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Admissions Tip: Round Two Recap and Advice

As we prepare to bid goodbye to 2011 and greet the deadline-packed first month of 2012, we would like to take the opportunity to recap the upcoming Round Two deadlines and offer some advice for hardworking applicants.  Some schools have even reached their third rounds by January, and those are denoted below by (R3).

First, a summary of this month’s deadlines along with the exact time each application is due:

Tuesday, January 3rd
Tepper, 5:00 p.m. EST

Wednesday, January 4th
Booth, 5:00 p.m. EST
Duke, 11:59 p.m. EST
Ross, 11:59 p.m. EST
Tuck, 5:00 p.m. EST
Wharton, 5:00 p.m. EST

Thursday, January 5th
LBS, 12:00 p.m. EST
Yale, 5:00 p.m. EST

Friday, January 6th
Cambridge (R3), 12:00 p.m. EST
UNC (R3), 5:00 p.m. EST

Tuesday, January 10th
HBS, 12:00 p.m. EST
Kellogg, 11:59 p.m. CST
MIT, 12:00 p.m. PST

Wednesday, January 11th
Stanford, 5:00 PST
UCLA, 9:00 p.m. PST

Thursday, January 12th
Darden, 11:59 p.m. EST

Sunday, January 15th
ISB, 11:59 IST (international applicants)
NYU, 11:59 EST

Wednesday, January 18th
Haas (R3), 11:59 p.m. PST

Friday, January 20th
Oxford, 6:59 p.m. EST

For those candidates who have already submitted their Round Two applications, we wish you a hearty congratulations and an exciting New Year’s Eve. However, for the many applicants still working feverishly to finish, we offer a few pieces of last minute advice:

1) Prioritize. The difference between a January 4 and 10 deadline didn’t matter much when you started working on your applications in the fall. However, with just a few days remaining, make sure you are taking deadlines into account as you prioritize your work. Though your Kellogg essays may need the most revising, save that polishing until after you turn in the Wharton application on the 4.  Similarly, for those of you really facing the crunch, you may need to take a step back and pare down your list of target schools, as it’s better to submit three or four solid applications than it is to turn in six half-baked efforts.

2) Proof. Tired of reading the same essay for the 19th time? Ask a friend, family member or Clear Admit consultant to provide a final read through, checking for grammar, punctuation, typos, and other easy to miss mistakes. Don’t let a careless error be what the admissions committee first notices about your application.

3) Get a good night’s sleep! While New Year’s celebrations will offer a tempting distraction, remember that clear writing comes from clear thinking, and clear thinking is helped by a good night’s sleep. Ring in the new year, but save the real partying for after the application deadlines!

4) Avoid Loose Ends. While focusing frantically on essays is likely a high priority, do not overlook the fact that there are other components to your application package.  Have you checked with your recommenders to ensure that they’ve done their part?  Have you gathered any needed information for transcript reports?  Have you worked on the application forms (employment history, activities listings, etc)?  In the rush to submit many applicants overlook these critical areas, resulting in an inconsistent application.

As always, you can contact Clear Admit to learn more about our admissions consulting services by emailing your resume to [email protected].

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