A little off topic - I just heard from Darden that applications for the first round are up over 80% from last year. They believe it is due to their Dean spending considerable time in Asia recruiting foreign students. However, they are waiting to see if the trend continues into the next few rounds.
Wow - I knew there would be more applicants this year but thats crazy. I am a little worried about my chances of getting into any school right now - I know everyone here is stressed at the moment - but I am definitely concerned.
Thats a ridiculous increase!
Where did you hear this?
I did not hear the 80% increase, but when I asked Dean Brunner directly if he thought that the school would continue to lag its peers in terms of GMAT, GPA, admit & yield rates, he told me that he believed the school had "turned the corner" to quote him directly.
80% would be a huge increase. My guess is that they are pulling in a substantial number of "marginal" applications from those that want an elite name & education, and are enticed by the lower numbers in recent years. I would also guess that many qualified applicants are also adding them as a nice back-up, again encouraged by the numbers. Of course, if the increase is for real, the admit rate & yield, and most likely GMAT & GPA will go up immediately.