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Is applying to all schools in round 2 a good idea?

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Is applying to all schools in round 2 a good idea? [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2010, 08:44
Does it make sense to try to apply to all schools in the same round? I say this because I know Round 1 deposits would be due before Round 2 decisions are made, wouldn't that then put someone in the position of making a tough decision of committing to a R1 school when the possibility of getting accepted to a R2 school they would rather go to is still out there?

Anyone have any opinions on this?
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Re: Is applying to all schools in round 2 a good idea? [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2010, 22:49
From what I've read on this forum, my understanding is it really depends.

First, I recommend reading the Best MBA application tips thread as it's got some great suggestions.

Second, I recommend sifting through the forum as there are some other threads that discuss these exact questions.

But, based on what I've read, here's what I would say.

- It's better to not apply to all your schools in the same round for a few reasons. (1) You would have to get all your applications and essays done at the same time, which I would imagine can be very stressful; (2) Your applications, especially essays, supposedly get better over time (makes sense to me), so the first couple of schools to which you apply might not have the best application packets.

- While it is true that deposits are often due before you hear back from Round 2 schools, some programs will allow you to extend a few weeks if you ask. I've seen a few posts on this forum of this happening to people. If you do apply in two different rounds and have to pay a deposit on a Round 1 school, consider it an investment in case you don't make it through in your Round 2 schools. Not ideal, I realize.

Bottom line, I think it depends on what is most important to you and with what you would be most comfortable.
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