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I was waiting till I got done with my GMAT to decide whether I wanted to apply for fall this year. Now that I got done with my GMAT last week, I am seriously pondering the application process.
Considering that I will be able to apply only for round 3 in all of the schools mentioned above, what are my chances of getting into any of the schools listed above?
If I decide to go ahead and apply this year, I have heard that schools during their round 3 try to balance the over all class profile wrt to diversity etc. So, is that something to be concerned about in my case?
Should I just wait and apply for Fall 2006?
Any insight will be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Probably the best thing for you to do is to wait until next year. You're right that schools tend to use the 3rd round as a way to balance out their classes. That may work against you since there are so many Indian applicants with IT experience (so their classes will probably already have a lot of them). Also, the sheer number of spots that are still available by Round 3 is pretty low.
If you do apply now and don't get accepted, you can definitely apply next year, but you would probably need to show a significant change in your application between now and next year (such as a job promotion or notable community service achievement). So, it's not impossible to try now and then try again in nine months, but be aware that you will have to work a little extra hard to impress them the second time.
Scott, thanks for your prompt response. I have another question. I dont have any IT background in my experience. High tech marketing yes, but nothing even closely relating to IT. Does that change anything at all?
Since I graduated with a MS in EE, I have been doing some form of marketing. In fact my last job was purely marketing, I handled everything from Marcom, PR, Product Marketing and Product Management . I have really come to enjoy and appreciate Marketing and that is the reason I want to pursue an MBA. I would like to specialize in Marketing & Strategic Management.
Oops, sorry... I saw your major and misread your work experience and thought you were mainly IT. That actually does help that you have more of a marketing background.
Still, getting accepted in the 3rd round will be tough, even if you're not an IT person. I personally wouldn't apply in the 3rd round, but you may have personal circumstances that make it make sense for you to apply now. Just know that it will be tough.