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The 2016 Forté MBA Women’s Leadership Conference

From Stacey Kammerdiener, Senior MBA Admissions Officer 

Over 400 businesswomen descended upon Austin, Texas this past weekend for the 2016 Forté MBA Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC)! The event is orchestrated annually by the Forté Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on connecting & empowering women in business, and providing access to business opportunities and education. This year, The University of Texas at Austin had the pleasure of hosting these women in our own backyard at the AT&T Executive Hotel and Conference Center on campus.

The WLC reached a new attendance record this June, with 438 MBA students coming from almost 50 universities across the country!

The conference is geared toward incoming first year MBA students and rising second year MBA students, and gives women an opportunity to network with a plethora of top companies such as Whirlpool Corporation, Cognizant, Hines, Amazon, AT&T, Dow, Boston Consulting Group, IBM, and Wells Fargo.  Our MBA ladies took part in conference prep in the months leading up to the WLC so that they could make the most of the opportunities presented. These prep calls coached first year students on resume writing, networking with the company recruiters, and provided advice on how to follow up with leads generated at the conference.

The McCombs School of Business and the Texas MBA Program had the highest number of students in attendance (Hook ‘Em!) with 45 incoming and current MBA students from all our programs. The Class of 2018 newbies had the opportunity to meet one another before orientation in August and our incoming Forté Fellows also had the chance to meet each other at a reception on Thursday evening hosted by Dimensional Fund Advisors.  Additionally, thirteen Texas MBA alumni volunteered for panels & networking with current MBA women.

Texas MBA ’02 alumna and CMO of RetailMeNot, Marissa Tarleton, spoke on the challenges and opportunities of being a woman marketing executive. CEO of Austin-based startup Shipping Easy and Texas MBA ’94 alumna Katie May was featured on a panel about entrepreneurship. McCombs staff were also featured presenters at sessions such as “Leveraging Social Media for Your Career,” and the Texas MBA Graduate Women in Business organization (GWIB) hosted a fun happy hour on Saturday afternoon.

Join Us for Our Next Women’s Event in Austin!

Networking with and learning from so many successful and driven women is nothing short of inspirational. If you are making your plans for fall, our 2016 Women’s Forum registration is now open. Future women MBAs are strongly encouraged to attend this exclusive event to network with current students and alumni, meet McCombs faculty and staff, and attend info sessions about curriculum, career planning, experiential learning, and life in Austin, Texas.  Apply Now!

We look forward to seeing you soon. Hook ‘Em!

Essay Writing Tips from Texas Full-Time MBA Admissions

From Stacey Kammerdiener, Senior Full-Time MBA Admissions Officer

As you think about how to approach the essays in your Texas Full-Time MBA application, your best shot at successfully answering the essay prompts is to approach them thoughtfully. The purpose of these essay questions is to understand why you want to attend McCombs, to find out what drives you, and to learn more about who you are both professionally and personally. While it may be tempting, do us (and yourself) a favor and avoid the snooze-fest/shock-factor extremes. Instead, approach your essays genuinely and with reflection. Armed with a few insider tips from the Admissions Committee, you will be well on your way to submitting a strong application.

ESSAY 1

The University of Texas at Austin values unique perspectives and cultivates a collaborative environment of distinct individual contributions. It is the first day of orientation. You are meeting your study group, comprised of five of your classmates from various backgrounds. Please introduce yourself to your new team, highlighting what drives you in your personal and professional life.

Select only one communication method that you would like to use for your response. 

  • Write an essay (250 words)
  • Share a video introduction (one minute)

Admissions Officer Advice:

Imagine you are standing in front of your new Texas MBA Class of 2019 study group introducing yourself. Your study group is comprised of 5 or so of your classmates who will differ from you professionally, geographically, and culturally; these individuals will be your designated group work partners throughout the first semester. What would you say to your group if you only have 250 words or one-minute? What is your personal “elevator speech?” First impressions are important in-person and are equally important in an admissions application.

Key items to make sure you include are a greeting or introduction and some personal anecdotes. We want the full picture of who you are, but presented in “nutshell” form.

What makes you interesting and unique are both your personal and professional interests and attributes.  Therefore, an intro that only discusses work experience, or only discusses previous life experience, is incomplete.  Give us a rounded mix, so that we better understand who you are in a more complete sense, and not only in one facet of your life.  When someone asks you what motivates you, what is your response?  We are looking to learn more about what drives you – in other words, we want to find out not only what you are passionate about in your personal and professional life, but why.

