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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:

Feb. 27th: LBS R3 (5:00pm GMT)

March 3rd: IESE R3 (11:59pm UTC)

March 4th: INSEAD R4 (11:59pm CET)

March 11th: Berkeley/Haas R3 (11:59pm PST)

March 11th: Cornell/Johnson R3 (11:59pm EST)

March 13th: Emory/Goizueta R4 (11:59pm EST)

March 13th: Oxford R4 (11:59pm GMT)

March 13th: UNC/Kenan-Flagler R4 (5:00pm EST)

March 15th: CMU/Tepper R3 (11:59pm EST)

March 15th: NYU/Stern R4 (11:59pm EST)

March 19th: Duke/Fuqua R3 (11:59pm EST)

March 23rd: Michigan/Ross R3 (11:59pm EST)

March 24th: UT McCombs R3 (11:59pm CST)

March 26th: Wharton R3 (5:00pm EST)

April 1st: Georgetown/McDonough R3 (11:59pm EST)

April 1st: Northwestern/Kellogg R3 (5:00pm CST)

April 1st: Stanford GSB R3 (5:00pm PST)

April 1st: Dartmouth/Tuck April Round (5:00pm EST)

April 1st: UVA/Darden (5:00pm EST)

April 6th: Harvard R3 (12:00pm EST)

April 15th: Columbia Regular Decision (11:59pm EST)

April 15th: UCLA Anderson R3 (11:59 PST)

April 15th: USC Marshall R3 (11:59 PST)

April 17th: LBS R4 (5:00pm GMT)

April 23rd: Yale SOM R3 (11:59pm EST)

April 24th: Oxford R5 (11:59pm GMT)

May 19th: IESE R4 (11:59pm UTC)

May 29th: Oxford R6 (11:59pm GMT)

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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