Twitter Chat with George Mason University and Penn State

Dec 4, 2012
Tags: Admissions Process, B-School, School Selection, Social Media, Twitter Chats

Tweeting Admissions Advice for Prospective Students

On the second Wednesday of each month we give schools and prospective students an opportunity to connect using our #MBACHAT Twitter Chat. For one hour GMAC (@OfficialGMAT), Jackie Buchy (@MasonMBA) an admissions professional from George Mason University and an admissions representative from Penn State University (@SmealMBA)  took questions from students regarding the admissions process, next generation GMAT Exam and more. 

@OfficialGMAT: Hi everyone!  Welcome to the chat.  This is Jackie Buchy from George Mason University.   #mbachat 

@MasonMBA: Hello everyone.  We are happy to be here with @officialGMAT & @MasonMBA. #mbachat

Q: Is there a mimimum cut off score you consider while screening the applications?

@MasonMBA: We look for a 550 - 650 range but will consider each piece of your application when making a decision #mbachat 

@SmealMBA: We do not have a minimum score when screening, but our average is around a 650. Class Profile #mbachat 

  Q: #MBAchat please this is my first time. I  would like to know when and where the GMAT exams will be taken place. 

  @OfficialGMAT: #GMAT exams are held year-round. You can find a test center and schedule the exam here:  #mbachat 

Q: George Mason has recently changed their #MBA and #EMBA programs to a shorter timeline. #MBAchat How will the new shorter timeline benefit students? #mbachat

@MasonMBA: The new Mason MBA will allow students to continue working full time while completing their MBA in two years #mbachat 

Q: What do you suggest for improving one's profile? 

@SmealMBA: We recommend you improve those parts you still have control over:  essays, test scores, etc. #mbachat 

Q: When is the best time to write GMAT ? keeping in mind the admissions and everything

@MasonMBA: We recommend taking 6-8 weeks to prepare for the test and completing the test within 2 months of the app deadline #mbachat 

Q: Tell us about the #Smeal program. What makes your program stand out from other #MBA programs? #MBAchat 

@SmealMBA: Our #MBA is a small community that is teamwork focused.   Our small class sizes lead to personalized attention & #career guidance. #MBAchat 

  Q: Does an excellent GMAT Score (more than 730) make up for a lack of work experience?? #mbachat 

  @MasonMBA: We weigh all components of your app.  Every app has strong and weak points.  Highlight your strong points. #mbachat 

  Q: Can someone who took a break from work  (Genuine family reasons)  for close to one year apply in MBA? #mbachat 

  @SmealMBA: Yes! We understand that family issues arise.  Be prepared to explain any gaps both in our application & #interview #mbachat 

  Q: What constitutes a best essay? Few examples please. Essay formats please.  #interview #mbachat 

  @MasonMBA: Well written, proof read, stays on message, and correct grammar and spelling.  Why do you want to come to #Mason? #mbachat 

  Q: How many times does the admissions happen over the course of a year? 

  @SmealMBA: We have 3 deadlines:  11/9, 1/11 & 4/12.  We do #admissions on a rolling basis. #mbachat 

  @MasonMBA: You can find all our admissions dates here #mbachat 

  Q: How does a #GMAT score factor into the #admissions decision? Are you looking for a certain number? #mbachat 

  @MasonMBA: We look for a competitive score of at least 550 but always looking for well rounded applicants #mbachat 

  @SmealMBA: Each application is evaluated as a complete package.  One stat won't make or break someone.  80% score 560-720. #mbachat 

  Q: Is the GMAT exam taken the same day around the world? @OfficialGMAT: Not at all! The #GMAT is held year-round, at any time that your local test center is open... #mbachat So you can find a time and date that is convenient for you. #mbachat 

  Q: What is the weightage given to a GMAT score during the evaluation of an application? #MBAchat 

  @SmealMBA: We evaluate all application parts equally to get a total picture of each application. #mbachat 

  Q: Does a student's GMAT score determine how much scholarship and fellowship he/she can get at your school  

  @MasonMBA: We do consider the GMAT score along with GPA for scholarship and assistantship offfers #mbachat 

  Q: Say you have 2 overall similar candidates, 1 from industry with many students you chose, one from minor. Who gets in? 

  @SmealMBA: We would look at everything else, the interview, essays, engagement and potential for placement in regards to goals. #mbachat 

  Q: Once the applications are screened.. where will the interviews b held the native country of the student? 

  @SmealMBA: We do interviews in person, on campus.  Interviews via webcams and telephone are also offered. #mbachat 

  Q: Apart from the score/gpa and essay .. what are the other things you look at ?

@SmealMBA: We look at everything:  recommendation letters, essays, quality of work, leadership, teamwork, engagement, etc. #mbachat 

  Q: How seriously is the IR section score looked upon? Does it add value over somebody who had taken the test before June?#MBAChat 

  @SmealMBA: Right now, IR is new to everyone.  A score won't add greater value over someone who doesn't have a score. #mbachat

  Q: When do I get to know the IR and AWA score after taking gmat? Do I get to know the Verbal and Quant score instantly? 

