2005 CMU Tepper MBA Admissions Chat with Laurie Stewart


2005 CMU Tepper MBA Admissions Chat with Laurie Stewart

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Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:11:59 PM)
First I want to welcome you all to Accepted.com's CMU Tepper Admissions Chat

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:12:08 PM)
I also want to welcome Laurie Stewart, Carnegie Mellon's Director of MBA Admissions, Carolyn Hess Abraham, Associate Director of Admissions; Carolyn Gould, Associate Director of Career Opportunities Center; and Debbie Riemersma, Class of 2005.

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:12:17 PM)
Debbie, could you each tell us a little about yourself? What did you do before coming to CMU and this past summer? What do you want to do after you graduate?

DebbieRiemersmaCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:13:25 PM)
Linda, I was a consultant for BearingPoint for 4 years prior to returning to school. This summer, I worked at Bank of New York in the strategy and technology planning group. For FT, I am looking to move back into consulting or fin services.

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:14:03 PM)
My first question for Carolyn Gould and Laurie:

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:14:13 PM)
Last spring, CMU received a $55 million gift from David Tepper. Could you highlight a few of the ways that the newly named Tepper school is going to use that money?

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:15:08 PM)
The gift from David Tepper and renaming of our business school was an amazing day in our history...the gift has several goals including... investing in faculty resources (intellectual capital)...the student experience....visibility/marketing...academic innovation is also a key goal. Here is a link to learn more: http://web.tepper.cmu.edu/tepper/

Metal (Oct 27, 2004 5:16:53 PM)
I want to interview at Tepper, before Dec 9; I would be sending in my resume and the first 2 pages of the application form tomorrow. I wanted to know how people are selected for interviews?

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:17:00 PM)
Carolyn Gould, how is recruiting going this year? Are there more companies recruiting on campus this year? More interviews scheduled?

CarolynHessAbrahamCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:17:41 PM)
Metal, we do our best to see prospective students if they send us the information early.

CarolynGouldCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:17:44 PM)
Good question Linda. Recruiting is up. Companies which went on "hiatus" over the last two years are back, and we have also managed to engage some recruiters who are new to our campus. Rumor also has it that a greater number of internships yielded full-time offers.

Harish (Oct 27, 2004 5:17:53 PM)
Are Tepper students allowed to combine MBA tracks?

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:18:35 PM)
Debbie, what do you like best at Tepper? What would you like to see improved?

navs (Oct 27, 2004 5:18:37 PM)
Hey Laurie, does Tepper have an international student loan program like Wharton?

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:18:57 PM)
CarolynG, can you give us any numbers in terms of increased interviewing or recruiting presence?

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:19:03 PM)
Metal--since our schedules are full, we try to accommodate as many requests as we can this time of year. Scheduling is a factor when we make the decisions. Glad you're coming to visit!

CarolynGouldCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:19:31 PM)
Linda, I am afraid I am unable to answer that question in actual numbers . . .

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:19:43 PM)
OK, as long as the numbers are up.

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:19:51 PM)
Harish--because of the depth of each Track--it is only possible to select one, but you can take electives in other general management areas to supplement.

CarolynGouldCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:20:03 PM)
However, I can tell you that all the consulting firms who had dropped off two years ago are back to recruiting again.

Metal (Oct 27, 2004 5:20:04 PM)
Sorry to cut back to my question again...but my GMAT score is 650; would that in anyway impede from getting an interview call in the pre-app season? Also, how filled are the interview slots right now? If I send in my request tomorrow for a interview date in December could I still get one?

Harish (Oct 27, 2004 5:20:11 PM)
Thanks Laurie...

CarolynGouldCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:20:28 PM)
We in the Career Opportunities Center believe that hiring trends of consulting firms are a pretty good gauge of the economy in general.

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:20:41 PM)
That's good news CarolynG.

DebbieRiemersmaCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:20:44 PM)
Linda, I would have to say the small class size at Tepper has made my experience amazing. In terms of improvement, I would like to see a little less work in the first two minis as we get acclimated as students - however, that is just part of the game!

