6. What do you look for in recommendation letters? How important is it that the letter's writer has worked regularly with the candidate in an office or school setting? Do you put much weight on letters from prominent public figures who may not know the applicant well?
One suggestion for applicants when selecting recommenders is to have them thoroughly review the recommendation form that we use. We ask recommenders to evaluate the applicants in a number of areas such as intellectual ability, leadership potential and interpersonal skills. You should have a thorough understanding of how well people know you before asking them to write a recommendation. Applicants should review this form and then select a person they know would be able to evaluate them in those areas. We've actually received applicant evaluation forms with "reservations." This, of course, places a red flag on that individual's application.
7. Can you give a brief description of the life cycle of an application? What's the timeline applicants should expect?
We use rolling admissions, so we evaluate applicants as their files become complete. We typically begin making decisions in December for the following fall. Once the file has been reviewed, and the admissions interview complete, we are able to make a decision within two to three weeks.
8. Which firms recruit heavily from your school? Which firms hire the highest percentage of your graduates?
We have a very diverse group of companies that hire our graduates. However, Disney, Tupperware, Siemens Power Generation, and Lockheed Martin consistently hire the most.
9. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?
One error is when applicants with outstanding metrics, such as a decent GPA and GMAT score, do not approach the admissions process professionally and thoughtfully. Some applicants also ask for recommendations from people who may not think that highly of them, and who will be honest in their evaluations. Applicants need to be on the lookout for "warning signs" that a recommendation will not be good, such as a recommender who suggests the student asks another person.
Other common mistakes include not devoting enough time and effort in the admissions essay, and not being adequately prepared or even professional in the admissions interview.
First impressions are lasting; therefore, casual dress attire sends a negative message about an applicant's judgment. When this happens, we automatically associate the behavior to a potential interview with an employer.
10. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?
The type of student that will do well at the Rollins M.B.A. is a student that is invested in the program and who takes the initiative to manage their academic studies and their career. We look for students who are going to take advantage of the opportunities we provide to them to further themselves and own their career development.