I totally agree that you should focus on your application essays & interviews to make a strong application. In fact, these are the deciding factors for your scholarship as well. Also what b-school ADCOMS look for is the diversity in the class, what value you will create in the class and how will you contribute to the b-school society. Having said this, it is highly advisable to concentrate on your application essays. This is where you can demonstrate your leadership qualities, achievements, professional vision and other abilities. A well presented and perfectly written essay is absolutely critical to make a strong case for yourself during the final interview. You can try your chances in B-schools by clicking to the link: http://www.general-ed.com/chances-of-bschool
Feel free to post any other concern you might have.
I'm planning on applying to Business school in February of 2013 (I'm taking the GMAT mid- January), but I don't want to apply to any school where I would be considered a 3rd round applicant, as I hear they have a much lower acceptance rate than do 1st & 2nd round applicants.
SO, my questions are as follows:
1. Is my assumption correct? (Assumption: For good b-schools, 3rd round applicants have a much lower acceptance rate than do 1st & 2nd round applicants.)
2.Are there many B- schools that would not consider a February applicant as a 3rd round applicant, but rather consider me as a 1st or 2nd round applicant?
What percent of total b-schools would consider a February applicant as a 1st or 2nd round applicant?
3. Do many/any Business schools schools use "rolling admissions", which would preclude me from being considered 1st, 2nd or 3rd round applicant?
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