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:20:46 PM)
Metal--as soon as we get your request and selected dates, we'll let you know about the interview---we do try to accommodate as much as possible.

navs (Oct 27, 2004 5:21:06 PM)
Hi Laurie, does Tepper have an international student loan program like Wharton's?

Metal (Oct 27, 2004 5:21:13 PM)
Thanks Laurie...

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:21:36 PM)
Carolyn, how do you use the interview in the admissions process? Is it a make or break event or another piece of information?

Juan (Oct 27, 2004 5:21:45 PM)
Hi Laurie. Do you have alumni in Vancouver, Canada with whom I could interview ?

Metal (Oct 27, 2004 5:22:13 PM)
Also, I'm interested in healthcare technology solutions domain; do companies belonging to this field recruit at Tepper, for example WebMD?

CarolynHessAbrahamCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:22:23 PM)
Linda, the interview is a really important part of the process. Somebody from the admissions team speaks to every student before he or she is accepted. It can be by telephone if they cannot make it to Pittsburgh.

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:22:50 PM)
Navs--we do offer private loans to international students, but unless you have 3 years of credit history in US, you may need a US citizen cosigner--for more info you can visit: http://web.tepper.cmu.edu/default.aspx?id=142695 .

CarolynGouldCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:22:54 PM)
Hi Metal . . . that is a pretty specific field -- I can't say off-hand if those players recruit here. I know that WebMD does not, but I am also not aware if they travel to recruit at any MBA programs.

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:23:30 PM)
What are you trying to assess, Metal?

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:24:01 PM)
Juan--we would be glad to try to connect you with an alum in Vancouver if you'd like to talk with someone, but all the admissions interviews are conducted by members of the admissions team.

Metal (Oct 27, 2004 5:24:05 PM)
That was just an example, Linda. I am interested in any company involved in the field of healthcare.

CarolynHessAbrahamCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:24:17 PM)
We learn a lot about communication skills, background, and general fit with the program. We also like to learn more about interpersonal and leadership skills.

navs (Oct 27, 2004 5:24:35 PM)
What if we don't have a co-signer, can't Tepper co-sign with us?

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:24:50 PM)
navs--we don't have such a program.

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:25:12 PM)
Laurie, is there any advice that you have specifically for international applicants?

CarolynGouldCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:25:40 PM)
Metal -- recruiting is limited in terms of healthcare. On the other hand, we do count among our recruiters pharmaceutical companies and healthcare related manufacturing.

Juan (Oct 27, 2004 5:25:41 PM)
Laurie, so the interview can only be conducted by phone or on-campus in Pittsburg, correct?

CarolynHessAbrahamCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:26:07 PM)
Juan, we interview when we are traveling as well.

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:26:09 PM)
Carolyn Gould, you mentioned consulting's return. Are any sectors particularly active or more active than they have been since 2000?

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:26:21 PM)
Linda--we're looking for the same qualities in all candidates--both US and international--potential for academic success, potential for professional success, personal qualities like leadership, teamwork, ability to make an impact as well as fit for our program. For those international candidates that aren't native English speakers, communication skills in English are an additional consideration.

CarolynHessAbrahamCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:26:51 PM)
Our web site lists where members of our staff will be traveling over the next few months. Where are you?

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:27:00 PM)
Debbie, what do you wish you would have done before starting your MBA that would have made the beginning/transition easier? Did you do anything especially effective that helped you?

Juan (Oct 27, 2004 5:27:01 PM)
Is it possible for you to travel to Vancouver?

Metal (Oct 27, 2004 5:27:25 PM)
Thanks Carolyn. I got the info I was looking for.

CarolynHessAbrahamCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:27:46 PM)
Juan, I love Vancouver, but unfortunately I do not believe we will be there this fall. The closest that we're scheduled to be to Vancouver right now is Seattle--depending on the number of applicants we have.

CarolynGouldCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:27:47 PM)
I can't say there is a measurable increase (to my knowledge) in recruiting aside from consulting. The Tepper School did not lose many recruiters during the economic downturn, with the exception of consulting.

navs (Oct 27, 2004 5:27:50 PM)
Hi Laurie, I have a TOEFL of 280 and I believe I can get 700 in GMAT.....would that be good for Tepper?

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:27:56 PM)
I'm curious, where are you logging on from?

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:28:38 PM)
navs--both are in the range of accepted candidates--you can see the profile here: http://web.tepper.cmu.edu/default.aspx?id=141605 .

Harish (Oct 27, 2004 5:28:46 PM)
Laurie, how much do Tepper students get a chance to interact with rest of the CMU? Also, do you know of such interactions resulting in entrepreneurial ventures formed out of school? Does Tepper provide basic entrepreneurial cells for students who take entrepreneurship track?

Juan (Oct 27, 2004 5:28:58 PM)
So you are not sure whether you'll have a travel to Seattle?

DebbieRiemersmaCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:29:26 PM)
Linda, I wish that I would have taken more time off between when I stopped working and when I started school. I think that the extra time would have allowed me to ensure that I had everything in order. In terms of academic preparation, I would by far and away suggest going to QSRP - the quant skills review program. I feel that it was an awesome networking opportunity prior to the start of school (and it was a great refresher). However, I thought that it was extremely valuable because I could meet and hang out with many of my classmates before the real work began.

Metal (Oct 27, 2004 5:29:49 PM)
One more thing...I would have 4 yrs IT experience...my GMAT score is 650 and TOEFL of 287...I have been in US for 18 months (Int'l experience) and fairly ok community experience. I wanted to know how competitive I would be at Tepper with respect to score of 650? Hopefully I would be coming down there for interview also. Does all this add up to pretty decent chance of an admit to Tepper?

CarolynHessAbrahamCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:29:52 PM)
Juan, I do not think anybody is coming to Seattle either. Closest for you might be San Francisco, which I know is not close at all!

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:29:53 PM)
Harish--that is one of the great reasons to join Tepper--the ability to take advantage of the entire Carnegie Mellon community--through our depth tracks for example...

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:30:16 PM)
Debbie, thanks for the great advice.

DebbieRiemersmaCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:30:23 PM)
Sure :)

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:30:30 PM)
What track are you in, Debbie?

Harish (Oct 27, 2004 5:30:49 PM)
Carolyn - When are you coming to San Francisco?

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:31:00 PM)
Carolyn Gould, how are international students doing in the job market?

DebbieRiemersmaCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:31:00 PM)
Linda, I am actually in the General Management track...with a concentration in finance and strategy.

navs (Oct 27, 2004 5:31:16 PM)
Laurie, what if an international student is not able to come to the US to interact with the CMU faculty because of Visa hassles, does that reduce the chances of the student making a favorable impression on the adcom members?

CarolynGouldCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:31:25 PM)
Linda, our international students have always fared well in the job market . . .

Raj (Oct 27, 2004 5:31:49 PM)
Laurie - Just wanted to know the spread of GMAT scores among the admitted students; I have a 660 and was wondering about my chances. I have a good career to show case but just an average  GPA. I am from India with an IT background.

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:31:54 PM)
Debbie, have you taken advantage of CMU's resources outside the b-school?

Harish (Oct 27, 2004 5:31:58 PM)
Thanks Laurie. But I was wondering if you know of couple of examples where such interactions lead to a fruitful result. Moreover, do these interactions happen via a formal process of communication?

CarolynGouldCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:31:58 PM)
In a typical year (including class of 2004) the international students are just as likely as the domestics to receive and/or accept job offers.

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:32:22 PM)
Carolyn, do they usually return to their home countries?

Juan (Oct 27, 2004 5:32:26 PM)
Thanks for your information.

CarolynGouldCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:33:01 PM)
Linda, the greater proportion of international students decide to remain in the US for at least a few years of work.

DebbieRiemersmaCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:33:02 PM)
Linda, I have not actually taken any classes to-date outside of the b-school. However, I plan to take an advanced negotiations class that is offered jointly with the Heinz school in two minis...It is co-taught by a professor at the b-school and Heinz school.

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:33:14 PM)
Entrepreneurial projects often take advantage of the cross-campus culture. This year, one of our student teams won many entrepreneurial competitions (a total of $353K in prizes), and it included a student from Computer Science. If you visit the Entrepreneurial Center website you can learn more about the area: http://jonescenter.web.cmu.edu/

Harish (Oct 27, 2004 5:33:58 PM)
Thanks Laurie....

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:34:26 PM)
Carolyn  and Laurie: If you are looking at an application and the numbers and basic profile is in the ballpark for a Tepper student, what distinguishes an application that is accepted from one that is rejected?

CarolynHessAbrahamCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:35:04 PM)
Harrish, Tuesday, November 9 we will be in San Francisco.

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:35:07 PM)
Debbie, why did you choose CMU?

DebbieRiemersmaCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:35:45 PM)
Linda, I chose CMU for its incredible technical reputation, quant teaching style, and proximity to the NYC...I am from Chicago, but I plan to relocate to NYC when I graduate.

Harish (Oct 27, 2004 5:35:56 PM)
Thanks Carolyn...

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:35:58 PM)
Hi Raj--Here is the class profile info--660 is in the range, but the score trend has been rising over the last few years - http://web.tepper.cmu.edu/default.aspx?id=141605 . The score is just one part of the application but do keep in mind that the competitiveness of the process means everything is important.

navs (Oct 27, 2004 5:36:39 PM)
Hi! A question for CMU......if some international student is not able to interact personally with CMU for interaction and interview, is he at a disadvantage as he cant sell himself personally to the admission officers?

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:37:00 PM)
Debbie, has the experience matched your expectations?

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:37:33 PM)
Linda--the students essays, references, interview are what makes the difference--how the entire application package convinces us that they understand their goals fully and how the Tepper MBA will help them achieve their vision. We're looking for people who are focused and have made an impact in the academic and professional life thus far

DebbieRiemersmaCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:38:08 PM)
Linda, the experience has surpassed my expectations. I have met a number of amazing people and made lifelong friendships...I have told this to many many people; I believe returning to school and Tepper specifically was one of the best decisions of my life.

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:38:38 PM)
navs--there are many students in the program today that were interviewed by phone--we know it isn't possible to meet everyone in person as much as we try to do so.

CarolynHessAbrahamCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:38:58 PM)
Navs, plenty of international students are only able to interview by telephone. They often do a great job of selling themselves.

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:40:07 PM)
Are there any special considerations for re-applicants at Tepper? Should re-applicants obtain recommendations from different recommenders?

Juan (Oct 27, 2004 5:40:28 PM)
How about job opportunity of students with an MISM from Tepper, compared to the MBA?

Raj (Oct 27, 2004 5:40:33 PM)
Laurie, I registered for the CMU visit at San Francisco.  Are you considering conducting interviews on that day?

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:41:20 PM)
Hi Linda--re-applicants may use a new recommender or even a repeat recommender if they can update the recommendation with new info.

CarolynGouldCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:42:11 PM)
Hi Juan . . . I don't think we can address your question, because we do not know about the MISM opportunities.

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:42:44 PM)
Raj--we are doing interviews in San Francisco--you'll need to fax us 2 application pages and your resume and call 412-268-4209 to request an interview.

navs (Oct 27, 2004 5:43:06 PM)
Hi Laurie and Carolyn, can I have your email addresses so that I can contact you for further info?

CarolynHessAbrahamCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:43:26 PM)
Metal, if you're asking about your admissions chances, we don't take guesses on applications before we read them.

CarolynHessAbrahamCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:44:00 PM)
Sure navs, my email is cha@andrew.cmu.edu .

Metal (Oct 27, 2004 5:44:10 PM)
A GMAT score of 650...how much does it peg me back?

