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Admissions Tip: Late Round Considerations

After a relatively sleepy February, March will soon be upon us with its extensive list of application deadlines and decision notification dates.  Let’s take a look at part of the long list of Round 3 (or 4 or 5) deadlines spread over the next two months:

February 25 (today!): IESE R4
February 28: LBS R3

March 4: Tepper R3, Ross R3
March 5: Wharton R3
March 8: Cambridge/Judge R4, Oxford R3
March 12: Haas R3
March 13: INSEAD R3 (Sept. intake)
March 15: Kenan-Flager R3, Marshall R3, NYU R3
March 21: Fuqua R3
March 26: McCombs R4
March 27: Johnson R4
March 28: Darden R3

April 1: McDonough R3
April 2: Tuck R4
April 3: Stanford R3
April 4: Booth R3
April 8: HBS R3, IESE R5
April 10: CBS RD, Kellogg R3
April 17: LBS R4, UCLA R3
April 18: Yale R3
April 23: Tepper R4

While it’s always best to apply as early as possible, the difference between applying in Round 1 and applying in Round 2 is, for most applicants, a marginal one.  However, the later rounds are a very different game.  Because most of the seats in the incoming class will have been given away by the time Round 2 decisions are released, the acceptance rate in the third round is dramatically lower than that for the first two deadlines of the season.

To maximize your chances of a later round acceptance, demonstrating your interest in the school and submitting thoughtful and error-free written materials will be crucial.  Applying in Round 1 is generally taken as a sign of interest in a given program, and by the same token, applicants submitting their materials in a later round need to work extra hard to convince the adcom that they are genuinely interested in the school and are not simply applying as an afterthought because interview invitations didn’t come through in Round 2.  Demonstrating that you would make a valuable contribution to the community and providing evidence that you have taken steps to engage current students and alumni will work to your advantage.

As always, we’d like to recommend the in-depth Clear Admit School Guides to those applicants who are targeting the later deadlines and just beginning to investigate certain programs, and we encourage those who’ve visited the campus and interviewed to share their experiences in Clear Admit Interview Reports.  Potential R3 or R4 applicants are also welcome to contact Clear Admit directly to discuss the strength of their later round candidacies and learn more about our one-on-one counseling services.


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