Rule the School: Visit with MBA Admissions Teams in Texas, Summer 2017
By Ajay Amar, Ph.D., Jun 6 2017 04:52PM
If you plan to apply to MBA programs this year, chances are that now you’re either studying hard for the GMAT, or you have just taken the exam and are ready to kick back and enjoy some leisure time. Whether you’re studying or slacking, summer is an excellent time to take a step beyond the GMAT. Yes, all you prospective applicants, it’s time to suit up and go out to meet school representatives.
The good news is that MBA admissions teams are traveling to Texas cities this summer. The bad news is that fewer out-of-state schools seem to be making Texas a destination this year. Your opportunities to meet with admissions officers are more limited. So, take advantage of every opportunity to make connections, and if you’re planning a summer get-away, you might want to make a road trip to visit your favorite school or schools.
While getting a great GMAT score helps demonstrate that you’re ready for rigorous classes, meeting school representatives is a good way to show them that you’re a class act all the way.
Stanford Graduate School of Business Information Event - Dallas
Wednesday, June 14
Always a leader in MBA rankings, and with its graduates pulling the highest salaries of all the business schools, Stanford GSB has the prestige to attract a crowd. Register early, if you can still get in. GSB probably won’t come again to Texas this year.
Yale School of Management Summer Social and Reception - Dallas
Summer Social - Wednesday, June 14
Reception - Thursday, June 15
This past year, Yale SOM confirmed its commitment to global business education, and Dean Ted Snyder is taking a year’s sabbatical to strengthen the ties that bind the Global Network for Advanced Management (a coalition of 29 business schools). Find out more from students and school representatives.
Tuck School of Business Coffee Chat - Dallas
Friday, June 16
Dartmouth College’s Tuck MBA program has a new head of admissions: Luke Anthony Peña, who plans to introduce new data analysis methods in candidate selection. At the same time, Tuck remains committed to retaining its small, uniquely collaborative community. Find out more over coffee.
Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Business Coffee Break - San Antonio
Tuesday, June 20
Popular with veterans, Owen not only offers the excellent two-year Vanderbilt MBA, including a Health Care MBA, but also multiple specialized one-year MBA programs in finance, assurance, valuation, marketing, and health care. Visit with a representative in San Antonio.
Wharton MBA Admissions Energy Panel - Houston
Monday, July 17
While the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania is best known for sending MBA graduates into consulting, finance, and technology fields, the energy industry also attracts quite a few grads. Wharton alumni host an event geared for those interested pursuing energy careers.
MBA Tour Houston
Tuesday, July 18
Every year, the MBA Tour brings a diverse group of business schools to Texas. We have confirmed that the Houston event will include representatives from the following schools:
Babson College’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, Booth School of Business from the University of Chicago (Chicago Booth); Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business (CMU Tepper); Columbia Business School; Georgia Tech’s Scheller School of Business (Georgia Tech); Jenkins Graduate School of Management at North Carolina State University; Terry College of Business from the University of Georgia (UGA); MIT Sloan School of Management; UCLA Anderson School of Management; and USC Marshall School of Business. Barcelona-based IESE Business, which has locations in Madrid, New York, Sao Paulo, and Munich, will also attend.
Texas’ own McCombs School of Business (the Texas MBA program) from the University of Texas is also sending representatives. Typically, the other Texas business schools attend this Houston event, too.
Wharton MBA Admissions Information Session & Alumni Panel - Austin & Dallas
Austin - Wednesday, July 19
Dallas - Thursday, July 20
This is a very rare opportunity for you to meet and talk with representatives from the top-ranked global MBA program, home to influential leaders such as Professor Adam Grant, right here in Texas. Register early for what will be sure to be two popular events.
The University of Texas McCombs School of Business Information Session - San Antonio
Wednesday, August 9
UT McCombs is one of the top MBA programs in the nation, and known for its commitment to getting to know each applicant very well. If you’re in the San Antonio area, take this opportunity to meet representatives from Austin's own UT McCombs. If you can’t make it, attend one of the Texas MBA’s on-campus information event per month during the summer.
Chicago Booth School of Business Summer Student-Hosted Event - Dallas
Saturday, August 12
Chicago Booth has one of the world’s best MBA programs for finance and consulting. But did you know of Booth’s many other strengths, including entrepreneurship and social enterprises? Meet Booth students, and be sure to bring lots of questions – they like that.
The University of Texas McCombs School of Business Information Session - Dallas & Houston
Dallas - Tuesday, August 22
Houston - Wednesday, August 23
The Texas MBA program has unique strengths in consulting, energy, entrepreneurship, marketing, and whole lot more. Its real estate program recently got an influx of money and a new commitment to become one of the best in the world. Find out more at these information events.
Yale School of Management Luncheon - Houston
Thursday, August 24
With its home in venerable Yale University, Yale SOM is one of the most progressive and global of business schools. Find out more over lunch.
Forté Forum for Women - Houston
Thursday, August 24
Register: http://www.fortefoundation.org/site/PageServer?pagename=events_aimhigher&s_city=houston (registration open July 10)
For prospective women MBAs, the Forté Foundation event can be an unparalleled opportunity to meet a wide array of business schools. However, although presentations are tailored for women, attendees often include men as well.
Meet representatives from University of California - Berkeley's Haas School of Business (Berkeley-Haas), CMU Tepper; Eli Broad College of Business from Michigan State University (Broad MBA); UCLA Anderson School of Management; University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School (UNC Kenan-Flagler); University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business; the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business; and Yale SOM.
Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business will be there to recruit future women MBAs, and typically other top Texas business schools such as UT McCombs and SMU Cox also attend.
Contact your target school’s MBA admissions office directly.
Sign up to receive emails from the business schools in which you are most interested. There will be more coming through this fall – look for Berkeley-Haas and Europe's IE Business in September, and UCLA Anderson in October.
You may also wish to contact the admissions office to see if there are any MBA students in your area who might be willing to meet. For example, the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business (Michigan Ross) has MBA student interns in the Austin, Dallas, and Houston areas, ambassadors who are willing to meet for coffee:
Just as you studied for the GMAT, study each school ahead of time. Each event and school contact is your chance to make a good first impression. So make the most of each opportunity.
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