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:45:39 PM)
Metal--it's really impossible to judge chances of admission without seeing an application. Your scores are in the range but 650 is below mean--- it will depend on everything in your application.

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:45:47 PM)
What do each of you view as Tepper's strengths?

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:46:05 PM)
navs--my email is lstewart@cmu.edu .

CarolynHessAbrahamCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:47:16 PM)
I think the smaller size of our program is a real strength, Linda. The ability to get to really know your professors and classmates combined with the world class program really makes us unique.

GreyMatter (Oct 27, 2004 5:47:51 PM)
Will school invite applicants for an interview or should we initiate the process?

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:47:54 PM)
Is there a lot of contact with professors outside of class as well as in?

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:48:26 PM)
Linda--I think there are many strengths--flexibility and depth of program, cross-campus curriculum, small class size, amazing faculty, location in Pittsburgh, our faculty--technology resources, to name a few.

CarolynHessAbrahamCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:49:23 PM)
Linda, I think there is plenty of opportunity to interact. Of course it takes some initiative.

DebbieRiemersmaCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:49:28 PM)
Linda, I view the class size, combination of quant and case teaching styles, stellar faculty, and tight knit community as some key Tepper strengths.

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:49:40 PM)
GreyMatter--we invite some candidates for interviews after they submit their applications and candidates can request interviews before Dec 9.

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:50:30 PM)
CarolynG, are their steps applicants can take before they enroll in business school to enhance their chances of obtaining an internship and post-MBA job?

michael (Oct 27, 2004 5:51:16 PM)
What percentage of the class gets filled by the first and second round deadlines?

Harish (Oct 27, 2004 5:51:46 PM)
Laurie - I have a specific question regarding transcripts - I am unable to get my university transcripts on time (I studied in India). However I do have all the original marks cards and certificates. Can I submit certified copies as a stop gap arrangement till my university mails Tepper my transcripts?

CarolynGouldCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:51:59 PM)
Linda . . . students who have the easiest job and internship searches often have the advantage of having a better understanding of what they would like to do. So I think that, at the applicant stage of the game, candidates can try to read about different careers or talk with people about careers. One helpful way to explore careers is by taking advantage of an opportunity offered by GMAC -- to take the Career Leader self-assessment exam.

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:52:31 PM)
Michael--we get the most applications in our 2nd deadline, but we manage the process to ensure we have space throughout all the deadlines--the profile of students we admit in each round is very similar--so application quality is a more important factor than timing of submitting.

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:53:36 PM)
Harish--yes, we will accepted certified copies.

michael (Oct 27, 2004 5:54:55 PM)
How is the recruiting scene for international students at CMU?

CarolynGouldCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:55:29 PM)
Hi Michael . . . in general, it is good. Our international students are typically just as likely to leave Tepper with a job offer (or job acceptance), although they do not get as many opportunities to interview as the domestic students do.

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:56:21 PM)
Laurie, and CarolynHessAbraham, what are the most common mistakes applicants make in applying?

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:56:43 PM)
Debbie, are you involved in any extra-curricular activities at Tepper?

bob (Oct 27, 2004 5:56:44 PM)
Could you tell us about some of the Entrepreneurship initiatives at Tepper?

DebbieRiemersmaCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:57:16 PM)
Linda, I am actually the VP of Admissions for the Graduate Business Association (student government) and I am an active member in the finance and consulting clubs.

CarolynGouldCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:57:20 PM)
Michael . . . for the class of 2004, 95% of domestic students had at least one offer by 3 months after graduation and 94% of international students had at least one job offer in hand. Due to the h1b visa cap, however the domestics tend to get a larger number of offers.

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:57:58 PM)
Hmm...most common mistakes include having items missing from the application (arriving late), essays not always answering question. Sometimes an application gets held up waiting for one last piece (ie a reference, transcript, score report).

CarolynHessAbrahamCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:58:36 PM)
Linda, one of the worst mistakes is using an essay from another application and telling us why they want to come to MIT, for example!

