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# McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants

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16 Jan 2013, 00:54
[/quote]- A question on the app. reads, "Other Graduate Applications." If it says something similar to, "Stanford, Wharton, HBS," did you properly justify in your application what unique characteristics make McCombs stand up to the others?[/quote]

When they ask you this question always put one school much higher ranked (when applicable) and then other schools in the same bracket.

For instance if McCombs ask you it should be something like: Wharton (the much higher ranked) and then the likes to UCLA, Cornell, Rice, Notre Dame.

McCombs was my first choice but the lowest ranked school I applied to. It would have been absurd for me to tell implicitly they were the lowest ranked school I was applying to. They would have thought they were my safety school.
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16 Jan 2013, 12:35
UTMPA2011 wrote:
spouser wrote:
I would think that if you didn't get an interview invite, you wouldn't be waitlisted; seems like those who get interviews would be the ones likely to get waitlisted.

Thanks, Debbie Downer. Just kidding. You make a good point. There are gmatclub members that have been waitlisted with and without interviews. I would like to think that I will be waitlisted. While I am not expecting a ding, I would be surprised to receive it. The option to delay could be quite valuable to McCombs. Accordingly, I think the upside only proposition would incentivize McCombs to keep borderline applicants (I am assuming that I would be included in this group) in the mix. The less than 50% acceptance rate of admissions offers also lends itself to a bigger waitlist pool.

I would rather be dinged after interview than waitlisted without an interview. I really want the chance to plead my case before someone that I can persuade.

Sorry! I wasn't trying to kill your hope. I didn't know there were people on here who got waitlisted without interviews; I guess I should have looked better.
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16 Jan 2013, 14:02
Just out of curiosity, would one receive a rejection notice before the final notification deadline, or is it standard to not hear until the deadline in the case of a ding?
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16 Jan 2013, 19:35
USAFinDenver wrote:
UTMPA2011 wrote:
I agree w/ the theory about McCombs trying to protect their acceptance yield rate to a certain degree, but there's a chance that many students w/ high GMATs are letting their "safety school" bias bleed into the application (not saying that this happened to either of you). rjdunn got an R2 interview invite w/ a 780 GMAT, and 3 R1 gmatclub admitted applicants had a 740+ GMAT, so you could easily have one coming your way this week. I'm not saying any of these apply to you, but just some factors that might come into play:

- Are your essays cookie cutter in the sense that you could virtually copy and paste everything into your next school's application by replacing the school name?
- I've heard AdCom members say it's surprisingly common to see applicants who actually leave another school's name somewhere in the application.
- A question on the app. reads, "Other Graduate Applications." If it says something similar to, "Stanford, Wharton, HBS," did you properly justify in your application what unique characteristics make McCombs stand up to the others?
- Do you know how you were rated by your bosses in the letters of recommendation section? If their ratings are low enough, AdCom members have said that's instant death.

I'm sure everything will work out, but just some food for thought...

As far as my essays, I provided specific examples of the benefits of the UT MBA program that would require major revision to be used in other applications. I did not provide a list of other schools because that only benefits the school at my expense. The recommendations were very strong and from directors. UT was my first application and I took precaution to ensure that I used McCombs and UT only.

I think that the major weakness of my application is my work experience. I will only have 41 months of experience by the time of matriculation. No supervisory experience.

Honestly, I was hoping to leverage my prior McCombs master's degree to get into the MBA program. In fact, I have already taken MBA courses at UT and earned As. I don't know how I could possibly support my academic aptitude more than that. However, the lack of management experience ("leadership") will probably kill my chances.

Yeah, the wait sucks, and it seems like you have a strong case. I'd agree w/ you that it'd be more of an issue of leadership/managerial experience than # years WE. However, have you spoken to them about how they view diversity of applicants? At my undergrad institution, the MBA program specifically said they try to avoid people who already got another business degree from the school because they won't receive as much added value as someone else the second time around. Conversely, I did notice a few profiles on the McCombs MBA site of UT undergrads. Do you know any of the 2nd-yr. students or AdCom members?