Finally, the choice is yours: written essay or video.  We have seen significant success in each platform and do not prefer one over the other.  Therefore, play to your strengths!  If your skill is in writing, focus on the essay.  If you want to create a video and rely on your voice and video editing skills, then we are excited to see it.  (Keep in mind that submitting a photo slideshow with background music does not grant the admissions committee the chance to actually see or hear you, which is what makes video submissions so great!)

In any submission, have fun with it and do not take this essay for granted—it can go a long way in introducing yourself and setting the stage for your application.

ESSAY 2

Based on your post-MBA goals and what drives you in your personal and professional life, why is the Texas MBA the ideal program for you and how do you plan to engage in our community? (500 words)

Admissions Officer Advice:

This prompt allows you to leverage your short term career goal (remember the one you included on the admissions application?) and your response to essay one!  It’s also an opportunity for you to show McCombs some real love.  By the time we read your essays, we have already seen your resume, scores and basic elements of your application. In this answer, we need you to expand upon the bare facts and convey to us why you are the perfect student for McCombs and how you will become an active contributor in our community. Texas MBA students are dynamic and engaged, and we are looking for applicants who are equally as driven.

This is a dense question with lots of content. The key will be to make sure you address both segments of the question individually and within the tight limit of 500 words. Below is a dissection of each part of the question to help you craft a complete answer:

“… why the Texas MBA is the ideal program for you…”

  • Focus here on the words Texas MBA and you.  A vague essay is a poor essay, so give us specifics. If you’ve read our website or spoken to an admissions team member, frankly there is a LOT to love: classes, concentrations, organizations, students/alumni, professors, unique academic and career-oriented opportunities, and the list goes on. Before you write your essay, I recommend you write a list of your top reasons why you think McCombs is total MBA perfection. Then, make sure these specifics are mentioned to illustrate your dedication to our program. What’s the consequence of saying vague things like McCombs is “amazing” and “a great program?” First, we may question your familiarity with our school, or worse, we may assume you just reused the same generic essay you used for another MBA program – yikes.
  • Don’t forget that the admissions committee is also looking for you to clearly connect how McCombs will help you achieve your career objectives and personal goals you’ve listed on your application.  We will have already reviewed your short and long term goals, and now we want to know how you think McCombs will help get you there! What classes, organizations, and experiential opportunities that we offer specifically relate to your career plan?  Connect the dots for us.

“… how do you plan to engage in our community…”

  • Lastly, as you are mapping out your reasons for attending our program, also remember that we pride ourselves first and foremost on our collaborative, diverse and extremely tight-knit community. We work very hard to find individuals excited about being a part of this community in particular, so in what ways will you contribute? How will you give back while you are here? What will be your lasting legacy at McCombs? How can you leverage our program offerings and combine it with your skill set to propel the entire program forward? Convince us that you are indispensable to our community, and that we simply cannot live without you.

Last bit of advice. Return to classic writing techniques, a strong essay structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling and cadence.  A few common essay writing pitfalls to avoid include convoluted sentences, going off-topic, name-dropping, vague or confusing goals, citing inaccurate classes, professors, or student organizations, or calling us by any other name besides McCombs or the Texas MBA (a common mistake for people who reuse essays).  Also, DON’T REUSE ESSAYS FROM OTHER SCHOOLS!  We can totally tell.

As always, please email us at TexasMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu if you have any other questions.  Get started early and edit, edit, edit!  Your essays can really send a strong application into orbit, so good luck, and happy applying!

Connect with the Texas MBA Program this Summer & Fall!

Learn more about the Texas Full-Time MBA Program at one of our many events on-or-off campus this summer and fall! Whether you’re looking to visit us on campus in Austin, or meet up with us in a city near you, there are plenty of opportunities for you to learn about the value proposition of an MBA and how the Texas MBA Program can unlock your full potential.

We encourage you to register for one of our many upcoming events to get to know our current students, alumni and admissions staff!

Tours Map 2016

Our admissions staff and alumni will be traveling around the globe to meet you and answer your questions. Visit our tour events page for event details and registration information. Events will be confirmed and added throughout the season.

Visit Us on Campus

Join us for an info session on campus in Austin to take an in-depth look into what sets the Texas Full-Time MBA Program apart from the competition. Information sessions are your opportunity to learn about the program and to ask any questions you may have about the application process.

Friday, August 5th @ 12:30 p.m.