GreyMatter (Oct 27, 2004 5:58:55 PM)
Are you seeing an increase in the number of applications this year?

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 5:59:24 PM)
CarolynHA, yeah, that would be a bad one.

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 5:59:45 PM)
GreyMatter--too early to tell--everyone hits submit on the online application pretty close to the deadline, but the number of GMAT-takers is still lower this year.

bob (Oct 27, 2004 6:00:10 PM)
What was the percentage of students getting job offers from their summer internships?

GreyMatter (Oct 27, 2004 6:00:16 PM)
Could you please explain the difference in the ranking for the school, WSJ ranks it 2 and BW puts CMU around 15?

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 6:01:11 PM)
The magazines ask different stakeholders. WSJ asks recruiters only. BW surveys students and recruiters. They also weight responses differently and ask different questions.

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:01:23 PM)
GreyMatter--the different rankings use different methodologies. WSJ is based on recruiter feedback only, BW includes student feedback, recruiter feedback and other factors.

CarolynHessAbrahamCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:01:46 PM)
Of course, the Wall Street Journal is the most accurate this year.

navs (Oct 27, 2004 6:01:47 PM)
So, the recruiters prefer CMU over say NYU or Wharton?

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 6:01:52 PM)
I think it is much more useful to think of the rankings as surveys, than as objective rankings.

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:01:53 PM)
:-)

michael (Oct 27, 2004 6:02:37 PM)
can you elaborate a little about the dual degree programs in CMU. I am specifically interested in the MSCEE program; do you require an applicant to fill a separate application for that program?

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:02:59 PM)
navs---I'd encourage you to take a look at exactly what recruiters were asked and results to get a more detailed picture. You can find it online at the WSJ website.

CarolynHessAbrahamCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:03:52 PM)
Linda makes a good point--survey is a much better description. I agree with Laurie that it makes most sense to read the questions.

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:04:36 PM)
michael--for the dual degree programs, you do need to be accepted at both programs (MBA and MSCEE), so that means 2 applications (though you won't need 2 sets of transcripts, refs--we can share those with MS Engineering Dept). There is a link on our website with details about the collaborative programs.

Harish (Oct 27, 2004 6:04:46 PM)
Laurie, can you comment about Tepper's alumni network in India and Asia in general.

GreyMatter (Oct 27, 2004 6:05:08 PM)
When you score an application, is there any weightage you assign to GMAT, GPA, work experience and volunteer experienced?

CarolynHessAbrahamCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:05:11 PM)
Also, prospective students can check our web site to see our travel schedule for the next few months.

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 6:05:52 PM)
Debbie, as VP of admissions for the student association, do you have a role in the admissions process? If so, what is it?

Juan (Oct 27, 2004 6:05:54 PM)
Would Tepper prefer some type of applicants -- say aggressive, communicative, thoughtful or other else?

CarolynHessAbrahamCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:06:24 PM)
Grey Matter, we don't have exact weights. We do our best to understand the whole person and whole application.

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:06:57 PM)
Harish--we've had many students from Asia and India, and so the alumni network is quite strong there--if you visit the alumni section of our website, you can see the active chapters around the world.

DebbieRiemersmaCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:07:26 PM)
Linda, I work with the Office of Admissions to organize many of the on campus Admissions events - prospective visits, Welcome Weekend, and others. I also lead a committee of students that help with the actual scheduling of visits, online chats, phone-a-thons, etc. I am not directly involved with the processing of applications.

GreyMatter (Oct 27, 2004 6:07:35 PM)
Carolyn, the reason for my question is that how will the school weight my application with 8 years of experience, a GMAT of 674 and somebody with 4 years on job with a 700+ GMAT?

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 6:08:20 PM)
I see. Thanks Debbie.

Harish (Oct 27, 2004 6:08:30 PM)
Thanks Laurie. I would like to add that Tepper Alumni are the most responsive of all school's alum I have spoken to. Since I am in the SF bay area, I did not get a chance to speak with alumni who reside in India. But I will try to contact with some via the website.

CarolynHessAbrahamCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:08:52 PM)
Grey Matter, we really do look at the entire application. Your work experience, essays, interviews are all important, along with scores and grades.

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:08:56 PM)
Juan--we're looking for bright, motivated students--the kinds of people that thrive working in a fast-paced, dynamic team environment--people that get things done and that others love to work with.!

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:09:23 PM)
Harish--thanks much--let me know if I can help make any contacts for you.

Juan (Oct 27, 2004 6:10:38 PM)
Thanks , Laurie...what a clear image.

michael (Oct 27, 2004 6:10:51 PM)
What percentage of students are able to secure financial aid in CMU? Does CMU have a loan program for international applicants?

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:12:31 PM)
michael--we review all students for scholarship at time of admission (offered on basis of merit)--including the 'Deans Scholarship' that offers full-tuition to Dean Scholars (10 in our first-year class).

GreyMatter (Oct 27, 2004 6:12:44 PM)
I am going to sign off; thanks Linda for organizing this chat! And thank you everybody from CMU for the time and the answers!

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 6:12:50 PM)
You're welcome.

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:12:59 PM)
Thanks much GreyMatter--good luck!

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 6:13:33 PM)
Laurie and CarolynHA, how do you view applications from applicants who had previously declined an offer of admission from you?

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:13:38 PM)
As for international loans--there are private loans available, but you may need a cosigner if you don't have 3 years of credit history in the US.

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:15:17 PM)
Linda--that doesn't come up often--but we would want to understand the reason for the reapplication, what the candidate has been doing in the interim, etc--similar to other reapplicants.

michael (Oct 27, 2004 6:16:13 PM)
What percent of tuition does merit scholarship cover and what percentage of students get them? Also, do you have GA positions available?

It's-Me (Oct 27, 2004 6:17:01 PM)
Hi guys, I have done my masters and my GPA is less than what it is in my Grad course. Will this be a red flag?

CarolynHessAbrahamCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:17:41 PM)
Michael, we have all levels of merit scholarships, up to full tuition. Also, there are very limited GA opportunities.

aprasad (Oct 27, 2004 6:18:09 PM)
Adding to what Michael has asked, I am aware that there is an option of working on the campus for a rate of about $20 an hour for a maximum of 10 hours per week...but is it really a feasible option?

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:18:51 PM)
Michael--The loans can cover anywhere from a fraction up to full-tuition. I'd estimate that about 1/3 of our students receive something. Grad Assistant opportunities may be available in 2nd year--but for most students, time precludes any significant assistantship.

DebbieRiemersmaCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:19:10 PM)
Aprasad, working on campus is definitely an option (although opportunities are limited). I know a number of people that have been successful in class and as a TA--it is definitely a mini 3 + thing.

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:19:29 PM)
It's me--a positive trend in grades is helpful.

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 6:19:55 PM)
What's a "mini 3+ thing"?

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 6:20:09 PM)
Thank you again all for participating today.. Special thanks to Laurie, Carolyn, Carolyn and Debbie.

DebbieRiemersmaCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:20:23 PM)
Minis 1 and 2 are the first two quarters of class and students are much too busy to TA. Mini 3 + is anytime after mini 3.

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 6:20:24 PM)
We look forward to seeing you at future chats, and here is a list of the upcoming scheduled chats:

DebbieRiemersmaCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:20:27 PM)
Thanks Linda.

LaurieStewartCMU (Oct 27, 2004 6:20:28 PM)
Linda--thank you and thanks to everyone for participating--good luck all!

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 6:20:42 PM)
Michigan: Nov. 1 Chicago: Nov. 4 USC: Nov. 8

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 6:20:50 PM)
Please check the Web site (http://www.accepted.com/chat/schedule.aspx#mba ) for details and exact time, because we are varying our chat times this year to facilitate attendance from applicants in different time zones.

Linda Abraham (Oct 27, 2004 6:20:59 PM)
Good luck with your applications!

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