Posted from my mobile device [/quote]

Given the timing of my application, I don't know anyone on the AdCom. I did build relationships with finance and accounting professors that I know would remember me. However, I don't know how much it will help my case to mention that I am an applicant. I do agree with your thoughts about diversity. I think the argument would be that I would take more value than I would add. There are already MPA students in MBA classes, so my skill set may not seem unique. However, my counter is that I have practical work experience about the practice (not theory) of accounting. Still, there are some MPAs that have prior work experience, which makes my skill set less unique.

UT's #1 accounting rank is widely known. If McCombs doesn't work out for me, I certainly think that I have other options for my MBA.
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17 Jan 2013, 01:08
chains1910 wrote:
Just out of curiosity, would one receive a rejection notice before the final notification deadline, or is it standard to not hear until the deadline in the case of a ding?

I cant comment with full certainty but as far the experience with first round goes, they are going to intimate you of a ding on the decision date only. But if you are selected you will in all probability be contacted a few before the decision date.
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17 Jan 2013, 04:49
Anyone R1 waitlisted cadidate heard anything from Mccombs?? Anyone else here whose waitlised .... one cant even contact the adcom .... any idea hw they work with the waitlised candidates
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17 Jan 2013, 13:27
Aimhigh2012 wrote:
chains1910 wrote:
Just out of curiosity, would one receive a rejection notice before the final notification deadline, or is it standard to not hear until the deadline in the case of a ding?

I cant comment with full certainty but as far the experience with first round goes, they are going to intimate you of a ding on the decision date only. But if you are selected you will in all probability be contacted a few before the decision date.

Thanks for the help! I imagine I am getting dinged then. In retrospect I should have waited for R3 to apply probably, as I had a much higher GMAT later in December. I submitted it to the school but they were unclear on if would be accepted. Oh well, I will just have to focus my energies elsewhere most likely.
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17 Jan 2013, 14:46
Anyone R1 waitlisted cadidate heard anything from Mccombs?? Anyone else here whose waitlised .... one cant even contact the adcom .... any idea hw they work with the waitlised candidates

I was wait listed and I actually received an email today (1/17) from the McCombs ad comms. They want me to "submit a video interview to help them learn more about my candidacy and interest in their program."
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18 Jan 2013, 10:54
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Anyone R1 waitlisted cadidate heard anything from Mccombs?? Anyone else here whose waitlised .... one cant even contact the adcom .... any idea hw they work with the waitlised candidates

I was wait listed and I actually received an email today (1/17) from the McCombs ad comms. They want me to "submit a video interview to help them learn more about my candidacy and interest in their program."

Any clue of kind of questions they are asking in this interview. I also got the notification but not sure of what is the line of thought behind this video interview.
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18 Jan 2013, 11:12
mbaUS2015 wrote:
MBAOG2015 wrote:
Anyone R1 waitlisted cadidate heard anything from Mccombs?? Anyone else here whose waitlised .... one cant even contact the adcom .... any idea hw they work with the waitlised candidates

I was wait listed and I actually received an email today (1/17) from the McCombs ad comms. They want me to "submit a video interview to help them learn more about my candidacy and interest in their program."

Any clue of kind of questions they are asking in this interview. I also got the notification but not sure of what is the line of thought behind this video interview.

same here, I too got a mail to submit a video interview.. anyone familiar with the process please let us know what kind of questions are asked..
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18 Jan 2013, 13:09
UTMPA2011 wrote:
I agree w/ the theory about McCombs trying to protect their acceptance yield rate to a certain degree, but there's a chance that many students w/ high GMATs are letting their "safety school" bias bleed into the application (not saying that this happened to either of you). rjdunn got an R2 interview invite w/ a 780 GMAT, and 3 R1 gmatclub admitted applicants had a 740+ GMAT, so you could easily have one coming your way this week. I'm not saying any of these apply to you, but just some factors that might come into play:

- Are your essays cookie cutter in the sense that you could virtually copy and paste everything into your next school's application by replacing the school name?
- I've heard AdCom members say it's surprisingly common to see applicants who actually leave another school's name somewhere in the application.
- A question on the app. reads, "Other Graduate Applications." If it says something similar to, "Stanford, Wharton, HBS," did you properly justify in your application what unique characteristics make McCombs stand up to the others?
- Do you know how you were rated by your bosses in the letters of recommendation section? If their ratings are low enough, AdCom members have said that's instant death.

I'm sure everything will work out, but just some food for thought...

