I'm accepted--so what's next?
CONGRATULATIONS! You have been admitted into a program that has a tradition of excellence of preparing students for success in their professional business careers for several decades. As an MBA student in the rigorous Accelerated program, you will be able to get a jump-start on your career before most of your peers and will be well on your way onto management and leadership opportunities. To ensure your spot in the graduating class of 2012, your next step is paying your Tuition and Housing deposit. Once, we receive this, you will be sent additional information on your Visa, health insurance, housing, and arrival to campus.
How do I start the Visa process?
Thomas College will issue you a Certificate of Eligibility Form (I-20) after you have paid the required tuition and housing deposits ($1,000). The I-20 is the first form needed to apply for a interview at the US Consulate in your home country. For more information visit the US Department of State website.
Must I live on-campus?
Due to the schedule of the Accelerated program, on-campus living is required for all international MBA students.
Special break housing options are available for all students not wishing to travel home on short breaks that occur during each semester (for an additional break housing fee).
When do I need to pay my bill?
Accelerated MBA students are expected to pay their Tuition and Housing bill in one or two installments (at the beginning of each term). Student bills will be sent July 15, and need to be paid by August 10, 2011.
When should I arrive?
After paying the Tuition and Housing deposit, students will receive additional information regarding the necessary health insurance and immunizations as well as information about Orientation and travel to campus. The first course work begins in the middle of August, so it is important to plan to arrive to the US at the end of the 2nd week of August. More details will follow after receipt of the tuition and housing deposit.
What's it like in Waterville, Maine?
Waterville is a small city located in central Maine. Home to approximately 15,500 people, the city is a thriving community with three colleges, two hospitals, and a host of cultural and business opportunities.
The central location of Waterville offers abundant opportunities to residents and guests alike. The city is only 15 minutes from Maine's capital, Augusta, and is about 4 hours from Boston, Massachusetts. Within one to two hours of Waterville, students can enjoy miles of ocean beaches or many lakes for boating, fishing and swimming. Skiers and snowboarders enjoy the fact that our campus is within two hours of Sugarloaf, Saddleback and Sunday River ski resorts. Waterville offers a large network of hiking trails, some of which connect to the local college campuses.
Within the city of Waterville, students have access to shopping at large stores such as Wal-Mart, but also can experience our downtown area, which has a traditional New England setting. Main Street, or "downtown", hosts many cultural and art events throughout the year, such as the Maine International Film festival. Stores, diverse restaurant offerings, coffee shops, and galleries round out the downtown area.
As a home to many college students, Waterville focuses on the safety of its residents. Waterville is a comfortable, friendly environment for all to enjoy.