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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, August 1st! 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: Tu Pham, Greg Donohue, Kristin Beehler, Rosebary Brennan, and Rodrigo León.

View profiles and video introductions from the New Student Liaisons.

View the online New Student Resource Guide

New Student Resource Guide

 

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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?
Since April 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.
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.
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 10 DISC Assessment Available
Check your TCU email for an email from Diana S. Gats – VPT Enterprise.  Diana is a consultant who administers and debriefs the DISC assessment with incoming MBA students each year.  Your DISC results will be shared and debriefed during START Workshop, and will serve as a valuable tool in increasing your self-awareness and helping your MBA team get off to a good start. 
July 12 Summer Meet and Greet #2
From 6-8 p.m., join incoming and returning students on the patio at Fort Worth's famous Joe T. Garcia's, 2201 N. Commerce. Appetizers will be provided and drinks are on your own. Attire is business casual. Significant others welcome!
July 18 DISC Assessment completion deadline
By this date, you should have completed the DISC assessment, which came to you via TCU email on July 10.
July 24-31 International Students Orientation
July 24 – International Students Welcome Session & Dinner, 4:30 p.m. – International students join staff members for dinner at a local restaurant following an introductory session in Tandy Hall room 120.  We will walk a short distance to dinner, so casual attire and comfortable shoes are appropriate.
July 25 – International Student Services Orientation – Students attend a one-day orientation hosted by John Singleton and team from TCU’s Office of International Student Services. 
July 26 – Graduate Career Center (GCC) orientation – LaTanya Johns and the GCC staff will lead a day focused on preparing international students for career success.
July 27 – Academic discussion & lunch – Graduate Programs staff facilitate a discussion focused on academic success followed by lunch.
July 31Intensive English Workshop – During a one-day interactive workshop hosted by TCU’s Intensive English Program, students explore cultural differences and receive tailored coaching based on Versant testing outcomes.
July 26 Summer academic modules should be complete
July 27 Summer Meet and Greet #3
From 6-8 p.m., join incoming and returning students at Reata's Rooftop Bar, 310 Houston Street, downtown Fort Worth. Appetizers will be provided and drinks are on your own. Attire is business casual. Significant others welcome!
August 1 Video interview due
Video interviewing is now the most common first-round internship recruiting practice. Record your entry video interview and you'll receive personalized feedback from the Graduate Career Center during the first week of classes. Find resources and log-in instructions on the "Career Planning and Information" tab.
August 1 START Workshop – Opening night
You will join 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 look forward to welcoming you on the third floor of the Brown-Lupton University Union building at 2801 Stadium Drive. Parking is available in the lot near the Dee J. Kelly Alumni Center across the street.
August 1-18 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! Download this file (pop-up) for more details: START Schedule Overview & Logistics.
August 7 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 18 START Workshop Case Competition Readouts
Following team presentations at IBM, START Workshop comes to a close.

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.

Fall 2017 Booklist
Download the file (pop-up)

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. Topics include accounting and quantitative analysis.  Please be aware that the modules are time consuming and may take more than a total of 40 hours to complete.

 

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.

Accounting Module: 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.

Harvard Business School Quants Module: 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 1
    Click here for tools to complete and instructions on how to submit

    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 instructions 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 camps with late spring/early summer deadlines will be announced in the coming weeks, so watch the newsletter for new program listings.

Morgan Stanley Veterans Early Insights Program
Audience: Three different programs for U.S. military services veterans, targeting finance careers and entering MBA fall 2017
Deadline: February 12
Learn more

Deloitte CORE Leadership Program
Audience: Recent armed forces veterans or active duty member separating in the next 3-6 months
Deadline: February 24, with additional summer and fall event dates to be posted soon.
Learn more

Forte Foundation Financial Services FAST Track
Audience: Incoming MBA women interested in a finance career
Deadline: Applications open on March 3.
Learn more

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: March 27
Learn more

JUMP START Brand Management and Marketing Diversity Forum
Audience: Incoming MBAs pursuing a marketing or finance career who are African American/Black, Hispanic or Latino, Alaskan Native/American Indian, Asian, Pacific Islander or female
Deadline: Rolling admission until April 16 (marketing & MBA Forum) and May 14 (finance & Diversity Forum)
Learn more

ROMBA (Reaching Out MBA) Marketing & Retails, Finance, Tech, and Tech & Retail Treks
Audience: Incoming LGBTQA MBA students
Deadline: More information posted soon. Deadline rounds in April, May and June.
Learn more

Google Student Veteran Summit
Audience: U.S. Military Services Veterans entering MBA fall 2017 (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy)
Deadline: May 1
Learn more

P&G MBA Brand Management Camp
Audience: MBAs entering fall 2017 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 15
Learn more

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: Open now, acceptances on a rolling basis until August 15
Learn more

AT Kearney Diversity Consulting Boot Camp
Audience: Newly admitted pre-MBA students of African American, Hispanic and Native American backgrounds
Deadline: Will be posted soon
Learn more

Goldman Sach’s Pride Summit   |    MBA Camp   |   MBA Women’s Summit
Audience: Multiple camps for pre-MBA students interested in learning about financial services.
Deadline: Will be posted soon
Learn more

JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Corporate and Investment Bank MBA Early Advantage   |  
Deadline: May 21   |   Learn more
Wealth Management Early Advantage  |  Deadline: June 25  |  Learn more
Audience: 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 fall 2017. 

Wells Fargo MBA Women’s Forum
Audience: Women working toward their MBA.
Deadline: Will be posted soon
Learn more

ADDITIONAL CAMPS TO BE POSTED SOON:
Including Citi, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Nestle and more.

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

Young Professionals Guide to Fort Worth

Apartment Suggested by Our StudentsDownload the PDF (pop-up)
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

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!

International Student Pre-Departure Guide - Prepared for you by current students. Download the PDF

NAFSA Guide to Visa Interview Process

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