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MBA FYI START Workshop

Welcome Incoming Students!

We look forward to officially welcoming you to campus on the evening of Tuesday, July 31st! This site will be helpful as you prepare for your transition to MBA life. You will also receive monthly newsletters to keep you updated on opportunities and expectations.

In the meantime, current students elected as your New Student Liaisons are ready to welcome you and answer your questions.

New student liaisons 2017

Welcome from the New Student Liaisons: Shirin Sajjadi, Nathan Brasher and Pavle Mamula. View their welcome video and read their profiles.

View the online New Student Resource Guide

New Student Resource Guide

 

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Meet your classmates! Join the Neeley MBA Class of 2020 group on Facebook

As we get closer to START Workshop, this list will continue to be updated and expanded. For now, here are a few key dates to be aware of:

Date(s) What is it?
April 2 Online academic modules available
Online statistics and accounting modules, designed to prepare you for intense MBA academics, are available here and should be completed by July. You must be a deposited student and have set up your TCU email account to access to modules.
April 15 RSVP deadline for MBA Weekend
More details and registration.
April 28 MBA Weekend: Women's Brunch
As part of MBA Weekend, incoming women are invited to join current students and alumnae for brunch, networking and the opportunity to learn from Dr. Abbie Shipp, Associate Professor of Management. More details and registration.
April 28 MBA Weekend: Dean's Welcome Reception, Gala & Casino Party
Join us in Fort Worth for an evening of festivities with alumni, current students and other incoming graduate students. More details and registration.
April 29 MBA Weekend: TCU Baseball Game and Tailgate
MBA Weekend continues with alumni, current students and other incoming graduate students with food, fun and baseball. Game ticket will be included with RSVP. More details and registration.
May 1 Student mentoring survey due
Complete this survey so we can match you with a second-year student for advice on navigating the first year experience.
June/July Student mentoring
During June, expect to hear from the second year student mentor you've been matched to based on background or interests.
June 21 Summer Meet & Greet #1
Join current students and your classmates who have moved to the area for a casual fun evening. Location and time TBA.
July  Transition to Fort Worth
Build some time in your summer plans to move to DFW and take care of logistics. It is recommended that international students arrive by July 20.
July 1 Career Planning Assignments #1 and #2 Due
Learn more on the "Career Planning and Information Tab" on how to get your MBA Résumé and LinkedIn Profile market ready!
July 11 Summer Meet & Greet #2
More of your classmates have arrived, so let's get together again for a casual evening at one of Fort Worth's fun spots. Location and time TBA.
July 23-30 International Students Orientation
July 26 Summer Meet & Greet #3
START workshop begins next week, so relax with new classmates and friends. Location and time TBA.
July 26 Summer academic modules should be complete
July 30- August 15 START Workshop
Required for all incoming full-time MBA students, this immersive onboarding experience prepares you for all aspects of life as an MBA student.  Expect to be very busy during the weekdays and including some evenings. Weekends are yours! 
August 1 Career Planning Assignment #3 Due
Learn more on the "Career Planning and Information Tab" about preparing your Video Interview.
August 6 Spouses & Significant Others Event
Incoming MBA spouses and significant others gather to connect with each other, gain perspective from the spouses and significant others of second year students, and understand the rhythm of the MBA experience.  This casual evening (6-8 p.m.) includes a casual dinner, a short tour, and the building of new friendships.
August 20 Fall 2018 semester begins 

Students admitted to the Full-time Accelerated MBA will begin their core coursework in June following the schedule below. It is important that you schedule a time to meet with Olivia Williams, Director of Academic Programs, to develop your curriculum plan for the fall and spring semesters.

