Thursday, September 29, 2011

Join Us for Fall Visit Days

Every MBA Program has its own personality. Some schools are more competitive, some more collaborative. Your significant other may be welcomed at one school and feel less comfortable at another. Your interest in starting a new student club may be met with encouragement or resistance. Your particular work experience may be highly valued or largely discounted. The faculty may know you by name, or you may be one of a sea of faces. So how do you figure out which MBA personality is the best match with yours?

The closest you’re going to get to actually being in an MBA program is visiting one. When I say visiting I don’t mean chatting with someone from the program at a reception at a hotel; I mean going to the home turf: the campus visit. I encourage anyone considering enrolling in an MBA program to visit the campus sometime before making an enrollment decision. That’s right, you’ve got time- it doesn’t have to be before you apply or even before you’re accepted, just sometime before you choose to commit. You wouldn’t buy a car without a test drive, right? Enrolling in a MBA program is an even bigger economic decision, and a campus visit is your opportunity to test drive.

Every school handles campus visits a different way, so I encourage you to check websites and look for the visit opportunities each school presents. The Full-Time MBA program at the University of Georgia offers opportunities to visit in the form of information sessions (which are open to the general public) and visits scheduled in conjunction with an admissions interview (by invitation only after submission of an application). When you come for an interview at Terry you are also able to visit a class and go out to lunch with a current student. Why do we ask you to wait until after you apply? We have 101 Full-Time Terry MBA students, and we do well over 101 interviews per year! Out of consideration for limited student time (and staff time), we limit the opportunity to candidates who are seriously considering Terry. Due to our small staff size, walk-in visitors can be tough for us to accommodate. I encourage you to email or call ahead if you want to set up an informational appointment with a member of the staff. Be prepared to make positive impression: dress the part, review available information on the program, and come with a list of questions.

We’re offering four special opportunities to visit the UGA campus soon: Fall Visit Days. Join us for a Fall Visit Day to visit a class, attend an information session, and enjoy lunch with current students, faculty, and staff. If you want a comprehensive visit before choosing to apply, this is your chance! Each event takes place on a Monday from 9:00am to 1:00pm, and you can schedule an admissions interview with a member of the staff later that day if you wish. Register online here:

October 3rd
October 24th
November 7th

We hope to see you soon!

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