting Projects
Spring Semester
  • Financial Valuations as Conducted on Wall Street Seminar
  • Financial Modeling Seminar using Excel
  • Six-Sigma Executive Overview
  • A Year in the Life of a CPG MBA Day Camp
  • Peer Assessments and Feedback
  • Appointments with Executive and Communication Coaches
  • Communications Workshops
  • Personal Leadership Workshops
  • Executive Speakers
  • Micro-Consulting Projects
  • McCombs Global Connections Study Tours

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Re: UT-Austin (McCombs) [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2010, 08:58
Where did you find the top employers? I've been looking for that info all over their website.
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Re: UT-Austin (McCombs) [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2010, 11:07
mreevit wrote:
Where did you find the top employers? I've been looking for that info all over their website.

http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/ra ... ustin.html

The guide needs to be updated with the new 2010 data.
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Re: UT-Austin (McCombs) [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2010, 16:12
Great information! Does any one have the list of questions sent to recommenders? might be useful in compiling examples for them.... Thanks!
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Re: UT-Austin (McCombs) [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2010, 16:14
http://www.vibranture.com/texas-mccombs ... n-form.pdf

This might be slightly outdated, but the current questions are probably similar.
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Re: UT-Austin (McCombs) [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2011, 10:03
Can anyone shed some light on the concentrations/specializations that are better known at McCombs?
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Re: UT-Austin (McCombs) [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2011, 10:34
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Can anyone shed some light on the concentrations/specializations that are better known at McCombs?


McCombs is well known for its ties to the oil industry as well as the technology industry. Besides that, it does well in entrepreneurship and marketing.
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Re: UT-Austin (McCombs) [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2011, 01:44
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aalriy wrote:
Can anyone shed some light on the concentrations/specializations that are better known at McCombs?


McCombs is well known for its ties to the oil industry as well as the technology industry. Besides that, it does well in entrepreneurship and marketing.


Thanks for the reply mreevit. By the way are you aware of any credible resources where I can find similar details for other B-schools? I think I'll be better able to decide/shortlist colleges..

Thanks once again man.

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Re: UT-Austin (McCombs) [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2011, 12:50
Does anyone have the CORRECT list of recommendation questions for the McCombs 2012 application?

I'm unable to find this anywhere on their site, unlike for other schools.
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Re: UT-Austin (McCombs) [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2011, 09:43
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Does anyone have the CORRECT list of recommendation questions for the McCombs 2012 application?

I'm unable to find this anywhere on their site, unlike for other schools.


Updated the guide as well as the applicants thread with the reco questions for 2011-12.
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TEXAS MBA - FULL-TIME PROGRAM EVENTS
DATE DAY CITY LOCATION EVENT NAME TIME (CST) REGISTER LINK
NOVEMBER
11/01 Tuesday San Francisco Courtyard by Marriott Downtown (299 Second Street) Texas MBA Roadshow 6:30-8:30pm Register
11/04 Friday Austin On Campus - McCombs School of Business Info Session 1-2pm Register
11/10 - 11/11 Thu/Fri Austin On Campus - McCombs School of Business Womens Forum Two Day Event Register
11/10 Thursday Washington DC Washington Marriott at Metro Center (775 12th Street NW) Inside the MBA Tour 6:30-8:30pm Register
11/11 Friday Austin On Campus - McCombs School of Business Info Session 1-2pm Register
11/12 Saturday NYC GLBT Hilton New York (1335 Avenue of the Americas) Inside the MBA Tour 10:00am-1:00pm Register
11/14 Monday Houston Hotel ZaZa (5701 Main Street) Inside the MBA Tour 6:30-8:30pm Register
11/16 Wednesday Austin Sheraton Austin at the Capitol (701 East 11th Street) Inside the MBA Tour 6:30-8:30pm Register
11/17 Thursday Dallas Hotel Palomar (5300 E. Mockingbird Lane) Inside the MBA Tour 6:30-8:30pm Register
11/18 Friday Austin On Campus - McCombs School of Business Info Session 1-2pm Register
11/21 Monday ONLINE ONLINE Admissions Chat 9am-10am Register
11/21 Monday ONLINE ONLINE Admissions Chat 12-1pm Register
DECEMBER
12/02 Friday Austin On Campus - McCombs School of Business Texas MBA Friday 8am-2pm Register
12/05 Monday New Orleans The Westin- Canal Place (100 Rue Iberville) Inside the MBA Tour 6:30-8:30pm Register
12/07 Wednesday Miami Four Seasons Miami (1435 Brickwell Ave) Inside the MBA Tour 6:30-8:30pm Register
JANUARY
01/05 Monday ONLINE ONLINE Admissions Chat 9am-10am Register
01/05 Monday ONLINE ONLINE Admissions Chat 12-1pm Register
01/10 Tuesday Boston Boston Marriott- Copley Place (110 Huntington Avenue) Inside the MBA Tour 6:30-8:30pm Register
01/12 Thursday NYC The Westin at Times Square (270 West 43rd Street) Inside the MBA Tour 6:30-8:30pm Register
01/17 Tuesday Los Angeles Hotel Palomar (10740 Wilshire Blvd) Inside the MBA Tour 6:30-8:30pm Register
01/18 Wednesday Houston Renaissance Houston Greenway Plaza Hotel (6 Greenway Plaza East) Texas Tour Event 6:30-8:30pm Register
01/19 Thursday San Francisco JW Marriott Union Square Hotel (500 Post Street- corner of Post and Mason) Inside the MBA Tour 6:30-8:30pm Register
01/20 Friday Austin On Campus - McCombs School of Business Texas MBA Friday 8am-2pm Register
01/25 Wednesday Dallas The Park Cities Hilton (5954 Luther Lane) Texas Tour Event 6:30-8:30pm Register
01/26 Thursday Austin Austin Crowne Plaza (6121 NORTH IH 35) Texas Tour Event 6:30-8:30pm Register
01/27 Friday Austin On Campus - McCombs School of Business Info Session 1-2pm Register
FEBRUARY
02/03 Friday Austin On Campus - McCombs School of Business Info Session 1-2pm Register
02/10 Friday Austin On Campus - McCombs School of Business Texas MBA Friday 8am-2pm Register
02/24 Friday Austin On Campus - McCombs School of Business Info Session 1-2pm Register
MARCH
03/23 Friday Austin On Campus - McCombs School of Business Info Session 1-2pm Register
APRIL
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04/27 Friday Austin On Campus - McCombs School of Business Info Session 1-2pm Register
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Re: UT-Austin (McCombs) [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2012, 05:26
I was hoping if someone can help me a little with the essays here. I never had McCombs on my list because of a weak GMAT and now I have a strong enough score to apply and Im sort of getting down to the wire and pushing for Round2 deadlines. Can I connect with someone on personal message? Alumni????
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