Students Say

Acton School of Business’s unique MBA is like “boot camp” for entrepreneurs. This “challenging yet rewarding” program covers every aspect, practical and personal, of launching a successful venture. Through the school’s unique curriculum, students “learn how to learn, learn how to make money, and learn how to live a life of meaning.” In meeting this mission, Acton employs “some of the best entrepreneurs in the world;” the school’s stellar professors are “leaders in the field of study, and experts at leading the classroom discussions.”

Overview

Applicants
Acceptance Rate
Average Undergrad GPA
3.50
Years Work Experience
4
Average Age
29

Test Scores

GMAT
-
GPA
-

Deadlines


Round 1
March 1

Round 2
April 16

Round 3
June 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews
Other Factors

Overall

Students Say

Acton School of Business’s unique MBA is like “boot camp” for entrepreneurs. This “challenging yet rewarding” program covers every aspect, practical and personal, of launching a successful venture. Through the school’s unique curriculum, students “learn how to learn, learn how to make money, and learn how to live a life of meaning.” In meeting this mission, Acton employs “some of the best entrepreneurs in the world;” the school’s stellar professors are “leaders in the field of study, and experts at leading the classroom discussions.” A current student gushes, “To say the professors here are ‘world-class’ would be an understatement. These are the best teachers an MBA student could ever encounter.” Coursework is entirely case-based, and professors employ the Socratic method to encourage discussion and creative problem solving in the classroom. Students love the fact that “class time is 100 percent dedicated to real-life applicable situations. There is no wasted time on theory that we can’t use.” A current student adds, “After seeing 300 cases and having analyzed those from the entrepreneur point of view, you start seeing patterns.”

The Acton MBA is an accelerated program, which packs two years of coursework into single fast-paced year. Every day is a marathon, with students meeting for break-of-dawn study groups before class kicks off at eight o’clock in the morning. With its emphasis on discussion, “class is incredibly intense; the professors are knowledgeable, and the students are incredibly well prepared.” On that note, there are roughly ten cases assigned every week, so you can reasonably expect “90-100 hours of case prep per week.” Fortunately, the rewards of the Acton MBA are well worth the effort. Despite the long hours, “discussions and material make the days go by so fast. It really is a lot of fun once you get past the tough schedule.” Not to mention, the rigor itself is a great teacher; here, the curriculum is “so difficult and time-consuming that you are a different person after you finish.”

“Acton is run like a well organized company,” and overseen by a staff of 3 that is “very easy to work with and very efficient.” The “school administration is very responsive to problems” when they arise, treating students like valued customers. A case in point, all Acton instructors are required to sign a contract agreeing to step down if students are dissatisfied with their course. Students also appreciate the accelerated structure, which limits their educational expenses to a single year. Sure, you may sweat through it, but “the amount of education packed into one year is better than any 2 or 2+ year program in the country.”


Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
2:1
Total Faculty
15

13
Female

Specialities of faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL

Our Master Teachers are as talented and comfortable in the classroom as they are in the Boardroom.

We teach you how to make money, and we prepare you for the difficult moral dilemmas you will face as an entrepreneur.

Our MBA curriculum is tightly integrated: courses, seminars, simulations, and special projects build upon each other step by step.

Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
No

Sustainability course is

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

Career overview

Career Rating
88
Average Starting Salary
$80,000

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
33%
Graduate Facilitated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
33%
Graduate Facilitated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

22%
Marketing
22%
Operations/Logistics
4%
Consulting
4%
Finance/Accounting

Graduates Employed by Region

50%
Southwest
15%
Mid-Atlantic
15%
Northeast
15%
West
5%
International

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Entrepreneurship 33%
Marketing / Sales 22% $75,000
Operations / Logistics 22% $102,000
Consulting 4%
Finance / Accounting 4% $85,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consumer Products 22% $90,000
Real Estate 22% $102,000
Media / Entertainment 11% $55,000
Technology 8% $66,000
Consulting 7% $60,000
Financial Services 7% $85,000
Manufacturing 4% $70,000
Petroleum / Energy 4% $70,000

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics


Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
70%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
0%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
70%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
0%

New Students Receiving Loans
50%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$49,500
Tuition (Out-State)
$49,500
Fees (In-State)
$0
Fees (Out-State)
$0

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$20,000
Academic Expenses
$0

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
30
Out of State
51%

In State
99%

Demographics

29.00%
Minorities
14.00%
International

14% female
86% male

Campus Life

Students Say

MBA candidates say you must be prepared to “dedicate your life to the program” at Acton. Keeping up with the rigorous MBA coursework requires every waking hour, from dawn to midnight. A current student details, “A typical day begins at 5:15 am to make it to study group by 6:00. Class until 12:20 over the cases you prepared the day before. Go to lunch with classmates and then begin studying at 1:00. Go to bed at midnight and start again.” While students spend a great deal of time with their classmates, “there is no time for clubs or activities” outside schoolwork. Even your personal life may end up on the back burner; for most students, “Family time is limited to around 30 minutes per day.” While no one questions the efficacy of the program, some say it would be nice if the school provided more “support for families, including spouse events.”

The rigorous interaction naturally helps to create strong bonds between students. You will learn a lot from your peers at Acton, and not surprisingly, most students are “very motivated and extremely competitive.” Fortunately, they are also described as “friendly, easy to talk to, eager to help one another, and family-oriented.” Similarities end there, however. The school attracts a “diverse group of individuals with different backgrounds and political ideologies.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Ellen Thompson
Student & Admissions Coordinator

Address
1404 E. Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78741

Phone
512-495-9925

Email
admissions@actonmail.org
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Key Stats

Applicants
30
Size
Acceptance Rate

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