How to Get In: Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business

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

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

Fisher has a rolling admissions process, which means that we evaluate applications for admission as they become complete. Candidates can begin to submit applications in September. We accept applications through May 30 from international candidates and July 15 from domestic candidates. Once a completed application and all supplemental materials have been received by our office, an applicant can expect to hear about next steps within two to three weeks. Applicants may interview to our program by invitation only. All admitted students will have conducted an interview at some point, whether in person, over the phone, or via Skype/webcam. Admissions decisions are made within two weeks of a candidate's interview date.

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

The diversity of our recruiting portfolio and the corresponding spread of our graduates into multiple industries is a testament to the qualities recruiters most value in our program. These include exceptional functional depth in finance, risk management, strategic frameworks, marketing strategy, supply chain analysis, innovation, and entrepreneurship. These characteristics lead to the following companies who target their recruiting at Fisher and hire the highest percentages: Abbott; Accenture; Barclays; Cardinal Health; Deloitte Consulting; Dow Chemical; Emerson; Ford; Humana; Johnson & Johnson; JPMorgan Chase; Kimberly-Clark; Limitedbrands; Nationwide; Nestle; Procter & Gamble; Sears Holdings; The Scotts Company; Whirlpool.

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

It is obvious when essays are copied and pasted for use in multiple applications only to have the name of the school replaced (or not replaced, for that matter). On several occasions, we have seen essays that mention the wrong business school name. This common error can give the impression that the applicant lacks focus, does not pay attention to detail, and only puts forth minimal effort. These are not qualities that business schools wish to attract. Applicants should also be careful to avoid unnecessary spelling, grammatical, and punctuation errors that easily could have been corrected had the applicant proofread his or her work. We recommend that the applicant has another pair of eyes take a look at the résumé and essays to ensure that these mistakes are prevented. We understand that applicants can be anxious as they await admissions decisions and navigate through the admissions process. Something to keep in mind is our strong consideration for the way applicants treat every individual they encounter at Fisher. If we receive feedback from our receptionist that an applicant was extremely rude on the phone, for example, we take note, as we are looking for M.B.A. candidates who have patience, courtesy, flexibility, and professionalism.

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

The Fisher M.B.A. program only enrolls about 150 students each year. As such, we are searching for a diverse group of students that is going to make a positive impact on the Fisher community. Given that we are looking for candidates from myriad academic, personal, and professional backgrounds, as well as geographic locations, we can't say that there is a "typical" Fisher student. The characteristics of a successful Fisher student include a strong academic aptitude, evidence of teamwork experience and leadership potential, strong communication and interpersonal skills, and a high level of integrity. M.B.A. students who are interested in Fisher tend to be attracted by the opportunity to study in a collaborative, supportive, team-oriented environment. Fisher M.B.A. students are self-driven, open-minded, hard working, and actively involved in projects, activities, and organizations throughout Fisher, Ohio State, and the Columbus community.