Frequently asked questions about The Consortium

Q: I cannot ask my current employer for a recommendation because he/she does not know that I am leaving the company. What can I do?

A: You may want to consider a past employer, a former co-worker, a current co-worker or a client that can speak to the quality of your work. You may consider using your optional essay to explain your situation and why a direct supervisor did not write a recommendation.

Q: If I am not African American, Hispanic or Native American, am I still eligible to apply to The Consortium?

A: Any US Citizen or permanent resident who can demonstrate a commitment to The Consortium’s mission is eligible to apply (i.e., individuals of any race or ethnicity may apply).

Q: I will be reapplying through The Consortium this fall. I tried logging in to my old account but I can’t make changes. Do I have to re-register or can I use the same account to reapply this year?

A: To reapply, use your existing account log in information and submit new materials. If you applied within the last year, you may reuse your GMAT/GRE score (expires after 5 years), transcripts and recommendations. For more on the re-applicant process and what materials you can reuse, visit The Consortium Applicant Help Center.

Q: One of my professional recommenders wants to know if the recommendation can be submitted part on letter and part computer. He has typed a general recommendation letter on my behalf.

A: Paper recommendations are not accepted. There is a space within the online recommendation for additional comments. This would be the place for your recommender to include the comments from his letter.

Q: Do you require a transcript for a semester abroad? Or are transcripts only required when a degree was obtained?

A: If your study aboard program was through a school other than where you received your degree, then yes. We need an official copy of your transcript from any school from which you received credit. This also includes summer sessions at community colleges.

Q: What does the Consortium Fellowship pay for?

A: The Consortium Fellowship only covers full-tuition and required fees for your MBA studies. It is renewable for the second year, given that you complete the first year in good academic standing.

Q: I understand that all schools get to read the same general essay questions. Does each school get to read the other schools’ individual essays?

A: All schools will see the required core essay and the optional core essay if you choose to complete it. Each school will see only its specific essays and not the completed essays for any other schools. The first core essay is used to consider your admission to business school.

Q: I accidentally submitted my professional recommender request to the wrong email address. Can it be deleted so that I can do it over again?

A: Yes. You can login to your application and enter the correct email address. This will send out a request message to the new address. The old address will be automatically overridden.

Q: I am currently enrolled in school, and my transcripts are not available until after the application deadline. What should I do?

A: Send a transcript now, attaching a note that new transcripts will be available at the end of the term. At the end of the term, send the updated transcript.

Q: I am not happy with my GMAT/GRE score, but the application deadline is approaching or has passed. Can I still re-take the test?

A: Yes, you can still re-take the GMAT/GRE. You should check with the schools to which you are applying before you schedule the test so that the next available test date will be within an acceptable time frame for the school to consider your new score. Once you schedule the test, notify the schools of your new test date so that they will anticipate the new test score. When you take the test, select The Consortium to receive your scores. When we receive the new scores, we will send them to the schools you selected in your application.

Q: I got a ___ on my GMAT/GRE. Do I still have a chance of getting in to a school?

A: The Consortium does not evaluate applications, nor do we make any admissions or fellowship decisions. Therefore, we cannot advise you on the likelihood of you gaining acceptance to a member school based on your test score. Contact the admissions department at the schools you are interested in for their perspectives.

Q: I have submitted my application and paid my fee. Now what happens? How long will it take to get decisions?

A: Once your application has been submitted, The Consortium staff will ensure that it is complete. If it is not complete, you will be notified via email of the missing components. If it is complete, The Consortium will forward the application to the schools you ranked. The schools will then process the application according to their procedures. You will receive an admission decision from each school. The Consortium notifies applicants of membership and fellowship decisions during the third week of March via mail.

Q: I turned everything to The Consortium, but I got an email from a school saying that my application was missing info. What happened?

A: The Consortium uses an online system to process applications and distribute them to the schools. Occasionally, an item will transmit incorrectly. When that occurs, The Consortium will forward a copy of the missing item directly to the school. A school’s online system may also code a transcript sent by The Consortium as “unofficial” when the transcript received at the schools is a copy of the original, housed at The Consortium office. A copy cannot be classified as official so there is no need to send a new transcript. Please check with the school to see if this is the case before you contact The Consortium about missing transcripts.

Q: What do I do if the schools’ deadlines are different than The Consortium’s deadlines?

A: You do not have to complete any application requirements listed on any member school’s application website. You only need to fill out The Consortium’s application to be considered for admission.

Q: Will a school deny me admission if I don’t rank them high enough?

A: No. Rankings only affect fellowship offers, which are made after admission decisions.

Q: Are the required materials in The Consortium’s application different than the schools’ requirements?

A: By completing The Consortium’s application, you are excused from completing the member schools’ direct applications. The materials required in The Consortium application are nearly identical to the materials included in each schools’ application, so you won’t miss any requirements.

Q: If the materials in The Consortium’s application are not directed to a specific school, how do I tailor my application to my choice schools?

A: Your application will include school-specific essays for each school. Those essays will be read only by that school. This essay is your opportunity to demonstrate your interest in and knowledge of that school’s program. You may also demonstrate interest in a specific school through other activities such as campus visits and building relationships with admissions officers, current students and alumni.

Q: How is membership to The Consortium decided?

A: Membership to The Consortium is based on the essay within The Consortium application explaining your commitment to the spirit of The Consortium’s mission, and the letter of recommendation from someone who can comment on this commitment. Member schools do not have access to the membership essay or the membership recommendation. The decision for membership is made solely by The Consortium.

Q: What is expected of a Consortium member while in school, and after graduation?

A: Consortium students and alumni are expected to continue promoting diversity in business schools and in management positions within corporations, to participate in the Orientation Program and Consortium events in cities near you and to spread the word to others!

Q: How is the fellowship awarded?

A: Fellowships are merit-based and awarded by individual member schools.

Q: How many fellowship offers can I receive?

A: Applicants may only receive one fellowship offer. Fellowships are not transferable among member schools.
Any applicant admitted to a member school should complete that school’s financial aid application. The fellowship covers tuition and required fees, but does not pay for living expenses, books or other personal needs. Since fellowship funds are not transferable among member schools, you will need options to fund your studies if you decline a fellowship offer.