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I understand that R3 is super competitive and not an ideal round to apply.
I am curious about the difference between R1 and R2. From friends and coworkers who have gone through the application process, they have had much more success in R1 vs. R2. However, everyone seems to subscribe to the school of thought that if you can put together a more complete application for R2 instead of R1 that it is better to wait and apply in R2. I am wondering if this is true. Also, how much benefit is there in general in applying in R1 vs. R2.
I ask because I am looking to take one calculus class to make up for a poor grade in college. However, doing this will prevent me from applying anyhwere R1 (due the time needed to take the class). The decision I am weighing is if it is worthwhile to delay from R1 to R2 in order to improve a calc grade from a C in college to an A at a UC Berkeley Extension program.
I kind of answered this in your last post. It's a mistake to submit a rushed, sloppy application just to meet a round 1 deadline. This totally torpedoes the benefit you gain from applying in round 1, which is that there are more slots open so your profile may still appear 'fresh'. If you apply in round 2 someone with a profile similar to yours may already have been admitted, so why take you? *However* this does not mean you should delay your otherwise well-prepared and well-edited application just so you can re-take a single class that you once got a C in, or in hopes you'll get a promotion you may not get, or just so you can add another two months to a community involvement to make it seem more "long-term."