Admitted International Students
WELCOME TO WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY'S MBA PROGRAM!
This Information Directory provides some basic information you will need as you plan for your MBA education at Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management. We will keep you up-to-date and informed throughout the coming months.
Be sure to contact us with your questions. Call 503-370-6167 (toll free within the U.S. at 1-866-MBA-AGSM) or email Judy at email@example.com.
The entire Atkinson School community congratulates you on your admission to the Willamette MBA program and encourages you to join us for a career-building and life-changing experience.
|Judy O'Neill||Aimee Akimoff||Matt Alex|
|Associate Dean and Director of Admission||Director of Recruitment||MBA Recruiter and Admission Counselor|
Learn More About the Willamette MBA
- Read previous editions of the applicant newsletter: February 2013 Newsletter December 2012 Newsletter
- Read the Willamette MBA Student Blog
- Visit our website at http://www.willamette.edu/mba
- Download a PDF version of the Early Career and Career Change viewbook
- Download a PDF version of the most recent Dean's Report "Innovation, Imagination, Ideas and Impact"
- Download a PDF of the previous Dean's report People, Planet and Profits
- Visit the Admitted Student Web page
- Read recent editions of Atkinson News - the newsletter about faculty, students, alumni and events
- "Like" our Willamette MBA facebook page for the Early Career and Career Change MBA Program
- "Like" our Willamette MBA general facebook page
- Follow us on Twitter
Reserve Your Place in the Incoming Class of 2013
To confirm your place in the entering class of 2013, complete the Acceptance of Admission form enclosed with your letter of admission and return it with your $200 deposit to the Willamette University MBA program by your deposit date.
You can pay your deposit by mailing us a check in the amount of $200 (payable to Willamette University) or you can pay your $200 deposit online by credit card at https://secure.willamette.edu/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi/mba. If you choose to pay your deposit online by credit card, you will need to use your Willamette University ID number. You received your ID number in an email from Judy O'Neill shortly after your admission.
The deposit will be applied toward your tuition and fees billing for fall semester 2013. Deposits are not refundable.
If you need more time to make your decision, email Judy O'Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for an extension of your deposit date. If you decide not to attend the Willamette MBA, please notify Judy O'Neill.
Your Willamette University Student Identification Number
Your will receive your Willamette University Student Identification Number in an email from Judy O'Neill within a few days of your admission email. You may be asked for your ID number when working with many campus offices because it will expedite their ability to rapidly access your records. You will also need your ID number to complete the online form for paying your deposit by credit card. Your ID number is private information, so you should not share your ID number with people other than Willamette University employees.
Academic Calendar for 2013 - 2014
Fall Semester 2013 officially begins on Tuesday, August 13th, with Compass Week. Compass Week is required for all new students. New students should plan to arrive in Salem between August 1st and August 8th (or before) so you have time to get settled and rested before school starts. A fun and optional presession will be available on Friday, August 9th. The basic academic calendar for 2013-14 is shown below.
Fall Semester 2013
|Optional Presession Program||August 9|
|Fall Semester Begins||August 13|
|Willamette International Student Orientation||August 13|
|Compass Week||August 13 @ 4:00 p.m. through August 16|
|Labor Day Holiday||September 2|
|Thanksgiving Vacation||November 25 - November 29|
|End of Fall Semester||December 13|
Spring Semester 2014
|First Day of Spring Semester||January 13|
|Spring Vacation||March 24 - March 28|
|End of Semester||May 7|
|Commencement for Graduating Class of 2014||May 11|
An Atkinson School student will pick you up at Portland International Airport (PDX) when you arrive for Willamette's fall semester 2013. Our arrival student liaisons will bring you to Salem, help you find a place to live, start your bank account, etc. We will provide more information about our Arrival Liaison Program and International Student Orientation programs early in the summer of 2013.
International Student Advisor
Christine Andresen, Associate Director of International Education, is your international student advisor. Contact Chris with questions about visa, immigration or health insurance issues. Email email@example.com or call 503-375-5404.