  @OfficialGMAT: You will see your quant, verbal and total score right away. Your #IR and #AWA will be in your official report #mbachat 

  Q: What is the minimum experience one should have with 650 to 680 score and average profile for a good school #MBACHAT 

  @MasonMBA: looks for a minimum of 2 years work experience for the FT program.  The average for the PT is 5 or 6 #MBAchat 

  Q: What would be your most important advice to potential candidates? #MBAChat

@SmealMBA: IR will be one more piece of the app to help us determine academic ability and potential. #mbachat 

  Q: Any recommendation on the recommendation letters? Who should I seek to write for me? 

  @SmealMBA: Most schools prefer letters of rec to be from someone who you have worked with, or for on a professional basis.   #mbachat 

  Q: What is the one advice u would like to give a student who wants to an MBA with great aspiration? 

  @MasonMBA: Do your homework, research the right program for you, make your application strong, study for the test #mbachat 

  Q: A good IR score won't add much difference - but what about a BAD score?

@SmealMBA: Actually a good score will help your cause, but we will look at other indicators before we hold a bad score against you. #mbachat 

  Q: Which are the top 5 firms that select maximum students from @SmealMBA  and from @MasonMBA during the campus interviews process? 

  @MasonMBA: You can view all the #Mason #MBA employers here #MBAchat

  @SmealMBA: It depends on concentrations and preferred function. lists our recruiting companies. #mbachat 

  Q: How long does it take to report the scores after the date of the test? #MBAchat 

  @OfficialGMAT: Your official #GMAT score report takes up to 20 business days. #mbachat 

  Q: How long does it take to report the scores to the 5 universities selected during the test? #MBAchat 

  @OfficialGMAT: It takes up to 20 business days for a #bschool to receive your score report. #mbachat

  Q: What is the highest possible score on the GMAT and does the new Integrated Reasoning count towards one's total score? 

  @OfficialGMAT: The #GMAT total score ranges from 200-800, and does not include #IR or #AWA.   #mbachat Q: Please what does IR and AWA represent? 

  @OfficialGMAT: IR is the Integrated Reasoning Section, and AWA is the Analytical Writing Assessment, commonly known as the essay  #mbachat 

  Q: How are the empolyment opportunities for international students? #MBAchat

@SmealMBA: 80% of our international students were placed this year.  99% of our class had internships this summer. #mbachat 

  Q: Do you help students find summer internships, or are the students left to themselves to find one? #MBAchat 

  @MasonMBA: #Mason School of Management career counselors help students find summer internships.  #mbachat 

  @SmealMBA: Careers services helps with internships and FT placement.  Most students find internships through on-campus interviews. #mbachat 

  Q: Is that applicable to international students or must one be a citizen of the United States to get those offers? #MBAchat 

  @MasonMBA: For job offers it depends on the specific company.  We have international students at some of these firms. #mbachat 

  Q: How many hours am i realistically looking at devoting to the studies should i get admitted to the PT MBA program? #mbachat 

  @MasonMBA:  It depends on each class and your experience.  On average students spend 2-3 hours for each hour in class #mbachat 

  Q: Does taking multiple attempts in GMAT give out a bad impression about the quality of  student? 

  @MasonMBA:  Not necessarily.  We recommend studying as much as possible prior to taking the test to maximize your score. #mbachat 

  Q: Do you have an MBA program that accomodates recent college graduates or must one have work experience #MBAchat 

  @SmealMBA: Average amount of full-time post UG work is 4.5 years. We do admit a handful of folks with no work. Very competitive. #mbachat 

  Q: Do i need to know my gmat score prior to submitting the app or can i supply the score later? I want to meet the R1 date

@SmealMBA: A delay greater than 2 weeks might move you to the next deadline. #mbachat

  @SmealMBA: You can submit your app without a score, but can't make interview decision without it. #mbachat 

  Q: Students from which program are the most sought after by employers? #MBAchat 

  @SmealMBA: We have a lot of recruiters coming for supply chain and consulting right now, but markeing and finance are close behind. #mbachat Q: Do professors at Smeal follow a case study method of teaching? #MBAchat

@SmealMBA: Our faculty split between case studies and lecture.  It is up to the individual faculty to teach their preferred method. #mbachat 

  Q: What is the focus in your MBA programs? Anyway I could focus in Logistics? 

  @MasonMBA: We have various concentrations listed here #mbachat 

  Q: What is the difference between an MBA and a Masters in Management 

  @MasonMBA: The difference at #Mason is the program length, courses taken, application requirements #mbachat

  Q: What is the average GMAT score at Mason? #MBAcha

  @MasonMBA: The average GMAT score at #Mason is about 610 #mbachat 

  Q: Do you have a course that focus in Supply Chain/Logistics

  @SmealMBA:  Information about our supply chain/logistics concentration can be found here: #mbachat

  @SmealMBA: We do have a supply chain/logistics concentration. 

  Q: My question is around Reading Comprehension. Do I get  3-4 questions for the same text at the same time, or 1by1? 