Date(s) What is it?
June 16-30 Marketing Fundamentals
Hybrid online/campus course. On-campus sessions noted below.
June 16, 6:30-9:30 p.m. On-campus session for Marketing Fundamentals*
June 30, 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon On-campus session for Marketing Fundamentals*
June 30-July 21 Finance Fundamentals
Hybrid online/campus course. On-campus sessions noted below.
June 30, 6:00-9:00 p.m. On-campus session for Finance Fundamentals*
July 21, 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon On-campus session for Finance Fundamentals*
July 21-Aug 4 Supply Chain Fundamentals
Hybrid online/campus course. On-campus sessions noted below.
July 21, 12:30-3:30 p.m. On-campus session for Supply Chain Fundamentals*
Aug 4, 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon On-campus session for Supply Chain Fundamentals*
July 30-Aug 15 Full-time MBA START Workshop
You will participate in select portions of this workshop for the broader full-time MBA cohort. Dates and times TBD.
Aug 10-12 Business Simulation Course

*Virtual participation in the on-campus sessions may be an option for students who have not yet moved to the area.

START Workshop

Anne Rooney, Executive Director, Graduate Programs
a.rooney@tcu.edu  | 817-257-7991

International Student Services
John Singleton,
Director, TCU International Student Services
j.singleton@tcu.edu  | 817-257-7292

Neeley Graduate Career Services
LaTanya Johns
Director, Graduate Career Center 
l.johns@tcu.edu | 817-257-7152

Pre-Enrollment Modules 
Olivia Williams, Director, MBA Academic Services 
o.williams@tcu.edu  | 817-257-7155  

Need-Based Financial Aid, Student Loans and Grants 
Debbie Mar, Coordinator, Graduate Financial Aid 
TCU Office of Financial Aid 
d.mar@tcu.edu  |  817-257-7872

Scholarships 
Peggy Conway, Director, MBA Admissions 
p.conway@tcu.edu  |  817-257-7989

Health Insurance and TCU Health Center 
healthcenter@tcu.edu |  817-257-7940

FAQs
We asked our staff and students to respond to frequently asked questions about student technology, transitioning to Fort Worth, START Workshop, academics, student life and more.

TCU Bookstore
Information about books for the fall semester will be available in the spring.

Campus Map

Academic Calendar
The 5-year calendar provides key dates for TCU. Please note that the MBA program does not observe the university fall break. A detailed calendar specific to the MBA program will be made available at START.

TCU Recreation Center
No need to join a fitness center! The “Rec” has everything you will need. Once you are a student in the fall, you will have free access to the Rec. For those arriving in the summer, we will offer reduced rates for access. More information soon.

TCU Health Insurance
Health insurance is available for students through the TCU Aetna Student plan

To help you “hit the ground running” when classes begin, you will be asked to complete several online modules designed to give you the base of knowledge necessary to be productive in your classes. Additionally, you will have access to suggested tools to help you refresh or build skills in Excel and PowerPoint.

Required Modules: Please be aware that the modules are time consuming and may take more than a total of 40 hours to complete. You must be a deposited student and have set up your TCU email account to access the modules. Learn more

  • Accounting Module

    The online accounting module is designed to provide you with financial accounting foundational knowledge. You will receive an understanding of the language of business (Accounting); the ability to read financial statements and the ability to understand, explain and record basic business transactions.

    You will be expected to have a working knowledge of financial accounting on the first day of your Accounting Workshop this summer. After completing the accounting module, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary for your Financial Reporting class in the fall.

    More details and module access

  • Harvard Business School Quants Module

    A comprehensive online introduction to quantitative analysis for business originally designed for incoming MBA students at Harvard Business School. The module is presented as if you are a consultant. A total of 8 units are covered and will include topics such as Data Description, Regression Basics and Decision Analysis.

    You are expected to have a working knowledge of statistics on the first day of START Workshop. After completing the quants module, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary for your Statistical Models class in fall.

    More details and module access

Suggested Modules: Excel and PowerPoint Enrichment

Do you have MBA-level skills in Excel and Power Point? To make sure you are ready, Neeley offers our students access to hands-on training through Lynda.com that will be available throughout the academic year. Our strong suggestion -- check these out now and complete them over the summer before you are immersed in your academic requirements during the school year. Learn more

Assignments 

We want your skills to shine to potential employers from the moment you walk onto campus...and even before! In order to hit the ground running on the first day of START orientation, kick start your MBA program with the following career assignments:

  1. MBA Résumé
    Deadline: July 1
    Click here for instructions on how to complete.

    Download thetemplate and toolkit here
  2. LinkedIn Profile Updates
    Deadline: July 1

    Click here for requirements and examples.
  3. Video Interview
    Deadline: August 1

    Click here for the link to submit this and more information about how we use this recording.

