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Release: Immediate

UI MBA application goes live, online

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- People interested in applying for admission to the full-time or evening master of business administration (MBA) program at the University of Iowa now have a more convenient method: a new, online site can take application materials over the Internet.

The new system is designed to make applying for admission easier, allowing applicants to complete and submit application forms electronically.

The online system, called CollegeEdge (Æ) and created by Snap Technologies, also allows applicants to print forms to be completed and mailed separately.

All information can be entered directly from any location with Internet access, worldwide. Applicants' information is saved for later revision and is password protected to ensure privacy and data security.

Potential applicants to the UI MBA program no longer have to wait to receive an application through the mail or hunt for a typewriter to complete the form, says Mary Spreen, director of MBA admissions and financial aid.

Applicants for both the full-time and evening MBA program can use the new system.

The UI is the first MBA program in the Big Ten conference to use the new technology and joins an elite group of business schools in the country in providing online applications. Several leading MBA programs currently use CollegeEdge, including Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Cornell University, Emory University, New York University, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago.

This new application program is the latest in the UI College of Business Administration's continuing emphasis on incorporating technology into the "MBA experience."

Since moving into the new Pappajohn Business Administration Building in 1993, the MBA program has provided cutting-edge technology for its students, including access to a full-range of business information services software such as online, real-time Bloomberg terminals, Dow Jones Markets, and Lexus-Nexus.

Computer laboratories, including one for financial applications and one for marketing applications are reserved for MBA students. Evening students also have complete computer laboratories available at each of the College of Business Administration's off-campus sites in Cedar Rapids, Newton, and the Quad Cities.

The new application program can be accessed at the College of Business Administration's website at http://www.biz.uiowa.edu/mba/

The form can also be accessed through CollegeEdge at http://www.mba.collegeedge.com/

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