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MBA FYI START Workshop

Welcome Incoming Students!

We look forward to officially welcoming you to campus on the evening of Monday, August 5th! This site will be helpful as you prepare for your transition to MBA life. Beginning in January, you will also receive monthly newsletters to keep you updated on opportunities and expectations.

Meet Your New Student Liaisons

These current students were elected by their peers to server as your New Student Liaisons. They are ready to welcome you and answer your questions.

New student liaisons 2017

Your New Student Liaisons: Vanshul Jain, Presley Henry and Patrick Weeks. Access their profiles and contact information.

View the online New Student Resource Guide

New Student Resource Guide

 

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 1 Online academic modules available
Online statistics and accounting modules, designed to prepare you for intense MBA academics, will be available here and should be completed by July. 
April 13-14 MBA Weekend and Gala
Plan to join us at TCU for a fun-filled weekend! Saturday evening begins with a Dean's Reception for incoming students, and then join current students and alumni for our gala event. Spouses and significant others are also invited! Plan for family fun on Sunday with a tailgate party followed by the TCU baseball game
May 1 Complete Peer Mentoring survey
To assist us in matching you to a second-year student who can help support your goals and transition to graduate school, please provide insights via this brief survey.
June 1 Official transcripts due.
June 1 Complete Spouses/Significant Others survey
If you have a significant other, please complete this survey so we can invite him/her to a special event during START workshop.
Mid-June Student mentoring
During June, expect to hear from the second year student mentor you've been matched to based on background or interests.
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 5 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 #1
Two summer meet and greets will be planned as a way of connecting incoming students who are already in town with current students. The location will be announced in early summer.
July 22 DISC Assessment Completion Deadline
By this date, you need to complete the DISC assessment that came to you via TCU email on July 13. This takes less than half an hour and the key is to be authentic in your responses. The results will help you better understand your preferences and work style as well as those of your MBA teammates, and will be debriefed during the first week of START workshop. 
July 23 International Students Welcome Session & Dinner, 4:00 p.m.
International students join staff members for dinner at a local restaurant following an introductory session at TCU.
July 24-29 International START
On Wednesday, students will spend time with Graduate Career Center staff. Over the course of Thursday, Friday and Monday, students will benefit from training delivered by TCU's Intensive English Program faculty. 
July 26 Summer academic modules should be complete
July 30 Finance JumpSTART
Students planning to concentrate in Finance, or who would like to learn more about potential Finance career paths, should plan to attend this session from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. RSVP information will be provided as we get closer to June.
July 31 Marketing JumpSTART
Students planning to concentrate in Marketing, or who would like to learn more about potential Finance career paths, should plan to attend this session from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. RSVP information will be provided as we get closer to June.
August 1 Supply Chain JumpSTART
Students planning to concentrate in Supply Chain, or who would like to learn more about potential Finance career paths, should plan to attend this session from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. RSVP information will be provided as we get closer to June.
August 1 Summer Meet and Greet #2
Two summer meet and greets will be planned as a way of connecting incoming student who are already in town with current students. The location will be announced in early summer.
August 2 Deadline to submit your video interview
Refer to the Career Planning and Information tab in MBAFYI for details. 
August 2 Intermediate Excel class, part I of II
This initial Excel class is recommended for all incoming students. Two identical sessions will be offered. Unless your Excel mastery is extremely strong, plan to attend from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. The second part of this class is built into the START Workshop schedule. Email Cathryn Baker (c.baker16@tcu.edu) to indicate which session (morning or afternoon) you prefer to attend.
August 5 START Workshop - Opening night
You will going your new classmates and other guests for a reception and dinner designed to help you get to know each other while setting the tone for your MBA experience. You will also obtain your student ID and have a professional headshot taken, so attire is business professional. We will gather at the  Brown Lupton University Union (BLUU), from 4:00-9:00 p.m.
August 5-21 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. While a detailed START schedule will be posted in July, you can generally expect to be very busy during the weekdays. Additionally, evening activities are planned for Friday, Aug. 9 and Thurs., Aug. 15. Weekends are yours!
August 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 a starting point for new friendships.
August 22-23 Free days
Enjoy a well-deserved break before classes start on Monday. 

