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Top Ten Best Austin Coffee Shops for Students

Texas McCombs MBA students studying  at the center of Austin, Texas – our Full-Time, Evening and Executive MBAs, plus our Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston  MBAs at least a few times a year – share the opportunity to explore the unique businesses, art, music, and culture that make up Austin.

With the cooler autumn/winter weather moving into Texas, students may be looking for study spots that celebrate the vibrant local coffee shop scene. If your MBA journey brings you to Austin, we suggest checking out the places below– with a selection of coffee, tea, and even local beer, wine or spirits, these are great places to hang out with your classmates, get work done, or meet new people.

1. Spiderhouse Cafe

Spiderhouse Coffee

Spiderhouse Cafe /Yelp

Spiderhouse is more than just your typical cafe. It is a venue with live music, comedy, food trucks and unique events almost every day of the week. The outdoor patio gains a lot of attention since it is dressed up in multicolored  lights and fountain art installations. And it’s about a 5 minute car ride (15 minute walk) from the UT Austin campus!  

Wi-Fi: Yes Outlets: Yes

Hours: Monday – Sunday, 8:00am – 2:00am

Location: 2908 Fruth St. Austin, TX 78705

2. Radio Coffee & Beer

radio coffee

Rachel E./Yelp

Radio was opened by a 2006 UT graduate and voted ‘Best Coffee Shop’ in 2017 by The Austin Chronicle. Aside from coffee and tea, the unique location offers 25 beers on tap, margaritas, bloody marys, irish coffees, and food trucks on site. 

WiFi: Yes, during business hours Outlets: Yes

Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30am – 12:00am; Saturday & Sunday, 7:30am – 12:00am

Location: 4204 Manchaca Rd. Austin, TX 78704

3. Buzz Mill Coffee

Buzz Mill Coffee

Steve H./Yelp

Buzz Mill is a cabin in East Austin in the heart of Riverside and it never closes! Not only does Buzz Mill do coffee, teas, a variety of infusions, beer and cocktails very well; they also participate in community service and clean up efforts. 

Wifi: Yes Outlets: Yes

Hours: 24 hours

Location: 1505 Town Creek Dr. Austin, TX 78741

4. Cuvée Coffee Bar

Cuvée Coffee

Cuvée Coffee Bar/Yelp

Famous for its nitro-cold brew, fun events, and handcrafted Austin roasts, Cuvée Coffee Bar is classic Austin. The coffee bar offers its nitro-cold-brew, Cuvée roasted coffee, espresso, horchata and even beer on tap. 

Wifi: No (They have a “human interaction” atmosphere they are proud of)

Hours: Monday – Friday, 6:30am – 8:00pm ; Saturday & Sunday, 7:30am – 8:00pm

Located: 2000 E 6th St Austin, Texas 78702

5. Wright Bros Brew & Brew

Brew and Brew

Gigi S./Yelp

Brew & Brew offers a full espresso bar, cold-brew and filter coffee, and a 39 rotating taps of craft beer, and a variety of cider and wine. With free WiFi, seating inside and outside, bagels, sandwiches and breakfast tacos, what more could you ask for?

Wifi: Yes Outlets: Yes, but limited

Hours: Monday–Sunday: 8:00am – 12:00am

Located: 500 San Marcos Street, Suite #105 Austin, TX, 78702

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Beyond the Numbers: A Holistic MBA Application Evaluation

In the world of MBA Admissions, your numbers are not everything. By “numbers,” we’re referring to the stats and scores that applicants tend to focus on when they submit an MBA application– undergraduate GPA, total GMAT/GRE score, percentiles, etc. With limited seats in MBA classes, organizing applications by measurable figures is logical and helpful. That’s why preparing and doing your best on the GMAT/GRE and putting your best numbers forward in your application is important.

But, you are not just a simple sum of your numeric parts– You’re an individual. And your scores are just part of your story. Answering, “who are you?” is a much bigger question.

In our review of a typical MBA candidate, GMAT/GRE and GPA alone do not offer any consistent indication of success in the program. Even if you have a 780 GMAT score, this does not automatically indicate to us that you will make high grades, find an internship, thrive in your study groups, stay positively active and engaged, or find a good job after graduation. It is the combination of strong numbers, your unique story, a commitment to Texas McCombs, and many other factors that indicate how well you’ll do in our MBA program.

