Business School Application Deadlines and Dates

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Round 1 Business School Application Deadlines & Notification Dates
University Application Deadline Notification Date

Harvard Business School
The Wharton School
Columbia Business School
Yale Business School
Stanford School of Business
Chicago Booth School of Business
Berkeley Haas School of Business
Dartmouth Tuck School of Business
Cornell John School of Management
McDonough School of Business
Darden School of Business
Kenan-Flagler Business School
Carnegie Mellon – Tepper
McCombs School of Business – Austin
MIT Sloan School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management
Duke Fuqua School fo Business

October 3, 2011
October 3, 2011
October 5, 2011
October 6, 2011
October 12, 2011
October 12, 2011
October 12, 2011
October 12, 2011
October 12, 2011
October 15, 2011
October 17, 2011
October 21, 2011
October 24, 2011
Octobe 24, 2011
October 25, 2011
October 26, 2011
November 1, 2011

Dec 19, 2011
December 20, 2011
NA
December 15, 2011
December 14, 2011
December 14, 2011
January 12, 2012
December 16, 2011
December 20, 2011
December 15, 2011
December 21, 2011
December 12, 2011
December 19, 2011
December 19, 2011
February 6, 2012
January 25, 2012
February 1, 2012

Round 2 Business School Application Deadlines and Notification Dates
University Application Deadline Notification Date
Tuck School of Business – Dartmouth
Johnson School of Management – Cornell
Haas School of Business – Berkeley
Kenan-Flagler Business School
McCombs School of Business – Austin
Kellogg School of Management *
Carnegie Mellon – Tepper
The Wharton School
University of Chicago
Fuqua School of Business – Duke Univ
University of Michigan – Ross
Yale University
McDonough School of Business
Harvard Business School
Sloan School of Management – MIT
Stanford University
Anderson School of Management – UCLA
Darden School of Business
Stern School of Business – NYU
Columbia Business School
November 9, 2011
November 30, 2011
December 1, 2011
December 2, 2011
December 5, 2011
December 14, 2011
January 3, 2012
January 4, 2012
January 4, 2012
January 4, 2012
January 4, 2012
January 5, 2012
January 5, 2012
January 10, 2012
January 10, 2012
January 11, 2012
January 11, 2012
January 12, 2012
January 15, 2012
April 11, 2012
February 10, 2012
February 28, 2012
March 1, 2012
February 6, 2012
February 20, 2012
March 26, 2012
March 16, 2012
March 30, 2012
March 21, 2012
March 20, 2012
March 15, 2012
March 22, 2012
March 15, 2012
March 29, 2012
April 2, 2012
March 28, 2012
April 4, 2012
March 28, 2012
April 1, 2012
NA
Round 3 Business School Application Deadlines and Notification Dates
University Application Deadline Notification Date
Harvard Business School
Stanford University
Kellogg School of Management *
The Wharton School
Sloan School of Management – MIT
University of Chicago
Haas School of Business – Berkeley
Tuck School of Business – Dartmouth
Columbia Business School
Yale University
Stern School of Business – NYU
Fuqua School of Business – Duke Univ
University of Michigan – Ross
Anderson School of Management – UCLA
Carnegie Mellon – Tepper
Darden School of Business 
Johnson School of Management – Cornell
McCombs School of Business – Austin
McDonough School of Business
Kenan-Flagler Business School
April 10, 2012
April 4, 2012
March 22, 2012
March 5, 2012
NA
April 4, 2012
January 18, 2012
January 4, 2012
NA
April 12, 2012
March 15, 2012
March 8, 2012
March 1, 2012
April 18, 2012
March 5, 2012
April 4, 2012
January 25, 2012
January 23, 2012
April 1, 2012
January 6, 2012
May 17, 2012
May 16, 2012
May 14, 2012
May 8, 2012
NA
May 16, 2012
April 12, 2012
March 16, 2012
NA
May 17, 2012
June 1, 2012
May 4, 2012
May 15, 2012
June 6, 2012
April 30, 2012
May 16, 2012
March 27, 2012
April 9, 2012
May 15, 2012
March 19, 2012

When it comes to applying for business school, there are 3 key tips

1. KNOW which round you are applying.

2. Plan to take the GMAT at least 3-6 months before your deadline.

3. Strongly consider taking a GMAT Prep course.

When applying to business schools, there are 3 rounds: R1, R2, and R3. The dates all vary and you can see the details here. But generally, deadlines for R1 are generally in October. R2 deadlines are usually December/January. R3 deadlines are March/April.

If you take the GMAT exam 3-6 months before R1, you’re looking at taking the GMAT anywhere between April and July.

If you take the GMAT exam 3-6 months before R2, you’re looking at taking the GMAT anywhere between June and September.

If you take the GMAT exam 3-6 months before R3, you’re looking at taking the GMAT anywhere between October and December.

By following this schedule, you can leave enough time to contemplate your essays and doing research on schools. A lot of folks don’t give the GMAT much thought until it’s application time and all of a sudden they’re juggling a job, a GMAT test, and applying to schools all at the same time. Then they take the test and they bomb it. When that happens, they get their score and realize they can’t apply to business school with that score. So all of a sudden, an R1 applicant delays himself all the way to R3. Their schedule is entirely screwed up and it’s because a bad score on their GMAT changed everything.

Schedule a time to take your GMAT and try to take a GMAT Prep course if you can. These days with everyone getting a little edge by following unique strategies, you shouldn’t miss out because you really only want to take the GMAT once in your life. Retaking the GMAT is a brain drain and you want to avoid that as much as possible.

If you do need to retake the GMAT Exam, really consider signing up for GMAT Prep. There are many to choose from, I would personally recommend GMATPill’s Study Method – which focuses on retweaking your critical thinking through videos and helps you break the high-end range of your test scores. There are many real testimonials to check out on the site and some have it is better than Kaplan.

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