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Any truth to these ? [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2005, 12:23
Scott/Omari,

Not sure if u wud feel comfortable answering/clarifying these questions. Plz feel free to say "may be", even if u think that there might be a small truth to these statements/rumors:

1. Indian applicants should only apply in round 1, there is almost no chance for them in round 2 in most top 10 programs. I know u say that one has **same** chances in R1 and R2, does this hold true for indian applicants as well ?

2. To have a chance in Harvard, indian applicants should **ONLY** apply in round 1 and not even bother to apply in round 2 in Harvard. Any truth to this ? May be true ? Do indian applicants have **same** chance even in Harvard in R1 and R2 ?

3. If an indian is a US permanent resident, he no longer belongs to the international indian pool and rather put in the pool of domestic US applicants, thus increasing that indian applicant's chances of admission.. True ? May be ?



Wud appreciate your insights in this. I know **ALL** schools deny these rumors, altho they seem to be discussed everywhere earnestly.


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Yes, you absolutely must apply in R1 if you are Indian. To do anything else is a waste of time and money.

Just kidding! :-)

I really don't believe that this is true at all. Applicants spend far too much time worrying about this kind of thing and not enough time strengthening their own applications. Schools expect to receive more apps in R2, and they plan accordingly. They have NO incentive to lie to you and tell you otherwise.

To your question #3, an applicant from India is probably viewed the same, whether he lives in India or in the U.S. I doubt there's much difference there, although I may be wrong.

Naturally, you're asking these questions because there are tons of similar applicants who all want to get into the top ten schools. The most effective way to overcome this problem is to make your application as strong as possible, not to game the system.

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