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The Non-Numeric You: Beyond Your GPA

In the world of MBA Admissions, your numbers are not everything. By “numbers”, we’re referring to the ones applicants tend to focus on when they submit an MBA application:  Their undergraduate GPA, total GMAT/GRE score, quant and verbal scores, percentile, etc. With limited seats in MBA classes, organizing applicants into rankings and measurable figures to sort out who is “best” for the program is a logical and helpful tool.

But, you are not just a simple sum of your numeric parts. The same way that you are not just left-handed or right-handed — your scores are part of you, but certainly do not define who you are.

We should say up front that putting your best numbers forward is important. That’s why nailing your GMAT and putting your best GPA into your application is a must. However, in our review of a typical MBA candidate, GMAT and GPA alone do not offer any consistent indication of success in the program. Even if you do have a 780 GMAT, this does not automatically indicate to us that you will make good grades, find an internship, thrive in your study groups, or find a good job after graduation. It is the combination of strong numbers, your unique story, commitment to McCombs, and many other things that indicate how well you’ll do in the Texas MBA Program.

To get a sense of your fit in the program, reviewing your work history, academics, and career trajectory helps out a lot. But MBA programs are limited & competitive — a lot of people want to take our classes, have that internship, and work at that company. And frankly, a lot of people have a 700 GMAT and 3.8 GPA. So…

What will make you stand out so that you get a spot at McCombs over another applicant with the exact same numbers? There is no single answer to this question, but here are some good tips to help you get started:

First, it helps to conduct an exercise that creates a personal profile. List your work experience, your education, your academic and career goals, and where you ultimately want to see yourself in 10 years. Then, list your personal interests: writing, traveling, helping with charities, making films, teaching yoga, investing money, sailing, scaling ridiculously high mountains for no reason but to see the view, eating different foods…etc. These lists will help you see your passions, talents, and interests more clearly.

Next, start to connect the dots. What about the various elements of your past, present, and future intersect? Does your drive to reach CEO status have anything to do with your mountain climbing? Does your love of food and travel have anything to do with your unique capabilities to work in diverse team settings? Does your history as a writer impact your ability to draft great marketing communications? It is this particular combination of YOUR interests, history, and path that make up your unique story. And it is how you tell this story that makes all the difference in how we view you as a potential MBA candidate.

Finally, convince us that you are not only capable, but that you are unique fit for McCombs and we will be lacking something without you as part of the class. It could help to think about it from the perspective of MBA Admissions: Our goal is to find a group of highly capable people that will not only succeed in this prestigious academic environment (as evidenced by things like GPA, GMAT, work experience, and education), but who will also contribute something to our community as a whole. We want people who will leave the program better than they found it. And if we can clearly see who you are as a whole person, then we can picture you in our school, contributing your individuality to the overall uniqueness of our amazing institution.

So, if you sights are set on McCombs for your MBA journey, remember that there are multiple human beings on the other end of your application reading your story, looking beyond the numbers. Convey to us your passion and what makes you unique. We are excited to learn all about (the non-numeric) you!

Always feel free to reach out to Texas MBA Admissions with any questions.

Good Luck & Hook ‘Em!

Insider Tips for Re-Applying to the Texas MBA Program

From the Texas MBA Admissions Team

With the 2017 application up and running, questions are starting to roll in from those who have applied to the Texas MBA Program in the past and are interested in re-applying for the Class of 2019. So, we thought we’d take some time to address some of the most frequent questions we’ve received.

First of all,  having applied in a previous year is not considered a negative factor in your application. We are pleased to see your continued interest in the program and will evaluate your new application on its merits, and in the context of the new applicant pool. Consider giving yourself a fresh start when you approach your new application. Think through and reassess your application, addressing any weak areas. Add new information that may be helpful in the admission process.

While completing your application, you will be asked to answer the question “Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to enhance your candidacy?” The admissions committee reviews this closely, so please ensure that you spend the time reflecting on and explaining these improvements.

Below is an overview of the application process for re-applicants:

  1. Application:  All re-applicants are required to complete a new application, new essays, and a new resume and pay the application fee.
  2. Official Transcripts: Official transcripts are kept on file for one year and do not need to be resubmitted unless you have taken additional course work, or if you applied more than one year ago. Be sure to monitor your GIAC “MyStatus” page online to make sure transcripts show as received for the current application year.
  3. Test Scores: GMAT and GRE scores are only valid five years after the date the test is taken. For TOEFL scores, this period is two years. You need to take these standardized tests again if the scores have expired. The McCombs Admissions Committee considers only the highest total submitted score in the evaluation of applications. Official test scores are kept for one calendar year. If you have submitted an application beyond one year in the past, you may be required to re-submit certain credentials.
  4. Recommendation Letter:  Although not required, we suggest you submit a new letter of recommendation. Determine if another recommender may provide a more current, insightful and thorough perspective. If you choose to use one or more prior recommendations, you will be able to import the existing letter(s) of recommendation while completing your application.