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Friday, August 19th @ 12:30 p.m.

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See all of our upcoming info sessions

Register for a Texas MBA Coffee Chat in Your City!

Our students will be across the United States this summer for amazing internship opportunities. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet a student for coffee in your city and learn firsthand what sets our program apart from the rest. These informal meetings will be taking place in a variety of cities so students can directly address your questions about the program as well as the admissions process.

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We encourage you to stay in touch and we look forward to meeting you. If you have any questions, please send us an email. See you soon!

Texas MBA Admissions Update: Spring 2016

Hello from the Texas MBA Admissions Committee! Now that we’re approaching the end of our 2015-2016 admissions cycle, here’s a quick update on the Texas MBA Class of 2018. 

The Texas Full-Time MBA Program received more than 2,500 applications – A double digit increase from 2015.

We have completed review of all 3 rounds of applications and extended offers to candidates for the program. Early results point to an amazing class! Congratulations Class of 2018! We look forward to seeing you in Austin in the fall!

In February and April, the Texas MBA Program hosted a total of 164 admitted students at our two Preview Weekend events! Each year, students admitted to the Texas Full-Time MBA Program are invited to spend two days in the beautiful city of Austin, TX to learn about all of the different resources available to them at McCombs as well as meet their future classmate. Thank you to everyone who attended this year!

Texas MBA Preview Weekend Co-Chairs

Texas MBA Preview Weekend Co-Chairs


The final application deadline for the Texas Executive MBA, Texas MBA at Houston and Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth programs was March 17th, but it’s not too late to submit your application for a fall 2016 start!

The application for all three programs will remain open until the end of June on a space-available basis. To date, applications across our Working Professional and Executive programs are up considerably year-over-year. This is your opportunity to enhance your skill-set and discover new avenues to advance your career within a vast network making an impact across the globe. Why wait? Complete your application today!

The Round 2 application deadline for the Texas Evening MBA Program was also March 17th. If you weren’t able to submit your application in time, we encourage you to review our admissions process to find detailed information about submitting before the Round 3 deadline on August 16th!

Looking to apply to the Working Professional or Executive MBA programs, or wanting to get an early start on preparing for the 2017 Texas Full-Time MBA application? Here are some fantastic blog entries that may help:

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If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us via email at TexasMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu. We also encourage you to check out our many upcoming events!

We look forward to seeing you soon! Hook ’em!

*Data represented is from 2015-2016. All stats are approximate and subject to change as we close out the admission season.

The Waitlist: FAQs & How Tos

From the Texas MBA Admissions Team:

The Texas MBA Program Admissions Team is a very lucky bunch. We receive many applications from highly qualified applicants, which we are regrettably not all able to fit inside our four walls of physical space. The result of this limitation is candidates being placed on the waitlist. This is not a final decision from the Texas MBA Admissions Committee, rather, a place to wait and see what unfolds.

Admittedly, it can be a challenging place for applicants to be, given its uncertainty and lack of a clear timeline and expectations, but we feel very strongly that it is also a wonderful opportunity, an exercise in patience, and a gift of time not given to all who apply.

In order to better assist our applicants on the waitlist, below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions with regards to the waitlist decision timeline, supplemental material requests, interviews, feedback and other common questions.

WAITLIST FAQ’s:

WAITLIST TIMELINE AND DECISIONS:

When will I have a final decision?

The Texas MBA Admissions Committee periodically reviews candidates currently on the waitlist, but we are not able to offer a concrete timeline of when you will hear your final decision. This is due to the uncertain and often unpredictable nature of the admissions process, and we are not able to predict the movement of the incoming class.

What is the latest date anyone has been admitted from the Waitlist?

We are unable to guarantee a timeline of when you will hear a final decision, however most decisions are typically released by early summer. In rare circumstances, decisions have been released as late as mid-to-late summer. While this is not a common occurrence, you are able to remain on the waitlist as long as you are willing to continue being considered for admission. If your personal decision-making timeline does not allow you to remain on the waitlist, you are able to request to be removed at any time by filling out our Waitlist Decline Form. We are not able to honor early decision requests from candidates on the waitlist.

What if I am an international student on the waitlist and I need a decision in order to begin the visa application process?

We are aware of the timelines required of international students and obtaining a visa. We understand that international applicants need time to process a visa, but unfortunately we may not know the final make-up of our class. Therefore, you may choose to remove yourself from the waitlist due to visa timing issues.


