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Admissions Tip: Round Two Recap and Advice

As we prepare to bid goodbye to 2012 and greet the deadline-packed first month of 2013, we would like to take the opportunity to recap the upcoming Round Two deadlines and offer some advice for hardworking applicants.

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

Thursday, January 3rd
Kellogg, 11:59 p.m. CST
LBS, 5:00 p.m. GMT
Ross, 11:59 p.m. EST
Tuck, 5:00 p.m. EST
Wharton, 5:00 p.m. EST

Friday, January 4th
Fuqua, 11:59 p.m. EST

Monday, January 7th
Harvard, 12:00 p.m. EST

Tuesday, January 8th
Booth, 5:00 p.m. CST
Yale, 5:00 p.m. EST

Wednesday, January 9th
Anderson, 11:59 p.m. PST
Darden, 5:00 p.m. EST
Stanford, 5:00 p.m. PST
CBS, 11:59 p.m. EST

Friday, January 11th
Judge, 5:00 p.m. UTC
Kenan-Flagler, 5:00 p.m. ESTT
Oxford, 11:59 p.m. GMT

Tuesday, January 15th
NYU Stern, 11:59 p.m. EST*

Wednesday, January 16th
Haas, 11:59 p.m. PST
ISB, 11:59 p.m. PST

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 3rd and 10th 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 Stanford essays may need the most revising, save that polishing until after you turn in the Wharton application on the 3rd.  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.

* Regarding applicants’ materials for Essay 3, NYU Stern states that mailed items must be postmarked by the date of the deadline.

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