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Ding timing paranoia: Is an early ding a bad sign?

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Ding timing paranoia: Is an early ding a bad sign? [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2008, 15:10
So I'm one of the first Kellogg dings.

Do the early dings go to the least qualified candidates? Am I an "easy out" like in little league?

I'm curious because now I have to scramble to pick up a few R2 apps, and I'm wondering how far I should "drop down" to be competitive. Would an early ding at Kellogg just translate to a late ding at UCLA? Should I focus on Trans / Near elite schools as more realistic options?

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Any input would be appreciated. Best of luck to everyone still in the running for Kellogg.
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Re: Ding timing paranoia: Is an early ding a bad sign? [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2008, 15:22
As you said, u r just being paranoid. Kellogg accepts and rejects people at random. Dont pay too much attention to that! Acc to me you should apply to a few more elite schools in R2.
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Re: Ding timing paranoia: Is an early ding a bad sign? [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2008, 15:24
It's hard to tell from the information provided in your profile -- however I noticed you are interested in Entrepreneurship & Sustainability...have you taken a look at Berkeley Haas? I know they also prefer candidates with more work experience, as is your case.
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Re: Ding timing paranoia: Is an early ding a bad sign? [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2008, 15:27
Lots of posts in other threads discussed how one got dinged from one school but got into another school of equal reputation.

Each school has different criteria and student body profile. (meaning different needs when it comes to building their incoming class)

Just be patient a little longer and I am sure you will hear some good news.
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Re: Ding timing paranoia: Is an early ding a bad sign? [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2008, 15:31
a 3.9 and a 770? No way you are getting dinged from all these places. If you want to apply to more schools Id stay with the UCLA / Duke / Darden etc level, I can't see how say Texas would reject you.
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Re: Ding timing paranoia: Is an early ding a bad sign? [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2008, 15:57
Check out the Ross thread. A guy there got invited to the "Super Saturday" interviews, being told he was "the cream of the crop of applicants". He also got an interview at Harvard.

However, Wharton didn't even think he was worth interviewing.

Don't let one schools decision worry you.

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Re: Ding timing paranoia: Is an early ding a bad sign? [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2008, 16:45
I doubt you'll get dinged at Texas, and you should get some where at Cornell. The truth is, your grad GPA, while not necessarily a ranking metric, makes your profile a bit confusing - it begs of the question of can you handlge grad work. I'm sure you can, but when things are competitive, they start to look at the minutia. That's just the way I see it - not meant as a knock. Best of luck!
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Re: Ding timing paranoia: Is an early ding a bad sign? [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2008, 16:54
As hard as it may be to do, don't take the ding personally. The process is pretty convoluted since it is very dependent on the school and the characteristics the school is looking for once they get to your application. You're a great candidate, don't let the ding affect you - just keep chugging along, apply to some R2s, improve on your R1 applications, and don't lose hope. Good luck!

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So I'm one of the first Kellogg dings.

Do the early dings go to the least qualified candidates? Am I an "easy out" like in little league?

I'm curious because now I have to scramble to pick up a few R2 apps, and I'm wondering how far I should "drop down" to be competitive. Would an early ding at Kellogg just translate to a late ding at UCLA? Should I focus on Trans / Near elite schools as more realistic options?

Profile for anyone interested:

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Any input would be appreciated. Best of luck to everyone still in the running for Kellogg.
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Re: Ding timing paranoia: Is an early ding a bad sign? [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2008, 17:04
jlola21 wrote:
As hard as it may be to do, don't take the ding personally. The process is pretty convoluted since it is very dependent on the school and the characteristics the school is looking for once they get to your application. You're a great candidate, don't let the ding affect you - just keep chugging along, apply to some R2s, improve on your R1 applications, and don't lose hope. Good luck!


That about sums it up. Based on the fact I didn't get an interview at Ross pretty much guarantees a ding. However, I had a good plan from the start and I need to just follow through no matter what that voice in the back of my head is saying.

Like jlola said, you can be very competitive at a school, but if the adcom doesn't think you'll "fit" (fit defined however they want), you likely won't get in. Of course, that has absolutely no bearing on how other schools will view you.

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Re: Ding timing paranoia: Is an early ding a bad sign? [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2008, 19:06
Just looking at your stats here, but is it possible K dinged you because of yield concerns? I'm sure some schools reject applicants because they know that they're a backup choice. Just a guess here -- with the assumption that your essays/fit weren't the problem.
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