When all else fails…
You know how this ends. Most likely you’re thinking “How hard can this be?” But trust me, after serving on the admissions committee for a top-ranked MBA program for the past five years, the simple act of reading the directions can provide you with opportunities to have more meaningful interactions with the admissions committee during the application process.
This past year not only did we overhaul our admissions section of the website, we implemented a new application system that includes embedded instructional videos and links to help you get through the process as you work through your application. Even with all that there’s always a special situation that wasn’t addressed, and we’re here to help everyone with questions.
So here are some A’s to your top 5 FAQs, and some tips that go above and beyond what the instructions may provide.
5. Texas Residency Status - Everyone who applies to a Texas MBA program is classified as a non-resident until s/he is admitted, accepts the offer and completes the Texas Residency Questionnaire at a link provided to folks who meet the aforementioned criteria. So rest easy, even though your status may look incorrect, if you were born and bred here, you’ll surely have a chance to prove it later on.
4. Transcripts - We get all sorts of questions on transcripts from foreign language transcripts to study abroad transcripts; and from old transcripts to web downloaded transcripts. Here’s how to deal with transcripts in a nutshell, in this order:
- Order official transcripts from any university or college you attended EXCEPT junior or technical colleges. If your transcripts are in a foreign language, they must be translated into English.
- Scan and upload these to your McCombs Application.
- Pay your Application Fee.
- Scan and upload transcripts to the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC).
- Put your official transcripts in safe-keeping. If you’re offered admission and intend to enroll, you’ll send your officials to GIAC.
3. Letters of Recommendation - This is also a common question, and since you’re not in complete control of this aspect of your application, you may just need assurance of what you can control. Here’s the best practice:
- Complete this section of your application first. This will launch notifications to your recommenders and allow them to get started while you’re working on the other components of your application.
- Contact your recommenders to let them know they should receive an email as soon as you save the section. Sometimes these emails end up in a junk folder since they come from a generic Texas MBA email address. If they didn’t receive the email and it isn’t in a spam folder, you may be up against a corporate fire wall. In this case, email the appropriate Texas MBA program and an admissions representative can change the address of your recommender to a different address.
- Monitor the status of your recommendations to ensure they’re completed within a reasonable amount of time and by the deadline. You can resend notifications from within the application as needed.
2. Test Scores - As long as you’ve taken the test and have made the request to have official score sent to UT by the round deadline, your application will be considered as “on time”. During the admissions process we sync up what you reported in the application with what’s received by UT. It can take several weeks for your official score to be received by the university, and the one-stop status check in your application marks this item complete once it arrives.
If you’ve decided to retake the exam after you’ve submitted your application, please notify the appropriate program as soon as you have your score, and we can edit the self-reported score for you. Again, it’ll take several weeks for the official score to reach UT, but be sure you’ve made the request to have the updated score sent.
If you’re applying to multiple programs at McCombs, you don’t need to send separate scores to each program. UT has a central repository for official scores that all departments can access.
1. Application Fee - The most frequently asked question! You won’t be able to pay the application fee for about two business days, depending on when you submit your application. Your application is considered “on time” if submitted by the deadline, regardless if the fee is paid on that date. However your application will not be evaluated if you do not pay the fee once it’s due. For information about where to pay the fee, and application fee waivers for select applicants, please review After Applying under the Admissions Process section of the website.
Hopefully I’ve addressed some of your concerns here, but if not you know how to reach us. My phone rang several times while writing this post, so if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some calls to return.
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