My understanding is this:
- If I turn my app in before Jan 10th, than it will still follow the first-in-first-review principal, correct?
- If I turn it in between Jan 10 - April 18, Ad Com will collect all apps and review them at random order, correct?
No, it works the same as if you submit it before Jan 10. You'll just be way back at the end of the line and you will not be considered for merit schollies.
- If yes, does it make any difference if I turn my app in on Feb 12th as compared to March 28th?
Like you say below, its like applying during a later round. Spots are filling up quickly, and unless their yield is lower than expected, it'll hurt to apply late. (Even though I've heard different takes on this so don't take it as the gospel)
- And finally, is Jan 10 - April 18 really like R3 for other school? So is it recommended to not apply in that period?