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early action vs. early decision? [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2007, 08:37
I am looking into application deadlines, and most of the schools have R1/R2/R3 acceptances (R1 meaning early action). However, Columbia GSB only has an early decision deadline and a final R3 deadline in March. I wonder if anyone else has noticed that. Do you think the chances of getting into CBS gets slim if I apply in March? My dilemma is that I don't want the decision to be binding, yet I want to increase my chances of admission. Any insight?
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2007, 13:06
In general, trying to "time" admissions is a futile game.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2007, 13:15
You chances of admission will be much much worse if you apply in March. Columbia has binding early admissions, and the speculation is that their admit rates are much better during this round. It makes sense for them because it's binding, so their yield will be extremely high for these applicants (should be perfect, but some people don't honor their commitments).

The regular decision round starts in early January, and is rolling admissions. Basically, they review applications in the order that they come in, and admit people on an ongoing basis. Probably more than any other school, you run the risk of Columbia's class filling up later in the round. There's a definite chance that they could be completely full by March.
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