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"Preferred Candidate" Status [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2013, 17:05
Hello everyone! Ever since taken the GMAT and scoring 710 I have been receiving many emails from schools referring to me as a "preferred candidate", I recently received one from Carnegie Mellon Tepper and I would really be interested in attending, however, I'm just wondering if this email actually means something or it's just something they send to everyone. I'm working hard on my R2 application anyway but I just don't want to get my hopes up.

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Re: "Preferred Candidate" Status [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2013, 20:06
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Certainly a higher score is a plus in the admissions process, and sometimes even in scholarship consideration. Keep in mind admissions decisions are made holistically though, so even those with top scores can be turned away if their essays and resume, work experience & interview etc are not compelling and don't make a great case for why you'll bring a lot to the class, and why you need this MBA from their school. As you go down the rankings, average GMAT scores tend to go down as well and higher scores can make more of a difference. Good luck and work on those essays asap!
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Re: "Preferred Candidate" Status [#permalink] New post 31 Dec 2013, 11:09
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Hi there,

Certainly a higher score is a plus in the admissions process, and sometimes even in scholarship consideration. Keep in mind admissions decisions are made holistically though, so even those with top scores can be turned away if their essays and resume, work experience & interview etc are not compelling and don't make a great case for why you'll bring a lot to the class, and why you need this MBA from their school. As you go down the rankings, average GMAT scores tend to go down as well and higher scores can make more of a difference. Good luck and work on those essays asap!


Hi Jen! Thank you so much! I'll definetely be working hard on my essays, I was just wondering if the email actually meant something or it was just something that I shouldn't really pay attention to. I hadn't considered Carnegie Mellon before so the email really made me think about it, but if it means nothing maybe I shouldn't

Again, thank you so much!
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Re: "Preferred Candidate" Status [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2014, 07:26
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I would say it's an indication that at that school, your GMAT will definitely help in the admissions process and that your odds are better there, yes. ;) Good luck on everything!
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