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July 16, 2019

Network Your Way Through the Admissions Process

Attending an MBA fair at the start of the MBA recruiting season is a good first step – just don’t stop there. We make networking easy by providing various ways you can connect with members of the Tepper School community. Here are some opportunities:

Reach Out to Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors remember what it is like being in our shoes and are eager to share their experiences with you. When you reach out, you will be how willing they are to share. Don’t be surprised if they suggest setting up a call to talk and offer to introduce you to their classmates.

Campus Visits

Register for a campus visit and indicate if you’d to be connected with any of the following student organizations:

  • Black Business Association
  • Latin American Business Association
  • Women in Business
  • Military Veterans Association
  • Out and Allied
  • Graduate Business Association (student government)

You will be connected with a leader within the student organization and can schedule a time to meet with them or one of the organization’s members. If there are social activities happening during your time in Pittsburgh, they will be certain to let you know.

A campus visit provides you with a personal connection to students. You will interact with 5-10 MBA students just through the activities during the visit. Take advantage of being in the Tepper Quad and schedule coffee with someone who has similar career interests or has something in common with you.

Tepper Talks

During Tepper Talks, the Admissions team hosts an event that includes hearing from the Masters Career Center (MCC) and an alumni panel. Get a sense of how you should be thinking of your career from the MCC and then hear how the Tepper MBA prepared our alumni to make an impact at their company.

Diversity and Community Events

Two other opportunities that are “not-to-miss” are Diversity Weekend and our Discover the Difference at Tepper webinar series. You will hear directly from students about their Tepper experience.

The webinar series features students from the following populations:

  • LGBTQ Community
  • Underrepresented U.S. Minorities
  • Women
  • Military and Veterans
  • Partners & Families
  • Those with non-traditional backgrounds

Additionally, you can hear from European, Latin American, East Asian, and South Asian students about why they chose Tepper and what being a part of this community means to them.

The more you network within the community, the more you will appreciate the excitement among the students about helping admissions recruit the next incoming class. They make networking easy for you!

Getting to know Tepper MBAs through the coming months will not only help you see yourself as a contributing member of the Tepper School, but it will give you context and information to draw on as you prepare your application. Networking is a skill that you can put to good use through this process and we hope we’ve provided some easy ways for you to begin.

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