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application rounds [#permalink] New post 23 May 2008, 06:52
sorry for this stupid question but....

1. why are there different rounds during the application process?
2. is ED the same as round 1?
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Re: application rounds [#permalink] New post 23 May 2008, 11:51
Only a few schools have ED...pretty much its supposed to mean if you get in you go. Usually the deposit deadlines are before R1 decisions are out for other schools. Also the deposits are also really big compared to normal rounds 4/5k vs 1/2k depending on the schools.
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Re: application rounds [#permalink] New post 23 May 2008, 15:26
Different rounds so you can apply to more schools. (Time managing)

The ED is like a binding promise. If it is similar to the way law schools do it, then if you get accepted by ED then you must withdraw from other applied schools and attend that ED accepted school. There are some exceptions to cancel an ED acceptance, but I am not sure on the details.
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Re: application rounds [#permalink] New post 23 May 2008, 16:58
Anybody have any suggestions how you should order which schools you apply to first? The obvious advantage of applying in round 1 is that you have a better chance but from what I've read is your applications become better the more you do. So should I put my longshot schools in round two when I have "better" applications or should I basically rank the schools in the order I want to get in and then pick the first x amount and do those in round 1?
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Re: application rounds [#permalink] New post 23 May 2008, 17:55
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If you get into a school ED you dont HAVE to go...you are supposed to but I know one person who was admitted during ED and then R1 at another school and went with the other school. You sign an agreement but I dont think Columbia really has any way to enforce it.

As for round selection, I think Apply to your top choices early. You will have plenty of time to craft essays and stuff if you are thinking about it now. The slight improvements you will make application to application arent really enough to overcome the difference in difficulty between the rounds. I suggest starting with the most thorough application first, this gives you the most material to take from. Then do your others and finally return to your first and rework it. Mine evolved almost until I submitted them. I know Montauk suggests Kelloggs essays as the best to start with and I agree...they definitely cover the most ground and give lots of room to write. So if you are applying to K, write those first and then go to others...then go back and rework everything as you get better at crafting your stories.
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Re: application rounds [#permalink] New post 27 May 2008, 05:02
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If you get into a school ED you dont HAVE to go...you are supposed to but I know one person who was admitted during ED and then R1 at another school and went with the other school. You sign an agreement but I dont think Columbia really has any way to enforce it.


I've heard urban legends of schools "blacklisting" a applicant if they renege on their committment.
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Re: application rounds [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2008, 09:52
what if u apply ED to multiple schools and get into all of them....
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Re: application rounds [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2008, 11:05
then you may be in some trouble for applying to mulitiple EDs in the first place. :)
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Re: application rounds [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2008, 13:24
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what if u apply ED to multiple schools and get into all of them....


You dont have to go to a place you got into during ED. You can choose where to put your deposit and wont even have to pay a cent to the other one because you did that. Its actually possible to find out from some schools like Kellogg, who has a sort of rolling decision in each round, before you find out from a school you applied to during ED. I know I found out I got into Kellogg before Tuck released ED results.
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