From the Director of Admissions: What Happens After You Hit ‘Submit’

Joanne Legler shares a behind-the-scenes look at the Admissions Committee’s review process.

November 26, 2018

It’s been wonderful getting to know so many of you through the MBA for Executives recruitment process this summer and fall, through our many on-campus information sessions and events, and through one-on-one opportunities across the country. Hopefully, these interactions have allowed you to get to know us better, too, and have encouraged you to consider applying to the program.

If you’ve gotten all the way through the process and submitted a Round 1 application, allow me to congratulate you! The application process itself can be daunting, and finishing it is no small feat. You should feel great about getting to this point.

You may now be curious about what happens to your application after you hit the “Submit” button. I can understand that this time might feel a little stressful; I hope the information here will ease your anxiety about the mystery of the application process.

While you may not be hearing much from us right after submission, do know that on our end, we are quite busy. The Admissions Committee gets right to work evaluating each application individually, reading, reading some more (and then if we find ourselves with some extra time, reading even more). Then, we meet as a team to make decisions about whom to interview and, later on, whom to admit for the Class of 2021. If you are invited to interview, we look forward to seeing you on campus at Evans Hall for a full interview day, during which you’ll meet with staff, alumni, and students. Once you schedule your interview day, your employer approval form will be sent to the individual you identified in the application. Our application round timelines can be a helpful reference to use for blocking potential interview dates on your calendar.

Though each student admitted must complete an interview, not receiving an invitation to interview now does not necessarily mean you will not ultimately be interviewed—and perhaps admitted—at some point in the application season.

If you’re still left with questions about the process, you are always welcome to email us. I hope that this peek into our process has been helpful and that the application process has been rewarding. Regardless of where you choose to pursue your MBA, I hope that you take some time to congratulate yourself and celebrate a little! You’ve earned it.

Director of Admissions
Management Master’s Programs and Executive MBA


Joanne Legler
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Joanne Legler

Director of Admissions, Management Master's Programs and EMBA