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Does reapplication have any drawbacks? [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2011, 11:26
Hi everybody,
I applied to HBS last season, but I was not admitted. I am gioing to apply this year once again. My question is does reapplication have any drawbacks on my application? I am 32 years old and I have MSc in petroleum engineering and 6 years of work experience.
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Re: Does reapplication have any drawbacks? [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2011, 12:35
h110us,
There are no drawbacks to reapplying except the cost, time, and trouble. Worst case: they will ding you again. HBS in particular is a school that while claiming to be reapplicant friendly is historically unwelcoming to reapplicants. As a general rule, reapplicants to HBS need to show *substantial* improvement. In your case, your age alone may make a reapplication to HBS untenable. As you know, HBS skews younger than most top programs, which themselves leave less than 10% of their classes for people older than 28-29 (let alone 32). You may want to consider applying to other programs this year (such as European programs that are more age friendly) or to part-time or EMBA programs rather than rolling the dice with HBS again. Feel free to send me your CV for a closer look; paulbodine@yahoo.com.
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Re: Does reapplication have any drawbacks? [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2011, 10:11
1. You will have to use a lot of 'stale' stories from previous years (and hence may have to work extra hard in 1/2 new stories)
2. You will have to overhaul your application along with having to deal with Point 1. They did not work last year, they might not work this year as well.
3. Adcom might wonder how much can a person change in few months so it will not be prudent to change the goals, etc.

These are few of the many challenges for the reapplicants.
Re: Does reapplication have any drawbacks?   [#permalink] 25 Jun 2011, 10:11
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