Because MBA programs are limited & competitive— many candidates are enthusiastic and have strong professional backgrounds and scores— we have adopted a holistic approach to evaluating your application. So what are the intangible qualities we look for? And what will make you stand out so that you secure a spot in the class over another applicant with similar scores and background?

 There is no single answer to these questions, but here are some good tips to offer some insight on the Admissions Committee’s process:
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Top Tips for a Successful MBA Interview

This Insider advice come from the Texas McCombs Full-Time MBA Admissions Committee:

After you submit your MBA application, you may receive an invitation to interview. First, we hope you take time to feel excited to have made it to this stage of the process! But then you might have some questions: What interview format options are there? What sort of questions will I be asked? Who conducts the interview? How should I prepare?

Like anything else, your MBA interview is an opportunity.

Some applicants may look forward to an interview but many of us may feel nervous (which is natural). If you are nervous, some key advice: The interview affords one of the only formal opportunities for official face-to-face interaction during the MBA application process– seize it. This interview can be just the thing the Admissions Committee needs to stitch together the rest of your application elements and we really enjoy getting to know you!

Different schools have different interview processes. It’s important to be familiar with how the Texas McCombs MBA program runs its interview operations. Be sure to read all confirmation emails and instructions very carefully. There may be various formats, booking procedures, or location & parking information provided for you.

Interviews are by invitation only.

Full-Time MBA

There are four different interview types:

  • on-campus with a student,
  • via video conference/call with a student,
  • off-campus in your local city with an alumni interviewer,
  • at another city location with an admissions officer

There is an online calendar from which you can select an interview slot that works with your schedule. We will inform you of the last date your interview needs to be completed. The only exception to this is booking an interview in your local city with an alumni interviewer; that process is slightly different, but we provide the step-by-step instructions in our interview invitation communications if you decide to go that route.

All of our student interviewers, alumni volunteer interviewers, and admissions officers are fully trained on conducting an interview that is professional, fair, impartial and helpful. Interviews typically last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

Working Professional and Executive (WPE) MBA Programs

Please watch your email after you submit your WPE application to be able to respond to an invitation and secure your preferred time slot. All interviews are conducted by members of the Admissions Committee and can typically last from 30 minutes to an hour.

Interview invitations can come at any time during the application round.

All interviews are blind.

“Blind interview” means the interviewer does not have access to anything about you or your application, except for your resume. Even so, it’s always a good idea to bring a copy for the interviewer to reference during the conversation. (This is required if you are interviewing with an alumni interviewer for the Full-Time program.)

Most interviews follow the general framework of introductions, questions from the interviewer for you to answer, then some time is left at the end for you to ask your questions about the program and/or application process.

Our Top Interview Tips

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Executive MBA Test Waiver: Everything you Need to Know

This post was written by the Director of Executive MBA Admissions, Sharon Barrett.

The most common question I get from Executive MBA candidates is definitely:

“How does the test waiver work and do I qualify?”

So here’s the lowdown– First and foremost, the Executive MBA is the only MBA program that accepts applicants’ petitions to waive the GMAT or GRE exam requirement. (Key words being “applicant” and “petition.”)  And everyone’s case is different, so there’s no recipe to follow, no checklist, and no guarantee that if you do certain things, you’ll get a waiver.

The MBA Admissions committee views each applicants’ petition in the context of their entire application, and renders a decision on the application versus a separate decision on just the waiver.

Here are the areas of consideration when reviewing an application with a petition for a test waiver:

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By the Numbers: Executive MBA Class Profile

Texas McCombs had a very strong pool of applications when putting together the MBA Class of 2020, and the numbers certainly reflect that. Let’s take a look at the Executive MBA class that started this fall:

The Executive MBA program welcomed 59 top-caliber business professionals to the McCombs School of Business MBA network. These students are experienced in managing teams and decision-making, and many have their own businesses. These industry leaders will surely challenge and inspire one another to reach new heights in their careers over the next two years in Austin.

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