Resources

START Orientation, the Career Management Course and one-on-one coaching will equip you with abundant tools for career search success. In the meantime, explore the sites below to begin focusing in on your MBA internship search and post-graduate career goals.

Jump start your competitive advantage.

Select companies and organizations offer pre-MBA summer programs that are tailored to a specific industry or function. Camps allow incoming MBAs to gain insight into potential career tracks and have a first shot at the company’s summer internships. Additional campus with late spring/early summer deadlines will be announced in the coming weeks, so please check the next newsletter for new program listings.

BARCLAYS
MBA Ambition Diversity Program
AUDIENCE: MBA Ambition is designed to attract and educate high-achieving, underrepresented candidates, including female, Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American and LGBTQAI students, as well as military veterans and students with disabilities
DEADLINE: 2018 application to be posted starting April 2, 2018 and close June 10.
MORE INFO: https://joinus.barclays/americas/diversity-programs/mba-ambition-diversity-program/

DELOITTE
CORE Leadership Program
WHO: Recent armed forces veterans or active duty member separating in the next 3-6 months
DEADLINES: January 10 deadline for event on February 15-17 | March 14 deadline for event on April 19-21 | May 2 deadline for event on June 7-9
MORE INFO: http://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/about-deloitte/articles/join-deloitte-core-leadership-program.html

FORTÉ FOUNDATION
Financial Services FAST Track
AUDIENCE: Incoming MBA women interested in a finance career
DEADLINE: Applications open in March.
MORE INFO: http://www.fortefoundation.org/site/PageServer?pagename=events_moveahead&utm_source=forte&utm_medium=topnav&utm_campaign=moveahead

JUMP START
Brand Management & Marketing and Finance & Consulting Diversity Forum
AUDIENCE: Incoming MBAs pursuing a marketing, finance or finance career who are African American/Black, Hispanic or Latino, Alaskan Native/American Indian, Asian, Pacific Islander or female
DEADLINE: Open now with rolling acceptances | Marketing event: May 20-21 | Finance & Consulting event: July 10-13
MORE INFO:
Marketing: https://www.jumpstartadvisorygroup.com/careers.php
Finance & Consulting: https://www.jumpstartadvisorygroup.com/graduate.php

MORGAN STANLEY
Veterans Early Insights Program
AUDIENCE: Three different programs for U.S. military services veterans, targeting finance careers and matriculating MBAs.
DEADLINE: Rolling acceptance.
MORE INFO: http://www.morganstanley.com/people-opportunities/students-graduates/programs/early-insights/early-insights-for-veterans-north-america

P&G
MBA Brand Management Camp
AUDIENCE: Entering MBAs pursuing brand management and marketing careers
SPECIAL EVENT: Tune into the webinar with tips on applying on May 19 @ 8:00 p.m. EST
DEADLINE: June 29
MORE INFO: http://us.pgcareers.com/students/mba-brand-management-camp/

POETS & QUANTS
Pre MBA Networking Festival
AUDIENCE: Open to all MBAs entering fall 2018. Occurs May 10 and 11 with several companies in attendance, including McKinsey, JP Morgan, PWC, Bain, AT Kearney, Goldman Sachs, Amazon, IBM, Deloitte, American Express, GE, GoldmanSachs, Accenture, Ernst & Young, Morgan Stanley, Pepsico, L’Oreal, and more
DEADLINE: Open now until first 300 applicants.
MORE INFO: https://poetsandquants.com/event/2018-premba-networking-festival/

