How to Get In: Louisiana State University E. J. Ourso College of Business

What can you do to set yourself apart in your application? Admissions officials have the answers.

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We have many opportunities for academic achievement, professional achievement and community engagement. We put a lot of emphasis on academic achievement, personal development, leadership and professional development. We have an active student body and world-renowned faculty. We value diversity and we love collaboration and competition.

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?

We want letters from individuals that have had significant professional relationship with the candidate, and can provide insight into the candidates character, integrity, work ethic, effectiveness, and ability to work with others. People who have achieved success in business, industry or another field, and Flores M.B.A. alumni provide good insight into the candidates character, capabilities, and ability to succeed in our program.

7. Can you give a brief description of the life cycle of an application? What's the timeline applicants should expect?

Candidates generally begin to apply in the early fall of the preceding year. We have three general rounds: submit complete applications (Graduate School application and M.B.A. application) by December 3 and the decision will be returned by December 17; submit complete applications (Graduate School application and M.B.A. application) by February 1 and decision by February 25; submit complete applications (Graduate School application and M.B.A. application) by April 1 and decision by April 15. The final deadline for the Graduate School is May 15 so we will handle these applicants on a rolling basis.

8. Which firms recruit heavily from your school? Which firms hire the highest percentage of your graduates?

Exxon Mobil

Postlethwaite & Netterville

The Shaw Group

Deloitte

Ernst & Young

Grant Thornton

Cameron

Marathon

Chevron

UBS Financial Services

9. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?

Selfishness (e.g., demonstrate that they only care for themselves), carelessness (e.g., a sloppy application or an essay that is shallow or sloppy), demonstrating behavior that is not professional, demonstrating that you did not do your research (e.g., lack of purpose, lack of basic knowledge about the program) are examples of some mistakes.

10. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?

In very general terms, the archetype students embrace the following: professional integrity and professional effectiveness, fellowship and collaboration, community engagement, diversity of thought, and passion.