WAITLIST SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS:

Can I submit new materials for consideration to enhance my candidacy?

As the Admissions Committee periodically reviews candidates on the waitlist, there may be an opportunity for supplemental information or materials to be submitted for further consideration of your candidacy. It is not a guarantee that we will ask for an update or more information if we feel we have enough information in your original application to render a final decision. While typically we ask that candidates wait until prompted by admissions staff to provide supplemental information, we understand that there may be timely information or updates that you consider important. With regards to this type of new information (such as a recent promotion, a new test score, or a new job), you may inform the Admissions Committee by uploading a PDF or Word document to your application via the Waitlist Supplemental Materials Form.

When can I submit supplemental materials and how much lead-time will you give me to collect them?

In the event that the Admissions Committee requests additional or supplemental information to further consider your candidacy, an email will be sent to all candidates currently on the waitlist approximately one week prior to the review period so there is plenty of time to collect materials for submission.

What kind of supplemental materials do you ask for?

While we can ask for a range of materials, typically it is a new resume, recent job promotion information, or a new test score. Occasionally, we might ask to clarify your career goals or provide us with your back-up plan.

How can I submit these materials?

Specific submission instructions will be sent along with the request for information, but typically supplemental materials can be sent to the Admissions Committee via the Waitlist Supplemental Materials Form.

I want to reiterate my interest & enthusiasm for the Texas MBA Program, but don’t have specific updates (as listed above). How can I do this?

The Admissions Committee prefers that you wait to be solicited for any supplemental items, and that any sent are material updates to your application. Please refer to the list of acceptable materials/information above. However, if you would like to let us know where the Texas MBA Program ranks among your choices of schools, why we are the best fit for you and your career goals, or what other schools you are applying to, you may upload a letter of interest to the Waitlist Supplemental Materials Form and it will be included as an attachment to your application.

Who should I direct my questions to?

All waitlist inquiries should be sent to MBAWaitlist@mccombs.utexas.edu.


WAITLIST INTERVIEWS:

Will I get a chance to interview if I’m placed on the waitlist and I haven’t already interviewed?

Interview invitations can come at any time during the admissions cycle. We do not interview all candidates on the waitlist. If we deem it necessary, we will request an interview while you are on the waitlist to further assess your candidacy. Please wait for an invitation via email.

WAITLIST APPLICATION FEEDBACK:

Can I receive specific feedback on my application?

We are not able to provide individual feedback on your application due to both the large volume of applications we receive and fairness to other applicants in the pool. However, we are always willing to discuss what makes a strong application, generally. This information is discussed in detail on our website.

GENERAL WAITLIST QUESTIONS:

How many people are placed on the waitlist in a given year?

Each year, we receive approximately 2,000+ applications in total and the incoming class is approximately 270. While there are many qualified individuals, we are limited by the amount of space in our classrooms. The Admissions Committee thoroughly reviews each application holistically, but due to the extremely competitive applicant pool, the waitlist includes very strong candidates that we do not have room for at the time of decision notification. Each year, the applicant pool changes (different people apply) and the strength of that pool varies. Therefore, the size and strength of the waitlist varies considerably year-to-year.

Why haven’t I been contacted with further instructions, asked for an update on decision timing, or been sent a request for further information?

The Admissions Committee reviews candidates currently on the waitlist on a rolling basis depending on space created in the incoming class. As the timing of movement is largely out of our control, we are not able to predict key timelines associated with the waitlist until later in the admissions cycle. We would not be able to send you further instructions for gathering supplemental materials if we were not able to identify potential room in the incoming class. We ask that you continue to remain patient as we gain insight into the availability of space in the incoming class and trust that we will reach out to you in a timely fashion should we require further information or have any material updates regarding your candidacy.

Should I request an early decision if I have other enrollment deadlines to adhere to?

We are not able to honor early decision requests from candidates on the waitlist. If the Texas MBA Program is at or near the top of your list of schools, we recommend you remain on the waitlist as long as your decision-timeline can bear. The reason not to request an early decision is that at the time of your requested early decision date, we may not have a full picture of available space in the class.

Is there an appeal process if I did not get admitted off the waitlist?

All admission decisions are considered final for a given application cycle (i.e., year). You are welcome to reapply to the program again the next year. We do not hold this season’s application against you. We evaluate your new application on its merits and in the context of the new applicant pool.

Texas MBA Admissions
MBAWaitlist@mccombs.utexas.edu
512-471-7698

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