Please note that, due to the number of applications received, we are unable to provide feedback on previously denied applications. Thank you again for your continued interest in the Texas MBA Program, choosing to re-apply shows perseverance and dedication.

Additional information about the Admissions Process can be found here.  Please reach out to us at TexasMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu with any questions. We look forward to receiving your new application!

The NON-Numeric You: You Are Not Your GPA

From the Texas MBA Admissions Team

You Are Not Your GPA

This may come as a shock to some of you. Brace yourself. In the world of MBA Admissions, your numbers are not everything. By “numbers”, we’re referring to the ones applicants tend to obsess over when they submit an MBA application, i.e., their undergraduate GPA, total GMAT/GRE score, quant and verbal scores, percentile, etc.

We’re all human beings, right? But with a large population and coveted seats in education programs, we tend to organize ourselves into rankings and measurable figures to sort out whose best, better than best and champion supreme. But, we’re here to tell you that you are not just a simple sum of your parts. The same way that you are not just your handedness. Left-handed or right-handed, it’s a part of you, but it certainly doesn’t DEFINE who you are. When you enter a room, someone doesn’t say “Oh, hey, there’s Left-Handed-Ricky,” right? Well, they might, but that’s just a lame nickname.

Though, we should say up front that if the sum has parts, it’s important to get those right. That’s why nailing your GMAT and putting your best GPA/foot forward is a no-brainer. In our review of a typical MBA candidate, GMAT and GPA alone do not offer any consistent indication of success in the program. Even if you do have a 780 GMAT, this does not, in itself, indicate to us that you will succeed, make good grades, find an internship, thrive in your study groups, or find a good job after graduation.

It is the combination of strong numbers, your unique story, commitment to McCombs, and many other things that indicate how well you’ll do in the Texas MBA Program.

This blog addresses your NON-Numbers. That is, who you are as a unique person, and how to tell us that story well. This story can go a long way in convincing us that a so-so GMAT or GPA is nothing to worry about in the long run, because you have a clear sense of who you are and what you are capable of. Although, many of you might find presenting this part of your application the most difficult of all.

Let us give you an example. Say you have a 700 GMAT and a 3.8 GPA. Congratulations! Go you! So, you write an essay that is very straightforward. You want to take this class, have this internship, and ultimately end up working at so-and-so company. We can learn a lot about you based on your work history and your academic and career trajectory. But, let’s face it, a lot of people want to take that class, have that internship, and work there. And frankly, a lot of people have a 700 GMAT and 3.8 GPA.

You may ask: What will make me stand out so that I get a spot at McCombs over another applicant with the exact same numbers?

There is no single answer to this question, but here are some tips to help you get started:

1) It helps to conduct an exercise that creates a personal profile. List your work experience, your education, your academic and career goals, and where you ultimately want to see yourself in 10 years. Then, list your personal interests: like writing, traveling, helping with charities, making films, teaching yoga, investing money, sailing, scaling ridiculously high mountains for no reason but to see the view, and/or eating, to name a few.

2) Next, start to connect the dots. What about the various elements of your past, present, and future intersect? Does your drive to reach CEO status have anything to do with your mountain climbing? Does your love of food and travel have anything to do with your unique capabilities to work in diverse team settings and to find accord among very different people? Does your history as a writer impact your ability to draft great marketing communications? Though there are many, (many people love to eat, climb mountains, work in marketing and thrive in diverse settings) it is the particular combination of YOUR interests, history and path that make up your unique story. It is how YOU tell this story that makes all the difference in how we view you as a potential MBA candidate.

If it helps, think about it from an admissions officer’s perspective. Our goal is to find a collection of highly capable people that will not only succeed in this environment (as evidenced by things like GPA, GMAT, work experience and education) but who also contribute something to our community. We want to know who you are as a person. And if we can see you as a person, then we can picture you in our school, interacting with all of the other diverse students, and contributing your individuality to the overall uniqueness of our amazing institution.

Basic case in point: Convince us that you are not only capable, but that you are special and that we will be lacking something without your presence.

So, if you sights are set on McCombs for your getting your MBA, remember that there are multiple human beings on the other end of your application reading your story, looking beyond the numbers. Convey to us your passion and what makes you unique. We are excited to learn more about you! (The NON-Numeric you.)

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