Tuition for 2013-2014
Willamette University provides an exceptional MBA education at a manageable cost. Forbes magazine ranks the Willamette MBA as one of the top 75 MBA programs in the U.S. for Return on Investment (ROI) and U.S. News.com recently listed the Willamette MBA program as one of the 10 least expensive private college/university MBA programs in the U.S.
Tuition for 2013-14 for students enrolled in the MBA program for early career and career change students will be $34,782 for the academic year ($17,391 for fall semester and $17,391 for spring semester).
Tuition generally increases approximately 4% to 5% each year. There is also an additional second year of fee of $50 for renting graduation regalia.
For full information about estimated expenses (tuition, fees, living expenses, etc) see http://www.willamette.edu/mba/full-time/tuition/index.html
Financial Aid - Educational Loans
Educational loans are the most common source of funding for MBA students in the United States. Educational loans may be available from your home country or from private credit-based loan programs in the United States.
Private credit-based educational loans from U.S. organizations require a co-signer who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. If you are interested in a U.S. private loan and have a U.S. cosigner, email Katy Wilson, Willamette University Senior Financial Aid Counselor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Programs to consider are: SallieMae International Student Loans at http://www.salliemae.com/international/non_us_students/, CitiAssist Loan for Graduate Students http://studentloan.citibank.com/slcsite/fr_apnow.htm, and Bank of America International Student Loan: http://www.bankofamerica.com/studentbanking/index.cfm?template=stb_studentloans_privateloans_bofa_loans.cfm
Education loans may also be available from organizations based in your home country or from your government.
Students from India may want to review the following educational loan program: http://www.credila.com/
If you have questions about loan programs, contact Katy O'Neil, Willamette University Senior Financial Aid Counselor. Email Katy at email@example.com, call toll free at 1-877-744-3736 or call 503-370-6273.
Financial Aid - Merit-Based Scholarships
Merit-based scholarships are awarded to approximately 60% of full-time Early Career MBA and MBA for Career Change students. Scholarships are merit-based and announced in your letter of admission. Applicants who did not receive a scholarship or are interested in increasing their scholarship will generally be asked to retake the GMAT or the GRE, because that is the one part of an applicant's credentials that can easily change. If you are interested in retaking the GMAT or GRE, be sure to contact Judy O'Neill and submit your new GMAT or GRE scores to the admission office by June 15, 2013. If your GMAT or GRE score increases, your eligibility for scholarship assistance can be reevaluated.
Fifty percent of a scholarship award for the academic year is dispersed for fall semester and 50% is dispersed for spring semester. Scholarship awards are not available for summer semester.
Additional scholarship opportunities for second year students include a selection of competitive scholarships that recognize characteristics such as entrepreneurship, academic achievement, leadership, service, and initiative. Our MBA students apply for these scholarships during the spring semester of the first year of study.
Renewal of Scholarships - Atkinson School MBA scholarships are generally renewable for the second year of study if the MBA student meets all of the following requirements: 1) achieves a minimum MBA cumulative grade point average of 3.3 (B+) by the end of the first academic year of study; 2) maintains full-time enrollment in the Early Career and Career Change MBA program; 3) passes IKEW during spring semester of the first year; and 4) maintains good standing within the academic policies and expectations of conduct of the Atkinson School and Willamette University.
Students who do not meet all of the requirements for renewal of their scholarship may appeal the renewal of their scholarship to the Associate Dean/Director of Admission who will consult with the Dean in making all appeal decisions.
MBA/JD joint degree students who receive scholarship assistance from the MBA program will receive the scholarship only during the first academic year in which they are enrolled full-time in the MBA program.
Cancellation of Scholarships - The Willamette MBA views ethics and academic honesty as very important parts of our MBA education. Scholarship recipients who have been placed on conduct probation or found to have committed the offense of plagiarism, cheating, or unauthorized possession of academic materials will lose all scholarship assistance awarded by the Atkinson School. See http://www.willamette.edu/mba/handbook/early_career_career_change/2012/conduct.html for definitions of the terms "plagiarism," "cheating," "unauthorized possession of academic materials," and "conduct probation."
