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MBA Visits [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2012, 05:29

I am currently finalizing applications for Round 1 at Wharton and Booth, and also Columbia around the same time (regular decision).

I have not formally visited any of the schools. I have been to Wharton and Columbia to visit friends, but have never sat in on a class or gone to information sessions. For Booth, I went to an info session in NYC but have not traveled out to Chicago for a visit.

Would it make sense to delay my applications until Round 2 after visiting the schools? I don't expect the visits to change my essays or overall application as I've already done substantial research on each program. My concern is more that if I end up being on the fence, I might get dinged for not visiting. Wharton and Booth by explicitly say that visiting does not impact your chances but I find that hard to believe, especially with how hard they emphasize fit at Booth.

One thought I had was to schedule interviews at each school, giving me a chance to see them in person. Is it too late at that point? Will they already be turned off by the fact that I applied without visiting?
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Re: MBA Visits [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2012, 13:39
I think you stress too much about this. Reading clearadmit interview database, I realised how few people (of those reported) had actually visited schools. Yet they got interviews and some even got admitted.

Your concern is definitely not worth postponing the application in my opinion.
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Re: MBA Visits [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2012, 18:15
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You're correct that Columbia and Wharton don't really care about the visit. it's more for you--but don't be so sure that the visit will not change what you want to say in the essays. That would actually be the only reason to delay. Also, your chances in round 1 vs. round 2 are not dramatically different, so if you have visits planned, I would say wait until after your visit to submit.

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