Congratulations on getting to one of the world’s top MBAs! Are you ready to move? We’ve prepared the only incoming admit MBA Student checklist you need to get you going.
Six Months Before Moving
- Secure your financing options. Unless you are one of those lucky incoming MBAs who scored a full ride or who don’t worry about money at all, you will likely need to find a loan provider with decent terms
- Get Vaccinated. Incoming international MBA students need to grab reach out to their schools to find out what vaccines they must get before entry to the US
- Register to attend admitted students events
- Send your deposit and a sealed copy of your transcriptions to your school of choice
- Prepare Documents. Prepare a copy of all the documents that will be hard to get once you are abroad. Some of them may take ample time to get, depending on your country. These include: Birth Certificate, Proof of no criminal record, ID, Proof of employment, and pay stubs.
- Give someone you trust attorney power. If you have someone you really trust, it may not be a bad idea to give them a signed power of attorney. This can come in handy if you need them to make transactions with your bank account that would otherwise require your presence.
- Get in shape! Make a good first impression.
At Least Three Months Before Moving
- Find a place to live. Follow MBABuddy’s school specific guides to find the right housing option for you.
- Plan your Visa strategy [International]. What’s right for you – an F1 or a J1?.
- Get your flights. Decide how early you want to arrive and order your flights. If you are international, remember that your visa will impact how early you can arrive to the US.
- Get a head start on Freebie accounts. Create accounts on Lyft, Uber, Instacart, and many other service providers. By being the first among your new group of friends, you’ll win plenty of free rides and deliveries.
- Join the conversation. Find your school’s Slack / Facebook / Google / WhatsApp groups.
- Close some gaps. Consider taking a Math, Statistics, or Microeconomics class to freshen yourself up before school starts.
- Find the best way to transfer money internationally. International students will be surprised how much they will save by having the proper method to transfer money
- Decide if you want to ship items. Usually the easiest way is to start fresh, but sometimes it make sense to ship an item with sentimental value. If you already live in the US, sometimes it makes sense to ship everything you own.
- If you have kids, start looking for a kindergarten. The good kindergartens are usually booked months in advance.
- Think about your SO. Think about what your significant other would do while you are in school. Would they work? Go to classes? Figure out what they can do before you move
One Month Before Moving
- Study for the DMV exam. Study for the DMV exam so you can get your driving license in the new State you are moving too. You won’t have time once classes starts.
- Decide whether to join a pre-MBA trip. If your classmates offer it, decide whether to join a trip that starts before classes. This is a great way to bond with the people you’ll spend the next two years with.
- Start Schmoozing. A good networker is ahead of the curve. Reach out to companies you are interested in and set up coffee for when you arrive. Companies will notice you and appreciate the initiative. Recruiting starts pretty soon after classes do.
- Setup a home country phone number. So your friends can still call you while paying a local rate.
- Buy a new laptop. Don’t be cheap, you know you need it. You’re paying $150-220K for this experience, make sure you don’t spend the time swearing your old buggy piece.
On Week Before Moving
- Sign up for a free Amazon Prime account for students. Make sure you sign up with a US address. This will get you free 2-day shipping so you can get start ordering things to wait for you in your new place.
- Strategize to build a good credit score (Internationals)
- Order the absolute essentials. There are some items you’d want waiting for you in your new place. These include a bed mattress (even if inflatable), and a floor lamp (many US apartments do not offer ceiling lamps).
First Week in the New City
- Order the rest of the items you need for your new place.
- Open a bank account. It’s important to do it right. Negotiate to get a credit card so you can start building your credit score.
- Get a credit card. You may get denied at the bank. In this cases, don’t hesitate to call the bank directly and negotiate further.
- Join a mobile carrier network
- Get a State ID. Apply for the Liquor ID and take the DMV driving test. Many bars won’t let you in with your home-country issued government ID.
- If needed, get a car. In some cities, having a car is as important as having drinking water. If that’s the case, you’d also need good insurance.