ROMBA (REACHING OUT MBA)
Finance, Marketing & Retail, Technology & Retail, Tech, General Management & Consulting, and Health Care & Insurance Career Treks
AUDIENCE: Multiple career treks and company tours across major cities in the U.S. with various dates open to incoming LGBTQ MBA students
DEADLINE: 2018 applications will open February 1, 2018; Round 1 Deadline: March 15, Round 2: April 12, & Round 3: May 10)
MORE INFO: http://www.reachingoutmba.org/admitted-lgbt-mba-students-treks/?utm_source=May+Eblast&utm_campaign=May+Eblast&utm_medium=email

TOIGO FOUNDATION
MBA Fellowship
AUDIENCE: Incoming MBAs pursuing a finance career who are African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/ Latino, Native American/Alaska Native and/or South Asian American
DEADLINE: Application opens January 19 and closes April 30; Rolling interviews begin March 9 – May 9
MORE INFO: http://toigofoundation.org/education/become-a-toigo-fellow/application-process/

ADDITIONAL CAMPS TO BE POSTED SOON:

AT KEARNEY
Diversity Consulting Boot Camp
WHO: Newly admitted pre-MBA students of African American, Hispanic and Native American backgrounds
DEADLINE: 2018 application to be posted soon
MORE INFO: https://atkcareers.taleo.net/careersection/03/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=0017O

BANK OF AMERICA
Global Banking & Markets - MBA Diversity Fellowship
AUDIENCE: Awards merit-based fellowships to Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, military veterans, LGBT, students with disabilities and female admitted business school students
DEADLINE: 2018 application to be posted soon
MORE INFO: https://campus.bankofamerica.com/careers/Global-Banking-and-Markets-MBA-Diversity-Fellowship-US.html

GOOGLE 
Student Veteran Summit
AUDIENCE: U.S. Military Services Veterans entering MBA students (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy)
DEADLINE: 2018 application to be posted soon
MORE INFO: https://www.google.com/edu/resources/programs/google-student-veteran-summit/

GOLDMAN SACHS
MBA Roundtable   |   MBA Women’s Symposium
AUDIENCE: Multiple camps for entering MBA students interested in learning about financial services.
DEADLINE: 2018 application to be posted soon
MORE INFO: http://www.goldmansachs.com/who-we-are/diversity-and-inclusion/recruiting/

JP MORGAN CHASE & CO.
Early Advantage   |   Launching Leaders   |   Proud to Be   |   Winning Women
WHO: Exceptional MBA students with cultural and diverse backgrounds and life experiences, including individuals from groups that have been historically underrepresented, who have an interest in investment banking and will begin their first semester in a full-time MBA program in subsequent fall.
DEADLINE: Will be posted soon
MORE INFO: https://careers.jpmorgan.com/careers/US/en/programs?type=Early+Insight+%28pre-internship%29

WELLS FARGO
MBA Women’s Forum
WHO: Women working toward their MBA.
DEADLINE: 2018 application will be posted soon.
MORE INFO: http://myfuture.wf.com/pre-mba-securities-women

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TCU and Fort Worth are very much an integral, well-connected part of the larger DFW Metroplex. TCU has rich connections with companies in Fort Worth, Dallas and surrounding areas.

Things to Do in Fort Worth

Neighborhoods & Districts

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Liebrock Village Graduate Housing 
A limited number of on-campus apartments are available to graduate students. Contact Erin Houchin, Director of Brite Housing, erin.houchin@tcu.edu 817-257-7338

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The transcripts you uploaded to your application are considered unofficial copies. Official transcripts from all previously attended universities must be provided by June 1. 

> Which transcripts are needed?  Transcripts should be sent to TCU directly from all previously attended universities at which you earned undergraduate or graduate level credit. The transcripts must come directly from the university, unless copies you may already have remained sealed. We need official transcripts from all universities, including those for transfer credit unless the degree-issuing university lists all transfer courses by course name and posts a specific grade for each transfer course. If you previously attended TCU, it is not necessary to order a TCU transcript or transcripts for transfer work already accepted by TCU.

> Where do I send the official transcripts? Have your university send transcripts via mail or email to:

TCU Graduate Program Admissions
mbainfo@tcu.edu
TCU Box 298540
Fort Worth, TX 76129

> How do I know which transcripts have been received on my behalf? Check on your Neeley VIP page