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Apply in final round bs wait till next yr [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2010, 12:27
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I am looking at applying to LBS, Judge, and Rotman.
I was wondering if anyone either had experience, or had heard anything, regarding the chances of admission in the final rounds?
Would it be best to just wait until next year and apply then?
Does applying in a late round like this(and being dinged) hurt one's chances of success in the following year

A little about me
gmat -760
gpa - 3.1 - had kidney failure/kidney transplant over the course of my 4 year undergrad
pretty decent work experience/ec
support of my supervisors with good letters
major weakness is a lack of direct leadership experience, but I will be able to show it in other ways.
CFA charterholder if that helps at all?

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Re: Apply in final round bs wait till next yr [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2010, 20:55
I graduated from Cambridge.

You have a decent profile (fantastic GMAT, not sure about your work-ex, current industry, post-MBA goals).

I'd strongly recommend waiting and applying in R1.
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Re: Apply in final round bs wait till next yr [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2010, 15:31
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Hi hhh:
From a brief "numbers" perspective, there is nothing that would keep you out of a top MBA program and the ones you listed.

However, from a timing perspective, you are going to want to wait until next year. The last rounds are tough to get into, even with your stats (GMAT is excellent).

My main point is that re-applicants are under the gun to explain "what have you done for me lately?" That is, what have they done, year-over-year, to better their candidacy.

So if you apply and are rejected late in the season (and you have a higher probability of this happening in the later rounds), you have little time to articulate how much you have matured professionally over the last year (ie. 5 to 6 months). What further complicates this is that fact that most reapplicant essays are shorter in length and offer a lessor chance of stating your case.

In summary, wait until next season.

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Re: Apply in final round bs wait till next yr   [#permalink] 27 Apr 2010, 15:31
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