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Round 1 or wait for Round 2? [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2011, 19:38
This is for anyone who might have ANY insight on this topic:

I was planning to apply during round 1 for a few of the schools - particularly Columbia, however I am also planning to take the GMAT (2nd attempt - shooting for 720+) at the end of September, and round 1 deadlines are beginning of October. Should I wait to apply for round 2 and not rush through all this, with the application process + studying for the GMAT + full time job (consulting)? Does round 2 impact the chances of getting accepted that much? I'm also considering using one of the essay editing programs to help me alleviate some of the stress....it's taking over my life!

frustrated and desperate to make a decision soon... :oops:
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Re: Round 1 or wait for Round 2? [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2011, 02:19
Hi icandi8,

I'm sure you must have heard it multiple times that you should apply when you are ready. It is true that round 1 and round 2 do not make much difference. Apply when you think you are ready with the best application. Having said that, do not delay the "best" application to round 3 either. For Columbia specifically, the ED deadline is 5th October. With your GMAT at the end of Sept, you might miss it or you might have to rush into it. Since it is rolling, try to submit the app as early as possible.
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Re: Round 1 or wait for Round 2? [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 16:12
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Re: Round 1 or wait for Round 2? [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2011, 22:23
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Agree with our friend above. There is not that much difference between R1 and R2. That having been said, at Columbia it does give you a distinct advantage, so if it's a dream school, you might want to try and squeeze that in. Also there are schools with relatively later applications, like NYU, MIT, and you might want to see if you can reach those (If they appeal to you)
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Re: Round 1 or wait for Round 2? [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2011, 02:03
Columbia does not have a round system. The application process is on rolling basis so the sooner you apply the better it is. Although in round system for other schools you need to ensure that your application is strong for whichever round you opt for. Generally round 2 impacts the chances of getting admission. Essay editing is generally not that time consuming but we would advise you be comfortable and devote adequate amount in putting up essays. Candidates generally overweigh gmat’s importance although you should focus on all the aspects to make it in top schools.
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