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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 3rd! 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.

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 liaisions

Your New Student Liaisons: Stuti Jain, Bryan Simmons and Kenzie Floyd. Access their profiles and contact information.

 

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?
Now 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. 
Now 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.
July  Transition to Fort Worth
Build some time in your summer plans to move to DFW and take care of logistics. Once START Workshop begins on August 3, you will have very little free time.
July 6 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 10 (or ASAP) RSVP for an Intermediate Excel Workshop
Unless you are extremely comfortable in Excel, you are encouraged to register for one of three "part A" Intermediate Excel workshops in conjunction with START Workshop. To secure a spot, email Marsha Higgins, marsha.higgins@tcu.edu, and list the sessions in the order of your scheduling preference: A) Monday, Aug. 3, 8 am-12 pm, B) Friday, Aug. 7, 1:30-5:30 pm, or C) Sunday, Aug. 10, 1:30-5:30 pm. All will be offered via Zoom, and Marsha will send a calendar invite to your TCU email address as your confirmation. The "part B" sessions, which represent the second half of these workshops, will be provided soon after the fall semester begins.
July 20 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 28 International Students Welcome Session 7:30-11:30 a.m. via Zoom
International students meet with members of the Graduate Programs staff for introductions, an overview of how we support international students from a career perspective, and discussion about components of MBA academics. Even though this session will be conducted via Zoom, attire is business casual. Please log in with your cameras on by the start time of 7:30 a.m.
July 29-31 International START
Over the course of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, students will benefit from training delivered by TCU's Intensive English Program faculty. 
Aug. 4 Deadline to submit your video interview
Refer to the Career Planning and Information tab in MBAFYI for details. 
Aug. 3 START Workshop - Opening night 4:30-9:00 p.m.
Join your classmates and MBA faculty and staff for programming designed to help you get to know each other while setting the tone for your MBA experience. You will have a professional headshot taken, so attire is business professional. One of the evening's highlights will be the opportunity to learn from Jaymin Patel, author, speaker and coach, who will share compelling insights to help you "Network like a Rock Star." We will gather in the rotunda area of the new Hays Business Complex. Please bring your laptop and power cord as well as a face mask. Dinner will be provided.
Aug. 3-14 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. Morning sessions will take place on campus, beginning at 8:00 a.m. each day, and afternoon sessions will take place virtually. You will enroll in fall classes as part of START Workshop. Because the beginning of the fall semester was accelerated by a week, START Workshop is more condensed, and it was necessary to schedule a required Accounting workshop on Saturday, August 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Aug. 10 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 (6-6:45 p.m.) includes a casual dinner, a short tour, and a starting point for new friendships.
Aug. 15-16 Free days
Enjoy a well-deserved break before classes start on Monday, August 17.

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?
Now 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 11 Accelerated Programs Orientation night, 5:00-8:30 p.m.
Join incoming classmates from across all accelerated 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 13 Marketing Fundamentals Kickoff
Incoming accelerated students in the MBA, Energy MBA and PMBA programs will complete their first three courses in a hybrid delivery model. This first course runs from June 13-27, with a live session at the beginning and at the end of the course.
June 27 Marketing Fundamentals Wrap-up, Finance Fundamentals Kickoff
You will wrap your first fundamentals class and then begin the second with this live session on campus. Your second fundamentals course runs from June 27-July 18.
July 18 Finance Fundamentals Wrap-up, Supply Chain Fundamentals Kickoff
You will wrap your second fundamentals class and then begin the third and final fundamentals course with this live session on campus. The final fundamentals course runs from July 18 - August 1.
Aug. 1 Supply Chain Fundamentals Wrap-up
Finish your final fundamentals course with this live session on campus.
Aug 2-4 Business Simulation course
Incoming accelerated PMBA and MBA students will complete a three-day business simulation course on Sunday, August 2 and the evenings of Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4. 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.
Aug 3-14 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
Aug 17 Fall classes begin
Aug 21 Second-year Re-START
This afternoon session will provide an important opportunity for you to get to know the second-year MBA class. Times and details TBA.

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 
Stephen Jenkins, Director, Graduate Admissions 
s.jenkins@tcu.edu  |  817-257-4671 

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. More details.

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. More detailed information and access to the modules will be available on April 6..

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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 6
    Click here for instructions on how to complete.

    Download the template and toolkit here
  2. LinkedIn Profile Updates
    Deadline: July 6

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

    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. 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.

DELOITTE
CORE Leadership Program
AUDIENCE: To be eligible for the program, individuals should have separated from the armed forces in the past 12 months OR be active duty members who will be separating in the next 12 months.
DEADLINE:  Apply by February 19, 2020 to attend April 16 – 18, 2020. 
MORE INFO AND TO APPLY

POETS & QUANTS
Pre MBA Networking Festival
AUDIENCE: Open to all MBAs entering Fall 2020. Occurs May 7 – 8 in NYC. After FOUR successful years of hosting this multi-industry trek, Poets & Quants is providing this unique opportunity exclusively to newly admitted MBA students from leading business schools. If you are starting your MBA program in the fall of 2020 and are looking to forge important connections, become more savvy about your MBA career options, and get a head start on your MBA pivot, do not miss the Poets&Quants preMBA Networking Festival! This year’s premiere corporate sponsor is McKinsey & Company.
DEALDINE: Open now until first 300 applicants.
MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER

JUMP START DIVERSITY FORUMS
Finance and Financial Services Diversity Forum
AUDIENCE: The diversity forum audience is incoming MBA students from top programs who will matriculate this coming Fall. Diversity forum participants are diverse individuals based on ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ, and veteran or military status.
DEADLINE:   Deadline to apply includes rolling monthly deadlines and admission decisions from January to April 2020.
APPLY HERE

ROMBA (REACHING OUT MBA)
Retail, Finance, Marketing, Consulting & General Management and Technology Career Treks
AUDIENCE: Multiple career treks designed as learning & networking opportunities for admitted lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer MBAs interested in specific industries.
DEADLINES:  Round 1-March 13, 2020; Round 2-April 10, 2020; Round 3-May 8, 2020
MORE INFO AND TO APPLY

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

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

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Fort Worth Stories
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Fort Worth Landmarks
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Create Your TCU Account in my.TCU.edu

The TCU portal will be your primary access to TCU information throughout your experience at TCU. You will use the my.tcu.edu to access class registration, your student account, financial aid, grades and much more.

Step 1: Create a my.TCU.edu Account. Returning TCU students can use the same username and password.

Step 2: Set up your Password Self-Help for 24/7 access to reset your password.

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

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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