Take the Leap: Visit with MBA Admissions Teams in Texas, 2018

by Elaine Conces, VP of Graduate Programs
November 25, 2020

When you are studying hard for the GMAT, one way to motivate yourself through those long hours of study is to get out once in a while to meet your target schools. Whether you are planning to apply to one of our top-rated Texas business schools, or hope to go to another region or country altogether, you can start close to home. Many admissions events are hosted in Texas throughout the year. By making connections with members of the admissions teams, students, and alumni, you'll be taking a giant step towards your future in business school.

So, what are you waiting for? Take the leap!


July 2018


IE Business School One-on-One Meetings – Austin

Monday, July 16

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Madrid-based IE Business School offers an International MBA program (90% international students). Its 12-month program includes a required entrepreneurial course and a two-month experiential "lab. Schedule a 1-1 conversation with an IE representative here in Austin.


MBA Tour Houston

Tuesday, July 17

5:00 PM - 9:30 PM

The MBA Tour brings a wide array of business schools to Houston, and provides the opportunity to be invited to "meet up" with specific school representatives. (Submit a resume in advance for such an invitation.)

These business schools will be in Houston: Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business (W.P. Carey), Case Western’s Weatherhead School of Management, Columbia Business School, Georgia Tech’s Scheller School of Business (Georgia Tech), Jenkins Graduate School of Management at North Carolina State University, MIT Sloan School of Business (MIT Sloan), Purdue University's Krannert School of Management, Terry College of Business from the University of Georgia (Georgia MBA), the University of Rochester's Simon Business School, and Washington University in St. Louis's Olin Business School (Olin). Part-time program admissions officers from Booth School of Business from the University of Chicago (Chicago Booth) will attend, as will Barcelona-based IESE Business.

Texas’ own McCombs School of Business from the University of Texas (UT McCombs) and Mays Business School from Texas A&M University (TAMU) are also sending representatives. Typically, other Texas business schools have a presence at this Houston event, too.


Yale School of Management Receptions – Houston, Austin & Dallas

Houston Tuesday, July 17

7:00 - 9:00 PM

Austin Wednesday, July 18

7:00 - 9:00 PM

Dallas Thursday, July 19

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Yale School of Management (Yale SOM) features a distinctive integrated curriculum, Yale-authored "raw" cases, and extensive opportunities for international study, as well as engagement in the intellectual life of Yale University. Take advantage of Yale SOM's Texas receptions to find out more about this top-ranked business school.


IESE Business School One-to-One Meetings – Houston

Tuesday, July 17

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


IESE Business School Coffee Chat – Houston

Wednesday, July 18

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

With locations in Madrid, New York, Sao Paulo, and Munich, Barcelona-based IESE is one of the most international business schools in the world, attracting students from more than 50 countries. Meet with an IESE representative to find out more.


Chicago Booth School of Business Information Session – Houston

Wednesday, July 18

7:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Storied Chicago Booth is known for its quant focus, rigorous analysis, and encouragement of student questioning and bold thinking. To learn more, join Chicago Booth admissions representatives, students, and alumni for a presentation followed by a reception.


IE Business School Dinner – Houston

Wednesday, July 18

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Enjoy tapas, wine, and informal conversation with IE alumni, students, and representatives from the Barcelona-based business school.


August 2018


Tuck School of Business Information Sessions & Coffee Chats – Houston & Dallas

Houston Info Session - Monday, August 6

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Houston Coffee with the Executive Director of Admissions - Tuesday, August 7

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Dallas Info Session - Tuesday, August 7

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Dallas Coffee with the Executive Director of Admissions - Wednesday, August 8

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Dartmouth College's Tuck School is known for being a collaborative, close-knit, and loyal community and an MBA program with a very global mindset. For example, Tuck MBA students must take at least one course in a country that is new to them. To learn more, attend an evening information session, or get up early to have coffee with the Executive Director of Tuck Admissions.


MIT Sloan School of Management Information Sessions – Houston & Dallas

Houston – Wednesday, August 8

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Dallas – Thursday, August 9

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

One of the top business schools in the world, MIT Sloan School of Management is known for its innovative, energetic, and collaborative environment and a rigorous focus on pursuing practical ideas and solutions for important problems. Join an MIT Sloan admissions officer “on the road” to learn more about the school's unique admissions practices and school atmosphere.


Stanford Graduate School of Business Information Session – Austin, Dallas & Houston

Austin – Tuesday, August 14

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Dallas – Wednesday, August 15

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Houston – Thursday, August 16

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Stanford GSB is a global leader in management education. Go hear an admissions officer and alumni discuss Stanford GSB’sadmissions process, flexible curriculum, programs in social enterprise and entrepreneurship, and collaboration across Stanford. The Houston event will also cover the MSx program, a one-year MS program tailored for experienced managers and executives. Events fill up quickly, so register early.


Kellogg School of Management Information Sessions – Dallas & Houston

Dallas – Monday, August 20

Houston – Wednesday, August 22

Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is renowned for its focus on both leadership and teamwork, as well as its flexible curriculum with the aim of developing well-rounded MBA students. 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.


