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Application FAQ

Successful entrepreneurs know how to ask the right questions.

Is Acton right for me?

That’s really a question that only you can answer. Here are some signs that it might be:

  • Do you feel driven to succeed?
  • Have you started businesses before?
  • Do you hate the idea of working for someone else?
  • Do the idea of having a boss turn your stomach?
  • Do you have a burning desire to change the world?
  • Do you ever feel like a misfit?
  • Do you have something to prove to the world?
  • Are you frustrated with the status quo?

If these questions resonate with you, there’s a good chance Acton is the place for you. Explore our website, come for a class visit, and submit an application—you won’t know unless you push yourself.

Can I visit a class before applying?

To fully understand the power of the Acton program, you must see the class in action. The energy of a Socratic discussion needs to be seen to be believed.   Click here to request a class visit.

When are admissions applications due?

All applications must be completed and received no later than 5:00 PM Central Standard Time the day of the application deadline. See the Application Deadline page for more details. Completed applications must include application fees, official transcripts, GMAT scores, and all three letters of recommendation in order to be considered.

What are the benefits to applying for earlier admissions deadlines?

Acton has a very limited class size, so we encourage potential students who are very serious and excited about attending the program to apply as early as possible to ensure they have the best chances of acceptance. We do not reserve a certain number of acceptances per admissions deadline, so there is a chance that there will be only a few seats left by the final admissions deadline.

Is there a fee for applying?

A nonrefundable application fee of (U.S.) $150 can be paid by check or money order (payable to Hardin-Simmons University) or by credit card through the online application system.

Are all applicants required to submit a GMAT score? I took the GMAT in the past—do I need to retake it? To whom do I submit my score report? Which scores do I report if I have taken the GMAT more than once? Do I have to submit my GMAT scores with the rest of my application?

Applicants can use a GMAT score for the application’s test requirement, or are also able to take a series of brief online diagnostics that will be administered by our admissions team. If you chose to use your GMAT score, you must submit both the unofficial score report you receive the day of the test to the Acton Admissions Office, as well as submit your official score report to Hardin-Simmons University, code N0H-2D-88. You may submit GMAT scores from the past, but if they are more than 5 years old, we will only accept them in tandem with a series of online diagnostics to be administered by our admissions team. Submit only the best score report you have.

What is the average GMAT score? Do you have a minimum score required?

The average GMAT for the class entering in the fall of 2012 was 639. While the Admissions Committee prefers to see a score of at least 600, they also acknowledge that your GMAT score is just one piece of your complete application and will not make their decision purely based on that score.

So what are these online diagnostics anyway?

Acton employs a series of leading online diagnostics that help to gauge cognitive abilities and skills. If you choose to take the series of diagnostics instead of submitting a GMAT score, our admissions team will let you know more about the series, how to prepare and will administer them to you after you after your application is completed.

I am an international student.  What do I need to know?

If you were educated at an international institution, you must have your transcripts evaluated by an international academic credential verification agency to confirm that your degree is equivalent to a degree from a four-year undergraduate program at an accredited U.S. institution. All Acton applicants must be able to fluently read, write and communicate in English. International applicants who were educated in an English-speaking university or post-graduate program are not required to submit a TOEFL score. International applicants who were educated in a language other than English must show a fluency in English by scoring a minimum of 109 on the internet-based TOEFL. The Admissions Committee discourages any candidate with a score below this minimum from applying. You may submit TOEFL scores from the past, but they may not be more than two years old. A copy of your TOEFL score report must accompany your complete application form. In addition to these self-reported scores, please submit your official score report to Hardin-Simmons University, code 6268. In order to allow adequate time for international candidates to acquire their visas and make preparations to move to the United States before classes begin, international applicants may apply only for the early and priority deadlines.

Where do I submit my official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions I attended?

An official paper transcript from all undergraduate and post-graduate (full or part-time) institutions attended must be submitted to the Admissions Office at 1404 Riverside Drive, Austin, Texas, 78741. These transcripts will be verified. If you were educated at an international institution, you must have your transcripts evaluated by an international academic credential verification agency to confirm that your degree is equivalent to a degree from a four-year undergraduate program at an accredited U.S. institution.

Do I need letters of recommendations for my application?

Your Acton application includes three recommendations from people who can speak about you in a professional setting. You will enter their names and emails into the online application, and they will receive an email with specific instructions on how to upload their recommendation. Recommenders must have email and access to the internet in order to submit recommendations on your behalf.

Will you offer feedback on denied applications?

Due to the large number of applications we receive each year, we cannot provide personalized feedback to each rejected applicant, nor can we advise you of whether or not you should reapply in the future. Also, please understand that the Admissions Committee’s decision is final and no applications will be reconsidered. Should you be denied acceptance to the program, you will have to reapply for a future academic year.

What is your deferral policy?

Acton will not defer any applicant’s acceptance to the program.

Can't find your question? Please email our Admissions Office.