As far as my essays, I provided specific examples of the benefits of the UT MBA program that would require major revision to be used in other applications. I did not provide a list of other schools because that only benefits the school at my expense. The recommendations were very strong and from directors. UT was my first application and I took precaution to ensure that I used McCombs and UT only.

I think that the major weakness of my application is my work experience. I will only have 41 months of experience by the time of matriculation. No supervisory experience.

Honestly, I was hoping to leverage my prior McCombs master's degree to get into the MBA program. In fact, I have already taken MBA courses at UT and earned As. I don't know how I could possibly support my academic aptitude more than that. However, the lack of management experience ("leadership") will probably kill my chances.

That seems strange that you didn't at least get an interview. You're obviously qualified for Texas, along with pretty much any other school, so I'd guess (kinda what USAFinDenver was saying) that you probably didn't sell it well enough that you want to be there. In my case, my very high gmat is tempered by a mediocre/low GPA which I think puts me more in line with typical applicants. More importantly, I really want to go to Texas and I think that came through in my essays. You mention that you talked about specific qualities of UT - which is good - but that may have ended up sounding cookie cutter in the sense that many applicants are probably writing similar things. Like you, I talked about the benefits of UT but I also took it to the next level and talked specifically about why the program/atmosphere/location of McCombs is a good fit personally. BTW, I'll have a little less than 3 years FT work experience next fall, though I have a 2 year service mission to Guatemala and a year and half internship with a solid company on top so I'm hoping that makes up for it. Also on the leadership, you don't have to have direct reports at work to be a leader. You should talk about initiative and leadership on team projects, or leadership in community involvement and extracurricular activities.

Anyway, those are just things to think about as you continue your apps. Take it with a grain of salt from someone who got an interview but (God forbid) I could still easily get dinged. You've got awesome grades and a high GMAT so you really shouldn't have a problem getting in somewhere.
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18 Jan 2013, 18:09
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UTMPA2011 wrote:
I agree w/ the theory about McCombs trying to protect their acceptance yield rate to a certain degree, but there's a chance that many students w/ high GMATs are letting their "safety school" bias bleed into the application (not saying that this happened to either of you). rjdunn got an R2 interview invite w/ a 780 GMAT, and 3 R1 gmatclub admitted applicants had a 740+ GMAT, so you could easily have one coming your way this week. I'm not saying any of these apply to you, but just some factors that might come into play:

- Are your essays cookie cutter in the sense that you could virtually copy and paste everything into your next school's application by replacing the school name?
- I've heard AdCom members say it's surprisingly common to see applicants who actually leave another school's name somewhere in the application.
- A question on the app. reads, "Other Graduate Applications." If it says something similar to, "Stanford, Wharton, HBS," did you properly justify in your application what unique characteristics make McCombs stand up to the others?
- Do you know how you were rated by your bosses in the letters of recommendation section? If their ratings are low enough, AdCom members have said that's instant death.

I'm sure everything will work out, but just some food for thought...

As far as my essays, I provided specific examples of the benefits of the UT MBA program that would require major revision to be used in other applications. I did not provide a list of other schools because that only benefits the school at my expense. The recommendations were very strong and from directors. UT was my first application and I took precaution to ensure that I used McCombs and UT only.

I think that the major weakness of my application is my work experience. I will only have 41 months of experience by the time of matriculation. No supervisory experience.

Honestly, I was hoping to leverage my prior McCombs master's degree to get into the MBA program. In fact, I have already taken MBA courses at UT and earned As. I don't know how I could possibly support my academic aptitude more than that. However, the lack of management experience ("leadership") will probably kill my chances.

That seems strange that you didn't at least get an interview. You're obviously qualified for Texas, along with pretty much any other school, so I'd guess (kinda what USAFinDenver was saying) that you probably didn't sell it well enough that you want to be there. In my case, my very high gmat is tempered by a mediocre/low GPA which I think puts me more in line with typical applicants. More importantly, I really want to go to Texas and I think that came through in my essays. You mention that you talked about specific qualities of UT - which is good - but that may have ended up sounding cookie cutter in the sense that many applicants are probably writing similar things. Like you, I talked about the benefits of UT but I also took it to the next level and talked specifically about why the program/atmosphere/location of McCombs is a good fit personally. BTW, I'll have a little less than 3 years FT work experience next fall, though I have a 2 year service mission to Guatemala and a year and half internship with a solid company on top so I'm hoping that makes up for it. Also on the leadership, you don't have to have direct reports at work to be a leader. You should talk about initiative and leadership on team projects, or leadership in community involvement and extracurricular activities.

