Monday, January 26, 2009

The “Last Chance” Info Session – February 7th

On the fence or need more information about applying? We have one more, “Last Chance” Information Session on Saturday, February 7th at 10:00am. The Information Session will run approximately 2 hours and will be held in Sanford Hall, Room 314.

Sign up to attend the information session on your MyTerry MBA page at .

Friday, January 23, 2009

A Little of This... A Little of That...

Things have been very hectic around the MBA office as applications are rolling in. Along with the influx of applications comes an influx in application materials. Yes, this means that for every applicant, we receive at least one set of transcripts (if not 3 or 4), score reports (sometimes multiple), and recommendations. Needless to say, our records department is working very hard to get through all the paperwork they are receiving.

At any time, you can check the status of your application by logging back into your application and viewing your application status page.

Here are approximate processing times for your paperwork:

Transcripts – From the point they are received in our office, please allow at least one week for them to be processed, added to your paper file, and your information to be updated on your online status report.

Test Scores

GMAT – From the time you take your test (or request a score report to be sent) it takes at least 2 weeks to get to us. If you didn’t take your GMAT before you submitted your application, chances are this might be the last thing that gets processed on your application before it goes to department. Do not panic! If you have chosen the Terry MBA program (11 Month: Z95-H2-68; Two Year: Z95-H2-78) as your score recipient we will receive your scores.

TOEFL/IELTS – International Students (Non-US Citizens) ONLY. For most, we cannot waive the English-Proficiency requirement; however, if you are from an English-Speaking Country, like the UK or Australia, you are not required to submit these scores. To see the requirements for your country, go to From the day you take your test, it typically takes at least 30 – 45 days for the MBA office to receive your official score report. Again, don’t panic. For the TOEFL, make sure you use code 5813 to ensure your scores make their way to Terry.

Recommendations – You should be self-monitoring your recommendations to see if they are received online via your application status page. If one of your recommenders has not completed their recommendation for you and you feel as though they may need a reminder, feel free to use the option provided on your application status screen. – They may have just misplaced the link they were initially sent.

We are consistently reading applications and have been inviting candidates for interviews. Watch for an email regarding an interview invitation once your application is complete.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

So, What ARE They Doing With My Application?

Happy New Year! It's January, and that means we are busy, busy, busy here in MBA Admissions. If you're considering starting an MBA in 2009 you probably know that January 15th is the deadline for priority consideration for assistantship awards. That means applications are pouring in from everyone both trying to get an early admissions decision and hoping for a financial assistance award. So, what are we doing with all those applications? Why does it take so long to get a decision?

I'll try not to bore you with the details, but here's what's going on. Once we get your online application the data needs to be reviewed and some internal processing taken care of. We need to locate your test scores, transcripts, and any other paper documents you may have sent us. If those items aren't here yet, your application isn't going anywhere until they arrive. Keep in mind that we're working on many applications simultaneously; so while it may seem to you that this whole process should take about 5 minutes, it's not quite that simple.

Once your application is complete it will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review. Now, I'm not able to hand out a whole lot of detail here, but I can tell you that your application will get a thorough review by the Committee. All of your materials will be read- that's a substantial investment of time. The wait is worth it if it means all the hard work you've put into your application will receive in depth consideration.

Now, if you weren't an early bird who completed an interview this past fall, that's something else you need to add to your timeline. If the Admissions Committee determines, after a preliminary review of your completed application, that you are in a competitive position for admission you'll be invited to complete your evaluative interview. Once that's done, your file will go back to the Committee for a final review.

After the Admissions Committee has rendered a decision there's still a bit of processing that needs to happen before you're notified. We try to take care of this as quickly as possible. We're anxious to let you know the outcome.

Did you know that once you submit your online application you can log back in to check your status? Just go back to your MyTerry MBA page:

I know the waiting can be hard. Please know we're doing our best to get back to you as soon as we can.