  @OfficialGMAT: You will see the questions one at a time, even if they are for the same passage. #mbachat 

  Q: Are there exchange programs available? #MBAchat 

  @SmealMBA: We don't offer exchange programs because of our structure, but students do a 1 week global immersion. #mbachat 

  Q: How will you treat IR scores from the early test-takers, compared with those who take the new #GMAT in a year?  #mbachat

@SmealMBA:  In a year we will have a better base to gauge IR scores.Now they are indicators but in a year might be more telling. #mbachat 

  Q: Do you reccomend any other material other than Official Guide? 

  @OfficialGMAT: Our GMATPrep tool comes with two practice exams, and it is FREE! #mbachat 

  Q: How are the employment opportunities for international students? Does the location of the school help? #MBAchat 

  @MasonMBA: Opportunities depend on the career and position you want.  Dedicated career professionals are available for MBA students #mbachat

  Q: What is the approximate fees in USD for 2 yr MBA programme? 

  @SmealMBA: Our tuition and fees can be found here: #mbachat 

  Q: How short can any one schedule GMAT exam after taking one?  #mbachat

@OfficialGMAT: You can retake the #GMAT exam once every 31 days #mbachat 

  Q: Is it true I can re install the GMATPrep Tool and get 2 new, different tests?

@OfficialGMAT: Sadly, that is not true. The #GMATPrep tool will use the same pool of questions even if you reinstall it #mbachat 

  Q: How can i get the GMAT Prep tool? 

  @OfficialGMAT: You can download #GMATPrep for free here:  #mbachat 

  Q: I like your curricula (both for Supply Chain and Leadership). What do you seek in a student for such programs? #MBAchat 

  @SmealMBA: We look for candidates who have good experience & academic potential.  Fit is important, as are placement goals. #mbachat 

  Q: How should we prepare for AWA? @OfficialGMAT: We have tips for preparing for the #AWA, as well as the list of essay topics, here:  #mbachat 

  @OfficialGMAT: You may want to try our AWA test prep software too:  #mbachat

  Q: Are any questions repeated across the two practice exams? 

  @OfficialGMAT: The two practice exams will not have duplicate questions, but if you retake the exams you may see repeat questions #mbachat 

  Q: Approximately what is the student crowd from India every year?

@SmealMBA: Approximately 30% of our class are international, but the breakdown by country varies by year. #mbachat 

  @MasonMBA: In the FT #MBA program 6-8% of the students are from India.  In the PT, 10-12% on a work visa or became U.S. citizens. #MBAchat 

  Q: What about Technology? #MBAchat @SmealMBA: Most students interested in Tech pick functional concentrations to work for tech companies.  We do offer some classes. #mbachat

  Q: Straight to the point: Good GMAT (how much is good?), good GPA (again, how much?), goals (how do you measure that?) #MBAchat @SmealMBA: "Good" varies by year, but here is our class profile  These are averages so good will be higher. #mbachat 

  Q: Is it ok to apply to your program before my GMAT scores are out or after I get my scores? #MBAchat @MasonMBA: Yes, you can apply to #MasonMBA prior to receiving your GMAT score #mbachat

  @SmealMBA: You can submit your app without a score, but can't make interview decision without it. #mbachat 

  Q: Does #GMATPrep  has version it supported Mac OS? 

  @OfficialGMAT: Yes, our new GMATPrep tool is Mac compatible #mbachat 

  Q:  #MBAChat  will there be a GD? or is it apps screeing and then interviews (by the way how many rounds?) 

  @MasonMBA: At #Mason interviews are by invitation once an application file is complete #mbachat 

  @SmealMBA: Typically one interview, but sometimes additional interview do follow. #mbachat 

  @SmealMBA: We do evaluate each application and make a decision to interview or not.  #mbachat 

  Q: What are your average entry qualifications? (GMAT, GPA, work exp, and anything else that matters) #mbachat 

  @SmealMBA: Class profile with averages are listed here  643 GMAT, 4.5 years of work, 3.3 GPA. #mbachat 

  @SmealMBA: Everyone has different strengths & weaknesses.Highlight your strengths.We evaluate whole applications, not just a # #mbachat 

  Q: In your experience what is the time required for preparation before giving the exam? for an average student? 

  @OfficialGMAT: 49% of test takers plan to spend at least 51 hours studying for the #GMAT  #mbachat 

  Q: Are there any application fee waivers available? #MBAchat 

  @SmealMBA: If you join our Facebook App by 10/22, we will email you a fee waiver. #mbachat 

  Q: Is any work ex considered work ex? Example, a Director experience versus a Call Center Rep experience? 

  @SmealMBA: Must be full-time, post undergraduate work-experience to count. #mbachat 

  Q: Can interviews be made via internet? Or do they have to be presential? #mbachat

@MasonMBA: We can conduct interviews via phone or Skype as well as in person #mbachat 

  @SmealMBA: We do phone and webcam interviews, as well as those on campus #mbachat 

  Q: What is the conversion rate of people who have been interviewed & have actually been selected for the program? 

@SmealMBA: We typically interview 300-400 candidates and end up with a class of 80-100.  Great to meet you! #mbachat