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#70 Ohio State Fisher MBA Admissions Interview with Julee Conrad – “Collaboratively Competitive”

Julee Conrad

“Our students are able to have individualized attention while in the program… to get to know faculty members and get a lot of one-on-one attention throughout the career management process, but still have the resources of a really large university without it feeling like a large institution.”

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Julee Conrad is Assistant Director of MBA Admissions and Recruiting at the Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University. Prior to joining Fisher, Julee worked for KPMG as an auditor and then as a recruiter. Julee got her Master of Accounting from Ohio State.

What is relatively unique about about the Ohio State Fisher MBA? What are its key advantages?

  • High-touch MBA program housed within large US research university; student to faculty ratio is 3:1
  • Fisher well-known for Finance and Operations & Supply Chain
  • In addition to 7 specializations, Fisher students can design their own major; students can get faculty assistance in doing so and choose from over 100 electives
  • Each student gets his/her own career consultant with expertise in target career field; career consultants help students find internships and jobs. For many years running, more than 90% of Fisher MBA graduates have secured jobs within three months of graduation
  • Students who participate in the Global Applied Projects (GAP) program work with an international company during 2nd Year Spring semester and travel/stay in the country during May – all 100% paid for by Fisher
  • Ohio State University is the major university in Ohio, which draws recruiters from large companies
  • Ohio State has 500,000+ alumni in over 150 countries and Fisher has close to 70,000 alumni
  • Fisher seeks to build a “collaboratively competitive” student culture

Listen on for the insider’s scoop…

Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

Touch MBA’s Ohio State Fisher MBA Fast Facts

Program Highlights (2:45)

  • Fisher College of Business founded in 1916
  • 1 intake / year in August
  • Length: 21 months
  • Campus in Columbus, the capital of Ohio, which has a
  • 120 participants/intake
  • ~15 nationalities/intake, class is ~30% international
  • 7 majors: Finance, Financial Reporting and Analysis, Int’l Business, Leadership and Organizational Behavior, Marketing, Operations & Logistics, Strategy
  • Students ranked Corporate Strategy, Finance, and Industrial/Manufacturing/Logistics highest
  • Faculty: 91 tenure track, 30 full-time non-tenure track, 9 clinical track
  • Structure: 10 core courses, 2 flex core classes in business communication and value-based decision-making, pick from 100 electives
  • Partnership with 24 exchange schools
  • Rankings: #70 Financial Times 2014, #27 US News 2015, #34 Bloomberg Businessweek 2014, #33 Economist 2014
  • #8 in Supply Chain, #11 in Accounting, #12 in Production/Operations by US News
  • Accredited by AACSB
  • Dual Degrees: JD/MBA, MPH/MBA, MPA/MBA, Doctor of Medicine/MBA, PharmD/MBA, Master of Science in Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics/MBA

Admissions (23:45)

  • Rolling Admissions with last deadline April 15; “Season Premier” deadline is Oct 15, recommended deadline for those seeking merit-based aid is Nov 15 (Ohio State) and Dec 15 (Fisher MBA Program)
  • 638 applications received, 205 accepted, 117 enrolled, 32% acceptance rate
  • Avg GMAT: 666 (80% range 640 – 730), Avg GPA: 3.3 (90% range 2.8 – 3.9)
  • GMAT preferred, GRE accepted
  • Avg age: 28 (80% range 25 – 33), Avg work experience: 5.4 years (10% have less than 1 year work experience)
  • Min TOEFL 600 (paper), 100 (internet), IELTS: 7
  • Interviews done by Admissions Committee
  • Admissions criteria: accomplishments to date, leadership potential, smarts & teamwork, personal qualities and contributions

Financing (29:00)

  • Full-time MBA Tuition: $49,099 USD/year or $98,198 total ($61,000 for Ohio residents)
  • Recommended budget: $142,000 USD
  • 75% of participants awarded merit-based scholarships
  • Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to Full-tuition (Fisher Fellowships)
  • Merit-based scholarships awarded on a rolling basis, largely awarded on academics (GMAT score and undergraduate and/or graduate GPA)
  • International students can apply for loans without a co-signer through Global Student Loan Corporation

Career (40:00)

  • Fisher MBA – Full-time placement report (Class of 2013)
  • 96% of graduates had jobs within 3 months of graduation
  • Average Salary (Bonus): $95,565 ($19,000)
  • Graduates in 2010 experienced 99% increase in salary after 3 years
  • Top 5 regions graduates worked in: Midwest 68%, Northeast 7%, West 7%, South 6%, Southwest 5%
  • Top 5 industries: Consulting services 19%, Manufacturing 15%, Financial Services 12%, Technology 11%, Bio/Pharma/Healthcare 10%
  • Top 5 functions: Consulting 25%, Finance/Accounting 19%, Operations/Logistics 21%, Marketing/Sales 12%
  • Top 5 recruiters: Deloitte Consulting 15%, Ernst & Young 15%, Emerson 10%, Nationwide 10%, Limited Brand 7.5%
  • 67,000 Fisher alumni worldwide in 85 countries (more than 500,000 Ohio State grads)

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