Jaqueline Brito, SPHR, Rollins College, Crummer Graduate School of Business
Jacqueline Brito, SPHR, is the assistant dean at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business where she oversees recruiting, marketing, and admissions for the school’s MBA programs. Ms. Brito brings many years of corporate experience to Rollins, including key roles at the Orlando Sentinel and Orlando International Airport.
Jaqueline Answers Your Questions Below
Question: I am an Indian student and have completed my graduation degree (3 year grad.). I have no prior work experience. My GMAT score is 710. Am I eligible for the Early Advantage MBA program?
Answer: Yes, the Early Advantage MBA program is designed for recent college graduates with little to no work experience or career changers.
Question: How are International students interviewed? Do you conduct webinars or online interviews? Do you have any tie-up with an Indian representative for conducting online or physical interviews?
Answer: Interviews are conducted via phone.
Question: I am an Indian student and my academic scores are in percentage format. Do you only accept GPA scores? How do I convert my percentage into GPA score?
Answer: International Applicants | Rollins MBA will need to submit transcripts to one of the approved vendors for a course-by-course evaluation where they will convert your academic scores into a GPA.
Question: I would like to interact with your alumni and existing students. Is there any social forum where I could connect with the students of Rollins?
Answer: Absolutely! We offer a variety of ongoing networking opportunities through our Alumni Relations department, Center for Leadership Development, Career Development, and Entrepreneurship Development Center to name a few. We sometimes overwhelm students with the number of events we host on and off campus.
Question: I am an Indian applicant. Do you have any tie-ups with Indian banks for education loan since it will be easier for me to get my loan processed here in India.
Answer: Unfortunately we do not.
Question: What is the criteria for selection in the international student exchange program? How many students are selected for the same on an average?
Answer: Students are selected based on their academic standing in the MBA program, as well as the level of professionalism and responsibility they have displayed. On average, approximately 3-5 students participate.
Question: I have work experience of 3 years in the automobile company and I don’t see any tangible benefit of doing MBA after leaving my job. Can you please help me understand how my job prospects would get enhanced post the management program?
Answer: Students are placed in situations where they have to actually apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-world opportunities. They gain this practical experience through the case method of learning, real-world consulting projects, and practical internships. These experiences help position them for employment in a variety of industries/roles.
Question: My son is a student of BBM in PES College, Mandya, Karnataka. He is doing his final year and has an overall aggregate of 75%, will he need any prior work-ex before applying to your management program? Can you suggest any aptitude test for judging his ability to become a manager.
Answer: The Early Advantage MBA program is designed for recent college graduates with little to no work experience. Once enrolled in our program, students complete a variety of assessment tests to help determine which area of business they should pursue.
Answer to additional questions below:
About the Program
- Name of the school: Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business
- School location: Winter Park, Florida (near Orlando)
- Year founded: Rollins College was founded in 1885. Crummer Graduate School of Business was founded in 1957.
- Any global ranking? No. The school is nationally ranked in the United States by Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek.
- Name of the program: Rollins Early Advantage MBA
GMAT score or scores from other exams: Average GMAT score is 573.
Undergraduate degree in any discipline
Work experience requirement: The average amount of work experience for an Early Advantage MBA student is 8.9 months.
English Proficiency requirement: TOEFL – 100 out of 120 iBT, 600 out of 677 PBT, 250 out of 300 CBT
IELTS – 7 out of 9
Letters of recommendation: We require two letters of recommendation.
Interview/Group discussion: Panel interview – 1 admissions representative and 1 student services representative
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Applicants who attended a school outside of the United States must have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an NACES approved organization
- Statement of Purpose
- How does one apply for the programme? Instructions for new applicants may be found on our website at: http://www.rollins.edu/mba/admissions/how-to-apply.html
- What is the Application fee? $50
- Where do I get a copy of the Application form? http://www.rollins.edu/mba/admissions/apply-now.html
- When does the application process start? We have rolling admissions; however, we also have deadlines to encourage interested students to apply as soon as possible to ensure space is still available if they are accepted into the program. Applying early also provides opportunities to take advantage of the college’s Financial Incentives Program.
