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Essay Writing Tips from Texas Full-Time MBA Admissions

The below is from Stacey Kammerdiener, Senior Texas 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 essays is to understand why you want to attend McCombs and to learn more about you 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 below, you will be well on your way to submitting a strong application.

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The 2017-2018 Texas Full-Time MBA Application Details

If you’re ready to take your career to the next level and gain access to one of the largest alumni networks in the world, now is the time to start preparing to apply to the Texas Full-Time MBA Program!

The application will officially open later this summer, but we are happy to announce the new application deadlines and essay topics so you can stay ahead of the application process. Please review the 2017-2018 application deadlines below.

Fall 2018 Application Deadlines

Round Application Deadline Decision Notification
1 October 10, 2017
Priority deadline for scholarships & fellowships
December 19, 2017
2 January 9, 2018 March 29, 2018
Final Round April 3, 2018 May 10, 2018

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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 — 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:



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, is projected to open in 2018. 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.

Rowling Hall groundbreaking

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

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The Texas Full-Time MBA Class of 2018

The Texas MBA Program is currently ranked #16 in the country by U.S. News & World Report, making McCombs #1 in the thriving state of Texas! The McCombs network is over 495,000 strong and consists of faculty, students, and alumni making a real impact around the world.

The Texas Full-Time MBA Program received more than 2,500 applications this past year and is excited to welcome the Class of 2018 to the Forty Acres this August! Get to know more about our incoming full-time class*:

a gaming infographic

Student Profiles:

Colin Hogan

Colin is a native Texas & SMU graduate working in the Bay Area as Associate Brand Manager for Ubisoft Entertainment, the world’s third-largest video game publisher. He was a member of the two-person launch team for South Park: The Stick of Truth and four-person launch team for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. While he enjoys working in the gaming universe, Colin hopes to become a brand/product manager in an industry such as consumer packaged goods, retail, or tech, and make his way long-term to a VP of Marketing role. His wife is also joining the Longhorn family and starts the Masters of Education program this fall!

Ashley Hemphill

Ashley is a New Orleans native & LSU graduate who has been working in Shanghai for the past two years living out every little kid’s dream – working for Walt Disney.  She’s a Senior Financial Analyst for Imagineering, and has managed the budget for projects like “Mickey Avenue” and “Gardens of Imagination.” (Shanghai Disney just opened this June!)  She’s excited to come back to the states to enjoy some good Tex-Mex food, watch some college football, and pursue her dream of becoming a high-level executive in corporate strategy for a major global resort company. She is also a Forte Fellow and looks forward to becoming involved in Board Fellows and the China Business Association.

Joey Martin

Joey has been an officer in the Marine Corps since 2006, piloting the KC-130 Hercules transport plane. He’s lived in Afghanistan, California, and has most recently found himself in Newburgh, NY, where he spends his spare time with his wife and daughter, Elle. He’s also an ordained minister, so if you’re in need of a wedding officiant, Joey is your guy!  He hopes to pursue a career post-MBA in the healthcare consulting field, and has a passion for diabetes research and technology improvement.

Nina Hitchins

Nina comes to McCombs from Sydney, Australia byway of Boston, MA. After earning a degree in Resource Economics from the University of Sydney, she began her career as an economist working for the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics.  Most recently, Nina has served in a Senior Analyst role at NERA Economic Consulting. Her background as an energy policy advisor and energy consultant has given her an appreciation for the role of business in achieving both profitable and conscionable outcomes. Nina is convinced that the path to a clean economy will be paved by business, and she wants to be one of the architects.  Post MBA, Nina will position herself to become a clean energy strategic advisor and eventually an executive of a global renewable energy firm.

Josh Berrington

Josh was born and raised in southern California. He attended California State University – Stanislaus where he was a scholarship student-athlete playing on the men’s baseball team while discovering his love for marketing. He became highly passionate about healthy food CPG marketing and has spent his career as a brand manager for California Natural Products (CalNaturale Svelte) and Solazyme. Last year at Solazyme, he led the launch of the world’s first algae-based cooking oil into retail stores. His passion for food and entrepreneurship led him to create and refine an innovative food startup called Q’ello. During the 2015-16 application cycle, Josh entered this startup idea into the TVL Scholarship and walked away with the top prize.

Learn more about how you can join the next Texas Full-Time MBA class by checking out our admissions process, and see why the Texas MBA is the greatest value for your money on U.S. News & World Report.

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*Class profile statistics for the Texas Full-Time MBA Class of 2018 are subject to change. Final numbers are not available until the 12th class day.

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!

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