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Admissions Open House Welcomes High School Seniors, Families

November 09, 2008
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Student Leader directs guests 
Ashley Hutt (left in white polo shirt) and
Christina Farmer (holding sign) were among
the business students who spoke to high
school seniors and their families.
How much ice was used in the city of Miami last year? Huh? Again: How much ice was used in the city of Miami last year? That was the question that Ellen McPhillip, assistant dean for undergraduate business programs, used to kick off a presentation to prospective business students and their families in the University of Miami School of Business Administration’s Storer Auditorium on November 9, 2008. Of course no one in the audience knew that answer; that wasn’t the point. But the question started a lively discussion of how the answer might be found — and that was the point. McPhillip used the question — which has been asked by consulting firm McKinsey & Co. during job interviews of graduating business students — to demonstrate that the School is teaching its students how to do the problem solving and critical thinking required in real-world corporations.

The prospective students — all high school seniors — were attending the UM-wide Admissions Open House.  After McPhillip’s remarks, the dozens of attendees heard from eight current business juniors and seniors about their experiences at UM, which ranged from research projects to study abroad to internships, and which demonstrated with wide range of possibilities open to business students.

“It’s an opportunity to showcase some of our top juniors and seniors, and give high school students an understanding of what a university education is supposed to be,” says McPhillip. “They see the School of Business and our students at their best.”

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