- What is the last date to apply? Although we have rolling admissions, we require deadlines to finalize the admissions process for each intake class. We will, however, accept applications after each deadline to ensure the integrity of the rolling admissions process.
- What is the range of GMAT scores for accepted students? We do not base our decisions solely on GMAT scores. Instead, we review candidates’ admissions documents from a holistic perspective. However, for the purpose of scholarship awards, we will only accept GMAT scores of 600 and above.
- Is there a requirement of 16 years of study prior to applying? We require prospective students to have earned at least an equivalent to an U.S. bachelor’s degree.
- What constitutes work experience? Since we do not require prior work experience to be considered for the Early Advantage MBA program, we factor in undergraduate internships. We do, however, evaluate the type of full-time work experience of applicants who have completed their undergraduate or graduate degree prior to applying to our program. Specifically, we factor in the relevancy to their stated career aspirations.
- Is there a minimum cut off for TOEFL/IELTS/PTE test scores? TOEFL – 100 out of 120 iBT, 600 out of 677 PBT, or 250 out of 300 CBT
IELTS – 7 out of 9
- Who should letters of recommendation come from? The letters of recommendation can come from professors, current or past employers, or internship supervisors. They should be written by individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s academic or professional performance and can highlight his or her potential for graduate work.
- When should I expect an invitation for an interview? Applicants should expect an invitation or decline for an interview once all required documents have been received and reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
- Who should I contact if I have a question regarding my application status? Please contact our admissions office at:
Fees & Other Expenses
- What is the estimated cost for the entire program for a foreign student? Current Tuition is $66,000.
- What is the cost of living for the duration of the programme? Living Expenses (room, board, personal & transportation) - $41,938
- Other (health insurance, books and supplies) - $4,588
- Are there other costs to be taken into consideration? If yes what? There is a required international study component for which students must pay for a flight to an assigned destination.
- Are there any job opportunities on campus that can be pursued while the programme is on, to lower the overall cost impact? Students have the opportunity to apply for Graduate Assistant positions. They are not guaranteed. The positions usually pay $10-$11/hour.
Financial Support Options Available to Students
- What are the scholarship options available for the students? All Early Advantage MBA applicants are automatically considered for full and partial tuition merit-based scholarships. Students may also qualify for a graduate housing stipend.
- What are the criteria for determining scholarship applications? Scholarships are only available to Early Advantage MBA students and are offered based on students' GMAT scores and GPAs. As long as funds are available, a minimum GMAT score of 720 and a 3.0 or higher GPA could result in a full-tuition ($66,000) scholarship; a minimum 600 GMAT/3.0 or higher GPA could result in a $20,000 scholarship. There are various ranges in between.
- What are the options of availing a loan? International students can apply for a loan if they have a U.S. credit worthy co-signer or are an eligible non-citizen as defined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- What is the amount of loan that a student is eligible for and what are the documents required? Full cost of tuition, room and board. However, see above for requirement.
- At what rate of interest is the loan available? What is the date from which loan repayment begins? What is the maximum period in which a loan is to be repaid? If it’s a private student loan, the details will vary. Each lender is different, so the student will need to compare interest rates, fees, and repayment.
- Does the Institute/School help in getting loan? No. There isn’t anything specific that Rollins can do for any student pursuing student loans.
Curriculum/Faculty/Student Exchange/Hostel Accomodation Facilities
How many intakes in a year and when? We have two intakes each year – January and August.
Size of the intake? August – 60-70 students; January – 30 students
What is the % of foreign students in an average class/intake? 18%
What are the specializations available? We offer concentrations in entrepreneurship, finance, international business, management, marketing, and operations and technology management.
What % of the batch finds jobs within 3 months of graduation? 77%
- What is the mean starting salary of a class after graduation? $48,252
- What are the key sectors represented in recruiters for this programme? Consulting, Consumer Products, Energy/Petroleum, Financial Services, Media/Entertainment, Manufacturing, Government, Non-profit, Pharmaceutical/Healthcare Products, Real Estate, and Technology