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3rd/4th Round Applications [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2007, 14:00
Why are applications for 3rd and 4th rounds believed to be so difficult?

I would have thought that most of the super star applicants would have had their shit together by the early rounds and there would be less of them competing for spots in the later rounds.
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Re: 3rd/4th Round Applications [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2007, 14:38
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Why are applications for 3rd and 4th rounds believed to be so difficult?

I would have thought that most of the super star applicants would have had their *deleted* together by the early rounds and there would be less of them competing for spots in the later rounds.


Well thats the catch isn't it - since most of the "strong" applicants apply in both R1 and R2, you are going to want to get your classes filled with primarily R1 and R2 candidates, because you know that the R3 and R4 (if applicable) candidates will be relatively speaking, on average, weaker.

So, to make sure you get the top people, you try to fill most of your class in R1/R2. Say for instance you wanted to fill a class of 450 or so and you had a 50% yield. You might make 400 offers in R1, 400 offers in R2, and 100 in R3. I'm overdoing it a bit - its probably more like 300, 300, 200 or something like that, but the idea is that. Yields vary very very little from year to year really (at my alma mater, they've changed by less than 0.5% over the last 3 years, despite an application volume increase of nearly 25%).
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Re: 3rd/4th Round Applications [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2007, 14:48
Schools use R3 and R4 to maximize diversity in their classes....if your profile is truly unique you have a fair chance. If not, you are better off learning to walk on water ( as quoted by a current admissions director )

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Why are applications for 3rd and 4th rounds believed to be so difficult?

I would have thought that most of the super star applicants would have had their *deleted* together by the early rounds and there would be less of them competing for spots in the later rounds.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2007, 15:20
Also, dont forget that in Round 3/4 you are not only competing with all other applicants, but also everyone who's on a waitlist
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2007, 16:59
At many schools, their classes are full by the final round. I remember reading that Stanford admitted something like only 5 people from the final round last year.
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