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Navigating Your Time on the MBA Waitlist

The Texas MBA Program receives many applications from highly qualified applicants throughout the year. We are regrettably not able to fit everyone into the physical space of our program, so we have an MBA waitlist: This is not a final decision from the Texas MBA Admissions Committee. Rather, it is a place to wait and see what unfolds. Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions with regards to the waitlist decision timeline, supplemental material requests, interviews, feedback and other common questions:

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.

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. 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. 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. We are not able to predict key timelines associated with the waitlist until later in the admissions cycle. 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.

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.


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

As the Admissions Committee reviews candidates on the waitlist, there may be an opportunity for supplemental information or materials to be submitted. 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. It is not a guarantee that we will ask for an update or more information. We ask that candidates wait until prompted by admissions staff to provide supplemental information, but we understand that there may be timely updates that you consider important (such as a recent promotion, a new test score, or a new job), and you may inform the Admissions Committee by uploading a PDF or MS 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 information, 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.

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. 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.


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.

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). 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. 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.

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.


The waitlist can be a challenging place for applicants, 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. – Texas MBA Admissions

Contact information for the Texas MBA Admissions Waitlist:
MBAWaitlist@mccombs.utexas.edu
512-471-7698

Winter Break is Here: We’ll See You in 2017!

The last few weeks of 2016 are here & the McCombs School of Business is getting ready for winter break!

The Texas MBA Program had a great fall semester, including our best on-campus events to date, exciting progress on our future home, and ranking in the Top 20 Best Grad Schools for U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings! We have a few final announcements to close out the year:

Holiday Hours

The McCombs School of Business and the MBA Program Office will be closed for winter break from Friday, December 23rd, 2016 through Friday, December 30th, 2016. Our offices will reopen on Monday, January 2nd, 2017.  Please contact us – TexasMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu – with any questions you anticipate before December 23rd if possible, as we will not be available during closed hours.

Application Deadlines

For many, the holiday break from work can be a great time to sit down and put those final touches on your application.  We encourage you to mark your calendar for the dates below.

January 10, 2017 – Texas Full-Time MBA Round 2 Deadline.

March 7, 2017 – Next Round Deadline for all Texas MBA Working Professional Programs. This includes the Texas Evening MBA, the Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth, the Texas MBA at Houston, and the Texas Executive MBA programs.

Upcoming Events

Beginning on December 11th, Texas Full-Time MBA students will be available in cities across the U.S. and other countries to meet you for a casual, candid conversation about life as an MBA student. We strongly encourage you to take this opportunity to get to know our program firsthand and ask any questions you have about the admissions process. Register now for a chat near you!

Don’t forget to plan your spring visit to McCombs to see all the Texas MBA has to offer – Check out our upcoming events webpage to register now and reserve your spot to meet us. We look forward to seeing you.

\m/ Hook ’em & Happy Holidays!

Rowling Hall is Coming!

In spring 2013, UT-Austin announced a $25 million pledge from Dallas businessman Robert Rowling, BBA ’76, his wife Terry Hennersdorf Rowling, BBA ’76, and their family to fund the construction of a 458,000-square-foot graduate business building – The new Robert B. Rowling Hall!

Rowling Hall will house the McCombs School of Business graduate programs, including the Texas MBA program. So, future Texas MBAs, here’s how our new home is coming along so far:

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The Beginning of Something Big

The future home of the Texas MBA – Rowling Hall!

Construction plans on the future site of the Texas MBA, Rowling Hall, began fall 2014. The new building, next to the AT&T Executive conference center on the west side of the UT-Austin campus, will open in fall 2017. Rowling Hall will be the “launch pad” for projects between the school’s students & alumni, and the wider Austin community. Stand-out features include the active learning classrooms!

Groundbreaking of Rowling Hall

Construction on Rowling officially began on November 7th, 2015.

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Breaking new ground: (left to right) Associate Dean, Eric Hirst, Dean, Tom Gilligan, Robert Rowling, President Powers, and GBC President Maureen McCaffery

Texas MBAs are known for their work ethic. They have established a reputation as leaders, team players…They roll up their sleeves and seek solutions. They take risks and try new things. They make things happen.Eric Hirst, Senior Associate Dean of the McCombs School of Business

“Meet me at the Moontower.”

Artist’s rendering of Moontower Cafe

Last year, McCombs held a contest to name the cafe at Rowling Hall. Students from all six MBA programs responded with 127 submissions.  A naming committee narrowed the list until student Mackswell Dickson, MBA ’16, emerged as winner, gaining a one-year tuition scholarship. Donor Robert B. Rowling was among the attendees at the final winner’s announcement. The winning name, the “Moontower Cafe,” was announced in an email to all students.

Artist’s rendering of Rowling Hall Terrace

Read more about “Rowling Rising” or follow Rowling Hall on Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram.

We’ll see you there in 2017! Hook ’em!

Join the Texas Full-Time MBA Program for Coffee this Winter!

Meet up with current Texas Full-Time MBA students for a Coffee Chat this winter! These informal meetings take place in various cities in the United States and around the world, offering you a chance to connect to the Texas MBA Program firsthand. We encourage you to take this opportunity to engage with a current student in a candid conversation about the program, asking any questions you may have about academics, applying, student life at McCombs, or Austin, Texas.

This winter break, our students will be hosting coffee chats in the United States, Brazil, Canada and China. Find one in a city near you!

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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 Career Treks

Each year, the Texas MBA Career Management team leads Treks to various cities to visit the main offices of different companies, giving Texas Full-Time MBA students a great opportunity to learn more about their industry of interest and allowing them to become more familiar with the culture at these companies. Visits typically consist of presentations, Q&A sessions, and numerous opportunities for networking with alumni and executive management.

One of the biggest trends our Employer Relations and Career Management teams have seen has been an enormous increase in student career interest in the West Coast. In 2010, 9% of Texas MBA graduates landed jobs on the West Coast — that percentage has nearly doubled with the class of 2016! Interest in technology companies has exploded, making it a large area of focus for our annual Treks.

Complementing those two trends, West Coast tech companies have been opening offices and/or growing their corporate presence in Austin i.e., Facebook, Google, Apple, Cisco Systems, eBay, PayPal, VMware and Electronic Arts just to name a few. We continue to build our relationships with these firms, as well as seeking new opportunities.

We have also seen every facet of student interest in entrepreneurship increase, from coming into the program already running a firm, or founding a company in business school, to working at a startup or fast growing company post-graduation.

In response, the Texas MBA Program has created many unique opportunities for MBA students to network with and connect to the startup community. We now host a biannual McCombs Entrepreneurship Night, which showcases startups founded by McCombs MBA students and/or alumni.

That event is held in conjunction with Austin Startup Week in the fall and during SXSW Interactive in the spring. The contacts made during these events are invited to our Entrepreneur Society (ES) events during the school year, such as the Pitch Party in the Fall and ES Connex in the spring, a networking night for local startups looking to hire interns or full-time candidates.

2016-2017 Career Treks 

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Texas MBA students at the Boston Consulting Group offices in Dallas, TX

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Texas MBA students at the Chevron offices in Houston, TX

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Texas MBA students at the A.T. Kearney office in Dallas, TX

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Texas MBA students at the Bain & Company office in Dallas, TX

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Texas MBA students at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch office in New York City

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Texas MBA students at AT&T headquarters in Dallas, TX

 

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