*The portfolio process is only available to FSB students who entered Miami University prior to FIRST Semester 2012-13*.
Download the Portfolio Preparation Guide for a convenient look at common questions and step-by-step instructions on how to prepare your portfolio for review.
Recommendations can be completed by filling out the Online Rec Form OR by submitting a letter. (You do not need to do both.)
PLEASE NOTE: A PORTFOLIO CAN ONLY BE SUBMITTED ONE TIME
Complete 60 or more credit hours including: 12 or more hours of business core courses taken at Miami
Successful completion of all of the following:
ACC 221, ACC 222, DSC 205, ECO 201, ECO 202, MIS 235*, and MTH 151
Prerequisites for MIS 235 are BUS 101 and CSE 148
AND a 3.00 GPA on a combination of all business core courses and Miami Plan Courses.
If a 3.00 GPA is not achieved, a portfolio can be submitted.
To submit a portfolio, you must have a minimum of a 2.6 qualifying GPA or a minimum of 2.6 GPA in all business courses.
When can a portfolio be submitted?
Summer Submission Deadline: June 10, 2013
Can I apply if I am currently taking a prerequisite class? If you submit a portfolio while taking prerequisite classes, your portfolio can be reviewed before the class ends. The outcome will be held pending your completion of the course.
What if I submit a portfolio, and then reach the 3.0 GPA? When a 3.0 is attained, you have gained admission.
How can I increase my chances of portfolio acceptance? It is extremely important to contact Michelle Thomas (1022 FSB, firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance in preparing your personal statements/essays.
How will I know if my portfolio is accepted? You will be notified by email and regular mail. If you are accepted, there are seats in business courses that have been held for portfolio acceptances. The advising office will contact you to let you know when you can schedule your classes.
Writing my essays/personal statements and proofreading: Howe Writing Initiative: email@example.com (FSB 3064) 513-529-8296
Questions about my classes and my GPA: Advising Office, 1022 FSB
Checking to see if my recommendation letters have arrived: Student Development Office, 1022 FSB
All other questions/concerns: See Michelle Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1022 FSB
If you cannot reach Michelle Thomas and need immediate assistance, you may contact her assistant, Kim Eads at email@example.com or 529-3635.
Howe Writing Initiative: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notification of acceptance/denial via e-mail: TBA
Summer Portfolio Workshops: NA
Howe Writing Initiative:
PLEASE NOTE: A PORTFOLIO CAN ONLY BE SUBMITTED ONE TIME
DEADLINE:Monday June 10, 2013
What goes into a portfolio?
1. Two recommendations, one from two of the following: faculty advisor (including evidence of regular advising sessions), faculty member, academic advisor, first-year residence hall advisor, coaches, administrator, employer, or other persons who can speak to student potential success in the FSB.
Recommendations can be completed by filling out the Online Rec Form OR by submitting a letter. (You do not need to do both.) Letters should be on letterhead and signed. (1 page each and 12 pt. font) http://www.fsb.miamioh.edu/offices/student-development/portfolio
Recommendation Letters can then be submitted by:
2. Two separate personal statements (essays) addressing the following:
Note: Personal statements may address other factors as well, such as a discussion of the impact of extenuating circumstances on the applicant's academic record to date.
*It is highly recommended that students contact Michelle Thomas (1022 FSB, email@example.com) for assistance.
3. Examples of academic work (written papers, project reports, etc.) and any substantive extra-curricular activities (organization/implementation of activities sponsored by student organizations) at Miami or other external experiences. *NAME ON PAPER* (No more than 1 academic example. If submitting visual work, limit to 3 minutes.)
Some students also choose to submit a resume; this is NOT a requirement.
Faculty Recommendations: Should be on letterhead and signed. Describe the student's level of participation in class, his/her ability to work in teams, if he/she comes to office hours. If you've had a lot of contact with the student, you may want to touch upon his/her work ethic, his/her ability to problem-solve, and your overall impressions of him/her as a student. It's helpful too if you could discuss his/her overall performance in class and his/her ability to overcome various challenges. If the student is involved in business organizations or other activities campus, you may want to mention that, too. The better you know the student, the more descriptive you can be. ONE PAGE IN LENGTH
Employer/Internship Recommendations: Should be on letterhead and signed. The recommendation letters need to be one page in length and should describe in detail what the student did for you. Did he/she take the initiative on projects and how did he/she worked with peers, clients etc? What leadership did the student show in his/her work and in what ways did he/she contribute and show creativity on the job? Also, include his/her work ethic, character, values, etc. ONE PAGE IN LENGTH
Recommendation letters can be:
I am ready to begin my portfolio. Where do I start?
Plan to attend a portfolio workshop. It is mandatory that portfolio participants attend at least ONE skills development or portfolio workshop prior to submitting a portfolio. Notices of upcoming workshops are posted throughout Farmer School of Business.
Contact your recommendation writers and explain the process to them. Be sure to give them ample notice. PLEASE REMEMBER TO SEND A THANK YOU TO YOUR RECOMMENDATION SOURCE.
Make an appointment with the Student Development Office to have your essays proofread. You can schedule an appointment through Michelle Thomas – 529-4236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
After you have completed your essays and selected your examples of academic work, you are ready to upload your files. Follow the steps below to ensure the Review Committee has proper access to your portfolio.
Select “View” from the menu on the left to view the list of attachments or to delete a file.
Exit the system when you are finished.
If you need further assistance, stop by 1022 FSB!
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