Save on Exchange Rates and Bank Transfer Fees
Willamette University partners with peerTransfer to save international students money on exchange rates and bank fees involved in their payment processes. Using peerTransfer can save students up to $1500 a year. peerTransfer also provides great 24 hour multi-lingual customer support (phone, email, Skype, and chat), quick service, and the opportunity to easily track your payment.
Learn more about peerTransfer at http://peertransfer.com/ and see a comparison of the costs you will have from peerTransfer versus a typical bank. If you want to use peerTransfer you can access Willamette's page at https://peertransfer.com/school/willamette.
All Willamette MBA students are required to have a laptop computer. In some classes you will use your laptop extensively; in others periodically or minimally. Current required laptop specifications are listed below.
* 802.11b or 802.11g wireless LAN capability
* Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
* Recommended RAM of 2G
Special Note #1. Some courses require Windows only software applications that are not available for Mac. In these cases, students will need to provide their own access to an appropriate windows based laptop. In other cases, windows based software is available for Apple OS X Intel based laptops (MacBook and MacPro) that are set up to support the Windows operating system. However, the cost to purchase Windows operating system software and license are the responsibility of the student.
Special Note #2. : If you intend to use a laptop provided by an organization or employer for your MBA course work, be sure the laptop administration is NOT restricted by the organization's IT department. You may be required to install software, make network changes, or make other system configuration changes to your laptop. Laptops with administration lock down or that are only partially configurable will not meet the requirements of this program.
Willamette MBA students generally live off-campus. Check our Google map and recommendations from students at http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=208050553308780050435.00000112dfdf750522eec&ll=46.826375%2C-122.832642&spn=1.093683%2C3.532104&z=8
We will provide additional and updated information in early summer 2013.
Other resources for information include the Statesman Journal (Classified Ad) and Craigslist
At this time. the Willamette University on-campus housing office does not anticipate openings for on-campus housing for graduate students for fall semester 2013. If you are interested in living on-campus, email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be placed on their waiting list. We will keep you updated if on-campus housing becomes available.
Health Insurance for International Students
All students enrolled in 4.5 credits or more are required to have health insurance. You will not be required to purchase the Willamette Student Insurance Plan if you are covered by a comparable health insurance plan.
The Willamette Student Health Insurance Plan reflects the ruling passed March 16, 2012 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in regard to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The cost for 12 months coverage through the Willamette University Student Health Plan is $2,536 for 2012-13.
Complete information about health insurance for International students is available online.
Disability and Learning Services
The mission of the Willamette University Disability and Learning Services office is to facilitate reasonable accommodations for those students with a qualifying disability or temporary medical condition and to provide academic assistance on an individual basis to any undergraduate or graduate student who requests it. Admitted applicants desiring information regarding Disability Services for Willamette MBA students may go to www.willamette.edu/dept/disability and follow the procedures listed. Students who have a documented disability requiring accommodation should contact the Office of Disability and Learning Services at 503-370-6471.
Communicate with an MBA Student, Faculty Member or Alumnus
If you would like to communicate with an MBA School student, faculty member and/or alumnus, we will be happy to connect you! To request contact, just email email@example.com.
Changes in Your Mailing Address, Email Address or Telephone Number
If you have a change in your mailing address, email address or telephone number, be sure to tell us so we can continue to keep you informed of important information. Email changes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Admitted students may defer their enrollment for up to one year. Deferment applies to admission only and does not defer scholarship awards or financial aid.
WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY RESOURCE DIRECTORY
|Atkinson School -- Admission Office|
Associate Dean and
|Director of Recruitment||Aimee Akimoff
|MBA Recruiter and Admission Counselor||Matt Alex
|Admitted Student Web Page||www.willamette.edu/agsm/admission/admitted|
|Mailing Address||Admission Office
Atkinson Graduate School of Management
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
|International Student Advising|
Associate Director of International Education
|Financial Aid Office|
Senior Financial Aid Counselor
|Mailing Address||Financial Aid Office
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
|On-Campus Housing – Office of Residence Life|
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- Salem Visitor Center - information regarding the greater Salem area
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