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Application Strategy [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2009, 05:11
So I've done my research about schools and have come to the conclusion that I only really want to go to one school- Tuck. I think I'm a reasonable candidate (good college, good GMAT, work experience, etc)- but not a shoe in by any stretch of the imagination.

So with that I have two questions:
1- From an application strategy perspective: is it a horrible idea to just apply to Tuck this year in Round 1? If I get in great; if not, I reapply next year with another year of experience, a better story, etc. I would also add some other schools to my list next year- eg Yale, Georgetown, etc.
2- Is this plan completely ridiculous? Has anyone else tried something like this and has it worked?

I'd appreciate any thoughts, advice. Thanks for your help!
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Re: Application Strategy [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2009, 16:21

If your strategy is based on the idea that Tuck will be flattered by your single-mindedness and will be more inclined to admit you, then it's not a good strategy. (Though you will probably improve your chances by applying to Tuck's Early Action round.) If you are 26 or older then it's also not a good idea. If your strategy it's based on the idea that you have limited time and funds to apply and would be content continuing your career without an MBA if you can't get a Tuck MBA, then it's an understandable strategy, especially if you are a younger candidate who can afford to wait another a year and still be in average MBA age range. But understand the low odds, even if you have a competitive profile. If you have, as you say, just a "reasonable" profile for Tuck, you are already about at the typical MBA matriculant age, and there are other B-schools you wouldn't mind getting an MBA from, then you should apply to, say, 5-6 this year like everyone else. Last year was a ferociously competitive year and this year will be too, so spreading your risk across multiple schools is always the best strategy.

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