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Reapply to Chicago Booth R2, or R3 with career/EC growth?? [#permalink]
23 Dec 2011, 10:20
waiting till R3: Pros: pending new job in January (different/unique industry, similar function, international experience) I just took a lead role for a volunteer organization, and would have progress towards event planning. Attempting the GMAT for a 4th time. (630 (Q39/V38) on first attempt is my best, but I just know that the quant side can come up). Cons: less admits, i.e. more competitive.
Applying R2: Pros: More admits, same round I got an interview in last year possible waitlist. Cons: recommendation letters might not come in time for R2 feeling like work hasn't shown sufficient career progress since being rejected in March 2011. not much EC in last 6 mo. still applying with weak GMAT.
Notables: despite my profile, I interviewed R2 last year. My dad is a Chicago GSB alum (might have helped to get the interview). My B.S. is in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh, and my M.S. (3.71) is in Systems Engineering from George Washington University.
sounds like R3 is clear choice, with a caveat. B-schools won't take application that is incomplete, so if you can't get recos in time, it's a done deal. You mention a very important point, however: progress. If you are getting a promotion, that could be the ticket. I would say if you could get your recos in time, you might consider a R2 application with the caveat that you would send info of your promotion in to be added to your file once the promo comes through.
Sounds to me like the new work opportunity would be substantial enough to warrant waiting, especially with a potentially life-changing experience like working internationally. Plus would diversify your recos...have you considered just waiting for early apps or round 1 for 2013? you could likely get started applying as early as late this coming summer. your odds would be better, and you'd have more of the new experience under your belt, plus a stronger reco from your new supervisor no doubt.