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# Ranking schools based on Application fee

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31 Dec 2006, 11:04
looking for ways to postpone working on my essays, I started thining of ranking schools by application fee's they chanrge. law of supply/demand would imply that with fixed number of spots, the fees would be higher at more sought after schools. I am too lazy to check all the schools' websites but am curious if anyone knows if there is a list out there tracking such data.
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31 Dec 2006, 11:40
I couldn't agree with you more, econgirl!

As I was deciding where to apply, I kept a spreadsheet with various bits of data, including application fees. Here I the ones on my list that had application costs.

Penn: 215
Stanford: 245
Harvard: 235
Northwestern: 225

Cornell: 180
Yale: 180
Dartmouth: 220
Berkeley: 175

NC: 130
York: 125
TX: 125

I think the pattern in this small sample is pretty clear. But my-oh-my, doesn't Tuck seem a bit big for its britches?

And I noticed today that Tippie's fee is only about $60. Probably related to that great MidWestern Challenge: attracting students to the fly-over zone. (Which I think is crap, btw. I'm from the MidWest and it's a good place, dernit.) GMAT Club Legend Affiliations: HHonors Diamond, BGS Honor Society Joined: 05 Apr 2006 Posts: 5926 Schools: Chicago (Booth) - Class of 2009 GMAT 1: 730 Q45 V45 WE: Business Development (Consumer Products) Followers: 293 Kudos [?]: 1901 [0], given: 7 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 31 Dec 2006, 11:40 I do not, but I'm pretty sure supply / demand doesn't work in this context. Supply is essentially limitless - schools hire part time readers to cover additional loads... SVP Joined: 31 Jul 2006 Posts: 2304 Schools: Darden Followers: 43 Kudos [?]: 463 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 31 Dec 2006, 11:44 I have a personal list of some schools that I considered applying to: Stanford$245
Wharton $215 Columbia$215
UCLA $187 Duke$185
Chicago $180 Michigan$180
Cornell $180 Berkeley$175

85$for international students Senior Manager Joined: 15 Jul 2006 Posts: 381 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 31 Dec 2006, 12:09 Here are the schools I applied to ($)

Penn: 215
Columbia: 215
Duke =185
Yale =180
NYU =175

P.S. rhyme, supply = limited number of spots for students to fill (not related to #AdCom staff)
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31 Dec 2006, 12:19
pelihu, looked up :

Harvard = 235
MIT = 230
Kellog = 225
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31 Dec 2006, 12:53
Insead $264 (200 Euros) CEO Joined: 17 Jul 2004 Posts: 3281 Followers: 24 Kudos [?]: 462 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 31 Dec 2006, 18:21 Interesting topic. Note, however, that these are just list prices- many students will receive waivers so the mean price paid by applicants to a given school could be well below the list price that that school. SVP Joined: 01 Nov 2006 Posts: 1855 Schools: The Duke MBA, Class of 2009 Followers: 16 Kudos [?]: 200 [0], given: 2 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 31 Dec 2006, 18:44 Really, waivers? I saw a lot of "don't ask 'cause we won't waive your fee unless you're little orphan annie herself" when I was looking at schools. I wonder if waivers are more common among the schools that are less sought after? Back to the discussion of supply and demand - I don't think we need to get that technical about it. We could think of it that way, or we could at it like this: "What? You don't want to pay our$250 fee? Good for you. We don't care. We're Hah-vahd, and a zillion other people are more than willing to pay the fee for the 12% chance that we might actually let them in. So there. Nah."
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31 Dec 2006, 22:12
My understanding was that most schools will only grant waivers to applicants that are still finishing their undergraduate degrees and are receiving financial aid.

I think there are some programs like the consortium that more or less allow applicants to waive the fee (and fill out just one application for a bunch of schools), but that is for underrepresented minorities only.
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01 Jan 2007, 07:30
I think I saw somewhere on this forum that schools below the ultra-elite threshold tend to waive the fee for applicants with monster GMAT, as an additional attraction. I've received several offers like this as well, but from non-elite schools at all.
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10 Apr 2015, 17:02
braindancer wrote:
I think I saw somewhere on this forum that schools below the ultra-elite threshold tend to waive the fee for applicants with monster GMAT, as an additional attraction. I've received several offers like this as well, but from non-elite schools at all.

Hey Guys,

Is there a lit for these universities offering free application waiver or do not have application fee in the first place. I have collected some of your posts, but is there a complete list please?

Thanks a lot
Re: Ranking schools based on Application fee   [#permalink] 10 Apr 2015, 17:02
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