Anyway, those are just things to think about as you continue your apps. Take it with a grain of salt from someone who got an interview but (God forbid) I could still easily get dinged. You've got awesome grades and a high GMAT so you really shouldn't have a problem getting in somewhere.

I think it is a combination of application elements: generic language, at times, in my essays, lack of well-known employers on my resume, and the commonality of my background at UT. It is interesting to note that I have been invited to interview at every MBA program that I have applied to, except for UT. While I didn’t exactly apply to H/W/S, nor do I think that I have a shot anyway, I applied to a couple of schools that are comparable to UT with respect to rankings.

I did want to point out an interesting fact from the BusinessWeek MBA profiles: last year, UT waitlisted 290 applicants out of 1900 applicants (15% of applicants). 21% of waitlisted applicants were accepted last year, which is roughly 60 students, so there is still hope if waitlisted. At any rate, I will just ride the rollercoaster that is the MBA application process.

Congratulations on the interview. Good luck to you in February. Hook 'em!
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19 Jan 2013, 18:57
Can someone comment on the application system? I uploaded a non-finalized version of my essay and just found out and replaced it with the finalized version. However, when I click "Print Preview" and PDF file still reveals the non-finalized version of my essay. Did anyone experience the similar issue? Please advise... Thanks!!!
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20 Jan 2013, 10:52
Guys,

One of my 200 word essay is going up to 210 words. Is it acceptable? I am struggling to cut anything without losing the essence of the story.

Will 10 words lead to outright rejection?

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20 Jan 2013, 10:57
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Guys,

One of my 200 word essay is going up to 210 words. Is it acceptable? I am struggling to cut anything without losing the essence of the story.

Will 10 words lead to outright rejection?

No.
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20 Jan 2013, 11:40
vatsas wrote:
Guys,

One of my 200 word essay is going up to 210 words. Is it acceptable? I am struggling to cut anything without losing the essence of the story.

Will 10 words lead to outright rejection?

+- 10% is acceptable. So try not to pass 220 words and you should be fine.
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20 Jan 2013, 14:00
I would stick to 200 words to show that you can follow directions and are a good enough writer that you can work with limited space. Rephrase, get rid of prepositions, etc. Cutting out 10 words should be do-able. (I realize I'm taking a hard line on this, but I would stick to within the limits).
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20 Jan 2013, 19:26
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chains1910 wrote:
Just out of curiosity, would one receive a rejection notice before the final notification deadline, or is it standard to not hear until the deadline in the case of a ding?

I cant comment with full certainty but as far the experience with first round goes, they are going to intimate you of a ding on the decision date only. But if you are selected you will in all probability be contacted a few before the decision date.

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20 Jan 2013, 19:31
shmirill wrote:
vatsas wrote:
Guys,

One of my 200 word essay is going up to 210 words. Is it acceptable? I am struggling to cut anything without losing the essence of the story.

Will 10 words lead to outright rejection?

+- 10% is acceptable. So try not to pass 220 words and you should be fine.

Admissions Committee members are not going to count your number of words, but they are familiar with what 200 words looks like. If you really start to surpass that number it will not look positively on your application.
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20 Jan 2013, 19:35
I was wait listed and I actually received an email today (1/17) from the McCombs ad comms. They want me to "submit a video interview to help them learn more about my candidacy and interest in their program."[/quote]

Any clue of kind of questions they are asking in this interview. I also got the notification but not sure of what is the line of thought behind this video interview.[/quote]

same here, I too got a mail to submit a video interview.. anyone familiar with the process please let us know what kind of questions are asked..[/quote]

This is a new question for the Admissions Committee to the waitlisted candidates. What makes McCombs unique is the personality of the students in our program - we strive to create well-balanced individuals that will succeed in business and we want to know through your video interview, if you fit that criteria. Also, we want to admit candidates that know and love McCombs. The University of Texas is a passionate, educational institution and we want to be sure that you share passion.
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