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?
April 1 Official transcripts due.
April 13-14 MBA Weekend and Gala
Plan to join us at TCU for a fun-filled weekend! Saturday evening begins with a Dean's Reception for incoming students, and then join current students and alumni for our gala event. Spouses and significant others are also invited! Plan for family fun on Sunday with a tailgate party followed by the TCU baseball game
June 1 Complete Spouses/Significant Others survey
If you have a significant other, please complete this survey so we can invite him/her to a special event during START workshop.
June 13 Orientation night, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Join incoming classmates from across all Accelerated MBA programs for an evening designed to help set the tone for your MBA experience. You will have a professional headshot taken, so attire is business professional. This will be held on campus, and details will be provided closer to June.
June 15 Finance Fundamentals Kickoff, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Incoming accelerated PMBA and Energy MBA students will complete their first three courses in a hybrid delivery model. This first course runs from June 15-July 20, with a live session at the beginning and at the end of the course.
July 6 Finance Fundamentals Wrap-up and Marketing Fundamentals Kickoff, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
From 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., the final session of the Finance Fundamentals course will take place. Following a short lunch break, the Marketing Fundamentals course will begin with an in-person session.
July 11 Summer Meet & Greet #1
Two summer meet and greets will be planned as a way of connecting incoming students who are already in town with current students. The location will be announced in early summer.
July 20 Supply Chain Fundamentals Virtual session, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Your third and final fundamentals course will launch with a virtual session in the afternoon. Join Dr. Morgan Swink on campus, or participate remotely.
August 1 Summer Meet and Greet #2
Two summer meet and greets will be planned as a way of connecting incoming student who are already in town with current students. The location will be announced in early summer.
August 3 Supply Chain Fundamentals Wrap-up, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m
This class will conclude with an on-campus session on Saturday morning.
August 4-6 Business Simulation course
Incoming accelerated PMBA and Energy MBA students will complete a three day business simulation course on Sunday, August 4 and the evenings of Monday, August 5 and Tuesday, August 6. You will receive 1.5 academic credit hours following the successful completion of this engaging course, which integrates what you learned in the summer fundamentals courses.
August 5-21 Full-time MBA START Workshop
You will participate in select portions of this workshop for the broader full-time MBA cohort. Specific dates and times TBD
August 10 Intermediate Excel class, part I of II
This initial Excel class is recommended for all incoming students. Two identical sessions will be offered. Unless your Excel mastery is extremely strong, plan to attend from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. The second part of this class is built into the START Workshop schedule. Email Cathryn Baker (c.baker16@tcu.edu) to indicate which session (morning or afternoon) you prefer to attend.
August 26 Fall classes begin
August 30 Second-year Re-START
This morning session will provide an important opportunity for you to get to know the second-year MBA class. Times and details TBA.
Sept 7 Intermediate Excel class, part II of II
This is the second part of the August 10 Excel class, and is recommended for all incoming students. Two identical sessions will be offered from 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm, and you will attend the session (morning or afternoon) that mirrors the one you attended on August 10.

*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

  

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 5
    Click here for instructions on how to complete.

    Download the template and toolkit here
  2. LinkedIn Profile Updates
    Deadline: July 5

    Click here for requirements and examples.
  3. Video Interview
    Deadline: August 2

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

Summer 2019 JumpSTARTs

The Neeley School of Business MBA program is nationally ranked by a number of factors, including academics, placement timelines, starting salaries, offers and companies that recruit from the school. Incoming students are inundated with information and decisions at a point when they may not have a clear line of site to the future. This JumpSTART series is designed to assist Full Time MBAs in engaging with faculty and industry experts as well as learn about potential career pathis in corporate and investment finance, marketing, brand management, and supply chain.

To RSVP for one or all of these JumpSTARTs, send an email to MBAJobs@tcu.edu and indicate which session you're attending.

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. These boot camps allow incoming MBAs to gain insight into potential career tracks and have a first shot at the company’s summer internships. Many of these experiences are targeted to former military, female, ethnic minority and/or LGBT candidates.

Check this page for dates and details as companies announce their programs for Summer 2019.

Fort Worth is a large city with a small town feel. Friendly people, a rich arts community, and an energetic nightlife create a fun and vibrant place to live and work. Fort Worth has fantastic weather, the cost-of-living is affordable, and the local economy is booming.

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

Nightlife

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Our students have recommend and review apartments in the area.

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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TCU Neeley is proud to host students from around the world as part of our Full-time MBA program. We look forward to welcoming you to campus soon!

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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