The Wharton School Information Session & Alumni Panel – Austin & Houston

Austin – Tuesday, August 21

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Houston – Wednesday, August 22

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania is known for its data-driven, analytical approach applied to topics ranging from innovation to negotiations to marketing to leadership. Join the Senior Associate Director for Diversity of MBA Admissions, the Director for Admissions at the Lauder Institute, and alumni to learn about all that Wharton has to offer.


Fuqua School of Business Information Session for Working Professionals – Houston

Wednesday, August 22

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Duke University's Fuqua School of Business (Fuqua) is known for developing leaders who are able to see different perspectives, draw out others' strengths, and inspire organizations. Learn about the Weekend Executive MBA and Global Executive MBA programs.


Forté Forum for Women – Houston

Thursday, August 23

5:30 PM

The Forté Foundation event is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet representatives from a wide array of business schools. (Although presentations are tailored for prospective women MBAs, attendees include men.) The following schools plan to be in Houston: Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business (CMU Tepper), Fuqua, Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business (Georgetown McDonough), Georgia MBA, Indiana University's Kelley School of Business (Kelley), Michigan State University's Eli Broad College of Business (Broad MBA), Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, Tuck School, University of Michigan's Ross School of Business (Michigan Ross), University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management (Carlson MBA), University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School (UNC Kenan-Flagler), University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, USC Marshall School of Business (USC Marshall), Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management (Vanderbilt), W.P. Carey, and Yale SOM.

TAMU's Mays Business School, TCU Neeley School of Business (TCU Neeley), and UT McCombs will be there to recruit future women MBAs, and other top Texas business schools such as Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business (Rice MBA) may attend.


September 2018


MBA Admissions Multi-School Event – Houston, Austin & Dallas

Houston – Tuesday, September 11

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Austin – Wednesday, September 12

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Dallas – Thursday, September 13

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Go meet admissions representatives from top-ranking schools: Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management (Cornell Johnson), Darden, Fuqua, Michigan Ross, New York University's Stern School of Business (NYU Stern), University of California Berkeley's Haas School of Business (Berkeley-Haas), University of Virginia's Darden School of Business (Darden), and Yale SOM.


Poets & Quants CentreCourt – Houston

Thursday, September 13

4:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Dean Eric Johnson of Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management will be the featured speaker at this event, which brings together schoolsand admissions experts, including the editor of P&Q, and concludes with cocktails. The following schools will attend: CMU Tepper, Kelley, Darden, IE Business School, Rice MBA, University of Illinois Gies College of Business (Illinois MBA), and Washington University's Olin Business School.


Duke Fuqua's Diverse Perspectives – Houston

Friday, September 21, 2018

12:00 - 2:00 PM

Join the Assistant Director of Diversity Initiatives and school alumni for lunch and conversation.


October 2018


CGSM MBA Application Preparation Seminar (MAPS) – Houston

Wednesday, October 3

6:00 - 9:00 PM

The Consortium’s mission is to promote the inclusion of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in U.S. business. Prospects for The Consortium can meet with the following member schools: Darden, Georgetown McDonough, Emory University's Goizueta Business School (Goizueta), Kelley, Michigan Ross, Simon, Tuck School, UCLA Anderson School of Management, UNC Kenan-Flagler, USC Marshall, UT McCombs, Wisconsin School of Business (Wisconsin MBA), and Yale SOM.


The QS World MBA Tour – Houston, Austin, and Dallas

Houston – Saturday, October 13

1:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Austin – Tuesday, October 16

4:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Dallas – Wednesday, October 17

4:30 PM to 9:00 PM

The QS World MBA Tour draws business schools from across the regional U.S.: Carlson MBA, Illinois MBA, TAMU Mays Business School (Dallas and Houston), TCU Neeley, UT McCombs, and Wisconsin MBA.


November 2018


Service Academy Career Conference (SACC) – San Antonio (for Alumni Association Members)

Thursday, November 1 - Friday, November 2

Registration ends: October 26 (send your resume prior to October 19)

The SACC is aimed at military service academy graduates (U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy). Meet recruiters from Carlson MBA, Darden, IE Business School, and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.


Inside the MBA Tour – Austin, Houston & Dallas

Austin – Tuesday, November 13

Houston – Thursday, November 15

Dallas – Friday, November 16

All Events: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Inside the MBA events includes small panel discussions and the chance to meet school representatives from Foster School of Business, Georgetown McDonough (Dallas only), Goizueta Business School (Houston and Dallas only), SMU Cox School of Business, TCU Neeley, UNC Kenan-Flagler, and USC Marshall.


“Fortune favors the prepared mind” (as scientist Louis Pasteur once said). There are many opportunities to meet business schools from all over the world right here in Texas. You can also be bold and make your own opportunities. Contact the admissions offices of your target schools to see if there are MBA students in your area who might be willing to meet for coffee. “Fortune helps the bold ones” (as the poet Virgil wrote), so take the initiative – you may go further than you thought you could.


Many thanks to U.S. Army officer Nathaniel Zimmerly for the dramatic photo from his video Operation United Assistance in Liberia: https://goo.gl/2KywXa


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