The Heat Is On: MBA Admissions Events in Texas, Summer 2015
By Ajay Amar, Ph.D., Jun 11 2015 12:05AM
First things first – work on getting that great GMAT score this summer. That said, now is also a great time to connect with the business schools to which you intend to apply. MBA admissions events are an excellent way for you to warm up to a school's MBA program, or decide that another school is not for you.
Many MBA admissions teams take advantage of the summer to kick off their recruitment efforts, and Texas is increasingly a hot destination (figuratively and literally). Below are some of the opportunities available for you to meet business school representatives in Texas.
Yale School of Management Summer Social – Austin
Tuesday, June 16
Starts at 5:30 PM
Meet Yale MBAs who are about to start their summer internships, learn about the program's international opportunities, and have fun at this informal gathering.
IE Business 1-1 Meetings – Dallas
Thursday, July 16
Talk with a representative from Madrid’s very innovative IE Business School, one of the world’s top-ranked international MBA programs.
Columbia Business School On the Road – Dallas and Houston
Dallas – Monday, July 20
Houston – Wednesday, July 22
With its base in New York City, Columbia Business School is known for its ties to banking and investment management, of course, and consulting, media, tech, and many more industries. Meet with admissions officers and alumni, and find out more.
MIT on the Road – Houston, Austin, and Dallas
Houston – Wednesday, July 22
Austin – Thursday, July 23
Dallas – Monday, July 27
MIT Sloan School of Management is one of the top MBA programs in the U.S., known not only for its groundbreaking work but also for its low acceptance rate. The information sessions are popular, so RSVP as soon as registration links become available.
The MBA Tour – Houston
Tuesday, July 21
4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
The MBA Tour typically brings a diverse group of business schools to Texas. This year, we have confirmed that the Houston MBA fair will include the following visiting schools:
Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business; Columbia Business School; Eller MBA program at the University of Arizona; Georgia Tech’s Scheller School of Business (Georgia Tech); Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business from the University of Pittsburgh (Katz MBA); Kelley School of Business from the University of Indiana (Indiana Kelley); Terry College of Business from the University of Georgia; MIT Sloan; UCLA Anderson School of Management, Weatherhead School of Management from Case Western Reserve University; and IE Business from Spain.
Texas’ own McCombs School of Business (the Texas MBA program) from the University of Texas, and Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business (SMU Cox) are also sending representatives. Typically, the other Texas business schools attend this Houston event, too.
IE Business After-Fair Breakfast – Houston
Wednesday, July 22
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Yale School of Management Reception – Dallas
Wednesday, July 29
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Yale SOM offers an integrated curriculum, close ties to Yale University, and a connection to the Global Network for Advanced Management. Meet Bruce DelMonico, Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions, and Yale SOM alumni at this event.
Tuck Coffee – Dallas and Houston
Dallas – Thursday, July 30
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Houston – Monday, August 3 (with Student Ambassador)
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Tuck School at Dartmouth offers an exclusive and excellent MBA program that is known for its tight-knit and loyal community. Meet with an admissions representative for your morning cup of coffee or tea.
Tuck Coffee with Women in Business Representative – Dallas
Monday, August 3
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Chat with a Tuck MBA student from the Women in Business Club.
Kellogg School of Management Information Sessions – Houston and Dallas
Houston – Thursday, August 20
Dallas – August
Kellogg will have a beautiful new home in late 2016, and interest is running high in Kellogg's flexible new curriculum. Registration typically opens up in mid-July for the Kellogg information events, and the slots fill quickly; register for an event as soon as you can.
Harvard Business School Information Session – Houston
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
HBS always has crowds of prospective MBA s wanting to attend its information sessions. Last year, invitations to the Houston information session were extended only to people who had received high GMAT scores. This year, it appears that the event attendance may be "first come first served"...? Doors open at 6:30 PM.
Forté Forum for Women – Houston
Thursday, August 27, 2015
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
For prospective women MBAs, the Forté Foundation event can be a good opportunity to meet an array of business schools.
Be aware that although presentations are tailored for women, attendees often include men as well. Schools sometimes ask alumni to attend this event, so if you are hoping to speak to an admissions representative, you may wish to contact the school in advance to verify who will be present.
Meet representatives from Booth School of Business from the University of Chicago (Chicago Booth), Eli Broad College of Business from Michigan State University (Broad MBA); Fisher College of Business from Ohio State; the George Washington University School of Business (GW Business); the Katz MBA program; MIT Sloan; Tepper School; Tuck School of Business from Dartmouth; UCLA Anderson; the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business (Michigan Ross); and the Texas MBA program from UT McCombs. From Europe, Spain's IESE and the U.K.'s Saïd Business School from Oxford will be at the event.
If you are applying to top MBA programs in Texas, I also recommend that you attend on-campus information sessions. The Texas MBA program at UT McCombs has posted information sessions for this summer: https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/MBA/Full-Time/Events/On-Campus
You should also contact MBA admissions directly. Often, MBA students are hosting coffee chats in Texas (usually in Houston or Dallas), and you can arrange to meet.
If this year is a repeat of last year, the competition for MBA slots at top schools will be hot. One way to differentiate yourself as an MBA applicant is to know your school very, very well. Meeting with school representatives is a good first step.
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