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 you have a burning desire to change 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 visit a class, and submit an application—you won’t know unless you push yourself.

Can I visit a class before applying?

Yes. 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 11:59 PM Central Standard Time the day of the application deadline. See the MBA Applications 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.) $50 can be paid 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?

Not all applicants are required to submit a GMAT score. We’ve never met a standardized test score that tells us anything about entrepreneurial drive, personal integrity or true intelligence, and that’s why we don’t require the GMAT. If you’ve taken the test and would like to supplement your application with your test score, please do so. Your score must be current within the last 4 years and needs to be submitted with your application. An official GMAT score report needs to be sent to Hardin-Simmons University (NOH-2D-88). Average Acton GMAT scores over the past ten years have been 650.

What are these other online tests we’re able to take?

If you choose to not use a GMAT score, then Acton offers a series of leading online diagnostics that help to gauge critical thinking and entrepreneurial mindset. Once you begin your application, our admissions team will let you know more about the series, how to prepare and will administer the series to you after you have notified us of your interest.

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 WES, 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. You will need to get a course-by-course evaluation of your transcripts from WES and have them sent to Hardin-Simmons’ Graduate Office.

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.

What is your deferral policy?

Acton will not defer any applicant’s acceptance to the program unless expressly approved by the Acton Admissions Committee.

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