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# Do school contacts or lack thereof mean much?

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02 Nov 2009, 17:11
I think most people that take the GMAT or even sign up get school contacts. Since I've taken the GMAT I've received several e-mails from schools. Most are schools I've either never heard of or at least don't read much about here. I did get a brochure from Notre Dame (only school to send me a brochure and not e-mail it to me). From what I gather Notre Dame's a decent school. I also got e-mails from Berkeley, although they started before I took the GMAT, so I don't think it has much to do with me. I also got an e-mail from Darden which like Notre Dame mentioned by GMAT and GPA. I understand that people usually get these contacts, but do specific schools matter? I mean if I got an e-mail from Junkville University, I wouldn't get too excited. However, if it's a decent school does that mean much?

Conversely does the fact that NYU, the one school I sent the scores to via the GMAT, not responding mean anything bad? Or do some schools just not contact prospective students no matter what?

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02 Nov 2009, 18:22
Don't read into anything. I've heard of people getting a similar email from Notre Dame and then later getting rejected. If anything, take it for what it is, just a marketing tool
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02 Nov 2009, 18:25
lagomez wrote:
Don't read into anything. I've heard of people getting a similar email from Notre Dame and then later getting rejected. If anything, take it for what it is, just a marketing tool

Yeah I was thinking that too. What about NYU not contacting me after I chose them to send my GMAT score? Bad sign?
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02 Nov 2009, 18:29
GmatNY86 wrote:
lagomez wrote:
Don't read into anything. I've heard of people getting a similar email from Notre Dame and then later getting rejected. If anything, take it for what it is, just a marketing tool

Yeah I was thinking that too. What about NYU not contacting me after I chose them to send my GMAT score? Bad sign?

I wouldn't read into that either unless you know for a fact that NYU contacts people after receiving GMAT and NYU does not reject those same people.
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02 Nov 2009, 18:31
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lagomez wrote:
Don't read into anything. I've heard of people getting a similar email from Notre Dame and then later getting rejected. If anything, take it for what it is, just a marketing tool

Yeah I was thinking that too. What about NYU not contacting me after I chose them to send my GMAT score? Bad sign?

i wouldn't read too much into that either. my experience with NYU is that they are a low-spam school. i've signed up on their lists many times, attended events, sent them my scores, and still get a very low volume of correspondence from them, they know that people interested in them know how to use the internet and gather the information they want. it's many of the 15-25 schools that seem to spam my inbox and send me unsolicited viewbooks and letters.
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02 Nov 2009, 18:40
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lagomez wrote:
Don't read into anything. I've heard of people getting a similar email from Notre Dame and then later getting rejected. If anything, take it for what it is, just a marketing tool

Yeah I was thinking that too. What about NYU not contacting me after I chose them to send my GMAT score? Bad sign?

i wouldn't read too much into that either. my experience with NYU is that they are a low-spam school. i've signed up on their lists many times, attended events, sent them my scores, and still get a very low volume of correspondence from them, they know that people interested in them know how to use the internet and gather the information they want. it's many of the 15-25 schools that seem to spam my inbox and send me unsolicited viewbooks and letters.

Thanks. I figured that top 10 schools don't have a need to spam.
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03 Nov 2009, 05:46
Don't read into it. It's a marketing tool, not a recruiting tool. NYU (as well as the other top tier schools) doesn't need to market itself like that since they already have pretty good brand awareness among potential applicants.
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04 Nov 2009, 14:34
Don't read into it. I still get invitations today from schools. Occasionally I entertain myself by replying with ludicrous questions.
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04 Nov 2009, 14:42
Anyway, mass email system is basically like a database query statement

Select all from table where score>7xx.

Just so we will pony up $200 bucks and they can brag how "selective" their program is. Sorry I have pessimistic view. Director Status: Badgerine! Joined: 04 Oct 2008 Posts: 894 Location: United States (CA) Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Strategy Schools: Michigan (Ross) - Class of 2013 GMAT 1: 770 Q50 V44 GPA: 3.3 WE: Project Management (Aerospace and Defense) Followers: 63 Kudos [?]: 280 [0], given: 86 Re: Do school contacts or lack thereof mean much? [#permalink] ### Show Tags 04 Nov 2009, 15:02 billyjeans wrote: Anyway, mass email system is basically like a database query statement Select all from table where score>7xx. Just so we will pony up$200 bucks and they can brag how "selective" their program is. Sorry I have pessimistic view.

Many of those emails contain application fee reductions or waivers, but the acceptance rate theory sounds plausible.
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